What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

Headed West. In local news, new tenants are headed to Regency Square Mall, including Regal Cinemas, Chipotle and MOD Pizza. You can read all of the details over at The Richmond Times-Dispatch. And, there’s more: Robey Martin has info on other developments west of Short Pump in this article for Richmond Magazine.

Just in time for Memorial Day. It’s true, you can now try your hand at making a Shake Shack cheeseburger at home with this recipe that TastingTable shared on their website from the new cookbook Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories. The best part? The recipe for ShackSauce is also included.

What’s that sound? I’ve been getting more into podcasts lately and have found them a good way to make productive use of the time I have in the car every day on my ride to and from the office. I’ll be honest, the ones I’ve been listening to have nothing to do with food but I highly recommend tuning in to Happier, Side Hustle School and Young House Love Has a Podcast. Next on my list? Garden & Gun just launched a podcast, Whole Hog, in celebration of their 10th anniversary, and I’m excited to check it out.

Helpful hints. Oh, BuzzFeed, the world of cute animal pictures and super helpful guides. I love the monthly round-ups they put together with ideas for what to cook in any given month of the year, and they did it again for May. I’m a rhubarb fanatic so you know a strawberry rhubarb pie is already on my list of things to bake, but I’m also excited to try a few new asparagus recipes this season.

Serious about cereal. This recent article from The Washington Post discusses the most important meal of the day – breakfast – and how we’re doing it all wrong.

Talk about a win win situation. Whoever said you can’t have your cake and eat it too must have never come across these boozy popsicles from FrutaPop. Hat tip to Delish for the heads up on these babies because this is what I like to call a summer game changer.

What to add to your calendar

Watermelon + beer and cider = this Saturday. If you like the idea of combining watermelon with alcoholic beverages, you’re in for a treat this weekend. Buskey Cider is bringing back their Watermelon Rosemary Cider for the summer and they are kicking things off this Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. If beer is more your thing, have no fear, Midnight Brewery is releasing a Watermelon Lime Kolsch on Saturday from 1 – 8 p.m.

This way to rosé. Y’all, next Thursday, May 25 from 5-8 p.m., Barrel Thief Wine Shop & Cafe is hosting a rosé tasting on the same night that lobster roll season kicks off at the restaurant AKA the best night ever. Details here.

Pack a picnic and take a drive. Looking for a fun Memorial Day weekend activity? Look no further. Polo returns to King Family Vineyards on Sunday, May 28 from 1-3 p.m. The free matches are held every Sunday through mid-October, weather permitting.

Cheers to a good cause. Save the date because the Brewer’s Ball is coming up Thursday, June 1 at the Virginia War Memorial. The funds raised at the event go to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.


What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. In a recent What’s Happenin’ Wednesday, we mentioned that we would jump at the chance to be ice cream judges for Gelati Celesti for a friendly flavor competition they were holding among their four locations. Well, consider us lucky, because they invited us to be judges and we had a blast sampling different ice cream flavors and voting for our favorites. The winner was Scott’s Addiction, a nutella ice cream with biscotti pieces throughout. Definitely worth a try if you see the flavor on the menu on your next visit to Gelati Celsti!

Not only bad things come in threes. Johnny Giavos announced last week that he is opening not one, not two, but three new spots in the Richmond area – a restaurant in Forest Hill, a gourmet market in Scott’s Addition and a coffee shop in Stratford Hills. You can learn more about all of the new concepts over on The Richmond Times-Dispatch website.

Tacos aren’t just for Tuesdays. In case you’re making your plans for Cinco de Mayo this Friday, here’s our list of five great places to find tacos in Richmond. The spots on our list span throughout town, so no matter what part of Richmond you call home, there’s probably a taco with your name on it that’s not far.

For your recipe collection. I made a recipe this week from the May issue of Cooking Light that was so quick and delicious I wanted to share it with all of you. These crispy potato cakes with smoked salmon have a short ingredient list and only take about 20 minutes to whip up, so perfect for a weeknight meal. I had capers, lemon and dill on hand so added a bit of each to the sour cream for some extra flavor.

Same taste, new hours. Sally Bell’s Kitchen is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. What this means for you: if you want to get your deviled egg and cupcake fix on a weekend, no one is stopping you now.

Beer gardens, taprooms and restaurants, oh my. Thai restaurant YaYa’s Cookbook opened last week in Short Pump from the owner of Sabai, and The HofGarden, a biergarten and taproom, is opening today at the Hofheimer Building at 2818 W. Broad Street.

What to add to your calendar

Tres chic. A new exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style, opens Saturday, May 6 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The VMFA is the only East Coast venue for the exhibition, which will run in Richmond through the end of August. You can find more details here.

Worth the trip. Norfolk’s Waterside District opens to the public tomorrow, May 4, and free concerts and a number of other festivities are taking place during the grand opening celebration from May 11-14. There will be no shortage of food and drink options for visitors, with The Market at Waterside District including spots like Starr Hill Market Bar and Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse.

The final countdown. We’re just about a month away from one of our favorite food festivals of the year, so save the date because Broad Appetit will take place on Sunday, June 4 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Start to daydream about the small plates that might be available at this year’s event and then take a look at our recap of last year’s event here.

You do you. We kid you not, there’s a holiday quickly approaching called National “Eat What You Want Day” and it’s coming up on May 11. Plan ahead and make good choices, a day like that only comes around but once a year.


What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

Good things come to those who wait. Rappahannock Restaurant is opening its doors again on Thursday after a fire closed the restaurant for six weeks. Head to their Facebook page where you can like or comment on their most recent post to enter a giveaway for $100 and then open your OpenTable app to make a reservation to celebrate the restaurant’s return with the staff, which is returning entirely intact after the hiatus. Bonus: If you visit on Thursday, there will be $1 oysters for your dining pleasure.

Cheers to a decade. No doubt about it, the South of the James Farmers’ Market is one of our very favorite Richmond activities, we even did a post last year on our 10 favorite market vendors. The market turns 10 this year and Stephanie Breijo over at Richmond Magazine has the scoop on how the market has grown and what it looks like now. Here’s to another 10 years!

What’s new in the restaurant scene, you ask? Church Hill People’s News has the scoop on Chef Jessica Wilson and her desire to bring a garden-to-table restaurant to Chimborazo. Fighting Fish, a restaurant specializing in sushi and poke bowls opened on April 12 at 317 N. 2nd Street.

The world’s best restaurant is… Back in the United States for the first time in over a decade, for one thing. Head on over to The Washington Post to read more about Eleven Madison Park, the New York spot that took the number one spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list earlier this month.

In the mood for something fizzy? You’re in luck. I’ve been following along with the updates from Trussings Craft Fizz on their Facebook page and it sounds like release info is coming soon for the handcrafted small-batch beverages in some delicious sounding flavor combinations. Good thing, because I already can’t wait to try the ginger lime fizz and the apple sage fizz!

Shell shock. Easter might be over, but it’s always a good time to enjoy deviled eggs, and what a wide range of deviled eggs there are! Stephanie Ganz has you covered with a list of where you can find some of the best in RVA, with prices per egg ranging from 75 cents to $12.

Word on the street. Kudos to Richmond’s own Ames’ Hot Southern Honey, featured in the May 2017 issue of The Local Palate. I’ve had the chance to taste test this “sweet heat” on a few items (including a recipe for mini chicken and waffles I hope to share on the blog soon!) and this stuff is delicious.

What to add to your calendar

Tomorrow, tomorrow. The Cask is hosting a German dinner on Thursday, April 20 from 5- 8 p.m. and the menu looks mighty good.

A winning combination. King of Pops + free yoga? Count me in. Every Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Carillon through October 10, you can participate in all ages / skill levels yoga and then get a free pop at the end. More details here.

Good fun for a good cause. The Tredegar Society’s sixth annual Loose Cannons event is coming up on Friday, April 28 from 7 – 10:30 p.m. The event will feature live music, craft beer, cider, wine, food trucks and more. Tickets are $25 in advance and all proceeds benefit the American Civil War Museum.


5 Bites and Sips I’ve Been Loving Lately

After a brief hiatus, the latest 5 Bites and Sips post is up on the blog today featuring items from some of my favorite recent dining adventures!

If you missed the first or second post in this series, don’t fret, you can give them a read here and here.

The Taft at Secret Sandwich Society

I first sang the praises of The Taft when we had the chance to get a sneak peek of Secret Sandwich Society before the restaurant opened to the public back in November — you could say this sandwich had me at hello. But, this menu item is one I’m not planning to part with anytime soon. Why is this sandwich so darn good? Made up of slow roasted pork shoulder, rosemary mayo, braised kale and provolone on a toasted baguette, every individual element of this sandwich is done to perfection and perfectly complements the other ingredients.

I could eat the braised kale by the spoonful and the slow roasted pork shoulder is so flavorful and tender, you can tell with every bite the care that went into preparing it. The only bad thing about this sandwich? I don’t know if I’ll be able to bring myself to try anything else on the menu at Secret Sandwich Society.

Fried Chicken at Tanglewood Ordinary

I’ve been wanting to try Tanglewood Ordinary ever since reading the restaurant’s wonderful review in the Richmond Times-Dispatch this past summer. I made a reservation for a recent Saturday night and Taylor and I headed out for some homestyle cooking.

We opted for the family-style dining option, where for $15.99 a person we enjoyed an all you can eat meal that included fried chicken, pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, collared greens, green beans, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and biscuits. Everything was delicious, but the fried chicken was the most memorable part of the meal. Even if it seems a bit off the beaten path, you won’t regret a trip to Tanglewood Ordinary.

Just about anything on the menu at Cava

I know I’m not the only one excited that Cava is finally in Richmond, with a first location open near VCU and a few more locations on the way. I love Mediterranean food in general but there is just something so satisfying about being able to build my own mini pitas or bowl with greens and grains and whatever toppings my heart desires. Speaking of toppings, my order at Cava usually goes something like this no matter what protein or base I’m getting that day: ALL of the pickled red onions, feta and olives topped off with some combination of crazy feta and tzatziki.

Oh yeah, and I can’t go to Cava and not get one of their specialty juices. Usually drinks on a restaurant menu are an afterthought, especially when they are non-alcoholic, but these juices are just another thing that make Cava’s menu shine. I haven’t visited since they launched their spring juice menu (they switch out seasonally) but I already have my eyes on two I want to try: the strawberry mint lime juice and the grapefruit + mint raspberry shrub.

Donuts from Mrs. Yoder’s

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans on Mrs. Yoder’s donuts (and donuts in general) here at Let’s Share A Dish. I only have one of these donuts every so often – which is probably a good thing for my health — but every time I do, I am reminded of JUST how good they are.

I enjoyed one recently on the day that the donuts returned to the South of the James farmers’ market for the season, splitting the donut with a friend who had never had one of these special donuts before. We each took a bite and just looked at eachother, acknowledging without saying a thing that we were eating one of the best things we might ever taste. Warm and dripping with icing, nothing beats a fresh Mrs. Yoder’s donut. Lucky you, you can get one every Saturday at the South of the James farmers’ market.

Stiegl Radler

As much as I love visiting vineyards and breweries and enjoying their ambience, I’m not someone who drinks beer or wine all too often. I much prefer a cocktail or cider, opting for something a little bit fruitier or sweeter. My preference quickly changes, though, if a Stiegl Radler is on the menu.

This grapefruit beer brewed in Austria is my beer of choice most anytime of the year, but especially in the spring and summer months once warm weather hits. It’s not too sweet OR too tart and the grapefruit flavor is totally natural. It’s just a refreshing drink that goes down (almost too!) easy. If you’re like me and don’t think there’s a beer out there you’ll like as much as you like cider, I encourage you to give this one a try if you see it on a menu or spot it in a store. Richmonders, Stiegl Radler can be somewhat hard to find though its local availability seems to be increasing in the last year or two. I’ve always had luck finding it at Total Wine!

What’s the best thing drink or dish you’ve enjoyed lately? Would love to hear in the comments below!


What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

  • With the opening of Red Cap Patisserie, the Fan District has another bakery to call its own. You can read more about this French-inspired bakery owned by Martine Wladar in The Richmond Times-Dispatch. I need to plan a visit because swooning over the bakery’s Instagram photos is only going to tide my sweet tooth over for but so long.
  • Speaking of The Richmond Times-Dispatch, did you know you can get a digital subscription to Richmond’s daily newspaper for only $8.99 a month? We’re big fans of local news here at Let’s Share A Dish and after some sad layoffs at the Richmond Times-Dispatch this week, it’s an important time to support local journalism.
  • We talk a lot about restaurant closings and openings in this space, but we also like to celebrate when one of our favorite spots has been around a good long time, so here’s my official happy birthday shout out to Kuba Kuba as the restaurant celebrates 19 years of service this week.
  • It’s no longer Taco Tuesday, but we are ALL about celebrating tacos any day of the week. That’s why we were so jazzed to hear that as of yesterday, Triple Crossing’s downtown location is offering a taco bar featuring chips and dips, pork tacos, vegetarian tacos and seasonal tacos every Friday. This Friday’s taco special is rockfish, which sounds like a delicious reason to enjoy some beer and grab some food with friends.
  • At a recent book club gathering, I got to enjoy a recipe from my friend Amanda that she made from the Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook, and it’s now in my Amazon cart waiting for me. The cookbook has 80+ dishes that take less than 30 minutes to prepare and 60 slow cooker recipes. I can’t wait to put it to good use during my weeknight cooking adventures.
  • ICYMI: Style Weekly’s Brandon Fox did a neat piece back in February on Richmond’s beer caves at Rocketts Landing. Whether you’re a history buff or just a big beer lover, it’s an article you’ll probably enjoy.
  • Thrillist put together a list of the 100 greatest snacks of all time, i.e. a list you should read when you have a full stomach.

What to add to your calendar

  • Trapezium Brewing Co. is hosting an oyster roast this Saturday at their brewery in Petersburg, and the weather is looking mighty fine for enjoying some oysters, music and beer.
  • I was excited about Buskey’s newest cider from the get go because strawberry rhubarb cider simply sounds delicious, but now that Buskey Cider is donating $3 of every pint of strawberry rhubarb cider purchased at the cider’s release this Saturday, April 8, back to Courthouse Creek Cider after a fire… well, you know how I feel about good food and drink that’s also for a good cause. Details on the benefit release here.
  • Richmond Restaurant Week is coming up quickly, friends. The spring edition is taking place from April 24 to April 30, and I already have my heart set on a visit to Laura Lee’s after they posted a look at their restaurant week menu a few days ago. Don’t forget, a portion of the proceeds from each meal enjoyed during restaurant week go back to FeedMore to support the wonderful work they do.
  • It’s never too early to save the date for one of my favorite Richmond weekends of the year, the Richmond Greek Festival. The festival will be back again this year from June 1 – 4 and I am already beyond excited to enjoy a gyro and some loukoumades. The countdown is on!


What’s Happenin’ Wednesday

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.