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What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

  • Just ahead of the 10K, King of Pops – Richmond is releasing a Ukrop’s Rainbow Cookie pop. Let’s all a take a minute to fully appreciate that…rainbow cookies in popsicle form! You can try one for yourself this Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at 3001 W Clay Street where the pops will be free thanks to Sportsbackers.
  • Thrillist put together a list of the best late night eats in major cities throughout the United States. Take a look and tuck this list away until your next visit to one of these cities so you know where to go for some late night grub.
  • If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen my recent story where I was super excited about finally getting some fresh herbs in the kitchen. I’ve been using the mint (along with lemon, lime and just a touch of sugar) to infuse my iced tea the past few weeks with the help of one of my favorite kitchen finds from Crate & Barrel.
  • Need a way to impress guests at your next gathering but don’t have much time? Check out this slideshow from Food and Wine on fast hors d’oeuvres with options that will impress even the most refined palate.
  • Why are pickles often served on the side of sandwiches, you ask? The Kitchn has the answer to that one.
  • In local restaurant news, the old American Tap Room underwent a quick turnover over at Willow Lawn and is now operating as Hattie Mae’s Southern Kitchen. You can read more details about the new restaurant over at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • Just when I thought I couldn’t love North End Juice Co. any more than I already do, they introduced fresh-pressed juices to their menu, including watermelon juice! So excited to have this option, especially as things start to warm up again around Richmond.

What to add to your calendar

  • I’m co-hosting an event at Kendra Scott this Thursday (tomorrow!) where the store will be donating 20% of the proceeds from 6-8 p.m. back to the Massey Alliance. Come out, bring s friend,  enjoy some sweets and make your own piece of jewelry at the color bar! Details here.
  • The Boathouse and Trapezium Brewing Co. have partnered to develop a custom house beer for The Boathouse, The Boathouse Oyster Ale,  which is made with The Boathouse Oyster shells. The debut of the beer is taking place this Friday at a Trapezium beer dinner at The Boathouse at Sunday Park, and you can get your tickets here.
  • Hosted by Ardent Craft Ales, Swine & Brine is returning this year on Saturday, April 8. This is one of our favorite food events of the year in Richmond, you can read our recap from last year here.
  • Have you made your plans or reservation for the second annual Richmond Brunch Weekend yet? It’s happening this weekend and you can check out the full list of participating restaurants on the event website. Just remember, the harder you brunch, the more you’ll be giving back to the Massey Cancer Center and Massey Alliance.
  • Word on the street is that tickets are moving quickly for the third annual Supper at Sunset to benefit ChildSavers which is coming up on Thursday, May 25, so don’t wait to buy tickets if you’re hoping to attend.


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  • Hurry, or you’ll miss it: the inaugural Richmond Black Restaurant Week is happening now and runs through March 12th with with $15 two-couse lunch options and $25 three-course dinner options. Participating restaurants include spots like Croaker’s Spot, Mama J’s, Sugar’s Crab Shack and Spoonbread Bistro.
  • In my last What’s Happenin’ Wednesday, I highlighted a heartwarming story from Inc. and this time I’ve got one for you from The Washington Post, a piece by Tim Carman about how a dishwasher became a partner in one of the world’s top restaurants.
  • A few Richmond restaurant updates: Early Bird Biscuit Co. is returning to its Northside roots with plans to open a second location planned for 1221 Bellevue Avenue, Burger Bach is moving a few doors down in Carytown and Black Hand Coffee Company is opening a second location in Brookland Park, where roasting has already started. The Brookland Park location won’t have Black Hand’s infamous breakfast sandwiches, as the focus of this space will be more on coffee and roasting.
  • In sad dining news, Rappahannock Restaurant is closed until further notice after a fire this past weekend. Thankfully, everyone got out of the restaurant safely and no one was injured. The restaurant is sharing updates on its Facebook page.
  • Stroops V2: We didn’t have to wait but so long for an update on what our beloved Stroops would be up to next. They reopened their doors yesterday and details on their new hours and menu, which now has a focus on prepared foods and sandwiches, can be found here.
  • In the kitchen: I have not just one but TWO recipes for you this week. An excuse to eat pasta for breakfast with this Alton Brown recipe for breakfast carbonara that was featured in The New York Times and the secret to making your baked sweet potato fries extra crispy from The Kitchn.
  • If you’re a fan of Idle Hands Bread Company, you might want to donate or spread the word about the GoFundMe campaign owner Jay Metzler set up to raise funds for a new deck oven which will allow him to keep churning out all of that delicious bread and then some.
  • Buy a cookbook, get a free burger from Shake Shack. It might sound funny, but you better believe it’s true. You can get all details over at on the UrbanDaddy website.
  • In non-food related news, I’ve been loving on my first pair of tassel earrings since I got them a few months ago and Megan over at Marco Style highlights some super cute ones from Target in a recent post. Better yet, they’re a great deal.
  • Last but certainly not least, I can’t end this week’s post without giving a shout out to Nota Bene, the restaurant that Style Weekly named the 2017 Richmond restaurant of the year.

What to add to your calendar

  • You all have probably caught on to the fact that the Massey Cancer Center is an organization near and dear to my heart with the amount that I give love to their various events AND I have two more coming your way. Aren’t you lucky! Toast is giving 10 percent of food sales back to the Massey Alliance on Monday, March 13 and Kendra Scott is giving 20 percent of proceeds back to The Massey Alliance for all in store sales from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 23.
  • The 2017 opening weekend for the Goochland Drive-In Theater is taking place Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18. They’ll be showing Beauty and the Beast and Rogue One.
  • Origin Beer Lab and The Caboose are co-hosting a beer and cheese pairing, Flights and Bites, this Thursday, March 9. Tickets are limited and cost $20.
  • RVAHub has all the details on the 2017 line-up for Friday Cheers, which will be celebrating it’s 33rd season this year! The good tunes will kick off on Brown’s Island starting May 5.


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  • 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 that is a fan of delicious lunch on the cheap —  Christopher’s Runaway Gourmay opens for the season on Monday, February 27th. Between that news and the crazy warm weather we’re experiencing, I’m starting to think that groundhog just might have been wrong.
  • From BuzzFeed: a food test that will you help you determine what city you actually belong in.
  • Heads up: You have a new place to be on Tuesday nights from 5-9 p.m. Postbellum is now offering Burger, Beer & Bourbon Tuesday’s where you can get a classic burger, a shot of bourbon and a 12 oz draft beer for $15.
  • If you love a good inspirational story like I do, you’ll love this one from Inc. on how flamin’ hot Cheetos came to be. I know, I know, you never really thought you would see Cheetos and inspirational in the same sentence. Just trust me on this one.

What to add to your calendar

  • Buskey Cider knows how to do it with the fun collaborations, don’t you agree? Last time it was sliders and ciders, this time it’s Girl Scout cookies and cider. It’s all happening tomorrow, Thursday, February 23 at 5 p.m. Details here.
  • Nota Bene Restaurant & Bar is holding their monthly pizza club this Sunday, February 26th from 5-9 p.m., and you really don’t want to miss this one because it features the one and only Stephanie Ganz! If you go, you’ll be able to try her Hungarian mushroom soup inspired pizza and a signature cocktail.
  • You guys! ZZQ is returning to Ardent Craft Ales on Saturday, March 4th at noon. Some ridiculously good Texas style barbecue awaits, in addition to the delicious beer that’s always present at Ardent.
  • On March 16th from 6-9 p.m., Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms will speak to building a local food system that works. The evening will include food and drinks from several local chefs, and you can buy tickets here.
  • Don’t forget, Richmond Brunch Weekend is coming up March 25 – 26, a weekend where you can enjoy brunch and raise money for Massey Cancer Center at the same time. You can keep up with the participating restaurants over on the event Facebook page.

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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 horseradish mustard, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Oh yeah, the restaurant definitely isn’t kidding when they call this snack spicy. The batter on these green beans has an interesting kick that might take a minute to hit you, but before you know it you’ll be reaching for your water glass before your next green bean, which you will do on repeat until these are gone — these green beans are addictive. If you plan to visit, Boulevard Burger & Brew is located at 1300 North Boulevard, just down the street from the newest location of Gelati Celesti.

Matzoh Ball Soup at Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

Perhaps it’s the fact that it’s winter or there’s been a sickness going around town, but I’ve been craving the matzoh ball soup from Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen, located at 111 East Grace Street, on an almost daily basis. The soup is made with herbs, chicken, vegetables, schmaltz, and of course, a matzoh ball. The soup comes in two sizes — a cup for $5 and a bowl for $9 — and like most things served up at Perly’s, the portion sizes are quite generous, enough so that I’ve been able to take home leftover soup on several occasions. I speak from experience when I tell you this soup is just as good the next day.

Every spoonful of this soup is comforting and soothing, perfect for a cold or rainy day, a weekend morning — or really any day at all when soup is calling your name.

Number 52 at The Fancy Biscuit


No question, my favorite item on just about any brunch menu is the eggs benedict. Sure, sometimes I go for a sweet option like pancakes or french toast, but there’s just something about poached eggs and hollandaise sauce that gets me every time. So when I saw that The Fancy Biscuit basically had a biscuit version of eggs benedict on the menu, I was sold and there was no questioning what I was going to order on my first visit to the restaurant, which is located at 1831 West Cary Street.

The Number 52 is one of the signature biscuits on the menu, and the dish includes country ham, pepper jack cheese, a poached egg and siracha hollandaise, all on top of a perfectly buttery biscuit. The dish is priced at $7.59, and in my opinion, it’s the perfect portion – not too big and not too small. I left feeling content but not overly full — and like I wanted to go back sometime to do it all over again.

Sausage & Black Pepper Honey Pizza at Tazza Kitchen

Confession: I tried the sausage & black pepper honey pizza at Tazza Kitchen as a first time visitor to the restaurant for brunch with friends. Tazza has been on my list of places to try for quite some time, but for some reason or another, I just hadn’t made it to either of the restaurant’s Richmond locations.

Let’s just say I’m glad I righted my wrong and visited Tazza, because this pizza is not only one of my favorite bites I’m loving lately, but one of the best pizzas — if not foods — I’ve ever had. The pizza is made with aged provolone and fresh mozzarella cheese, and at $13 it’s the perfect size for one really hungry person or for two people to share. It’s available on the brunch AND dinner menu, so you can get your fill of this pizza no matter what time of day you visit Tazza. Tazza Kitchen has two locations in the Richmond area, one in Short Pump and the other in Midlothian, so no matter where you live, this pizza shouldn’t be but so far from your stomping grounds. Which is a really, really good thing.

Just about any smoothie (or smoothie bowl) from North End Juice Co.

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If you saw our recent post on North End Juice Co., you know Kelsey and I are both big fans of the new spot in the Museum District. The walk-up window and juice bar located at 718 N. Cleveland Street offers a wide array of items on their menu, including a number of smoothies and smoothie bowls. I’d recommend every single one I’ve tried so far, and one of my new goals is to try them all. It’s the perfect place to grab a healthy breakfast or a quick snack during the day.

What are some dishes you’ve been loving lately around Richmond? I’m still on the hunt for the best Caesar salad in town. Would love to hear your recommendations (or what you’re in search of!) in the comments below!

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  • Travel + Leisure conducted its annual survey of readers to determine the best cities in the country to get pizza, and the results are in! Richmond is a newcomer on this year’s list, coming in at #13 on the list of 15 eateries across the country. Spots like Nota Bene, Belmont Pizzeria and Bottom’s Up are included in the description of Richmond and why it’s a pizza hot spot. What’s your favorite spot to grab a slice in RVA?
  • This story from The Washington Post delves into the delicious but inexpensive wine you can find on the shelves of places like Walmart and Costco. One such wine is the La Moneda Malbec Reserva 2015 which retailed last fall at select Walmart stores for $6.96 a bottle. The inexpensive cost is impressive, and so is the 95 points and platinum medal the wine recieved from Decanter magazine.
  • SELF shared the most pinned healthy recipe of 2016, and good news, it looks pretty delicious. You can find the recipe for crispy chicken and avocado burrito wraps here.
  • ICYMI: Ben & Jerry’s is kicking off the year with a bang with the introduction of pint slices. The individually-wrapped and chocolate covered treats are available in four flavors: Americone Dream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup. According to the Ben & Jerry’s website, these sweet treats are are available now in most scoop shops, and they will be rolling out to grocery stores soon.
  • Hate waiting for a table at a restaurant? According to Thrillist, Google can now help you determine when the shortest wait time will be. The more you know…
  • Continuing the trend of Richmond restaurants heading west, Casa del Barco announced last week that they are opening a second location this summer at Short Pump Town Center. (Full disclosure: Casa del Barco is of my work clients, but I couldn’t be happier that I can now enjoy a margarita on the rooftop tequileria after shopping at Short Pump.)
  • Shout out to Southern Living for making us aware of this promotion from Krispy Kreme. Things kicked off yesterday, and now through February 28 at Krispy Kreme, guests can get a free original glazed doughnut with any coffee purchase. The doughnut shop is hoping customers will try (and love!) their new and improved coffee.

What to add to your calendar

  • You only have a few days left to enjoy the goodness that is The Dog & Pig Show, so get those cookies (and other delicious treats) while you still can. The Church Hill spot will close its doors on February 12th.
  • The 10th anniversary of the Virginia Wine Expo is taking place March 8-12. Word on the street is that you can taste 650+ wines at at the walk-around grand tastings. Cheers to that!
  • Save the date for Saturday, April 22 when Lunch and Supper are hosting The Big Pig Project along with Richmond Ronald McDonald House Charities, a spring block party that will include food, country music and a live auction that will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

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  • Hurry or you’ll miss it: The Dog & Pig Show, one of our favorite spots in Church Hill, announced last week that the storefront will be closing on February 12th. Whether you’ve never been or it’s one of your favorite spots, we highly suggest you head that way, show them some love and order those shrimp and grits one last time before their doors close in just a few weeks. The good news? The team behind Dog & Pig is trying something new, and you’ll still be able to find some of their goods around RVA. 
  • In the kitchen: The Super Bowl is quickly approaching, which means it’s a great time to pull out recipes that are great for a crowd but also easy to make. One of my favorite recipes that fits those two parameters are these mini ham and cheese sandwiches. Just be warned, they’re quite addictive!
  • Beijing On Grove, the newest spot from EAT Restaurant Partners, is scheduled to open Saturday at 5710 Grove Avenue in the former space of The Blue Goat. More details over at The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • Looking to get out there and see the world? You’re in luck. This 119 day cruise will take you to six continents and 32 countries. Tickets start at $16,999 for an interior double occupancy stateroom.
  • The Good Food Awards were held this past weekend in San Francisco, and six Virginia businesses won awards – including a few from right here in Richmond. The ladies behind The Apple Cart have the full scoop on their blog.
  • Good news: The $20 chicken dinner is back at Talley’s Meat and Three, located at 7021 Three Chopt Road in the Village Shopping Center. What does that mean for you? You can get chicken, two sides and 4 biscuits or cornbread muffins for $20. Once you call to place your order, it will be ready in less than 20 minutes.
  • Tasting Table has Alton Brown’s secret for the perfect grilled cheese. All you need is a bowl of tomato soup for dipping and you’ll be set.

What to add to your calendar

  • Talk about a winning combo: Buskey Cider and Boulevard Burger and Brew are coming together on Saturday, February 4th from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. to bring you Sliders and Ciders. Traditional sliders will be priced at $5.95 for three or $9.95 for six and veggie sliders will be $4.95 for three or $8.95 for six.
  • Speaking of cider, head to Blue Bee Cider on Sunday, February 5th from 2-3 p.m. for a chocolate and cider pairing featuring Blue Bee Cider and Gearharts Fine Chocolate. The guided tasting costs $20 per person and will feature four pairings with locally-made cider and handcrafted chocolates. You can buy tickets here.
  • Shop for a good cause: On Monday, February 13, Maymont’s Dooley Noted Society is holding an event at Kendra Scott where a portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Maymont. You can sip on champagne and treat yourself for Valentine’s Day while you’re at it.
  • Save the date: The second annual Richmond Brunch Weekend is coming up on March 25 – 26, where participating restaurants will give 10% of their brunch proceeds to Massey Cancer Center.
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