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Five Finds on Friday: Julia Minnerly


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Julia Minnerly, Space Lab Commander at Snowing in Space, which last week tapped their outstanding nitro coffee WhiSKEE Ball, aged in a whiskey barrels from Virginia Distillery Co. Tomorrow, Snowing in Space will host a pop-up brunch by the recently closed Blue Moon Diner. Devotees of Blue Moon Diner who can’t wait until it re-opens next year can get their fix tomorrow, August 19, from 10 am until 2 pm, with a menu of pancakces, biscuits and gravy, or a Cajun grit bowl. Details here. Minnerly’s picks:

1) Ham Biscuits from JM Stock Provisions. “I struggle not to get a biscuit from here every day of the week. Thinly sliced, high quality ham with honey and hot sauce on biscuits made fresh everyday, so delicious!”

2) Cheesecake Berry Swirl Ice Cream Sandwich from Wonderment​ Bakeshop and Creamery​​. “Stephanie makes incredible baked goods and ice cream, in a plethora of flavors. Put them together into a jam-packed homemade ice cream sandwich? Unbelievably tasty!”

3) Chicken Lunch Box from Doma​. “Such a great go-to lunch for me. Quick service, great ingredients, and a healthy portion of Korean-style veggies and meat, it’s always amazing!”

4) The Hangover Burger from South Street Brewery. “This burger is an undertaking to be sure, with bacon and a fried egg on top, but it is a must try. Definitely the best of it’s kind in the area and consistently cooked perfectly!​”

5) California Turkey Sandwich from Green House Coffee. “Love the avocado mayo on this sandwich, with sprouts, bacon and roasted turkey. For sure a yummy favorite!”


Five Finds on Friday: Anna Gardner


Gardner, right, with Melissa Close-Hart

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Anna Gardner, cook at Junction, which is poised to release a new menu in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for items like a pupusa of Sharondale Farm mushrooms and Caromont Farm goat cheese or, Gardner’s favorite, a chimichanga of duck confit. Garnder’s picks:

1) Radish Top Kimchi from Sussex Farm. “There’s nothing like that bite to wake me up on a Saturday morning at the City Market. Not to mention, Jenny is a sweetheart.”

2) Elvis Ice Cream Sandwich at Blue Moon Diner. “Banana pudding ice cream. Chocolate peanut butter cookie. Don’t lie to yourself, you want the full portion.”

3) Fried Chicken at GoCo on Cherry Ave. “There’s nothing quite like the terroir of a heat lamp. Don’t talk to me about Wayside, GoCo is where it is.”

4) Capellini Frutti di Mare “Fra Diavolo” at Tavola.  “Simple, classic, delicious. Best I’ve ever had.”

5) Brioche Feuilletée with pastry cream from MarieBette. “Say pastry cream and I’m there. Stuff pastry cream inside of bread that’s more butter than flour and I’m in love.”

Five Finds on Friday: Laura Galgano


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Laura Galgano, Diner Lady at Blue Moon Diner, which next weekend will be competing in the Cured Bacon Festival at nTelos Wireless Pavilion, where top area restaurants will present inventive bacon-themed dishes including bacon from the beloved The Rock Barn.  Galgano’s picks focus on the “Magic of Midtown,” as she put it.  “I rarely get out of Midtown Charlottesville,” she said, “and honestly, there are so many delicious things within a block or two of Blue Moon, that I don’t need to go far to satisfy any craving.”  Galgano’s picks:

1)  Lamb Bacon from JM Stock Provisions.  “Fantastic.  It reminds me of an earthy pancetta, and is so good seared with fresh peas and pasta.”

2)  Sautéed Green Beans with Toasted Almonds at Maya.  “These are always crisp, fresh, and delicious! Remind me of summers with my grandmother, snapping beans for supper.”

3)  Happy Hour Oysters at Public Fish & Oyster.  “Happy Hour has special pricing on their great selection of raw oysters, and I could eat a dozen every day.”

4)  Brussels Sprouts at Oakhart Social.  “Smokey and firm.  I sometimes have dreams about them.”

5)  Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve at Feast!.  “While I adore and support the growing local cheese culture, when I get nostalgic for our time in Wisconsin, I gorge myself on Feast’s Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese, which might be one of the best all-around cheeses I’ve ever experienced.”

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