WNC magazine covers every facet of life in the 24 counties of western North Carolina. The magazine's sections focus on the region's vibrant cultural fixtures, from popular local travel destinations and the stylish homes of interesting residents to restaurants and breweries. Coverage of the area's arts scene, for instance, has included profiles of upstart local bands, independent artists and designers, and well-known venues. A regular feature in the bimonthly magazine, the Trail Guide documents the difficulty level, length, and Appalachian scenery of myriad local hikes, noting any obstacles along the way, such as rockfalls or stoplights stuck on red.
Every Complete Clean Pro service starts the same way: a crew of impeccably trained, vetted, and uniformed cleaning technicians arrives with all the equipment necessary to give a dull home a jewel-like sparkle. But from there, a wide range of outcomes can unfold. Hot-water extraction and industrial-strength vacuums safely clean carpets of dirt or stains, pressure washers eliminate mold or graffiti from walls, and a bit of elbow grease cleans outdoor grills of residual cake batter from experiments gone wrong.
This cleaning expertise extends to every room of the house and even beyond. The professionals make appearances at places of business and even manage to de-gunk kitchens for restaurants. But no matter where they are or what they're doing, they strive to use the safest and most gentle cleaning solvents and strategies possible, backing all their services with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Jerusalem Garden Cafe strives for immersive authenticity. Surrounding patrons with ornate Middle Eastern patterns and silhouettes on the walls, the restaurant fills its dining space with scents of Syrian spices, housemade tahini sauce, and pomegranate molasses. Incorporating cuisine from Istanbul, Lebanon, and Cairo, the menu whisks patrons away to the Mediterranean. Skewers of beef fillet and chicken breast depart the kitchen alongside lamb, salmon, and shrimp, whose seasonings build on the flavors of housemade hummus and baba ghanouj. Vegan and vegetarian options are also on hand to sate herbivorous appetites.
Asheville changed drastically in the half-century following 1880. Railroad workers broke through the Appalachian Mountains' natural barrier and connected the city to the world, forever changing its culture and social zeitgeist. Though decades have passed, Brenda Seright Williams still feels the impact of this period, and the tour guide isn't content to let it fade into history. As it says on her website, she believes "the study of those who came before can inspire us to stretch our own limits."
Her Urban Trail walking tours not only explore the 19th century’s Gilded Age but also tiptoe through four other time periods, including the Frontier Period and the Age of String Cheese. Alternatively, Brenda shifts the spotlight to Asheville's pivotal female figures during the aptly named Herstory tours. However, neither of these excursions are cookie-cutter adventures. To weave her stories, Brenda has conducted more than 100 interviews and spent countless hours researching minute details and the correct pronunciation of the word "pioneer."
SalsaKnox owners and instructors Waldo Solano and Jacqueline Sellers direct students of all experience levels in the art of salsa and the slower, more sensual bachata dancing. Students attend group classes to learn dance fundamentals such as how to properly lead and follow, leading to laser-like precision in post-class games of Simon Says. Solano and Sellers share professional techniques that emphasize footwork and add stylistic flair to body movements. The pair also tutors dancers in important body signals that help partners to synchronize steps and silently discuss the stock market. First-timers can groove confidently without need of a partner.
While Kathmandu Cafe's cooks are fast asleep, their tandoori specialties marinate overnight in a blend of ground spices, herbs, and housemade yogurt. Once it's ordered, these appetizers?from seasonal veggies to jumbo shrimp?get roasted in the kitchen's clay oven. Though they incorporate Indian elements, Kathmandu Cafe's chefs actually specialize in traditional Himalayan dishes crafted from local organic fixings and ingredients imported directly from the Himalayas. Here spinach curries lend zest to cuts of boiled chicken breast, dashes of garlic flavor housemade cheese, and spiced onion and coconut sauce smothers tender lamb. Complemented with organic wines and beers, feasts unfold amid Himalayan-inspired decor such as paintings and wooden crafts.