Foods from the Past: Pork Dinners

Pork might just be my favorite protein.  And that’s not just because pork belly is a contender for my favorite cut of meat.  I love pork because it comes in so many tasty forms.  You’ve got pork chops, pulled pork, baby back ribs, short ribs, pork belly, bacon (which is just cured belly), jowl meat, … 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

Foods from the Past: Spaghetti Squash

I take pictures of almost all of my meals, and lately, I’ve been realizing how many pictures from the past that I have stuck in a folder on my computer, waiting to be featured on this blog.  So I’m going to make an effort to go back through and post old meals and recipes so … Continue reading

Braised Lamb Shanks

I made braised lamb shanks this winter after buying some beautiful lamb from a farmer at the Charlottesville City Market earlier in the fall.  It was my first time cooking lamb shanks, but I had ordered lamb shanks at restaurants before, so I knew how rich and delicious they could be.  I combined a few … 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

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

PrintWorks in North Carolina

I drove to North Carolina during my spring break to visit my sister at her college and to visit one my favorite restaurants.  I can’t say that I’ve actually been to enough restaurants in North Carolina to be a good judge of which ones are the best, but when I visited PrintWorks in Greensboro for … 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

Homemade Meatballs

Since buying a share of a cow, my family has a freezer full of ground beef, and I finally decided to do something more creative with it than just making hamburgers.  I made meatballs!  They’re pretty much small, well-seasoned, spherical hamburgers, but I made them even more exciting by making them for breakfast. I took … Continue reading