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
New pizza joint in the making Did you know that “Neapolitan” is not just a type of ice cream? Turns out it’s also a regulated, highly-structured way of making pizza, and it’s coming to Charlottesville. Tavola sous chef Loren Mendosa just announced the plans for Lampo, a Neapolitan pizzeria
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. […]
While some of us were glued to the TV last Sunday as Costa Rica defeated Greece in a nail-biting penalty shootout, one of Charlottesville’s own was showcasing his skills in a slightly different arena. On Sunday, June 29, Flora Artisanal Cheese owner Nadjeeb Chouaf competed in the fifth annual
Restaurant Week is just around the corner For the second time this year, Restaurant Week is almost upon us! More restaurants than ever are participating this time around, so go ahead and start making your reservations and loosening your belt. Beginning Saturday, July 19, and continuing
I never liked babysitting. Kids tend to be sticky. And loud. I couldn’t get them to do what I said, or go to bed. On the rare occasion I actually managed to get my charges to sleep, I would invariably find their parents didn’t stock good snacks. I wanted to want to be a mother one […]
Bye, guys Five Guys Burgers and Fries is down to two Charlottesville locations. The Downtown Mall spot, which was often bustling with lunch breakers and bar-goers, closed its doors for good earlier this week. The restaurant’s owner did not return calls for comment by press time. Lettuce
On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. This week’s picks come from Spencer Crawford, sous chef of Palladio Restaurant, which was recently invited to make yet another appearance at the James Beard house. Crawford’s picks: 1) Virginia Apple
As a migraine sufferer who’s been on and off different prescriptions and treatments for 12 years, I’m skeptical of any alternative therapy with claims to address or heal chronic headaches. But I’ll try anything once, so after making some calls to Common Ground Healing Arts, I found myself
Gears are changing when it comes to our awareness of what we’re putting into our bodies. The local food movement is making us increasingly cognizant of where food comes from and how it was produced, and there’s been a recent shift in the booze world, too. We’ve seen a drastic move toward local
Hot diggity! C-VILLE Weekly’s having a photo contest, and we’re looking for high-quality images of your pooch enjoying the dog days of summer. Some submissions appearing in the August 6 issue of C-VILLE, and prizes will go to the top three entries: 1st place: $200 gift certificate at Animal
Outdoor construction barriers enclosed the building at the corner of Fourth and East Main streets on the Downtown Mall for weeks. The temporary walls kept the elusive project under wraps, and even if you could sneak a peek around, you wouldn’t see much through the paper-covered windows. You may
Starr Hill rolls out new IPA If you’re looking for a hoppy beer this summer, look no further than Starr Hill Brewery’s newly renovated tasting room in Crozet. Last week, the brewery announced the debut of King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale, the latest installment of its limited release All
A 9-year-old Rottweiler I’m examining is clearly having trouble lifting her hind end off the ground. And once she does, it’s obvious that she’d just as soon lie back down. It’s been getting worse for a few months, and I can see that the muscles of her rear legs are withering from disuse. “I’m
Sandwich Lab: Get it before it’s gone It’s about that time again. The guys at Hamiltons’ at First & Main have been tinkering in the kitchen with everything you could possibly imagine going between two slices of bread, and have come up with the third installment of the Sandwich Lab project.
Jose de Brito, chef of The Alley Light, has quite a reputation. His food, of course, is the biggest reason, dating back to his much-missed gourmet shop and eatery Ciboulette. But de Brito, a fervent Frenchman, has also become known for his strong opinions. Like many adherents to French culinary
It all started with a piece on NPR about how kids today have such a narrow range of independent travel. I was driving and probably arguing with a 6-year-old, so the details are hazy in my memory. But my takeaway was that our grandparents could walk four miles alone to go fishing, whereas these
It’s 9pm on Saturday, and I’m finally catching my breath. I’ve got glow sticks tied around my ponytail, hot pink face paint smeared on my cheeks, and sweat dripping down my nose. I do as I’m told and push my forearms against the wall, leaning deeper into a lunge position to stretch my calves.