Monday, October 15, 2012

Garlic 2012 - I came, I cooked, I conquered (ok I got second place)

What a weekend! This morning, I am slowly recovering from the 22nd annual Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival at Rebec Vineyards. One of our favorite events of the season, this year did not disappoint. We worked, we participated, we partook, and now we are pooped.

This year, I covered the festival for the burg, and decided to focus on the Garlic Cook-Off. As you will read in the article, I also decided to enter the contest, and I am happy to say that I took second place! More importantly, the contest was a blast. My fellow contestants were friendly, Gary Jaketic was a perfect host, and the supportive crowd made it all a real event. Read the article and get my recipe for Leek, Potato, and Garlic Soup here.

Big thanks to all who came out to cheer me on. I am already coming up with some ideas for next year. 1st place in 2013 or bust!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Livin' in LynchVegas

I have lived in a lot of places - ten states to be exact.  I have resided in the Midwest, in the South, up North, at the beach, in the mountains, and on the plains. I have liked some more than others, but what I learned from moving around so much is that a city is what you make of it.

My new home, Lynchburg, may not be the most exciting city in the US, but it does have some great stuff going on. Just this weekend, my husband and I had dinner outside downtown, saw Paula Poundstone perform, met new and interesting people at our favorite bar, found lots of local goods at the farmers market, and went to a garage festival featuring local art/food/music - all within a walkable distance. My husband also climbed a waterfall, but he was on his own there. Next weekend we will hit a two day garlic and wine festival and see a musical cabaret. All in a city that some say is "boring."

I have always found that if you make an effort to investigate, you can discover new and exciting things to do and places to visit in your own community.

So when I came across the website, I was stoked.The guys at LynchVegas created the site to help spread the word about all great local businesses and events here, and they do it simply as a service to the community.

In an effort to support what they do, I have become a contributor to their site. Check out my articles below, and if have not yet discovered LynchVegas, make sure to poke around on the site. You many discover something new about your own city.

Hot and Cold Cafe 


Lynchburg Grows