It’s not easy running a restaurant in Scottsville, but that doesn’t stop people from trying. We’ve been keeping tabs throughout the year on the culinary comings and goings down there, and it’s practically a full-time job given the nearly 100 percent turnover the little town’s eateries have undergone in the past 12 months. And now, […]
Ask any UVA basketball fan who the dynamic duo is and they’ll likely tell you Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds. Rightfully so. But give those fine people a heads up on the emerging triple threat of Sharneé Zoll, Brenna McGuire and freshman Monica Wright. Nine games into her 30th year as head coach of UVA […]
It’s that time of year when family time seems to take precedence over every other kind of time (work, play, TV, personal, drinking, etc.). If you’re the type who looks forward to such condensed family time with stars in your eyes (e.g., “I just love sitting down with my mother, father and five siblings to […]
Already regretting that wish you made for colder weather during the smoldering 90 degree days last summer? If you’re craving the hazy days of late August and weekend trips to the beach, then the Lazy Parrot Grill in Pantops Shopping Center has the remedy. Their tropical retreats come in glasses, though: They’ve dreamed up a […]
Derek Breen has no shortage of snappy descriptions for the business he plans to open in January in a blue house on Elliewood Avenue. There's the phrase that headlines this column—a come-hither to artsy, collaboration-minded patrons. There's his metaphor "MySpace live,"
Greetings from the woods of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania! Early December marks the annual McElroy father-son hunting trip. (Don’t let the hair gel and the pinstripe suits fool you, this columnist loves the outdoors.) We’re up in the woods, away from all civilization except for the deer, bear, Sasqwatch and whatever other woodland creatures are out […]
No one likes to spend all day at the office working…or, let’s face it, reading random websites. Sometimes we need a little interactivity. Some true bonding with the old compooter. Some hand-eye coordination to keep us limber in the cubicle. In other words, some classic, lame-graphic computer games. So if you’re looking for a good […]
I was sitting in the new John Paul Jones Arena looking at the flames of propane shoot up with every induction, and the incredible state-of-the-art digital billboards, watching little Cavalier fans wearing Christmas-morning gazes, when I realized that as fans they will never know anything other than those plush surroundings. No humid, un-air-conditioned, cramped University […]
So it’s the week after Thanksgiving. Everyone knows what that means, right? ’Tis the season to blow that bank account centless! Yeeha! While it may be painful once you take stock of the damage post-New Year’s, the rush of giving and getting that rules December can result in a pretty potent high. I, personally, tend […]
There are a thousand ways to dress up pasta. You can cook it the traditional way with meatballs and marinara sauce or as a healthy vegetable medley sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Better still, why not be like Will Farrell in Elf and pour the hot condiment of the season—maple syrup—on your pasta, then top it […]
From Sweet to you: a very sincere thanks to everyone who has written or called wondering what ever to get her Sweetness for the impending holiday. A Fendi knock-off handbag, the one with the snaky clasp and the thickly braided strap?
If there is a “hot” condiment this holiday season, it’s got to be maple syrup. And From Scratch Baking Co., located in the Forest Lakes Shopping Center, knows how to incorporate this delish flavoring into a decadent dessert. This year, pass on the mincemeat and pumpkin pies and try your hand at making this bake […]
Along with pretty much everyone else of my generation, I often wonder what life was like before Google—that innocent time when there was no way to find out random facts about everyone from a blind date prospect to your best friend to a co-worker. The same could be said about Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia. […]
Sitting here waiting for Thursday and all the things that come with it: Turkey, stuffing and heartburn that feels like my arteries will implode. Watching the Detroit Lions get basted on national TV. Still, I’m reminded why we all gather: to give thanks. Here, then, are Things in Sports that I am Thankful For: I’m […]
Restaurantarama sometimes feels amazed by what’s happening here in our little burg. Not only do we enjoy a collection of fine restaurants that many cities twice our size can’t match, but new places join the pack every month. And many of those newcomers, it seems to us, evince a sheer urbanity that makes our heads […]
It’s Tuesday night, November 7. The polls have closed and the parties’ parties are just getting going. The Dems are above the Downtown ice rink in a large glassed-in room where the floors are half-and-half wood and carpet.
Well, America, there is a god. Not that I’m partisan or anything, but those midterm elections sure felt good, eh? Three words: Sayonara Senator Macacawitz. Holla. But let’s not just gloat. We should also learn a little about how this blessed event came to pass, methinks. For the unabashedly liberal like myself (“bleed-ing heart” has […]
The terror threats on seven NFL stadiums three weeks ago proved to be nothing more then an Internet hoax by some message board posters. Still, the aftermath did spark conversation that sporting events could someday be a prime target for acts of violence. In the past six years we’ve learned that nothing is off limits […]
On a menu stuffed (and fried and cheese-covered) with meat-based dishes, we were searching recently for a veggie-friendly lunch option. And we found a good one: the vegetarian quesadilla. It arrived uncut—a half-moon of crispy tortilla, full of savory sauteed peppers and mushrooms, with generous dollops of guacamole, sour cream and salsa on the side. […]
Tired of cooking the same old boring meal of burgers and French fries? Well, toss des frites and roll up your sleeves to make this quick and simple dish from the menu of Downtown restaurant Petit Pois. Moules Marinières is a “classic French bistro dish,” says Brian Helleberg, owner of Petit Pois—it’s a dish that […]
It is very cold in the cocktail tent where Bruce Wilcox, president-elect of the Sons of the American Revolution, is talking to George Washington, another son of the revolution who is better recalled, of course, as the Father of Our Country. Though he died 207 years ago, Washington looks pretty well pulled together.
The. Ivy. League. Don’t the mere words just conjure images of well-worn leather-bound volumes, decorous discourses on the finer points of Hume, and impeccably mannered, tweed-wearing WASPs? Well, it may have been like that in the days of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but no more. Just like the real world, the greens on which Ivy Leaguers […]