The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

Tag: Thai Fresh

Five Finds on Friday: Jennifer Mowad

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jennifer Mowad of Cocoa & Spice, the acclaimed chocolatier at 506 Stewart Street, off Meade Avenue. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for updates and her latest creations. Mowad’s picks:

1) Chicken Pad Thai & Thai Iced Tea from Thai Fresh. “As soon as I finish setting up my tent at Friday’s After Five, I walk to Thai Fresh and am greeted with a big smile and warm hello from the owner. I opt for the not spicy version and am never disappointed. While I’m devouring it back at my tent my customers always comment on how delicious it looks. And the iced tea is so flavorful & refreshing on a hot summer night!”

2) Banana Nut Bread from Green House Coffee. “I’ve become addicted to this banana nut bread! Every time I re-stock my display at the Crozet Artisan Depot I stop by Green House and snag an end piece (it’s bigger than the middle piece…shhh). It’s not too sweet and has a great texture!”

3) Filipino BBQ Platter from Little Manila. “Most weeks you can find us both set-up at the UVA Hospital Market, Sprint Pavilion events, & the City Market. Lucky for me, Fernando and his family are keen on my brownies and chocolate drinks and I can often trade a few of those for a platter of his delectable food – marinated pork belly, chicken, pancit, & lumpia. I also love their Instagram page, especially the videos of the chicken or pork belly caramelizing on the grill!”

4) Cheese Pizza from Fabio’s. “I moved to Charlottesville from northern New Jersey and love a NY style pizza. After a long day at my shop on Stewart Street I head right around the corner to Fabio’s and snag a slice of cheese pizza. When I’m extra hungry I treat myself to the White Gourmet – broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, white sauce, garlic, & mozzarella!”

5) Trifecta from Pearl Island and Banh Mi from Vu Noodles. “Since they share a spot at the Jefferson City School I’m selecting a dish from each and counting it as one of my five! Pearl Island’s entrees are all so delicious it’s hard to pick just one. The trifecta combines their pork, chicken, and beans, not to mention a generous portion of rice, kale salad, and the fried plantains. Javier will often trade for one of my iced hot chocolates at our Thursday market! . . . A roll can make or break a banh mi sandwich – one bite of Vu Noodles’ vegan version and I’m transported back to Vietnam.”

Five Finds on Friday: PK Ross

On Fridays, we feature five food finds from area chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from PK Ross, owner and gelato magician at Splendora’s Gelato.  In recent weeks, Ross has been working on some serious cocktail and beer gelatos to prepare for a whole week of them during the second week of September.  Details to come on their Facebook page.  Meanwhile, Ross’s picks:

1) Knish from Balkan Bakery/Fig at City Market.  “I wish I knew what witchcraft she uses to make her dough; it has the perfect elasticity and bite.  And spiced potatoes in a pocket-sized round?  Donezo.”

2) Chirashi Bowl at Now & Zen. “Honestly, the head-on shrimp does it for me.  And the spicy tuna goo.  And the roe.  And sometimes there’s mackerel in it.  And you get the point.”

3) Head Cheese at Timbercreek Market.  “There is a distinct possibility I housed a quarter pound of it as lunch and dinner in one day.  Great spices, gorgeous aspic texture between meaty bits, without being overly unctuous.  I’ll be stalking their meat counter for it regularly.”

4) Thai Gyoza at Thai Fresh.  “I need fast and easy with the hours I keep, and I hit a trifecta with these because they’re also delicious.  I think the goo alongside them has fish sauce, and the world needs more fish sauce.”

5) Chickpea Salad at Greenwood Gourmet.  “I go to Greenwood when I run to Crozet/Nelson for peaches/plums/etc.  I started stopping there for the exceptionally curated beer selection but since I was browsing anyway why not get the brightest, crunchiest chickpea salad ever?”

 

 

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