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Small Bites

Familiar territory Second verse, same as the first? The new tenant in the former Rise Pizzaworks space is giving us déja vu. Slice, from the folks behind Vinny’s New York Pizza & Pasta, is bringing pie-by-the, er, slice back to Barracks Road. Local pie fans still feel the sting from the loss of Rise, which […]

How appetizing!

How appetizing!

  Diners often skip starters, but practicing foodies know the appetizer course is where chefs shine, combining textures and flavors to create, quite possibly, the highlight of your meal. Lightly-fried wontons rolled and stuffed with fish and cilantro are a crunchy, scrumptious start at Taste of China (1) (and the newly opened Peter Chang China […]

Checking in with Miki Liszt

Checking in with Miki Liszt

What are you working on right now? I’m working on new material for a piece that I’m going to do to the Persian drumming of Djamshid Chemirani. Over the past 10 years or so I’ve been exploring my roots in Iran. I did a solo called “Under the Veil” and then developed that into a […]

All the fixins'

All the fixins'

  Ask a local foodie, “Where’s the best pizza?” and you’ll discover a fountain of passionate opinions. Whether you crave uber-thin New York or a sultry deep-dish Sicilian, Charlottesville has pies to suit every taste. In no particular order: It’s all about the single slice at Christian’s (1), a perennial favorite for its crispy crust […]

Small Bites

Semolina closed? Following its shuttering in early December, we were hopeful Raif Antar’s pizza spot, Semolina, was simply closed for Christmas break. But, after it was closed for Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day break, too, we contacted the restaurant’s former manager, Rebecca Deeds, who confirmed that she split in early December. Calls to Antar have […]

Checking in with Warren Craghead

Checking in with Warren Craghead

What were you doing when we called? I’ve been making a children’s book about Charlottesville with a friend of mine. One of the things I’m drawing is the Downtown Mall. But we want to make a big storybook portrait of Charlottesville, one that would be supposedly for kids, but hopefully the visuals and the writing […]

Small Bites

Trader up soon? Your wildest dreams are coming true. No, not an Olive Garden. But, real estate company Edens & Avant confirmed last week the impending arrival of a 12,500 square foot Trader Joe’s at upcoming Hydraulic Road shopping center The Shops at Stonefield. That project used to be known as Albemarle Place. The groundbreaking […]

For the love of Beer

For the love of Beer

When we suggest cooking with beer, we don’t mean stand by the stove with a Bud Light in your paw. Like wine, beer lends itself well to cuisine. Techniques like braising, deglazing or even just adding a slog to a pot of soup can enhance flavor the same way a fine Cabernet can. It adds […]

By the book

By the book

Festival basics Wondering how the festival comes together? Festival Director Susan Coleman spilled the beans. I won’t ask you to pick a favorite, but what is one event that you are particularly excited about this year? Among my favorites are the programs that don’t get a lot of attention. “Voices of Adult Learners,” held March […]

Checking in with Robin Braun

Checking in with Robin Braun

What were you doing when we called? I was just unpacking frames. I came from my day job, which is why you caught me unpacking frames instead of painting. I work part-time for a property management company. In her new show “Grasses and Insects,” local painter Robin Braun paints the bugs and other little things […]

Small Bites

Open for business In a word, the invite-only opening dinner last week at chef Peter Chang’s new Barracks Road restaurant, Peter Chang China Grill, was delicious. Seventeen menu items arrived at the table from the elusive chef himself, including tofu skin rolls, shrimp and mushroom hot pots and a bevy of dishes for meat lovers. […]

The Big V

The Big V

You don’t have to forgo flavor just because you’re going Vegan (if only temporarily). Here, four local dishes even carnivores will love.  The Valedictorian, Boylan Heights On the Corner, gourmet burger joint Boylan Heights has a choice homemade vegan burger. The Valedictorian is made from brown rice, toasted pecans and carrots. Slathered with hummus and […]

Checking in with Rebekah Graves

Checking in with Rebekah Graves

What were you doing when we called? I was walking out to my woodshed in the rain to gather wood. I’m building a fire on my woodstove. In addition to her art, Rebekah Graves has a sculptured lighting business. Check out her offerings at www.rebekahgraves.com. What are you working on right now? I mainly work […]

Small Bites

Padow’s out By the time you read this, much-loved Barracks Road sandwich spot Padow’s Hams & Deli will be closed for good. Other news sources have reported that Federal Realty, which owns Barracks Road Shopping Center, served the owners of the 14-year-old establishment an eviction notice a few weeks ago. The restaurant closed Tuesday. Chang […]

Stretch your legs

Stretch your legs

If you’re anything like us, you spent the winter the way our Neanderthal ancestors did: At home, where the hearth is hot, the whole family’s around and the threat of being attacked by a saber-toothed tiger is minimal. But now that March is here, it’s time to cast off those old ways; there’s a lot […]

Small Bites

Eye to the Skybar Already generating a lot of media buzz, a new Downtown restaurant from Alex George (formerly of Just Curry and Cinema Taco fame) is poised to be one of the most anticipated openings of 2011. In fact, he says, “This is the most exciting event [of my career].” Last week, the city’s […]

Breakfast of champions

Breakfast of champions

Whether you’re taking a hair of the dog after a debaucherous night, or simply taking the edge off a Tuesday morning, having an adult beverage before noon is perfectly acceptable in the Working Pour rulebook.

Breakfast's special

Breakfast's special

Eggs and hashbrowns may be your go-to meal when it comes to starting the day off right, but might we suggest an alternative? This is a pancake-happy town, stacked with melt-in-your-mouth choices. Here are a few of our favorites. These pancakes from The Tavern certainly stack up to the city’s many tasty choices. A seasoned […]

Checking in with Jamal Millner

Checking in with Jamal Millner

What are you working on right now? Well, I have a project with Hillary Fox, who is a local singer. We play soul and rock and country-type things, and we’ve been working on getting a repertoire with that. Otherwise, I’m always working on my own music. I have a strange project coming up with Mike […]

Checking in with Will May

Checking in with Will May

What are you working on right now? A number of things. I just finished a radio piece with Jesse Dukes and Greg Kelly called “Bond Fire,” which we presented at “Let There Be Light” at PVCC. We had created a voicemail line and solicited stories about fire from various social networks. People would call in […]

Small Bites

Ultimate news For those of you still full from the recent opening of 29 North’s Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet, don’t put away those drawstring pants just yet. A sign next door, at the former Charlottesville Power Equipment building, promises the Ultimate Buffet is coming soon. No word on who owns that business, but judging […]

Give me a buzz

Give me a buzz

Fossett’s chef Dean Maupin uses a Cona vacuum coffee maker to prepare his tiramisu. Seven ways to caf up, without a cup Charlottesville coffee fiends, take note: You can savor your favorite local beans in dishes from savory to sweet at area restaurants. Clifton Inn’s "black butter" with radishes. Devil’s Backbone Brewery in Nellysford recently […]

Corrections

Due to a reporting error, a February 1 news story (“Walmart surrenders at Wilderness”) incorrectly stated the first name of Pulitzer Prize-winner Dr. James McPherson as “Curtis.” Due to a reporting error, a story in the 2011 Health Annual, published January 25, misstated the cost of the yoga class Elisa Ferrante teaches at Southwood. It […]

The playbook of love

The playbook of love

SKIP AHEAD Ballroom dancing Professional serenades Romantic dining Tulips Babysitters Quirky dates Beta Bridge Request a song Cooking classes Drive-in movie Open fire Dessert Tattoos Sonnets McCormick Observatory Parlez vous Français? Full-moon picnic Train for a race Candlelight Cook together Couples’ massage 5 fun daytrips Renew your vows Lingerie shopping Love has been said to […]

Snowed under

Snowed under

Find this at Market Street Market (400 E. Market St., 293-3478) for $3.75. Like weather for chocolate While history attributes the earliest use of chocolate to the Mayans in 5 AD, the Aztecs in Mexico began using it widely as food and currency in 1200 AD. By mixing ground cacao beans, spices and water with […]