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?