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Monday, November 11, 2013

Top 10 Coffee Shops in Charlottesville, VA

While Dan makes a pretty mean cup of coffee to accompany your breakfast at Foxfield Inn, we understand that you may find yourself craving coffee throughout your stay in Charlottesville. And hey, sometimes we all just need a place to relax and unwind. To read the paper and catch up on emails. To sip a warm beverage, snuggle in a cozy chair, and listen to the murmur of strangers' conversations in the type of atmosphere that only a coffee shop can provide.

Yes, we have Starbucks, but if you'd like to get a feel for the local flavor, check out these top ten coffee shops in Charlottesville.

Immensely popular for their coffee and their vibe, Mudhouse is where you go to meet a friend, read the Sunday paper, recharge after a morning jog, or get work done.
Location: Crozet and the Downtown Mall
Ambiance: Studious cafe
What to drink: Hand-pour, cold brew, esperesso, ginger root tea

Milli Joe
A treasure trove of artisanal goods: high-quality coffee, Neuhaus Chocolates, and Flora Artisanal Cheese.
Location: Preston Avenue, near the Downtown Mall
Ambiance: An artsy-cozy haven in the middle of a busy intersection
What to drink: Pour over, siphon, espresso, cappuccino, and the maple-bacon gelato while it lasts

Cafe Cubano
A nice stop for lunch or an afternoon pick-me-up while shopping.
Location: Downtown Mall
Ambiance: Indoor-outdoor cafe, with extensive sandwich menu
What to drink: Cafe con leche

Cville Coffee
The place to go to meet a colleague or professor or catch up with an old friend. Live music many Friday evenings.
Location: Harris Street
Ambiance: Tables and chairs with distinct adult and children spaces
What to drink: Vietnamese Coffee (authentic style)

Shenandoah Joe
Coffee bar with eclectic, comfy seating. Be sure to take home a bag of your favorite roast.
Known for their witty coffee puns and excellent brew, Shenandoah Joe beans can be found served at several other places around town - it's that good!
Location: Ivy Road and Preston Avenue locations, plus the Charlottesville City Market
Ambiance: Mellow
What to drink: Cup at a time, espresso

Atlas Coffee
Small on seating, but big on friendliness. They close early, so make this your first stop of the day.
Location: Fontaine Avenue, near Scott Stadium
Ambiance: Studious and neighborly
What to drink: Drip or espresso, and any baked good

Trailside Coffee
Old Trail offers some nice walking trails with great views of the surrounding mountains. Stop here to warm up after your stroll or round of golf.
Location: Old Trail Village in Crozet
Ambiance: Cozy, cafe setting with comfy chairs by the fireplace
What to drink: Latte, Mexican hot chocolate, or a smoothie

Green House Coffee
A small-town secret with great sandwiches and snacks featuring local ingredients to accompany your warm beverage. Also serving dinner sandwiches, burgers, and sides.
Location: Crozet
Ambiance: Sunny cafe
What to drink: Fresh coffee roasted by Shenandoah Joe, but also try the mocha.

Para Coffee
If you find yourself roaming the Grounds at Mr. Jefferson's University, head here to be surrounded by the college crowd sipping locally roasted Shenandoah Joe coffee.
Location: The Corner, near UVA
Ambiance: Hip and studious
What to drink: Lattes, iced coffe, or a large mug of tea

A great spot to recharge with a quick snack.
Location: Barracks Road Shopping Center and Alderman Library at UVA
Ambiance: Conversational
What to drink: Latte with a scone

So there you have it. The answer to your coffee fix no matter where your next visit to Charlottesville takes you. Let us know how you like your coffee in the comments below, and how we at Foxfield Inn can make your stay as warm and cozy as possible.

Your Innkeepers,
Dan and Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed & Breakfast

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ham & Cheese Egg Roulade - Recipe from Foxfield Inn

At Foxfield Inn, we like to create a mix of both sweet and savory breakfast dishes. Maybe it's the chilly Charlottesville fall weather we've been having, but we're especially craving those warm, savory dishes right now, and today we're sharing one of our classic standbys.

Have you ever wondered why breakfast casseroles are so popular for a crowd? Take it from Ina Garten, who describes her very first dinner party as a disaster: she tried to make individual omelets for twenty party guests. While thoughtful, this is an ambitious project, and leaves the cook tied to the stove, rather than enjoying the company of his or her guests.

We're not serving omelets for dinner, but rather for breakfast, and when we've got a full house, we need a simple solution to the eggs-for-a-crowd dilemma. Enter the rolled omelet, which we affectionately call the roulade.

Ham & Cheese Egg Roulade
Adapted from Lookout Point Lakeside Inn as posted on 8 Broads in the Kitchen

For the omelet...

              • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
              • 3/4 cup milk
              • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
              • 1/4 teaspoon salt
              • 12 large eggs
              • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
              • 2 1/4 cup Swiss or Fontina cheese, shredded
              • 8 slices deli ham
              • 2 ounces baby spinach
              • 2 medium green onions, thinly sliced (optional)
For the sauce...
              • 1 cup chicken broth
              • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
              • 1 teaspoon whole grain Dijon mustard
              • small handful freshly chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 350F. Generously coat a 15x10x1" jelly roll pan with cooking spray. Line pan with parchment paper that overhangs each long side of pan. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray.

Beat the cream cheese and milk with an electric mixer. Add the flour and salt, mixing until well combined. Beat in all 12 eggs until mixture is frothy and well combined.

Pour egg mixture onto jelly roll pan and carefully place in oven. Bake 30-35 minutes.

Remove pan from oven and spread Dijon mustard directly on baked eggs. Set aside a small handful of cheese, then top egg sheet with half of the cheese, deli ham, spinach, green onions (if using), and remaining half of cheese.

Using the overhanging parchment paper to help you, begin to roll the entire omelet. It is similar to rolling sushi. Once the edge of the omelet has reached the middle, slide the entire thing towards you in the pan to make room for rolling the omelet closed. When you have completed the roulade, return the parchment paper to the pan, and sprinkle the top of the roulade with the small handful of cheese.

Return the pan to the oven until the cheese has melted, about 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, assemble the sauce. Heat the chicken broth to a boil in a small saucepan. Whisk in the cornstarch and mustard, stirring until mixture has thickened slightly. Stir in about 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs such as parsley or chives.

Slice the roulade into segments, serving a piece of the rolled omelet topped with a couple spoonfuls of the sauce and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

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For an egg dish for a crowd that's ready to serve all at once, you can't go wrong with a roulade-style omelet. Experiment with flavors by swapping out the fillings with your favorite combination of cheese, vegetables, or meats! We'll be working on additional flavor combinations, so who knows what kind of egg roulade you might see on the breakfast menu during your next stay at Foxfield Inn! Bon appetit!

Check out more Foxfield Inn recipes here!

Your Innkeepers,
Dan and Kathryn Bundy
Foxfield Inn | A Charlottesville, VA Bed & Breakfast