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Becky’s Diner in Portland, Maine


As mentioned in our previous post on Portland Pie Company, Mr. Herb and I spent this past New Year’s in Portland, Maine, exploring the snow-covered city and other parts of beautiful Maine.

The Twisted Crepe in Asheville, North Carolina

The Twisted Crepe - A Creperie in Asheville, North Carolina

This past weekend, Mr. Herb took me to Asheville, North Carolina for a weekend getaway in celebration of my birthday! It was wonderful. The weather was beautiful and sunny, and it was the first time we were able to dine outside in months!

Mayfel’s in Asheville, North Carolina

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So, after last Friday’s pig-out session at Salsa’s, Mister Spice and I lazed around Asheville Saturday morning and decided on brunch at Mayfel’s.  My friend Jennifer recommended this restaurant to me, and I’m glad she did!

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Salsa’s in Asheville, North Carolina



Some of my favorite restaurants EVER are just across the mountain in Asheville, North Carolina.  Back in early fall, I even posted about the wonderful Tupelo Honey Cafe.  Salsa’s, as you can see from the sign, offers Mexican Caribbean food that’ll put any other Mexican cuisine to shame.

Portland Pie Company

Portland Pie Company Pizza - Restaurant in Portland, Maine

One of our favorite restaurants in Portland, Maine was when we visited Portland Pie Company on New Year’s Eve. This delicious pizzeria claims that “It’s all about the dough.” You get to choose the flavor of your pizza crust! They offer several different flavors of crust: blonde, wheat, garlic, beer, and basil! They also have a gluten-free crust that is flavored with basil and honey.

The Dillard House

The Dillard House in Dillard, Georgia

In Dillard, Georgia, not very far from the North Carolina border, is a wonderful place called The Dillard House.

The Dillard House is a delicious restaurant (the topic of this post), but it is also so much more. There are rooms, suites, cottages, chalets, beautiful views of the countryside, and horses, goats, and other animals that roam nearby.

Blue Ridge Bistro

Every year in early October, I take a trip to Banner Elk, North Carolina with my mom and Nana. Usually the weather is gorgeous and the fall colors are on full display. We like browse to around some antique stores and eat lunch, but mainly we go to pick out some fun fall pumpkins and gourds at the pumpkin patches around town. This year, Sister Spice was able to make the trip with us. Unfortunately, the weather was a bit on the dreary side, but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits too much!

Tupelo Honey Cafe

Tupelo Honey Cafe is an award-winning restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina. Actually, with TWO locations in Asheville and now, as of October 15th, a store in Knoxville. The cafe has been featured in dozens of magazines (like Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Southern Living) and has even been on Rachel Ray’s “$40.00 a Day”. In October, I FINALLY got to visit the restaurant!  Though it didn’t  look crowded from the outside, there was an hour and a half wait to be seated.  It was a Saturday at 6:00 pm, after all, so Mister Spice and I perused the fun, local shops while we waited.

Scratch Brick Oven Pizza


PIZZA: who doesn’t love pizza? There are so many different variations of crusts, cheeses, and toppings. Mister Spice and I are pizza lovers, and even though I’ve had pizza from a lot of places (including Italy!) Scratch Brick Oven Pizza in Johnson City makes the most unique, mouth-watering pies I’ve ever had.
It’s just a little house on the corner of East Unaka and North Road Street in Johnson City.

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