Bacon Mayonaise, ASADA’s new home, and a little more pasta than I can handle
I went sort of food nuts yesterday. In the guise of dropping off Greenville Small Plate Crawl postcards, I hit some exciting foodie stops in Greenville. I bounced into Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery and happily was greeted by Amy (my Twitter buddy @SheGotMox) who pointed me in the direction of the new BACON MAYONNAISE from Empire Mayonaise Co. in Brooklyn NYC. Holy crap. For real? I grabbed up a jar of both that and the Sriracha Mayo. My intention was just to run in and grab a jar of the Big Spoon Roasters Chai Spice Nut Butter, but as you can tell, I was wide-eyed with excitement and ran out with a couple more things than I intended, including a Espresso Bouchon Brownie.
Next up I grabbed my buddy Josie and we headed to Asada’s new brickand morter place at 1237 Pendleton Street in Greenville’s Pendleton Arts District. My TR Cookbook Club girl, Gina, and her husband Roberto own Asada and have done a bang up job on the inside of the place. The art on the walls and the big picnic style tables are made by Roberto. What a talented guy! And the food, like their food truck, still knocks it out of the park. Seriously best tacos since my last trip to San Diego. I ordered up the Chicken Karaage Taco, a homage to Gina’s Japanesse ancestory: Japanese style friend chicken marinated in Sake, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, topped with Latin-Asian slaw. And they have these amazing thick chips with fresh tomatoes and onions. Asada is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday starting at 11:30am.
Asada’s place shares a space with Mac Arnold’s new music venue which brings in big crowds during the weekend music line-up. He’ll be playing tonight, March 15, at the venue from 8:30-11pm. Go check out some tunes and grab a taco. And heavens to Betsy, don’t miss the Coconut Flan on the Asada’s menu! I somehow walked out without seeing it on there and I dig some good flan.
While I was in the area, I finally got a chance to pop into Naked Pasta at 1286 Pendleton Street. The fresh made, locally sourced, pasta company has gotten raves from all my buddies, so I had to get my hands on some to try. I walked out with four kinds of fresh cut pasta (Spinach, Mushroom, Plain and Tomato Basil Fettuccinie and Vodka and Italian Sausage and Basil Marinara). $19 for at least four dinners for the fam. That’s pretty amazing. They also have a TON of Gluten Free options including ready made gluten free Spinach and Artichoke, Five Cheese and Italian Sausage Lasagnas Along with Gluten Free Fettuccine. Don’t want to cook? They offer Hot Lunch Take-Out 11am-5pm. I can’t wait to make some pasta this week! Keep an eye out for them at your local farmers’ market, too!
And one last thing:
I’d like to say goodbye to our friends Lauren and Graham at Neue Southern Food Truck. I’m so glad I got back for one more bite. I wish you all the best with your food cart in Portland and I look forward to following your adventures via Facebook and Twitter!