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Foodie Friday: Weaverville NC restaurants

If you are ever in Weaverville NC, you might be surprised about the variety of restaurants. I know I was!

Hubby and I were in the small town to stay at a bed and breakfast establishment. Since Weaverville is about 15-20 minutes north of Asheville, we expected that we would make the drive for dinner each night. We were pleasantly surprised.

Wherever you go, everyone have a great selection of beers and ciders on tap.

Here were two of our favorites:

Blue Mountain

  • The pizza was delicious! Dough was on point! Perfect !!! There was a generous application of toppings.
  • Our server Lee made sure we had everything we needed. Even though they were super busy, we were checked on multiple times and our drinks were constantly topped off.

Tip: On weekends/holidays prepare for a wait. Even the locals are trying to get a table to eat here. This place is popular with everyone.

Twisted Laurel

  • The wings were good however the Buffalo or not spicy.
  • Our server was Taylor and was very attentive
  • The Caesar salad had good croutons but the Parmesan was out of a bottle.
  • The side salad was yummy minus the red onions.
  • Looking at other tables and their orders, the pasta looks good and the pizza looks great.

 

Looking for desert in Zurich #Zurichsweets

If you have a sweet tooth, Bachmann’s will help you satisfy it!

I found this bakery while I walked around Zurich. The location I visited was huge and people were everywhere trying to get their order placed for the delectable sweet treats.

When you go, find a spot at the large counter and place your order!

Here’s some pictures so you can know what they have to offer.

So many macaroons! Yum yum 😋 But no pistachio flavor 😭

So many cake flavors 😊

Lonely croissant

Cupcakes for days!

The Hazelnut chocolate filled croissant was so delicious. I wanted to save it and devour it at the same time.

I needed a napkin to wipe the sugar off my face.

The Sweet Spot – Duluth GA #foodiefriday

The hubs and I were on our way home from Atlanta, Georgia. I had a taste for cupcakes. I searched online and found there was a bakery called The Sweet Spot located in Duluth, Georgia.

I told hubby that I would like to stop there but after putting it into GPS I saw it was a 5 mile detour off of the interstate. With that in mind, I told him that I changed my mind and we did not have to go there. He insisted saying if I wanted a cupcake, let’s go get it.

 

When we arrive, I took in the location. Located in a strip mall, the bakery had very simple but elegant decor. It looked as if it could be featured in a real simple or Martha Stewart magazine.

There were so many different flavors of cupcakes to choose from and everything looks so delicious. I decided to order the pistachio cupcakes, red velvet cupcake, and a tres leches cake bar.

I was so excited to dig into my desserts.

I started with the tres leches. I didn’t examine the cake closely enough before I bought it, otherwise I would have realized it had a layer of vanilla pudding in between the cake and the whip topping. I do not know where adding vanilla pudding is considered traditional for this desert, but none of my friends have ever put vanilla pudding into tres leches. The cake had a firm texture with which it could absorb the milk that would have been poured into it. However, the milk did not have much flavor. I could not discern any hint of spice like cinnamon or nutmeg which are usually common in this desert.

The pistachio cupcake had little pieces of pistachio nuts throughout the cake and was topped with a lightly pistachio flavored whipped cream. The flavors were not very intense. It tasted like it did not have enough flavor. In my opinion, either the topping or the cake needs to have a strong pistachio flavor. One or the other, but not both. Too much would it be overwhelming. In this both had very muted flavors.

My last hope for a satisfactory dessert was the red velvet cupcake. I saved this for last because I love red velvet cake and I helped this would be delicious. It had the proper density and texture for red velvet cake. However, It was topped with whipped cream and not cream cheese frosting. Another desert that I took for granted that bakers knew how they should be served.

TOW opinion: I was disappointed that the desserts were not prepared the way that I have traditionally known them to be prepared. I did learn if I am going to a new bakery, I need to ask more questions to ensure what I am purchasing is what I am expecting to receive.

Foodie Friday: Sally’s Fish House #sandiego #seafood #foodiefriday

It’s Foodie Friday

When in San Diego, it is a must to go to a seafood restaurant at least once! I decided to go with some friends to Sally’s Fish House & Bar. This is a nice restaurant in the San Diego bay. It is located behind the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Sally’s Fish House & Bar
One Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101

ph: 619 358 6740

They recommend getting reservations unless you want an extremely long wait.

Their menu changes with the seasons, so you can expect the freshest ingredients.

Our group had a 6pm reservation for 8 people. As soon as our party arrived, we were seated outside (which was fine with me). The weather was crisp but not too cool.

As the server was taking our drink order, we had fresh baked bread placed before us. I had a hard time not eating the whole loaf myself!

 

For my appetizer, I ordered the Dragon sushi roll. It has shrimp tempura, cucumber, tobiko (fish eggs) and is topped with eel and avocado. I could have eaten 10 of these. It was so good. I love shrimp tempura when it is done correctly. It maintained its crispiness even though it was wrapped.

My entree was salmon over a bed of potatoes, grape tomatoes and Brussels sprouts. The salmon was delicious. I love crispy skin on salmon. YUM! I was not a fan of the hash like mix of the potatoes, tomatoes, and Brussels sprouts. The description did not explain that it was all mixed together like that. I was not prepared!!

A couple of other guests at our table ordered the seafood tower. This consisted of oysters, shrimp, Alaskan king crab legs, and lobster tail. It is served with melted butter, horseradish, migonette, and cocktail sauce. The tower is for 2-4 people. You can also order a large tower which is for 4-7 people. It is $50 for a small and $95 for a large. They said it was worth every bite.

 

Foodie Friday: Ecco -Atlanta restaurant #foodiefriday #atlantaga

It is Foodie Friday!!!!

If you are in Atlanta, GA, do yourself a favor and go to Ecco.

Located in Midtown at 40 7th Street NE. Atlanta, GA 30308.
For reservations, call 404.347.9555.

The cuisine for this nationally recognized restaurant is modern style European. The restaurant was dimly lit with an open kitchen, lending to the comfortable atmosphere. This is definitely the place to go after work for drinks and appetizers.

cocktails menu

There were plenty of well crafted cocktails to choose from. My favorite was Long Live the Queen- Bombay Sapphire gin with elderflowers, lemon, peach, and mint.

I felt so refined and fancy.

My all time favorite was the fried goat cheese topped with honey and cracked black pepper. I never had anything like it before and was skeptical at first. Now I am believer. It was delicious! I am thinking of making a special trip to Atlanta just for that! The balance of flavors was simple but complex at the same time.

fried goat cheese

While I am not usually one to eat ice cream, I was encouraged by my group to try the house made pistachio ice cream. Delectable! It was creamy with a subtle nutty flavor and just the right amount of sweetness. They have ruined me! Now that I have had the best, that is all I want.

pistachio ice cream

TOW Final Word: Everything about Ecco was outstanding! The food was excellent. The servers were welcoming and attentive. From start to finish, it was a great experience.