Tour de Charlottesville

May 25, 2011

One amazing thing about having Great Harvest here training us for the next few weeks? We get to see the town through their eyes! And while we’re the local hosts, we actually are sort of the guests, because dinner is on the company when we’re training!!


It’s a treat not to have to cook much during this busy time, to get to know the amazing GH staff better, AND to get to return to some of our favorite Cville restaurants! I can’t believe I’ve eaten lunch and dinner out two days in a row! It doesn’t feel like it because the food has been so fresh.


Tonight we took Tim to The Local in charming Belmont, questionably the restaurant capital of Cville.


I biked home at 5:30 and took a cold shower and put on a dress. It was nice not to eat dinner in my shorts and Danskos! I still think this dress needs a better shape!



I thought we might end up with an hour long wait, but we actually lucked out with the best seat in the house! Top corner balcony!


Earlier today I said to myself “I’ve had a few nights of alcohol in a row, better sit tonight out.” But then we got there, and, well, it’s just a missed opportunity to turn down a glass of wine at such a fun restaurant. Especially with local wines on the menu!


So I buckled and got a glass of a local favorite: Veritas Viognier.


When we found Burrata on the menu, we HAD to get it! Remember when we had it at The Local’s neighbor, Tavola, just a few weeks ago? It was incredible, and this time was just as delicious. The most amazing caprese salad in history!


For dinner I had the Blue Crab-Encrusted Grouper with Sweet Potatoes and Arugula


This was the perfect portion – and was mighty tasty!


Buttery sauce on the edges and all!


We passed on dessert. When I eat out a lot, whether I’m traveling or just in a series of celebration nights, my goal is to eat portions as I would at home. Last night and tonight have both left me satisfied but not too full. I suppose that’s the way restaurant eating should be!

Fun fun time. Tomorrow is our first staff meeting and more sandwich making! Also, 90* weather and SUN!

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1 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) May 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

May I have a tour de Charlottesville when I come for orientation on July 14th? 😛


2 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Everything on your dinner plates are so spring-worthy! That caprese salad looks refreshing, and the cheese doesn’t look rubbery like the kind I always get.

I usually can’t control myself in restaurants, because I always think of it as a special occasion. Especially if it was being covered by the company!


3 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Dinner looks delicious — and it sure is nice that you don’t have to cook — I think you have enough going on!

Have you tried wearing a belt with that dress? That might give it some shape.


4 KathEats May 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I had a belt on it and it was too hot!!! I should have worn it anyway :)


5 RhodeyGirl May 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

I was thinking the same- a belt.

What about popping the color? It might lengthen the shape of the dress? Also an iron (seriously) can help it have a bit more shape and firmness. Try it!


6 Elizabeth (LittleBrusselsSprout) May 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I have a dress that is very similar to yours but in navy. I usually add a cute/colorful belt around the waist to make it fit a little closer!


7 Vanessa May 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

What a yummy looking restaurant that is! You could have stopped at the burrata and I would have been happy. Good luck with the staff meeting!!


8 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I LOVE burrata! If you’re ever in ATL, have dinner at La Pietra Cucina and get the burrata app there. It’s like a fluffy, cheesy glob of heaven.


9 Eileen May 25, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Yep, I think a cute grosgrain belt would be just the thing for your dress!

Dinner looks wonderful! That’s the best feeling … leaving a great meal with just the right amount of fullness.


10 Baking 'n' Books May 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Yes. I wish I knew what that felt like…oye.
One day!


11 Lee May 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I always get into the moment and have a drink when I tell myself that I wouldn’t. Oh well!


12 colleen May 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

try putting a belt high up on your waist, pretty much right under your bust. That will definitely help to give the dress shape and it really helps to accentuate a small waist.


13 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Restaurants that don’t feel like eating out because the food is so fresh = the best. :)


14 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Love the hue of your nail polish! See ya tomorroooow


15 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I love having guests in town for that very same reason! Plus I’m always doing activities that I might not otherwise think to do :)

Best wishes! :)


16 Caley May 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm

So hard not to overindulge when I’m eating out… or when the food is “free”!


17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Dinner looks delicious! I’m glad you are enjoying this time. I hope you get a good night’s sleep!


18 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

“Blue Crab-Encrusted Grouper with Sweet Potatoes and Arugula”–omg that looks amazing and sounds like it! The local Aruban grouper that I can get at the market here is sooo good but with blue crab even tho Im allergic to shellfish these days, oh, it sounds amazing. Love arugula too.

And viogniers. :)

90F and sammie making? Have fun!!

Danskos save feet and backs, too, love them :)


19 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I love leaving restaurants not too full! It’s rare but satisfying :)


20 Katherine May 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I don’t know why, but your blog always puts a smile on my face. You are beautiful BTW, with or without a form fitting dress!


21 KathEats May 26, 2011 at 7:26 am

Thanks :)


22 Dee May 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm

What a lovely restaurant! Your dinner looked delicious!

And yikes 90! We finally broke the 80’s today. I have a feeling this summer might be another hot one. :)


23 Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Your dinner sounds so fresh and delicious!


24 lynn @ the actor's diet May 25, 2011 at 9:39 pm

i always wanted a shit dress like that!


25 Paula May 25, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Shit dress or shirt dress? LOL!


26 lynn @ the actor's diet May 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

oh dear! i meant shirt dress!!! definitely don’t need a dress made of shit…


27 kris May 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm

If you’re not a 5’6″ 115 pound sorority girl, shirt dress/shit dress–it’s pretty much the same difference.


28 kaila @ healthyhelper! May 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm

So many of my favorite foods in one dinner….crab, grouper, sweet taters, tomatoes, and mozz! Sounds perfect!


29 Rachel May 25, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Looks like fun! as other readers suggested a belt may help that dress but another option could be a vest. Occasionally i like to play on mens wear styles and add vests to shirts/dresses that need shape. It doesn’t have to be a mens wear style it but that would work well with the preppy polo feel it has… Maybe a black one that buttons down the front with little black sandals? play with it and see. Also even though your husband appears much taller than you we petite girls can wear their clothes too. example: one of his older button downs as a shirt dress with leggings that has been belted. I have an old french blue men’s shirt dress that i roll the sleeves up to 3/4 length and belt with a black obi belt. I get compliments all the time on it. Plus hello free clothes!


30 Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

90 degrees?? We could use some of that heat over here in Portland – it’s not even hitting 60!


31 Abby May 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I love the sandals you are wearing with that dress! :) Very cute!


32 KathEats May 26, 2011 at 7:26 am



33 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen May 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Ohh – that caprese looks so good. I love when you luck out with a great table! Somehow it makes the meal better.


34 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) May 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I’ve been hunting for a shirt dress like that for a while – I just haven’t found one that I like. :-) You look fab in yours – I love the color :-)


35 Chloe (South Beach Girl) May 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Caprese salad is one of my favorite dishes ever! When I was in Italy my house Mom would make it for me all the time because she knew how much I enjoyed it, it was so delicious.


36 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I love arugula! And that appetizer looks divine. I agree that eating out at fresh places is WAY awesome, and feels like home :)


37 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats May 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Your dinner looked amazing! It’s hard to pass up a nice glass of wine on such a beautiful day IMO. ~.^ Man I need to find more “fresh’ restaurants! Or move to a place that has more of them…


38 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner May 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm

What kind of sandwiches are you going to make this time?


39 Astrid May 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm

made your salmon cakes tonight! yum!


40 Angel7 May 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Sounds like a great restaurant that has amazing food!


41 Khushboo May 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I try to hold the same attitude when I’m eating out more than usual- gotta maintain some restraint!


42 Alaina May 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I am loving all of these cute restaurants in your town! Definitely makes me want to get down there. :-)


43 Elise May 26, 2011 at 12:29 am

dinner and the restaurant look amazing!

dress shape improvement? a light tan belt around the waist! i do the same with a similar dress :)


44 Tamra May 26, 2011 at 12:48 am

Looks like you’re getting a cyclist tan line on your feet. Welcome to the club!


45 KathEats May 26, 2011 at 7:26 am
46 Lorin May 26, 2011 at 1:45 am

I don’t know if you watch the Office, but Dwight, one of the characters said, “Bread is the paper of food industry, you write your sandwich on it”. I thought of you and Great Harvest when I heard this. Looks like a lot of good restaurants in your area!


47 KathEats May 26, 2011 at 7:26 am

Ha! That’s awesome! I haven’t seen the latest episode yet


48 Sarah@The Flying ONION May 26, 2011 at 6:07 am

So fun! I love eating out, especially when the fare is fresh and flavorful. I want “eating out” food to taste like home, only better. 😀


49 Molly @ RDexposed May 26, 2011 at 6:26 am

I love love love eating outside with perfect summer weather!


50 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 26, 2011 at 7:29 am

That looks SO good! Enjoy it!


51 Hope May 26, 2011 at 7:38 am

That restaurant looks great! I love restaurants where you are able to sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer. It’s so refreshing! :) I really like your nail polish color! So pretty! :) Good luck with your staff meeting today!


52 E May 26, 2011 at 8:44 am

I love that nail polish, too! Do you know what brand/color it is?


53 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 26, 2011 at 7:38 am

I’m so jealous that you’re able to keep your eating in check when you go out to restaurants. I always leave restaurants feeling so uncomfortably full! I think I need to learn a thing or two from you. 😛


54 Beth @ DiningAndDishing May 26, 2011 at 7:51 am

Yes, with food like that – eating out is a real treat!! I love when you can enjoy a really awesome meal and feel just as healthy as though you ate something cooked at home :).


55 Melinda May 26, 2011 at 8:14 am

The dress is cute! I agree with some previous posters – add a belt and maybe a scarf. A little accessorizing/layering will give it interest and shape.

You always make me want to head back to Charlottesville and visit these amazing restaurants! We spent our honeymoon there, but it was so freezing cold that we did little besides cuddle by the fireplace at our B&B!


56 jenna May 26, 2011 at 9:08 am

i like your dress. it’s cute! it could go dressy or casual. the local looks really good!


57 Jess (Sweet Potato) May 26, 2011 at 9:16 am

Your dinner looks amazing!


58 Lora May 26, 2011 at 11:15 am

Your dress is cute . . . but with your cute figure, you should definitely check out the Senorita Dress by Athleta. You’d rock it!


59 Alyssa May 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

That restaurant looks fab!! I think I would be a dining out sucker if I lived in Cville…you have amazing self control!


60 Ruthless May 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Definitely that dress needs something to give it shape. You’re little (and have a fab shape) and it swallows you almost entirely. If a belt is too hot I’m not sure what to suggest


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