Truth be told, there’s pretty much nothing better (in my small world) than sitting at my office desk, looking like I’m a very busy professional, when I’m actually typing things like “Discounted Marc Jacobs bags” into Google. Online shopping. I whisper the words to myself in a kind of awe. But really, have you ever […]
I’m not at the Super Bowl (www.nfl.com). I may be the only sports writer in America not at Media Day five days before the big event. ESPN is there. So are Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports along with all the major networks. You’ll see that weasel Pat O’Brien asking stuff for Access Hollywood. Even those […]
If ever there was a comfort food, it has to be soup. Forget Oprah with her mashed potatoes, and forget everybody else with their chocolate chip cookies and carbo-loaded bread. What could be a better serotonin booster on a bleak, snowy evening than a warm bowl of thick chowder? The owners of The Carving Board […]
Quick: Hoos or Hokies? If you’re the type who has a deeply considered and passionate response to this question, Restaurantarama has A) nothing in common with you, and B) just the restaurant for you. Seriously—we are not a sports person. Blame it on one too many withering glances from not-at-all-well-meaning jocks in our high school […]
As far as real-life modern romances go, few top the story of Rob Sheffield and his wife, RenÃ©e Crist, who lived in Charlottesville in the ’90s when they were young marrieds. Their story nearly swamped Sweet with emotion when she was reading Sheffield’s new book, Love is a Mix Tape
At my mother’s insistence, I took French in high school. I think she thought that all proper young ladies spoke French, despite the fact that all the cool kids took Spanish. I regularly took comfort in the fact that at least I wasn’t one of those dorks stuck learning Latin. Fifteen years after the fact, […]
In the movie A Bronx Tale, Robert DeNiro informs his son, Calogero, that “there’s nothing worse (in life) than wasted talent.” That line always seems to ring in my head when seeing Atlanta Falcon (www.atlantafalcons.com) quarterback Matt Schaub holding a clipboard on an NFL sideline. Now as a restricted free agent, there is a possibility […]
Slowly but surely, the separate universe that is Belmont is earning its stripes as a dining destination. It’s worth a trip across the bridge to the town-within-a-town for brunch at Mas or lunch at La Taza, and soon you’ll have another reason to make the journey (or, if you live in Belmont, to cheer): a […]
Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau:Pursue Charlottesville! County of AlbemarleCity of Charlottesville Albemarle County Public Schools Charlottesville City Schools Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce C-VILLE Partners C-VILLE connects the world in which Charlottesville plays. As a beacon for the local score, C-VILLE partnerships are a key way to bring out the best in our community. Partnerships […]
There’s no doubt that unless you’ve been eating Rice Krispies in a hole for the past year, you know a thing or two about the social networking site, My Space. In many ways, My Space is the sign of a pulse—a collective pulse—amongst the Me Generation. It’s ground zero for “LOL” and “WTF” and other […]
The identity of Dave Leitao’s first Virginia team was a scrappy, understaffed crew that had no fan expectations. The team had a few surprise wins and even managed to make a postseason tournament in the N.I.T. So what is this year’s team identity? Don’t ask them. They’re still trying to figure it out themselves. Halfway […]
Most of the time, we at Restaurantarama are privy to would-be restaurateurs’ solemn oaths that they will be opening their new eateries “in late spring”âwhich means Augustâor that they’re “just waiting on the health inspector”âwhich means that the kitchen equipment will be delivered sometime next month.
Before every Washington Redskins game Comcast Sports Net’s (www.comcastsportsnet.com) Kelli Johnson has the story. After each game, she gets the pertinent interviews, asking the tough questions. She is truly the quintessential beat reporter. Also an anchor on “Sports Rise” and “Sports Night,” Johnson, a former four-year, all-conference academic starter on the University of Idaho’s women’s […]
An odd sight popped up on the Downtown Mall during the last week of December. Right next door to Chaps, where a long-established coffee cart known as Java Hut sits outside the ice-cream parlor, Sal’s Caffe Italia opened its own coffee cart. There they were, looking like Tweedledee and Tweedledecaf. Whispered rumors of a feud […]
If you are a faithful reader of this column then you know at least two important things about yours truly: I love gossip and I love celebrities. Logic follows then that I love celebrity gossip. In the past I have devoted this meager space to some of the biggest bangs of the celebrity gossip cyberworld, […]
His face looks like crushed gravel. Tall, thin and concave as a question mark, the man stands silently beside a cart upon which is piled a leaning tower of crap: blow-up figures on sticks—Batman, Superman, SpongeBob Squarepants—toy guns and swords, tasseled wands, and police kits replete with badges, nightsticks and handcuffs. This fellow, or others […]
“Eighty-five is an unnatural num-ber.” Sweet was thinking about weights and measures. She wasn’t in the kitchen at the time (and though it will pain a culinary talent like Mama Cakes to hear this, her little Sweetikins is more a take-out kind of girl, anyway). Still, food was very much on Sweet’s mind. Of course, […]
New Year’s means two things for the average person: anticlimactic parties and resolutions. Since I’m not partial to parties, it means only resolutions to me and, oh, there are so many, many resolutions to make and break this New Year’s: stop calling people I think are stupid “retarded,” stop spending all my extra cash on […]
Tuna is one of the more popular ways to serve up fish on the family dinner table, but come on. You can do better than the average, uninspired tuna-fish sandwich and tuna casserole, right? The Millmont Grille has a recipe that will expand your tuna horizons. Millmont serves fish specials every day, and General Manager […]
In last week’s rundown of all the restaurants around town that closed or opened in 2006, there were a few surprises. “Otto’s?” you might have been forgiven for thinking as you scanned the list. Or, “What the heck is McGrady’s Irish Pub?”
“People blather on about themselves and their petty concerns. Do they ever stop to ask themselves, who is this person listening to my monologue?” This lament spilled from the lips of La Prof, one of Sweet Cakes’ beloved Girlfriends, one whom, though she was not officially employed in the teaching profession, nonetheless managed to stitch much instruction and mentoring into her daily life.
The wizened man steps to the mic and launches into “Mack The Knife,” while behind him the 17-piece band goes a-one-and-a-two and begins to really swing. Evelyn rises carefully from her chair and stalks across the dance floor, her eyes locked on her target: a tall man, distinguished, steel-rod-for-a-spine in a dinner jacket with a green bow tie and matching cummerbund.
TMZ isn’t a classy site; in fact, TMZ isn’t even a klassy site. But it really is the perfect site for your inner idiot—meaning the part of you that lives for a little schadenfreude at the expense of celebrities. Looking for the Lindsay Lohan’s Red Bull and Vodka-crazed insane Black-berry message? Check TMZ: Chances are […]