Asheville Food Inspiration + a new recipe!

A few weeks ago, I attended the Time Millionare’s retreat in Asheville, NC, a city which, I am embarrassed to say, I have never spent ANY time in before.  I’d driven through it, knew the Biltmore Estate and other cool stuff was there, but somehow managed to NEVER make it there despite growing up a couple hours down the road.

Not only did I LOVE my retreat weekend there – due in part to the fabulous company and amazing people I got to learn from – but I had to go back almost instantly!

Another great weekend in beautiful Asheville gave me TONS of inspiration for the end of Fat Loss Cooking School and for other recipes and projects.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the weekend:

The Biltmore

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If you’re headed to Asheville, NC for a weekend getaway, here are some of my favorite places you should definitely hit!

The Biltmore Estate - my favorite part was the very end of the tour when you go down to the basement – because that’s where the kitchens and the gym are located! And yes I said, “Kitchens” – plural.  Fascinating to see the inner-workings of this GIANT home and imagine what it must have been like to live and work there.  (Next on my list: Versailles;)

Our ticket included a visit to the gardens and conservatory, the winery and the farm.  It was a long day but we got in TONS of walking, took gobs of photos and definitely earned our dinner at Curate (see below).

Green Sage – “Eat Healthy, Live Healthy.”  This downtown coffeehouse and cafe was popular with the crowd at the Time Millionaire’s retreat.  Most of the people who attended the conference are pretty serious about their coffee – and the hotel coffee just wasn’t cutting it:)  In addition to great coffee, they have delicious, locally-sourced food and lots of gluten-free options.  The “Almond Brothers” smoothie is a nice change from the ubiquitous green smoothie (which I’m kind of over at this point.)  It’s ORANGE from the carrot juice, but it doesn’t taste too strongly of carrots thanks to bananas, almond butter, and spices.

My Alaskan omelet was to-die-for and I’m kicking myself for not discovering this sooner: an omelet filled with wild salmon, capers, red onions, and topped with dill sauce!  (Must recreate at home!) The gluten-free biscuit was a must-have for me because they are rare to find and when you don’t eat wheat, sometimes you REALLY just miss biscuits!

Farm Burger – The best grassfed burgers I’ve EVER eaten.  And I eat a lot of burgers, so that’s saying something.  Ditch the bun (their gluten-free bun isn’t worth the calories) and ask for extra lettuce and load up on fun toppings like goat cheese, caramelized onions, a sunny side-up egg, or “Lusty Monk” mustard.  Be original, save the carbs, and try something BESIDES fries w/ your burger: the collard greens are excellent and they make seasonal varieties of slaw, too.  Super-easy to eat for fat loss here, and I highly recommend playing 9 rounds of Bocci Ball after dinner.  They have a course set up IN the restaurant.  Playing Bocci helps with digestion.

Or so I like to think. :)

Curate Tapas Bar – It’s pronounced “Cur-a-tay.”  Okay, say it however you want.  It’s just good tapas (small plates).  The tuna salad was my favorite of the night and I’ve already recreated it at home.  The Cuban ordered some kind of chicken fritters that were probably my least favorite because they were fried and too salty for me.  He was excited to order after-dinner coffee because he had high hopes they used authentic Spanish coffee (which he’d tried on a trip to Spain).  No such luck:(  But still…a fun dinner for our last night in Asheville!


I’ve been cooking up a storm since we returned from Asheville and now that Fat Loss Cooking School is over (and it was SO MUCH FUN but that’s another post for another day), I’ll have time to get back to posting here:)

A New Fall Recipe!

Sharing a recipe the Cuban made this past weekend while I was away on a BODYCOMBAT module in Florida.  How fun to come home to amazing leftovers like this!?!  This will definitely be a repeat recipe this fall; the pumpkin flavor isn’t strong or overpowering at all; it gives it a really nice richness.  I will probably double up the peppers next time because I love getting extra veggies in, but this is the recipe as he made it and I’ll let you all do your own tinkering:)

Bison Pumpkin Chili


1 lb. ground bison

2 c. pumpkin puree

1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes

1 c. chopped onion

1/2 c. chopped poblano pepper

1/2 c. chopped yellow bell pepper

1 garlic clove, minced

1 Tbs. olive oil

1 Tbs. chili powder

1/2 Tbs. ground cumin

1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion, poblano pepper, yellow bell pepper, and garlic until tender. Stir in the bison, and cook until evenly brown. Drain, and mix in tomatoes and pumpkin.

Season with chili powder, cumin, pepper, and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer at least 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.

Serve topped with sour cream.

4 Thoughts on “Asheville Food Inspiration + a new recipe!

  1. Anonymous on October 9, 2013 at 8:38 am said:

    Great new post! Makes me want to visit the Biltmore for sure. The recipe sounds delicious, but I’m vegetarian. Any suggestions for substitutions other than pinto, black, or chili beans? Thanks again for the great post!!!

  2. Allie Pust on October 9, 2013 at 3:19 pm said:

    Did seeing the chickens give you a panic attack?
    And French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Heaven.
    I can’t wait to try the Farm Burger, I haven’t heard of that one yet!

  3. oh how i love asheville and its food. curate is one of my favorite restaurants ever!

    your pumpkin chili sounds awesome!

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