It’s finally my favorite time of the year! Family, food, food and family. We woke up this morning to a happy kitten, a cold but sunny morning … a perfect time for vanilla pancakes. Every Christmas in Milano we would meet at my parents’ house. Tables were set up for about 20 people. Pounds of steamy polenta with chiodini mushrooms decorated our plates and Pandoro with mascarpone cream filled our tummies with festive sugary treats. Ah, the memories!
I wish you a very yummy Christmas. Buon Natale!
There are so many little secrets in Charlottesville. The Blue Moon Diner, a rock-and-roll eatery, is certainly one of them. Located on West Main Street, the largest artery in town, this one-of-a-kind diner is an institution. We’ve dined there for brunch, lunch and dinner and it has never disappointed our hungry mouths. The best thing is that it’s only a 3-minute walk from our apartment.
Aside from the Elvis-inspired decor, which is honestly the best I’ve seen around, the Blue Moon Diner’s food is the talk of the town. Sure, pretty amazing musicians grace the “stage” (more like a corner between two benches) on a weekly basis, and CLAW found its official home, they even have pancakes with faces on them! (Rainn Wilson, for example) but, again, the food is what it is all about. Hearty. Local. Simple. Perfect.
So, this time around, we chose brunch. Something Francesco and I love to do is wake up late on Sunday morning, take a quick shower and walk to Blue Moon. No matter what you get: “Huevos Bluemoonos ,” blueberry pancakes, meatloaf, any of the burgers platters, eggs any way you want, it’s always a solid bet. It’s going to taste good. On this day, I chose my own omelet with feta cheese, spinach and bacon. Delicious. It is served with house potatoes and a drink of your choice…hot tea for this girl.
And let’s spend a minute to discuss service. Servers are cool, fast and genuinely nice. Hearty brunch, good service and fun decor. All things that point to a winner.