If you hang around me for any amount of time, there’s a good chance I’ll take a moment to share with you the things, places, people, food (and so on) that I’ve been enjoying lately. Sure, this type of sharing can, at times, come unsolicited. I just want people to enjoy all these things alongside me! Anyone with me?
The majority of the time I’ve either heard about these things from a friend or I’ve accidentally stumbled upon them myself. Both avenues end up equaling a happy surprise. Below I’ve included my list of “things I’m enjoying right now.” Grab a friend and go explore together! You won’t be disappointed.
Trade & Lore Coffee
37 Wall Street
First of all, Wall Street is my absolute favorite street downtown. Big café lights are strung along the lampposts and there are numerous local shops that add to its character. Trade & Lore is one of the newer additions to Wall Street within the last year or so and I am so thankful they moved in. You walk in to an open concept room that has exposed brick everywhere. (Love!) They have a hodgepodge of seating options from refurbished church pews to comfy, vintage loveseats. I don’t know about you, but there are times I walk into coffee shops and I don’t feel cool enough to be there. (Can I get an amen?) Somehow Trade & Lore has been able to master the feeling of cozy, but not pretentious. Right now they have the most amazing vanilla, cardamom, and brandy latte. Just last week, Marissa whipped one up for me and I couldn’t believe how smooth the coffee was and how creative their syrup combo was. Who would’ve guessed? They’re constantly rotating syrup options, but make sure to get down there for this one ASAP.
Duncan & York
33 N. Lexington Avenue
Hats off to my sister, Lauren, who first introduced me to this wonderfully adorable store. Duncan & York is a dream-come-true for co-owners Stephanie Duncan and Lindsay York Woodruff. They have curated everything from Rifle Paper Co. products to hilarious nameplates (What Would Beyoncé Do?) to local Asheville artists to partnering with some of the best shops on Etsy. They feature these earrings from Kristin Grace Studs. For under $15, you can score these as an easy birthday gift for your girlfriends and even snag a pair for yourself. Hop on in and have Ben show you around.
132 Charlotte Street
When I lived in Texas, my love and affinity for tacos grew exponentially. I am a firm believer that we all need more tacos in our life. Taco Temple is the sister restaurant to Mamacita’s over on Biltmore Ave. Taco Temple’s main focus is tacos, tortas, and ensaladas. I am on a constant search for “the best fish” taco and, friends, I think I found it. Enter their “baja” taco. This taco comes with fried pacific cod, cabbage, baja sauce, and they top it off with little bits of pineapple. Lime to taste. Y’all. Come on. For $3.50 a taco, you cannot go wrong. Make sure you start with their queso and guacamole, too.
“This Is Us”
I love myself a good TV show. Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls, FRIENDS, Parenthood, Scandal, Downton Abbey…the list goes on. Do yourself a favor and add this to your DVR or Hulu queue. People are comparing it to Parenthood and I think the main similarities between the two shows are that you a) 100% fall in-love with the characters and b) the writing is just brilliant. The story-line is charming and SO smart and you don’t hate your life after watching an episode. (Yes; I’m looking at you, primetime news). The characters are endearing (see Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Sterling K. Brown aka Chris Darden from ESPN’s OJ: Made in America). Pop the popcorn and get to work.
That’s it for now! More solicited opinions to come, I’m sure.
What about you? Anything that you have been enjoying as of late?
Lyndsey Parham is an Asheville native with a dash of Nicaragua in her soul. She believes in the power of investing in others, chips & salsa, and Friday Night Lights. Oh, and coffee. Don't forget the coffee.