Stephanie Anderson

Novo Cucina. A review.

Stepping inside you won't see a hint of what used to be, as it should be.  Wonderfully airy and a striking decor.  Gelato case (do not miss the gelato here as it is without question the best I've had anywhere), open kitchen with countless mounds of fermented dough portioned out to cook to order, chipper tidy staff and an incredibly welcoming indoor with outdoor seating type area. 

Stephanie Anderson
Novo Cucina. A review.

May Barilla Goodness Oh My! Thanks Degustabox!

Barilla's American line of Mulino Bianco cookies and breadsticks:  Ultra crunchy and tomato basil seasoned breadsticks are great with a cool drink or cocktail.  There are a handful of cookie varieties and this month the classic shortbread style, galletti was included.  Melt in your mouth crunch and large sugar crystals for extra texture. YUM.  Crunch addiction solved! For now anyway.

May Barilla Goodness Oh My! Thanks Degustabox!

Les Dames d'Escoffier International

Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide non profit comprised of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities. 

Les Dames d'Escoffier International

No fat crispy roasted potato technique

This is inspired by Serious Eats tip of alkalizing the cooking water to change the texture just like we do with pho noodles. Baking soda changes things. Note: MORE IS NOT BETTER.  We're not adding oil to ours like they do. The fat you eat is the fat you wear. We can get plenty of flavor and crunch without that useless ingredient.

No fat crispy roasted potato technique
Stephanie Anderson

Davinci's Donuts. A review.

All donuts here are petite raised cake style and come in standard flavors, one weekly flavor or you an be your own donut artist and use the sundae style assortment of toppings to create a masterpiece of your own.

Stephanie Anderson
Davinci's Donuts. A review.

Pizza potatoes with vegan stretchy moxarella

Pizza potatoes.  No oil, no gluten and no dairy. it still manages to taste fantastic.  I like this drier version and it's layered on a plate vs. being baked in the oven or instant pot.  This will serve two but it's easily increased.

Pizza potatoes with vegan stretchy moxarella

Conch Heaven. A review.

I am from South Florida and seeing conch outside of the super southeast coast is unheard of. I had to check it out for a taste of home. Truth be told it's more notably a Carribean native shellfish but it makes its way to Miami fairly effortlessly. If you've never had conch I don't know what you're doing with your life.

Conch Heaven. A review.
Stephanie Anderson

The Gourmet Chip Company. A review.

On Broadway in Downtown Asheville you will find this little piece of potato chip heaven. 

Stephanie Anderson
The Gourmet Chip Company. A review.

Charcoal glue mask fad - I tried it

It mixes easily enough but I caution if charcoal is new to you it is messy no matter what you do. There are ways to minimize the black cloud of soot it makes. It is the texture of cornstarch but it's jet black.

Charcoal glue mask fad - I tried it
Stephanie Anderson

Kuroshiro Sushi bar and Japanese Restaurant. A review.

I will say they plan enough staff to take care of the lunch crowd.  I saw lots of servers in proportion to the amount of tables. I found them to be cheerful, on the ball and overall great customer service from start to finish.

Stephanie Anderson
Kuroshiro Sushi bar and Japanese Restaurant. A review.

Mindful eating happens the Aryuvedic way with Nalini Mehta

This is not just any interactive  cooking class, this is a whole life-altering experience.  When we know better we do better and Nalini shifts your focus to calm and the way to keep that gentle relaxed feeling going through your entire meal preparation process. You will find her charismatic without being exhausting.

Mindful eating happens the Aryuvedic way with Nalini Mehta

The Art of Wine and Chocolate

Wine Parties By Design hosted their 3rd annual Art of Wine and Chocolate event at Hinton's Wine Shop on Holcomb Bridge this month. Together they partnered again with artisan chocolatier, A Cacao Affair.   This is a well attended event well suited to the Valentine's feelings in the air. 

The Art of Wine and Chocolate

Sweet Tomatoes Dunwoody. A review.

The hot bar and dessert area is another playground in and of itself.  6 soups, small cuts of pizza type flatbreads, white and sweet potatoes, custom pasta bar (there is some sausage pizza sauce on the rigatoni), cookies, some pudding du jour and fresh whole fruit pieces.

Sweet Tomatoes Dunwoody. A review.

Degustabox February. Happy Valentine's Day.

I love a month that comes with chocolate, as is appropriate for February! <3   Not just any chocolate but Green & Blacks. 70% Sea salt cacao. Degustabox is my secret admirer apparently and it's working!

Degustabox February. Happy Valentine's Day.