It is miraculous how a rainy, chilly weekend can erase one’s memory of a busy week. So it was with me this past weekend with only one event on my calendar but last week was quite busy as I reflect on it for this post.
It all started with a viewing of ENDER’S GAME at the beautiful, still new to us Cvillians, Stonefield Regal Cinemas on Monday evening to top off Veterans Day off from school for my daughter. Stonefield is stadium seating and vastly cleaner and better smelling than any other movie theater in town. I adore it.
Tuesday’s outing included a tuna melt and chic pea with kale soup lunch at FEAST one of my favorite lunch spots. Feast is a gourmet market and sandwich shop with a casual atmosphere located on Main Street. The food is good, the people are friendly and the selection in the market is mouthwatering. Tuesday night was a huge sports night because the darlings of my alma mater, THE VCU RAMS, played the UVA HOOS in basketball for the first time in 15 years. There once was a basketball rivalry between the schools so I enjoyed a perverse pleasure in wearing my VCU scarf (which resembles a Hufflepuff scarf from the Harry Potter series) all day, proudly flaunting it at McGrady’s in the evening during the neck-and-neck game. Alas, I missed the final winning shot in the last second which made VCU the victors of the game but was even happier the following day flaunting my team scarf once again.
Wednesday was cold here in Cville so lamb curry form JUST CURRY on the downtown mall was the perfect lunch. It is fast food at its finest, inexpensive, healthy, locally owned and yummy. In the afternoon I ran into my dear friend and Tibetan Monk, Dr. Kunchock on the mall while on my way to have tea at the TWISTED BRANCH TEA BAZAAR with a client. Dr. K. was the designated tour organizer and escort for the trip I took to Xining, Tibet over the summer. He is here visiting with other VIP’s from the Arura Tibetan Medical Group to help move the cause (building a Tibetan Medical Center here) along and to speak about Tibetan Medical practices at the UVA Medical School. I saw him and the others at former Mayor, David Brown’s home at a reception for the Tibetan group on Thursday night along with other local luminaries.
Friday morning I accepted a fabulous invitation from an old friend to have a massage and lunch at THE BOAR’S HEAD. The massage was fantastic and I didn’t want to get off the table when it was finished. The spa is comfortable and resembles the SPA AT THE WILLIAMSBURG INN but on a much smaller scale. Lunch is a buffet with mostly Southern type fare like peanut soup (with a little spice – it was really good) and Chicken in a corn sauce. It was perfectly lovely but outside of the soup nothing to write home about in terms of a Foodie experience. I would cheerfully go back for dinner to sit next to the fireplace and definitely return to the spa to try some other treatments to see how they stand up to Keswick or The Homestead.
The remainder of the weekend was chill until Sunday afternoon when I attended a gallery event at Chroma on the Down Town Mall. Alex Nyerges of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts gave a short talk. Food from Tastings and wine from wine from Early Mountain Vineyards were featured at the event. All of the food contained gluten so I cannot tell you how it was though the crab dip radiated an aroma that permeated the gallery. The wine was very good. With that I took my grumpy (chilly rain does that to me) self home and watched Public Television all night while my daughter worked on a term paper.
Hopefully this week will be a tad slower but you never know. There are lots of theatre dates to be made for the holidays.
Until next week…
Get out there are get cultured!
The Culture Maven