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Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween

Posted by eemilla on October 30, 2008

Visit here to carve your own Halloween pumpkin.  Thanks to Ashvegas for the fun!

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Twelve 12″ Snow Events

Posted by eemilla on October 30, 2008


blurry snow flakes

blurry snow flakes

Please join me in visualizing, praying, or chanting for the double the half a dozen 12″ snow events that Ed Brotak said we needed to help overcome the drought on “Conversations with David Hurand” on WCQS, 20 August 2008.

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Ugh . . . South Asheville disappoints again

Posted by eemilla on October 24, 2008

Earlier this week, we decided to try the new O’Naturals Cafe on 25 in South Asheville as we were without water during my lunch break.  It felt like stepping into either Chapel Hill or Atlanta: so shiny and just plain boring.  You can chose from sandwiches, salads, noodle dishes, and soups (they add flatbread pizza after 4pm), and after spending five minutes perusing the wall menu and seeing nothing that really jumped out, I went with the Chap Chae.  I think most of my disappointment came from the fact that the protein is not included even though the small noodle dish cost almost six dollars with no side; my honey ordered the teriyaki, and he added tofu.  The tofu added an extra two and thirty to the dish.  When I eat cafeteria style food like this in a big homogenous environment, I expect cheap or if not cheap then good, but O’Naturals is expensive and bland.  The portion was okay, but the vegetables in my Chap Chae were tiny and super thin, so they provided no flavor or texture.  Although the mushrooms were the exception in the size factor, they were not cooked longer than the time it took to heat them up so they were flavorless.  The sauce was a disgusting saccarine sweet concoction that again did nothing for this dish.  I deigned to try my partner’s dish, and wow! I am so glad I ordered the super sweet noodle dish.  The tofu was heavily smoked and overpowering.  Not even my ginger ale could wash the taste out, so again I was glad for the overpowering sweetness of my dish.

Another thing to keep in mind is that O’Naturals advertises itself as a great, organic spot for fast food.  As this is a big selling point, it is quiet disheartening to learn that only one-third of their menu is organic (this is proudly displayed over the lunch line).  However, their website does not bother to mention this fact, but it does use the overtly vague natural quite a bit.

If you are looking for a cheaper, faster, and tasty lunch, please avoid O’Naturals.  The cold veggie dumplings available in the cooler at Earth Fare across the street cost much less and are much more satisfying.  Additionally, Earth Fare has a decent sandwich counter which offers comparable sandwiches for less money and better ambience.  Eating at O’Naturals made me cry for China Palace South’s wonderfully economical lunch and friendly waitstaff.


Urban Spoon ONaturals

Urban Spoon ONaturals

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So much to celebrate!

Posted by eemilla on October 12, 2008

We have accomplished six and a half weeks of being a one car household.  I am so proud of my honey for bearing most of the sacrifice, although I am jealous of his thinning waistline.  A few days ago we even left the car parked in the carport all day long as I rode my much improved bicycle, and he took the bus.  Thanks so much to Asheville Recyclery; however, please do not be fooled by their website: they are located behind the French Broad Food Coop at 90 Biltmore Avenue in southern downtown Asheville.  Although my dry-rotted nubby mountain bike tires have been replaced by slicks, my saddle is the most uncomfortable piece of plastic in existence, and my gear shift has a mind of its own.  I will ameliorate these issues and become a brave bike commuter along the quite dangerous Highway 25A (aka Sweeten Creek Road).  Additionally, I will continue to ride the bus on the weekends to get downtown to grocery shop even if I do have difficulty reading the schedule correctly.  Due to my idiocy, I was able to walk a few miles from the North Asheville library to Greenlife lugging a backpack full of cognac, brandy, capilene and socks from the Ski Country tent sale, an Andrew Jackson biography, my grocery shopping bags, and a purse with a hand on the fucking cooler (for the groceries that were not to be).  I walked all that way (and believe me for someone as sedentary as myself that is one long fucking walk) because I cannot read the bus schedule, so I guess I paid a physical stupid tax today.  

The other reason for our celebration (which we will postpone due to us both suffering from nasty early season colds) is our second wedding anniversary.  I agree that two years of married bliss doesn’t really deserve a grandiose celebration, but come January it will be ten years we have shared.  I met this wonderful man on my birthday, and we shared French toast at IHOP after seeing some punk band at a bar that doesn’t exist because it either went out of business or someone drove their car through it.

I didn’t really think of myself as the marrying type, but I love this man.  I really wanted to stand in public and say it; I wanted to profess my undying love in front of our family and friends.  It was so wonderful, and I love being married to him.  I don’t feel that anything really changed from our cohabitating or living in sin days, but damn, I love calling him my husband.  

The only thing that sucks about being married is the constant query of where are the kids?  I will leave that for another post.

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