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Beyond the Flavor.

I am pleased and proud to announce I’m the newest contributor to Beyond the Flavor, Charlottesville’s greatest, most wonderful window into the lives and kitchens of our chefs, food purveyors, artisans, farmers, and enthusiasts. Once or twice a month I’ll be extolling the virtues of food, diners, or whatever food-related treasure I’m most excited about at that moment. Very excited about this opportunity especially since the BTF ladies just funded their Kickstarter fund! Look for a major overhaul and expansion beginning April 15th! Suggestions for topics? Feel free to email! My first post is all about the decadent goodness that is Splendora’s Hot Chocolate. Go read about it here. Mmmmmmm…..as chilly as it is today, that would taste good right about now…

Food Seen.

Food writer’s log of local food seen during for the first and second week of June 2012:

Got a wonderful package of thank you goodies from Monticello for helping out with the Founder’s Dinner back in April. Yeah, I know, THAT particular story isn’t up on the blog yet. I’ve been drafting, redrafting, and collecting my thoughts. This package puts the period to the end of that sentence. Two lovely signed cookbooks by Mona Talbott and the Lady Alice herself, as well as some delicious Mast Brothers Chocolate and heritage tomato seeds. Probably too late to get them in the ground this year. Next? First of two blogs up by the end of the week, promise!

Charlotte Moss posted a beeeyooootiful photo blog of the Alice Waters Monticello event. And not one teeny tiny picture of me. I was there I swear! And I have the anxiety dreams to prove it ;) Flowers and biscuits and cows, oh my!

Spent last Tuesday photographing and talking with the two handsome dudes behind Potter’s Craft Cider. Jennifer Marley of Cvillepedia and Cville Tomorrow stopped by parents in tow, we sampled, tasted, sampled some more then I took notes and chatted as the fellows filled barrels and took copious notes on several batches of cider that have been marinating quite a while. And yes, THAT post up soon as well. Their cider is crisp, dry, delicious and apple-y, perfect on a hot summer day. Wednesday’s supposed to be a scorcher. How about heading over to Beer Run in the afternoon to try it out. They’ll be doing a tasting from 5pm.

Moto Pho Co. has pushed back their opening to mid-July, which makes me by turns sad and happy. Not to sound like a spoiled brat cat, but I’m sad because I’ve been craving a huge honkin bowl of pho for months now, and happy because that means when it’s finally open it’ll be that much better. Guess I’ll just have to drown my sorrows in some Ren’s Ramen while visiting my relatives in NOVA for now…

The Hubby and I have officially given up on Around the World in 80 Plates. These contestants are Top Chef rejects, obviously. Sigh….guess we’ll have to pin our hopes on the new Nigella Lawson slash Anthony Bourdain cooking show. Between her innuendo and his sardonic wit, should be at least a tad more chemistry then ol’ Curtis Stone and Cat Cora. My friend Scotty had me howling when he envisioned Cat’s wardrobe manager. In his words, “The Feminization of Cat Cora” hasn’t been the LEAST bit successful LOL

Cappellino’s Crazy Cakes now has a maple-bacon cupcake! I said it before and I’ll say it again, Chef Craig Hartman would be mighty proud.

I’ve eaten six tomato sammies so far, but my local tomato stores seemed to have dried up momentarily. I’ve seen posts of huge beauties on the Richmond “Farm to Family” Facebook page. Are there any to be had in this area? I’m drowning in peaches, thankfully, but what about the maters? Which makes me want to say, don’t you just love this time of year? Peaches. Tomatoes. Corn. Sigh……..I adore summer.

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