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Weekly Scoop (October 28-November 3) - Stu Helm checks out Mountain Madre 🌮 Plus lots to do this week!

Eat This... with Stu Helm


Tacos and the Holy Grail of rice and beans at Mountain Madre

Photo by Stu Helm; on Instagram @stuhelmfoodfan

I’ll just cut to the chase here: I ate two chicken tacos at Mountain Madre last week, and they were excellent! 

I popped in for a quick bite before my Friday food tour. I’m psyched to report that my expectations were blown out of the water by the deliciousness of the tacos, AND the rice and beans that showed up a few moments later. Seriously, I’m giving a shout-out the rice and beans. How often does that happen? (Answer: Not very often). Hey, credit where credit was due, and this humble side of black beans over Mexican-style rice with cotjia cheese crumbled on top was moist, savory, flavorful, and I ate every grain and bean on the plate. 

Now let’s talk tacos. The pulled chicken meat was likewise moist and savory, and cooked to perfection in my opinion. The toppings of BBQ creme, corn salsa, crispy shallot, and chilli oil were all very tasty, and added to the tacos with their stand-alone flavors, as well as in conjunction with each other. The creme had sweetness and comfort, the oil added some kick, and the salsa was very fresh vegetable-y, without relying too heavily on raw onions. All-in-all, the flavors were great! 

The texture was on point as well, and the crispy shallots offered the perfect little bit of crunch, without being ham-handed or trashy about it. Sure I love trashy food, but these tacos were not that. These were damn good tacos, with a basic though satisfying side, and I enjoyed this meal very much! 

I recommend these chicken tacos to you, and I’m looking forward to trying more of the Mountain Madre menu over the next few months.

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Halloween Breaking Scoop
to see all of the haunted happenings this week in Asheville!

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, October 28

Tarot Card Reading with Alex Moody
at Ginger's Revenge
Join Alex Moody from 5-8pm as she offers tarot readings! You can come with a question or two in mind, or ask for a general reading. These will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to come by early! Readings are $25 for 20 minutes.
More details.
More to do Monday
Tuesday, October 29
Bluegrass Session
at Isis Music Hall
The Kristy Cox band hosts the weekly Isis Music Hall Bluegrass Jam! Come on down for great food, music and company!
More details.
More to do Tuesday

Wednesday, October 30

Pint Night: Get a Free Pint Glass!
at Black Mountain Brewing
Grab a free pint glass with the purchase of a beer!
More details.

More to do Wednesday

Thursday, October 31

Halloween on Vermont Avenue in West Asheville
with Instant Karma Asheville

Visit the Karma Bus on Vermont Avenue for a West Asheville Halloween celebration! The street will be closed to traffic from 5:30-9pm on Halloween night to create a safe and fun trick-or-treating environment. Candy donations are much appreciated and can be dropped off at Sunny Point Cafe.
More details.

More to do Thursday

Friday, November 1

Feast of the East: An Eastern NC Culinary Event
with The Blind Pig

Join us in celebrating the anniversary of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park with a night of live music, delicious food, beer and wine at one of the most distinctive venues in all of North Carolina! All event proceeds will benefit the Gig360 Young Professionals and the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum.
Tickets and more details.
More to do Friday

Saturday, November 2

Earth and Sky: A Fundraiser for the Amazon Rainforest
with Veda Studios

Enjoy a day of yoga, meditation, singing and more while helping to save the rainforest! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to ifronteiras, an amazing grass-roots effort in Brazil that collaborates with communities to prevent further deforestation through education and eliminating their dependence on cattle-raising and create sustainable ways for them to live.
Tickets and more details.
More to do Saturday

Sunday, November 3

2019 WNC Fermentation Festival
with Fermenti
This event creates a space for all of WNC and surrounding communities to join together in honor of fermentation, food preservation, farming and food resiliency in Madison County, NC. All profits and proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Beacon of Hope Food Bank of Marshall, NC. There will be FREE demos on food preservation and fermentation, music, family-friendly activities and of course local and regional fermenters, foodies and craft vendors.
More details.
More to do Sunday
Be sure to head over to our Instagram for a chance to win two free tickets to Wizards of Mixology, presented by
The Urban Gastronome!
The winner will be announced on Halloween!
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