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”


Love it!


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


Faith + Tate were volunteering in the beer tent


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


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.


Matt chugged IPAs and I chugged lemonade.

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Music to my ears –


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.


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.


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!


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!


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


And a cheesy quesadilla


Plus a boatload of chips!


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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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!


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.


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!


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.


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!


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. :)


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

Looks like a fun night! :)


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!


9 jojo April 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

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


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

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


11 KathEats April 14, 2012 at 6:04 am

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


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

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


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

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


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

That Mexican food looks tasty!


15 KhushbOo April 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

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


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

Oooh cinema taco has my name all over it.


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!


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.!


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!


20 KathEats April 14, 2012 at 6:02 am

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


21 Hilary April 14, 2012 at 1:32 am

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


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.


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!


24 Amber April 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

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


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! 😛


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

What a fun night! Great community spirit!


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

A nice IPA would cut through that onion flavor… 😉


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

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


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!


30 Mom April 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Fab post. Cute little boys!


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

Sounds like such a fun night out!


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!


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!


34 Angel7 April 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

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


35 Emily April 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

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


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!


37 KathEats October 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

Fun! You’re welcome!


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