This past weekend was one for the books for food lovers in Richmond, between the Richmond Greek Festival, which was celebrating its 42nd year this year, and Broad Appétit, which marked 10 years with this year’s festival! We kicked off our weekend on Thursday with a trip to the Greek Festival, giving ourselves a two-day festival break before heading to the eating marathon otherwise known as Broad Appétit. We stuck to our own advice and got there early with a game plan in mind, mapping out the vendors we wanted to hit most and noting their proximity to each other. After all, when a festival is hot and crowded, it is always best to have a plan. In celebration of 10 years of Broad Appétit, we’re sharing the 10 best things we enjoyed from this year’s festival. (A special thanks to our friend Nicky who joined us and made eating all of this delicious…

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We put our taco taste-testing skills to good use to share with you some of the best tacos in Richmond. It’s worth noting that there are many other great taco spots in Richmond that didn’t make this list, but hey, we could only eat so many tacos –we’re seriously considering doing a part two. The places we picked are worth a visit and as you’ll read below — offer much more than just tacos. From pupusas to fresh guacamole to sopes, we were in heaven checking these places out. Best Tacos in Richmond Don’t Look Back Located in Carytown, Don’t Look Back is a great place to visit whether you’re craving a taco or a margarita. The menu is simple, mostly focused on tacos with a few other offerings including burritos, quesadillas, nachos and Frito pie. With summer quickly approaching, you’ll be happy to know that Don’t Look Back has a patio located behind the restaurant.…

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Editor’s Note: Brunch service as Shagbark has ended. We will update this post should the restaurant bring back brunch service in the future. Richmond was recently named to Travel and Leisure’s list of America’s Favorite Cities for Brunch. In fact, RVA ranked number six on the list and I’m in full agreement — Richmond is a great town for brunch. But Travel and Leisure (and its readers) failed to mention one of the best brunches in town. Don’t get me wrong Metzger and Southbound deservedly made the list — I’ve been to brunch at both restaurants and was extremely impressed. But, Shagbark is also doing something special. (Note: Lucy’s is probably also deserving of its mention, I just haven’t had a chance to make it over there for brunch yet.) On a recent trip (aka on Easter Sunday — which was a date chosen accidentally), I was smitten with everything that…

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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…

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I hate that I am saying this but I have been counting down the days to April 1 — aka the end of my #cook90 challenge. The cooking part hasn’t been too bad but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experience it’s that my next kitchen needs to have a dishwasher. Who knew one person could create so many dirty dishes? I want to say I’ve spent at least a half an hour every single day in March washing dishes, and I’m #overit. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed #cook90. I tried my best to cook things that were outside of my comfort zone and I’m excited that I’ve added a few more recipes to my repertoire. I’ve learned that making pasta from scratch isn’t really all that hard, but you do need a decent amount of counter space. And apparently, I like baking a lot less than I thought I…

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