Greetings from Charlottesville!!
We arrived in good timing this morning and had a little bit of time to drive around before we met our blog friends for lunch.
First stop was to find Karen’s old house!
Karen and Matt‘s dad Mark lived here from ‘82-‘85 while Mark was doing his radiology residency at UVA .
And little Matt was born!
Until they moved away to Spartanburg
After touring their charming neighborhood, we headed downtown for the blogger meet-up at Eppie’s.
I had THE MOST DELICIOUS salad!! Chicken over spinach, goat cheese, DATES, corn and tomatoes.
With a little loaf of pumpkin bread (I shared half with Matt)
And the most delicious champagne dressing on the side! It took me a while, but I finished the whole fabulous salad.
There were plans to go for an Independence Day gelato. I was stuffed, but I couldn’t turn it down 🙂
Half banana caramel praline and half chocolate chocolate chip cookie!! I ate the whole thing and felt a little sick after. But it was definitely worth it.
I had a great time chatting with this wonderful group of KERF readers, including bloggers Andrea of Bella Eats and Brittany of Eating Bird Food. Thanks to everyone for coming from near and far to visit with us and tell us about the area!
After our dessert Karen, Matt and I headed back out for more exploring. We really, really like this area. The big question mark is just is it a good match for a Great Harvest, and if so, can we find a good commercial spot that would be within whatever budget we’ll have. As far as living, it’s a tie for me between Cville and JAX – flip a coin – I’d probably love them both for totally different reasons.
We finally checked into our hotel and then changed to go for a walk on the UVA campus. I LOVE college campuses! Wore my Davidson shirt to represent! (Photos courtesy of the handy dandy iPhone 🙂 )
After our walk we got dressed up and headed out to dinner. We went to the mall downtown to find a restaurant. After looking at some menus, we settled on Zocalo, which is right next door to Petit Pois, a restaurant we LOVED when we were here briefly for a wine trip 4 years ago.
We ended up having an amazing selection of tastes!!!!!!!!!! Questionably the best restaurant of the year.
We sat outside and the ambiance was perfect
Upon hearing the drink specials, I decided to go with a Mint Julep made with bourbon and lime. It was super sweet and sexy!
The rolls were amazing – hot and doughy. And I loved that we each got one 🙂 I nibbled on mine throughout dinner
For an appetizer, Matt ordered these fried cheese balls in a raspberry spice sauce. AMAZING! I had half of one
And a glass of white with dinner
From the moment we glanced at the menu, I knew I wanted these scallops for the carrot-vanilla sauce
This dish was incredible!!!!!!!!!!! The sweet vanilla sauce combined with the crispy tortilla strips, the fried bananas on the bottom with the spicy scallops. Absolutely heaven!!!
Karen’s salmon was out of this world too. Perhaps the best salmon I have ever tasted? Our server told us it was from Norway.
And Matt’s flounder was also awesome – smoky and salt it was a great combo
I was tempted by the triple sorbet dessert special, but we passed. Such a wonderful dinner definitely left a good impression of Charlottesville on me! It’s certainly a foodie town.
After dinner we dropped Karen off at the hotel and didn’t want our night to end. Matt and I decided to walk to a bar, but we ended up just flat out walking around town and campus for about 45 minutes, listening to fireworks boom.
Overall, we love Charlottesville. I have no doubt it would be perfect for our personalities and lifestyle priorities (and for raising a family!) I’m excited and nervous to see where the next six months take us.
Nite guys – I have to get to bed for a run in the AM!