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For the Love of Hot Chocolate


February 21, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Throughout the month of February, hot chocolate lovers can warm up with a different decadent flavor of the rich drink each day at the European-inspired MarieBette Café and Bakery.

Hot chocolate originated in Mexico and was originally served cold. It as made by mixing hand ground cocoa seeds with water and a few other ingredients, including chili peppers. After cocoa beans were imported to Europe, the drink evolved to being served hot and without chili peppers. Today, no longer a bitter drink, hot chocolate is served in various sweet styles and is a local delight at places around Charlottesville, where you can enjoy a rich, hot cup with soft fresh-made marshmallows.

However, MarieBette is taking their hot chocolate to the next level this month by incorporating unique ingredients each day, from peppermint to lemon peel. Just take a look at this indulgent S’mores hot chocolate served on February 6 (below). Scroll on for a full list of the gourmet flavors you can expect throughout the rest of the month, and experience this fresh take on hot chocolate!

February 21: Violet

February 22: Roasted Banana

February 23: Raspberry

February 24: Orange Peel

February 25: Dark Cherry

February 26: White Chocolate Cardamom

February 27: Moroccan Spice

February 28: Passion Fruit

For more information about this delightful local bakery, click here to see their feature in Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.

*Photos courtesy of MarieBette Café and Bakery


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more;
 the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

 

Local Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas


February 9, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Are you looking for a Valentine’s Day gift? Here are a few local ideas we love. Purchase them for your loved one or use them as hints to help your significant other find the perfect present.

Artisanal Jewelry: Unique, hand-crafted pieces, like this stunning red diamond ring from Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry, are sure to be timeless and treasured gifts.

A Valentine’s Day Look: For the woman who likes to dress up, this is an excellent gift idea before an evening on the town—surprise her with a new chic dress, like this beautiful one from Verdigris.

Personalized Floral Arrangements: While this may seem like a classic gift idea, talented floral designers, like those at Tourterelle Floral Design, can help you pick and/or design a spectacular arrangement that is sure to take your love’s breath away.

A Spa Day: Guarantee your loved one the time to relax with this thoughtful gift idea. Consider one of our stunning local oases, like The Mill House Spa by Neroli at The Inn at Willow Grove or the Med Spa of Virginia Total Wellness Center.

Artisanal Chocolates: Gone are the days of guessing which chocolates in your heart-shaped box will taste good when you order artisan, hand-crafted chocolates, like these from Charlottesville’s Kilwins.

Be sure to also check out our CHO•ho Style section in the most recent issue for more gift ideas!

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

 

5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Charlottesville


February 7, 2018 | Ivy Publications

With Valentine’s Day almost here, many of us are thinking about how we want to celebrate. Scroll on for five romantic ideas to share with your special someone. Be sure to also check the Charlottesville Welcome Book for local Valentine’s Day-inspired events taking place throughout the next week.

1. Make a delicious wine-paired pork loin roast with vegetables. Toast to love over a romantic candlelit dinner. Click here for this delicious recipe from Feast!’s Kate Collier, or check out these other pairing ideas if you are in the mood to serve a different dish. Prefer to dine out? Consider one of these gourmet restaurants.

2. Enjoy a couple’s spa treatment. Sign up for a couple’s massage, facial or pedicure, and relax together. This Couple’s Facial and Pedicure Special at the romantic Med Spa of Virginia Total Wellness Center is one of many that you can enjoy locally.

3. Set up your own wine and chocolate pairing. Check out our Wine & Chocolate story in Book Three, and learn which wines pair well with the different Gearharts Fine Chocolates. Then, set up your own delectable tasting session for you and your significant other. This is a great post-meal way to enjoy hand-crafted chocolates on Valentine’s Day. (Photo below by Jen Fariello)

4. Plan a cozy stay-cation. Valentine’s Day is the perfect night to book an evening in one of our area inns or bed & breakfasts like the Inn at Willow Grove (pictured below). Enjoy local sparkling wine while you escape the rush of everyday life together.

5. Enjoy an evening on the town. Booking a limousine service, such as A & A Limousine or Top Shelf Transportation, gives you the freedom to spend and enjoy time together as a couple while visiting vineyards or just exploring the town, even if you do not have your plans solidified.

Lead Image by Jen Fariello

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.