Break a Sweat at ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center

April 15, 2014 11:10 am

ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center is a recreation facility, spa, and aquatic center all in one convenient location. You'll find a cardio equipment as well as an indoor track, an indoor lap pool, sauna, basketball and tennis courts, and much more. ACAC offers on-site child care and year round preschool for busy parents and a cafe with wireless internet for those important e-mails. There are also programs and classes for teens and younger children.

The spa offers professional massages, a variety of invigorating facials and manicures, and all of the typical waxes. If you prefer classes opposed to independent workouts, they have that too, from cycling and zumba to yoga.

Membership is affordable and corporations, families, and students enjoy discounted rates. Bonus: free lockers and towels and a rooftop pool area!

ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center
500 Albemarle Square
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 978-3800

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Enjoy a Slice and a Pint at Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

April 8, 2014 11:15 am

Join your pals for gourmet pizza and some ice cold beers at Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers. At this pizzeria and bar, pizzas are truly something special; from the dough and toppings to the cheese, Mellow Mushroom takes pride in selecting choice ingredients. Sauces are preservative- and additive-free, and the meats are hormone-free and all-natural.

A massive menu of pizzas, hoagies, and other munchies provides everyone with something they'll truly enjoy. There are also a ton of vegetarian and vegan options, too, as Mellow Mushroom serves several varieties of tofu and tempeh, as well as Daiya brand vegan cheese.

The bar is stocked with craft beers from local brewers. If you're a fan of trying new brews, consider joining Mellow's Beer Club to earn rewards for indulging in the beer menu.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers
1321 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 972-9366

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Pack a More Stylish Picnic With These Elegant Recipes

April 1, 2014 12:07 pm

There’s nothing better than spreading a blanket on the grass and unpacking a fresh picnic lunch, whether you’re taking the kids outside for the day or planning a romantic afternoon with that special someone. If you want to make a more unique picnic lunch than your average options, you’ll love these top four picnic recipes from around the web.

Radish Tartines [Country Living]
They’re handheld, which is the main criteria for good picnic food, but aside from that these radish tartines are anything but your usual sandwich. You can prepare them in just minutes, but they still look elegant enough to complement a European-style spread.

Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Feta [Country Living]
This classic salad is crisp and juicy, and the rich feta adds a flavorful kick that your guests will love. Finish it off with a simple homemade dressing made using just a few common ingredients.

Pretzel-Crusted “Fried” Chicken [Country Living]
This one is ideal for anyone who loves the taste of classic picnic food, but doesn’t want the unhealthy side effects. This fried chicken is coated in crumbled pretzels and baked instead of fried to cut calories without sacrificing that satisfying crunch.

Grilled Vegetable Gazpacho [Food and Wine]
This soup is meant to be served cold, so it’s perfect for serving on an outdoor picnic. Raw veggies like tomatoes and onions are blended with red wine and vinegar for a fresh, zesty summer flavor.

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