I’ve done my fair share of road trips over the years and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that snacks (or the lack thereof) can make or break your road trip experience. You do not want to be stuck in the car with four hours to go, when HANGER hits. And if you’re just along for the ride, you don’t want to be THAT friend that needs to stop every 30 minutes. For any trip longer than two hours, I try to bring both sweet and salty snacks to satisfy any hungry passenger’s palate. On my seven hour drive to Charleston this month, I packed five essentials. My five road trip snack essentials Boylan’s Ginger Ale. This hand-crafted soda contains no high fructose corn syrup — only pure cane sugar found here. I keep this in my snack bag in case I feel car sickness coming on. Oreos! Oops, I’m making up for the lack of…

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Can you believe it? It’s already time for round two of What’s Happenin’ Wednesday. (If you missed last week’s introductory post on What’s Happenin’ Wednesday, feel free to catch up here.) Here’s your weekly dose of What’s Happenin’ Wednesday: This past weekend I went to Early Mountain Vineyards for their annual oyster festival. Rappahannock Oyster Company was on site with oysters, crabcakes and their famous stuffin’ muffin and I’m already counting down the days until we can pay a visit to Merroir, one of my favorite spots to enjoy a beautiful day. Look out for an upcoming post recapping the Oyster Fest at Early Mountain. Wish you had a box of Virginia food products curated by a local chef? You’re in luck – thanks to The Fare Trade and Chef Jason Alley, you can order one here. The return of warm weather means Taylor and I are sprucing up our…

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I’m a firm believer that some of best gifts to give (and receive) are experiences. I’m lucky to have friends and family that share that same sentiment, and my husband Taylor and I recently were given a gift card to use towards a Southern Season cooking class. If you aren’t familiar with Southern Season, it’s a speciality foods store with roots in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and additional locations in Charleston, Raleigh and Richmond. In addition to aisles filled with gourmet and specialty foods, each location has a state-of-the-art kitchen where they offer cooking classes taught by different local instructors. Needless to say, this is a gift we were thankful to receive – and excited to enjoy! When Taylor and I were looking at the winter class schedule deciding which Southern Season cooking class to take, our decision was a no-brainer – we wanted to take Biscuits! 101. Seemingly one of Southern…

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I’ve had somewhat of an evolution on Happy Hour. In college I was forever in search of the strongest cheapest drink specials. When I moved back to Richmond and was living in my first Fan apartment my priorities changed and I was focused on finding places nearby, usually within a 10 minute walk, (pre-uber days). Now, nearly three years later three things are important to me when it comes to happy hour: Do they have cheap drinks? Can I plausibly make it in time after work? Do they have great food or bar snacks? Enter, Graffiato — Mike Isabella’s Richmond restaurant opened in 2014 and arguably has one of Richmond’s best happy hours in the city. At the bar, you can find both food and drink specials weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. And if you’re having a rough Monday (wait, what Monday isn’t rough?) you’re in luck, happy hour specials run all…

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Sooooo, you might be asking yourself, “What is What’s Happenin’ Wednesday?” and lucky for you, I HAVE THE ANSWER! Each week Meg and I will be sharing a few things that are on our radar — food news, ideas for updating your home, tid bits to share at your next happy hour and everything in between. We’ll also be giving all of our Richmond followers a little heads up if there are any events worth clearing your calendar for. So without further ado, here’s our first What’s Happenin’ Wednesday. I’m visiting Charleston, South Carolina this weekend and this is my food spirit guide. Look for my road trip snack essentials guide coming to the blog soon. If you haven’t watched this Ariana Grande skit from this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live, there is no time like the present. In Richmond donut news, Crossroads (on the southside) is now selling donuts from the Treatshop. This is my…

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