Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tales from the Road: Asheville, Day 3



September 12, 2012 ~ Asheville, NC

Yesterday we visited the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home. Well, it certainly is impressive!


 

Biltmore Lion

Biltmore Entrance

Here's one shot of the entryway which I snapped before realizing we weren’t allowed to take photographs inside the house. Oops! 

 

The entire tour took about 5 hours, and though it was a lot of walking and a bit of money ($130.00 for both of us, ouch!) we both agreed that it was well worth it.  I never knew very much about the Vanderbilts themselves but have long been interested in Victoriana so it was a joy to see an actual working home from that time period, not to mention the gorgeous dresses on display in several of the rooms! 

Mr. Vanderbilt was a voracious reader, can just imagine him curling up with a book on this patio..

Biltmore Patio

which overlooks this view! What a lucky man!

Biltmore View

We browsed the gift shop and on site book store, noted a few books about the family and the house I plan to check out once we return home.  Then we made a short drive to the restaurant/shopping area of the Estate, had a late lunch at Cedric’s Tavern, named after one of the many Vanderbilt dogs.  

Cedric and Cornelia
Bronze statue of Cedric and Cornelia Vanderbilt
 Chip had the Tavern Muffaletta sandwich..

Chip at the Cedric Tavern

I enjoyed the Farmer’s Salad, but the real highlight of the meal was the pretzel rolls! Oh. My. Goodness. I need to learn how to make these! A salty pretzel combined with a fluffy roll, fabulous! 

Pretzel Rolls

Now, as you well know, I am an ethical vegan. This means I choose to live as compassionately as possible, not eating meat or using animal products whenever possible. I do still have leather in my closet and in my living room, am hoping to eventually weed that out but for now I’m just doing the best I can. However, as I’ve also mentioned, I belong to a family of omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and in Loki’s case, carnivores. I try not to impose my way of living on others, believing that people have the right to choose their own path(s). I do share my thoughts, and my delicious veggie meals, with anyone interested, but I am not one to push.  Therefore, my kitchens contain meat, dairy, etc. and I do cook for the omnivores on occasion.  Yesterday was one of them.  Knowing that we would be out all day, I threw some chicken thighs in the crockpot along with a can of cream of chicken soup, vegetable broth, mushrooms, onion, salt, pepper and a pinch of thyme. They cooked on low all day and when dinner time came around I de-boned them, stirred the chicken & gravy into some leftover rice and served them to Chip. Such a simple “recipe” but he claimed it was delicious, as did Loki when I served him a small portion! I ate some more lentil soup from a couple days ago, everyone was happy!
Today we’re headed into town, haven’t really explored as much as downtown Asheville as I’d like and since we plan to pack up camp tomorrow, today’s the day! 

“See” you later!
Michele~

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