Back to School Ice Cream Scoops
Back to School Ice Cream Scoops
Back to School Ice Cream Scoops 10 September 13, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone 2019-09-13T08:30:00-07:00
Visit any Mama’s location all day long on Friday, September 13th for a special back to school treat of Thrifty’s Ice Cream Scoop for just 25 cents.
Don’t miss out! Farmer Boys brings back Smokehou… @ Farmer Boys – Irvine Sep 11 @ 11:00 am – Sep 12 @ 3:00 am Farmer Boys, the farm fresh fast casual concept known for its award-winning burgers and friendly service, has brought back its fan-favorite Smokehouse Bacon Cheeseburger alongside the brand new Smokehouse Bacon Double Cheeseburger. Both burgers feature[…] Whisk(e)y Wednesdays @ Roxanne’s – Long Beach Sep 11 @ 3:00 pm – Sep 12 @ 2:00 am Enjoy Whisk(e)y Wednesdays at Roxanne’s in Long Beach. Weekly on Wednesdays they will be offering whiskey drink specials and $1 each wings. visit their website. Homemade Authentic German Cuisine @ Jagerhaus German Restaurant Sep 12 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm Jagerhaus German Restaurant Jägerhaus German Restaurant owner Sandra Schwaiger invites you to experience authentic German cuisine expertly prepared and served by their warm, friendly staff. A true restaurant treasure of Orange County! Thursday Special: Homemade[…] Burger Madness Thursdays @ Mama’s on 39 – Los Alamitos Sep 12 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 pm Join Mama’s On 39 at their Los Alamitos location on Thursdays for their ongoing Burger Madness special. Enjoy a burger, fries, and a beer all for $11.99. call 562.357.6970 or visit their website.[…] Kids Eat Free Thursdays @ Mama’s on 39 Restaurant – Huntington Beach Sep 12 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 pm They’re not kidding around with this deal! Kids eat free every Thursday with the purchase of an adult entree. Free meal from their Lil Rascals Menu only. Choose from Kids Breakfast one egg,[…] Costa Mesa Farmers Market – OC F… @ OC Fairgrounds Sep 12 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Orange County Fair & Event Center 88 Fair Dr. Costa Mesa, CAAffiliated with Orange County Farm Bureau Sponsored Certified Farmers’ Markets. California certified farmers’ markets are the real thing – places where genuine farmers sell[…] Burger Thursday @ Marie Callendar’s – Westminster Sep 12 @ 10:00 am Meat Your Match at Sausage Night @ Hotel Irvine – Irvine Sep 12 @ 10:00 am Meat Your Match at Red Bar and Lounge’s Sausage Nights Thursdays. Thursdays at Red Bar and Lounge, guests can dig into a selection of incredible specialty sausages, including rattlesnake, wild boar, lamb and blood sausages.[…] Boozy Taco Thursdays @ Hacienda On The Lake – Mission Viejo Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 pm Taco Thursdays Taco Tuesday from 11:00 am to midnight offering tacos and drink specials. (must order a drink to get the taco special). The same special is now offered on Thursdays as well. Call or[…] Buck-a-Beer Thursdays @ C4 Deli – Santa Ana Sep 12 @ 11:00 am Buck-a-Beer! Buy any burger and get a Czechvar or White Rascal for just $1 at C4 Deli! Burgers C4 Burger | $9.95 Swiss, Lettuce, Tomato, Bread & Butter Pickles, Russian Dressing, Brioche Bun Patty Melt[…] Complimentary Tiramisu @ Capone’s Cucina – Huntington Beach Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Give Chef Dino a visit at Capone’s Italian Cucina for a special treat! Say “You’ve got Great Taste” to your server and receive a complimentary tiramisu with the purchase of an entree. Available from Aug.[…] Dodgers and Angels Ballpark Special @ Tackle Box – Costa Mesa Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Tackle Box’s Ballpark Special will offer customers a Street Hot Dog + PBR Beer for $8 (tax included) during any Dodgers or Angels game. Downtown Anaheim Farmer’s Market @ Downtown Anaheim Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm This Farmer’s Market Features Local California certified Farmers, Gourmet foods, craft fair and Homegrown Music series. Located on Center St. Promendade, this Anaheim location is a wonderful place for a daytime stroll. Here’s the scoop[…] Fajitas Thursdays @ Hacienda On The Lake – Mission Viejo Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Fajitas Thursdays Visit Hacienda On The Lake on Thursdays for Fajitas Thursdays. Guests can choose from either a chicken or carnitas fajitas plate for just $13. Make your reservation here. Farmer Boys brings back Smokehou… @ Farmer Boys – Irvine Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – Sep 13 @ 3:00 am Farmer Boys, the farm fresh fast casual concept known for its award-winning burgers and friendly service, has brought back its fan-favorite Smokehouse Bacon Cheeseburger alongside the brand new Smokehouse Bacon Double Cheeseburger. Both burgers feature[…] Great Taste Never Takes a Summer… @ Urban Plates – Irvine Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 9:30 pm Long summer days bring a long list of favorites to Urban Plates menus From the Middle Eastern flavors of Quinoa Tabbouleh to the North African spices adding a kick to Harissa Corn on the Cob,[…] Mr. Belvedere Thursday @ Ways & Means Oyster House – Huntington Beach Sep 12 @ 11:00 am Mr. Belvedere Thursday – $8 Belvedere vodka martinis to complement a selection of oysters or other bites like Maryland-style crabcakes and lobster mac n’ cheese. Located by the beach, Ways & Means’ cuisine features fresh, sustainably-caught[…] New Limited-Time Pita Melt @ Daphne’s – Irvine Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Daphne’s, the fresh and wholesome fast casual known for its nourishing and healthy Mediterranean-inspired offerings, has embraced its culinary roots with the addition of hand-carved chicken shawarma. This authentic Mediterranean dish is made from tender[…] Street Taco Thursday @ Hangout – Huntington Beach Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm The Hangout has some Awesome Daily Specials including their New Street Taco Thursday! Choice of either Chicken with their House made Salsa Verde Sauce or Beef with our House made Caliente Sauce. They’re delicious and[…] Street Taco Thursdays @ My Italian Kitchen – Seal Beach Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 9:30 pm Join My Italian Kitchen every Thursday for Street Taco Thursdays. The Thursday special includes your choice of: Chicken, Beef or Fish Street Tacos for $2.50 each. Half Price Bottles of Wine. $3 Tecate Cans. About[…] Summer Seafood and Veggie Items @ Del Frisco’s Grille – Irvine Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Del Frisco’s Grille, the American bar and grill known for its vibrant ambiance and modern menu, introduces four new and exciting dishes to its menu at all U.S. locations. Each new offering is inspired by[…] Thursday Burger and Beer @ Chapter One: The Modern Local – Santa Ana Sep 12 @ 11:00 am Thursday Burger and Beer at Chapter One! Burger And Beer Thursday! Grab any one of Chapter One’s 3 mouth-watering burgers and tack on a selected craft beer for only $1 All day and all night[…] Express Lunch @ Gaucho Grill – Long Beach Sep 12 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm For the busy Long Beach executive on the run! Gaucho Grill on Pine Avenue, in the heart of the city’s bustling downtown, is debuting Express Lunch where guests can order and enjoy a wide range[…] Grab & Go Lunch @ Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse – Irvine Sep 12 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm Grab & Go Lunch Davio’s has a rotating menu of items available for Grab & Go during lunch hours. In addition to menu, they have daily soup, sandwich, and salad specials. Call Grab & Go at 949.763.3171 or sign[…] Kids Eat Free! @ Mama’s on 39 Sep 12 @ 11:30 am – 9:00 pm Kids Eat FREE Thursdays Kids 12 & Under eat FREE all day/night every Thursday (Purchase of Adult Entree Req’d. Kid’s Free Meals from Lil Rascals Menu Only) *Amazing Balloon artist Malinda will be here every[…] Local’s Lunch Thursday @ Rooftop Lounge (The) – Laguna Beach Sep 12 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm Local’s Lunch Thursday Come and join the Rooftop Lounge for its weekly Local’s Lunch Thursday. You will have 25%! off final bill with proof of OC residency. Enjoy the exquisite views and a dog-friendly atmosphere[…] Two Course Express Lunch Specials @ Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine – Santa Ana Sep 12 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm Healthy and nutritious two-course Express Luncheon Menu Monday-Friday: 11:30 am – 2 pm. Entrée Specials (Choice of 1) $10 *Selections served with Soup of the Day, Basmati Rice Pilaf, Veggies & Nan Bread SAAG DAL[…] King Crab Thursday @ Social – Huntington Beach Sep 12 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday at SOCIAL Huntington Beach will present a full schedule of foodie events. King crab legs will have guests eating like royalty each Thursday at SOCIAL Huntington Beach. Teacher Nights @ Mama’s Comfort Food & Cocktails – Los Alamitos Sep 12 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Every Tuesday at Mama’s on 39, teachers can come in after school for: $3 Mai Tais $3 Margaritas $3 Small Plates 1/2 Off Wine by the Glass Thursday Specials @ Campus JAX – Newport Beach Sep 12 @ 3:00 pm Campus JAX hosts Thursday Specials with Happy Hour drink prices and menu ALL night long! 3pm to close…$2 off ALL drafts, $3 off ALL wines, $5 deep well, and featured specialty cocktails! , visit www.campusjax.com. Wing Thursdays @ ParkStone – Newport Beach Sep 12 @ 3:00 pm Wings special valid for dine-in and To Go only– not available in drive-thru. Beer special for dine-in only. Mainstream Pints include Bud Light, Budweiser, and Coors Light. Above specials not valid with other coupons, offers[…] Burger at the Bar Sep 12 @ 4:00 pm Burger at the Bar Tuesday-Friday, Sunday @ Park Ave. 4pm – Close ONLY $12.50 Get your choice of burger served with our house made chips, fries or slaw PARK AVE. BURGER Fresh Ground Chuck Angus Beef […] Lobster & Seafood Extravaganza T… @ Pechanga Resort & Casino – Temecula Sep 12 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Lobster & Seafood Extravaganza Thursdays Pechanga Resort & Casino enters the waters of the Southern California casino lobster wars with its all new Lobster & Seafood Extravaganza on Thursdays beginning January 11, 2018. For $44.99,[…] Martini Thursdays @ Capone’s Cucina – Huntington Beach Sep 12 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm All well Martinis $ 7.00 at Bar & Dining Room , visit their website here or call 714.593.2888 Senorita Thursdays @ Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen – Brea Sep 12 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Dance the night away with LIVE Latin music! Senorita Thursdays is happening at Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea. Enjoy $5 Menu Specials: Skinny Margaritas Sangria Mojitos and Select Appetizers visit, www.chachaslatinkitchen.com[…] Tapas specials starting at $4! @ Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen – Irvine Sep 12 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm Starting at 4:00, Cha Cha’s in Irvine is offering $4 Tapas and Sangria specials every Thursday. , go to http://www.chachaslatinkitchen.com/irvine Tapas Thursday @ Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen – Brea Sep 12 @ 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm Every Thursday after 4 p.m., come to Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen for tapas starting at $4, as well as house-made sangria specials. Celebrating 20 Years with Specia… @ Bayside Restaurant – Newport Beach Sep 12 @ 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm Bayside is celebrating 20 years in 2019, an incredible testament to the work of the Ghoukassian family, and the amazing Executive Chef Paul Gstrein. Bayside is offering a special menu through November as a thank you to[…] Nightly Happenings and Daily Hap… @ k’ya BISTRO at La Casa del Camino Sep 12 @ 4:30 pm Nightly Happenings and Daily Happy Hour “K’ya Bistro Bar is located in the historic, La Casa del Camino hotel in the heart of Laguna Beach. With small plates and an emphasis on sharing, K’ya Bistro[…]
Sayani Gupta’s film Axone on a festival spree
After garnering immense love for her breakthrough performance in recently released Zee5 film Posham Pa and Article 15 actor Sayani Gupta is all set for the World Premiere of her next film Axone at 63rd BFI London Film Festival 2019 which will be followed by the Asia Premiere at MAMI 2019.
Axone- a bittersweet comedy satire follows immigrants in Delhi who are attempting to organise a wedding party but soon find everything going wrong. Written and Directed by Nicholas Kharkongor, the film stars Sayani Gupta, Lin Laishram, Tenzin Dalha, Vinay Pathak, Dolly Ahluwalia, in lead roles.
Sources shares, “This will be the first time that Sayani will be seen portraying the role of a Nepali girl in the film. One of the difficult things about this character was to adapt the Nepali accent and language and Sayani left no stones unturned to get it right.”
Sharing her excitement Sayani Gupta said, “It is super exciting to have Axone premiering at two of BFI and Mami. I have a long association of premiers at both these prestigious film festivals and feels like Homecoming. Axone is a very special film and talks about inclusivity. It’s about a group of Northerner kids in Delhi who are trying to cook a special dish with Axone for their friend’s wedding and are faces with bizarre hilarious ironical situations over the course of one day. It was particularly wonderful to collaborate with such amazing actors and creative people from the North-East part of India and also discover the enormously varied delectable cuisine. Naga food has become my favourite! Playing a Nepali girl from Manipur was challenging because I had to get the accent, body language, tonality correctly. I knew people would be looking at me with extra care and I had to do justice to the authenticity of the part. I have very close friends who speak Nepali and I had to justice to them as well. I was super nervous but also worked extra hard to be as authentic tic as possible. Also, my friends Cephas and my hairdresser Marya were my Nepali coaches. It’s a film that Nicholas made with a great deal of love and honesty and we hope it reaches put to everyone and people from the Northern part of our country who are never really represented in our popular medium and cinema, get to watch it!”
‘Axone’ will be showcased under the ‘Laugh’ strand of the BFI London Film festival and will be showcased under the Indian Story section at MAMI 2019.
Newport Tour Guides & Greeters News #89: Newport International Boat Show opens today, ITA Grass Court Invitational returns
How can we know where we are going
without some perspective on where we have been?
JOBS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
TOUR GUIDES · GREETERS · HARBOR CRUISE GUIDES · SUPPORT STAFF
We’re welcoming thousands of cruise ship passengers this week as they disembark and tour our wonderful city.
This is a great season to join the ranks of Newport Tour Guides and related support staff. You can still find a wide variety of jobs and volunteer opportunities for tour guides, harbor cruise and sailing guides, sailing crew members, and support staff at the mansions; a variety of museums and historic sites have new openings.
Always review the web sites of the city’s largest organizations – many are listed below – also check out the smaller tour companies and historic sites that might possibly need someone just like you. Look for increasing job turnover in the market over the next 30 days. If there is a place you want to work, actively pursue possible job openings now.
Scan these current job listings and review the websites of the city’s biggest employers of tour guides and greeters. Preservation Society of Newport County. This is Newport’s largest owner and operator of historic properties offering audio and guided tours. A variety of guide, greeter, security, and housekeeping positions are available. They recruit year-round. Check their web site on a regular basis for the latest job openings. www.newportmansions.org . Sightsailing of Newport accepts applications for its jobs year-round. Check their web site for guidance on applying for sailing jobs, front desk staff, and office positions at Sightsailing.com/employment.
VOLUNTEER TOUR GUIDE OPPORTUNITIES Newport Car Museum’s family ofvolunteer docents share their passion for and knowledge of cars with interesting visitors from around the world. If interested, call Vincent Moretti at 401/848-CARS (2277)
For continuous and updated job listings, please go to www.whatsupnewp.com .
CRUISE SHIP ARRIVALS
The cruise ship season is in full swing! More than 80 ships will arrive in Newport during this Summer and Fall. You can keep abreast of the upcoming arrivals of these sea-going ships and the thousands of visitors they bring to our fair city each week in this column.
Here are some of the upcoming arrivals scheduled for 2019, courtesy of our friends at Discover Newport . Thursday, September 12 — American Star – American Cruise Lines Thursday, September 12 — American Constitution – American Cruise Lines Friday, September 13 – Star Pride – Windstar Cruise Monday, September 16 – Aurora – P&O Cruises Thursday, September 19 – Norwegian Dawn – Norwegian Cruise Lines Thursday, September 19 – American Star – American Cruise Lines Sunday, September 22 – American Constitution – American Cruise Lines Sunday, September 22 – Navigator – Regent Cruise Line Sunday, September 22 – Regal Princess – Princess Cruise Lines Tuesday, September 24 – Navigator – Regent Cruise Line Wednesday, September 25 – Norwegian Dawn – Norwegian Cruise Lines Wednesday, September 25 – Caribbean Princess – Princess Cruise Lines
CONTINUING PROGRAMS & EXHIBITS
NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 – “MY SMALL ABILITY” – THE LIFE AND WORK OF WILLIAM CLAGGETT
This exhibit at the Newport Historical Society Resource Center (82 Touro Street, Newport) features the story of 18 th century master clockmaker, William Claggett. The exhibit tells us more than just the life of this craftsman by bringing alive other aspects of Newport including trade, artistry, aesthetics, science, religion, and culture through an examination of the life of Mr. Claggett. Additional Info and hours at 401/846-0813; newporthistory.org
NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 – SPECTACULAR SILVER: YACHTING’S GOELET CUPS – REDWOOD LIBRARY
This exhibition presents a multimedia sweep of one of the great chapters in sailing competition and trophy craftsmanship: the Goelet Cups and the sailboat races held in Newport from 1882 to 1897 for which they were the prize. The races were among the first American sporting contests to attract national media attention and the elaborate silver trophies, made by leading firms such as Tiffany & Co. and Whiting Manufacturing Co., are considered a high point in nineteenth-century American silver. Spectacular Silver features a range of historic materials: from yacht models and marine paintings to press clippings and scrap books, culminating in a select presentation of Goelet Cups from major private and institutional collections. In the Van Alen Gallery. Info: 401/847-0292; redwoodlibrary.org
NOW THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 – DOWNTON ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION – BOSTON, MA
This BBC television series helped boost interest in the Newport mansions and launched a revival of sorts for the Gilded Age. Here is a new exhibit that brings the British series to Boston, all in anticipation of the upcoming feature-length Downton Abbey film scheduled for a September 2019 release. While waiting for the film, you may visit the Crawley family and enter the world of Downton Abbey at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. Based on the beloved television show, this exhibition transports you to post-Edwardian England, where the characters and the iconic house come to life. You’ll be immersed in the fascinating social history, culture, and some of the most memorable moments and sets from the show’s six-season run like Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen, the servant’s quarters, and the dining room. This exhibition is located at The Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Avenue, Boston. Tickets: $33-$35. Info & Ticket Purchase: 866/811-4111; DowntonExhibition.com
NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 3 rd – JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: OBSESSION UNTAMED – ROSECLIFF
The newest exhibit at Rosecliff (1902) is titled, John James Audubon: Obsession Untamed . In 1820 Audubon embarked on what would become his life’s work as “portraitist of all the birds of America.” The assembled collection showcases the naturalist’s relentless pursuit of the birds of America and his singular determination in seeing his beautiful artworks published. The exhibition draws upon the collections of the Preservation Society of Newport County as well as significant loans from private collections and institutions. Highlights include over 20 beautifully framed hand colored double elephant folio-sized aquatints from Birds of America , exquisite ladies’ hats and fans illustrating the early-20th-century craze for feathers that lead to initial conservation efforts, as well as Audubon’s life mask and snuff box. Rosecliff (548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport), daily, 9am – 5pm. Exhibit included in Rosecliff ticket. Info: newportmansions.org
NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 17 – HAUNTED BRISTOL WALKING TOURS – NIGHTLY – 8:30 PM
Haunted Bristol walking tours start at 8:30 every night in front of the State and Courthouse, 240 High Street, Bristol, Rhode Island. This is a lantern-led 1-hour tour about the History, Native Indian Fables, Court Trials and Haunted Tales. Led by local historian Joan Quinn. $15/per person. Reservations required: 401/286-1209.
WEDNESDAYS THRU SATURDAYS – NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER- – NEWPORT FOODIES STROLL – 11:30 AM
Newport Foodies Stroll offers a 1.5-mile walking food tour through Lower Thames Street. You will learn about the “City by the Sea”, as well as try the cuisine from five of the best locally owned restaurants. This progressive stroll will last 2.5 – 3 hours. Tours run Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 11:30 A.M. Meet Tom and Sue, your tour guides, in front of the Armory (365 Thames Street, Newport). Reservations highly recommended as these tours fill up quickly. Book your tickets ($63) and get more information at: 401/619-3019; newportfoodiesstroll.com
NOW THROUGH CHRISTMAS – NEWPORT TOWER MUSEUM – WEEKENDS – 11 AM – 1 PM
The huge “Old Stone Mill” in Touro Park has fascinated people for hundreds of years. This is the oldest structure in Newport. Yet, the mysteries of who built it, why it was built, when it was built, and what it was used, have puzzled scientists, academicians, locals, and tourists for as long as can be remembered here. Now, the mystery has been solved. The answers to all the questions people have been asking about this monument on the green of Touro Park can be found at the Newport Tower Museum (152 Mill Street, Newport). Museum founder and prolific author , Jim Egan , greets guests and shares his unique journey researching and finally discovering who [and why] the Newport Tower, located in Touro Park, was built. A visit to the tower is followed by a tour of his museum. The museum displays and images demonstrate several ideas and principles that will astound and delight. The Newport Tower Museum is a must-see for all tour guides, greeters, and all those who love learning about our history. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Museum founder Egan has written numerous books about his research on the Newport Tower. His most comprehensive book, ELIZABETHAN AMERICA: The John Dee Tower of 1583 (2011), is a tome every history-loving Newport resident and tour guide should read and own. Open weekends 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and by appointment. Info: 401/447-6757; newporttowermuseum.com
SEPTEMBER 2019 TOURS ▪ SPEAKERS ▪ SPECIAL EVENTS
Check out the wide selection of lectures, exhibits, talks, classes, tours, and workshops to add to your knowledge and increase your understanding of the people and history of greater Newport.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – 49 TH ANNUAL NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW
Mark your calendar for the 49th annual Newport International Boat Show on the famed downtown Newport waterfront from September 12th to 15th this year. More Information: http://newportboatshow.com/
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – DISCOVER COLONIAL NEWPORT WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM
This walking tour features stories of entrepreneurship, African American heritage and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period. Tickets $15; Children $5. 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM. Tour leaves from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and Reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – NEWPORT GALLERY NIGHT – 4-8 PM
Free walking art tours. Art galleries open. Free parking at the Visitors Bureau and at the Newport Art Museum. Info: newportgallerynight.org
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – A CRAFTSMAN’S TOUR OF NEWPORT FURNITURE – WHITEHORNE HOUSE – 5:15 PM
Join furniture maker Timothy Philbrick on a special tour of Whitehorne House’s collection of 18 th century Newport furniture. Doors open at 5 pm. $25. For tickets and more information: 401/847-8344; newportrestoration.org
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – RITZ & ESCOFFIER: THE HOTELIER, THE CHEF, AND THE RISE OF THE LEIURE CLASS – 6 PM
Luke Barr, author and journalist, will present a lecture based on his book, Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, The Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class . Members: $10; General Public: $15. Held at Rosecliff (548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). Info and Registration: 401/847-1000, x178; newportmansions.org/learn/adult-programs
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – NEWPORT RUN & CHUG – 6:30 PM
This is a running group that does a 5K run every week (3.1 miles). Run is led by firefighter Eddie Valen. Meet at the Fastnet Pub (1 Broadway, Newport) at 6:30 pm. Run is followed by a meet-up (and Chug) at the Fastnet Pub. Info: 401/845-9311.
SEPTEMBER 13, 14, 15 – TOUR ON TWO WHEELS — MANSION BIKE TOURS – 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
For the first time, the Preservation Society and Bike Newport are collaborating to offer guided history-themed bike tours. These group rides will combine the experience of seeing the mansions with the fun of bicycling on beautiful Bellevue Avenue. Riders will visit eight of the Preservation Society’s historic properties and learn about their architecture, landscape design, social history and preservation. These rides will not only provide a new experience for visitors to the mansions but will also support Bike Newport’s efforts to make it safer and more comfortable to bicycle in Newport. Tours will be offered on September 13, 14 and 15. For more information, contact: ; or call 401/847-1000; newportmansions.org
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – ROGUES & SCOUNDRELS WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM
Every tour guide should experience one or more of the great walking tours organized by the Newport Historical Society. This tour about some of the city’s more colorful residents – pirates, criminals, and more — leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – BELCOURT RESTORATION TOUR – BELCOURT OF NEWPORT
Visit amazing Belcourt! Carolyn Rafaelian, owner of Belcourt of Newport (657 Bellevue Avenue, Newport), is well into the process of restoring this 1894 Gilded Age mansion to its original glory. Several one-hour Belcourt Restoration Tours will be offered this weekend. This home is truly something special. If you love behind-the-scenes tours, now is the time to check out the restoration-in-progress of this fabled mansion, before the permanent changes and upgrades are completed. Reservations are encouraged. Tours each day at: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. Tickets: Adults: $17.50; Children: $8.00. Info & Online Ticket Purchase: belcourt.com
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 – NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION GUIDED TOUR – 3:00 PM
A beautiful tour of the National Museum of American Illustration (492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport) is offered year-round every Friday to guests at 3 pm. The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) is situated in Vernon Court, a Gilded Age mansion (1898). Vernon Court is on the National Register of Historic Places with interiors inspired by the palace at Versailles. The NMAI focuses on original illustration artworks created to be reproduced in books, periodicals, advertising and in other print media. Featured artists include Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, JC Leyendecker, Jessie Willcox Smith, NC Wyeth and 150 others. Free parking for museum visitors is available in the lot located on Victoria Avenue. Tour is included with admission. Info & Tickets: 401/851-8949; americanillustration.org
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – DISCOVER COLONIAL NEWPORT WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM
This is one of several wonderful walking tours offered throughout the year by the Newport Historical Society. This tour features stories of entrepreneurship, African American heritage and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period. Tickets $15; Children $5. 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM. Tour leaves from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and Reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – ITA GRASS COURT INVITATIONAL – TENNIS HALL OF FAME
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) will present the 2019 NCAA Division III teams competition at the International Tennis Hall of Fame (194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport). Eight Division 3 tennis teams will compete on the prestigious grass courts during the Hall of Fame Intercollegiate Tennis Association Grass Court Invitational. Admission to the three-day tourney will be free of charge and open to the public, providing fans a great opportunity to see incredibly competitive tennis. Info: 401/619-4683; tennisfame.com/ita
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – USA VS NEW ZEALAND – NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL POLO – 4:00 PM
The Newport International Polo Series 28 continues Saturday, September 14, 2019, 4:00 pm, with USA vs NEW ZEALAND at Newport International Polo Grounds, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI. Info: 401/846-0200; nptpolo.com
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – GOLDEN TO GILDED WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM
This tour ties together the city’s many exciting periods of its history. On this tour you’ll get the inside skinny on the transformation of Newport and its people from its colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony. This tour leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE WALKING TOUR – 10:30 AM
One of several excellent walking tours of Newport offered by the Newport Historical Society. Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. This tour leaves at 10:30 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: newporthistorytours.org
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 — RETURN TO CAMELOT – ST. MARY’S CHURCH – 2:00 PM
The now famous Return To Camelot presentation returns to St. Mary’s Church (Corner of Spring Street and Memorial Boulevard, Newport). This program is a re-telling of the storied marriage and reception of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953. It includes exclusive newsreel footage of the young couple, the crowd of well-wishers outside the church, behind-the-scenes stories of Yusha Auchincloss, Jackie’s beloved stepbrother, and additional details of the church’s role in the wedding. The Return to Camelot presentation will continue every Tuesday afternoon through October 23 rd . Info: 401/847-0475; stmarynewport.com
SEPTEMBER 19-22, 2019 — THE NEWPORT MANSIONS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
This is one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events of the year. It is scheduled for September 19-22 at The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House. Enjoy magnificent wines from around the world, fabulous food from local, regional and national chefs, artisanal food purveyors, cooking demos and interactive activities in an unforgettable setting. To learn more about the schedule of events, or to purchase tickets, visit newportmansions.org
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – EXCLUSIVE SHOWING: DOWNTON ABBEY – JANE PICKENS
The feature film, Downton Abbey, will be shown at the Jane Pickens Theater September 20-26. This is the continuing saga of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them in the English countryside in the early 20th century. Exclusive showing in Newport at Jane Pickens Theater ( 49 Touro Street, Newport). Info & Tickets: 401/846-5474; janepickens.com
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – HARBOR LIGHTS NEWPORT – DUSK TILL 10:00 PM
HARBOR LIGHTS NEWPORT is a new event presented by Discover Newport and the Newport Maritime Alliance ; it promises to “enlighten” visitors and residents alike. Boat owners, marinas and waterfront businesses will participate in this event by illuminating their vessels, docks, yacht clubs, shops and restaurants with festive lights from dusk until 10 p.m. both nights. Each marina will choose and award their top three Best Decorated Boats to each receive a fantastic prize with an additional prize awarded to the Best Decorated Marina or Waterfront Business. Judging will commence on Friday, Sept. 20 and prizes will be awarded on Saturday, Sept. 21. Event will take place rain or shine. Info: discovernewport.org
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – BELCOURT RESTORATION TOUR – BELCOURT OF NEWPORT
Visit amazing Belcourt! Carolyn Rafaelian, owner of Belcourt of Newport (657 Bellevue Avenue, Newport), is well into the process of restoring this 1894 Gilded Age mansion to its original glory. Several one-hour Belcourt Restoration Tours will be offered this weekend. This home is truly something special. If you love behind-the-scenes tours, now is the time to check out the restoration-in-progress of this fabled mansion, before the permanent changes and upgrades are completed. Reservations are encouraged. Tours each day at: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. Tickets: Adults: $17.50; Children: $8.00. Info & Online Ticket Purchase: belcourt.com
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 – CARS & COFFEE – FORT ADAMS – 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Register your car and come join a hundred other amazing vehicles on display at Fort Adams (Fort Adams State Park, Newport) from 8:00 am until 10 am. Coffee available, too. Register your vehicle at audrainautomuseum.org. Info: 401/856-4420.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 – WALKING TOUR OF THE MONTH – LEGENDS & LORE – 11:00 AM
Did the British Army steal the town records when they withdrew from Newport during the American Revolution; is there a tunnel on Touro Street; did an artist on Mill Street discover the tomato? Join Newport Historical Society guides on a walking tour that teases out the truth from the fiction in these stories and other infamous and beloved Newport tales. This tour leaves at 11:00 am from the Museum of Newport History, 127 Thames Street (Newport). Info and reservations at: 401/846-0813; newporthistorytours.org
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – LECTURE: WHEN THE IRISH INVADED CANADA – CHRISTOPHER KLEIN – 6 PM
Join us for this lecture, “ When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom.” Museum of Newport Irish History (648 Thames Street, Newport) .Info: 401/848-0661; newportirishhistory.org
Gorbles said: ↑ Now, I’m not saying I can write a post-so-long-it’s-thread-killing post on every topic, but I’ve grown up around food and kitchens with my dad (and increasingly, more of my siblings) in the restaurant business. So hard luck folks, I’m here as well. I’m also British, so allow me to give my opinion on British food and related traditions:
Okay, yeah, nevermind. We’re good at some cheeses, we’re alright at sausages. We don’t really have a dish apart from the rather Northern (Yorkshire and Lancashire would prolly fight over this) tradition of shoving everything in a Yorkshire pudding (take that , Lancashire) and showering it in gravy. We’re known for pork pies, generally. Fish and chips apparently, but that’s a very (very) localised thing. I’m talking “fishing town on the north coast” or “beach town off of Wales somewhere”. To put on my snob hat for a second, if you want the “good stuff”. Acceptable stuff you can get most places, most countries, and really I do not judge.
Fast food is as prevalent as it is varied; for example we have a (decent-ish) Chinese down the road from my parents’ house, which is what you’d call a stereotypical northern town with a relative lack of diversity. And that’s in that kind of place. Pretty normal working-class roots kind of place. Still has a market (with a fishmonger, and so on). Good market, actually. Anyhow, you go anywhere near a city of any description and you’ll have literal rows of them, in varying qualities. Depends what you want, really. I spent a lot of time in Birmingham (I went to uni at one of the universities there) and there were some notably good chicken places, and oddly (at the time) Greek places. Greek stuff seems to be pretty vogue these days, and I can’t fault it – my wife and I are kinda addicted to the Greek islands and the food they have there (which makes even the more decent stuff British restaurants or pubs have to offer look like something that came out of the wrong end of a horse. If there’s a right end). By addicted I mean “we’ve managed to go there more than once”, which for us is a financial and organisational achievement
My dad went into washing dishes as a teenager, did pizza cheffing for a long time, mostly in and around Italian-style restaurants. Some better than others. My mum’s a very good home cook, and it was always fun to watch them argue over the best way to do a gravy (thick, naturally. My mum won that one). We scraped by for a lot of the time, but after a couple of head chef stints my dad was finally in the position to risk starting his own business. 14 years later, I’d say that’s a relative success. Just the one place, a small restaurant near where they live, but decent, and managed through a couple of (severe) recessions. I picked up bits and pieces along the way. I’d say I’m an alright cook. Not great, never paid enough attention to be good in any real way. But serviceable. That’s where a lot of my food background (and tastes) come from, and it’s why I’d always rate Mediterranean cuisine over most other types. Some of that’s a lack of experience, some of that’s because a few I know are based on offal and other parts of animals that honestly I’m just not a huge fan of (tongue, for example. Never could get used to tongue).
So I’m not amazing at working out what “good” British food is, really. I’d say our biggest strength is you can find anything . There are parts of the UK known for good curry houses. Supermarkets are starting to stock more and more food that you’d normally only find in foreign-branded supermarkets or street markets. There are smatterings of all sorts of restaurants across the place. And any pub you stop in has a not-terrible chance of being far better at food than it’d ever look to be, from the outside or the inside. Click to expand… Traditional British food here has fallen off q cliff except maybe meat pies. Old people eat gravy and roasts.
I like Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, Arabic an Indian as my preferred takeaway foods.
Pub meals here are often as good as restaurants, better in some cases.
Variety and quality of South Indian food in Glen Eden
Dine-In, Takeaway, Outdoor Catering and Corporate Events
An increasing number of diners in New Zealand are beginning to enjoy the culinary delights of South India, with the establishment of Restaurants with Takeaway and Catering facilities such as Papadums South Indian Cuisine in Auckland.
Located at Unit 2, 4038, Great North Road in Glen Eden, the Restaurant, owned by Devendra Kumar Lakshmanan and his wife Sangeetha, serves more than 120 food and beverage items, a majority of them authentic and distinctly South Indian.
Snacks, Lunch and Dinner
Migrating to New Zealand in 2003, Kumar started his career in Wellington and later moved to New Plymouth and Auckland, acquiring experience in restaurant business.
He purchased Papadums in late 2017 and since then, offering variety and quality snacks and food for lunch (Tuesday to Sunday from 1130 am to 3 pm) and dinner (Monday to Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm).
“The response from customers has been encouraging and many of them are amazed at the extensive range of our South Indian Menu. For instance, a large number of customers are pleasantly surprised that we offer as many as 12 different types of Dosa, ranging from the Bangalore Dosa, Tamil Nadu Masala Dosa and Andhra Karapodi Dosa to Hyderabad Kheema Dosa and Kerala Prawn Dosa, covering the five States of South India,” he said.
As well as the famous Upma, Idly, Medhu Vada and Poori, Papadums South Indian Cuisine offers 20 Non-Vegetarian and Vegetarian Starters, leading to Mains covering Chicken, Lamb, Seafood and Vegetable curries and other items.
“We are happy to cook and serve dishes that are popular in other Indian States. These have been well received by our customers. Apart from dine-in, there are also regular takeaway orders,” Kumar said.
These include Marathi Mixed Vegetable Curry and Dahi Puri (from the State of Maharashtra), Goan Fish Curry (from the State of Goa), Punjabi Chole Masala (from the State of Punjab) and Pani Puri (from the State of Bihar) and Spinach Chaat and Samosa Chaat (from the States of Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh).
Idli or idly is a type of savoury rice cake, originating in Tamil Nadu.
Made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice, it is readily metabolised by the human body since the fermentation process breaks down the starches.
Idli and Condiments
Idli has several variations, including Rava idli, made from Semolina and Sanna of Konkan.
Since plain Idlis are mild in taste, a condiment is considered essential and hence Sambar and a variety of chutney are usually served alongside. ‘Idli Podi,’ a dry and spicy powder (which can be made at home) are also recommended and is convenient while travelling.
Most people consider Idli on its own as a ‘harmless’ breakfast or lunch item or even as a snack any time of the day.
Papadums serves ‘Podi Idli,’ with spicy powder (Karampodi), curry leaves, chopped onions and traditional spices. Medhu Vada with Sambar and Chutney Papadums is waiting for you! The Restaurant serves 12 different Dosas Devendra Kumar Lakshmanan and Sangeetha Kumar Fish, Lamb, Chicken and more cooked South Indian style
About Dosas and Medhu Vada
Dosas are indigenous to South India but their exact birthplace is a matter of conjecture.
While Historian P Thankappan Nair said that Dosa originated in Udupi, a City in the Southwest Indian State of Karnataka, Food Historian K T Acharya believes that Dosa, (of Dosai) was in use in the ancient Tamil country more than 2000 years ago.
Dosai is mentioned in the Sangam Literature, which dates back to 3 rd Century BC.
The association of Dosa to Udupi came about because of its ‘fixture’ at all Udupi Restaurants located throughout the world. Thinner and crispier than the Dosai, this dish was relatively unknown to New Zealand restaurants 20 years ago.
A recipe for Dosa can be found in the ‘Manasollasa,’ a 12 th Century Sanskrit Encyclopaedia compiled by Someshvara III, who ruled in a region that is present-day Karnataka.
Medhu Vada is literally ‘Soft Vada, a South Indian fritter made from Vigna Mungo (Black Gram or Urad Dal). It is usually made in dough shape with a crispy exterior and soft interior. Eaten as a snack or as a breakfast item, Medhu Vada is also served at Papadums during lunch and dinner sessions.
South Indian cuisine is aromatic as it uses varieties of spices in making fresh ground masala for its dishes. Papadums is a good example.
Indian Cooking Tips: How To Make Desi And Delish Aloo Kachori At Home
Aloo kachori is an Indian flatbread stuffed with a spicy potato stuffing. Sushmita Sengupta | Updated: September 11, 2019 16:36 IST Aloo kachoris are a hit with kids and adults, alike. Highlights Potato is an intrinsic part of Indian cuisine Kachori is a popular North Indian snack Breakfast makes for an indulgent affair in India
Breakfasts in India are an indulgent affair. From loaded parathas to robust niharis and khamiri rotis, we have no qualms in starting our day on a greasy note. One such decadent breakfast dish is aloo kachori, which is a popular North Indian breakfast staple. Aloo kachori is an Indian flatbread stuffed with a spicy potato stuffing. It somewhat resembles a stuffed poori, and is often paired with a fiery potato curry. Aloo kachori is different from the khasta kachori of Rajasthan that tends to have a crusty exterior and a dry lentil filling. As we mentioned earlier, aloo kachori is a sensation across North India. It is prepared lavishly during Navratri and many other significant occasions as well.
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In this video shared by noted food vlogger and YouTuber Manjula Jain, you can learn how to make the delicacy at home. Aloo kachoris are a hit with kids and adults, alike. You can pair the puffed bread with a soothing curry, or pickle or even enjoy it stand-alone! Make sure your maida dough is not too runny or too sticky so that you can roll out the kachoris easily. For the filling, you would need any vegetable oil of your choice, boiled potatoes, cumin seeds, red chilli powder, coriander powder, mango powder, salt, green chillies and chopped coriander leaves. If you are not a fan of very spicy food, you can monitor the spice quotient of the food accordingly.
Here’s the recipe of aloo kachori from the YouTube channel ‘Manjula’s Kitchen’.
Our PM is very much on the right. He is far from a Lefty. He is almost overwhelmingly hated by Indigenous folks from coast to coast to coast. Yes, some improvements in the “Indigenous portfolio” have been seen, especially in light of Harper, but colonisation and genocides are ongoing
What I believe we need—being a non-Indigenous individual but someone who has spent my entire adult life studying and listening and paying attention to Indigenous folks from the elected leaders to the everyday citizens and everyone in-between—is to recognise not one square centimetre of Canada is not Indigenous land. All of it is either unceded or secured via treaty. It says that in §35 of the Constitution. This is not about kicking anyone out or founding an Indigenous state, this is about recognition, part one. Recognise from Inuit Nunangat to Mi’kma’ki to Lkwungen Tungexw and everywhere in between are Indigenous countries which overlap and shift and have various nations with various relationships. It is not the State that can decide what or where or who they are, and we need to Confederate them fast. Without doing so is in direct violation of the Constitution (35) and the Charter (§25)
They need to be in charge of the resources. They have healthier and better and more productive understandings of how to extract and manage resources. Without giving them complete control over the resources, we are just continuing the extractive, genocidal colonisation that has plagued the Canadian state since inception. Without giving them back control of the countries we have invaded, we are continuing the second largest theft in the history of humanity (second only to the US). Mind you, zero First Nations are against extraction, they just want the extraction to a) stop harming the fuck out of their nations and their relatives (that which we call “resources”) and b) finally give them the economic stability that we literally have stolen from them. Look at the Haida, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk and Inuit nations for examples of really excellent extraction policies on their terms that not only brings wealth into their communities, but ensures wealth flows back out of their communities to the provinces and federation as a whole
This is not only the perspective of someone who has spent time within Indian Country but also someone trained in classical economics from UBC. I got a degree in international relations, and I spent a lot of time trying to understand the economics of the state as a whole and where Indigenous Nations fall in. If we take the ironclad grip off the necks of the nations and give them back control over their nations and their lands, it means they begin flourishing. Again look at those four nations for excellent examples, but also many Anishinaabe nations and the Mi’kmaq nation also display proof of how peoples can overtly succeed if they have autonomy over their affairs. And their affairs on a national level means healthcare, education, Eldercare, childcare, resource oversight, etc. So we need to continue ensuring Nations have control over their own education systems instead of provinces. We need to ensure healthcare is in the hands of the nations, that childcare is in the hands of the nations, etc. Think of this: Does a classroom look and is structured the same when American Sign Language is the language of instruction versus French? No, they look, are built and are structured differently. Same for all languages. Same for care. Childcare and Eldercare and deathcare and birthcare are all intimately different from nation to nation. And we need to respect that. Again, there is ample evidence from every corner of Canada showing that once Nations are in control of their wealth (that was stolen), in control of their cultures and in control of their futures, they succeed.
Also, imagine this, the northern 5/6 of Canada is generally undeveloped and has limited access right? Imagine if we have autonomy to the ~100 Turtle Island countries like the plains Cree nēhiyaw-askiy or the vast Denendeh. If they get proper support and regain autonomy and control, imagine what sorts of amazing cultural and amazing things will be built. Imagine getting trains and roads up North into villages, towns and cities that are built by and for Indigenous folks of various cultures. Imagine the food, the night life, the environmental exploration like hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, etc!! I would love to be able to take a trip across the Northern prairies and Arctic and be greeted by healthy, thriving towns that speak many different languages and have all sorts of new and exciting cuisines and IMAGINE THE MUSIC!! like the Alianait Festival in Inuit Nunangat is AMAZING!! and the outdoor exploration scene in Eeyou-Istchee is off the charts! If First Nations succeed, it means the poorest 5% of the population gets rich and then gets to share that wealth with the rest of us! And I could not imagine a brighter future!!!
When it comes to menus prices need to be democratic: Chef Varun Tuli
When it comes to menus prices need to be democratic: Chef Varun Tuli Thu, Sep 12 2019 01:16:22 PM New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANSlife): Varun Tuli is a name to reckon with when it comes to the business of food; be it as a restaurateur, caterer or even when it comes to home delivery. Back in 2008, he set up Indias first restaurant in the capital with the concept of conveyor belt sushi; he has been an industry trend setter ever since. Tuli is not one to follow the pack, he leads, and by example, the industry walks in his footsteps. In 2012 he set up Food Inc., a catering company, which quickly became the preferred choice for exclusive events and weddings. In a rare interview, he speaks to IANSlife to give a pulse of which direction the food and restaurant industry in the country is heading towards. Over the decade what are the changes you have noticed when it comes to dining? VT: One of the biggest differences I can see about dining is that a decade ago people usually stepped out to eat when there was a celebration. Now it’s the way of the world. People are eating out four maybe five times a week. When we speak of catering, the difference now compared to back in the day is that earlier people stuck to tried and tested cuisine and comfort food. Now they are willing to experiment and try new things. For example, you can very easily do an Indian wedding without ‘butter chicken’ and ‘dal’. People want regional cuisine, coastal food; they’re happy to have ‘appams’, ‘Parsi khaana’ like ‘beri palau’. People are shedding inhibitions and opting for niche instead of mainstream. Sushi is now very basic food. People order it for home delivery all the time, so it’s not exotic any longer, whereas maybe now Moroccan food is. Do you find that restaurateurs should cater to millennial taste and can you define what that would be? VT: Well I can’t speak for other restaurateurs, but I can speak for myself. Our target audience is millennials and even younger. Their taste is not European or Italian, it is now focused on where the food is actually coming from. They care about how it is grown, sourced and where it comes from. People are more conscientious about environment, sustainable farming and cruelty free products, so the market is changing dramatically. When you say the market is changing dramatically, could you elaborate. VT: When you cater to millennials or the clients of today, your prices need to be democratic. When I say democratic, I mean there has to be parity in what you charge for ingredients — you can’t keep different prices for vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes; or within non vegetarian dishes you can’t keep distinctions between chicken and duck. Even vegetarian ingredients like avocado, asparagus have to be at par with something as simple as potatoes. People who eat chicken aren’t going to eat pork all of a sudden and people who like potato also like asparagus. You cannot charge x for something and x into ten for something else. In our restaurants prices for dishes are all similar. There is a parity, that’s what I mean by democratic. “Ultimately food is food, as long as it has quality. If customers know the restaurant and caterer they are willing to pay a good price, but they are not willing to be fooled” Do you think restaurateurs get this? VT: Everybody does not understand this, at least I don’t think so. People want to go out to eat, ultimately food is food and as long as it is quality food, they know the restaurant or the caterer they are willing to pay a good price, but they are not willing to be fooled. When it comes to food trends what are your thoughts? VT: There are three basic trends ‘Vegan’, ‘Gluten free’ and ‘Organic’ that are doing the rounds nowadays. So the first and most important is that people are willing to disregard processed food and they want it chemical free. People understand homemade sauces, different qualities of oil, whole grains, they don’t want artificially ripened fruit. Vegan is something that is catching on, but Indians are heavily dependent on dairy; its an important part of their diet and culture so I’m not sure the momentum it will gain. Again ghee made of dairy is good and refined oil is poor, so I don’t think it will be a rage. Also people want to eat vegetables, so vegan to a point is good. People understand plant-based food but dairy is an important part of an Indian vegetarian diet. Coming to gluten free, it’s a 10-year cycle; I don’t think it will last, one day we are going to hear gluten is good for you. When it comes to sustainability and environment friendly choices, what are you doing as a brand? VT: Well, we are trying to eliminate as much plastic from our supply chains and opt for sustainable packaging. It’s hard with food as there’s liquid and also there is a lot of things that need ice packs, but we are exploring various alternatives. You might also like Leave a Comment Your Email address will not be published. Title : When it comes to menus prices need to be democratic: Chef Varun Tuli
Fusion Feast puts the in Mumbai Milano
Posted By: James Murphy 10th September 2019
Indian and Italian fusion food, that wouldn’t work right? WRONG!
We visited this restaurant for the first time last night. What a way to celebrate our wedding anniversary! I’d heard some good reviews about the restaurant ,but to be honest I really didn’t know what to expect. I’m a firm lover of Italian food and my wife is a recent convert to Indian cuisine, so it seemed like a no-brainer. We definitely made the right choice.
As soon as we entered the place, we couldn’t help but be wowed by the decor. the swiftness and politeness of service. We were taken to an area of booth style seating that had an air of intimacy to it, created by some tasteful lighting and design choices.
The staff were friendly and efficient, particularly Liam, who was attentive and took the time to fulfil his role as a host, excellently. From taking us through the menu, to telling us a little about the food and the ethos behind the fusion menu, he made us feel welcome and at home.
As for the food, it was amazing. We had a 3 course menu, which in itself is telling as we would normally only ever opt for 2 courses when out for a meal. We just wanted to continued to be wowed by what was going to be served up to us for a little while longer. With each course we opted to buy into the fusion idea and so mixed it up a little between the Indian and Italian Menu. The food was nothing short of amazing. Without exception, each dish was beautifully presented and tasted great.
What also impressed me was the layout of the menu and the variety of dishes. There would certainly be something for all tastes and ages on there, making it the perfect place for a family celebration, date night or even pre-theatre. I was also impressed at the restaurant’s pride in sourcing food from local suppliers, listing them on the back of the menu.
What the icing on the cake for me regarding this visit though, was something I couldn’t put my finger on for a while. Then I realised what it was. We were treated as guests. Sounds daft really as restaurants usually do refer to you as guests, but I think this was the first time I really felt like it was true. I suppose that when you fuse two cuisines which have food, family and friendship at the heart of their culture, then this was always going to be the case. Well done to Liam and his team, we will definitely be back!! Share this:
Best of C-VILLE 2019: Food & Drink – C-VILLE WeeklyC-VILLE Weekly
Great chefs, and wineries, and steak—oh my! Restaurant Runner-up: Al Carbon Honorable mention: Tavola Lampo, a repeat winner, continues its young but strong tradition of excellence by hewing to a formula of not-too-fancy but con sistently fine wood-fired Nea politan pizza and rustic Italian fare. It would be unfair to give all of the credit to former chef Ian Red shaw—our 2018 Best Chef win ner and a 2019 James Beard Rising Chef of the Year semi-finalist—but his ethos has carried over to the current Lampo team, headed by chef Mitch Bereens. Consis tent ly mobbed since its opening in 2014, the restaurant is still a tough table, but getting a seat inside the charming little brick box feels just as special as ever. • Up on Route 29, Al Carbon’s rotis serie chicken-centric cuisine remains a Charlottesville favorite. New restaurant Runner-up: Peloton Station Honorable mention: Little Star Our readers love their fried dough, caffeine, and beef (there’s a Luther Burger inside Sugar Shack). The Charlottesville Sugar Shack location (there are many others) has a well-worn path leading to the door. And they must be damn good at what they do, because the competition in this category was fierce. • Witness the second- and third-place finishers, Peloton Station and Little Star. The former—opened with great expecta tions under chef Curtis Shaver of Hamiltons’ at First & Main and two of that restaurant’s partners —has become a go-to place for fans of Shaver’s inventive sand wiches and salads, with a great tap-beer selection and an upbeat, quirky vibe (Peloton shares space with a bicycle-repair shop). Little Star also has an impressive pedigree, with an opening part ner ship that includes Ben Clore and Tristan Wraight of Oakhart Social, and executive chef Ryan Collins, a protégé of the renowned chef José Andrés. Using a wood-fired hearth, Collins and his team craft inventive Spanish and Mexican-influenced dishes. Lampo Chef Mitch Bereens paddles a pie into the brick oven. Photo: Jackson and Amy Smith Chef Runner-up: Craig Hartman (BBQ Exchange) Honorable mention: Dylan Allwood (Tavola) A young guy from Holland lands in Charlottesville and gets a job as a dishwasher. Later, he finds his way into the kitchen at Oxo, now closed but once among the city’s better restaurants. Next stop, Mas, and after that, Tavola. Now he’s on a really good run. Major turning point: In 2014, he becomes one of four founding partners of Lampo, including Ian Redshaw. A few years later, the same team opens Prime 109. Redshaw leaves Lampo to head up the kitchen at Prime 109, and the Dutch guy, Mitch Bereens, steps up to the brick oven at Lampo. Best restaurant, best chef. It’s a good year for Bereens. • A few years back, runner-up Craig Hartman turned from fine dining to barbecue. That worked out pretty well for him. Steak is not just a piece of seared meat at Prime 109. It is a work of art, like this dry-aged carnivors’ dream with garlic, rosemary, and seared lemon. Photo: Amy and Jackson Smith Bartender Micah LeMon (The Alley Light) Runner-up: Camille Garcia (Bang!) Honorable mention: Ted Norris (Maya) One recent evening, an Alley Light patron joshed Micah LeMon about his repeat wins as best bartender. “Isn’t it about time to pass the torch?” he humbly offered. I was the patron, and the drink he made was a rock-your-socks gin concoction infused with rosemary. LeMon still has the magic. There will be no torch- passing this year. • We love the cocktails at Bang! Da Bomb Basil (Bombay Sapphire, fresh basil, lemon), Lavendays (gin, sage, and lavender), and Southern Brew (Maker’s Mark, lime, ginger beer), to name just three. Thank you, Camille Garcia! Bar Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery Runner-up: The Alley Light Honorable mention: Kardinal Hall Just in case you still need con vincing that Charlottesville is a craft-beer city, our readers drive the point home by choosing Three Notch’d as the city’s best bar. The food is uneven, but who cares? The IX Art Park anchor has more than 40 beers on tap, a mob of loyal regulars at the concrete bar, and crackling atmosphere in the airplane-hanger-size room. • Just off the Downtown Mall, runner- up The Alley Light proves that the speakeasy culture is still alive and well in these parts. Craft cocktail bar Runner-up: The Whiskey Jar Honorable mention: Bang! Might as well create a separate subcategory (Best of All Things Booze?) for Micah LeMon , the dean of mixology at The Alley Light, our slam-dunk winner this year. • The bar crew at The Whiskey Jar is more about beards than waxed mustaches, but that doesn’t stop them from making the best old fashioned in town. “Nothing Fancy” proclaims the banner head line on the restaurant’s landing page. Accordingly, nothing too precious graces the cocktail menu. Sports bar Runner-up: Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery Honorable mention: Wild Wing Café Stroll past the umbrellaed out door tables and bocce courts, and enter the arena/beer dispensary known as Kardinal Hall. The televisions are large, all around you, and they are variously tuned to golf, football, soccer—oh, hell, we don’t need to list them all. Whatever your favorite sport is, you can watch it here. And while you’re at it, eat some crispy bocce balls (breaded and deep fried white cheddar cheese curds with spicy tomato sauce) or a “Das Boot” sandwich, with pork schnitzel, roasted tomatoes, and arugula. • For the skinny on runner-up Three Notch’d, also voted Best Bar this year, imagine that room with a bank of big flat screens. They’re mounted high on the wall and all tuned to sports. Coffeehouse Runner-up: Shenandoah Joe Honorable mention: Grit Coffee Mudhouse Coffee Roasters (please, just call it Mudhouse like everyone else does!) isn’t shy about its commitment to exceptional coffee. With its anchor location on the Downtown Mall, a new shop on 10th Street next to Peloton Station, and an outpost in Crozet, the coffeehouse has built a devoted following that grows bigger by the day. The java is the key: In 2017, Mudhouse earned Roaster of the Year honors from Roast Magazine. • Now with three Charlottesville locations, Shenandoah Joe, which topped Mudhouse in last year’s Best of C-VILLE, got a recent boost with an interior makeover at its flagship on Preston Avenue. The stuff in the cup is still the same, which is a good thing. • Honorable Mention goes to Grit, whose outpost at The Wool Factory is generating buzz, even though it isn’t open yet! Brunch Runner-up: Bodo’s Bagels Honorable mention: Bluegrass Grill & Bakery And the 2019 winner is…the same brunch spot that won in 2018! Paris comes to Charlottesville by way of MarieBette, where the menu features baked eggs with fine herbs, cream, and garlic, French toast stuffed with Nutella and banana cream cheese, and lemon ricotta pancakes. Just say oui! • A trip to runner-up Bodo’s might not feel as fancy, but hey, sometimes you just need some sliced deli meat and cheese on a bagel with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and pickles. Draft beer selection Runner-up: Draft Taproom Honorable mention: Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery More than 1,400 craft beers, ci ders, and meades. Dozens of taps running strong with IPAs, stouts, and small-batch specials. Speaking of specials: happy hour from 3-6pm. No wonder Beer Run is tops. • Last year’s winner, Draft Taproom, got edged out. But it’s still well worth a visit, with 60 brews available by self-serve taps. Restaurant wine list Runner-up: Tavola Honorable mention: Fleurie Some say C&O launched the fine- dining scene in Charlottesville. And everyone knows it was the first place to put together a world- class wine list (including a few Virginia standouts), which has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 1996, while also dominating this Best of C-VILLE subcategory for nearly a decade. Welcome back to the winner’s circle, C&O! • At Tavola, wine director Priscilla Mar tin Curley also puts together a list worthy of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, with oodles of Italian regional selections and outstanding picks from France, Spain, California, Oregon, Argen tina, and a handful of the fine wineries in our own backyard. Outdoor dining Runner-up: Brazos Tacos Honorable mention: Citizen Burger Bar Last year we called this subcategory “Patio.” Well, I’m the editor, thank you very much, and I reverted to the 2017 name Outdoor Dining because it sounds classier. Apparently, our readers don’t get hung up on names—they chose Blue Mountain Brewery for the second year in a row. Man, it’s a scene out there in Nelson County. Every weekend, parking attendants are called in to manage the stream of vehicles carrying patrons who like a mountain view with their beer and pub grub. The wood-burning fire pit cranks up at night, creating an equally enticing setting. • At Brazos Tacos on the edge of IX Art Park, a large outdoor dining area with picnic tables and string lights provides a sweet spot to enjoy the Austin-style tacos. Specialty food shop Runner-up: MarieBette Café & Bakery Honorable mention: Foods of All Nations On the Feast! website, the tagline for the Main Street Market shop reads “Charlottesville’s destination for food lovers.” That’s about right. With an impressive lunch menu that includes a new “sandwich of the world” selection each week, cured meats, a stellar cheese counter, wines, and food samples galore, there’s a reason readers flock to Feast! for meals, picnic prep, or just to graze and soak in all the foodie goodness. • Rose Hill favorite MarieBette is more a bakery and brunch/lunch spot than a food shop, but apparently our readers’ love for those pretzel croissants could not be contained. Sandwich shop/deli Runner-up: The Market at Bellair Honorable mention: Ivy Provisions Of all the places to eat and drink in Charlottesville, Bodo’s likely wins the award for most often having a line out the door. Yes, even with three locations, readers can’t get enough of the place. Possible sandwich combinations are endless, with options from the standard bacon, egg, and cheese on everything to deli meat topped with a choice of almost 20 different condiments. • Bellair Market and other Tiger Fuel locations like The Market at Mill Creek are the standard bearers in a town where gas-station food is plentiful and delicious. The markets’ signature selections are named after local attractions. Birdwood, anyone? Local winery Runner-up: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Honorable mention: Barboursville Vineyards What is this, 2018 all over again? For vote-getters in this subcategory it is. King Family’s formula—mountain views, polo matches, and awesome wines from Matthieu Finot—is still working. It would make David King proud to know that the winery he and his family created is our readers’ favorite. The King family patriarch and champion of Virginia wine passed away May 2, leaving an impressive legacy. • A few miles away, in the hills of North Garden, Pippin Hill pairs its fine wines with a kitchen garden-to-table menu—and, like King Family, mesmerizing mountain views. Local brewery Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery Runner-up: Blue Mountain Brewery Honorable mention: Devils Backbone Brewing Company A repeat of 2018, just like the lo cal wineries. Either our readers need to get out more and try new plac es, or they know a good thing when they taste it. Probably the latter. Local cidery Runner-up: Potter’s Craft Cider Honorable mention: Albemarle CiderWorks Oops, they did it again. Another three-peat from 2018! At Nellys ford’s Bold Rock Hard Cider, patrons climb the switchback ramp to the big house, where the taps run with traditional offerings, like Virginia Apple, and seasonal varieties, like blackberry and ginger turmeric. Meanwhile, down in the flats near the road, the cozy Cider Barn has turned into a destination of sorts, offering small-batch ciders with an experimen tal edge. • Closer to town, Potter’s Craft Cider delights with its outstanding products—try a glass of grapefruit hibiscus or a can of Passionfruit Mosaic—and its standout packaging, old-timey illustrated labels on the bottles and colorful, eye-catching cans. Steak Runner-up: Aberdeen Barn Honorable mention: Downtown Grille It’s typical for a good steakhouse to make repeat appearances on best-of lists, and runner-up Aberdeen Barn, with its charcoal hearth, and honorable mention Downtown Grille prove the point: If a place gets a rep for great seared beef, it earns a regular and loyal following. This year’s winner, Prime 109, changed the city’s meat-centric landscape by offering excellent locally sourced dry-aged cuts and rounding out the menu with beefless fine-dining fare. It helps that chef Ian Redshaw is watching the shop at Prime 109. He didn’t make semi-finalist as the James Beard Awards’ Rising Star Chef by sitting on his laurels. Bakery Runner-up: Albemarle Baking Company Honorable mention: Chandler’s Bakery MarieBette, with a bread and pastry menu offering sweet and savory options from baguettes to canelés, is not the place to try to resist temptation. Owners Jason Becton and Patrick Evans named MarieBette after their daughters, Marian and Betty, and the love the men put into the space comes through tenfold in the menu, service, and style. • Albemarle Baking Company. is best known for its well-loved Princess Cake and hearth-baked breads that can be spotted on menus all over town. But we’re also fans of ABC’s savory pan-baked pizza, and, of course, the amazing donuts (“Ode to the Sconut,” page 97). Thai Runner-up: Thai 99 II Honorable mention: Chimm Not to upset the applecart here, but Monsoon Siam and Thai 99 II are the repeat winner and runner-up from 2018, respectively. We’re very happy to see our voters give both places the acco lades they deserve. • But the real news here is Chimm, our honorable mention. Chosen by our own Knife & Fork magazine as one of the 10 best new restaurants in the city, Chimm’s full name contains the phrase “southeast Asian street food.” It’s a Thai restaurant, yes. But the flavors and menu items reach into new territory for Charlottesville, and we—and our voters—are grateful for that. Indian Runner-up: Maharaja Honorable mention: Himalayan Fusion With their bountiful lunch buffets and delicious traditional dishes, all three of these contenders are longtime Charlottesville favorites. Kudos to Milan for grabbing the top spot and repeating last year’s win, and also to Maharaja, for trading places with last year’s runner-up, Himalayan Fusion. Mexican Runner-up: La Michoacana Honorable mention: Al Carbon Sometimes you just want some reliable, relatively inexpensive Mexican (or Tex-Mex) food and a margarita the size of your head. Guadalajara’s four locations have got you covered. • La Michoac ana wins over diners with au thentic tacos and the no-frills atmo sphere you’d expect from a hole- in-the-wall joint off East High Street. Japanese Runner-up: Ten Honorable mention: Sakura Eight years is a long time to churn out consistently excellent food. In this case, it’s sushi, which makes the feat even more impressive. Since 2011, former Tokyo Rose chef Toshi Sato has been slicing and rolling at Now and Zen, the little restaurant that reminds you, bigger is not better (except, per haps, when it comes to sushi rolls, which are enormous here). • For a change of pace, hit the mall and go upstairs—and upscale—to Ten, where the cocktails and haute- design ambiance pair well with the fine sushi and other Japanese fare. Italian Runner-up: Lampo Honorable mention: Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie It does a foodie’s heart good to see that the top vote-getter in this category is the antithesis of an Americanized red-sauce joint. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Belmont anchor’s menu holds to the simple-but-elegant formula that has filled the bustling room with grateful clients year after year. Owner Michael Keaveny, chef Dylan Allwood (our No. 3 chef this year), and wine director Priscilla Martin Curley lead the team dedicated to delivering a dining experience evoca tive of a Tuscan enoteca or a tucked-away bistro in Florence. The Wine Spectator Award-winning list features regional Italian gems as well as thoughtful pairings for the rustic fare and seasonal specials from California, Spain, Argentina, Oregon, and a few of the fine wineries in our backyard. No wonder the place is always jammed. • Like Tavola, Lampo wins over its diners with authenticity. Best Chef, Best Restaurant, and the runner-up spot here—what more can you say? French Runner-up: MarieBette Café & Bakery Honorable mention: Bizou It’s a source of pride and delight to see three very different takes on French fare score top honors this year, testifying to Charlottesville’s finely tuned palate and taste for diversity. Repeat winner Fleurie leads the pack with its romantic dining room, elegant seasonal presentations, and outstanding tasting menus. Exqui site desserts and an extensive wine list (also a Wine Spectator Award winner), pushes Fleurie over the top. Kudos to owner Brian Helleberg and chef de cuisine Joe Walker, whose resumé includes stints at the Inn at Little Washington and Blue Duck Tavern. • Parisian-style cafe MarieBette and old-school favorite Bizou, at the intersection of French and diner, round out the roster. Chinese Runner-up: Red Lantern Honorable mention: Taste of China For nearly a decade Peter Chang’s has set the high-water mark for Chinese food in Charlottesville . Is it the scallion bubble pancake, the dry-fried eggplant, or the ample servings (rarely does one leave empty-handed) that make our readers love Peter Chang’s so much? Its namesake chef has opened a number of restaurants throughout Virginia in recent years, but Charlottesville’s Barracks Road location contin ues to offer the sophisticated Szechuan cuisine that Chang himself first cooked there in 2011. • Red Lantern is the Chinese takeout you grew up with. It does the trick to satisfy a craving or make for an easy night in. Fried chicken Runner-up: Brown’s Honorable mention: Michie Tavern Fried chicken causes arguments —or more. The perennial debate over whether Wayside or Brown’s serves the better yard bird was settled this year in favor of Wayside, at least among our readers. Aficionados note that Wayside uses a thicker batter, while runner-up Brown’s goes with a thinner and more spicy covering. But really, is it worth fighting about? Um, yes? Burger Runner-up: Riverside Lunch Honorable mention: Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint Citizen Burger Bar is focused on high-quality local ingredients. On the menu, sourcing notes come across almost as prominently as the listings for the dishes themselves. Local grass-fed beef, local produce, and local bread come together to make a mean burger that can be customized with specialty toppings like Nueske’s bacon and black onion. • Riverside Lunch is decidedly old-school, with smashburgers for the Car hartt and camo crowd. • We would be remiss if we didn’t tip our hats to Jack Brown’s, another smash burger haven but one with the advantage of loud music (punk, soul, alternative, you name it) and lots and lots of beers. Wings Runner-up: Buffalo Wild Wings Honorable mention: Wings Over Charlottesville Located next to the Amtrak Sta tion, Wild Wing Café offers 33 made-from-scratch sauces, including traditional Buffalo, flaming Parmesan, and atomic meltdown. Bone-in or boneless, take your pick. • Runner-up Buffalo Wild Wings on Route 29 pleases with wings aplenty and lots of screens for your sports-viewing pleasure. Pizza Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie Runner-up: Lampo Honorable mention: Christian’s Pizza In a strip mall on Route 29 in North Garden, Dr. Ho’s is easy to miss. But once you find it, and revel in the tumultuous atmosphere and bodacious pizza, you’ll be back for more. With a menu of specialty pies and create-your-own concoctions, Dr. Ho’s has something for everyone. The Bellissima, a margherita pizza topped with shaved country ham, arugula, and aged Parmesan cheese, is a standout—and evidence that all pizza is not created equal. Further proof of this, albeit in a much different vein, can be found at Lampo, which meets the stringent requirements of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana for ingredients, cooking time, and temperature. Yup, it’s the real deal. Nachos Runner-up: Beer Run Honorable mention: The Bebedero The garage rock is always playing and the margaritas flowing at Continental Divide. Both go well with nachos, and the restaurant with the famous “Get In Here!” neon sign in the window serves ’em up tall and extra-cheesy. Opt for chili or some form of poultry on top, and you’ve got a meal for two. • Beer Run’s nachos are also splittable. As with all good food, quality ingredients make the difference here: organic chopped tomatoes and red onion, all- natural meats, housemade tomatillo salsa, and a lava flow of melted pepper jack cheese. Frozen treat Runner-up: Chaps Ice Cream Honorable mention: La Flor Michoacana Truth be told, we love all three of these places. • Honorable mention La Flor Michoacana, a Mexican-American family business, makes out-of-this-world popsicles ( paletas, en Español ) in, oh, about 50 flavors. • But Splendo ra’s certainly deserves the big win, pushing the gelato envelope with two- or three-dozen housemade versions a day, like milk-and- cher ry and amaretto, and dairy-free sorbetto, in flavors like blood orange or pink grapefruit. • Just a few doors west of Splendy’s on the Downtown Mall, Chaps is old- school. Traditional flavors made with family recipes for 75 years, 1950’s decor, booth seating—you get the picture. Food truck Runner-up: Little Manila Honorable mention: 106 Food Truck Four authentic tacos—carne asada, lengua, campechano (chorizo and asada mix), and al pastor—for nine bucks. The best deal in town? Maybe. The best food- truck Mexican? Our voters say yes. • The Filipino street trend reaches Char lottesville by way of Little Manila, where a fiver will get you a plate of marinated, thinly sliced pork loin over rice. BBQ Runner-up: Ace Biscuit & Barbecue Honorable mention: Mission BBQ Barbecue devotees are known to plan trips from far, far away for a taste of our area’s finest smoked meats, at Gordonsville’s BBQ Exchange. Chef Craig Hartman has rightfully earned plenty of national recognition for what he’s doing with that ’cue. The combination of Hartman’s attention to detail (the menu goes miles beyond your typical meat-and-three), and the charming setting in an old roadside house make this a clear winner. On Henry Avenue, Ace Biscuit puts a little city attitude into its wall-covering chalkboard menu of both classics and creative, nap-inducing combinations. Comfort food Runner-up: Riverside Lunch Honorable mention: BBQ Exchange When good food is done right, it’s a source of comfort and nos talgia, and places that offer it have the power to bring folks back time and time again. It could be ar gued that there’s no place in Charlottesville more nostalgic than Bodo’s, which finds its locations filled with a mix of locals, students, alums, and in-the-know out-of-towners. • Riverside Lunch wins comfort points with decent prices, great smashburgers, and a wood-paneled interior all contributing to the cozy vibe. Vegetarian-friendly Runner-up: Revolutionary Soup Honorable mention: The Juice Laundry Roots, the salad-bowl master on West Main Street, jumps to No. 1 in this subcategory and the next, showing that its forward-looking food, always done right, hits the spot for the city’s sizeable population who prefer not to eat meat and otherwise choose what they eat with great care. • Revolutionary Soup has been doing its thing for 20 years (20 years!). Longev ity is cool, but a mission also helps instill loyalty. As the Rev Soup website states: “We prioritize eat ing local and organic and we think the best things in life are food, beer, wine, friends and literature.” Can’t argue with that. Dietary- or allergy-friendly Runner-up: Burtons Grill Honorable mention: The Juice Laundry You know about Roots (Best Vegetarian-friendly restaurant, above) . • Allergy-friendly chain Burtons Grill, which has 17 locations including the one at The Shops at Stonefield, accommodates guests with specific restrictions (peanuts, gluten, and then some) and an accessible menu and strict prep protocols. This sensibility is growing in popularity. • It’s easy to be dietary-friendly when your ingredients are 100 percent pure and 100 percent organic, as they are at The Juice Laundry. The Preston Avenue smoothie bar serves an impossibly deli cious (sprouts, parsley, cilantro, jala peño—we’ll never know why that works), all-natural menu of cold- pressed juices, bowls, and cleans es to help you meet your daily nutrition requirements. Moderation at chef/owner Craig Hartman’s BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville? (Cue the laugh track.) Photo: Morgan Salyer Kid-friendly Runner-up: Blue Mountain Brewery Honorable mention: Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery It’s curious that two of our top three places for kids are brewer ies. Not judging, just sayin’. But our winner for best restaurant to bring your young’uns makes a point of welcoming them. “Ready when your kids are, all day,” says the menu at Brazos Tacos, and they mean it. There’s plenty of room for the little ones to bounce around and enjoy some simple but deli cious grub, like the “I Want a Normal Taco” (chicken and cheese on a flour tortilla), while parents indulge in more creative offerings, like—oh, who cares, this is about the kids. (Note: In fairness to Blue Mountain, the Afton brewpub proudly pro claims its family- and kid-friendliness.) Annual food and drink event Know Good Beer Festival Runner-up: Porkapolooza Honorable mention: Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival If it’s craft beer, it’s pouring at Know Good Beer, held last year at IX Art Park. Far-flung producers like California’s Lagunitas Brewing Company join locals in cluding Three Notch’d and Cham pion—and about 25 other mak ers. It’s the scene for suds in Charlottesville. • Fast for a few days before you head to chef Craig Hartman’s Porkapolooza, where the price of admission ($18 in 2018) gets you unlimited ’cue. Save room for the cheesy grits and maybe a red velvet cupcake. Spot when the boss is buying C&O Runner-up: Prime 109 Honorable mention: Hamiltons’ at First & Main When you’re looking at $60 to a Benjamin per person even before the cocktails and wine start flowing, you’re damn right the boss is buying. If you like the old-school hideaway feel, hint at the C&O, our winner. • On the other hand, runner-up Prime 109 is all about sleek. Except for the “World’s Greatest Prime Rib,” which is a very chunky, 48-ounce piece of meat that goes for $66. Don’t order it. You’ll get fired. Community Garden Runner-up: Friendship Court Community Garden Honorable mention: New Roots IRC A new category this year, but a familiar winner: IX Art Park (“How sweet IX is,” page 43) • Our run ner up is the subject of a nice story, “Community roots,” on page 63. The point is, you can live in the city and grow your own food in an actual garden. As the saying goes, good and good for you.