Daily Food: Vermillion Snapper

If you’re looking for a restaurant-like meal that’s deceptively easy to prepare, I would suggest fish.  Some think it’s hard to prepare and easy to overcook, but I find it’s actually easier to prepare than beef.  At least with white fish, to properly cook it, you just wait for the flesh to turn transparent.  And … Continue reading

Daily Food: Steamed Mussels in Red Wine

I’ve always walked by mussels and clams while food shopping and thought, “those are so yummy in restaurants, but they seem so intimidating to make at home.”  The descriptions in restaurants are so simple and unassuming as well: mussels steamed in white wine with garlic.  Well, I’d like to suggest that it really is just … Continue reading

Daily Food: Mackerel Cakes (aka using leftovers)

I love to cook a meal from scratch at every meal, but that’s not really feasible in the middle of a busy week.  So I’ve been trying to get better about preparing things in advance and about making better use of leftovers.  This post is about how I used the leftover mackerel that I had … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Photos

I’ve returned from Italy and have been back in the States for almost four weeks now.  I’ve had many culinary adventures already which I hope to being sharing again, and I’ve finally cherry-picked some of my favorite photos from Italy to share.  Please enjoy them below.  Hover over each picture for a short caption or … Continue reading

Foods from the Past: Salmon Over Salad

Last year, fish topped with pesto was a staple of mine.  I know that makes me quite an abnormal college student, but I loved (and still do!) salmon and trout broiled or baked with a nice smear of pesto on top.  So here is a dinner I made for myself and some friends of pan-seared … 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

Dinner at Avalon in Richmond

The first weekend of my spring break, I attended a Matchbox 20 concert in Richmond.  I made two earth-shattering discoveries on the night of the concert: the first was that the lead singer, Rob Thomas, of Matchbox 20 is the same person as Rob Thomas, solo artist.  I know it seems like a trivial discovery, … Continue reading

Clifton Inn: Restaurant Review of Birthday Dinner

My parent’s treated me to dinner at the Clifton Inn for my birthday this month.  This was no average, celebratory dinner, though.  Not only was my dinner at one of the best restaurants in Charlottesville, but it was also at the chef’s table directly overlooking the Inn’s beautiful kitchen.  The Clifton Inn is a hotel … Continue reading

Grilled Branzino

  Last week I stopped by my local fish monger at Seafood on West Main to check for a special catch.  He happened to have branzino, an Italian sea bass which I happen to adore.  It’s a small fish, so it’s typically served whole on the skeleton, and the fish monger left the heads on, … Continue reading

New Food Discovery: Avocado Tempura at Ten

I may have a new favorite food thanks to Ten Sushi.  Mayonnaise was my first food crush, but now I’m head-over-heels for avocado tempura.  I recently visited Ten Sushi on the downtown mall with my Dad, a fellow seafood lover, for dinner, and I must report that it was fantastic.  It’s one of the two … Continue reading