“Homecoming” Weekend in Charlottesville

by Sarah on March 26, 2014 · 4 comments

All aboard the snack train!

No, literally, I was snacking on a train.*

*Would you? Could you? On a train?


That visit to the Baltimore Whole Foods provided me with snacks–including a hard boiled egg from the salad bar that I kept in the minibar fridge overnight--to make it through my trip to Charlottesville.

Not only did I make it, I was still full by the time I arrived.

Not too full to learn that I am apparently a big fan of sour wheat ale–at least that made by Champion Brewing Company, where we went to watch UVA (Go Hoos Go!) beat Coastal Carolina in the NCAA tournament.IMG_20140321_221331

Although I passed up the chance to try the new Domino’s pizza crust when my friends ordered some to the bar (and it is apparently VERY good), I was craving nothing but buttery, cinnamon sugar toast when we got home.IMG_20140322_004924

I’d been looking forward to this particular morning for weeks, because it is no longer every day that I have the chance to run around (my former stomping) Grounds.IMG_20140322_095833

A French pressed cup of coffee and some yogurt were waiting for me upon arrival back at my friend Shannon’s apartment, but I decided to meander downtown with another cup. Although whoever let me in to a fancy store like Caspari was sorely misguided.

While I did not spill anything in the store, I did, however, realize twenty minutes later that the lid of my cup wasn’t on all the way and I’d been dripping coffee all down my shirt and scarf. (Naturally.)IMG_20140322_120018

I managed to get all of the coffee out in time to meet my sorority “little” for lunch–and a fabulous local ciderIMG_20140322_143325–at Citizen Burger Bar, where the vegan beet burger (with sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles) was every bit as good as I’d heard it would be.IMG_20140322_155644

Those sweet potato fries? Well the only thing that could “beet” those was the company. :)IMG_20140322_161551

As for the afternoon:

When in Virginia….go wine tasting, right?

I’m pretty sure Barboursville has the best wine tasting value around. $5 for what was the equivalent of at least one giant glass of wine (if not more).IMG_20140322_182904

Shannon also appeased my desire to visit what I strongly believe is one of the best Whole Foods in the country. (I clearly needed more snacks.)IMG_20140323_125000

Homemade lentil soup (with vegetable stock she made that morning) was served with a dollop of Greek yogurt for dinner.IMG_20140322_211107

And then we went to see a high school musical. (Not starring Zac Efron.)IMG_20140323_090101

I may or may not have had stressful dreams because of Sweeney Todd, but it was very good. As was the plain bowl of stovetop oats with honey, cinnamon sugar, and walnuts I made for my breakfast the next morning.IMG_20140323_102804

I needed some fuel for another day of travel ahead. Pennsylvania, here I come came!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

Girl, sometimes it’s good to know I’m not the only dripping coffee all over myself… 😉

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

How were the raw crackers?

You better save some room for this weekend, woman!

Heather March 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm

The beet burger is the only thing I have had at citizen and it is so delicious!!!

Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 30, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Yep so I’m pretty much salivating over everything here, including the unpictured hard boiled egg. You understand I’m sure.

I also need some sweet potato fries and cider in my life stat.

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