Laura Ingles

Laura Ingles
Laura Ingles grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, but came to Virginia at age 18 and never left. After graduating from Virginia Tech she dedicated a year and most of her sanity to a private wilderness boarding school for at-risk teenage girls, and Charlottesville became home in January 2012. Laura spent two years reporting the news for C-VILLE Weekly before taking on the role of Living Section Editor.

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Vacation doesn’t have to throw a kink in your workout routine

There’s not much more disheartening than returning home from vacation, especially when you realize after that cruise or European excursion the clothes you worked so hard to fit into before the trip are a little more snug than you’d like. As someone whose family trips have always revolved around grub—all-day beach snacking, bottomless crab legs, […]

Littlejohn's New York Deli has opened a second location at The Shops at Stonefield. Staff photo.

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s foodie news

Free money! April 7-14, restaurants of the Charlottesville Restaurant Group are offering $50 gift certificates for just $25 each, with all proceeds going to the care of Wes Chang, Ten chef Pei Chang’s infant son who is undergoing treatment for stage IV neuroblastoma. Purchase yours at MAS, Mono Loco, Blue Light Grill, TEN Sushi, and Three Notch’d Grill.  Or, contribute […]

Charlottesville’s fifth annual walk for national eating disorder awareness will be held at UVA on Saturday, March 22. Photo courtesy NEDA.

UVA hosts walk to raise eating disorder awareness

The rate of eating disorders among college students has risen to nearly 20 percent of women, and up to 10 percent of men. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) reports that full-blown eating disorders usually develop between the ages of 18 and 21, and 35 percent of “normal” eaters progress to pathological dieting. To raise […]

The Juice Laundry owner Mike Keenan presses fresh, organic pineapple for the next batch of juices. Photo: Elli Williams

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s foodie news

A local beer from 2013 is back on the market, but grab it while it’s cold, because it’s only available for a limited time. Starr Hill Brewery master brewer Mark Thompson teamed up with Floyd-based Red Rooster Coffee Roaster owner Haden Polseno-Hensley last year to create the Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout, which was […]

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Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s foodie news

For one day next week, tavola will abandon its rustic Italian cuisine. The Belmont restaurant is taking a leap across the continent to land squarely on the Emerald Isle and turn into a pop-up Irish pub in honor of St. Patrick’s day. On Monday, March 17, Pub Tavola’s menu will offer traditional Irish fare beginning at noon, and […]

Want to try your hand 
at kettlebell swings? 
Check out Kathryn Tice’s classes: Monday morning and Thursday evening at Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center, Tuesday and Friday mornings at Carver Recreation Center. File photo.

Kettlebells are the biggest thing in fitness since protein powder

Something about kettlebells has always been intimidating to me. They look like cannonballs with handles and they’re less intuitive than traditional free weights, so at the gym I’m more inclined to gravitate toward the dumbbells. Bicep curls and shoulder presses I can manage, but I never even know where to begin with the dumbbells’ oddly […]

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s food and drink news

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s food and drink news

Say goodbye to Positively 4th Street. The Downtown Mall spot that’s been serving up appetizers, sandwiches, and brunch since April 2011, will serve its last customers on Saturday, February 1. P4 will be replaced by Red Pump Kitchen, a Tuscan and Mediterranean restaurant featuring a classic Italian wood-burning oven. According to a press release from […]

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Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s food and drink news

A popular southern beer is making its debut in Central Virginia. The notoriously hoppy beers produced by the Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing Company, which was ranked by the Brewer’s Association as one of the nation’s top 25 craft breweries, are now available at several locations around town. The 420 Extra Pale Ale, SweetWater’s flagship beer that […]

Christian's Pizza, which has four locations in the Charlottesville area, is venturing down I-64 to open a branch in Richmond. Photo: Jason Lappa

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s food and drink news

Been wondering what’s going on with all that construction in the Barracks Road Shopping Center? As of Thursday, January 17, Zoës Kitchen, located at 973 Emmet St. N, Suite D, is officially open for business. Offering a Mediterranean-inspired menu created by founder Zoë Cassimus, Zoës has locations in more than a dozen states nationwide, and […]

The Juice Laundry owner Mike Keenan presses fresh, organic pineapple for the next batch of juices. Photo: Elli Williams

Juice junky: Three days, 21 bottles, zero solid food

Last week I gave up all solid food for three days. I never realized the vital role that chewing played in my life until I didn’t do it for 72 hours. For three days, with some help from The Juice Laundry, I ignored the office lunchtime aromas of take-out pizza and leftover chicken stir-fry. I […]

Monica Buckley draws yogis of all experience levels to Opal Stereo, a challenging yoga class that incorporates upbeat playlists into the practice. Photo: Martyn Kyle

Opal Stereo combines vinyasa yoga with unexpected tunes

I’ve been doing yoga for six years, and a lot of my friends don’t get it. It’s boring, they say, and it’s not even that great of a workout. I’ve also been told on more than one occasion that people who do yoga take themselves too seriously. (Clearly they’ve never erupted into a fit of […]

Beer Run owner Josh Hunt serves up a cold one. Photo: Elli Williams

Overheard on the restaurant scene: This week’s food and drink news

We’re always keeping our eyes and ears out for the latest news on Charlottesville’s food and drink scene, so pick up a paper and check c-ville.com/living each week for the latest Small Bites. Have a scoop for Small Bites? E-mail us at bites@c-ville.com.  Every Saturday during the month of January, Sticks Kebob Shop will donate 10 percent […]

The Pie Guy serves up traditional Australian pies—filled with meat, vegetables, tofu, or fruit—on the Downtown Mall four days a week, and his pies are now available for events. Photo: Christian Hommel

The Pie Guy makes waves with a classic Australian snack food

It’s a story that’s familiar to a lot of millennials. Guy graduates from college with bachelor’s degree. Guy takes off on self-affirming adventure overseas. Guy returns to hometown a year later. Except instead of resigning himself to graduate school or corporate America, this guy built his professional life around…pies. Justin Bagley started The Pie Guy—a […]