ASHEVILLE, NC. — What you see above contains not an ounce of meat. From upper left, clockwise: organic tofu “Florentine”, seitan sausage, rosemary roasted potatoes, biscuits with buttermilk gravy.
As you can see, guilt has began to creep in. The prospects of eight days of smoked meats were exciting and frightening. So we came here to Asheville, the crunchiest corner of North Carolina, to enjoy a meatless Sunday brunch at Laughing Seed Cafe. And it was delightful. Guilt eased, if temporarily.
Onward to Shelby, NC, and entering the periphery of Piedmont-style barbecue.