Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cafe Cubano, Farmer's Market, and UVA in Charlottesville, Virginia!




As many of you know, I ventured down to Washington, D.C. and Virginia this summer for a gorgeous southern wedding. While there, we visited the fun and quaint college town of Charlottesville. Charlottesville (aka c-ville) is known as the "localvore" capitol of the world, meaning they source a majority of their ingredients locally, from nearby farms and the like. 

Knowing this, it makes sense why we had one of the best brunches ever during our stay here! Cafe Cubano (now bought by Para Coffee) is located on Main Street, an adorable stretch of pedestrian-only cafes, bookstores, boutiques, and restaurants. All of the cafes put their outdoor seating in the middle of the walkway. It's so adorable! 


Of course, my sweet tooth ordered the French Toast with a side of fruit. As you can see, they are super generous with their "side of fruit!" 

I loved the fresh, colorful and local ingredients which were so plain to see on my dish. It was scrumptious, filling, and stood out from the many other french toasts I've had! 


This is the Cafe Cubano Breakfast Burrito. Look at that bright green salsa on top! I loved the presentation of this dish, and it was even more delicious than it looks (if you can believe that)! 

The kicker, though, was that side of home fries. They were seasoned to absolute perfection - definitely the best I've ever had! 

I hope the menu stays exactly the same now that Para Coffee has taken over Cafe Cubano. If they're smart, they won't change a thing!


After brunch, we stumbled on a localvore farmer's market.


These Honeybunch Cookies were sweet and healthy - the perfect combination!


My favorite booth was the Inedible Jewelry shop. A young woman makes polymer clay jewelry in her own oven - of every food imaginable! She even has a cookbook with instructions so you can make your own. I just had to buy the Avocado earrings!



Next, we visited the gorgeous University of Virginia (UVA) campus. 


The southern architecture is so different from anything in SF or Boston. It's always interesting to see a new style. It was really a time warp though, and felt like you were back in the 1800's. 





We saw symbols such as that giant Z printed all over the UVA campus. Apparently they're the markings of secret societies. So interesting!

Comment Challenge: There are so many great college campuses with amazing architecture - do you have a favorite?
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  1. Love the avocado earring nice place to visit.
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  2. Mmm, breakfast burritos are soooo good and that one looks delicious! What a cute outdoor market space! I like the avocado earings, too! So cute!

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I'm obsessed with the avocado earrings! :)

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  3. Delicious!!!
    I wish I could visit it :)))

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  4. Yumm these foods look good! Beautiful place! =)

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    xoxo,
    Jess

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  5. UC Berkeley is one of my favorites! Love the clock tower.

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  6. great photos
    would you like to follow each other?
    i'll follow back too

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  7. That breakfast burrito looks really good, even with the green salsa on top! That Honeybunch cookie looks HUGE! Almost like a popcorn, was it difficult to break/eat apart?

    For your comment challenge, I've been to like two college campuses. My sister's first college looks amazing! It's nice looking despite how the entire city looks! They have a strict policy on keeping the grounds liter free and the students do community service around the service while they're there and it actually goes with their final grade. Which I found to be a great idea! Her new one is just ordinary, nothing stands really out other than the big Frat houses.

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    1. Thank you Meghan! The breakfast burrito & especially the home fries that came with it were incredible! The Honeybunch cookie really wasn't too big; I have tiny hands :) It was mainly an oatmeal/grainy base, so it wasn't tough to eat!

      That's so interesting about students doing community service to keep their campus clean! I think that's an awesome idea :)

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  8. Wow. I can so relate to this post. I always have the urge to do "food trips" or sample local cuisines when I visit a new place or country. It is so fun! Sounds like the place is a must-visit indeed if you are into food and just being able to experience life like locals do. I'd love to visit Virginia one of these days :) Thank you for sharing!

    By the way, thanks for connecting on social media . I am now also following you on GFC> I'll look you up on Instagram and Bloglovin :)

    xo,
    Abby
    http://www.fashchronicles.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Abby! Yeah, to me the local food scene is one of the funnest parts of travelling! You can get out of your comfort zone a bit and trust that the locals know what they're doing :)

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  9. oo all of that seriously looks DELICIOUS! x

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    1. Thanks Natalie! It was even better than it looks :)

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  10. That food looks amazing!
    Mel

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    1. Thanks Mel! It was some of the best brunch dishes ever!

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  11. great photography! food looks yummy! ahhh the scenery is perfect love it

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    1. Thanks Bunmi! There was amazing lighting on this trip for photos :)

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  12. Every time I visit my in-laws in Virginia, I want to go to C-ville! Now I want to go even more :)

    Sues

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  13. Thanks for visited and comment on my blog :)
    What a nice and lovely place and hiw cute are these earrings!
    I follow you on blogspot :)
    Much love xx

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  14. Yumm!!!! mmm sooo hungry now! Would you like to follow each other on GFC?! Let me know and follow me on my blog, I will follow you right back on both GFC and Bloglovin!
    xx
    Annie
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  15. Great photos dear !
    maybe you want to follow each other?
    let me know :)
    xoxo

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  16. Wow dear so fantastic place I also love this kind of buildings...it was a very cute bruch

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  17. The food looks amazing!

    Hayley-Eszti

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  18. Hi Chelsea,
    I've nominated you for a Liebster Award! :)
    Check it out here:
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    xx
    Amira

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  19. What a lovely trip! The food looks delicious and makes me hungry even tho I just had breakfast ;-) The earrings are cute!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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  20. Great pictures, the food looks delicious! <3 (I'm your newest follower lovely!)

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  21. What a fun time!! Those earrings are soooooo cute!! :) Gotta love farmers markets!!

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  22. That breakfast burrito looks so yummy! I'll have to make a trip down there at some point lol

    And those avocado earrings remind me of the avocado commercial with the two women showing off all their avocado themed stuff trying to show who loves avocado more.

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  23. the breakfast burrito looks so good! x thanks for following me on Bloglovin, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter, Chelsea! Following you on those accounts as well x I love that your blog melds two of my loves-- food and fashion! x

    x Francesca of http://primpandpaper.blogspot.com/

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  24. I need a breakfast burrito immediately!

    Heidi D.
    www.wishesandreality.com

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