It’s true what they say: Those who play together stay together. A recent report from The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia reveals that couples who carve out time for each other (no kids allowed!) at least once a week are less likely to experience disappointment with their relationship. This is especially true for new parents. Says the report, “New parents who saw their couple time decline across the transition to parenthood were about two times more likely to experience a decline in marital quality, compared to new parents who kept up their couple time.” In other words, get outta the house!
A pizza is on its way to your table. It’s bubbling with melted cheese, crackling with a blistered crust, mounded by rendered meats and fresh veggies. Underneath the toppings, a bright, tangy tomato sauce holds it all together. Now that I have your attention, let’s talk pizza in Charlottesville.
Take it to go The wait is over. Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie chef-owner Michael McCarthy is finally letting people into the newly-constructed space next to his North Garden cult favorite pizza joint, and it’s a completely different concept. Giddy’s Good Fortune Take Away, a counter-service spot serving
Movies make it easy. Their rating system provides a pretty good suggestion for the appropriate age for kids to see certain flicks. Real-life? Not so much. Which is why it can be challenging for parents who are trying to determine if their child is old enough to, say, walk alone to the school
On Fridays, we feature five foods finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Mitchell Beerens, co-owner of Lampo, the much-anticipated new restaurant to open this fall, with partners Loren Mendosa, Ian Redshaw, and Andrew Cole. Beerens has spent time in the
Former OXO chef forages for food Some of you may remember OXO, the upscale Water Street restaurant known for its elaborate menu and wild, late-night events like the 2008 “bondage party” that featured women in cages with whips in their hands. It closed six years ago and the location has since
Annie Eplee spent the first 18 days of her life in the NICU. After suffering in utero blood loss and a brain injury, Annie was diagnosed early on with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and cognitive developmental delays. The second daughter born to Susan and Kelly Eplee, she “set a new normal” for her
On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. This week’s picks come from Dean Maupin, chef-owner of C&O restaurant. Maupin’s picks: 1) French Macarons from Albemarle Baking Company. “They are just so well done, as is everything they bake there! They
In May of this year, Mark Weber was diagnosed with cancer, and the prognosis was not good. Two and a half months and several rounds of chemotherapy later, he’s doing so well that he’s gearing up to open a new restaurant. In the middle of an intensive treatment regimen for a stage three
By the slice Everything’s bigger in…Virginia, apparently. As of last Monday, Charlottesville is home to the newest location of Benny’s, a southern Virginia restaurant chain that serves up slices of pizza roughly the size of a small child. According to local co-owner Nick Stancampiano,
It’s here. After a slow but productive spring and a gorgeous early summer, we’ve hit the gardening doldrums. The heat and humidity are stifling and it’s tempting to give up until September returns with cooler weather and a whole new harvest. But don’t give up yet! The tomatoes are just coming
Summer camp. The very words spawn olfactory hallucinations of mildew, and a paralyzing fear that someone will make me play tetherball. For although I went to a popular girls’ camp every summer ages 9-13, I hated summer camp. For the purposes of this piece, the camp in question will remain the
In The Foodie’s Beer Book, Horse & Hound co-owners Brooke and Luther Fedora say that when you’re cooking with beer, remember the rule, “one for you, one for the pot.” This is not meant to be taken literally, unless you want to be face down on the travertine when the oven timer goes ding.
Park it in Belmont It’s no secret that the lack of convenient restaurant parking can make dining in Belmont a little less than desirable, especially on the weekends. Now, on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 6pm, drivers from Southern Star Valet are on hand outside tavola and The Local to
On Fridays we feature five food finds selected by local chefs or personalities. This week’s picks come from Doug McLeod, chef of Duner’s. McLeod’s picks: 1) Chicken and Waffles at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. “One of my guilty pleasures, best Southern food in town.” 2) Dried Fried Eggplant
Pick your pasta, pick your sauce. It’s a simple concept, and one that Morocco native Karim Sellam hopes will bring more life to his Venetian-inspired restaurant in the Ix building. Introducing Al Dente Pasta Café, a classic Italian restaurant that’s open for lunch, dinner, coffee breaks, and
I’ve done this several times, all with the same result. I hand a patron a translucent, orange-tinged beverage. They look at it curiously and shrug, and I wait for them to take their first sip. First their face wrinkles in confusion. Then there is cautious enjoyment. Then, even more intense
Charlottesville food is hot. In the last year alone, our area’s food has won praise from national media outlets dozens of times, culminating with a recent nod in Wine Enthusiast as one of “America’s five new foodie cities.” For one of our restaurants, though, national attention is nothing new.
It’s 9:30pm on a Thursday. Mono Loco is finishing up dinner service. But the kitchen crew is just getting ready to start things up. They change into their street clothes and head over to Mas. It’s 10am the next day. The Hamilton’s staff is walking toward the Downtown Mall spot for lunch
On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. This week’s picks come from Stephanie Williams of La Vache Microcreamery, maker of extraordinary handmade caramels. A modern day renaissance woman, the mother of two is a trained architect who also co-founded the
Nobody really likes to bring their cats to the vet. Unlike dogs, who are typically excited to do anything at all, cats can smell a hospital visit from miles away. While most are easy enough to catch and corral, others go DEFCON 1 as soon as they see that carrier come out of the closet. […]