Beer Run: A Charlottesville Gastropub

July 22, 2014 12:34 pm

The name "Beer Run" may not evoke a high-end restaurant, and yet the bison burger at this Charlottesville eatery is quite popular. Chefs craft the specialty burger from local natural bison and pile organic tomatoes and lettuce on top, along with blue cheese and smoked paprika mayo. The burger is popular among Beer Run regulars, who come as much for the surprisingly upscale cuisine as they do the laid-back atmosphere and, of course, the beer.

You can order a pint to go with your meal, if you wish, but Beer Run lives up to its name with another option. The retail section of Beer Run, known as the Import Beer Cellar and Wine Room, houses brews and wines from all over the world that you can grab and go. Not only does the Charlottesville community consider Beer Run's one of the best selections in the area, but so does Draft magazine, which ranked the restaurant and shop as one of America's best 100 beer bars.

The wines are also a focal point here, mostly organic and bio-dynamic pours. Some are from local wineries and others hail from around the globe, but each undergoes strict scrutiny before making the list. Beer Run is even known for its cocktails, especially the bloody Mary. They're the perfect accompaniment to brunch, which includes breakfast tacos if you come on a Saturday.

Beer Run
156 Carlton Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 984-2337

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Blue Moon Diner: Tasty Charlottesville Breakfast

July 15, 2014 2:35 pm

If you ask a Charlottesville local for a great breakfast recommendation, you might just hear about Blue Moon Diner. This small restaurant in midtown Charlottesville has a retro flair and a bright, airy dining area with a full bar and counter seating. Blue Moon serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week, and live music is offered Wednesday through Friday evenings.

Though the restaurant is popular for every meal, breakfast is where Blue Moon truly shines. Menu options like huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and the silly pancakes complete with cartoon character faces in powdered sugar are all well-regarded. For lunch and dinner, regulars love the burgers, which come with a fried egg on top for a taste you won’t soon forget.

Blue Moon Diner is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Note that this is a popular place, so you may encounter a tiny bit of a wait.

Blue Moon Diner
512 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 980-6666

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These 4 Tips Will Help You Keep Dust Under Control

July 8, 2014 11:48 am

There's no real right or wrong way to dust, but some methods are more effective than others. Here are a few must-read dusting tips and ways to keep dust at a minimum.

1) Dead skin cells and fabric bits are the two main components of dust. Yes, it's gross stuff, but a HEPA air purifier, in addition to regular dusting, can keep these microscopic particles from running amok. (Be sure to keep your HEPA filter running while you vacuum, as vacuum air is notorious for blowing dust around.)

2) Trade in that feather duster for a damp rag or a product intended specifically for dusting; they're much more effective and efficient at capturing dust particles.

3) Move from high to low. That is, dust taller surfaces, like ceiling fans and the top of bookcases, first and work your way down to the floor. This way, you won't be dirtying the surface you just cleaned with dust from above. Vacuum the floor thoroughly when your dusting is complete.

4) Don't ignore soft surfaces. Take a lint roller to your curtains, and be sure to wash your bedding and any furniture slipcovers weekly.

How do you keep dust under control? Sound off below!

Dust Allergy? 7 Smart Strategies to Get Rid of the Dust in Your House [Reader's Digest]
How to Dust Like a Pro [The Nest]
There's a Wrong Way to Dust? And 5 Other Cleaning Mistakes [Oprah]
Keep Dust Down [HGTV]

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