I recently had the chance to spend a long weekend in New Orleans for a bachelorette party. It was my first time visiting the city and Mother Nature was on our side with sunny skies and perfect temperatures. Our group had a great time celebrating the bride to be, Becca! Three of us arrived in town one night before the others and we spent our first night in The Saint Hotel, a boutique hotel in The French Quarter. For our second two nights in town, we stayed in a great rental house off of Magazine Street that was full of character and perfect for nine girls. We managed to fit in good amount of sightseeing over the course of just a few days. I’ve included a few of the weekend’s highlights below. Gumbo Shop We arrived into town around dinnertime on Thursday evening, and we decided to check out some classic…

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How is it already the end of October?! I cannot believe that Halloween is next week. I’m so excited for the fall weather that has finally made its way down to Richmond, but I know that also means that soon we’ll be looking at temperatures in the thirties and I’ll be wishing it was summer again. What’s Happenin’ Wednesday November kicks off next week which means it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving. If you want to impress your entire family and also all of your Instagram followers you need to order one of these picture perfect tarts from Whisk. Hurry, before they’re sold out. A photo posted by Whisk (@whiskrva) on Oct 25, 2016 at 8:48am PDT Speaking of Thanksgiving planning, Bon Appetit has an entire command center devoted to Thanksgiving recipes. They’ve got you covered from turkey to sweet potato pie. My favorite Thanksgiving dish? Dressing (aka stuffing).…

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If making a decision about what to make for dinner is a constant struggle, finding a meal kit service that fits your needs can be a great way to try new recipes without breaking the bank and creating a lot of food waste. I think we’ve all been there, you find an awesome sounding, somewhat adventurous recipe online (on Pinterest perhaps?) and those recipes always call for very small amounts of very specific ingredients, that are mysteriously sold only in large quantities — meaning they just sit in my cabinets taking up space never to be used again. Because of that, my favorite meal kits have been the ones that individually portion out ingredients for each recipe meaning you are only given what you actually need. My one issue with many of the online meal kit services is that they aren’t great for people cooking for one. I love HelloFresh, but I…

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What’s Happenin’ Wednesday Richmond has seen a lot of love from The Washington Post in recent days! Check out this article on the exploding beer scene in Scott’s Addition and this one on the diverse restaurant offerings in RVA. I only recently learned about the Momfuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, a museum dedicated to instant noodles and their creator and founder. The museum offers a number of exhibitions and attractions, including a tasting room. Anyone want to plan a trip to Japan? In the kitchen: Shout out to my coworker Lindsay for sharing this delicious recipe for sausage, kale and white bean soup. I made it this Sunday and it’s now one of my favorite fall recipes. I used local Sausage Craft sausage and it made the dish all the better. If you like leftovers, you’ll be happy to know it’s even better the next day. Planning a visit to Manhattan?…

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Kelsey and I spent a few hours this past Sunday enjoying the beautiful weather at the 2nd Annual Shell-Raiser’s Shindig, an event benefiting the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program. The program is a joint effort lead by the VCU Rice Rivers Center where volunteers collect oyster shells from a number of participating restaurants and work to return them to the Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay, an act that brings with it a number of benefits for the environment. In addition to being for great cause, the event had all the makings of an afternoon well spent: food, drinks, live music and of course, lots and lots of oysters! The event took place at Libbie Mill-Midtown in a beautiful spot overlooking some water. Shell-Raiser’s Shindig featured oysters from Virginia’s various oyster regions, dishes from a number of different chefs and a number of beverage options from across the state including beer, wine, cider and non-alcoholic…

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