Firenze Files:The Barista Next Door

I spent some time in the Piazza Santa Croce today reading a book and drawing in the sun. I went back out after dinner as well and wound up venturing into the Finesterae, a ristorante, bar (both alcoholic and coffee), gelaterie, and pastry shop.  Originally intending to sit for a short while with a good … Continue reading

Foods from the Past: Cookies

  My family hosted a brunch right around News Years this winter and invited a bunch of our new neighbors.  It was a sort of house-warming party to start getting to know the people on our new street in Charlottesville.  We made quiches, mimosas, french toast casserole, shrimp cocktails, cheesecake truffles, and chocolate cookies with … 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

Christmas Series: Hot Buttered Bourbon

I’m still getting over the mountains of delicious food consumed over the holidays, and I think I will blame the resulting “food coma” for my lateness in posting about the dishes I made for Christmas.  I’m finally readying pictures and recipes from the holidays to post, and I’ve decided to start with the star cocktail. … Continue reading

Paleo Pumpkin Gingerbread

  There can still be treats on the Paleo diet.  There’s just no flour, dairy, or sugar, but the product can still be delicious and satisfying.  This post is about some Paleo baking I did when I had a craving for gingerbread cookies or something warm and festive.  I found the recipe for this Paleo … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Series: Desserts

I’m retelling the story of my family’s Thanksgiving meal in the wrong order by sharing the dessert after the salad, but who hasn’t at some point wanted to skip right past dinner and get to the sweets! I cannot claim credit for these beauties, but I wanted to share the pictures regardless.  My mom made … Continue reading

Zocalo during Cville Power Outage

Part of Charlottesville has had a power outage for the last day and a half.  My house didn’t have power, and driving from my neighborhood into downtown Charlottesville, I could see the exact point at which the power outage ended and the rest of the city had power because all of a sudden the stop … Continue reading

Cville Goodies

Another new post!  Hooray!  I’m trying to get back in the swing of posting, so I’m churning out a bunch right in a row.  This quickie is about two great restaurants in Charlottesville that I want to draw some attention to.  First is a brand new place I visited today for lunch, called the Citizen … Continue reading

Apple Cake

In the fall, I had taken a trip to Carter Mountain in Charlottesville, Va.  It’s one of the must-see and -do things students must do during their time at UVA.  I got to go right into the apple orchards and pick the Fiji and Pink Lady apples that were ripe at the time.  Because of … Continue reading

Maple Buttermilk Pie

For a fall-themed sorority fundraiser this weekend, I volunteered to prepare and bring baked goods.  Rather than baking the expected cookies or brownies, I tried some new recipes that embodied the spirit of fall.  The pie I made was a Maple Buttermilk Pie from a recipe I found on 101cookbooks.com. The recipe included directions for … Continue reading