Daily Food: Scrumptious Pork Chop

Pork is my favorite meat, and pork chops might be my favorite cut of the animal.  There’s the perfect, meaty loin section along the the top of the rib and the the luscious, fatty layer surrounding it.  Depending on where on the ribs the chop was cut, you can also get some of the baby … Continue reading

Writing about Ace Biscuit and Barbecue

I’ve posted before about Ace Biscuit and Barbecue and their wonderful food and the funky vibe, but it wasn’t until this morning* that it struck me how special of a restaurant it is, especially in the larger scheme of American restaurants and American food.  We’re so spoiled here in Charlottesville to have small-scale, local restaurants … Continue reading

What I’ve Been Up To!

I’ve been absent from my blog for much of the summer since returning from Italy, but I’ve been hard at work in Charlottesville, doing lots of work with food and photography and cooking and art and writing.  I think I’ve truly found my passions and what motivates me in life, and the great thing is … Continue reading

Clifton Inn Chefs in the Garden Dinner Series

Last Monday, the Clifton Inn hosted the second dinner of its Chefs in the Garden series where they invite additional chefs to join head Chef Tucker for a multiple-course dinner in the garden.  Each of the chefs dreams up and creates their own courses.  The most recent dinner featured Chef Joe Sparatta from Heritage (Richmond), Tim … Continue reading

Caramelized Vegetables

A few months ago upon one of my visits to the Clifton Inn kitchen, I tried a preparation of a super simple ingredient that one of the chefs at the Clifton Inn dreamed-up.  It was cooked cabbage.  But it wasn’t stewed or braised or even fermented.  It was simply a big green cabbage, quartered, and … Continue reading

Heirloom Tomatoes with Mayonnaise

I’ve been working on my food photography since going to a Food Photography seminar with Andrea and Sarah, the masterminds behind Beyond the Flavor.  I’m still using the camera on my phone, but I’m making an effort to take my dishes outside to photograph them in natural light.  I learned that it makes the color more … Continue reading

Downtown Dinners: Bizou and Brookville

This will be a quick post without many words because I think the pictures will speak for themselves.  I want to document some amazing recent dinners I’ve had on the downtown Charlottesville mall.  The first set of images is from my first trip to a French restaurant called Bizou.  It doesn’t have a website, and … Continue reading

Barbecue Exchange

Over my spring break, I got a new motorcycle!  This isn’t directly food-related, but I wanted to share the whole story of visiting Barbecue Exchange, which is a barbecue joint in Gordonsville that my family frequents often on our motorcycles.  We waited for a nice, sunny afternoon, and we set off on our bikes: me … Continue reading

Ace Biscuit and Barbecue

Update: Life has gotten crazy, and I apologize for having neglected my blog.  I’ve been busy with classes, with applying to study abroad in Italy this summer, with playing club volleyball, with Crossfit and Olympic lifting, and with life in general.  It’s finally spring break at UVA though, so I should have some time to … Continue reading

Paleo Plate at Black Market Moto Saloon

One of my favorite lunch joints in Charlottesville recently updated their menu to include specific, Paleo-friendly options!  I blogged recently about how the Black Market Moto Saloon will make their hamburgers without a bun and with a side salad, but they’ve recently added what they call their “Paleo Plate” to the menu.  It consists of … Continue reading