Mike and Sarah Moore, the husband and wife team behind Mean Bird, just had a baby two months ago and if you can believe it they’re also proud to present their other baby, Mean Bird’s first brick-and-mortar location in the former Sticky To Go Go space. Back in 2015, I remember coming across a mysterious food truck’s Instagram account that promised to bring traditional and vegan (yes, vegan!) fried chicken to the hungry folks of Richmond, Virginia. And they brought it. I’ve visited Mean Bird’s food truck on a few occasions and I’ve always been impressed with how much flavor they’re able to pack into what looks like a simple piece of fried chicken. It is hard to do fried chicken well, and let me tell you, they’re doing it right. The new brick-and-mortar space will give Mike and Sarah a more stable space to try out options like breakfast,… View Post

THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Brenner Pass is FINALLY opening this week (Thursday at 5 p.m.) and I couldn’t be more excited. I mean how could you not be excited about this fondue burger, this gianduja tart or this plate of goodies you actually dip into fondue?! Also in food news this week, Mean Bird opens its brick and mortar location in the former Sticky To-Go-Go space in The Fan (more to come on this opening later in the week on the blog). And Pit and Peel’s second location in Carytown opened on Tuesday. On your mark, get set, bake. Oh, how I have missed those six words. The Great British Baking Show’s new (to America) season just kicked off on PBS. I am obsessed with this show and highly recommend watching past seasons on Netflix. Meg and I recently did a truffle making “class” at Gearhart’s in Charlottesville and even though we… View Post

Big news for bread and pastry fans. Idle Hands Bread Company – a place we raved about on the blog last summer – is opening a second location! This one will be in the Fan on Strawberry Street and you can check out a sneak peek of what the inside currently looks like over on Instagram. If you can’t take the heat…you can still be in the kitchen. BuzzFeed has a list of  27 dinners for when it’s too hot to cook, and this week is a good example of that. From five ingredient pasta salad to chilled soups, you can get creative while still keeping it cool. If you need another idea, these Thai Drunken Zoodles are a good warm weather recipe, too. Shout out to SPARC. We had the chance to go to SPARC’s Live Art performance this past Sunday featuring student performers from the Richmond community along with guest stars… View Post

This past weekend was one for the books for food lovers in Richmond, between the Richmond Greek Festival, which was celebrating its 42nd year this year, and Broad Appétit, which marked 10 years with this year’s festival! We kicked off our weekend on Thursday with a trip to the Greek Festival, giving ourselves a two-day festival break before heading to the eating marathon otherwise known as Broad Appétit. We stuck to our own advice and got there early with a game plan in mind, mapping out the vendors we wanted to hit most and noting their proximity to each other. After all, when a festival is hot and crowded, it is always best to have a plan. In celebration of 10 years of Broad Appétit, we’re sharing the 10 best things we enjoyed from this year’s festival. (A special thanks to our friend Nicky who joined us and made eating all of this delicious… View Post

Never leave your house again. Ellwood Thompson’s is the latest grocery store to offer delivery service here in Richmond. And while they won’t actually be delivering groceries, Ellwood’s will now be offering its selection of wraps and sandwiches (many of which are vegetarian) through Quickness RVA. This is great news for vegetarians who sometimes face limited options when it comes to delivery. Something new for your breakfast table. This week the Richmond Times-Dispatch has the scoop on a local company producing a ton of duck eggs. Duck Duck Eggs based in Henrico County is now selling their product in more than 240 grocery stores. According to co-founder Kolt Risser, duck eggs make for eggcellent cake baking. This Washington Post article makes a bold statement. National doughnut day may have come and gone, but you can still make “the best doughnuts you’ll ever eat” at home. The recipe involves fermenting and proofing… View Post

Expansion underway. Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery announced a $14 million expansion last week that will not only expand their existing brewery space in Goochland but will also add a new production brewery in downtown Lynchburg. You can find all the details on  the announcement over at The Richmond Times-Dispatch. It’s going down(town). From the looks of the Instagram feed for Garnett’s at The Valentine, it sounds like we’ll be able to enjoy those tasty sandwiches, salads and pies downtown pretty darn soon. Same goes for Yaki, which will open to the public this Friday. In other downtown dining news, Paul Keevil, owner of Millie’s LuLu’s and Tio Pablo, plans to open a coffee shop in Shockoe Bottom at 29 N. 17th Street and BonChon, a chain known for its Korean fried chicken, is opening its fourth location in Richmond and first within the city near VCU. When basic just won’t cut it. Delish put… View Post