Cville As A Canvas

April 13, 2012

After our workdays concluded, Matt and I headed downtown for the kick-off of the Cville Tom Tom Founders Festival, a month long celebration of art, music and innovation.

From the website: “Tom Tom is about the future of the community, and establishing Charlottesville as a creative hub for innovative ideas, artists, & businesses”

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Love it!

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Tonight’s block party featured live music, New Belgium beer, food trucks and LOTS of cute kiddos!

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Faith + Tate were volunteering in the beer tent

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We ran into SO many people we knew!! Love small town life. The festival felt like a neighborhood block party!

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My friend Katherine was there with her boys. These guys are the cutest!!! Both Matt and I agreed that festivals like this make us so excited to join the parent club.

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Matt chugged IPAs and I chugged lemonade.

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Music to my ears –

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I had sipped my way through this kale + milk + banana + chia + graham cracker smoothie around 4:30, so we weren’t too hungry for dinner until later.

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We actually hadn’t planned on eating out [and rice was cooking in the cooker at home!] but it just seemed like the better night of the weekend to eat out and we’ll get all cozy with our planned home-cooked meal + LOST tomorrow night.

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So we headed downtown to find a quick bite to eat. Matt’s training sweets for the third (and final for now!) time tomorrow, so we didn’t want to sit through a whole meal and stay out too late. 

Perfect night to give Cinema Taco a try!

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Cinema Taco [located next to/inside the Jefferson Theater] is pretty much a local (gourmet?) version of Qdoba. I think we have a new casual downtown fav!

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We equally shared (because we couldn’t decide) a taco salad with beans ‘n rice

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And a cheesy quesadilla

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Plus a boatload of chips!

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The meal tasted SO good. SOOOO good! But the second I took my last bite, the fire of the mango habanero salsa combined with a garlic-onion taste that just will not go away hit. Someone feed me an Altoid pronto. Or a tube of toothpaste.

Luckily we share the same breath :mrgreen:

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Nite!

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1 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

That looks like fun! Just think how different it will be next year with a little one strapped to ya! :-)

Enjoy your toothpaste. HA!

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2 marie April 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I live in a small town too (100,000, is that considered small? I grew up in San Jose, CA so it seems small to me). I love running into people I know everywhere I go. Fun night for you all. Here on the West Coast my husband, friends & I are just beginning our night.

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3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I love festivals like that, and it looked like gorgeous weather! have a great weekend!

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4 Jeri April 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I get so jealous that VA Beach doesn’t have more festivals that are advertised. I need to get out the house more. Maybe I will meet some new friends.

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5 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! April 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I love fun festivals like that! Music, good food, and a nice atmosphere! Couldn’t ask for a better start to the weekend!

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6 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass April 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm

So glad festival season is here! Such a great way to spend spring and summer nights. Plus there’s always good food. Looks like a better choice than staying at home. :)

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7 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Looks like a fun night! :)

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8 Cait's Plate April 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Love that first picture :)

That looks like such a fun festival – glad you guys enjoyed it! Happy Friday!

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9 jojo April 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

love the shoes!
Looks like you guys had an eventful Friday :)
Happy weekend!

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10 Emily Malone April 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I spy a Recipage shirt! :) Looks like a fun night!

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11 KathEats April 14, 2012 at 6:04 am

It is my new favorite now that I’ve grown into it a bit!

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12 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs April 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Ohhh, what a fun Friday night, sounds so fun!!

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13 Maria G. April 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Looks like a great way to spend the night! :)

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14 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) April 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

That Mexican food looks tasty!

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15 KhushbOo April 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Fun festival- Cville really seems like a fun place to live in!

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16 Lynn @ the actor's diet April 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Oooh cinema taco has my name all over it.

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17 Brittany April 13, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Tom Tom Founders Festival sounds like a fun event. It reminds me of a new Food Truck court that’s happening on Friday nights in Richmond – lots of people come out with their kids and pets. So fun!

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18 j3nn April 14, 2012 at 12:09 am

I wish we had local “gourmet” QDobas! The closest we have is Moe’s 38 miles away. Hoping we’ll get lucky soon. :) And if you think Cville is a small town, you would think my town is microscopic, haha. We don’t even have our own police dept.!

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19 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 14, 2012 at 12:26 am

I wanted soooo badly to love Toms. Unfortunately they don’t carry my size in my stores so I ordered a couple pairs from their website, they didn’t fit, I had to return them and pay for shipping both ways. So I paid $25 bucks for shoes that I simply tried on but didn’t fit. NEVER again! But I wanted to love them!

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20 KathEats April 14, 2012 at 6:02 am

Awwww. I love mine. Maybe try in person another store?

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21 Hilary April 14, 2012 at 1:32 am

Mmm…looks like fun! And ahora, yo quiero tacos!

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22 Maria@Sinfully Nutritious April 14, 2012 at 5:40 am

You are so funny!

I wish we lived in a small town. Cville seems so quaint and homey yet innovative. I love it and hope to visit someday.

Have a great weekend….now I want Mexican food.

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23 louie April 14, 2012 at 5:47 am

Did you ever watch Gilmore Girls? Your little town reminds me of Stars Hollow and you resemble Paris Geller. And, of course, Matt would be Luke the cafe owner!

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24 Amber April 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I love Gilmore girls! I have always wanted to live in a town like that :)

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25 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 14, 2012 at 7:04 am

That looks like such a fun festival! It’s making me excited for summer festivals to start up here. They don’t generally start until June though! :P

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26 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 14, 2012 at 7:59 am

What a fun night! Great community spirit!

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27 Molly @ RDexposed April 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

A nice IPA would cut through that onion flavor… ;)

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28 Nescett @ bananaoats April 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

Your town always looks SO adorable and like a great place to live.

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29 marnie April 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

you look so good!! i wouldn’t peg you as pregnant in this photo! keep up the good work of eating healthy and exercising~i bet the beer was super tempting!

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30 Mom April 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Fab post. Cute little boys!

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31 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Sounds like such a fun night out!

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32 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte April 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Charlottesville looks like such a cool, up and coming place to live! There really seems to be a wonderful sense of community and such vibrant local businesses. I really enjoyed this post!

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33 Roxanne April 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Quote – the fire of the mango habanero salsa combined with a garlic-onion taste
It’s a good thing you guys are married huh? This combination is not a good choice for a first “date” !
Festivals are a happy affair that comes with great food and great company! Hope my city comes up with a festival soon, I am itching to go somewhere where loud music is allowed!

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34 Angel7 April 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Sometimes eating out is sooo much easier, and hits the spot!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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35 Emily April 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

“Luckily we share the same breath.” I love that idea, such a romantic concept :)

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36 Kim October 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

Hey, a friend just forwarded this to me – I manage Cinema Taco. Thanks for the great shots of the food and a fine mention!

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37 KathEats October 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

Fun! You’re welcome!

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