I’m nearly a week into the Epicurious #cook90 challenge and good news, I haven’t given up — yet. If you missed my post on #cook90 you can read the details here. During week one, it has become clear that meal prep is the key to success. Prepping things ahead of time means it’s easy to turn down temptations. In the first week alone, I was invited to attended two lunches and because I had a fridge full of lunches ready I didn’t feel tempted to use any of my cheat meals. Full disclosure at one of the lunches, I did eat dessert (after I ate lunch at my desk) so that I wouldn’t feel completely left out. Carnitas three ways One of reasons I’m doing #cook90 is to try cooking new things, the first thing on my list was carnitas. I followed this simple and easy recipe from Gimme Some Oven… View Post

What’s Happenin’ Wednesday More restaurants are coming! The folks behind Rogue Gentlemen (not to be confused with Club Rouge) are opening a new concept in the old Boka Tavern space on Broad Street. Yaki will be a take on the modern izakaya, aka Japanese gastropub, serving mainly yakitori-ya (chicken skewers) — read all of the details on Richmond Magazine. Also making moves this week is Mean Bird. The beloved fried chicken (and vegan fried chicken) food truck will soon be opening a brick and mortar location in the old Sticky ToGoGo space on Main Street in the Fan. Note: they’ll have a limited schedule for the truck while they work to get that space up and running. Does the warm weather have you wishing you were drinking a beer on the patio? Here are five Richmond beers to help you start celebrating spring early. In related beer news, Hardywood’s Goochland… View Post

I’m an avid listener of the Bon Appètit Foodcast and in late January I listened to an episode featuring the editor of Epicurious, David Tamarkin. Most of the episode was spent talking about this cooking challenge where readers of Epicurious challenged each other and themselves to cook every breakfast, lunch and dinner for the month of January. Well, I missed the memo on the start of the challenge in January, so I’m going to be doing the #Cook90 challenge in March. Here’s how Epicurious describes #Cook90: The #cook90 challenge is simple: Cook three meals a day, every day, for a whole month. Cooking 90 meals requires organization. And creativity. And Tupperware. Lots of Tupperware. But they aren’t that crazy, you do get three “cheat” meals because well, life happens and sometimes you just HAVE to go to a work lunch or dinner with a friend to decompress after a tough week. If you’re super into… View Post

What’s Happenin’ Wednesday It’s awards season for the restaurant community in Richmond, y’all. Two Richmond restaurateurs — Brittanny Anderson of Metzger Bar and Butchery and Evrim Dogu of Sub Rosa Bakery — have been named semifinalists in the James Beard Foundation Awards, culinary awards that recognize the best in the business from throughout the whole country. The sixth annual Elby Awards took place this past weekend at the Altria Theater, celebrating the restaurant community in the Richmond region. You can find out who the big winners of the night were over on the Richmond Magazine website. Travel + Leisure compiled a list of the best cheap eats in every state, and Virginia’s representation on the list came from right here in Richmond with a nod to the ham biscuit from Early Bird which rings in at only $4.95. Good news for folks who live or work in downtown Richmond — or really anyone… View Post

Last month I introduced 5 Bites and Sips I’ve Been Loving Lately, saying I’d be back every so often with recommendations for a few dishes around RVA that are definitely worth checking out. As promised, I’m back again today with February’s edition. If you missed the first post, you can check it out here! Spicy Thai Fried Green Beans at Boulevard Burger & Brew These spicy Thai fried green beans from Boulevard Burger & Brew are a perfect happy hour snack, and the large portion size means they are great for sharing with a group of friends. Priced at $5.95, this is an appetizer that won’t set you back too much. I recommend ordering them with some kind of dipping sauce — I go with ranch — but Boulevard Burger & Brew offers a number of dipping sauces on their menu, including bbq, honey mustard, chipotle mayo, boulevard secret sauce and… View Post

What’s Happenin’ Wednesday! Let’s start with the bad news: Stroops as we know it will be closing this week. And after The Dog and Pig Show closed last weekend, Meg and I aren’t sure what to do or where to eat lunch anymore (kidding, sort of). I ate my feelings today to say my goodbyes (re: I shared five, I repeat five hot dogs with friends). Also closed, American Tap Room at Willow Lawn. The space will be turned into Hattie Mae’s Southern Cuisine and Oyster Bar. The better news, lots of restaurants are opening (and reopening). The Hard Shell Downtown is open again after an interior remodel. The Cava location near VCU opens to the public this week (Thursday with limited hours and FREE food). And Anchor Bar, the restaurant that invented the buffalo wing opens at Stony Point on Saturday. Ukrop’s lives! At Kroger. You can now find all of… View Post