It’s our favorite day of the week: What’s Happenin’ Wednesday!
Happy National French Fry Day! If you’re looking to enjoy some french fries in Richmond today, some of my favorite fries around RVA include the southern poutine from The Roosevelt, the perfectly seasoned fries from New York Deli in Carytown and the fresh cut fries from Burger Bach which come with your choice of a number of dipping sauces, from garlic aioli to a basil pesto sauce. I haven’t yet gotten to try the schlubby fries from Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen — fries topped with havarti and dill cheese, pastrami, Russian dressing and chopped pickled peppers and onions — but believe me, they are on my list.
Worth a read: Tasting Table recently did a piece on what’s next for chef Travis Milton and what he’s doing to bring Appalachian food into the spotlight.
Esquire just did a round-up on the most over-the-top burgers in every state, and the pick in West Virginia was a burger named The Eagle from a place called Secret Sandwich Society. Good thing for us, since Secret Sandwich Society is opening a Richmond location on Grace Street as early as September 2016. Follow them on Facebook for opening updates.
The Dining Traveler (and Spicy Candy DC) recently spent 24 hours in Richmond, and I love what they had to say about our city. Their visit included stops at The Dog and Pig Show and Metzger Bar & Butchery. Jessica, the next time you visit RVA, we’d love to show you some of our favorite spots around town!
Freshly brewed tea is my beverage of choice in the summertime, and thanks to this infuser pitcher from Crate & Barrel that I’ve been putting to good use recently, my tea flavors have been changing on a weekly basis. This week, I infused my tea with lemon and lime slices and fresh mint! The pitcher is great to use for flavored water, too.
There’s an app for that: If you’re like me and always looking for a way to save money at the grocery store, you should check out Ibotta. The app offers cash back on select items, including a number of “any brand” items each week like bread, milk, eggs or produce.
I’m heading to the beach soon, and I’m looking for any and all summer reading recommendations! If you’ve read anything you loved recently, please share your book ideas in the comments below! Extra points if it’s a book that’s available at the Richmond Public Library.
What to add to your calendar
Cheers! The National Beer Expo kicks off today in Richmond and runs through Saturday, July 16. More than 175 craft beers will be featured and you can view the full event schedule here.
The folks over at Fire, Flour & Fork have planned a fun (and free!) advance kick-off to this year’s culinary event which is taking place from November 17-20, 2016. The Midtown State Fair will take place on Sunday, August 7 at Libbie Mill-Midtown. The day’s activities are a twist on your average fair activities and include everything from cake and kale walks to heirloom tomato tastings and culinary spelling bees. Bonus: Midtown State Fair attendees will receive a special discount code for tickets to Nov. 19 classes and talks during Fire, Flour and Fork.
VMFA After Hours is coming up on Saturday, July 23, where for $35 you’ll be able to stay late at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from 7 – 11 p.m. and enjoy appetizers, one drink ticket, free parking and admission to Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.
If you’ve ever wanted to get a behind the scenes look at King of Pops, you’re in luck! The next King of Pops Tour & Tasting is coming up this Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For $5 you’ll get a single ticket which includes a tour, a demo on how a pop is made, and a sampling of 10 flavors of pops. Quick, purchase tickets for one of the four sign up times Sunday before they sell out.