Sound the alarms! Guys I have been stalking Chairlift for a good six months, like literally. I would walk by the storefront with Hazel every couple of weeks to just see if there was any progress and the day is finally here! The cafe that’s attached to Brenner Pass opens today (at 8 a.m.). YAY! You can expect many coffee, desserts and charcuterie photos on the letsshareadish Instagram page in the future. Let me tell you a bit about my favorite show to binge on Netflix. If I’ve had a conversation with you in the last three months, odds are I’ve either somehow worked the Great British Baking Show into our chat, or I’ve spent time plotting how to tell you about how much I love it without sounding insane. And while the show is full of all.of.the.baking.drama — like is that soufflé going to fall — the drama that’s been happening in…

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It feels like there’s a national day for almost every food now, and tomorrow (August 23) is no different. It’s National Cuban Sandwich Day! And you better believe I will be celebrating — because who can resist a melty, savory pressed sandwich that’s filled with roast pork, ham, swiss cheese and dill pickles. In researching the origins of the Cuban, I found that both Tampa and Miami claim to be the hometown of this tasty treat, but I have to hand it to Tampa, Florida for legally establishing the Cuban as the city’s signature sandwich. Now, I’m going to muddy the waters even more and make a bold claim. One of my favorite places to grab a Cuban here in Richmond is not from Kuba Kuba (although if I do want to go traditional, this is where I go). I’m sort of obsessed with Alamo BBQ’s take the sandwich and…

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Rise – Short Pump opens tomorrow at 7 a.m. at 11561 W. Broad St. in Short Pump, the first Virginia location of the North Carolina based chain Rise Biscuits and Donuts known for – no surprise here – the biscuits and donuts. We had a chance to check out a sneak peek of Rise – Short Pump Friday morning and we didn’t hold back when ordering if the pictures below are any indication. We ordered two biscuits, one with fried green tomato and pimento cheese and another with bacon egg and cheese. We also ordered a half dozen donuts to take back to our office including one giant apple fritter — seriously, look at the size of this thing!   Everything we had was delicious, especially the biscuit sandwiches. Even though breakfast sandwiches are fairly simple, it’s not always easy to do them right — sometimes the eggs aren’t cooked right or…

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Good news and bad news. The bad news: one of our favorite markets, JM Stock Provisions, announced this week that the Richmond location is closing. They do plan to reopen at some point, when they can find a location that better suits them. You can read the full announcement, which they sent out via newsletter, here. It’s hard to find a bright side here, but if there is one, it’s that Meat Club remains. You can find all the details about that on this handy-dandy guide on their website, but keep an eye out because it sounds like more options are coming soon for Meat Club members. A new month, another list from BuzzFeed! No shame, I don’t hide my love for these monthly lists from BuzzFeed with seasonal recipe ideas and a chart telling me what exactly is in season this month. There’s still two whole weeks left in the…

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The Rogue Gentlemen has been on my so-called RVA happy hour bucket list since it opened more than three years ago. I’m not sure what kept me from visiting, but I sure hope it isn’t another three years before I find my way back. The interior of the space was brighter and airier than I had imagined and the small outdoor patio space is perfect for those warm (but less humid) evenings as Richmond slowly transitions from summer to fall. What can I say, I’m a sucker for comfortable patio furniture (think couches) and some string lights. If the weather is cooperating, I highly recommend ordering a night cap after your meal (or in my case snacks) and taking your drink(s) outside. As a whole, the restaurant almost feels like you’re at home or in your friends home. Let’s start with the drinks When I visited, the restaurant had recently…

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