Kitchen hacks. I came across a POPSUGAR story this week featuring Tyler Florence’s take on mashed potatoes, and I’d be lying if I said the recipe didn’t make me prematurely excited for Thanksgiving. The trick? Instead of cooking the potatoes in water, Florence cooks them in cream so none of the potato flavor is lost during the cooking process. POPSUGAR tested the recipe, and the author said she’s never going back to another mashed potato method again. If you have five minutes. You might appreciate this funny read from Bon Appétit titled In Memoriam: All the Untouched Food on ‘The Bachelorette.’ Because let’s be real, who doesn’t touch any food at a barbecue? There’s a new store where everything (!) is $3. Have you all heard about Brandless yet? The company kicked things off just last month with an online store where everything in the story costs only $3. You heard me right –…

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Restaurateurs are seeing green, gate that is. Meg mentioned the opening of Red Salt in last week’s WHW and the chophouse/sushi restaurant is now officially open to the public for lunch and dinner in the hottest (restaurant heavy) development west of Carytown. Also opening this month in GreenGate is The Daily Kitchen & Bar’s second location. And later this year Ginger Juice will have an outpost out west as well. Wait, a list that Richmond isn’t featured on? Bon Appetit’s 2017 list of the Best Restaurants in America was released yesterday and sadly none of Richmond’s many fine restaurants made the list. Never fear, there are quite a few restaurants to our north and south that aren’t too far away and hey, we needed an excuse to take a road trip. Things are heating up in the Fan. Pupatella, a wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant opened late last week in the former Rancho-T space. We…

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1,400 boozy shakes. That’s a whole lotta milkshakes – and according to a recent Richmond Magazine piece by Catherine Amos Cribbs, that’s how many boozy shakes Boulevard Burger & Brew serves up in any given week. The mint chocolate chip shake highlighted in the article is one of the restaurant’s most popular dessert concoctions, and it’s a treat worth keeping in mind if this warm weather keeps up. One door closes, a few more open. In this week’s update on the RVA dining scene, Deco has closed its doors and the owner of Tarrant’s plans to open a new restaurant in the space, Carrot & Kale, which will offer juices and snacks. Sushi and steak lovers will be happy to know that Red Salt Chophouse & Sushi will open to the public on Monday, July 31 at 12221 West Broad Street. We’ve been following along with the restaurant on Instagram and I’m already…

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Richmond restaurant update: July edition. A lot of semi-updates in the restaurant scene lately. ZZQ posted a photo of its recently approved building permits and announced that they’ll only be doing the pop-up at Ardent for five four more weeks. Also in Scott’s Addition, Longoven shared its plans to open a brick and mortar with Richmond BizSense last week. Not in Scott’s Addition but also in the works is a brick and mortar location for Nate’s Bagels in the Fan at Cary and Allen. Give us all of the bagels! And last but not least, Toast is opening it’s second location in Midlothian (yes, I know — if you want to get technical it is in Powhatan County). Y’all it is going to be HOT again this week. That’s okay though because King of Pop’s has you covered during the hottest parts of the day. They’ve launched Poppy Hour from…

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Writing a food blog certainly has its perks, and last night was one of those nights! We got a sneak peek of the new CAVA in Short Pump ahead of the official opening to the public and enjoyed a delicious dinner while checking out CAVA’s newest Richmond digs. If you aren’t familiar with CAVA, the easiest way to describe the growing chain is a Mediterranean version of Chipotle — you start at the beginning of the line and decide what kind of meal you want and then the customization begins and it keeps going for a good long while. There is not a lack of options when eating here, you’ll definitely be able to find something that’s just right for you! If you don’t know CAVA yet, you’re probably going to know it soon – this time last year Richmond didn’t have a single CAVA location, and by the end…

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