Five Finds on Friday: Jose De Brito

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The Alley Light's Jose De Brito. Photo courtesy Charlottesville29 The Alley Light's Jose De Brito. Photo courtesy Charlottesville29

On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Jose De Brito, who once owned Ciboulette and is now the chef ofThe Alley Light.  De Brito’s picks:

1)  Croissant at Albemarle Baking Company.  “Having grown up in Paris, I am always looking for good French food. The croissants at ABC are my way to not be too home sick. They are very well made.”

2)  Kabuli Palow at Ariana.  “I generally do takeout once a month, and Ariana’s lamb dish is always my choice. Perfectly seasoned rice, nice stewed lamb and the carrot & raisin relish is tasty. I need to stage there so I can learn how to make those carrots.”

3)  Maiale Milanese at Tavola.  “One of the fortes of Tavola is the use of acidity in the kitchen.  A little bit of lemon juice will make your food shine.  My girlfriend also loves the clams (I do too), never a single grain of sand.”

4)  Lunch Buffet at Himalayan Fusion.  “Buffets have never been my cup of tea but the one at Himalayan Fusion breaks my rule, sometimes twice a week.  I come early for freshness. A plate of food from scratch and always seasoned properly for $7? Best value in C-ville.”

5)  Coffee at Shenandoah Joe.  “My coffee is black with no sugar, so I am sensitive to burnt coffee. Shenandoah’s coffee is perfectly roasted.”

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