Feature: Well Bred Bakery & Café, Weaverville, NC

I wish to congratulate the people at the Well Bred Bakery and Cafe of Weaverville, NC on their excellent food and service. I had a huge eclair and a giant cup of coffee there during a quick stop over on my way north. Everything was delicious and the atmosphere was relaxing and comfortable. I hope to stop by there again and to talk to one of their staff for a fuller review on my way back through town this evening!


A review adjustment…

Obviously when I write restaurant reviews two things have happened, a) I have dined there and b) I have interviewed a member of the waitstaff. Unfortunately things do not always go well and so I write a negative review. Today I am removing one as my inside person, who is perhaps younger than I thought, has chosen to recant rather than risk being fired after seeing the big boss’s name in a recent comment. My insider fears that they will be fired and not be able to find another job in this economy. Therefore, I will remove my review but am going to say that ANY restaurant that allows cell phones, cell texting, or internet surfing by staff on the clock will not receive my patronage.


So quick URLs, and get your hair done

Just a quick update today due to familial turmoil. I am going to just note a few spiffy web addresses today that will help you with your trip… 

To keep track of spending, try www.BudgetYourTrip.com which provides estimates on daily expenses for up to 80 countries. 

To keep track of your electrical needs for all of those electronics you carry, laptop, iPod, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Kindle and so forth, try www.ElectricalOutlet.com. Here you will find a chart of what kind of plugs, converters and adaptors you’ll need to keep those toys running. (Or, come on, just leave the nonessentials at home, k?) 

And to help you fit in in other ways, try AppBox Pro from iTunes. It contains currency converters, maps, tips and tricks, and useful phrases. 

While you are at it, translate.google.com provides 52 languages to choose from. 

Finally, for the fearless foodies who want to eat native, try out www.FoodByCountry.com which covers 70 countries or www.globalgourmet.com/destinations for the higher class stuff. 

I also have a tip from a female traveler…she says put off that needed haircut until after you arrive in the country of your choice. She says getting your hair styled by the natives allows you to listen to their gossip about the best places to eat, shop, and have fun in the truest local style.

Hotel cheats from waystation

I spent this weekend in a transitional hotel between a hospital and home. So I had lodgings but no food or cash or credit for two days whilst I waited on my designated ride. 

Here is where some of the more useful hotel tricks came into play. 

First I raided the hotel lobby’s pile of complimentary items. 



three packages of ketchup

1 cup of hot water (made using the lobby coffee pot)

one salt packet 

Instant tomato soup. Put the ketchup in the cup with the salt. Add the hot water. Stir with a coffee stir stick. 

Beverage – cup of hot water over three free Star peppermint hard candies from the counter. Peppermint “tea”. 


Run as hot as possible and fill to drain hole…as water begins to gurgle out, turn on shower at same speed as the drain plug so that water level and temperature remain constant. Bath with complimentary soap bar, wash hair with same. 

Clean clothes after bath: 

I only had two changes of clothes on me and was damned if I was putting them back on dirty.Took clothes and wet them in the bath water, took them out and lathered them heavily in the complimentary shampoo. Sprayed them under the shower attachment and sloshed them repeatedly in the bath tub. Let out bath and rinsed them in the shower spray and in clean water. Wrung them out very throughly and hung them over shower rail to dry and turned on infrared heating lamps. 

Wrapped self in towels and slept. 


Dressed in dry clothes and went down to free continental breakfast. Grabbed two of everything, three of the cereals and fruits. Grabbed cocoa packets in fours/teas in fours. Snagged four cups, milk in two, juice in two and bowls and lots of condiments and groused under breath the whole time about the rest of the family being too lazy to come out for food for other guests’ benefit.

Returned to room, ate, washed cups and bowls in bar soap. Put the rest of the food and washed clothes in my zipper bag. Go for a walk so maid can do up room and provide more soap, shampoo, etc. 

Lunch/Dinner: Scrounged foods from this morning. Reused cups and bowls after washing in sink with new bar of soap left by maid.

Repeat bath and put on clothes that are clean. Repeat wash of dirty clothes. 

Next morning repeat scrounging for food stuffs. Discovered a nearby Walmart and ate samples, too.

And so forth. 

This kept me respectable for the required two days until I could get my ride home. And all for free – save the room which was paid in advance.