the reggae musicians singing in the cafes (Ras Berhane was doing a solo gig at Green Light Cafe while we were there on the way home),
cooperatively owned coffee houses/bookstores with plenty of dreads and tattoos,
We often stop at Laughing Seed Cafe when passing through Asheville, but this trip I wanted to try something new.
The Green Light Cafe caught my eye when I searched for veg eats in Asheville. I called ahead to make sure they were open since we arrived around lunch on Christmas Eve. They are located not to far from Laughing Seed and in a great area for walking around and taking in the city.
water was a hit with the kids. As was all the food.
Bollywood Bites, we all had a sinking feeling. It was a couple tiers behind a strip mall, no tables inside, and it smelled more like a dry cleaners than an Indian restaurant.
Freedom Park, the kids kicked the soccer ball around, we walked and rollerbladed. I have to admit, winter is pretty sweet in the south.
Sports Connection. Where the older kids climbed the walls,
Deejai, just a short walk from the condo. It was so nice to catch up with them and we all stayed up past our bedtime chatting. Edamame and veg sushi was the best part of the meal for me. Rob and I shared a curry, but their curry is good, but a tad sweet for my taste. The service is always good and the very friendly and the food is pretty fast. They seem to easily accommodate larger parties which is a big plus for us.
Mellow Mushroom which is also close to my father-in-law's condo. The kids love being able to order vegan pizza, but this time I suggested Parker try a calzone. None of the kids have every had one before. It was a big hit with Parker. It was HUGE! The pictures only show half of the calzone stuffed with Daiya, portobello mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes. Food comes slowly at Mellow Mushroom so the kids ate TWO hummus plates before eating their pizza/calzone. The waitress was amazed. We did take a little bit home, but even that was eaten as a snack before going to bed.
Firestorm Cafe and Books after lunch at Green Light Cafe because I read online that they have vegan donuts. We didn't find donuts, but after finally finding Firestorm not far from Green Light, but definitely off the beaten path, we did find some vegan truffles and other sweet treats so the kids were happy. If we had more time, I would have loved to spend more time checking out the books, but we were all in a hurry to get farther down the path toward home.