Bruno’s GastroTruck–Roanoke

2012 appears to be the magical year–Roanoke gained not one, but two, food trucks. Food trucks! We’ve entered 2006 finally! All sarcasm aside, I’m incredibly stoked to see, in this case, one established restaurant and one entrepreneur-family try out the food truck model–both to success. The most unexpected one is the one I’ll recap first–Bruno’s […]


Ten years ago, I’m told, Roanoke had little to offer by way of ethnic food–Nawab was around as well as Chinese take-out or tex-mex–but now everything’s different. Since moving here a little over two years ago, even, more and more restaurants have opened, from authentic Latin American cuisine to Thai to Vietnamese, etc. Xinachtli, a […]

Firefly Fare–Roanoke

While I’ve been in Roanoke for over 2.5 years now, there’s a lot I don’t really understand–like why we have a giant star on the side of a mountain (sure, Wikipedia helped me with that one, but still), why people complain about the traffic (what traffic???), and, important to this post, the building called the […]

Dark Days: Soul Veg Inspired Kale Salad

I’m not in a rut–I’m just addicted to kale salads! Some beast awakened within me that yells “more kale” every day–and thankfully I can satisfy it with the locally grown stuff. The latest most-addicting kale salad since last week is this simple one inspired by Soul Veg, a vegan soul food restaurant in Atlanta (and […]

Gymnopedie–Athens, GA

It’s very rare that a restaurant captivates me the way that Gymnopedie, in Athens, Georgia, did. It’s a tiny space–seats sixteen people–and it’s a vegetarian restaurant, something most chefs would shy away from, but it’s a space that tells stories–stories about food, about place, about each ingredient’s potential, and, most importantly, stories that reflect back […]

Athens, GA: Part I

That delightful virus that socked me a few weeks ago proved a bit of a dilemma: G & I had tickets to the Jeff Mangum show in Athens, GA–not only a long weekend away, but also the beginning of the culmination of a dream we thought we’d never see played out (seeing Mangum play live […]

Dark Days: Kale & Arugula Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash

So, global climate change anyone? After this weekend (and again tonight–we’re having a thunderstorm now of all things), I’d find it hard not to admit that climate change is something to ponder. 65 degrees and sunny one day, massive snow storm the next…Who’da thunk. Saturday, given the awesomeness that the weather was, G & I […]

Fermentation Workshop

A few weeks ago, a group of us gathered to discuss and try out different fermentation techniques. The class was led by my friend R and the topics ranged from kombucha to sourdough to kimchi and sauerkraut–more than enough ideas to bounce around when you’re just getting started. Although I knew a little about fermenting, […]

Dark Days: Not Really a Recipe Roasted Vegetables & Mash

This isn’t a recipe, it’s more of a meditation. These days I’ve been rushing around trying to get everything done–laundry, taxes, running, swimming, classes at the Y, cooking, other bits around the house–and I’ve realized that I’ve forgotten how to slow down, how to breathe, how to just chop some vegetables. I’ve also forgotten simple […]

Dark Days: Strawberry Chocolate Raw Cheesecake

That’s a pack of ginger chews in the background, by the way, not cigarettes! (smile) A day late and a dollar short with this Dark Days post, but, to put it delicately, let’s just say that I’ve gotten to know our house’s toilet a little more intimately than I would have liked this week. I’m […]