I am in Galax, Virginia, near the North Carolina border in the far southwestern snout of the state.
The concept of “cool” makes many of us cringe. As kids, we pined over the popular kid’s next-generation backpack or flashy Trapper Keeper; as adults we lust after high-tech cell phones and ultraluxurious cars (wait, your car doesn’t give directions and make you coffee? That’s like, so 2005). For the überhip among us, the quest […]
Horrendous recent disasters aside, New Orleans still shines in the popular imagination as a bastion of culinary and cultural wonderfulness. Maybe it’s the any-excuse-for-a-party spirit, maybe it’s the spicy flavor of both food and people. Or maybe it’s the fact that, in the French Quarter, you can drink beer in the street while getting your […]
The appeal of the Biltmore Grill in the summertime is undeniable: a big, breezy, vine-covered outdoor patio, affordable beer, and the charm of Elliewood Avenue with a minimum of young Wahoos to spoil it. The American fare here is always a good bet, and the Bison Cheeseburger offers a summer favorite with, as the menu […]
Splitsville What better way to relax on a hot summer’s afternoon than with a favorite ice cream treat? Well, Jeff Turner, owner of Dips & Sips, has just the thing for you: their “traditional” banana split. Even better, Dips & Sips has tables both inside and out, so you can enjoy your gooey treat in […]
www.savetheinternet.com “It’s not a truck,” insists Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) during his long, rambling explanation of “the Internets.” This statement, and others like it, has made Stevens the laughingstock of every techie blog out there (which are accessible, Stevens assures us, through a “series of tubes,” in case you were wondering). All jokes aside, however, […]
It was for the balcony that we chose Michael’s Bistro on a summery Friday night, but as it turned out, the food was even better than the view. We ordered the red bean and rice cakes, expecting something down-home—but were delighted when they arrived in an artful stack, topped with tasty collards and scattered kernels […]
O.K., I admit itâYouTube is so six months ago. By now, even my grandmother has probably watched a video of a few thrill-seeking guys attempting some ridiculous stunt (most likely involving an explosion and the exclamation “sweet, man!”). Though online video sharing isn’t exactly breakthrough news, YouTube.com is so ridiculously addictive that we couldn’t help but give it some (much-coveted) Hit This Site attention.
While entertaining out-of-towners in the boondocks on a recent Sunday afternoon, we figured that Dr. Ho’s would be a good bet for a tasty lunch.
Bringing a restaurant into this world is no simple task. Just ask Chad Hornik, whose adventures in fending off Charlottesville\’s architectural earnestness we detailed about a month ago.
A few weeks ago, the local heroes chosen as this year’s C-VILLE 20 were feted at a reception on top of the Live Arts building. Despite occasional rain, and with the help of a beautiful rainbow, the crowd enjoyed a delightful evening, thanks especially to the inspired cocktails and cuisine provided by Jeannie Brown, the hardworking and talented owner of Kiki. Brown gets a workout with every cocktail she prepares, and we are the lucky recipients of the fruits (pun fully intended) of her labor.
Nothing makes a rainy morning feel cozier than running through the drizzle toward the warm light of a bakery, knowing that a beautiful selection of pastries awaits within. We thought hard and chose a blueberry cream-cheese Danish—it just looked so appealing inside the glass case, like a little boat full of berries. The crust was […]
The digital music world has become a confusing jumble of online stores, generic radio stations, and illegal downloading programs (Napster vs. Metallica, anyone?)
In case you\’ve been living under a rock (or a giant asteroid), Al Gore\’s An Inconvenient Truth has been tearing into theaters recently, leaving a heated global warming debate in its wake. But how “real” is this whole global warming thing, anyway? Well, to make sure that kids have the right facts, the Environmental Protection Agency is offering a cheerful website that helps concerned youngsters learn more about the science of global warming.
If the name of your business were “Vavino: The Virginia Wine Bar,” and it suddenly became harder to legally sell Virginia wines, you might feel you had a leetle problem on your hands.
Feeling rather fancy, we decided to spring for a trÃ¨s upscale feast at the French bistro Fleurie.
When a rumor comes home to roost, it’s nearly as satisfying as a perfect cup of miso soup. For many a month, Restaurantarama has been hearing these whispers: Sushi this, Blue Light Grill that. It made perfect sense to us that Coran Capshaw’s restaurant empire, which is already six properties strong, would expand before too long, and the idea of a second-floor eatery above Blue Light seemed plausible enough. But we couldn’t get Capshaw’s restaurant director, Michael Keaveny, to spill the beans (cue movie-trailer voice)â¦ until now.
At 3 o’clock in the afternoon, most civilized nations are sleeping. Since we live in America, however, we have to consume stimulants and power right through those afternoon doldrums like the dedicated capitalists that we are. A cappuccino and a cookie from Splendora’s made one recent afternoon a little less woozy. As we chewed, we […]
If you feel like this is a busy time of year, what with end-of-school events, class reunions, graduations andâdon\’t forget!âall of those June weddings, just think about the busy caterers who are keeping all of these revelers well fed. Fred Bossardt, owner and chef at Simply Delicious Catering, is one of those hard-working culinary masters. From weddings to university events for 600, June is keeping Bossardt on the move.
The only thing better than the verdant, mountainous setting around Nellysford is the fact that it’s home to some pretty outstanding Italian food. We sat on the deck at D’Ambola’s on a perfect June evening, when all we needed was a little appetizer to tide us over. The fried zucchini, despite its unassuming name, was […]
Bored.com, the procrastinator\’s heaven, offers yet another way for slackers to pass the workday more quickly (aside from setting up an online lemonade stand or creating a virtual pizza for your friends, which are my personal favorites). Now you can find out how long you\’ll live\’for free!
You don\’t have to be a guest at the Inn at Court Square to dine like a queen at lunch. The friendly patio wait staff was prompt with linens and fine silverware. We ordered sweet iced tea, a glass of Perrier and a chipotle chicken salad with fresh baby arugula, red lettuce, pulled roasted chicken and zesty dressing. The bread plate came with honey orange-zested butter, and felt almost like a dessertâas refreshing as the breeze that kicked up under the ancient oak tree.
First things first: Bodo’s founder Brian Fox has sold the venerable 20-year-old bagel business to his three general managers, Connie Jenson, John Kokola and Scott Smith. Fox lays out the whole story himself on page 42âbut definitely stay tuned to this space in coming weeks for more behind-the-bagel coverage.