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

Restaurant Review: Brookville Brunch

Brookville Restaurant is on the historic, downtown mall in Charlottesville, located directly above one of my favorite restaurants there, the Whiskey Jar.  The menu might give the impression of casual fare with seemingly simple dishes in which some form of pork often makes an appearance.  The chef’s so-called “meat-centric” menu is far from lacking in … Continue reading

Braised Pork Belly

Pork belly is a dish I had for the first time about a year ago.  It’s incredibly fatty, juicy, flavorful, and succulent, so you can only have one small piece at a time.  I think it epitomizes comfort food.  Especially braised pork belly–it’s like a cross between barbecue, a steak (or more like a pork … Continue reading

French “Feast” for Lunch

Just wanted to share a quick picture of a scrumptious lunch I “made” this week.  The best part was that there was no cooking!  I thought of it as a very French meal because the image my mom always recalls of her time in France is eating a fresh baguette and block of cheese.  This … Continue reading