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Restaurants : Of Apples & Oranges by Ethan Warner

Morchella Provisions

(West Jefferson, NC)

Friday evening I had the pleasure of being served by Morchella Provisions’ staff and their Chef Josh Caine. Reservations are well advised if you want a table at this restaurant; the dining room is, like the menu, small yet sophisticated. Pastel paintings of fruit and inanimate table decor cover the walls: “Still Life” art or in its French title, nature morte.

Our night begins with some beers and diet cokes. To start, an order of shiitake mushroom gyoza, Peruvian tuna ceviche, and a bowl of roasted [more...]

My mountain times...

Hello, I’m Ethan Warner. I write about my experience in restaurants as a customer. I did not go to a culinary school, thus I write for the love of food. Over seven years I’ve cooked for small town diners and cafes, pitted my way through rooms of dirty dishes at country clubs, and learned from master chefs like Kevin Walker. I have been in both front and back of house positions, bars, worked a variety of catering scenes, and have developed a defined appreciation for unique dining experiences. I now work as a direct support individual and am an aspiring writer and musician.

09/25/21 20:47/ Carlean Lyall/ Restaurants/
THE TAVERN

(Downtown West Jefferson, NC)

The Tavern, Two bars and 34 tables; Walking inside the 20th century brick building a warm atmosphere and some very nice, attentive staff greet you. On the outside patio, a wooden fence shelters you from the rush of traffic nearby and the talk of the sidewalk.

First impressions go a long way and theirs is cut short with a flimsy black and white menu. No pictures, no fancy fonts, no hard back,

a mild gust could pick it up and send it across the way. A true shame, as the menu itself offers a unique, [more...]

My mountain times...

Hello, I’m Ethan Warner. I write about my experience in restaurants as a customer. I did not go to a culinary school, thus I write for the love of food. Over seven years I’ve cooked for small town diners and cafes, pitted my way through rooms of dirty dishes at country clubs, and learned from master chefs like Kevin Walker. I have been in both front and back of house positions, bars, worked a variety of catering scenes, and have developed a defined appreciation for unique dining experiences. I now work as a direct support individual and am an aspiring writer and musician.

09/25/21 20:53/ Carlean Lyall/ Restaurants/

The Grubb Blog : by Pam Grub, Todd, NC

Puddles

This is one of those days that I woke up with what I call a rainy headache. Every time we get a heavy rain the next day I have a sinus headache which usually takes me a few days to recover. Sigh! I'm sure it's an allergy to some type of mold. Nevertheless, this to shall pass.

On days like today I have to choose to find the good. If I choose to start counting my blessings it isn't long until I realize I'm blessed even when the day didn't start well.

Time to raid my closet. Rain boots, umbrellas, [more...]

From Pam: I’m an entrepreneur. All my life I have dreamed big. You see you have to try in order to be a sucess or failure at something. Being a business owner means there will be many successes and many failures. You just keep moving forward. Learn from your mistakes, adapt to change, learn daily, don’t be afraid to ask for help, read as much as you can, and trust the Lord with all your heart. Put God first and ask him to take the reins and go for it.

09/10/20/ Webguy/ The Grubb Blog/
Vi-color

Vi-color. Say what? Yep, the month of the most breathtaking vivid color. The mountains are getting ready to showcase the most glorious visual for my eyes to behold.

From what I have read the weatherman is predicting a vivid fall display. Reds, oranges, yellows, mixed with greens is the live painting we are getting ready to view. God’s coloring book. Grand and glorious! Travelers from near and far hit the highways to enjoy natures finest presentation.

The chlorophyll is going down! Shorter days [more...]

From Pam: I’m an entrepreneur. All my life I have dreamed big. You see you have to try in order to be a sucess or failure at something. Being a business owner means there will be many successes and many failures. You just keep moving forward. Learn from your mistakes, adapt to change, learn daily, don’t be afraid to ask for help, read as much as you can, and trust the Lord with all your heart. Put God first and ask him to take the reins and go for it.

09/10/20/ Webguy/ The Grubb Blog/

Specials : Special Pages and Articles

Snakes of the Mountains

What you need to Know!

by Joseph Shimel

Snakes! I look down at my phone and a picture of a snake pops up followed by the text, “What kind of snake is this?” This seems to be a regular occurrence for me as things begin to warm up in the late spring and early summer here in the mountains. As a park ranger with North Carolina State Parks and a snake enthusiast, anyone that knows me also knows I love snakes.

Snakes are reptiles and are ectothermic, what most people refer to as cold-blooded. This means that they [more...]

Special Thanks to Joseph Shimel, Park Superintendent, New River State Park & Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, Ashe County, NC For more Info, Please Call 336-982-2587

06/15/21 13:27/ Webguy/ Specials/
Kelly's Skittles

—by Kelly Hoosier

My uncle, Kenneth Paige, and my Aunt Cathy Paige (former owners of KatBird Crafts) had a parrot when I was growing up, and I absolutely loved that bird! I still ask about “Tweety” anytime that I speak to them. I’ve wanted one since I was a kid! I did some research on large Macaws and was thinking of getting one of four types: Scarlet Macaw, GreenWing Macaw, Catalina Macaw, or Blue and Gold.

06/22/21 00:19/ Carlean Lyall/ Specials/