I’m an avid listener of the Bon Appètit Foodcast and in late January I listened to an episode featuring the editor of Epicurious, David Tamarkin. Most of the episode was spent talking about this cooking challenge where readers of Epicurious challenged each other and themselves to cook every breakfast, lunch and dinner for the month of January. Well, I missed the memo on the start of the challenge in January, so I’m going to be doing the #Cook90 challenge in March. Here’s how Epicurious describes #Cook90: The #cook90 challenge is simple: Cook three meals a day, every day, for a whole month. Cooking 90 meals requires organization. And creativity. And Tupperware. Lots of Tupperware. But they aren’t that crazy, you do get three “cheat” meals because well, life happens and sometimes you just HAVE to go to a work lunch or dinner with a friend to decompress after a tough week. If you’re super into…

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What’s Happenin’ Wednesday It’s awards season for the restaurant community in Richmond, y’all. Two Richmond restaurateurs — Brittanny Anderson of Metzger Bar and Butchery and Evrim Dogu of Sub Rosa Bakery — have been named semifinalists in the James Beard Foundation Awards, culinary awards that recognize the best in the business from throughout the whole country. The sixth annual Elby Awards took place this past weekend at the Altria Theater, celebrating the restaurant community in the Richmond region. You can find out who the big winners of the night were over on the Richmond Magazine website. Travel + Leisure compiled a list of the best cheap eats in every state, and Virginia’s representation on the list came from right here in Richmond with a nod to the ham biscuit from Early Bird which rings in at only $4.95. Good news for folks who live or work in downtown Richmond — or really anyone…

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Last month I introduced 5 Bites and Sips I’ve Been Loving Lately, saying I’d be back every so often with recommendations for a few dishes around RVA that are definitely worth checking out. As promised, I’m back again today with February’s edition. If you missed the first post, you can check it out here! Spicy Thai Fried Green Beans at Boulevard Burger & Brew These spicy Thai fried green beans from Boulevard Burger & Brew are a perfect happy hour snack, and the large portion size means they are great for sharing with a group of friends. Priced at $5.95, this is an appetizer that won’t set you back too much. I recommend ordering them with some kind of dipping sauce — I go with ranch — but Boulevard Burger & Brew offers a number of dipping sauces on their menu, including bbq, honey mustard, chipotle mayo, boulevard secret sauce and…

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What’s Happenin’ Wednesday! Let’s start with the bad news: Stroops as we know it will be closing this week. And after The Dog and Pig Show closed last weekend, Meg and I aren’t sure what to do or where to eat lunch anymore (kidding, sort of). I ate my feelings today to say my goodbyes (re: I shared five, I repeat five hot dogs with friends). Also closed, American Tap Room at Willow Lawn. The space will be turned into Hattie Mae’s Southern Cuisine and Oyster Bar. The better news, lots of restaurants are opening (and reopening). The Hard Shell Downtown is open again after an interior remodel. The Cava location near VCU opens to the public this week (Thursday with limited hours and FREE food). And Anchor Bar, the restaurant that invented the buffalo wing opens at Stony Point on Saturday. Ukrop’s lives! At Kroger. You can now find all of…

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Ice cream lovers, get excited, because the Scott’s Addition location of Gelati Celesti opens to the public today at noon! And if you stop by on opening day, you might be treated to something special… ? The new shop is located at 1400 N. Boulevard, at the corner of Boulevard and Norfolk Street. It has all the ice cream you’ve come to know and love, along with industrial, yet inviting feel we’ve come to expect in Scott’s Addition. This is the fourth and largest location to date. We had a chance to check out the sweet new digs at a preview event last night, and even Governor Terry McAuliffe was there to celebrate the success and growth that Gelati Celesti has experienced since opening in 1984. We couldn’t resist doing an ice cream taste test so we could share a few of our favorite flavors with you from the menu. We’re also pretty excited…

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