Posts Tagged Cuisine: French

Lemongrass Lafayette Scallops at Tempo

Brice Cunningham, owner of Tempo Restaurant in Charlottesville, VAReady for a history lesson? I’ll make this quick.

In 1824, Gilbert du Motier, a.k.a. the Marquis de Lafayette, traveled from France and paid a visit to his friend Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. During his two week stay, Lafayette and Jefferson chatted about UVA, the means of maintaining political independence in the republics in South America, and a host of other philosophical topics that only men of their time could make interesting. The online Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia via is a great resource if you want to learn more about the Lafayette/Jefferson bromance. But, this is a food blog. I digress… Read More

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fleurie - 01Oh, fine French dining: the setting for a fancy night out to celebrate a promotion, propose a marriage, or, if you’re in a movie, to inevitably stumble into a waiter when he is carrying an enormous platter of heavy and very loud dishes.

I love fine dining settings. I love the candles, flowers, long wine list, and most of all, I just love feeling special. I don’t, however, always love the fancy French food that comes with these settings. Maybe I have a low tolerance for butter or some lingering rebellion against my Francophile mother. Regardless of the reason, after years in Charlottesville, we had never been to one of the poshest places… Read More

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