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.

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 […]

Carpe Donut's products will soon be available in 41 Mid-Atlantic Whole Foods Market locations. Photo: Ashley Twiggs

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. The restaurant may be new, but the chef behind it certainly isn’t. Yoshihiro Tauchi, […]

Virginia Tech fans watch the Hokies' 10th consecutive victory over the Cavaliers. Photo: Bill Ross

A Hokie’s view of Hooville on Rivalry Saturday

I can barely feel my toes, and I’m wishing I’d grabbed an extra sweatshirt before leaving the house. I’ve just spent entirely too much money on an 8″ pepperoni pizza and a Diet Pepsi in a souvenir Cavaliers cup I have no intention of keeping, and the November sun is blinding me as I squint at […]

HotCakes is offering a full Thanksgiving menu this year, including seasonal treats like butternut squash gratin. Photo: Elli Williams

Overheard on the restaurant scene, Thanksgiving edition

Preparing your Thanksgiving meal doesn’t have to be a hassle. Whether you need pointers on roasting a turkey, you’re looking for the perfect pie to grab on the way to the in-laws’, or you’re leaning toward letting a restaurant do the cooking and cleaning this year, we’ve got you covered. Homemade help  Feeling ambitious about […]

Keswick's Castle Hill. Photo: Nick Strocchia

Cider Week kicks off with local tastings and pairings

Step aside, pumpkin beer and full-bodied red wines. This week, it’s all about the ultimate fall-inspired beverage: cider. Cider Week Virginia kicks off Friday, November 15, and runs through Sunday, November 14, with events like tastings, classes, and workshops every single day. The festivities stretch across the Commonwealth, from Roanoke to Virginia Beach to Fairfax. […]

Clients hold classic ballet positions and incorporate focused, isometric movements in the workout class at Pure Barre Charlottesville. Photo: Elli Williams

Is a popular ballet barre class worth the hefty price tag?

“This isn’t so bad,” I think to myself as I grip the ballet barre and sink into the plié squat I’ve been instructed to hold, glancing around at the other women in the 5:30pm Tuesday Pure Barre class. Suddenly the instructor’s hands are on my hips, gently realigning my posture, and an intense burn sets […]