June 20, 2014
Love going to restaurants I have not tried! This time it was Farm Burger on 10 Patton Avenue, downtown Asheville. It has out door seating with bright red tables as well as indoor seating. It is dog friendly if you sit outside. We went with another couple for lunch. It was so much fun people and traffic watching, slowly going by. It was never a dull moment while waiting for your food.
Basically you read the menu off a chalk board or the menus in slots on the way to order, similar to Jason’s Deli or Mamacitas restaurant. They do offer salads, a small children’s selection, Milkshakes and floats, beer wine, all local drafts, snacks, then your burgers, which you have free items to add to your burger, then $1 or $2 each side or burger additions, as well as sweet potato and hand cut fries and batter dipped onion rings. They have in house *BlackBoard Burgers* that include vegan burger, pork chicken and goat cheese burgers.
Their burgers are grass fed, antibiotic free & hormone free, locally raised and ground fresh. They do ask how you would like your cooked. Their menu is seasonal and source is from North Carolina farms.
I ordered a *blackBoard Burger* No. 1 which came with aged Vermont white cheddar and caramelized onions the for free I added sliced tomato, iceberg lettuce and Duke’s Mayo. Then I orderd rings and fries with smoked paprika mayo, unfortunately I had to share! It was absolutely delicious. They do have lunch menu where fries and drink are included. You can go to their web site www.farmburger.net to view their menu and for more information. It is worth a try if you just feel like a burger.
June 16, 2014
I have a feeling some of our guests view our life, as innkeepers, as a constant Tea Party and relaxed rested hosts who sit and talk to our wonderful guests with a huge staff. Though this is partly true (especially the part about wonderful guests but not about the huge staff). Larry in reality is also: the manor house maintenance man, grounds keeper, plumber, electrician, resident tour guide (6 generations of Larry’s family from Asheville/Buncombe County), financial genius, problem solver, funny/teasing/joking breakfast waiter, reservation master, bus boy, PC problem solver, fill-in chef, jump cable expert for dead batteries in cars, architect and construction laborer for all outside structures (decorative arches, arbors and storage buildings accepted by our Historical Society) and finally an apple tree sprayer and trimmer in his spare time. We joke about who needs more than 2 hours sleep at night?
It amazes me of how much our past experience and how we grew up effects our present and future accomplishments. In my husband’s case it has become invaluable. Larry grew up on a farm and earned a double degree in Economics and Engineering from North Carolina State University. That has been put to invaluable good use!
Applewood Manor Inn B&B went from a large private family home to become a Bed and Breakfast in 1987. There have been 3 B&B owners/innkeepers and we are the 4th in Applewood’s history. Each owner contributed to it’s transformation but it was sourly mismatched and had a large amount of differed maintenance when we bought it. It has been indeed a joy to watch the old, well structured manor house and the large wild almost jungle-like grounds nudged into a quiet, restful, relaxed and non-stuffy destination for travelers.