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Snowed under

Snowed under

Find this at Market Street Market (400 E. Market St., 293-3478) for $3.75. Like weather for chocolate While history attributes the earliest use of chocolate to the Mayans in 5 AD, the Aztecs in Mexico began using it widely as food and currency in 1200 AD. By mixing ground cacao beans, spices and water with […]

The playbook of love

The playbook of love

SKIP AHEAD Ballroom dancing Professional serenades Romantic dining Tulips Babysitters Quirky dates Beta Bridge Request a song Cooking classes Drive-in movie Open fire Dessert Tattoos Sonnets McCormick Observatory Parlez vous Français? Full-moon picnic Train for a race Candlelight Cook together Couples’ massage 5 fun daytrips Renew your vows Lingerie shopping Love has been said to […]

Super bowls

Super bowls

Where’s the beef? All beans vs. no beans, Cincinnati vs. Texas, or spaghetti vs. rice. Chili lovers unite and divide over this one-pot-wonder, but the biggest debate will always be about the meat. Here’s a look at some of chili’s different in-“carne”-ations.   Good and plentiful: Spice up your Super Bow party with a bowl […]

Going with the grain

Going with the grain If there’s one thing Matt Monson and his wife Katherine Younger can attribute to their upcoming business venture, Great Harvest Bread Co., it’s Monson’s quest for the perfect sandwich. An avid baker, he began making bread at home before getting a job with Great Harvest in Charlotte, North Carolina. Soon after, […]

Super Bowl snacks and wines

Super Bowl snacks and wines

I don’t like football, but I love to eat and respect any sport whose season culminates in a party starring cheesy, salty snacks with alcohol to wash them down. I like beer, but often find myself getting too full too fast when I drink it. And, with 15-minute quarters lasting at least twice as long, […]

It's what's for dinner

It's what's for dinner

Meat makeover The all-American hamburger is a) named after a German city and b) contains no ham. If thoughts like these keep you awake at night, it may be time to visit the Main Street Market’s Organic Butcher, where manager Robert Collins and his staff can hook you up with a variety of locally raised […]

2011 Health Annual

2011 Health Annual

JUMP TO: 10 ways to improve your health right now A real-life breast cancer story Mindfulness Five local guardians of wellness Gastric Bypass: 101 Five healthy lunches 10 places to run or ride What’s up with clinical trials? UVA’s cutting edge The move at Martha Jefferson How does Virginia stack up, health-wise? Connections that should […]

Any way you slice it

Any way you slice it

  From top: Olive Thyme, Pain de Mie and Yeasted Cornbread. Bread matters If clothes make the man, then bread makes the sandwich. Too flimsy and your fillings fold under the pressure, but too crusty and your jaw begs for mercy. Albemarle Baking Company Owner Gerry Newman weighs in on this most strategic decision. For […]

Master of the art

Master of the art

VIDEO BY COOGAN BRENNAN In Richard Crozier’s studio behind his Preston Place home, about 1,000 of his original works line shelves and baskets on the floor. You could find a football field, lay them all out, and spend hours looking at an impressionistic map of Charlottesville, composed entirely of the many moments Crozier spent brush […]

In one era, out the other

In one era, out the other

JUMP TO: New Year’s Eats Get fizzy with it Hem and her New Year’s on and off the skids Ask a numerologist All hail cabs! Keithing it real Mistakes can’t be unmade What to watch besides the ball The C-VILLE Weekly HQ, in the middle of a normally bustling Downtown Mall, looks right upon ground […]

What really got our goat in 2010

What really got our goat in 2010

This year, a few stories did a number on us. In return, we decided to put a number on those same stories.  C-VILLE scrutinized Charlottesville’s landmark events, and ranked each for its impact during the last year and implications for the next. From happenings that struck our community dumb with dismay to those that rejuvenated […]

2010 Food & Drink Annual

2010 Food & Drink Annual

There’s more to food than just eating. You’ve got chewing, licking, nibbling, sighing, buying, imbibing, smacking, chuckling, wiping, and grinning. And then you get to start again. When we’re not busy running our mouths, we’re busy stuffing them. In those moments between editorial meetings and interviews, C-VILLE’s writers and artists can often be found somewhere between “Snacking” […]

Never-before-seen curiosities

Never-before-seen curiosities

Biscuit Run, now slated to become a state park! Watching Biscuit Run make the inconceivable switcheroo from 3,100-unit development to 1,200-acre state park was a bit like watching magician David Copperfield disappear the Statue of Liberty. Eight months later, and some of us are still looking for the magic wands, trapdoors and ropes that the […]

Not so fast, ladies and gents

Not so fast, ladies and gents

While your expertise in areas like tattoos and chiropractors awes us year after year, there are certain classes of phenomena we reserve for ourselves. When it comes to supernatural Charlottesvillians and unexplainable experiences, we rely on the group of freaks we regularly stock around the joint to tell the story. Behold The Phlash, The Man with […]

Rare natural wonders

Rare natural wonders

Peter Chang: The Incredible Disappearing Chef Now you see him, now you don’t! Foodies far and wide followed the elusive Peter Chang to our little hamlet earlier this year, hoping to taste just one delicious morsel of the chef’s scallion bubble pancakes. Or, at the very least, stand in the long line squished into the […]

Dazzling sleights of hand

Dazzling sleights of hand

City adopts new motto, Don’t Look Up, upon completing Second Street beautification What do you do if you’re the City of Charlottesville and there’s a hulking, haunting, skeletal symbol of economic doom smack in the center of your pride and joy (and tourist engine), the Downtown Mall? You put in some planters. Planters make things […]

Bridge over troubled parkway

Bridge over troubled parkway

   “Roads?” a famous, fictional scientist once asked. “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” When it comes to the Meadowcreek Parkway, however, Albemarle County disagrees. During a recent 10-hour traffic transplant, cars on East Rio Road were directed to a new two-lane bridge that crosses above the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The Virginia Department of […]