Marco & Luca: Tasty Dumplings

December 16, 2014 1:10 pm

Offering fresh dumplings, Marco & Luca fills a delicious void in Charlottesville's restaurant scene, and the locals simply love it. But then again, what’s not to love about hot, crispy dumplings with soft centers served in large portions for only around $3?

The dumplings make the perfect snack when you’re running errands around downtown Charlottesville, but Marco & Luca also serves a variety of other dishes that are great as an affordable lunch. Hot steamed buns, noodle bowls, and the popular hot and sour soup are all served fresh and perfectly seasoned, and they’re available for less than $10.

Inside, Marco & Luca is cozy and welcoming, the perfect place to grab a snack to-go or sit down to lunch with a friend. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. The restaurant stays open until 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

Marco & Luca
112 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 295-3855

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Sedona Taphouse: You Can’t Beat This Happy Hour

December 9, 2014 3:04 pm

Whether you’re looking for an ice cold beer or a relaxing Pinot Grigio, you’ll find both at Sedona Taphouse. This stylish craft beer bar is a unique blend of laid-back and lively, with comfortable leather couches perfect for lounging and a number of tables for dinner guests. An impressive array of beer taps are situated in front of the restaurant's decorative exposed brick wall, and the long wooden bar offers ample space for guests to enjoy a rare brew while catching the latest sporting event.

If you show up hungry, Sedona Taphouse also offers a full menu of classic American dishes. Spicy pastas, mussels, and crispy flatbread pizzas are some of the most popular menu items, and there’s even a $5 steak option on Monday nights that’s very popular among locals. After a long day at the office, Sedona Taphouse’s impressive happy hour provides this upscale beer bar to be a popular place to kick back and relax.

Sedona Taphouse
1035 Millmont Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 296-2337

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3 Recipes for Pumpkin Seeds

December 2, 2014 2:03 pm

Even if you make roasted pumpkin seeds every fall, there are so many different recipes for this autumn snack that you probably haven’t tried them all. Here are three unique pumpkin seed recipes that will give a new taste to one of your favorite fall foods.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds [AllRecipes]
Two hefty teaspoons of butter help to bring out the natural flavor of the pumpkin seeds in this simple, basic recipe. Whether you buy a bag of seeds from the grocery store or extract them from the pumpkin yourself, you just can’t go wrong with this fall snack.

Pumpkin Seed Pesto [Whole Foods]
Fans of pesto will adore this unique recipe, which combines the fall flavors of pumpkin seeds with the unexpected taste of cilantro pesto. Store the finished product in your refrigerator to spread on sandwiches, drizzle over pasta, or use as a topping for baked chicken.

Asparagus, Potato and Spinach Galette [Woman's Day]
Galettes are very popular because of their versatility and their beautifully rustic appearance, and this one incorporates pumpkin seeds in a way that you’ve likely never tried before. Fill the rolled pie crust with Gruyere cheese, asparagus, and Yukon gold potatoes to create a truly filling meal that’s pretty enough to serve at parties or holiday gatherings.

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