… grabbing dinner to-go at Magpie tonight… xo

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… fun group on the food tour today, eating & drinking our way through downtown Brevard

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… I can say our group today included a Trump family member! ;-)

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#yes #bekind

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… it’s Friday night, so that means… ?

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yes, Wine Down… xo

 

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… kitchen sink looking for a new home… let me know if you’re interested… ;-)

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… no electricity tonight due to rain storms…

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… so it’s a quiet night of no TV, no internet, meditating with Deepak, reading in bed, and falling asleep to the sound of rain… and now wide awake at 1:30am… 

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#myboy

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… Spanish Oak’s Mac the Knife… xo… I will never again listen to Bobby Darin’s Mack the Knife without thinking about you, sweet boy…

… Mac taking over the investigation as to why pine needle branches are in the driveway… #dontworrymom #Ivegotthis

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… prepping for Brevard Bites Food Tours this weekend… xo

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… I got to meet Maggie today, my sweet “niece” from Budapest… (I’m her self-appointed Auntie Ann)

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… and she’s a cuddler, yes!… she buried her face in my arm and fell fast asleep… awwww… xo

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… attended an excellent talk today at the WNC Military History Museum… xo

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… presented by one of my most favorite people in the world ;-)  Seriously, great talk and very entertaining… very proud!

… slightly creepy (no, very creepy) item on display at the museum… fabric from Hitler’s sofa in the Eagle’s Nest…

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… at Grove Park Inn in Asheville today…

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… rainy day outside, but inside inviting as usual…

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… listed a property last week, and it’s already under contract this week… call me if you have property you want to sell!

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… this knee is causing me plenty of trouble this week… ugh… :-(

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… definitely ready to get back to normal… hurry it on up… xo… thank you, Transylvania Regional Hospital radiology department…  

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… interesting waiting room reading… ;-)

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… my favorite places apparently confirm I’m an INFJ…. ;-)

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… organic whole chickens on sale at Ingles… :-)

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… going to make my favorite Julia Child’s roast chicken… click on this link if you want to try the same recipe (it will become a favorite): Julia Child’s Classic Roast Chicken… 

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… lovingly sending this out to my stalker: Happy Monday! #letssendyouonyourwaynow

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… Happy Mothers Day 2018! #blessed

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… I should be in Croatia right now on a boat in the Adriatic Sea jumping off the side into the water frolicking (as these emails reminded me), but I’m happy with my decision to not go and instead  be here celebrating Mothers Day in this beautiful little corner of the world called Brevard… xo

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#yes #true

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… at Elements Spa today… one of my favorite places… xo

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#yes #dothis #loveall #livehappy

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… meet sweet Maggie xo… at JFK airport fresh off a plane from Budapest!

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… such a sweet girl…  :-)

… Maggie relaxing and playing before boarding her flight to North Carolina (and her final destination and new home in Asheville where she is much loved already!)… xo

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… the healthiest way to start every day…

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… drink a bottle of water before you even get up and out of bed ;-)

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… it’s Friday night… that means Wine Down… ;-)

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… at Lululemon Athletica in Biltmore Village… ;-)

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#definitely #eatclean #behealthy

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… another morning of TV liveshots in downtown Brevard all about Brevard Bites Food Tours!

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… thank you WLOS & Lauren Brigman for always coming out and loving what we do in Brevard!
www.BrevardBitesFoodTours.com

 

… at Kiwi Gelato having gelato for breakfast… Richard’s cat got him up at 3am, so opening up at 5:30am was no big deal! :-)

 

… Jake Jackson and Amy Jackson (and their mom, Kelly) at our third food stop. Mayberry’s…

 

… with Brevard Brewing Company beer…

 

… Adam Perkins and Allie Carrington  and Matt Sharpsteen with Lauren talking about Rocky’s famous pimento cheese recipe (featured in Southern Living’s cookbook) and Wine Down’s amazing charcuterie offerings… ;-)


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.. after a morning meeting talking radio, I’m signing on…

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… this summer I will be able to say I’m nationally syndicated on radio, talking mindful living, life balance and healthy lifestyles.  These cranberry orange muffins btw are definitely NOT healthy.  :-)   I opted for coffee (no muffins) since I was fasting this morning.

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#yes #eathealthy #move #meditate

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… fun morning in Brevard celebrating kick-off of the 2018 season of Brevard Bites Food Tours!

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… thank you FOX Carolina for all the love and fun this morning!
(below: at the Map Room Tap Room upstairs at D.D. Bullwinkle with Allie Carrington and Adam Perkins… and of course, FOX Carolina’s Joe Gagnon and photographer, Ariel!)

Joe marveling at the selection at Wine Down… :-)

… sweet friends Rebekah and Joe Alexander (The Phoenix & The Fox) sharing their famous fried green tomatoes…

Matt with Ariel & Joe at Wine Down…

Allie was great on camera!

… at Mayberry’s talking food and drink… xo

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… more progress today… :-)

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Uh-oh, not a good week to lose my voice… :-(

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… downing the elderberry syrup, and this… come back to me voice, please…

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… somehow happened upon the Kentucky Derby party at Lake Toxaway Country Club…

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… enjoying Mint Juleps and watching the horses stack up…

… my picks for winners… ;-)

… and dinner at the Greystone Inn… I had the beef filet with potato gnocchi… fun evening…

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… Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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… oh, my goodness, chocolate milkshake for lunch at Rocky’s… xo

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…. because I’m a grown-up and I can… ;-)

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…. awwww…

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… I’m sure I’ve logged a hundred hours mowing while listening to this beautiful song…

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… countertop perfection that’s making me happy today… ;-)

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I love how everything is coming together beautifully… xo

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… help Clint Roberts here… and get great merch in return!

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… my sweet friend Belinda asked me to share this with everyone… here’s a note from her son, Clint:

Hey guys, as some of you may know, I’m making a trip to Japan soon. Frankly, if I go with my current financial situation, money’s gonna be real tight. I’m offering a special sale until May 5th in hopes to raise funds for the trip! Go to clintrobertsmusic.com in the shop section to get a special sale bundle that includes a T shirt, a copy of the album, and three stickers for $20. Shipping is five bucks. Please spread the word!
Thanks, Clint

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… wishing everyone a wonderful day and sending hope that something beautiful happens for you today… xo

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“Hope” is that thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul.
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.”    ~ Emily Dickinson

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… dinner at Wine Down (walnut pear gorgonzola flatbread)…

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… got to see Marlaine’s skills at throwing darts, too….  :-)

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… making progress this week on the reno!

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… whenever I see Fanta Orange for sale (which is not often), I have to get one…

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… reminds me of growing up in Rio de Janeiro and weekends at Itanhangá Country Club… walking to the clubhouse after riding my horse and always ordering a “grill cheese sandwich and Fanta Orange” (queijo quente e Fanta Orange)… then swimming the rest of the day in the pool….

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Thank you, Transylvania Times for the love in today’s paper!

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Brevard Bites Food Tours Magpie

            BREVARD BITES FOOD TOURS KICKS OFF 2018 SEASON WITH ADDITIONAL RESTAURANTS
              Local guided food & walking tour showcases downtown Brevard’s robust culinary scene

Brevard Bites Food Tours has announced the kick-off of the Brevard-based company’s 2018 season and other big changes for their food enthusiasts.  The food tour company offers guided culinary walking tours through historic downtown Brevard.  Guests enjoy tastings at local restaurants, tap rooms and specialty food shops with tapas-sized portions of house fare favorites and drink pairings. They also learn fun facts about the town’s history and architecture while walking between food stops.

This year, two new restaurant partners have been added to the tour: Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop and Mayberry’s. “We are so excited to be joining the food tour this year,” said Mayberry’s manager Amy Jackson. “There’s nothing better than good food, people who love good food, and a chance for us to showcase our amazing staff to even more people.”  Among the fare planned for upcoming food tour guests, Mayberry’s will serve tastings of their popular Cuban sandwich (pit ham, pulled pork, dill pickles, Swiss cheese, sweet Cuban mustard all on a pressed Portuguese roll) and other favorites.

The Map Room Tap Room (above D.D. Bullwinkle) has also been added as a new stop on the tour this year offering popular beer tastings to thirsty patrons.  Hop Stop & Beer Garden (100 East Main St.), another new addition, will offer guests samples of a wide variety of local, regional and unique specialty beers, wine and cider.

Some of the other food/drink stops rotated on the tour include: Marco Trattoria, Wine Down, Magpie Meat & Three, Brevard Brewing Company, The Phoenix & The Fox, Kiwi Gelato, Blue Ridge Bakery, Hop Stop and Beer Garden, The Proper Pot, Spice It to a Tea, and Beer & A Bracelet Saloon, better known as “The Smallest Bar in the U.S.”  The food tours last approximately two and a half hours.

According to Brevard Bites Food Tours co-owner Ann Sharpsteen, all the food tour partners are all thriving, growing and enjoying changes of their own this year.  “Brevard Brewing is doubling their production,” she explained. “They will be canning their beer and making it available for retail this summer.”  Brevard Brewing’s five popular year-round beers on tap – Brevard Brewing Lager, Pilsner, IPA, Red, and Dunkel – will be available for purchase in six-packs at Ingles and elsewhere beginning in late June.

Wine Down on Main, the originating point and first stop on the food tour is also thriving and offering new special events and specialty wine dinners to local foodies. “We have some great food and wine in store for guests this year on the food tour,” said Wine Down co-owner, Patty Fisk. “Being a part of Brevard Bites Food Tours has been a positive for us and we’re excited to be a stop again this year. Not only is good for us and fun to interact with and serve the guests on the tour, it’s good for downtown Brevard. ”

“I’m so pleased that the food tour is able to help showcase our vibrant and eclectic food scene,” added Sharpsteen. “The food tour has been popular with locals and visitors alike. Visitors take the tour at the beginning of their visit to learn which restaurants they want to go back to during their stay. It’s a way for them to scope out their favorites. Exploring Brevard’s culinary scene, I believe, truly is the best way to experience the true essence of Brevard.”

Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris couldn’t agree more, adding, “Brevard has outstanding dining and whether you’re a local resident or visiting for the first time, taking the food tour is a great way to sample the best that Brevard has to offer.”

Tickets for Brevard Bites Food Tours are $39 each and can be purchased online at www.brevardbitesfoodtours.com.  The tours begin at 2 p.m. and operate Friday and Saturdays between May and September.  Gift certificates are also available by calling 828.565.2483.

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…. beautiful day in Brevard today! #xo

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… flowers from outside by my bed tonight… xo

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… reading about INFJs tonight.. which apparently I’m one of them… 

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… not feelin’ the workout today :-(

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… I’ve been working out every day lately, but definitely am NOT feeling it today… short cardio, no weights and I’m calling it good…

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365 Things to Do in Brevard – #6

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… stop by Food Matters to pack the perfect organic picnic lunch for a waterfall hike… everything organic and wonderful… xo





 

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… Sunday morning smoothie…

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… fun group and great conversation on Lake Toxaway this evening… #peaceful

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…  dinner at The Library with Cream of European White Asparagus Soup with Crispy Jerusalem Artichoke Chips… 

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… French Broad Chocolate in the Asheville Visitors Center Gift Shop ;-)

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… and no, I didn’t buy one… heading back to Brevard for more meetings, setting up two upcoming TV gigs, and a late day workout… 

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… my new Dolley Madison prop :-)

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… along with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Dolley also saved the famous portrait of George Washington when the British looted the Capitol in 1812.  Plus, she hosted some pretty fantastic parties!

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