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 your Ukrop’s favorites at Kroger starting today — think rainbow cookies and chicken salad, but maybe not together.
- The Washington Post burst my Kombucha loving bubble this week by informing me that the “health” drink might not be all that it’s cracked up to be. Decide for yourself by reading the full article here.
- Two new food websites popped up recently that are worth following: Healthyish by Bon Appetit is a place where you can find (mostly) healthy but always delicious recipes and TASTE is an online magazine run by Matt Rodbard, author of Koreatown: A Cookbook, among other accomplishments. TASTE promises to share approachable recipes and to explore “today’s quick moving food culture.”
- Stella’s Grocery is my guilty pleasure market. If I’m feeling too lazy to cook dinner or if I know I have a busy week coming up, I’ll pick up a pasta dinner there knowing it will last me for like four meals and be more delicious than anything I could make myself. Stella’s Grocery new item alert: housemade butternut squash and ricotta ravioli. Reheat it in your own cookware and we won’t tell anyone that you didn’t make it from scratch.
What to add to your calendar
- If you’ve already given up on your New Year’s Resolution to get fit, sign up for the Monument Avenue 10k. There’s still time to get back on track and run with 30,000 of your closest friends. Also, non-runners it might be time to start planning your witty signs, you’ve got stiff competition with all the protest signs lately.
- This weekend, Stone Brewing is celebrating the first birthday of its Richmond location. Join them in Fulton on Saturday for beer, coffee and Patrick Henry re-enactors. No, I’m not kidding.
- Go grocery shopping for a good cause on Sunday at Ellwood Thompson’s. Five percent of sales will be donated to local non-profit FETCH a Cure.
- FYI — The nice people that run the Mean Bird food truck have caught the bug that’s been going around and had to cancel all events scheduled for yesterday and today. Send them good vibes so that they’ll be better soon aka in time to serve up some tasty fried chicken at Kindred Spirit Brewing in Goochland on Friday. Go visit them when they’re back up and running, I’m sure it will make them feel better!
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