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A beautiful shot of men playing backgammon in a coffeeshop in Greece. Photo by Klearchos Kapoutsis

A beautiful shot of men playing backgammon in a coffeeshop in Greece. Photo by Klearchos Kapoutsis.

It was a cold, nasty, raining Saturday in Asheville/Black Mountain yesterday. But the fiance and myself made the most of it, spending a good chunk of the day at the brand new Dynamite Roasting Co., right outside of downtown. We enjoyed a half decaf/half Columbian blend of coffee from the french press, and he kicked my butt at some backgammon. The coffee bar/roastery is housed in an old home that was once gutted to make a fireplace showroom. Today the modest old furniture and undorned counter are arranged around a beautiful black and red roasting drum. There is a turntable inthe corner, on top of a couple of crates full of old records. It’s fantastic.

After coffee, we walked across the street to Philly’s, the Hungarian-American sandwich shop adjacent to the Mobile Medic, and ordered one cheesesteak (with banana peppers) to split. Let’s just say it put the sunshine in my rainy day.

So go check out Dynamite. It’s well worth parking in a muddy pothole.

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