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”

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Downtown take I

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Downtown take II!

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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 :)

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Faith and Tate were involved

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

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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

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

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

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Also snack on the veg!

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

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

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We stopped into Artifacts, but it was closed!!

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

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

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We chilled

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And nibbled

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And played

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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!

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A taste of Pollock’s wine

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Lots of folks were out and about tonight!

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

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

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

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

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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.]

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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!

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And played a game of UNO.

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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!!

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2 Jen April 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Sounds like the perfect evening!

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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! :)

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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.

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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 :)

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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!!

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7 KathEats April 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Are you going tomorrow?!

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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!

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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 :-)

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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.

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

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

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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! :)

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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! :)

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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 :)

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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 :)

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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 :-P But I love the quaintness of C-Ville!

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

Lucky you! Beautiful artwork and food

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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!

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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 :)

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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 :)

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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!

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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!

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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! :)

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

I love UNO!

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

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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!

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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!!!

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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. :)

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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!

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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!

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

Isn’t first friday the BEST?!

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

Those first fridays look like such a blast

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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. :)

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

what an awesome day :) :)

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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. :D

What a fun day! :D

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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!

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

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

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

ditto!

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

All that cheese looks delicious!!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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50 anne April 2, 2011 at 8:24 am

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

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51 KathEats April 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Champion by Payless

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52 Hilary April 2, 2011 at 8:33 am

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

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53 Cindy April 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

What a fun Friday evening!

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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 :)

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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!

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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!

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57 Lee April 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

That really sounds like the perfect evening to me.

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

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

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59 KathEats April 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

Oh how fun!

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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?

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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

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62 Lisa April 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

What fun!

Those shoes are adorable.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Looks like a fantastic day!

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