Tour Of The Town

July 4, 2009

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!

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Karen and Matt‘s dad Mark lived here from ‘82-‘85 while Mark was doing his radiology residency at UVA .

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And little Matt was born!

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Until they moved away to Spartanburg

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After touring their charming neighborhood, we headed downtown for the blogger meet-up at Eppie’s.

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I had THE MOST DELICIOUS salad!! Chicken over spinach, goat cheese, DATES, corn and tomatoes.

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With a little loaf of pumpkin bread (I shared half with Matt)

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And the most delicious champagne dressing on the side! It took me a while, but I finished the whole fabulous salad.

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There were plans to go for an Independence Day gelato. I was stuffed, but I couldn’t turn it down :)

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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.

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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!

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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 :) )

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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.

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We sat outside and the ambiance was perfect

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Upon hearing the drink specials, I decided to go with a Mint Julep made with bourbon and lime. It was super sweet and sexy!

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The rolls were amazing – hot and doughy. And I loved that we each got one :) I nibbled on mine throughout dinner

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For an appetizer, Matt ordered these fried cheese balls in a raspberry spice sauce. AMAZING! I had half of one

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And a glass of white with dinner

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From the moment we glanced at the menu, I knew I wanted these scallops for the carrot-vanilla sauce

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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!!!

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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.

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And Matt’s flounder was also awesome – smoky and salt it was a great combo

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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!

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1 Priyanka July 4, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Great eats! The pictures of Matt as a kid are so cute!

It is so great that the bloggers of Charlotesville get to meet you. If you ever come close to Knoxville TN, I’ll hop in to meet you! :~))


2 Amanda (My Summerizations) July 4, 2009 at 9:40 pm

all the food looks great! i especially love the mini loaf with the salad. i’m a total bread lover. i could eat slices of bread for a meal if i had to!


3 Alicia July 4, 2009 at 9:41 pm

how exciting! :)


4 Lori July 4, 2009 at 9:52 pm

That scallop dish looks divine!


5 Hannah July 4, 2009 at 9:55 pm

This is breaking my heart! I’m a reader from way down under in Australia, and I cope with not having access to so many of the delicious foods and experiences you have by treating this blog like a fantastic novel peppered with lovely characters and plotlines.

But in 2007-8 I did a student exchange to UVA. It was one of the best years of my life, and I absolutely loved that exact salad (minus the chicken – I don’t think it came with chicken when I was there?) at Eppie’s. It was scrumdiddlyumcious, and seeing pictures of Charlottesville just makes me want to cry. I don’t know if my constitution will be able to stand it if you do move there and I see pictures all the time! 😉

So glad you had a lovely time, and super good luck on finding the city and shop of your dreams :)


6 Andrea [bella eats] July 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm

It was such fun meeting you, Matt and Karen today, Kath! I’m so glad you had Zo-Ca-Lo for dinner…definitely my FAVORITE restaurant on the mall. You even had my favorite appetizer and entree’…good choices my dear! The vella jack cheese fritters are to. die. for. :)

Let me know if you have any other questions…I hope you decide to make C’ville your new home!


7 Andrea [bella eats] July 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm

PS: see you tomorrow morning for a run! I’m frightened that you and Jess are going to smoke me… :)


8 Jen July 4, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Wow, does Matt ever look like his dad! What a great trip, especially finding Matt’s parents’ house! Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)


9 Faith July 4, 2009 at 10:30 pm

What a fun trip! Great eats, that salad at lunch looks killer. I would never have thought about dates but I bet it works! Happy 4th!


10 Anne K. July 4, 2009 at 10:43 pm

That trip looks so fun. What incredible food, too! Your scallops look amazing, and the sauce sounds so delicious. The plating is so gorgeous. Happy 4th!


11 Caitlin July 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm

I *love* Charlottesville. My sister goes to grad school @ UVA there (history), and I always make excuses to go visit. Everyone is so active there, the downtown is incredibly lively, and right outside of town there are so many beautiful old homes and properties to gawk at. It doesn’t hurt that, unlike here in WI, it doesn’t really snow there :) Oh, and check out the C’ville 10 miler – awesome race, *incredibly* well run. Worth the trip even if you don’t end up there.


12 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 4, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Wow, it sounds like you are having so much fun!!! What a great holiday weekend. Enjoy the rest of it! :)

btw, I LOVE your shorts in the picture on the lawn by the college. Do you remember where they are from?


13 Emily July 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Happy 4th Kath! :)


14 Jenn (www. ) July 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm

WOW! The seafood dishes look amazing!!

Gelato is near and dear to my heart. We used to make it from scratch at it at my parents’ ice cream stand. I love it as is, but it tastes incredible when it’s coming out of the machine; soft and creamy. :)



15 Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 4, 2009 at 11:19 pm

so glad you’ve found a place that you love!

lunch looked awesome! :)


16 Vince July 4, 2009 at 11:23 pm

All 3 seafood dinners looked great! Those are the meals that make me not understand people who don’t like seafood. Looks like you had a great time there.


17 Hallie (Healthy Twists) July 4, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Looks like you had an AMAZING day! I have been having so much fun seeing these cute southern towns through your posts (yeah…doesn’t take much to make me happy sometimes, haha)


18 Caroline July 4, 2009 at 11:53 pm

What an amazing salad–of course, I am inclined to love anything that comes with a side of pumpkin bread:)


19 Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 5, 2009 at 12:32 am

What an exciting time for you guys! Good luck figuring things out!


20 Christie @ Quit Your Diet July 5, 2009 at 5:08 am

I am so glad you had a good time! I’m sorry I missed it but maybe you will move to C-ville and I will get my chance then 😀


21 sarah (ghost world) July 5, 2009 at 5:52 am

josh’s dad did his surg residency @ UVA — he started earlier but there may have even been some overlap! crazy!


22 sarah (ghost world) July 5, 2009 at 5:56 am

PS: i also love charlottesville! i’ve gone to run the half marathon a few years in a row and to visit a good friend i have there finishing up her path residency. such good restaurants, shopping, everything! i wish chapel hill had such an active running community.


23 Carolyn ( July 5, 2009 at 5:56 am

sounds like a great trip so far! happy 4th of july!


24 Brittany July 5, 2009 at 6:50 am

I didn’t know that Karen used to live in c-ville and their old house hadn’t seem to change much.

Glad you went to tour UVA. I love college campuses as well and UVA’s is hard to beat. So much history and beauty.

And, Dinner looked amazing!!

It was fun to meet you all today- so glad I was able to make it!


25 Lauren July 5, 2009 at 7:23 am

That’s so exciting that you guys may have found your destination! Looks like you’re having a blast.

I’m intrigues by some of the ingredient and flavor combinations you’ve had – the dates in the salad, bananas with scallops, fried cheese with raspberry sauce… all brilliant ideas! I need to be more adventurous in the kitchen ;).


26 Emily July 5, 2009 at 7:43 am

Charlotte looks beautiful–and you look so tan! Gorgeous!


27 Meg July 5, 2009 at 7:50 am

Looks like you are having an amazing time…with lots of yummy food! What an awesome blogger meet-up!


28 Michelle Hisae July 5, 2009 at 8:18 am

This totally makes me want to visit Charlottesville. It looks like it would be a lot of fun, and you two look like you’d fit in just fine! :)


29 Anne P July 5, 2009 at 8:33 am

Oooooo I’ve been to that restaurant! I forgot about that one – it’s SO good. I remember having the same scallop dish as you and was in love!!


30 Jess July 5, 2009 at 8:35 am

I’m glad Zocalo was so great! Sorry we couldn’t meet you! :-( At least our run was fun! If not a little damp!!


31 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 5, 2009 at 8:45 am

Looks like you guys are having a wonderful time! Charlottesville looks absolutely beautiful! 😀


32 Mara @ What's For Dinner? July 5, 2009 at 9:00 am

What a great meal and meet up! Can’t wait for you to come to chicago :)


33 BethT July 5, 2009 at 9:06 am

I visited a college town in Oregon this weekend, and there was a Great Harvest there. I think it would be a great addition to any college environment!


34 Gena (Choosing Raw) July 5, 2009 at 9:32 am

I love Charlottesville! If you were there, I would have a good excuse to visit :)


35 Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write July 5, 2009 at 9:38 am

Zocalo is the name of one of our favorite restaurants here in San Diego (it’s in Old Town)! Very tasty here too. I love how you guys ended the night. We ended up not seeing the fireworks either. Well, we watched them on television after we watched a movie.


36 Kath July 5, 2009 at 9:40 am

Aww Hannah, hope you can come back sometime!

Heather ,

They are Old Navy



37 Angie All The Way July 5, 2009 at 11:27 am

I don’t even know where to begin on this post! Love it all, fabulous pictures and I want that salad! :-)


38 Sues July 5, 2009 at 11:48 am

That meal looks amazing! Especially the scallops, yum!! We have a Zocalo here in Boston too and it’s great Mexican food, but not half as good as yours looked!


39 Adventures of Alice July 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm

That dinner looks amazing! I love scallops, but never cook them at home and usually forget to order them when I’m out! Glad y’all enjoyed Charlottesville-it’s so pretty up there.


40 capedaisy July 5, 2009 at 3:08 pm

those scallops are entirely drool-worthy. That sauce looks sublime.


41 Katharina July 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I’d say move to Charlottesville!!! Imagine taking your family on hayrides in October 😀 and all the apples you can imagine to bake some pies or make oatmeal for the kids. Lol I let my imagination get carried away sometimes. That area is just so beautiful and charming!


42 Kristen July 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Those cheese balls don’t LOOK so good to the blogger-eye, but I believe you! The salad, on the other hand, looks awesome!


43 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) July 5, 2009 at 7:41 pm

that dinner alone would make me want to move to charlottesville!

i love the photo tour of matt’s childhood — he looks just like his dad :-)


44 Stacey July 6, 2009 at 8:07 am

:) How exciting!


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