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Five Finds on Friday: Jen Naylor

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jen Naylor, the Korean food wizard of Sussex Farm. Find Sussex Farm’s booth Wednesday afternoons at Farmers in the Park and Saturday mornings at Charlottesville City Market, where Naylor sells produce from the farm, a wide variety of kimchi and Korean sauces, and a cooked-to-order menu of items like bulgogi sliders, kimchi pancake wraps, and japchae. As a longtime market vendor, Naylor made all of her selections from the market. Naylor’s picks:

1) Strawberry Jam by Jam According to Daniel. “I have to say that this jam is simplicity at it’s best! One spoonful brings me back to my childhood, where things were made with simple ingredients and nothing more. It’s great on toast of course or as a pastry filling but my favorite thing to do is to eat it right out of the jar.”

2) Yeast Rolls by Ant On Cottage Creations. “I eat one and can’t stop. It’s soft, light and the smell of the rolls are truly addicting. I love the smell of these rolls so much that I just want to put my face in them! They make perfect breakfast sliders for my Today’s Menu at City Market as well.”

3) Brioche by MarieBette. “I have a very hard time resisting this buttery, melt-in-your-mouth brioche loaf from MarieBette. I get one every Saturday morning at City Market. If I haven’t eaten the whole loaf by Sunday, this brioche makes the most amazing french toast for Sunday breakfast!”

4) Kettle Corn by Freckles ’N’ Friends. “By far the best kettle corn ever! I love kettle corn but after tasting Freckles ’N’ Friends, I became a kettle corn snob. Light, crispy and a perfect touch of flavors and sweetness! An opened bag is soon an empty bag.”

5) LG’s Elixir by Lesly Gourdet. “This amazing juice made with turmeric, fresh ginger, garlic, lemon, lime, black pepper, apple cider vinegar, honey, onion and habanero peppers taste great! It works great as a marinade as well. One shot and you feel healthy already!”

Five Finds on Friday: William Darsie

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from William Darsie, GM of MarieBette Cafe & Bakery, which is about to launch a new hybrid pastry that could rival its world-famous “bronut.” Stay tuned. Meanwhile, February is Hot Chocolate Month at MarieBette, with a different riff everyday. Darsie’s picks:

1) Porchetta Panuozzo at Lampo. “Sandwich is my favorite food, and this, undoubtedly, is the best one. There is a reason this place is considered by many to be the best restaurant in town. I could eat this sammy every meal, everyday, for the rest of my life and die a happy camper.”

2) Vegetables at Oakhart Social. “Oakhart is my happy place. Owners Ben and Tristan clearly know what they’re doing. The concept, the execution, the food and the vibes are all I want from a restaurant. I never thought I’d only eat vegetables for dinner and be thoroughly satisfied at the end: Brussels sprouts, shaved salad, and the charred carrots (please bring them back) to highlight a few. And who could forget the Barman, Albee Pedone. He gets the classics right and the cocktail and beer list are evidence of his experience, knowledge and insanity. But, to be honest, the dude just makes a bomb slushy.”

3) Goat Cheese from Caromont Farm. “Caromont Farm is more than just scenic countryside and goat cuddles. Gail, Daniel and Izzy are also making some bangin’ cheeses. My personal favorite is their hometown homage, Esmontonian. Put it in a salad, grate it on some pasta, or just eat it by the wheel.”

4) Pulled Pork Platter from The BBQ Exchange. “Coming from the West Coast I was never exposed to any ‘real’ barbeque, and I am thankful those dark days are over. The pulled pork melts in your mouth, the sauces are on point, and I love all their sides the same. The South can debate BBQ all they want, but the conversation stops here. Always worth the trip to Gordonsville.”

5) Ham Biscuits at JM Stock Provisions. “Did I mention sandwich is my favorite food? Sliced-to-order Tasso ham and some honey hot sauce stuff on a fresh biscuit is all you need to start your day off right. One is good, but do yourself a favor and shove two of these in your face. These things filthy, thank you gentlemen.”

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Five Finds on Friday: The Dennisons

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Five Finds on Friday is a weekly feature where area chefs and personalities name five favorite food/drink items in the area. In appreciation of readers of The Charlottesville 29 over the years, last week’s Five Finds on Friday came from the winner of a reader random drawing, Jason Boorman of Kardinal Hall. But, non-industry readers deserve appreciation, too, and so this week’s random drawing winner is Rebekah Dennison, of PRW Laboratories. Rebekah was entered by her husband Mark, of Musictoday, and she returned the favor by sharing her picks with him. Five Finds on Friday from Charlottesville natives Rebekah and Mark Dennison:

1) Smorgasbord of Slices To-Go from Downtown Christians Pizza. “After a long week this is our ultimate Friday night treat, the key is to have someone to share a few slices with so you get to taste as many of their incredible combinations as possible. Our current favorites to share are Chicken & Black Bean, Fresh mozz/tomato/basil, buffalo chicken & blue cheese, and spinach/artichoke/pesto.”

2) Hummus on an Everything bagel with Sprouts, Cucumber, Onion, Feta spread, and Kalamata Olive Spread, Cut from Bodo’s Bagels. “There are so many sandwiches that we could have picked from Bodo’s, but this Mediterranean spin, a mouthful to order and to eat, always seems to make it on our tray.” 

3) Quiche from MarieBette Cafe and Bakery. “The perfect breakfast is only a three minute walk from our house. Each variety is amazing but when the mushroom quiche is available we can’t resist getting a slice every time we swing by for our favorite morning coffee, a large iced red-eye.”

4) Grilled Salmon at Zocalo. “We had our wedding reception here 8 years ago, so Zocalo has a special place in our hearts.  We still go back to get this piping hot dish which the kitchen will split perfectly for two, served with green chili and goat cheese couscous.”

5) Spam Musubi and Pork Lau Lau from Mochiko. “Riki Tanabe is always cooking up amazing Hawaiian street food that is the perfect City Market treat. Mark always goes for the Spam Musubi while Rebekah gets the Pork Lau Lau  platter accompanied by the best mac salad ever.”