Opinion

Ask A Woman AVL: I’m paralyzed by a crush on my friend; help!

Ask A Woman AVL: I’m paralyzed by a crush on my friend; help!

Stop pining away in fantasyland and go for it.

by October 26, 2019 0 comments Opinion
Ask A Woman: Why are some guys freaked out by menstruation?

Ask A Woman: Why are some guys freaked out by menstruation?

I don’t think the majority of grown men find menstruation to be disgusting.

by July 16, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Why do so many Asheville women have hairy armpits?

Ask A Woman AVL: Why do so many Asheville women have hairy armpits?

That’s what these various standards of femininity are all about: making sure that women are constantly chasing an unrealistic version of ourselves.

by June 25, 2019 5 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Opinion: Reframing perceptions of the Asheville Flatiron Building

Opinion: Reframing perceptions of the Asheville Flatiron Building

It is wrong to say that the Flatiron is the soul and spirit of Asheville.

by June 6, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Asheville musician Joshua Phillips, shown here, and fellow musicians Philo Reitzel, Elijah Cramer, Casey Cramer, Oso Rey, and Patrick Armitage have a popular Beastie Boys tribute band called High Plains Drifters. They'll be playing at the Salvage Station on Friday./ photo by Katherine Powell via High Plains Drifters

The enduring appeal of cover bands on the Asheville music scene

Cover and tribute gigs can represent a lucrative (by Asheville musician standards) way to play out on a regular basis.

by June 4, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic nomination to run for president in the 2020 Election, stumped in Asheville on Friday, May 18, at the Salvage Station music venue. /photo by Stephan Pruitt

In Asheville, Bernie Sanders rallies his supporters

It’s 85 degrees and about a thousand percent humidity and we are all, literally, feeling the Bern.

by May 20, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Josh Blake/ photo by Sandlin Gaither

Josh Blake, vulnerable and showing us his way with new release, Nothing’s In The Way

Asheville musician Josh Blake will celebrate the release of his new album, “Nothing’s In the Way,” with a

by May 13, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Why do y’all always go to the bathroom together?

Ask A Woman AVL: Why do y’all always go to the bathroom together?

I’m guessing you want some porno answer like we’re doing cocaine off of each others boobs or practicing kissing. Sorry to disappoint

by April 26, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Do menstrual cramps really hurt? Like, really?

Ask A Woman AVL: Do menstrual cramps really hurt? Like, really?

Yes it really hurts. Jeez, man. What did you think?

by April 15, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Why did the flirty waitress shoot me down?

Ask A Woman AVL: Why did the flirty waitress shoot me down?

Here’s a hint: women who work in the service industry work for tips, so being friendly is part of their job.

by March 27, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Is she flirting with me when she takes off her glasses?

Ask A Woman AVL: Is she flirting with me when she takes off her glasses?

Is the take-off-your-glass move seduction or something else completely?

by March 18, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Warren Haynes and the Asheville Symphony on Saturday at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. / Photo for Ashvegas.com by DAVID SIMCHOCK

Asheville Symphony and Southern rock alight in Haynes’ ‘Dreams’

It was a transcendent night.

by March 17, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: I smacked my boyfriend for being a jerk. Was that too harsh?

Ask A Woman AVL: I smacked my boyfriend for being a jerk. Was that too harsh?

Sometimes the most powerful thing you can do is nothing at all.

by February 21, 2019 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Ask A Woman AVL: Am I wrong in thinking ‘toxic masculinity’ is BS?

Ask A Woman AVL: Am I wrong in thinking ‘toxic masculinity’ is BS?

A writer tells Ask A Woman that he’s ticked off by a new Gillette advertising campaign taking aim at toxic masculinity.

by February 1, 2019 1 comment Asheville News, Opinion
Ask a Woman:  Do I need to grow a beard to get a date in Asheville?

Ask a Woman: Do I need to grow a beard to get a date in Asheville?

Why are all the women in this town going for the hirsute he-man look?

by January 15, 2019 1 comment Asheville News, Opinion
With gut-wrenching emotion, ‘Army of Love’ faces down childhood cancer

With gut-wrenching emotion, ‘Army of Love’ faces down childhood cancer

Singer-songwriter Dave Desmelik penned one of the most powerful Asheville albums of 2018; it’s a record about childhood illness.

by January 3, 2019 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Lack of diversity detracts from first Asheville climate conference

Lack of diversity detracts from first Asheville climate conference

The conference is another disappointing example of how some of our most respected civic and business leaders still fail to take into account people of color and their concerns.

by March 19, 2018 9 comments Opinion
Ashvegas Op-Ed: Rising fees hurt Asheville’s Aston Park Tennis Center

Ashvegas Op-Ed: Rising fees hurt Asheville’s Aston Park Tennis Center

If Asheville City Council wants to convert Aston Park into a country club-like facility, they’re well on their way to doing so.

by February 17, 2018 2 comments Asheville News, Opinion
South Asheville sounds off, propelling Kapoor to big City Council win

South Asheville sounds off, propelling Kapoor to big City Council win

Broadly speaking, voters were motivated by an anti-incumbent streak and a clear desire to vote against a district election plan for Asheville City Council.

by November 8, 2017 5 comments Opinion
Moving the Asheville arts forward, one review at a time

Moving the Asheville arts forward, one review at a time

Getting at the role of a reviewer in Asheville.

by April 25, 2017 3 comments Asheville arts, Opinion
Will there finally be justice for Zebb Quinn and his family?

Will there finally be justice for Zebb Quinn and his family?

A prime suspect in the mysterious disappearance of Quinn has reached a plea agreement in a separate homicide case; are answers forthcoming?

by April 25, 2017 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
STRAWS SUCK! Turtles Hate Them, and You Should Too

STRAWS SUCK! Turtles Hate Them, and You Should Too

You saw that turtle video, right?

EAT OF THE WEEK: It’s Hot, It’s Brown, It’s Asheville Hot Brown!

EAT OF THE WEEK: It’s Hot, It’s Brown, It’s Asheville Hot Brown!

Hot Brown is the Description that’s also a Dish. I absolutely love that there’s a traditional plate of food which is actually, officially, hilariously named “hot brown.” I love it for so many reasons. Let’s leave aside any obvious comparisons to a “dutch oven,” a “philly steamer,” or a “rusty trombone.” …yeah, no, let’s not bring up those things at[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK: Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cakes!

EAT OF THE WEEK: Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cakes!

Everybody say “Ho-oh!” As in hoe cakes. Also as in “ho ho ho,” for the Holidays, or in this case: HO-leeee shiiiiit, that’s good food! Last Tuesday, I ate a “Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cake” from the Root Down Food Truck that was so insanely tasty, I ate it again on Thursday. I ferkin’ lerved it both times and[Read More…]

by December 23, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Opinion, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

My Whole Family Loves a Good Meat Pie. I’m from a pie family. We like pie. Apple pie, sweet potato pie, rhubarb, pumpkin, cherry pie… make any pie out of any fruit, squash, custard, or pudding, and we will eat it. Make a pie out of meat, and we will eat ALL of it. You and your family will have no[Read More…]

by December 16, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Opinion, Reviews
Christmas Jam 2016, part I: Haynes, Johnson and Krauss kick off

Christmas Jam 2016, part I: Haynes, Johnson and Krauss kick off

Holly Bowling was also one of the bright stars of the night.

by December 12, 2016 2 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
Karl Denson brought the funk but not the fire to Asheville show

Karl Denson brought the funk but not the fire to Asheville show

Caleb Calhoun I came into the night tittering like a school girl. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with special guest Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic guitarist) at New Mountain AVL last week was enough to get me pumped. The addition of local hotshots The Digs to the lineup provided an extra shot of adrenaline. This was, I suspected, going to be a night to remember.[Read More…]

by December 8, 2016 0 comments Asheville Music, Opinion
What’s so special about Asheville? The Junction’s tasting table for one thing

What’s so special about Asheville? The Junction’s tasting table for one thing

The Tasting Table at Asheville’s Tiny Junction Restaurant is a Very Special Place. If you’ve ever wondered what makes the Asheville food scene so special, wonder no longer: It’s the people, Dumbass. The chefs, the cooks, the restaurateurs, the servers, the bartenders, the farmers, the makers, the bakers, and even us, the eaters. We are what makes the scene so[Read More…]

UN CHAIN AVL: Bartaco Destroys Art Deco Treasure

UN CHAIN AVL: Bartaco Destroys Art Deco Treasure

[the following editorial about Bartaco is the opinion of the author alone] WHY WE RESIST Did you know that Asheville has one of the most notable collections of Art Deco buildings of any city in the country? In the world, actually. That seems really amazing when you think about it, but it’s absolutely true! Google it. You’ll see. I did[Read More…]

Movie review: ‘Swiss Army Man’

Movie review: ‘Swiss Army Man’

“Swiss Army Man” digs deeper than entertainment; it’s an interpretive dance with a haunting score, writers our reviewer.

by July 21, 2016 0 comments Opinion
REVIEW: OWL Bakery, Table Asheville, Gan Shan Station

REVIEW: OWL Bakery, Table Asheville, Gan Shan Station

OWL Bakery has an insanely cute interior design, says Stu, who offers his opinion on the eats, too.

A Month of Brundays part 7 – English Breakfast, Country Women, & Duncan the Plumber

A Month of Brundays part 7 – English Breakfast, Country Women, & Duncan the Plumber

The latest on the Asheville brunch scene from Stu.

REVIEW: The Montford Pull-Up Deli and Grill

REVIEW: The Montford Pull-Up Deli and Grill

The Montford Pull-Up is straight-up delicious.

From left: Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table; Chef William Dissen, The Market Place; Chef Steven Goff, Standard Foods; Chef Katie Button, Curate; Chef Joe Scully, Chestnut and Corner Kitchen; Stu Helm; Chef John Fleer, Rhubarb; Chef Karen Donatelli, Donatelli Bakery; Chef Peter Pollay, Posana Cafe; and Chef Matt Dawes, Bull & Beggar./ Photo by STEWART O'SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM

EAT. WRITE. REPEAT. How to Become a Food Writer in 3 Easy Steps

Stu talks food writing.

A Month of Brundays – Part 6 – Brunch Cat Bobby Makes the Scene

A Month of Brundays – Part 6 – Brunch Cat Bobby Makes the Scene

JERUSALEM GARDEN • MISTY MOUNTAIN BAKESHOP AT SOVEREIGN REMEDIES • LOVE YOU A BRUNCH TRUCK AT OLE SHAKEY’S • INELIGIBLE DIM SUM IN FLORIDA   – by Stu Helm   Hello Asheville! Good lord! At this point in my brunch studies, I’ve eaten so many various brunches, at so many different places, that when I even hear someone say the[Read More…]

The Bathroom Bill That Laid a Turd in Foodtopia’s Punchbowl

The Bathroom Bill That Laid a Turd in Foodtopia’s Punchbowl

Reports from Asheville restaurants are mixed – some say the controversial law has definitely hurt business, while others say they’ve seen no impact.

Louis CK’s show at The Orange Peel in Asheville was just the sugar N.C. needs now

Louis CK’s show at The Orange Peel in Asheville was just the sugar N.C. needs now

Comedy has always been used as the spoonful of sugar to help the medicine of a social justice message go down.

by April 15, 2016 0 comments Opinion
A Month of Brundays Part 4 – Jazz, Blues, and a Bucket of Gravy.

A Month of Brundays Part 4 – Jazz, Blues, and a Bucket of Gravy.

THE IMPERIAL LIFE, KING DADDY’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES, AND BUXTON HALL BBQ – by Stu Helm Hello Asheville! You know what? The more I brunch, the more I love it. After four months of covering various brunches for Ashvegas, it has become my favorite meal of the week. I really look forward to it happening almost every weekend, and I[Read More…]

Caviar benedict

REVIEW: Eleven Madison Park restaurant, New York City

Note to trolls: Whenever you make a reservation at a 3-star Michelin-rated restaurant, they know you’re coming, no matter who you are.

The front of this piece of cake looks like it crashed into an iceberg while crossing the Atlantic.

Review – Blackbird Restaurant Cake FAIL

COCONUT CAKE FROM BLACKBIRD. This piece originally appeared on my own blog, where it was so popular, I decided to share it with you guys on Ashvegas… Hello Asheville, I know you guys love it when I harsh-out in my reviews, because you tell me so. My scathing excoriation of The Glass Onion is the piece that more people mention[Read More…]

by February 22, 2016 12 comments Asheville food and drink, Opinion, Reviews
ANOTHER MONTH OF BRUNDAYS – Brunching in Asheville, part 2

ANOTHER MONTH OF BRUNDAYS – Brunching in Asheville, part 2

ANOTHER MONTH OF BRUNDAYS – by Stu Helm Hello Asheville! I am not a fancy person, but I sure do like fancy eatin’. That being said… lehhht’s braaahhhhhnnnch! To me, eating brunch is like living The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, which can get a little pricey, but if you play your cards right, brunch can also be a[Read More…]

Asheville Citizen-Times goes all out on Bigfoot coverage

Asheville Citizen-Times goes all out on Bigfoot coverage

It’s a lame story, the daily newspaper can’t seem to get enough of it. Why? Because it brings precious website clicks.

by January 29, 2016 5 comments Opinion
Opinion: Dear Asheville, the corporate machine is dimming your age of art and opportunity

Opinion: Dear Asheville, the corporate machine is dimming your age of art and opportunity

You’re a unicorn, Asheville, but you’ve been so distant from your horse cousins that you’ve forgotten what makes you so unique.

by January 27, 2016 63 comments Opinion
Stu Helm, AVL Food Fan: A Month of Brundays, or brunching in Asheville

Stu Helm, AVL Food Fan: A Month of Brundays, or brunching in Asheville

It’s breakfast AND lunch, and Stu freakin’ loves it. Strap on a feed bag and come with.

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 15 – “Gluten and Copyright Free”

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 15 – “Gluten and Copyright Free”

GLUTEN AND COPYRIGHT FREE ON AVL FOOD FANS! Hello Asheville! The latest episode of AVL Food Fans is in the can! It’s our 15th episode and it’s another great one! Chef Joe and I are joined by special guests Chef Peter and Martha Pollay, husband and wife co-owners of Posana restaurant on Biltmore Ave. We discuss their farm-to-table philosophy, the[Read More…]

Opinion: In Asheville, a Deschutes downer as high-energy campaign rolls on in Virginia

Opinion: In Asheville, a Deschutes downer as high-energy campaign rolls on in Virginia

There’s little outward excitement for Deschutes coming to the Asheville area.

by December 21, 2015 19 comments Asheville beer, Opinion
PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 14 – “Velvet and Lace and Lucy”

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 14 – “Velvet and Lace and Lucy”

Stu and Joe discuss the end of the line for King James Pub, and much more.

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Two

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Two

Hello Asheville! Sacre bleu, c’est la Stoobies part deux! If you haven’t read part one yet you can do that HERE, and if you don’t know what the Stoobie Awards are… yeah, it’s all explained in part one and I don’t feel like repeating it here, so either go read that, or figure it out along the way. It’s not[Read More…]

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards are Here!

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards are Here!

Hello Asheville! Well, Folks, it’s that magical time of year again, when all the world anticipates wonderful gifts doled out by a jolly white guy, with a big ol’ beard, and a fat sack full of fun… that’s right it’s time for me to announce the contestants and winners of the muhfuckin’ 2015 Stoobie Awaaarrrds!!! Yeah, Man! As some of[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan – A Lotta Ranting, Not A lot About Food

Stu Helm: Food Fan – A Lotta Ranting, Not A lot About Food

Warning: The following post has 33 percent more curse-words than Stu’s average post.