The Charlottesville 29

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Five Finds on Friday: Kelly Davidson

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Dr. Kelly Davidson, who fifteen years ago yesterday dashed the hopes of young men everywhere when she married me. It’s not easy being the spouse of a food freak, and her support over the years has allowed me to pursue my passion without limit. It can mean having to grow accustomed to answering not: “Which restaurant should we eat at tonight?” but rather “How many restaurants should we eat at tonight?” On the other hand, you do get to eat well. Happy Anniversary, little one. Kelly’s picks:

1) Italian Cream Cake at Paradox Pastry.  “Four layers of cake with coconut, pecans and a yummy cream cheese frosting. If you love coconut, this is the cake for you.”

2) Smokey Dokey at The Alley Light. “The mix of smoke from the mezcal plus a little heat and citrus is just right.”

3) Labneh at Parallel 38.  “I love, love, love this. I could and would eat it on almost anything. When P38 closed, I tried to make it . . big fail. Now that they have re-opened, I can’t wait to get my fix!”

4) Everything Bagel w/ Cream Cheese from Bodo’s with Face Bacon from JM Stock Provisions. “My traditional birthday dinner for years is a childhood favorite: a bagel with cream cheese and bacon. After many versions, I think we finally perfected it: Bodo’s everything bagel with plain cream cheese, topped with plenty of face bacon from JM Stock. Makes getting older a lot more bearable.”

5) The Fat and Sassy at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie. “Sunday plan: wine at Pippin Hill followed by a stop at Dr. Ho’s for this delicious mound of cheese and garlic atop Dr. Ho’s pizza crust dipped in ranch. Not a day to wear your skinny jeans.”

 

 

 

Five Finds on Friday: Jerome Thalwitz

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jerome Thalwitz, chef-owner of The Bavarian Chef. Tomorrow, October 29, The Bavarian Chef’s food truck will be at Random Row Brewing Co. for a UVa Children’s Hopsital Fundraiser, where one dollar from every beer sold will go to the hospital. While the fun starts at 6:30 am (including Bodo’s!), The Bavarian Chefs’s truck will start serving at 4 pm. Details here. Also, at the restaurant itself, this is the last weekend to enjoy the fall pairing menu – four courses paired with wine or beer for just $50.  Menu below. Thalwitz’s picks:

1) Ceviche at La Finca Grill. “A gorgeous Peruvian ceviche of shrimp and white fish in tangy leche de tigre with sweet potato and hominy. Save room for the Tres Leches cake!”

2) Deviled Eggs at Jack’s Shop Kitchen. “These aren’t just any deviled eggs. The yolk filling is so velvety smooth, and they are accompanied by fresh avocado and melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with just the right crisp on the outside.”

3) Gambas al’ Parilla and Sangria at MAS. “MAS is my favorite date night spot with my wife. These jumbo shrimp, salty and fresh off the grill with garlic alioli, are a must-have on your list of tapas and raciones. Hook it up with a carafe of sangria and let the good times roll!”

4) Spice Rubbed Brisket Sandwich and Rothaus Pils at Kardinal Hall. “Tender smoked beef brisket on an original Philly hoagie roll with red cabbage slaw taps into my German tastebuds. Perfectly paired with one of the world’s best pilsners, Rothaus Pils hailing from the Schwarzwald.”

5) Guinness Chocolate Cake at Paradox Pastry. “Stout beer, dark chocolate and Irish cream—this always puts me in my happy place.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Anita Gupta

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Photo by Jen Fariello.

On Fridays we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. It’s wedding season, so today’s picks come from Anita Gupta of Maliha Creations, one of the area’s most sought after creators of wedding cakes, among other desserts.  For her picks, Gupta focused on what she knows best: her favorite sweets and pastries around town.  Gupta’s picks:

1)  Macaron Ice cream Sandwiches from Got Dumplings food truck.  “These giant ice cream sandwiches are awesome and they have great flavors like green tea and red bean. If you get a hankering for these at one of the local festivals, make sure you order more than one. You will want another and if you wait in line again, they will be gone . . . and you will be sad.”

2)  Churros at Al Carbon.  “Everything on their menu rocks (get the yuca fries), but the best part is when you order your food at this counter service cafe, you will only get your main dish. They don’t start making your churros until you have finished your food. Fresh, piping hot churros dipped in cinnamon sugar.  Add a scoop of ice cream and you will experience nirvana.”

3)  Pastries at Paradox Pastry.  “My friends and I head to Paradox whenever we have a birthday to celebrate. We grab a table, and perhaps some champagne, and each get a different dessert to share. I head here when I want someone else to bake for me.”

4)  Flourless Chocolate Cake with Toasted Marshmallow at Rocksalt.  “Rappahannock Oysters followed by rich, dark chocolate . . . ‘nough said.

5)  Gulab Jamun from Milan.  “This is where I go for a little taste of home. A little pastry ball (almost like a doughnut) soaked in a cardamom-infused simple syrup.  Seriously rich and completely nostalgic.”