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To the teeth

To the teeth

Shrimp with a big taste: Il Cane Pazzo’s risotto calls for lemon, fresh herbs and oh so buttery shrimp. Calling all pathological stirrers and hawkeye chefs: If you can’t seem to separate yourself from your wooden spoon as something’s cooking, risotto should be the main staple of your diet. Il Cane Pazzo does it up […]

Lunch cart love

Lunch cart love

Charlottesville is getting kind of famous for its poshed-up versions of city staples: the black tie gas station (R.I.P., Fuel Co.), the break-the-bank gym membership, the luxe condos for students, and now Hamdingers, Patrick Critzer’s gourmet food cart on the Downtown Mall. There is one major difference in Critzer’s approach, though—Hamdingers doesn’t charge a fortune […]

Oldie but goodie

Oldie but goodie

The classics don’t get enough credit: Something like the old-time chicken salad recipe, which millions of people eat every day, has held up for over a hundred years. Andreas Gaynor at Kiki learned how to whip this one up by watching his grandmother, peeping over her range top when he was a hungry, lanky kid. […]

Mexican sushi

Mexican sushi

If your usual forays into Mexican cuisine are heavy on the rice and beans, it’s time to branch out. Guadalajara offers a perfectly refreshing and tasty solution: seviche! On its own, it’s a power snack—raw fish always makes me feel like I can run a marathon, not to mention the nutrient kick from all the […]

Columbus Day Quiz: Process of Discovery

So you’ve all heard about Queen Isabella selling the crown jewels to finance Columbus’ valiant trek across the ocean blue, right? And how he discovered America, met the natives, yada yada yada. But how much do you really know about the guy?

Get it right

Get it right

Fresh figs are almost a forbidden pleasure, considering that they’re one of the most expensive fruits on the market. If you’re only going to sample a few this season, be sure to ravish them like they deserve on your first tasting: Stuff them into your mouth, unadorned, and let the juice stream down your face […]

Peas to pudding

Peas to pudding

Given that it’s one of the world’s predominant food staples, you’d think rice would have its own massive chapter in every cookbook. But no. What you usually get is Spanish rice, saffron rice and jambalaya, maybe a casserole or two if you haven’t updated your library for a couple decades. Foods of All Nations recently […]

Get fresh

Get fresh

You know that the grocery store fish counter’s “fresh” sign refers to its being freshly thawed out after its subzero flight from Thailand, right? Seafood @ West Main owner Chris Arseneault hates that, preferring to offer real fresh fish from ’round these parts, including the Gulf crab that’s cooked, picked and shipped up in a […]

Thrice is nice

Thrice is nice

Sometimes the whole plate is just right, sides, sauce and all—and that’s the case with Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar‘s pan-seared halibut, caponata and mashers combination. Fresh veggies plus flaky fish plus buttery potatoes equals total satisfaction, and now that I’ve tasted it, I wouldn’t prepare it minus any of its components. It’s not even […]

Gastronomy lesson

Gastronomy lesson

At this point, we’ve all been eating our fair share of fresh vegetables—salads, sandwiches, grilled kebabs, more salads—and it’s time to think up some new things to do with the end-of-summer produce. Horse and Hound Gastropub‘s herbed zucchini and corn fritters put a savory, buttery finish on the summer flavors, and don’t require too much […]

Vive la révolution

Vive la révolution

Local, organic, health-conscious, supremely tasty…what more could you want out of lunch? There’s a lot more revolution at Rev Soup these days, and the good, healthy folks of Charlottesville are thrilled. The little Downtown kitchen is steeped in the virtue of clear communication—the origins and farming methods of almost every ingredient are posted on the […]

Tasty little package

Tasty little package

Whenever I shoot off the "top three restaurants in Charlottesville" question to friends and acquaintances, the C&O pretty much always gets a spot. The revolving seasonal menu plus French countryside atmosphere make for a hell of a dining experience, and there’s that mysterious feeling of timelessness down in the bistro (where, incidentally, my favorite dates […]

Revival guide

Revival guide

For those of us who thought romance was dead, landscaper Claudia Sacellary’s story offers a glimmer of hope—in the form of reconstruction. In 1981, only a few years after she moved in, her Batesville home burned down due to faulty wiring, leaving only the foundations. In that space today is a vibrant garden terrace brimming […]

Shaken, not stirred

Shaken, not stirred

Oh, how tasty a nice, chilly martini sounds, right about whenever.  Especially when it’s made with fresh fruit…skip the smoothie and down an “eXpress” at the X Lounge! It’s not exactly vitamin-enriched, but it’s packing a healthy dose of courage (and I’m sure that the pomegranate juice does something good for you). Get some fresh […]

Sweet-tart stew

Sweet-tart stew

 This is something of a rarity ’round here: German cuisine, all rich and hearty and soaked in alcohol. The Bavarian Chef serves up a number of mood-lifting delights, but since most people can hardly get out of their chairs once they’re done, perhaps this relatively lighter dish is appropriate to start you off at home. […]

‘Round the world diner   

‘Round the world diner   

Serving up homemade, homestyle chow since 1982, Tubby’s is a Charlottesville classic—it’s outlasted most of the city’s restaurants by at least a decade. Consistent satisfaction and affordable prices hold up its reputation, and down-home flavor is served up with familial generosity. Owner John Fragale’s Italian heritage inspired the addition of spaghetti and meatballs to the […]

Frutti di mare

Frutti di mare

The good folks at Vivace can really make things happen with seafood, and that makes for tough decisions…tiger shrimp? Mussels? Clams? So if it’s your first visit, go for all three. The Stuffato matches the flavors of the sea with white wine, garlic and lemon, and some rich, creamy risotto to boot—it’s not exactly dietetic, […]

Soul mates of the cake world

Soul mates of the cake world

If you’re one of those people who scours every last molecule of cream cheese frosting from your plate of carrot cake, you’re going to love this. Henry’s Carrot Cake Cheesecake delivers nothing but the good stuff: sweet cream cheese times two—cheesecake and icing—and a thin layer of moist cake. The recipe was created by Henry’s […]

Splurge, squared

Splurge, squared

Butter, cream, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, corn syrup, chocolate, more butter. It’s like the seven deadly sins, with some walnuts thrown in. (I love when people scarf down three pieces of pecan pie and then say, “What? Nuts are good for you! Protein!”) But this kind of indulgence is most definitely worth it from time […]

Get integrated

Get integrated

Rolfing has been a steady part of the alternative health undercurrent for years, but if it’s new to you meet Scott Gauthier, practitioner of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration. He calls Rolfing “a hands-on technique that works with the connective tissue inside the body to allow freer movement.” Point being, he says, “to examine […]

No drain, no gain

No drain, no gain

How to put this delicately? Your lymphatic system could probably use a little drainage. Lymphatic drainage therapy (LDT) is gentle massage that breaks up fluid blockages so the fluid can be processed and used or eliminated by the body. It also assures evenly hydrated and flushed tissue, improving your range of motion and regulating circulation. […]

Natural wonder

Natural wonder

Could the ingredients in your moisturizer have come straight from your garden? Charlottesville-based Brigit True Organics works with this appealing idea, creating a full line of products with nothing but herbs, flowers, nuts and fruits. The website, www.brigittrueorganics.com, catalogs everything—yummy lip balms, butters, massage oils, baby balm, body creams, and a prolific selection of organic […]

Bend me, shape me

Bend me, shape me

Michele White has something different to add to your exercise routine: a 90-minute massage and a feeling of blissful weightlessness. Certified in Thai yoga massage and Hatha yoga, White provides a posture-based yoga massage that delivers your daily dose of yoga benefits with hardly any effort on your part. Plus, since the poses are sandwiched […]

Bath time bon vivant

Bath time bon vivant

If a bubble bath isn’t yet part of your beauty regimen, perhaps a room fragrant with the balm of peony and white lily will convince you to add it; that’s just one of the heady Lollia foaming bath selections that Neroli Spa and Apothecary has to offer with its aptly titled “Breathe” line. Lollia’s high-end […]

The proper primp

The proper primp

While every other state in the Union has already gotten there, it won’t be until July that Virginia will require estheticians to have a license to practice. Not that most of the state’s estheticians haven’t gone through hundreds of hours of classes and lab work to get to their current posts. Schools still require 600 […]

No-brainer b.c.

No-brainer b.c.

Implanon is a newly approved form of birth control, but it’s not a new drug—not really. It’s a progestin-only product that inhibits ovulation, increases cervical mucus viscosity and reduces the thickness of the uterine lining, making it a triple-threat against pregnancy. What’s different? The format. It’s the first single-rod, under-the-skin implant on the market. Norplant […]