Descubre Asheville goes to Early Girl Eatery and makes it bilingual

Descubre Asheville goes to Early Girl Eatery and makes it bilingual

Descubre Asheville goes to Early Girl Eatery and makes it bilingual

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What up my peeps!? First of all thank you for reading this blog and for supporting the diversifying of our local culinary scene, and of local media. Yes, I believe it is time to highlight EVERYONE in our city, including those that often times go unnoticed, immigrants.

Today I want to tell you about my meeting with Chef Hassan Aberchah, the new Executive Chef at Early Girl Eatery. The Chef and I met on a Friday at the West Asheville location. We had previously agreed to meet at 2:00PM, and the place was bumping when I arrived, and the Chef was slammed. Lindsey, the hostess, was very nice to set me up with some coffee and a biscuit while I waited, and waited.

I was surprised to see that at 2:00PM the place was still so busy. Anyway, when the Chef came out, it was almost an hour late. I thought, rock star move. Well, he was very apologetic and told me that it had been a very busy morning and he couldn’t believe it was already almost 3:00! I was fine waiting because this had to be an indication the food was going to be good. Now, I have been to Early Girl Eatery a few years ago, back when it had different ownership, and this was my first time since the new owner had taken over.


Well, this is very different from what I can remember, I mean the food wasn’t bad back then, but honestly I didn’t understand why it was so popular? However, now I can tell you the PLACE IS GREAT, I had TWO AMAZING menu items, and I LOVED THEM.

In fact, that is why I’m making this review BILINGUAL YO! And then I’m going to blast it as a NEWSLETTER, yes sir, I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW how freaking AWESOME this place is, in fact I will be back and eat every single item in their menu.

Chef Hassan Aberchah


This Chef is in my personal opinion a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Chef, I mean come on, who has the guts to be from Morocco, and to take the challenge to work at a SOUTHERN BREAKFAST STYLE RESTAURANT? Someone that is very confident in his skills as a Chef for sure. At the same time, let’s be honest, immigrants are in many cities the backbone of the restaurant industry in this country.

The menu at Early Girl Eatery has TONS OF GLUTEN – FREE ITEMS btw.

Here is where you will find all the awesome multicultural food scene in Asheville

What did I have?!

The menu at Early Girl Eatery has TONS OF GLUTEN – FREE ITEMS btw. 

Ok,  What did I have?

The MOST AMAZING pimento cheese and jalapeño fried chicken sandwich I ever had This thing made me LOVE the pimento cheese (something I never liked before) and a very light and fantastic French Country Apple Tart with honey mascarpone cream. Mmmm, good times, good times.

Thank you Chef Hassan, and thank you Early Girl Eatery for keeping our local culinary scene vibrant, eclectic and multicultural.

Early Girl Eatery has a few locations, however I visited the one located at 444 Haywood Road #101 in West Asheville

gilda con anchovias
gilda con anchovias

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Asheville Latinos at Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, Spain

Asheville Latinos at Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, Spain

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By Luis Carlos Serapio

Descubre Asheville

132 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801New

Asheville Latinos at Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, Spain

Hello Asheville! My name is Gonzalo. I’m originally from Argentina, and I used to live in your beautiful city of mountains, and boy do I miss it. You all are lucky to call Asheville home. Truly, this city has a special place in my heart

Luis, who I can’t believe has become quite a foodie in Asheville, is a very good friend of mine and we have kept in touch for many years, and through Descubre Asheville, I have seen how Asheville has grown, and become the culinary Mecca it is today.

I still remember my favorite restaurants in Asheville; Stoney Knob Cafe and Heiwa Sokudo….. Delicious food, and great people. I love you Asheville, I sure do.


A place to taste the culinary food scene in Madrid!

Now, I live in Madrid, and as some of you may know this City is also the bomb. The Spanish, know how to eat well, and today I will like to share with you one of my favorite places to eat here.

Any time you travel, I suggest that before you go to any restaurant, and if you really want to get to explore local culture, you have to start at the market. The Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, is a great place to start. The place opened in 1916, the building is one of Madrid’s best examples of cast- iron architecture, and the choices you will have for what to eat here will require more than a few days.

Located in the heart of Madrid de los Austrias, and known as the first gourmet market in Madrid, it is the home for a number of internationally known chefs.

What you are going to find here is basically a culinary tour of Spanish cuisine. The classic and best ham in the world; Jamon Iberico, next to Galician cuisine known as a region for outstanding sea food, next to Mediterranean dishes, cheeses from Castilla, el Pais Vasco and Asturias.

and on the lunch brake...!

Today during my lunch brake, I’m having Gildas de embutidos, and simply put, it’s a meal that for me is simple, but out of this world. I mean look at it! I’m having the one made with octopus, and also boqueron with anchovies cooked with vinegar, yes folks I love seafood and I can not lie, specially Spanish seafood. And to drink? A classic vermout madrileño.

This is food heaven, so if you come to Madrid, this is a MUST GO!

Prices are as follow,

Gilda de embutidos con pulpo = 2.20 Euros
Gilda with anchovies= 2.20 Euros
Vermut madrileño= 2.50 Euros

Ok my Asheville friends, here you have it. Saludos y un gran abrazo!

gilda con anchovias
Gilda con anchovias
Gilda de embutidos con pulpo

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Por Luis Carlos Serapio

Descubre Asheville

77 Central Avenue, Suite E, Asheville, NC 28801New


And the WINNERS of the inaugural 🔥”Bring Your Heat Asheville”🔥are: Chef May from Thai Pearl Restaurant👊🏽 Dear Chef May, the judges find your HEAT 🏆🥇🎖outstanding, tasty and enjoyable 🌶 and this is the reason why they loved your salsa 🔥congratulations 🎉 🥂 Chef 🧑🏻‍🍳 I’m glad you have entered this event and that people loved your salsa. 👏👏👏👏

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WINNER of people’s choice AWARD 🥇 and definitely the HOTTEST 🌶🌶🌶🌶 pepper in this event 👊🏽BAD ASS 🔥Shane Casto 🔥from PAPA LOCKS 👏brother your HEAT is almost 😅 insane 🥵 and yet PEOPLE LOVED IT! Bravo Shane 👏👏👏 I’m happy you entered this event and I hope to see you back next year, as this event is destined to grow bigger and better. Thank you to all my judges Aracely Arnoldo Arriaza👏 Crystal M. Salinas,👏Paul G. Cressend👏Stu Helm: Food Fan👏 and all the participants. Special thanks to Rabbit Rabbit for sponsoring this event and for all of your support ❤️❤️❤️❤️, also Pupuseria Paty, Chef Santiago Vargas, Biscuit Head, Nine Mile, Doc Helm’s Cream, Sidney’s Hot Sauce, @Mamacitas’s Taqueria, @Fermenti, @Salvador Betancourt, and THANK YOU ASHEVILLE for showing up to this event and for supporting the idea of creating a more inclusive community. #salsaverde #salsaroja #hotsauce #hotsalsa #asheville #descubreasheville #828isgreat


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Descubre Asheville finds a cemita, an awesome Mexican sandwich on Haywood Road in West Asheville.

Descubre Asheville finds a cemita, an awesome Mexican sandwich on Haywood Road in West Asheville.

Descubre Asheville finds a cemita, an awesome Mexican sandwich on Haywood Road in West Asheville.

😳Holy guacamole 🥑 friends! ☝🏽You are looking at one of my favorite foods of all time, and I JUST FOUND IT right here in Asheville❤️❤️❤️and at a FOOD TRUCK 🚚 !!

Where? Hipster town, aka West Asheville’s Haywood Rd😳

So, what is this?

CEMITA = a huge sandwich that is made with A delicious bread also known as CEMITA 🤷🏽‍♂️.☝🏽Now, some of you may not know, but México 🇲🇽 was once ruled by the French 🇫🇷 Yes the French!

Anyhow, because of this, there is some cities in México with great bread 🥖 🥐 Puebla City, the home of the Cemita is one of these cities.


Cemitas are made with tons of avocado, 🥑 quesillo (a mozzarella type cheese) papalo, a plant that is similar in flavor to basil 🌿 and of course meat!😍

This one right here is made of Milanesa, a breaded steak that has its roots in Milan Italy 🇮🇹

Where can you find this baby? Haywood Rd. Between Sunny Point and Ingles.👊🏽 The truck’s name is Tacos Puebla!


stu helm food fan - tasting pambazo

Cemita's history

The name, according to Benítez, is related to the unleavened bread of Jewish origin (Semitic) cultivated in Spain by the Sephardic population (Jewish-Spanish) since the Roman Empire. Puebla taxed Madrid with tons of bread six times a year, to supply its high seas crews in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The cemita with that name arose in the mid-19th century, coinciding with the consolidation of the talavera pottery workshops, the textile industry and the artisanal production of glass in the Puebla Valley. It appears as food for workers and artisans, the typical itacate of the popular class, a snack that was shared. Easy to store and transport, as it is eaten cold, it is profitable and cheap.

The adornment of the bread with sesame drawings dates from that same period (1913), on whose cover the artisans achieved great skill in drawing: flowers, stars, animals, phrases, names and landscapes. It is famous in Puebla a meal that General Maximino Ávila Camacho gave in Teziutlán, in which the cemitas consumed had the coat of arms of that municipality drawn.

Today, they can be found made with a wide variety of deli meats throughout the city and state, from markets to local.

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Chilanga Food in Asheville

Chilanga Food in Asheville

Street Food is Cooming Back!

Chilanga Food in Asheville

Hello friends! Today I want to show you something delicious 🤤 and unique I had over the weekend, right here in AVL. ❤️

My home girl BRENDA CABRERA, a proud chilanga hooked me up BIG TIME! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You see, as a chilanga she couldn’t believe I didn’t know what a pambazo was! Problem solved 👊🏽Meet México City native 🔥PAMBAZO🔥

Pambazos aren’t everywhere in México 🇲🇽so you know. This for a CHILANGO (*Mexico City native) is what a LOX BAGEL 🥯 is to a New Yorker🌇

So, what’s in it? What makes it so good? First of all, the BREAD yo! It is soft and coated with a Guajillo salsa that makes it so full of flavor ❤️❤️❤️The inside has CHORIZO mashed with fried potatoes 😮 lettuce, crema and of course queso fresco.

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Where can you find this delicious sandwich in Asheville?

NOWHERE 🤷🏽‍♂️ I have not seen it before. In fact, I have heard the name, but it was up until now, and thanks to my homie Brenda, I was able to try it🙋🏽‍♂️

Have you had it before? Here in Asheville? Did you like it?

I personally loved it 🥰 I ate two of them 🐷 and two chicharrón quesadillas 🤷🏽‍♂️ also.


Btw….Brenda may do an event soon. I will keep you posted. 

I'd never heard of a pambazo before, but if Ms. Cabrera ever opens a restaurant, this thing would instantly become one of the most popular sandwiches in Asheville, without a doubt.


stu helm food fan - tasting pambazo

Pambazo tradition

It originated in Xalapa, Veracruz and was created in honor of Empress Carlota, wife of Maximiliano de Habsburgo, by a chef named Josef Tüdös, who was inspired by the shapes of the Citlaltépec volcano (better known as Pico de Orizaba).

In this place they are filled with beans, mayonnaise, ham, shredded chicken, chorizo, lettuce, onion and chipotle chili pepper; Due to its versatility, it can be eaten filled, either with sweet or salty flavors, at any time of the day.

Although there is also another version, which indicates that this goes back to the viceroyalty, when the production of “basso bread” was established, it was made with different mixtures of low-quality flour and that refers to the “low”, that is, it lacks refining.

For this reason, it was a resource considered as an inexpensive bread, ideal for people of limited use, since those of the upper class consumed only Premium flour bread.

The most popular form that we know of originated in Mexico City, where they are sold mainly as a street snack: spread with a red chili sauce, stuffed with potatoes, chorizo ​​and chopped lettuce; and at the same time, it is fried on a comal with oil or butter and served with cream, green sauce and grated cheese.

Our next blog: Cemitas in Asheville

Cemitas in asheville

Shay brown events, Planeadora de eventos especializado en bodas tipo sureño Americano.

Shay brown events, Planeadora de eventos especializado en bodas tipo sureño Americano.

Cuando piensas en la planificación de bodas, piensas en Shay Brown Events.

By Luis Carlos Serapio

Descubre Asheville

Shay brown events, Planeadora de eventos especializado en bodas tipo sureño Americano.

Somos un equipo dedicado de planificadores de bodas, que con pasión por el diseño único y exquisito que se enfoca en bodas locales y de destino.

Toda chica sueña con su boda. En Shay Brown Events nos enorgullecemos de hacer realidad su sueño. ¡Desde el primer momento comienza su viaje! Usted es nuestra principal prioridad, ya que adaptamos su visión a cada momento de su día especial. Los detalles son algo importante para la planeación, y los deseos de la novia hechos realidad. 

Este es un equipo dedicado a bodas y eventos en general.

Sobremesa un evento organizado por shay brown events

Shay Brown Events es también organizadora de varios de los eventos dentro del festival culinario de Chow Chow, ¡Una serie de eventos culinarios en Asheville que se lleva a cabo ahora mismo y que termina el 26 de septiembre del 2021. Esta celebración de las costumbres gastronómicas de la región de los Apalaches sureños y una comunidad única de gente creativa en esta zona, que muestra las mejores y mas auténticas recetas y sabores autóctonos y culturales. Estuvieron chefs reconocidos a nivel nacional y local: agricultores y molineros, panaderos, artistas y cerveceros multigeneracionales, Chow Chow arroja luz sobre el espíritu creativo de la región que hace de las montañas Blue Ridge un lugar delicioso para degustar, ver y explorar y experimentar a través de experiencias culinarias inmersivas y educativas.


Diaspora, será un evento que contará con un grupo de Chefs preparando 2-3 pequeños platos tipo tapas para su disfrute, así como una variedad degustación en bebidas.

Diáspora habla de la dispersión de poblaciones de sus tierras indígenas, generalmente por migración forzada. Y como atestiguan tanto la historia como la cocina moderna: a donde va la gente, la comida va con ella. Los alimentos escondidos y conservados ofrecían subsistencia y resistencia a los pueblos dispersos, y también una semilla de esperanza para la cultura y la abundancia en un nuevo hogar.

Para más información de próximos eventos y calendario de CHOW CHOW visite: https://www.exploreasheville.com/chow-chow-culinary-festival/2021-schedule/

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