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Brunch in Asheville: Tupelo Honey

18 Apr

At the center of downtown Asheville, North Carolina, is a great place for brunch – Tupelo Honey. There’s a nice enclosed patio area, but it was intensely heated, so we chose to eat inside.


My husband built his own omelette – stuffed with roasted red peppers, asparagus, caramelized onions, and goat cheese.Tupelo Honey - omelette

This plate-sized sweet potato pancake with pecans is a signature dish. Definitely large enough to share!

Tupelo Honey - Signature Sweet Potato Pancake

I was a bit disappointed that the egg white frittata was no longer on the menu, so I ordered the Eggs Betty instead: two medium poached eggs on a buttermilk biscuit.  I really liked that Tupelo Honey let me choose asparagus instead of ham on the side, and sliced tomatoes instead of hash.

Tupelo Honey - Eggs Betty

The Final Word: Tupelo Honey serves up a solid breakfast with Southern flair.

Info: Tupelo Honey Cafe, 12 College Street Asheville, NC, 28801 USA,  and several other locations

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Pesto Turkey and Sweet Potato Mash

19 Oct

I love turkey… it seems to be popular only around the holiday season, and afterwards it’s promptly forgotten. But it is a great alternative to chicken, which can get boring when you eat it as regularly as I do. Because my basil plant continues to produce leaves faster than I can eat them, I thought that it would be great to make some pesto and use it as a rub on turkey breast.

Sweet potatoes seemed like a natural complement to turkey, so why not a mash? Potatoes take a while to cook, so get started on them first. This recipe makes about 6 servings.

Sweet Potato Mash

Scrub 3 lbs sweet potatoes and pierce skins with a fork,

Bake potatoes in oven at 400°F for about 45 minutes, or until soft.

Remove skins, and mash with:

  • ¼ cup milk, warmed
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste


Pesto Turkey

Pound 4 turkey breast pieces to about 1.5 cm thick.

Tip: cover with a layer of plastic wrap and then pound, to prevent juices from flying across your kitchen.

Rub with basil-spinach pesto (as much as you like!)

pesto turkey on pan

Fry on pan, at medium-high heat for about 6 min. Then turn over and continue frying until done.



Asian Fusion burgers at Blue Ginger

27 Sep

Sometimes, packing a bagged lunch full of leftovers gets old, and battling the crowds in the workplace cafeteria isn’t all that appealing. So I decided to visit Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA, for a weekday lunch, to changes things up.

The restaurant is very large – upon entering, you see an open kitchen, followed by a dining room. At the front of the restaurant is a long bar facing a row of high tops lined by a booth, along the windows. Along the hallway to the restrooms are three sets of large doors opening into a large private dining room that would be great for parties.


We started with the calamari, which consisted mostly of rings – good for those who don’t like the tentacly parts.  It was lightly battered with a hint of cumin, served with a lemongrass dipping vinaigrette with green onions.

Blue Ginger - calamari

Both my boyfriend and I ordered the burger, medium-well. Mine was exactly that; his came out more like well done, though still yummy. The house-made bun with a shiny top reminded me of Chinese bakery buns. The juicy patty sat on bed of diced tomatoes and purple cabbage. It was topped with crispy fried onions and a bit of wasabi mayo. Instead of cheese, there were Parmesan crisps with shiitake mushrooms to give a flavourful crunch. I appreciated the unique idea, but found the crisps a little thick and the choice of Parmesan a bit strong and perhaps not the best complement to a burger with a supposed Asian twist. I did enjoy the tangy and slightly peppery slaw.

Blue Ginger - burger

The burger typically comes with taro chips. My boyfriend asked to substitute his for sweet potato fries and they ended up making the change for both our burgers. I didn’t want to bother asking for my taro chips back, though I was a bit disappointed that I wouldn’t get to try them. In any case, the sweet potato fries were absolutely perfect – some of the best I’ve ever had.


Service was terrific – our waitress was very polite. She checked on us just the right amount and made sure our water glasses were never empty. All in all, we had a very satisfying weekday lunch!

Info: Blue Ginger, 583 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482, USA

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Delicious vegetarian food: The Red Lentil

28 Jun

Mmmm…Have you ever seen vegetarian food look this good? The Red Lentil (600 Mount Auburn St., Watertown, MA) serves tantalizing vegetarian and vegan food. Gluten-free options are also available. The restaurant is a bit small, and it’s always full. Service is very friendly – a waiter brought over several natural/organic sodas in bottles and cans so that we could examine the ingredients.

The eggplant caponata is a filling appetizer of whole wheat bread triangles soaked with sundried tomato pesto served with a generous mound of chunky eggplant and olive spread. Our entrees took a while to arrive, but were well worth the wait. The Red Lentil serves an imaginative Shepherd’s pie! A perfect tower of mashed potato on a thin bed of spinach, topped with a mixture of soy sausage (reminded me of a softer version of ground turkey, with a more subtle flavour), corn, onion, carrots, celery, red and green peppers, zucchini, and spices, and finished with a sweet potato layer. The entire portion was covered in a cashew gravy and maple balsamic, giving the dish a light, sweet and nutty flavour.

The Moussaka Pizza is a white pizza on a crisp crust, packed with the sweetness of roasted red pepper and goat cheese. Along with grilled onions, eggplant, and basil, it makes you realize how good pizza can taste without any tomato sauce.

We finished our meal with a slice of vegan chocolate blueberry cake – layers of dense chocolate cake and cream stuffed with whole, fresh blueberries.

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