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 – coffee, soap, chocolate cookies, hand cream – it’s all only $3. You can learn more about the company here, but the basic gist is that the company is taking away the up charge we all pay for brand names. I haven’t tried it myself yet, but the concept is certainly appealing!
Extra, extra, read all about it: Beverly Mazursky of Bev’s Ice Cream. When I first moved to Richmond in 2011, I lived in an apartment at Floyd and Boulevard where Bev’s Ice Cream was within walking distance and I quickly fell in love with the ice cream, the unique flavors on the specials board and the classic Carytown location. Bev’s own Beverly Mazursky did a Q&A with Richmond Magazine recently, and I loved learning more about the namesake behind one of my favorite RVA spots. You can read the piece here.
Restaurant openings and (one) closing here, there and everywhere. Last week, EAT Restaurant Partners announced a new location coming to Shockoe Bottom in the now closed River City Diner space and HOUSEpitality Family restaurant group shared plans to open two new locations coming to Chesterfield Towne Center – what will be the third location of Casa del Barco and a new concept for the restaurant group, Shrimp Shack. Richmond BizSense has the scoop on Les Crepes second location coming to Carytown. Oh yeah, we would be remiss not to share the opening date for Rise – Short Pump – where you’ll be able to enjoy biscuits and donuts galore on August 19th from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Comfort Zone Camp. In closing news, Hattie Mae’s at Willow Lawn shut its doors after being open just a few months.
What to add to your calendar
There’s a week celebrating farmers markets, and it’s happening right now. National Farmers Market Week is taking place this week, friends. It runs from August 6-12 and celebrates farmers markets all across the nation, and we’re celebrating by looking back on this blog post dedicated to our personal favorite farmers market in RVA – South of the James. If you’ve never been, our post serves as a handy-dandy guide and outlines some of our favorite spots at the market.
Latin RVA Restaurant Week. The inaugural Latin RVA Restaurant Week is approaching quickly, so mark your calendars for August 14-20. You can find more details about the week over on Richmond Magazine’s website, including the restaurants that are currently signed up to participate in the festivities.
All things Armenian. Save the date for Richmond’s Armenian Food Festival, which is coming up September 8 – 10. What you can expect: free admission, delicious food, beer, wine, music, dancing and a family-friendly environment – all at St. James Armenian Church which is located at 834 Pepper Avenue off of Patterson Avenue.