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Eating Indulgence at Cúrate in Asheville

September 5th, 2012 by abedofroses

Curate Salad

A Watermelon Heirloom Tomato Salad

The other day, purely by coincidence, Bill and I and two separate couples staying at our inn enjoyed tapas at Cúrate on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. Well, it may have been less coincidence and more good taste and adventurous palates that led us all there. The carefully and artistically prepared authentic Spanish tapas have given Cúrate a reputation that goes way beyond Asheville. GQ magazine has even praised their “ace” patatas bravas, a traditional potato dish served in tapas bars in Spain. I love to cook so when I go out to eat I want something that is way too much trouble to cook for myself. That’s why I’ve always loved the appetizers best when going to fine restaurants. Those small morsels of delectable food are so labor intensive, but so good. Those jewels of flavor are what tapas are all about. It makes eating at Curate a pure indulgence.

Flambe at Curate

The view at the bar is part of the experience

We love to sit at the bar and watch the magic. The teamwork is impressive and professional. You can order your heart’s desire, watch them carefully and skillfully put it together, present it to you beautifully, then do it all again!  The staff there is incredibly knowledgeable as well. I know nothing about Spanish wines, but each waiter and waitress can describe in great detail the subtle nuances of each of their wines, and it’s an extensive list. When I asked why they were cutting slits in the bottoms of plastic cups I got a fascinating explanation of how they make individual servings of their pound cake by injecting gas into the batter in the cups rather than using yeast, necessitating the slits for the steam to escape. I had heard that the Executive Chef/Co-owner, Katie Button, had interned at the renowned elBulli in Spain. Arguably the most famous restaurant on the planet, elBulli is associated with molecular gastronomy. While the cuisine at Curate is strictly traditional Spanish, you can see the influences from her impressive background.

Curate Restaurant in Asheville

Curate in a restored 1927 bus depot

The restaurant is a family affair, with her husband Felix Meana, formerly the “Chef de Rang” of elBulli, is the Director of Front of House Operations, her mother Elizabeth Button, a successful caterer with impressive credentials of her own, is the General Manager and co-owner, and her father Ted Button is the Financial Manager and co-owner.

In Spanish Cúrate means “cure yourself”. Whatever ails you, food like this certainly will make you feel good.

New Acquisitions at A Bed of Roses B&B – This is No Movie Set!

June 24th, 2012 by abedofroses

Tiffany Lamp

A Tiffany-style lamp shines in the window

Most of our guests probably think that the way a B&B looks, inside and out, is pretty much static, like a movie set. After all, there are all those photographs on the website. You might think an interior designer came in and Voila! Done! In actuality our inn is changing all of the time, and we’re pretty excited about some of the new changes! Serendipity has been busily at work for months now. A trip to see my sister last January led to a fun day in Salisbury and a great find in an antique shop. We weren’t looking for a wicker couch for the front porch but there it was! Of course, once we put it in place it needed a wicker chair, then a table, then new outdoor rugs with a nice blue patterned border, then another table….

Wicker furniture on the front porch

A new wicker couch led to more porch improvements

Our next shopping adventure came with an email and a new friend. Montford is a wonderful neighborhood to live in and we have a very active neighborhood association complete with an email list-serve. Lost dogs, Greenway clean-up notices, updates on the Montford Players Shakespeare Company all come through the list-serve along with public meeting notices and advice on roofers and window repair. A neighbor we had not met posted a notice that he was downsizing and needed to sell many belongings. When the list included French antiques our ears pricked up! Mario had moved from France via Philips Exeter Academy where he taught Spanish and French. He did indeed have a nice collection of French antiques, but not ones we could use. We did find two chairs with pressed leather seats that were perfect for the Turret Suite, though. After much debate and measuring we returned the next day.

Richly detailed carpet

Richly detailed Kashmar carpet

We decided that a Kashmar carpet would fit in the front parlor and add warmth and rich detail to the room. But I loved the carpet that was there already! What to do. More measuring and yes! It looks like it was always meant to be in the Turret Suite! Back to the parlor. All that rich detail was beautiful, but the floral patterned chair clashed painfully. Alas, Sasha had already shredded the corner of it, so it was history and a solid burgundy chair was put in its place.

And back to the Turret Suite…a window shade crashed down on the cut crystal table lamp, breaking it. There was no way to duplicate the lamp, but it turned into an opportunity to put a new Tiffany Lamp in its place that shines in the window visible from the street. Perfect. Then, while we were online searching for the broken lamp we found one that now graces our front table as well. Victorian ladies hold up a beaded shade and illuminates our guest book. Just like a movie set. Voila!

A Victorian lamp illuminates our guest book

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