Monday, December 28, 2009

Francophiles will enjoy Fig (Asheville)

Telling my daughter how much I lamented the closing of the restaurant Picholine resulted in a new find. As we prepared to head over to Asheville, North Carolina, she cleverly suggested an internet search that informed us the former owner of Picholine now had a bistro in Biltmore Village named Fig.

Smoked Salmon Lunch Entree

The daughter ordered the smoked salmon and I had a very nice green lentil soup followed by a pasta dish featuring white beans, pork medallions, arugula and white truffle oil. We split an order of chocolate mousse for dessert. Wine is available by the bottle, glass and half glass. A half glass, it turns out, is just about a perfect serving for lunch.

Ladies room bathroom fixtures at Fig

As popular as Italian, Mexican and Thai restaurants are, you have to wonder why French restaurants seem so underrepresented these days. My guess is that people conceptualize them in the wrong light. French restaurants are thought to be too expensive, too formal and the food too rich. Fig does not fit that mold. For lunch at least, there was not a white tablecloth in sight and prices ran in the moderate category. The food was seasonal, fresh and well prepared. We give Fig two thumbs up.


Photos of a BIG snow

Snow covered branches

Wearing a snow trimmed hat and smoking a pipe
(He'll melt way before he has to worry about cancer!)

Dwad and Greta in the backyard

Enough snow for an entire family of snow people

Wishing everyone a wondrous and awesome 2010.

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