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Five Finds on Friday: Jessica Fake

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jessica Fake, of award-winning Sussex Farm. Read the amazing story of how winning Sussex Farm’s offering in The 2019 Charlottesville Restaurant Auctions eventually landed Fake a job there. Fake’s picks:

1) Spinach Saag, Sundried Tomato Oil, Cauliflower and Paneer Pizza from Pye Dog Pizza. “They regularly change their offering at each farmers market, so it’s always interesting, but also near impossible to pick a favorite. I have to call out their spinach saag pizza, which has spinach saag, paneer, cauliflower, and sun-dried tomato oil. Also, their mojo pork pizza, which has mojo pork, red curry bbq, pickled onion and queso fresco. It’s hard to go wrong with any of their pizzas, especially with their crusts, which are the true stars of the show.”

2) Greg Brady from Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint. “My favorite burger in town. This yummy comfort meal comes with wagyu beef, mac n’ cheese, and bbq chips to add the perfect crunch.”

3) Hazelnut Latte and a Pastry from Petite MarieBette. “I say Petite rather than the original, because both will blow you away with pastries, but Petite MarieBette makes their hazelnut lattes with real nutella and it is delicious. Add an everything pretzel croissant, pain au chocolat, or petite canelés to that latte order, and treat yourself.”

4) Fried Rice at Kama. “If you go to Kama on Sundays you’ll be treated to a chef’s special of fried rice. It’s everything you want fried rice to be, chock full of flavor and ingredients. The rice itself has a wonderful texture, somehow managing to be both soft and perfectly crisped. If you aren’t able to make it on Sundays, you can’t go wrong with their house-made udon noodles.”

5) Almond Dark Chocolate Macarons from Bowerbird Bakeshop. “They’ve completely converted me. I was not a particular fan of macarons before, but I think it is because I haven’t truly had good ones prior to theirs. My favorite so far was their almond dark chocolate ganache with sea salt macaron. I’m always looking forward to what flavors they are bringing to the market each week.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Maureen Scott

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Maureen Scott, Chocolatier and Lead Baker at Gearharts Fine Chocolates, which has a new creation called Hot Honeycomb — puffed candy of local honey with a subtle bee “sting” of chili pepper, dipped in dark chocolate. Scott’s picks, two of which, she notes, share the “sweet heat” of Hot Honeycomb:

1) Stollen at Albemarle Baking Company. “When I read Gerry Newman’s beautiful story about the way he perfected his stollen over the years, I knew I had to run up to Albemarle Baking Company the next morning. I became addicted. I wait patiently every year to hear it’s arrival in the bakery.”

2) Cville Ham Biscuit at JM Stock Provisions. “The most buttery biscuit I’ve ever had. Tasso ham. Hot sauce. Honey. So simple. So perfect.”

3) Chicken and Waffles at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. “When my sister and brother-in-law were visiting from up north, I wanted to show them a true southern breakfast. Buttermilk fried chicken, fluffy waffles, maple syrup and hot sauce. Add a rib biscuit, grits and sweet tea. Best way to start the day.”

4) Duck confit, celery root purée, apple gastrique at Holmes Dinner Club. “I talked about this dish for weeks to anyone who would listen. So tender and delicious. Just incredible.”

5) Truffle Chèvre at Caromont Farm. “I love this with beef tenderloin and asparagus, and also with just a spoon like a bowl of ice cream. It’s that good.” 

Five Finds on Friday: Robin Fetter

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Robin Fetter, author of The Real Vegan Housewife, whose Instagram and Facebook pages cover all things Charlottesville and vegan. The Instagram page is planning a giveaway if it reaches 1,000 followers this month. You can follow along here to enter. Fetter’s all-vegan picks: 

1) Veggie Iron at Iron Paffles & Coffee.You can catch me eating here at least once a week. If I am not trying out their weekly vegan specials at lunch, I am usually ordering the Veggie Iron for breakfast because when it’s served with their equally amazing Cafe Americano, it really sets my morning off right.”

2) Pineapple Jerk Cauliflower Wings at Champion Grill.This place has won me over in the short amount of time it has been open, and these wings have the perfect sweet and spicy balance that goes well with their incredible beers. I personally suggest pairing this with their True Love Mexican Style Lager.”

3) Vegan Wonton Nachos at Firefly. “This place has become quite the vegan staple over the years, and they are always adding something new on their menu for the plant based patrons, but these nachos will always call my name. Besides, who can say no to a plate of fully loaded fried wontons?”

4) Tofu Bibimbap (without egg) at Doma Korean Kitchen.I promise you that you will not miss the egg. This dish is so full of flavor, and still has a lot of the elements of a traditional bibimbap.”

5) Tomates Asados (Smoked Roma Tomatoes) at MAS Tapas.MAS Tapas is surprisingly more vegan friendly than one might think, and this dish in particular may not sound like much when you see it on the menu but I gotta warn you, it’s addictive. I could seriously eat these tomatoes by the bucketful, but if you order these with their hummus which also comes with their amazing house made cold fermented bread, guaranteed – you’ll thank me later.”

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