You Can Always Go, Downtown

April 1, 2011

“The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go”


Downtown take I


Downtown take II!


Matt and I biked all around town this afternoon and they we did QUITE a bit of walking! I figured we covered about 10 miles on bike and 5-6 miles on foot – yeehaw!

You can guess who helped me out with the walking bit :)


Faith and Tate were involved


Totally chill. Totally fun. Classic Friday night livin’ it up in Cville!


We started our First Friday adventure with the 2.2 mile walk downtown, and to the Public Radio Station for a reception and some chatting


The had a wonderful spread of cheeses and crackers from Feast!


I ate my weight in cheese (just a snapshot of all the beautiful cheeses I tried)


Also snack on the veg!


And had a small glass of vino and just LOOOOOVE those whole wheat Caars crackers!!


Our next stop was Second Street Gallery, which had a nice collection of photographs and interesting artwork


We stopped into Artifacts, but it was closed!!

So we went to Market Street Wine Shop to taste some flavors. Mmm reds.


Lastly we move on to the Garage, a neat space-turned-studio. It’s just an open garage downtown!




We chilled


And nibbled


And played


And ate some amazing Jam According to Daniel! His jam jars each contain a POUND of local fruit and are the best I’ve had – on par with my favorite Great Harvest Mountain Berry!


A taste of Pollock’s wine


Lots of folks were out and about tonight!


When the crawl was over at 7, we ventured into a used bookstore




And settled at Horse + Hound Gastropub for dinner (with one addition – friend Sam)


I wasn’t too hungry, so I just had a green salad to munch


And helped Matt with his fish + chips + vinegar (vinegar)


We also shared a SCHLAFLY beer!!!!!!!!!!! A Stout! Sadly I don’t remember which kind of stout this was, but being a Schlafly, it was good! My first non-pumpkin one. [Note this was an 8 ounce glass – our server split the beer for us! How nice.]


We ended our fabulous First Friday with a walk to The Corner where we got a huuuuuge tub of Peanut Butter froyo (Matt and I filled up our Arches card!) with gooey brownie!


And played a game of UNO.


Faith won.

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1 Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! April 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Looks like a fabulous evening! Enjoy the weekend!!


2 Jen April 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Sounds like the perfect evening!


3 Abby April 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm

This looks like an amazing day! I love UNO. Peanut butter fro yo! Mmm. :) A pound of LOCAL fruit in each jar of jam? That sounds like a lot–I’m impressed! :)


4 staceyhealthylife April 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Fun night. But I love the finisher, pb froyo and brownie batter OH MY. Doesn’t get any better then that.


5 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 1, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Cville is too cool for school! I want a pound of that Feast! cheese :)


6 Krissy - Shiawase Life April 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I’ll make it out to one of those First Fridays one of these days! =)

I am excited about the return of the City Market!!


7 KathEats April 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Are you going tomorrow?!


8 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm

All of that food (aka cheese and crackers!) looks amazing. What a fun night! I so wish we had spent time walking tonight, instead of we were cooped up all evening!


9 Vanessa April 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Ohh I love that jam! Last time I was in C’ville I got a few to bring back to Charlotte. I’m 80% sure that I’m making another weekend trip to C’ville the weekend of the 15th of this month!! I’ll have to stock up!! I need to check out that bookstore too!! Love it :-)


10 Kristi @ KristiAteIt April 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm

What a nice relaxing Friday night. Each time I’ve read about that gooey brownie I am so tempted by it! Looks delish! It looks like you live in such a cozy little area. I am so jealous! I live in a small city, so we don’t have any cozy looking places like you have.


11 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Love nights like this with good friends :) That garage-studio is seriously AWESOME!


12 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I love Uno and froyo and nights on the town–what a great night in my eyes! :)


13 sarah (sarah learns) April 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

oh i loved uno! i haven’t played it in so long!! sounds like a fun night! :)


14 Anne @ Baking Me April 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Looks like a fantastic Friday evening, and ending the night with UNO, what could be better. UNO is one of my all time favorite card games :)


15 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I really want to visit Charlottesville specifically to try that gooey brownie :)


16 Brandy April 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Ahhhh your town has so many cool things! I feel like we never see you go to the same place twice :-) That little garage place is so cool! I am jealous. I live in Los Angeles, which apparently has some cool stuff too 😛 But I love the quaintness of C-Ville!


17 Kat @ Cupcake Kat April 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Lucky you! Beautiful artwork and food


18 Meri April 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Fun photo story- I like the very first photo the best, its that time of day when you are sort of winding down for the day and winding up for the evening. Lovely!


19 Evelyn April 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

If it was the Schlafly Irish Double Stout I can just second that it is awesome. I know you said you weren’t sure what it was but you should see if you can find one and check it out because it is really good :)


20 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm

That brownie topping is quite the ending to a fun night! Walking and biking beat the gym any day!


21 aimee April 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm

mmmm. cheese and crackers, jam and bread, fish and chips, wine and beer, peanut butter and chocolate….that’s a lot of awesome combinations!


22 B & B April 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I’ve never had just greens on their own. I always fill it with veggies. Meh.

I’ll take the beer though :)

What a lovely way to spend a Friday! I want that! That bookstore though – the hours say until 6 – but they were open at 7 when you went?


23 Kayla April 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm

It looks like you had some fabulous time. I love how both you and Faith are walking so much. I enjoy walking, but lately, I have not been walking as much. You gals have definitely inspired me to start walking more again. Have a lovely weekend!


24 Teresa (Teresa Tastes & Travels) April 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm

you had me the whole way through until you mentioned the PB froyo. now it’s all i can think about. i. must. have. some.


25 Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

that sounds like such a lovely time! I love how active you were by walking all around. I did a huge walking tour of my city today. I’m wiped!


26 Hannah April 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Kath, I just wanted to thank you for always showing us Cville’s beauty. It’s so lovely for me to re-see the place I spent such a happy year :)


27 KathEats April 2, 2011 at 6:43 am
28 lani April 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I love “Downtown”– being a former urban planner, I have heard it over the years. What a fabulous night!


29 Sunya April 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Schlafly’s Coffee Stout is one of my favs. Hope to have some when I visit my sister and BIL next week in St. Louis. Nothing like coffee and beer to make a great pint.

Looks like y’all have a super fun evening!


30 Laughter-Loving Stacy April 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm

What a nice day! Once I graduate college I will actually have chill days like this!! YAY! :)


31 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I love UNO!

Friends, wine, cheese, froyo…looks like a perfect night :)


32 Amy April 1, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Those wheat crackers are the BEST. I make baked brie in a pastry crust and serve it with those crackers and some preserves (any fruit will work), and it’s probably my favorite “meal” – delish!


33 katy April 2, 2011 at 12:13 am

the Garage looks like such a cool place to hang out!!! I love the brick on the INSIDE! fun!!!


34 Tina April 2, 2011 at 12:41 am

This just sounds like the PERFECT day! I just moved to a new area not all that long ago and one of the things on my to-do list is to check out the art galleries around. I could use a dose of some good ol’ culture right about now. :)


35 Jumanah April 2, 2011 at 3:00 am

Uno sure does bring back memories! I use to play all the time but havent played in years. What a fun night!


36 Toni April 2, 2011 at 5:57 am

How lovely!
Your pictures make me a little envious! Downtown Montreal is congested with cars,buses, people, more cars, honking and all that loud annoying downtown stuff!
Looks like a great Friday night!


37 Jess (Sweet Potato) April 2, 2011 at 6:13 am

Isn’t first friday the BEST?!


38 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 2, 2011 at 6:15 am

Those first fridays look like such a blast


39 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 2, 2011 at 6:23 am

I love how you’re getting out and enjoying the city!!! It’s such a great way to enjoy your evenings, get together with friends, try new foods, AND get in some good exercise. What a neat garage studio! And I used to play Uno all the time when I was little… such a fun game. :)


40 sarah (the SHU box) April 2, 2011 at 6:31 am

what an awesome day :) :)


41 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 2, 2011 at 6:41 am

LOVE the Caars crackers too! They taste like a not-too-sweet graham cracker. Only better. So delicious. 😀

What a fun day! 😀


42 RJ April 2, 2011 at 6:45 am

Whole wheat Carrs are like cookies – delish! What a perfect evening. I need to pull out Uno – haven’t played in ages!


43 Kiran @ April 2, 2011 at 7:09 am

Love crawl parties as such! Only wished we were located within walking distance to everything!


44 Katherine: Unemployed April 2, 2011 at 7:35 am



45 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) April 2, 2011 at 7:32 am

All that cheese looks delicious!!


46 Amy April 2, 2011 at 7:37 am

I love that first picture of downtown – so atmospheric.

Also UNO is my favorite game. I get really competitive.


47 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

That garage studio is so neat! And they serve delicious local jam? Score!


48 lynn @ the actor's diet April 2, 2011 at 7:52 am

i love garage spaces that have been altered. it’s been forever since i’ve played UNO!


49 megan @ blackberries for jam April 2, 2011 at 7:54 am

The pictures in this post are BEAUTIFUL! You would make a great advocate for the Cville tourist association (if there is such a thing). I want to visit!


50 anne April 2, 2011 at 8:24 am

Cute shoes! Can you share the name/brand? They look super comfy!


51 KathEats April 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Champion by Payless


52 Hilary April 2, 2011 at 8:33 am

Wow…that looks like a fun fun fun (and delicious) Friday! Jealous!


53 Cindy April 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

What a fun Friday evening!


54 Laura @FoodSnobSTL April 2, 2011 at 8:59 am

I think it’s time for you to come visit St. Louis and the Schafly brewery :)


55 jrf April 2, 2011 at 9:14 am

There’s a good chance it was Schlafly’s Oatmeal Stout. No wonder you liked it!


56 jennyv April 2, 2011 at 9:18 am

I met Mrs. Archer this past winter and when she shared what she did and where — I had to ask if she knew about you and GH! She said definitely loves having a GH in Cville!


57 Lee April 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

That really sounds like the perfect evening to me.


58 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) April 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

PB FroYo? . . . UVA is it! 😉 . . . I can’t wait to visit Charlottesville!


59 KathEats April 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

Oh how fun!


60 Toni April 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

With all the walking you do, what shoes do you wear that look nice for gallery crawls, but still are comfortable to cover the miles you walk every day?


61 KathEats April 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm

They’re Champion brand from Payless. My feet hurt a little, but they were fine for 5 miles


62 Lisa April 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

What fun!

Those shoes are adorable.


63 Melissa April 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm

My goodness, I could go for some of those fish and chips right now! Looks like a great evening!


64 Clare @ Fitting It All In April 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Looks like it could have been either their coffee stout or oatmeal stout! Both are fantastic. I might go to their brewery here in st. louis for dinner tonight!


65 Allison @ Happy Tales April 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Ahhh what a perfect evening out! All of your posts on downtown C-ville makes me want to visit so badly!! It seriously looks like such a neat town… y’all are so lucky!


66 Caitlin April 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Sounds like such a fun night. Charlottesville is so cute! I will be passing through later in the month on a cross country road trip and will definitely use your blog to guide us to great food, wine and art.


67 Katie (quick cook rice) April 3, 2011 at 9:46 am

I want the “Always Buying Books” sign in my house. For one thing I’m always, always buying books, and it’s too cute.


68 Lauren @ MRS April 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Man, that first picture is just stunning. I love the warmth and feel of a perfect light capture, it makes everything looks a lot prettier.


69 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous April 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Looks like a fantastic day!


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