Nestled in the the valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a true gem: Asheville, NC. A farm-fresh, locals-oriented, artsy-crafty gem at that, and more shabby-chic than shiny, but a gem none the less.
It was our first time in Asheville and Tootsie found a truly incredible spot that everyone needs to know about (even if you aren’t in Asheville, they are online). Our glowing review is below. Additionally, we had such a fantastic 24 hours I felt I needed to share a little Tootsie travel guide with you. Tootsie’s favorites are in the collages below. Go to Asheville, I say!
The French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Chocolate. Lounge. Best combination ever. Stay tuned for my feature on “bean to bar” chocolate, featuring Atlanta’s own bean to bar chocolate oasis: Cacao. But for now, all you need to know are these words: Liquid Truffle.
THE GOODS: Liquid Truffle (Maple, Smoked Sea Salt Ganache), Dark Chocolate Caramel Truffle with Sea Salt, and Various Bean to Bar Locally Made Chocolate Bars.
THE SCOOP: This place is a chocolate lover’s dream. Period. What’s better than a place completely dedicated to chocolate?! If it’s local bean to bar chocolate you want, or sinful dark chocolate cake, or perhaps your favorite truffle melted down to a thick, rich “liquid truffle,” the Broad has it all. And the folks behind all this: just some awesome people dedicated to making good chocolate and supporting local business. So, if you’re in Asheville, pull up a chair, order whatever form of chocolate you desire, and listen to some live music on a cool city evening. Again, what could be better?
FACT MORSEL: Word has it that Dan Rattigan, one of the founders of FBC, has invented a solar roaster for their chocolate beans?! They also do farm fresh food and brew their own beer. Yowza.
Asheville in a day…
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- WNC Farmer’s Market
- Downtown Asheville Shops
- Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar
- Early Girl Eatery (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Lexington Ave Brewery
- French Broad Chocolate Lounge and Brewery
The Streets of Asheville