The Charlottesville 29

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Five Finds on Friday: Liz Nabi

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Liz Nabi of Alight Flower Farm, whose beautiful Spring flowers have been brightening lives of seclusion for weeks. They are available for delivery through Schuyler Greens and carry-out from Foods of All Nations. Nabi’s picks:

1) Vegetable Board at The Alley Light. “We don’t get out for date night often, but when we do, The Alley Light is our go-to. From the intimate atmosphere to the delicious drinks (the mule for me, the gazossa for him), it’s a winner. But, it’s the Vegetable Board that’s kept us coming back since they opened. The whole platter of seasonal veggies in so many variations – pickled, roasted, marinated, raw – is an adventure.”

2) Brioche Feuilletée at MarieBette. “Weekends in the off-season, we walk to MarieBette for pastries and La Colombe coffee. I love the brioche feuilletée – the flakiness contrasts with the denseness of the chocolate and hazelnut, topped off with a dusting of granulated sugar. It can’t be beat (well, unless the filling of the day is vanilla cloud creme).”

3) Moules Frites Mariniere at Public Fish & Oyster. “For nights out with friends, we head to Public. Steamed mussels, broth, and fries. What’s not to love?”

4) Vegetable Lasagna from Mona Lisa Pasta and Molasses Cookies from Breadworks. “Before COVID-19, when we had company coming and didn’t have time to cook, we loved to grab a lasagna from Mona Lisa Pasta’s freezer and then walk across the lot to Breadworks for cookies (an assortment for the guests, but with plenty of molasses for us).”

5) Waje Sushi and Gazpacho at Foods of All Nations. “There’s ‘grocery’ sushi and then there’s Waje Sushi – fresh, buttery salmon and perfect rice every time, very reasonably priced. We can’t wait for summer because that means that Foods’ house-made gazpacho will be back in the grab-and-go section. Refreshing and finishes with a nice kick.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Megan Garvin

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Megan Garvin, co-owner of Moe’s Original BBQ – Water Street, which has partnered with a new local delivery service Cville Delivery. Launched this week by Cville Hop on Tours, Cville Delivery offers delivery to specific neighborhoods on specific days of the week. While national delivery services often take large cuts of what restaurants receive for delivered meals, locally owned Cville Delivery charges restaurants nothing, a great help for restaurants in the Culture of Takeout. Garvin’s picks:

1) Pickled Ramp Martini at The Alley Light. “I’m a sucker for an extra dirty martini and this one takes the cake. The perfect amount of saltiness every time. This is always a stop on the list when friends are in town or if we need a private wind down after a long day at work.”

2) Kale Tortellini at Bang!. “I finally understood the phrase ‘melts in your mouth’ after having the kale tortellini with brown butter. It’s always so hard to pick just a few dishes at Bang!, but you can guarantee that this one always makes the cut.”

3) Wait a Minute Sauce at The Continental Divide. “I’m addicted. Since my first visit at Continental, I’ve gotten the same order every time. A fresh house margarita to start and Red Hot Blues covered in Wait a Minute Sauce. Just enough heat to make your mouth water but not so much that it overpowers the dish. Perfection.”

4) Double Cheeseburger at Riverside Lunch North. “If my husband and I can’t agree on where to go for lunch, chances are you’ll find us at Riverside North. Best greasy smash burgers around. Double cheeseburger with grilled mushrooms and onions with a basket of fries and onion rings, and we’re both happy campers.”

5) House Acai Bowl at Corner Juice. “When I’m in a hurry and crave something healthy in the morning, Corner Juice is my go-to. Their acai bowl is light and fresh but has the perfect amount of substance. Julie has turned me on to their home-made almond butter. You never turn down the almond butter.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Nathan Hatfield

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Would you like to do Five Finds on Friday? As part of a Thanksgiving tradition, next week’s picks will come from a reader chosen at random. Enter here.

Meanwhile, today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Nathan Hatfield, Executive Chef of the Tasting Room & Taphouse at Mount Ida Reserve. From Cookies with Santa to a Wreath Workshop to a Fireside Wine Dinner, Mount Ida’s holiday events calendar is stuffed. On December 8, Mount Ida will host more than twenty local artisans for a Holiday Artisan Market, where visitors can shop while sipping wine, drinking beer, and enjoying the stunning views. Details here. Hatfield’s picks:

1) Cortado at Lone Light Coffee. “Wonderful locally roasted espresso, milk steamed just right. Not to mention the staff is great too (at both locations). We used to live right around the corner from the High Street location and were there several mornings a week.”

2) Vongole Pizza at Lampo. “It’s hard for me not to order this every time we go to Lampo, and we go too often. Lampo is awesome, everyone knows, but if you haven’t gotten this pie, go on, now’s the time.”

3) Kale Caesar at Greenwood Gourmet Grocery. “One of our favorite go-to spots on days off. Some of the best sandwiches in town and an awesome wine and beer selection. Their super lemony kale salad hits all the right notes and will keep me going out of my way to come here.”

4) Sazerac at The Alley Light. “Most Sundays after work you can find me and my wife at the bar. It might be my first drink, it might be my last; either way, there’s a good chance I’ll have a Sazerac. The version Andrea makes in one of the best I’ve had.”

5) Beef Back Ribs at Little Star. “We’ve been going to Little Star since they opened and this dish we find ourselves ordering again and again. The rib meat is cooked just right, the sauce is bright and spicy, and there’s a fresh herb salad to balance it all out. It’s good. Get it.”

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