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Category: Five Finds on Friday

Five Finds on Friday: Fernando Dizon

The Dizon family, on opening day, May 14, 2021.

Today’s the day! Manila Street is opening in Dairy Market. What a proud day for the families who live on Manila Street and great day for Charlottesville diners. To celebrate, today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Fernando Dizon, who owns Manila Street with his wife Jessie. Dizon’s picks:

1) Apple Galette from Bee Conscious Baking Company. “Patrick and Alexis just opened their new spot in Dairy Market and we couldn’t be happier for them. Also for our tummies because now we can get their goodies everyday. The Apple Galette is my favorite. Caramelized apples inside a perfectly crispy crust. Everything they make is delicious. Our boys love their cinnamon sugar donuts.”

2) Special Waffle at Milli Coffee Roasters. “This is our go -to spot for breakfast on Sundays. A Belgian waffle topped with brie, Granny Smith apple and honey. The waffle is always crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. I really need to know how they make their batter.”

3) Gambas al’ Parilla at Mas. “This is our go-to date night spot. Sitting on the patio with a pitcher of sangria and some delicious tapas is our happy place. The grilled shrimp are a must. Served grilled shell on sprinkled with sea salt on a bed of aioli.”

4) Complete dinner for Two at Afghan Kabob Palace. “Over the last year we’ve ordered a lot of takeout. Afghan Kabob has always done a fantastic job. The food quality and the service is always consistent. The complete dinner for two is so much food you’ll have leftovers for lunch the next day. It comes with salad, two appetizers, two entrees and two kinds of dessert as well as a choice of coffee or tea. My favorite of the entrees is the Qabuli Palow- tender lamb with raisins and carrots on a bed of brown rice.”

5) Loose Goose Martini at Zocalo. “After trying all those good eats you can wash it all down with a Loose Goose at Zocalo, another favorite spot in C’ville. Hands down my favorite cocktail anywhere. I always order it with a jalapeño to add a little kick. Sipping on one of these at the bar or on the patio at Zocalo is a must try in C’ville.”

Five Finds on Friday: Alyce Johnson

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Alyce Johnson of Sweet Jane’s Kitchen, whose handmade crab cakes you can find Saturday mornings either at the The Farmers Market at IX Park or, with advance ordering, City Market To Go. Sweet Jane’s offers their crab cakes fully cooked as a sandwich, or uncooked to take home and prepare. Follow along on Instagram. Johnson’s picks:

1) Bee Bomb at Tonic. “Tonic is my favorite place to grab a drink. They strike the perfect balance between an upscale and a relaxed atmosphere. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tried there but I really love their Bee Bomb. It is perfectly tangy and not too sweet.”

2) Spicy Honey Garlic Karage from Basan. “My go-to snack when I’m working the market at IX park. When I recommend someone try these they’ll often roll their eyes and say something like ‘Chicken nuggets? Really?’. But they are always blown away, this dish is so tasty.”

3) Salted Caramel Apple Galette from Bee Conscious Baking Company. “Flaky, sweet, and perfect with a cup of coffee. Bee Conscious used to be our neighbor at the farmer’s market (which was dangerous), and I loved grabbing a galette before they sold out for the morning. Now we visit them at their new shop in the Dairy Market.”

4) Smoked Salmon Spread from Cold Country Salmon. “Another farmer’s market favorite of mine. Our family loves to bring a picnic when we go hiking and we’ll often have this spread with crackers or bagels. It’s also great as a snack or an appetizer.”

5) Milkshakes from Moo Thru. “We love visiting the Dairy Market because it’s so family friendly and an easy way to grab lunch that everyone is happy with. We like taking our meal across the street to Washington Park so the kids can play. We especially love the milkshakes from Moo Thru. Not to brag, but we consider ourselves milkshakes connoisseurs and these are some of the best around.”

Five Finds on Friday: Lauren Strachan

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Lauren Strachan, who, with her husband, has just launched Harvest Moon Lodge and Retreat, a stunning four-bedroom rental property on nine acres in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram. Strachan’s picks:

1) Tinga de Pollo Tacos at La Michoacana. “I love tacos. Being in the travel and tourism business, I have spent quite a lot of time in Mexico eating authentic tacos and Mexican food. La Michoacana’s tacos and all of their food are as authentic and good as they get. With everything scratch made from the tortillas to the salsa, the tinga de pollo tacos are simply perfect. I also love how unassuming this taqueria is. No frills, great food.”

2) Porchetta Panuozzo at Lampo. “I lived in New York City for 15 years. I have eaten my share of amazing Italian food and incredible pizza. This Charlottesville spot rivals them all. It was very hard to choose a favorite here because everything is great but my weakness is the porchetta sandwich. It’s created with their house-made porchetta, garlic aioli, broccoli rabe, calabrian chili, fior di latte and provolone. I mean, it doesn’t really get much better than this.”

3) Roasted Scallops at C&O. “I can’t get enough of the vibe inside this restaurant. When I want a more upscale meal, I go here. The appetizer dish of roasted scallops with whipped cauliflower and a golden raisin caper butter sauce is literally making me salivate as I write this. Also, I love nothing more than a drink at a cozy bar in just the right ambiance. Have a drink at the downstairs bar- you won’t regret it, unless you have one too many!”

4) Bocadillo at Mas. “My husband is half Spanish so we love going out for tapas. Bocadillo is freshly shaved jamon serrano on a sandwich with garlic aioli and manchego cheese. Let me just tell you, it is divine. The gambas is grilled shrimp in the shell with garlic aioli and is also incredible. Mas is the best place to have drinks and enjoy the evening as your tapas come out one or two at a time. The sangria and the margaritas are excellent.”

5) Ednam at The Market. “On our way to Harvest Moon Lodge and Retreat, our entire family loves stopping here at the Mill Creek location just off 64. The Ednam is made with maple turkey, bacon, havarti, avocado, lettuce, tomato and an herb mayonnaise on French bread. A Charlottesville staple, these sandwiches are made with quality ingredients and are delicious. Nuff said.”

 

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