Like 2 Bike

July 15, 2010

Biking is very fun!! What a great idea of Matt’s to bring the bikes.

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We would not be having fun if we were touring neighborhoods in a car. We zoomed about 8.5 miles (thanks, Garmin!) all around the neighborhood of Belmont – right on the skirts of downtown. SO charming!!

This town is HILLY! We are super hot and sweaty and this hill was killer. I had to walk my bike up!

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We toured a house and a condo downtown – neither were a good fit for us. Hoping these next ones coming up are (and they appear to be!)

We had an early (well, 11:45) lunch downtown at Bizou

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Ate at a table right on the mall. LOVE all the outdoor dining!!

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Le menu

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To drink

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(I had a few sips but slurped down water most of the lunch)

To start – Chilled Apple Soup! It was more savory than I’d expected but very fun with goat cheese and croutons.

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Nourishment:

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I got the Portabello Mushroom Salad for lunch with a red pepper dressing that was out of this world like pimento cheese!

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Matt got Salmon + Crawfish Fritters. Shared one with me :)

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Lunch tasted great, but I’m not feeling that full! Might have to have some ice cream for a snack later on….if there’s time! ;)

See ya!

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1 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Dining outside in the sun reminds me of holidays – such good memories! This post just made me well happy :P

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2 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

oh goodness, i am DROOLING over that soup! you had me at goat cheese & croutons :)

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3 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I can’t quite wrap my head around chilled soup

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4 Jessica @ How Sweet July 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Chilled apple soup sounds so delicious!

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5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Fun! I hope the house hunting is going well!

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6 Meg July 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Chilled apple soup sounds DIVINE! Very fall-like, but still sounds amazing for lunch in summer :D I love the idea of biking too – you get the feel of the town, literally, without windows! Woo!

Meg

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7 Dorry July 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Biking around a new town is so much fun! Love me some portabello. :)

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8 Sandy July 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Try Archie’s for frozen custard. There is one on “the Corner”.

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9 Sam July 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

You mean Arch’s? I would go to Splendora’s for gelato. That place is so good.

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10 Rosey Rebecca July 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

That soup sounds so amazing and that restaurant looks so cute! I LOVE you bike helmet!

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11 JenATX July 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

good luck house hunting! i loooove looking at real estate, but only when its for my “dream house” so i don’t have to be realistic haha

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12 Camille July 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm

That soup sounds fantastic and very different!

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13 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

That soup sound incredible! As does your salad!

I love that you two are biking everywhere! Best of luck with the house hunt :)

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14 Ashley@thehungryscholar July 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Outdoor dining is the best, but no one I eat with ever wants to eat outside. Boo.

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15 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

That restaurant looks like it has a great variety of delicious choices. Definitely not your average cafe menu! Your lunch looks yummy. :)

Jenn

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16 kraileen July 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I didn’t know you were in C’ville! I’m a reader who got behind b/c I was out of town on vacation. Are you doing a meet-up?

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17 Joy Tanksley July 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I second the Splendora’s suggestion. The BEST cold treat in town.

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18 Kelly July 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I totally agree with you about bikes. They’re the best way to see any city. Okay, maybe not NY. :)

Brad and I recently took a trip to Savannah and rented bikes. Perfect. Not too fast, not too slow and you can really take it all in. Good luck house hunting! Hope you find the perfect little KERF bungalow!

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19 Megan (Braise The Roof) July 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Yum, those entrees look so good! There’s something about a fritter that just makes me happy. :)

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20 jaclyn@todayslady July 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I would’ve definitely chosed the portabello salad too!! Love em!

Great job on the hilly bike ride while looking at houses!! Multitasking at it’s finest :)

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21 Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Apple soup sounds interesting… and I’ve always liked apples with cheese and a good piece of baguette. Mm!

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22 Hope July 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

LOVE love love your new sunglasses – so flattering. :)

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23 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) July 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I love exploring new places!! I also love outdoor seating at restaurants/cafes!

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24 janna July 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

you guys are just too cute!

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25 Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm

All that biking must’ve worked up your appetite!! matt’s meal looks soo good!

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26 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

The apple soup sounds so interesting!! I think ice cream is a definite must for today :-P

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27 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Ooh I’ve never seen apple soup anywhere before. I bet it tasted awesome with the goat cheese!

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28 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Bizou looks awesome! Those salmon and crawfish fritters- YUM!

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29 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm

You can’t beat dining outside in the summertime! Good luck with the next houses you are going to see, hopefully one of them will be right for you.

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30 jennifer @ take the day off July 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm

My sister went to UVA so I spent a lot of time in Charlottesville. Bizou is delish and I have a recommendation for ice cream: head to Arch’s. There is a location downtown near mellow mushroom. You won’t regret it–especially if you get the brownie batter topping. That alone is worth the trip!

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31 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm

the portobello salad looks delicious – and ice cream sounds like a perfect balanced lunch!

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32 The Wife of a Dairyman July 15, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Hope the other two homes are more promising for you:) Looks like a ton of fun to bike around that cute little town!

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33 Sarah July 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Hey Kath! I hope 1 of the other 2 houses works out for you and Matt! I have a question about your new phone: Did you move your itunes music/movies to the android system? if so, was it difficult? I’m holding out for the iPhone 4 (not released in Canada yet) but I’m starting to look at other phones too.

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34 Lisa @bakebikeblog July 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Oh my – I was sold at ‘goats cheese’ croutons!!!

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35 Jessie July 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I’m in Charlottesville now working at Heritage Theatre (on campus). I’m actually really loving this area, it’s pretty. I don’t have much time to do much of anything (including reading this blog and finding out that you were back for a visit) but it is great for what I’ve seen

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36 Renee July 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

chilled apple soup – interesting!

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37 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm

That meal sounds delicious! Lovin’ the looks of those fritters!

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38 Courtney (delightful devours) July 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Wow! I am obsessed with that portabello mushroom salad! Looks like a good pick, that’s for sure!

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39 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Biking is a great way to do two things at once.

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40 Brittany July 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Great idea to bring bikes – definitely a fun way to explore!

Best of luck finding a place that you all love.

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41 Chelsey July 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Matt looks super adorable in the first picture of him smiling at lunch!

That salad looks amazing – I wouldn’t be full either if I rode that many miles on the bike!

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42 tanya July 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I like that you are able to bike to the resturant, fun.

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43 Wei-Wei July 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I’m quite curious about that soup! There seems to be a lot of soups that I’ve never encountered before…

Wei-Wei

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44 Cara July 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Cold apple soup…interesting!
The goats cheese is a nice accompaniment I’m sure.

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45 Heather July 15, 2010 at 7:44 pm

what a good idea to bike instead of drive!

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46 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Biking is SUCH a great way to observe a new town! Love it! :D

Oh, and I had a meal with portobello’s in it not too long ago and loved it as well. But it wasn’t filling for me either, and I was forced to pull out my emergency granola bar. ;)

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47 Hannah July 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Eep!! At the end of my exchange year I sold my books to the bookstore behind you in these photos! Eeep!! :D

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48 Monica July 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm

As someone else mentioned, I see The Blue Whale lurking in the background of the pictures at Bizou–which is essentially my favorite place in the whole world! Cville bookstores are so much fun :)

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49 Simply Life July 16, 2010 at 6:37 am

wow, you always have such nice meals out! Looks delicious!

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50 Alisa July 16, 2010 at 11:23 am

The chilled apple soup looks delicious!

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51 Karen July 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

So nice that you got to cycle around the neighbourhood! Perfect way of getting to see a place and make the most of the weather at the same time :) I’m a Brit but I grew up in Holland, and cycling is pretty much the main way of getting around here – it’s so safe, because there are bike routes alongside almost every road. I love it!

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52 Laura July 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I adore apples but i’ve never had apple soup before! It sounds delicious …but you’re right, i wouldn’t expect it to be overly savoury! xx

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53 Candice July 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Love the downtown mall!! the dumpling place there is crucial!!!

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