A perfectly poached egg flecked with black sea salt rests atop a duck confit salad at Fig Bistro in Asheville's Biltmore Village.

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Friendly French in Biltmore Village

Tucked away along the French Broad River and Sweeten Creek Road, Fig Bistro isn’t among the easiest to find, which means those seeking its casual French-American cuisine need make a point of it being their dining destination. more »

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Cuisine

Answers always start as questions

Shortly after I became Smoky Mountain Living’s managing editor, I also took a teaching job at the local community college. I struggle to find the words to express how much it meant to me. My students all were at the lowest end of the spectrum. more »

Jan 1, 2015 12:00 AM Perspectives

Death rushes past, but why?

It is one week before my 38th birthday, a Sunday, and I am spending the evening with my dad while my mom attends the night service at church. She returns home a little after 7 p.m., but it feels much later, because the darkness comes so much earlier. more »

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Perspectives

Mandy Newham illustration

Of an old man, hog feeding, and lessons learned

Grandpa Joe offered a study in character contrasts. Though easygoing and soft-spoken, he was mule stubborn. While tough as a well-seasoned hickory shaft and seldom given to shows of emotion, he could be wonderfully patient with his adoring grandson. more »

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Perspectives

Leslie Ryan McKellar photo

Bound together

Murder ballads have long been a part of American folklore, many of which have been handed down from one generation to the next while others have existed for centuries in other cultures across the ocean. more »

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Music

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