Rolling with Stone

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Mar 19, 2014

Well, I didn’t quite have the St. Patrick’s Day weekend I had hoped for. No green beer, no parties and no corned beef and cabbage.

Instead, I was home all weekend on the couch with tissues, cough drops, Vick’s vapor rub, medicine and reruns of “How I Met Your Mother” trying to fight off this crud that’s going around. Even my daily vitamin and apple cider vinegar with honey and water regiments didn’t save me from catching it this time. I have my husband to thank for bringing it home from work with him.

As I’m writing this, I’m just hoping I will feel better enough to make it to Tipping Point Monday night for one last chance to enjoy some Irish fare. More realistically, I just hope I’m back to full force Friday for our show at The Wineseller. But I’ll stop whining now, and I hope everyone had a better weekend than me.

Hurry up, spring!

Tomorrow marks the first day of spring, and although we’ve enjoyed a few warm days so far, the rain and cold persists here in western North Carolina. I’m ready for summer. I’m already tempted to start planning my next vacation. Who am I kidding? It’s already planned. We’re road tripping out to Denver, Colorado in August to visit a friend.

Anyway, the spring break photos from my Facebook friends at the beach are making me green with envy for some sun! But it’s just a matter of time before we’re enjoying warm mountain days and Florida residents will be clamoring to get up here to escape the sweltering heat and humidity.

Before we know it, Haywood County will be back to its lively self with events and festivals galore and I am very much looking forward to it. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t great things going on now around town — be sure to check our calendar each week for events and live music at many local venues.

Haywood happenings

For example, did you know a circus is going to be at the Haywood County Fairgrounds Thursday and Friday? With cool, sunny weather in the forecast, those will be great days to take the kids for a little excitement. Who doesn’t love the circus — camel and pony rides, trapeze artists, petting zoo, clowns and more. You’ll probably see me there taking pictures of the kids so smile for the camera.

If you’re looking for some great live music, BearWaters Brewing is hosting a fundraiser for Feline Urgent Rescue (FUR) tomorrow night. It’s a great cause and several talented musicians are donating their time to perform, including Jonathan Martin, ‘Round the Fire, Leah Henson Milan and Asheville band Alarm Clock Conspiracy. Read more about these artists and the benefit on page 11-12.

Sample of sushi

This issue of the Guide also contains the first in a series of features focusing on the spectacular food offered in Haywood County. This week, we focused on the sushi options available here at Kobe Express, Ganko Express and Saki Sushi.

Each restaurant has many of the favorite standards and also their own creations that come highly recommended. Each has chefs who have been practicing the art of sushi for years. If you’ve never tried sushi, I encourage you to try it — not everything is raw fish. There are plenty of sushi rolls that have cooked shrimp or smoke salmon.

You may be surprised how much you enjoy it with some soy sauce and wasabi. One of my favorites is the spicy roll with eel sauce at Kobe! OK, I must stop — I’m getting hungry. I hope the story and photos make you hungry enough to dine at one of these local restaurants.

For our next feature I’ll be looking for the spiciest food in town. If you’ve tried a spicy delicious dish in Haywood, let me know what and where so I can include it.

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