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A quick peek at the life and times of Asheville’s #1 Food Fan.
Impossible Burger is the brand name of a trendy new vegan hamburger patty that is getting a lot of media attention for its meaty flavor and properties. Although plant-based, it famously “bleeds” and “sizzles” when when you cook it, and contains an ingredient called haem that mimics the umami flavor of actual meat.
While I’m a little unsure about the marketing value of “blood” to vegans, the Impossible Burger that I ate in New York City it was pretty dang good, if a little (insanely) expensive. Thankfully, I live in Asheville, NC, not in The Big (Hella Pricey) Apple, and lucky for me, you, and everyone in Asheville, we can now enjoy the famous Impossible Burger at local favorites Mojo Kitchen and Lounge! I ate one there last week, and it was way better and way less expensive than the one I had in NYC. Yay, Asheville!
Mojo’s Chef AJ Gregson has a right-hand man in the kitchen named Matt Kovich, who recently won the first-ever Asheville Mac ‘n’ Cheese Challenge for his boss’s at Mojo, and has proven himself time and again to be a fantastic cook! True to form, Matt’s preparation of the Impossible Burger was perfect.
“They say you can cook it medium rare, but, not really,” said Matt, “It’s better if you cook it all the way through, smashburger style.”
I agree! However Mojo is doing it, that’s how it should be done. A little crispy around the edges, hot, firm, with a nice sear from the grill, topped with super-fresh LTO (lettuce, tomatoes, onions) and pickles, on a locally made Geraldine’s seeded kaiser roll. Add a side of fresh-cut fries, and yeah, the Impossible Burger is a real, satisfying, great burger experience! Without, y’know, the guilt. Of dead animals.
I was vegetarian for 10 years and I ate every kind of veggie burger available. If this Impossible Burger had been around back then, I would have been eating the crap out of it constantly! Whether you’re Vegan, Veggie, or just adventurous, I recommend it! I’ll be sliding it into my 2018 Burger Survey on Ashvegas next month, but don’t wait until then, go to Mojo soon, and ask for the Impossible!
Below are a few of the locally curated Scoops from the Dig Local Scoop Calendar this week! One Scoop for each day is displayed here, but much more for everyday can be seen on the Scoop Calendar. Find where to go and what to do, every day in Asheville with the free Dig Local App and DigLocal.com.
Illustration by Danielle Sperando
Local Artist Pint Night at Upcountry Brewing! September's local artist of the month at Upcountry Brewing is Danielle Sperando. All month long Danielle's artwork will be displayed in the taproom. On Monday, Upcountry is hosting a Pint Night for Danielle. Buy the brew (TBA), and keep the glass which will be imprinted with original artwork designed by Danielle.
Join us in supporting local Asheville artists!
Check out the rest of Monday’s Scoops here.
Stop by the West Asheville Tailgate Market, where a Chair Massage is only $5 for the first 10 minutes from the talented bodyworkers at Ebb and Flow Massage. They’ll be setting up their massage chairs and sharing the love with the neighbors. After the first 10 minutes, it's only $1 a minute after that, and believe us, you’ll want to keep going! Even if you don’t live on the west side, you’d be remiss not to go to the WAVL Tailgate market to take advantage on this killer deal on a massage, and the opportunity to support the great producers of delicious food, produce, and handmade items from right here in WNC. Happening every Tuesday, from April- November, @ 3:30-6:30 in the Grace Baptist Church parking lot, on the corner of Fairfax & Haywood road.
Check out the rest of Tuesday’s Scoops here.
Otter Feeding at 11:30am. Go meet the river otters, Obi and Olive at WNC Friends of Nature Center. The staff will tell you all about the river otters while you watch them enjoy their lunch during this educational program at 11:30am. Then enjoy the Nature Center for the rest of the day! Standard admission rates apply. Also, while you’re there be sure to ask them about how you can help bring an endangered red panda to the Nature Center to help secure this species’ future while providing an educational experience for WNC residents. https://fundly.com/bringing-red-panda-to-asheville
Check out the rest of Wednesday’s Scoops here.
It's Thirsty Thursday at Modern Wave Gallery. Why not start your weekend early? Treat yourself to our Today Only Deals on Drinkware! Free drink with local purchase, stop by the gallery and ask a representative for more information! Featured Photo - Wine Glass Set by Drinking Vessels.
Check out the rest of Thursday’s Scoops here.
The 4th Annual Asheville Van Life Rally, celebrating the Southeast's van life community and lifestyle, is on this weekend, and this one will be bigger and better than ever!
Check out this 2-night campout at JuneBug Retro Resort, a 15 minute drive—but a world away—from Downtown Asheville. They will have spaces for all kinds of vehicles to circle up for a little tire kicking and storytelling, with bonfires, local craft brews, food trucks, live music, a "kids of van life" area, vendor village, and lots of room to roam.
The 2018 Asheville Van Life Rally is a fundraiser for the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. Props to our buddy, Micah from Mindful Mornings for her passionate vision for this rally promoting, that’s right, van life!
Check out the rest of Friday’s Scoops here.
She is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She has received three Grammy Awards and twelve Juno Awards over her career and was recently inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
| 7:00 PM | Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2D005502368D8600
Check out the rest of Saturday’s Scoops here.
Help Grail Movie House us celebrate their 3rd Art House Theater Day with the classic comedy that is their namesake, Monty Python and The Holy Grail. See it for the first time or for the first time since the last Time!
SING-ALONG / QUOTE ALONG Version!
Bring Your Coconuts and Costumes!
5:30 pm ALL TICKETS ARE $5
Visit www.grailmoviehouse.com for all the details.
Check out the rest of Sunday’s Scoops here.
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