Revolutionary Soup: Where Charlottesville Goes for Lunch

April 14, 2015 11:46 am

With two Charlottesville locations, Revolutionary Soup is one of the area's most talked-about lunch destinations. The reason is twofold: First, the eatery relies on fresh ingredients sourced from local, eco-friendly farms. Second, the kitchen at Revolutionary Soup whips up creative, innovative recipes that help make the noon hour a little more exciting.

As you can probably guess from the restaurant's name, soup is the star of the show here. It's offered in 11 different variations every day, but it's always made from scratch, and it always pairs nicely with Revolutionary Soup's other menu items: sandwiches, salads, and wraps. The creamy tomato basil bisque, for example, just begs to be served alongside the classic grilled cheese sandwich. There's a grilled tofu sandwich on the menu for vegans, while meat eaters are advised bite into the "90′s Club," a crowd pleasing combo of roasted chicken, bacon, cheddar, and avocado on a kaiser roll.

Revolutionary Soup
108 Second Street SW
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 296-SOUP

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4 Health Benefits of Napping

April 7, 2015 10:50 am

While you may think of napping as a luxury reserved for the weekends, taking quick power naps throughout the workweek is not without its benefits — just make sure your boss is okay with it first! Here are four of the most important health benefits of napping:

1) It increases your level of alertness.
Even a 40-minute nap will increase how alert you are by a full 100 percent. Just think of the ways that extra energy will improve your work performance or help you tackle chores around the home!

2) It boosts memory retention.
If you take a mid-afternoon nap when you start to feel tired, once you wake up you’ll be able to remember more facts and deliver a better performance without feeling sluggish.

3) It prevents disease.
That’s right: napping regularly not only improves your brain function, it also improves your overall health. Napping for just 30 minutes a day a few times a week is said to decrease your risk of heart disease and diabetes and help your body to heal itself more quickly.

4) It makes you happier.
It may seem like common sense that you feel less grumpy after a nap, but there’s more to it than that. Napping increases your brain’s production of the mood-enhancing neurotransmitter serotonin, which increases overall feelings of well-being and decreases stress.

Napping: Do's and don'ts for healthy adults [Mayo Clinic]
The Health Benefits Of Napping: Resting Can Help Reduce Stress And Protect Immune System [Medical Daily]
Unleash the Power of the Nap [The Art of Manliness]

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Shenandoah Joe: Small Batches of Beans Roasted In-House

March 24, 2015 1:09 pm

Shenandoah Joe roasts its own coffee right in the heart of Charlottesville, each batch hand-roasted 25 pounds at a time. This Charlottesville location is the original cafe, though the quality of Shenandoah Joe's product has helped the company grow to include a few more coffeehouses.

From bean to mug, the baristas at Shenandoah Joe take great pride in every part of the coffee preparation process. They'll be happy to explain differences in roasts or coffee drinks, as four espresso blends are available daily, and you’ll find a list of freshly roasted coffees that you can take home in a bag or drink in the cafe in from a French press.

Once you've decided on a beverage, baristas will take some time to craft your drink, so this probably isn't the place to go when you’re in a rush. With comfortable seating, couches, and spots to stretch out and relax, you might find that you want to stay a while!

Shenandoah Joe
945 Preston Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 295-4563

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