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Five Finds on Friday: Rachel De Jong

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Rachel De Jong of Cou Cou Rachou, set to open soon on Preston Avenue in the onetime home of Outback Lodge. Those who have tried De Jong’s pastries at The Workshop know how talented the pastry chef is who has worked at acclaimed restaurants like The Inn at Little Washington and Petit Trois. Now, her breads and pastries will be available at her own bakery right here in Charlottesville. Cou Cou Rachou plans a June opening. Meanwhile, follow along on Instagram and Facebook. De Jong’s picks:

1) Huaraches from La Sabrosita in Waynesboro. “I know, it’s outside Charlottesville proper, but it’s my partner and I’s favorite day off lunch. It’s such a fun escape and the food is always wonderful.”

2) Patois Cider from Market Street Wine. “This is a double duty answer. I went to pastry school in Paris and, on a baker/student budget, crepes and cider were without a doubt one of my most frequent meals. Patrick’s cider is the best I’ve had this side of the Atlantic and I’m very excited about what he is creating and cultivating in the area – Virginia apples need this kind of love. Market Street Wine is definitely my happy place. Siân and Thad are wonderful humans who are also doing tremendous things for their industry and community, and I am very thankful to have a place I can go where I know the recommendations and knowledge of the product will be impeccable.”

3) Thai Tea Gelato and Honey, Goat Cheese, and Fig Gelato from Splendora’s. “PK is making such fun, wonderful, interesting things and I am so happy that we can still get her gelato in town. She’s one of the many reasons I’m delighted to be back in the Charlottesville food community.”

4) Korean Cabbage Kimchi from Sussex Farm. “In my fridge always. My favorite day-off breakfast and anytime addition to brighten up a meal.”

5) Hot and Numbing Shredded Tofu Skins from Peter Chang. “Ordered this so much throughout the quarantine takeout era. One of my go-to standbys, and I would eat it every day if that were a reasonable thing to do.”

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.”

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