Articles by: Stu Helm

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 10 Famous People I want to Personally Thank Today

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 10 Famous People I want to Personally Thank Today

Of course it’s time for a #PositiveList! Ever since a friend told me that making positive lists is good for one’s general well-being, I’ve been writing and posting them to Facebook. Everything between the hashmarks has been cut ‘n’ pasted from my personal Facebook page. ### When we say we’re “thankful” on Thanksgiving, who are we thanking? God? Odin? Kali?[Read More…]

by November 23, 2017 0 comments Asheville features
FANCY EATIN’: Isa’s Bistro is now Isa’s FRENCH Bistro, Yo!

FANCY EATIN’: Isa’s Bistro is now Isa’s FRENCH Bistro, Yo!

That’s Isa’s FRENCH Bistro to you, Bub. Somehow, Paddy and I got invited to a fancy-pants media dinner at Isa’s last week. Paddy, of course, is my friend and fellow food tour guide, Patrick Riels, with Asheville Food Tours, and he and I are just about the most unlikely looking pair of people to ever be seated among the elite[Read More…]

by November 22, 2017 0 comments Asheville News
EAT OF THE WEEK: Don’t Panic, I’m Just Here to Eat a Reuben for Lunch.

EAT OF THE WEEK: Don’t Panic, I’m Just Here to Eat a Reuben for Lunch.

“DON’T PANIC. I’M JUST HERE FOR LUNCH.” Now that I lead food tours, there are certain restaurants where the staff might be triggered to panic when they see me walk in the door unexpectedly. Their first thought might go something like, “Oh fuck! Did I forget there’s a food tour coming?!?” Followed by “Holy shit, 16 hungry motherfuckers are about[Read More…]

by November 16, 2017 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: Top 6 Most Awesome Ideas I’ve Had Recently While Walking…

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: Top 6 Most Awesome Ideas I’ve Had Recently While Walking…

Let’s do another one of those #PositiveLists! Ever since a friend told me that making positive lists is good for one’s general well-being, I’ve been writing and posting them to Facebook. Everything between the hashmarks has been cut ‘n’ pasted from my personal Facebook page. ### Top 6 Most Awesome Ideas I’ve Had Recently While Walking… 1) “The City of[Read More…]

by November 14, 2017 1 comment Asheville features
Let’s Get Listy Wit It! Stu’s Top Ten Lunches in Downtown Asheville

Let’s Get Listy Wit It! Stu’s Top Ten Lunches in Downtown Asheville

Stu Helm’s Top 10 Lunches in Downtown Asheville Let’s Get Listy Wit It! The following top ten list includes places and items that I eat for lunch most often, places I think about eating lunch at more than other places, and a place or two I plan to eat more lunches at in the future. Of course, duh, I’m not[Read More…]

by November 3, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Eating My Cake & Feelings at The Bar

EAT OF THE WEEK: Eating My Cake & Feelings at The Bar

“I HEARD YOU HAVE CAKE.” “Aw yeah, Man. We’ve got some amazing cake,” responded the bartender — quite enthusiastically — to my seemingly out-of-place interest in cake at the brewery. The two young beer enthusiasts sitting next to me looked over, a little curious, exchanging glances while the bartender confirmed the inevitable. “You want a piece of cake, Buddy?” I[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 8 Ways the Season 8 Premier of The Walking Dead COULD Have Been Worse…

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 8 Ways the Season 8 Premier of The Walking Dead COULD Have Been Worse…

Let’s do another one of those #PositiveLists! Ever since a friend told me that making positive lists is good for one’s general well-being, I’ve been writing and posting them to Facebook. I know that I just posted one of my #positivelists here on Ashvegas yesterday, but then last night I watched the season 8 premier of AMC’s televised action horror[Read More…]

by October 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville features
Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 3 Southern Dishes with an ‘n’ in the Middle…

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 3 Southern Dishes with an ‘n’ in the Middle…

Let’s do another one of those #PositiveLists! Ever since a friend told me that making positive lists is good for one’s general well-being, I’ve been writing and posting them to Facebook. Sometimes I try to make my #positivelists poignant and funny, other times, they are literally just a list of food or cute animals. Below is a brief example of the[Read More…]

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 5 Reasons Not to Hate the World Today

Stu Helm’s #PositiveLists: 5 Reasons Not to Hate the World Today

Let’s do one of those #PositiveLists! I know I usually write about food, but last Spring a friend of mine (Hi Megan!) told me that she had heard that making positive lists improved one’s overall well-being. I’m already known among my Facebook friends for posting lists of everything from the number of fruiting trees in my yard, to the many[Read More…]

by October 18, 2017 0 comments Asheville features
Had a Coffee Expo. Went Real Good. Here’s How We Did It. You Can Too.

Had a Coffee Expo. Went Real Good. Here’s How We Did It. You Can Too.

So, what does it take to put on a street festival like the Asheville Coffee Expo? After it was all over, except for #TheStruggleIsReal to break down our tent… Walking with my friend Dave Bristol (Aka Spaceman Jones) post-expo, he asked me what he would have to do in order to produce a [super-awesome, totally amazing, kick-ass] street festival like[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK! …or How I Ate the Ass-End of an Ox & Loved It!

EAT OF THE WEEK! …or How I Ate the Ass-End of an Ox & Loved It!

First an apology… Ho-o-o-o-o-ly shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, it’s been a long time since’t I wrote an “Eat of The Week” for you guys! It’s just that I haven’t eaten anything in weeks on end… just kidding.  But I haven’t eaten anything good in weeks and weeks… again, I kid.  Everything is business as usual, in the Stuffing-My-Face-With-Amazing-Food Department, it’s just that, well,[Read More…]

by October 13, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville Sandwich Report: Bacon, Cheese, Ham, Bacon, Turkey, Bacon, Chicken & Bacon

Asheville Sandwich Report: Bacon, Cheese, Ham, Bacon, Turkey, Bacon, Chicken & Bacon

Bacon happens. A lot. Remember that time you gave up eating meat for a bunch of years? And remember how, when you finally started eating meat again, the very first thing you ate was bacon? And you were, all, like, “Holy fuck! Bacon! I love you! What the fuck was I thinking? I’ve missed you so much! Gah! Nom, glomp,[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Best Shellfish Bowl Ever, The Junction, Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK: Best Shellfish Bowl Ever, The Junction, Asheville

Shellfish ain’t a hot dog. Last week, my Eat of the Week was a hot dog. [ LINK ] People like hot dogs. Hot dogs are super popular. Shellfish? Sure, plenty of people like shellfish too, but I’ll just put it like this: Hot dogs get a whoooole buncha more “likes” on social media than shellfish ever have or ever[Read More…]

by July 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
How to WIN the Battle of the Burger, and Everything Else, in Asheville , NC

How to WIN the Battle of the Burger, and Everything Else, in Asheville , NC

The Best Part About Being Me is Judging Food Contests I make no secret of the fact that I want all the food. Actually, truth be told, I don’t require ALL of it — necessarily — I just don’t wanna miss out on ANY of it! And that’s exactly why I love being a judge at the various food competitions[Read More…]

by July 22, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK:  Grass Fed Farm Dog, Farm Burger, Downtown Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK: Grass Fed Farm Dog, Farm Burger, Downtown Asheville

I’m a Simple Person. Gimme a hot dog, and I’m happy as fuck. My friends know that about me, and since they are my friends, they like to see me happy, so they often suggest that I eat a hot dog. Even my friends who can’t / don’t / won’t / would never in a brazillion years eat a hot[Read More…]

by July 19, 2017 2 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville Sandwich Report: 67 Sandwiches, Chicken, Lamb, Beef, Turkey, Lobster, Jack Fruit & More!

Asheville Sandwich Report: 67 Sandwiches, Chicken, Lamb, Beef, Turkey, Lobster, Jack Fruit & More!

Stu’s been eating a lot of sandwiches lately.

by July 6, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: A Presbyterian, a Teetotaller, & a 12-Stepper Walk Into a Bar…

EAT OF THE WEEK: A Presbyterian, a Teetotaller, & a 12-Stepper Walk Into a Bar…

Stu goes to a local watering hole for some of his favorite food, and ends up using the words “the best in Asheville” in his description.

by June 23, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: These Mussels Were Smoky-Dokey!

EAT OF THE WEEK: These Mussels Were Smoky-Dokey!

Charred Things on the Deck… When the weather is nice in Asheville, it’s really nice, and that brings out the hippy-dippy-deck-diner in all of us. Who wants to sit and eat outside tonight? Raise your hands… oh… no… on second thought… put your hands back down… y’all been sweatin’… and there ain’t no amount of “Egyptian Goddess” scented oil gonna[Read More…]

by June 1, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
FANCY EATIN’! Early “Dinner of the Year Contender,” Local Provisions.

FANCY EATIN’! Early “Dinner of the Year Contender,” Local Provisions.

Getting to Knowww Youuu… I always say that liking the people who make the food I like, makes me like the food they make even more than I liked it before! This has never been more true than in the case of Local Provisions, owned and operated by Chef Justin and Brooke Burdett. I’ve been popping into Local Provisions once[Read More…]

by May 25, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville Sandwich Report: Around the World & Home Again in Asheville, NC

Asheville Sandwich Report: Around the World & Home Again in Asheville, NC

I may have overdid it on the sandwiches… Now that I write a sandwich report every month, I might be perhaps going a li’l cray-cray on the sandwich consumption. Everywhere I go, no matter how fancy or mundane the establishment, I’m like, “Gotta getta sandwich.” Cúrate: Gotta getta sandwich. Food truck at Foundy: Gotta getta sandwich. Pete’s Pies, where I[Read More…]

by May 19, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Grandma’s Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

EAT OF THE WEEK: Grandma’s Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

In Asheville, we call it CAAAAKE!!! Holy fuck, are you kidding me? You guys may or may not already know that 50/Fifty The Art of Dessert is the weekly “food sponsor” for my Food Fan Radio Show, which means that every Tuesday, Chef Mandy Butler whips us up something fancy and fantastic, and her husband Chris swings it by the[Read More…]

by May 18, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Norwegian-American Ski Queen Cheeseburger

EAT OF THE WEEK: Norwegian-American Ski Queen Cheeseburger

Ski Queen Me. I had a little time to kill so I decided to eat some cheese. I went to see Brenton Vasconcellos at the 5 Walnut Wine Bar’s Cheese Shop — because he’s a super nice guy, who is super enthused about cheese — and, as it turns out, I happen to be in exactly the right place, at[Read More…]

Asheville Sandwich Report: Grouben, Reuben, Wraps ‘n’ Blatz!

Asheville Sandwich Report: Grouben, Reuben, Wraps ‘n’ Blatz!

Nowadays, I Eat a Lotta Sandwiches… I’ll tell you what, when you write a monthly column called “The Asheville Sandwich Report,” you start getting a lot of sandwich recommendations! Ha! No joke. Everyone from my own mother, to good ol’ Duncan the Plumber has a sandwich or two in mind that they want me to try, so I’ve been trying[Read More…]

by May 3, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Congratulations! It’s a Bagel!

EAT OF THE WEEK: Congratulations! It’s a Bagel!

I like Bagels. This week, my Eat of the Week is… a bagel. Yep. Just a regular ol’ bagel with cream cheese, that I ordered and ate at PennyCup Coffee Co. in The River Arts District (RAD). It was frickin’ awesome. No doubt. I loved it, and it made me super happy. It was a real bagel. Like, an actual[Read More…]

by April 28, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink

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