Firenze Files: Power of Pork

Talk about fancy cooking equipment all you want, but I just made one of the best meals of my life in a cheap metal pot from IKEA, in a cramped rented kitchen, with limited hand-me-down utensils, on a persnickety old gas stove, on the fourth floor of an apartment building in a foreign country.  TV … 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

Updated Pork Belly

It’s time for another round of pork belly!  My favorite food returns again this fall.  I think it must be the season that inspires me to braise meats and eat rich, filling food, because I think it was last year, right around fall as well, that I cooked my first pork belly.  I have a … 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