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

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

Clifton Inn Chefs in the Garden Dinner Series

Last Monday, the Clifton Inn hosted the second dinner of its Chefs in the Garden series where they invite additional chefs to join head Chef Tucker for a multiple-course dinner in the garden.  Each of the chefs dreams up and creates their own courses.  The most recent dinner featured Chef Joe Sparatta from Heritage (Richmond), Tim … 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

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

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

Zocalo during Cville Power Outage

Part of Charlottesville has had a power outage for the last day and a half.  My house didn’t have power, and driving from my neighborhood into downtown Charlottesville, I could see the exact point at which the power outage ended and the rest of the city had power because all of a sudden the stop … Continue reading