Weekend Snapshot – From CLE to Asheville

Happy February !! B and I had a GREAT weekend filled with a 4+ hour cooking class/date night, a 8+ hour car ride with a 7 month old (not-so-great idea) and some delicious eats and sightseeing in Asheville. Some of the highlights:

B and I spent Friday night at the Gatherings Kitchen in Lakewood. The theme of the month is Viva Italia and we had such a good time at the cooking class! It’s BYOB, so we had a bottle of wine while preparing the meal – it was a four-course meal with plenty of appetizers, so I left pretty pretty stuffed!



The way Gatherings Kitchen works is that each pair makes a course or part of a course. B and I had gotten assigned the salad course which included a frisee arugula salad with toasted garlic vinaigrette and eggs in purgatory.





The other food included some goat cheese/bacon/bruschetta, squid ink linguine with clams, wild mushroom stuffed pork chops and cheese pastries with strawberries. I LOVED spending time at the Gatherings Kitchen and would definitely recommend it to anyone – I hope B and I get to go back soon!





After spending Saturday in the car most of the day (okay, pretty much all day), it was good to get in some walking on Sunday. We spent Sunday morning touring the Biltmore Estate. It was a great way to spend the morning with FW – I’ll share another blog post about visiting the Biltmore with a baby, since it worked out so well!



After our Biltmore Estate visit, we hit up the gardens. Since it was February, the outside was not in full bloom but the indoor garden had a great orchid exhibit that we were able to check out.


We got in some brunch before we left Asheville – we had gotten reservations at The Market Place and I had an amazing banana bread French toast. B had gotten a local breakfast sandwich, and we split the two so we could enjoy sweet and savory. Definitely delicious!



After a little shopping in Asheville (had to leave with some soap, candy and honey!), it was back on the road again.

Sunday night we had some BBQ and watched part of the Super Bowl. I didn’t really care who won and watched it mainly for the commercials, but I was cheering on Atlanta – Matt Ryan went to BC so I’ve always been a fan of his.



Not your typical Super Bowl eats, but pretty good nonetheless!

Some questions for you:

  • Have you ever had banana bread French toast? What’s the most decadent French toast you’ve had?
  • Ever been to Asheville?

Per usual, I’m linking up with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.

8 thoughts on “Weekend Snapshot – From CLE to Asheville

  1. Yes, I’ve been to Asheville. I love touring Biltmore. On our last visit, they had since added the Antler Hill Village and Winery. We ate and toured the winery there. I would really enjoy doing their half marathon sometime. It is quite a drive for me though. Kudos for driving that far with a small child. That’s always a bit challenging. Thanks for linking, Melissa.

  2. I am planning on being in the Asheville area soon and hope to check out the Biltmore in March during the period with the flowers in bloom. I’ve heard great things about Asheville and everyone raves about the city. Sounds like you had a great quick trip there!

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