Daily Food: Scrumptious Pork Chop

Pork is my favorite meat, and pork chops might be my favorite cut of the animal.  There’s the perfect, meaty loin section along the the top of the rib and the the luscious, fatty layer surrounding it.  Depending on where on the ribs the chop was cut, you can also get some of the baby … Continue reading

Writing about Ace Biscuit and Barbecue

I’ve posted before about Ace Biscuit and Barbecue and their wonderful food and the funky vibe, but it wasn’t until this morning* that it struck me how special of a restaurant it is, especially in the larger scheme of American restaurants and American food.  We’re so spoiled here in Charlottesville to have small-scale, local restaurants … Continue reading

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

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

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

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

The Thanksgiving recipe series is finished, and I want to share a few more fall-themed recipes before the next holiday arrives.  Christmas is so close, but it really doesn’t feel like it yet in Charlottesville.  It’s gorgeously sunny and 60 degrees today, hardly the typical weather for mid-December.  It keeps me in the fall spirit … 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

Sprouts for Supper

I just started liking brussels sprouts this year.  I had never tried them before, probably because they’re a stereotypical, scary vegetable that kids tend to not like.  In trying to be more brave in my healthful vegetable choices though, I tried my mom’s oven roasted sprouts and found that they were delicious when the edges … Continue reading