Asheville: Where weird is normal.
That is their slogan, not mine. If I wrote a catchy slogan about Asheville, it would say something about culinary delights and unique jewelry. It is such a cool place. I feel like my senses are almost overwhelmed with all of the people to look at, incense and homemade candles to smell, teas to taste, and fabrics to feel. At the same time, the city has such a laid back feeling that you are really at no risk of suffering from sensory overload. I don’t exactly know how they accomplished it, but I hope other cities can follow suit.
We arrived in the late morning and wandered from shop to shop for a while. Well, Rod wandered from bench to bench. And then we wandered around a basilica.
This guy seemed to be a little suspicious of us. Or them. He didn’t even notice me right away.
I wandered by the library. I bet the collection development policy for Asheville’s library is a bit different than ours….
Then we wandered into Indian food. If only I could wander into Indian food more often. We ate at Chai Pani on Wall St. A few of us had not had Indian food before, so I was nervous/curious to see how everyone would respond.
We decided to order a couple thalis (sampler plates)–one veggie and one chicken, two orders of naan, and an order to masala shoestring fries. The veggie thali came with saag, chickpeas, corn, yogurt, two flatbreads, and a dessert. The chicken curry replaced the saag on the other plate. The prices were very reasonable, and all of the food was very delicious. I think we ended up with a total of five thumbs up and two thumbs slightly up. Not bad for newbies, right?
Post-lunch time was filled with a little more wandering and a little more shopping. I got a dress code appropriate, yet somewhat trendy, shirt for work, and Jordan found some much needed shorts for summer.
The heat was intense today, so found a place for some cool treats.
After a few days of being on the go, we were ready to head home in the afternoon. I cannot attest as to whether or not anyone else slept on the way home, since I slept almost the entire time. Ahhh, an hour and a half nap.
We stayed in for supper. Jordan and Rod played grill masters, taking care of the burgers and my portabello mushroom monster (a huge mushroom). We had some fingerling potatoes, carrots, and some brussel sprouts. All seemed to go over well. Leah and I walked to Market Square to pick up some Cafe 4 cupcakes to bring back to the apartment for everyone to share. A lovely end to the meal.
Happy Memorial Day everyone!