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Green Scene: This week's greenie news

Green Scene: This week's greenie news

Opportunity knocking I ate lunch last week at a local joint where diners are supposed to bus their own dishes, separating silverware, trash, and plates. This I was dutifully doing when I noticed some signage encouraging me to separate recyclables, too. The sign said the restaurant’s plastic cups and dishes could be recycled. But those […]

Local chocolate dishes delight

Local chocolate dishes delight

Chocoholics know no bounds and when a craving strikes, we’ll go to the end of the earth to satisfy it. Lucky for us, chocolate-loving chefs around town are incorporating this addictive ingredient into courses both sweet and savory, keeping our hunger—and our cravings—delectably at bay.—Tami Keaveny  (Photos by Nick Strocchia) At Clifton Inn, dry-aged squab […]

The Sex Issue 2012

The Sex Issue 2012

JUMP TO: Bartender stories Erotic art Love Potion #9 Sexercise Mood foods Sexual offenses Fine lines? Five senses of self Casual Encounters Single and looking? Pick-up tips Gay Charlottesville Good vibrations Sweet meets Love: 101 Dating timeline  Here’s what we know to be true, according to the results of our recent reader sex survey: When it […]

C-VILLE News Briefs

City and county tax values decline The real estate market in Charlottesville and Albemarle is still contracting. In the city, the total value of taxable property decreased by 1.22 percent, and existing residential property declined in value by 3.08 percent. Commercial property, however, increased by 0.84 percent. Albemarle County’s taxable values declined by 3 percent, with […]

Commonwealth's for the good of all

Commonwealth's for the good of all

“Are we in Charlottesville or New York?” my friend asked as she joined us at one of the throne-like circular booths in Commonwealth’s dining room. She and I, both six-year denizens of New York restaurants, were reminded of some of our old haunts, which managed to make large and soaring feel warm and welcoming. The […]

Health Issue 2012

Health Issue 2012

Here’s the bad news: Nothing is certain but death and taxes. At some point in your lifetime, you’ll likely be affected, either personally or peripherally, by a serious health threat. But here’s the good news: There are a number of health professionals and research scientists in our area fighting against the effects of such conditions, […]

Pasta perfetta

Pasta perfetta

The ultimate in fork-twirling, noodle-slurping, chin-slapping, sauce-swabbing comfort food needs no real introduction. We all love pasta—from the authentically al dente to the Italian-American alfredo—but here are a half dozen primo plates around town good enough to share with your Italian grandma.—Megan Headley (Photos by Cramer Photo) It’s almost a crime to eat at tavola […]

Spice is nice

Spice is nice

Spice is nice In the doldrums of winter, there’s nothing like a little spice to awaken you from hibernation and whisk you away on a virtual adventure. These local dishes will take your taste buds on a journey from sweet to savory to spicy with stops in between.—Megan Headley (Photo by John Robinson) Chicken might […]

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

Small Bites: This week's restaurant news

Turn turn turn The Main Street Market’s cookware and tabletop shop, The Seasonal Cook, has changed hands, becoming a third outpost of Culpeper and Fredericksburg’s gourmet specialty store The Frenchman’s Corner. Paris-born owner Marc Ast will still sell some cookware but has also stocked the shelves with beer, wine, cheese, dried pastas, jarred spreads and […]