Tag Archives: Downtown Mall

Wedding 101: My Final Thoughts


I find it funny when newlyweds say things like, “I LOVE being married!” It’s like marriage is some state of being rather than merely a legal recognition of a present fact, as if the relationship underwent some substantial change just because of the “I dos.” I can’t speak for Shaun, but I honestly feel no different than […]

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Hello, World.


We got married. [Copyright 2012 Joyeuse Photography] We had great food: Danced a lot: Got crazy in a photo booth: And had good times with best friends: Now please excuse us as we recover from a six-day leftover-wedding-cake-for-dinner binge [sorry, jeans], finish moving into our new Philadelphia apartment, and take off for a five-week post-bar/honeymoon/last […]

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Listen Well, Will You Marry Me?


Some of life’s little moments kind of suck. Like moments when you’re greeted by this: The epic Battle of Living Room between Sir Grady and The Honorable Pillow I Think I Accidentally Acquired From A Former Roommate At Some Point occurred between 8:30 and 9:30AM this morning [history will never know]. Although there’s only been […]

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How We Spent Other People’s Money


In case you forgot [which I’m sure you did, but I won’t hold it against you], I won something in February. I promised I’d let you know how we spent it, so here goes. But first, I have to preemptively address what I’m sure will be on a few of your minds after the post: […]

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Return to C’Ville: Blind Pilot & Cotton Jones


Last week in my Valentine’s Day post, I said I’d let you know if I didn’t cry if Blind Pilot played “Three Rounds and a Sound” on Friday night [the 17th] at their show at the Jefferson. Believe me, I tried not to.* But then Israel Nebeker unplugged his guitar and he and the other five […]

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Song Song’s Zhou & Bing


I recently listened to an NPR Food podcast discussing Chinese home-cooking. Bottom line? It’s not quite like the “Chinese takeout” we’ve come to know [and love.] In fact, it’s much, much simpler. Many dishes have fewer than five ingredients, and none of them are an “egg roll” or “pork lo mein.” My curiosity piqued, and […]

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Charlottesville Restaurant Week


Minutes before we left for Restaurant Week, I noticed a tweet from one of my friends reviewing his RW meal [the beauty of technology: instant review]. It wasn’t the most positive and it turned out to be about the place we were heading to. I got nervous. “I hope we didn’t make the wrong decision,” […]

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60 Coffee Beans, Tom Marvolo Riddle, Fauxcotta


I’m not sure who was on our side Tuesday night, but it was someone awesome. Shaun and I finally claimed victory at Fellini’s Trivia Night. Woo! We were always the trivia underdogs: the team of two against tables of six. But last night was made for us. Two of the four categories were “Weight Loss” […]

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A. A. Bondy at The Southern [Charlottesville, VA]


In 2009 I went to my first concert in Charlottesville, and boy was I nervous. I researched the two artists, listened to as much of their music as I could, and brushed up on my music theory. I got to The Southern Music Hall ready to wow the world with my musical knowledge. You see, […]

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Defeated by a Burrito


After we settled on Mono Loco for dinner last night, Shaun mentioned that he hoped the place was “like Yuca Bar in NYC.” Yuca was a go-to spot by my old apartment in New York [OK, mostly just for Kelly and I] for Latin-fusion food – delicious, inexpensive tapas. Could Mono Loco fill this void […]

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