Asheville and French Parties {WIAW}

Happy Hump Day! I hope your week is going great! I’m feeling much better than yesterday, I think getting things off my chest really helped. A special thanks to Jessie and Alex for the helpful tips and sweet comments. I love this blogging community 🙂

This What I Ate Wednesday is coming to you weekend style, because I had some really fun eats this weekend that I haven’t gotten the chance to share yet

(Thanks Jenn for hosting!)

Let’s start with Friday…

My roommate needed to take a trip to Asheville to pick up some clay for an art class, and since Asheville is a little bit of a drive, she invited the rest of the roommates and we made a day trip out of it. Asheville is one of my favorite cities, it’s funky, cool and full of hippies (I fit in quite well), so it didn’t take much convincing for me to tag along.

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Oh did a mention it snowed Thursday night? But not enough to cancel any of my classes. Thanks App. At least it was pretty the next day!

After picking up the clay (all 300 pounds of it, holy cow) we explored the downtown area, including a stop at Urban Outfitters, I love the store despite it being a trendy hipster magnet and how overpriced everything is. The sale rack is my friend. Anyway, a few sights downtown:

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How cool is that architecture, way prettier than Raleigh, that’s for sure.

Now for the food, and let me tell you it was some DANG GOOD food.

We ate dinner at Green Sage a cute little Cafe in the downtown area.

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This place was like my own little heaven. Almost everything could be made gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian. Whattttttt!!! I know you guys in big cities have probably have lots of restaurants like this but they are a rarity in North Carolina. It took me so long to decide what to order because I could actually eat 90% of the menu, instead of the 5% I usually get.

Can you tell I was a little excited? Because I was, if you weren’t sure.

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After taking way too long to decide I finally settled on the Coconut Curry Rice Bowl which included Stir Fry Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Peppers, Kale, Coconut Curry Sauce, Cashews, Raisins, Cilantro served with Tempeh over Black Beans and Rice. Yes, yes, yes and yes. I never wanted the bowl to end. So. Damn. Good.

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I also treated myself to a Red Planet juice which was made with beet, apple, carrot and ginger. So worth having pink teeth for.

Did I mention this place had GREEN SMOOTHIE on the menu? But it was $6 so I refrained. And can I also mention that they had a dessert case full of tasty looking vegan and gluten-free goodies. Seriously? My roommates were laughing at me because I couldn’t contain my excitement. I didn’t bring home any desserts though because I had lots of baking planned for a birthday party on Saturday (more on that in a second).

Oh and my whole meal was under $13, CAN I JUST MOVE IN?

After dinner we hit up one more fun place before leaving town.

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A double decker bus. That serves coffee.

I. Love. Asheville.

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Of course we had to take our drinks upstairs.

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How adorable is this set up? And you get a beautiful view of downtown Asheville while you sip your coffee.

I’m not sure whose idea it was to turn a double decker bus into a coffee shop but it was a genius one.

And onto Saturday…

My Saturday started with a 7.5 mile run, in 40 degree weather with snow on the ground. I’m proud of myself for trucking out in the snow and for a new PDR. Despite the cold I felt really good and the cold weather meant minimal sweating. That means I don’t have to shower afterwards right? Kidding.

Saturday night my friends had a triple birthday party planned. Two of my friends and one of my roommates had a birthday over Christmas break (including some 21st birthdays!) so we decided to celebrate all in one night, the more birthdays the merrier right?

Someone decided on a French theme, which basically translated into wearing stripes and decorating our friend’s apartment in broken French.

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I think I’m the only one who had actually ever taken a french class and that was back in high school so my french knowledge is long gone. Thank you Google Translate.

We also had french music playing:

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and dancing?

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And a Yule log DVD to help set the mood.

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And lots of (somewhat) french inspired food.

I made chocolate cupcakes

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(I used this recipe and topped it with TruWhip mixed with cinnamon, easiest gluten-free cupcakes ever)

I also made some peanut butter cookies because I’m a dessert over-achiever:

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(I’m holding out on a recipe for you guys because tomorrow is National Peanut Butter)

Neither of those desserts are even remotely french, but I made them anyway. Rebellious.

We also had some much more french-themed foods:

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Crackers and cheese, college style. Wheat Thins instead of fancy crackers and Cheddar, Colby Jack and Gouda cheese. Very french.

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French bread, croissants, home made whipped cream (fancy!) and strawberries.

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Grapes, you know to go with the cheese.

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My roommate’s fancy croissant

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And Champagne! And even more un-pictured wine. Isn’t that the point of a French party?

We also had a rousing game of Telestration (basically a fancy telephone pictionary):

My phrase was “Old Greg” (seriously if you haven’t watched it do it, you will laugh and be highly disturbed at the same time):

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And it ended as “angry man with a boner” nice. Not sure how that happened…

Have you ever played Telephone Pictionary? Any other favorite party games?

Do you like themed parties?

What’s the last restaurant you went to that you fell in love with?

Party Animal.

I am not, but that’s okay.

I spent Friday procrastinating and not writing a 20 page paper I have due next week. I should get on that some time soon. I’ll do it tomorrow.

Saturday morning I ran 3.6 miles, it was glorious. But it was also open house, so I had to play dodge-the-prospective-students on the sidewalks.

Saturday night, we went out for my friend Elizabeth’s birthday dinner. We went to a cozy little place called Galileo’s. The food was good, but it was a little expensive and the portions were kind of skimpy. But I’m a broke college student so if I’m paying for a meal outside of the dining hall I want to be full when I leave. They use locally sourced ingredients, which was awesome and made a huge difference in the taste. I ordered their Black Bean Burger (sans bun) which was topped with salsa and cheese, very tasty but I could have easily eaten two more.

Elizabeth and I did get a free birthday shot, that was fun. It tasted like cake. I don’t know what was in it though, it probably would have been a good idea to ask first.

From there we headed back to my friend’s apartment for a small party.

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There were lots a fun party decorations, including a few handmade gems from my roommate.

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Yes, that’s a box of wine with a straw. Genius.

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 Gluten-free beer decorations!

Speaking a gluten-free beer…

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My roommate bought me some! It actually tasted pretty good, and my stomach didn’t hate me for it.

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And we had strawberry margaritas. I liked the beer better, I’m such a man.

Then I proceeded to eat more gluten-free cake than any single person should. I blame it on my less than filling dinner. Not my fault, except that it is. It was delicious, and rainbow.

Best birthday present ever:

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My roommate bought me 5 lbs of peanut butter. She’s such an enabler. Bonus is now I don’t need to go to the gym because who needs dumbbells when you have 5 lbs of peanut butter to lift?

This morning was spent with a severe sugar hangover (sugar mind you, not alcohol, I wasn’t that big of a party animal) while whining about the weather. It is 35 degrees right now, that is NOT right, there is also snow in the forecast for tomorrow. lamelamelamelamelame. Not cool mother nature, not at all.

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For lunch I ate this beautiful salad. It was much needed. If I ever see a slice of cake again it will be too soon. Actually, that’s totally a lie.

This afternoon I got to help teach my first Pilates class! People actually came, it was beautiful. I was starting to worry I was bad luck. Only problem is there’s only one more class until the end of the year, which is kinda sad.

After Pilates class I had yoga teacher training (our last training class!) which was wonderful as always. I’m sad it’s over, I learned a lot taking those classes. Now I only have an audition class to teach and fingers crossed I get the job!

That brings me to now, where I am still procrastinating and not writing my 20 page paper. Luckily I’m a procrastinating queen, and there’s always tomorrow.