Richmond restaurant update: July edition. A lot of semi-updates in the restaurant scene lately. ZZQ posted a photo of its recently approved building permits and announced that they’ll only be doing the pop-up at Ardent for
five four more weeks. Also in Scott’s Addition, Longoven shared its plans to open a brick and mortar with Richmond BizSense last week. Not in Scott’s Addition but also in the works is a brick and mortar location for Nate’s Bagels in the Fan at Cary and Allen. Give us all of the bagels! And last but not least, Toast is opening it’s second location in Midlothian (yes, I know — if you want to get technical it is in Powhatan County).
Y’all it is going to be HOT again this week. That’s okay though because King of Pop’s has you covered during the hottest parts of the day. They’ve launched Poppy Hour from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, where you can score $1 off any order. We recommend this cookies and cream pop, dipped in chocolate, covered in sprinkles and finished off with a caramel drizzle. P.S. They’re also stocked with a limited supply of pops for pups, so your furry friend can stay cool too!
Healthyish wasn’t enough. Bon Appetit has the magazine, its online presence and earlier this year they even launched Healthyish (its website with a focus on healthy AND delicious cooking). But they didn’t stop there. In July, Basically debuted — BA’s new website solely focused on teaching food lovers “how to actually, you know, make it.” The “it” being food. This month (and every month) they’re sharing basic techniques like how to get seeds out of tomatoes (helpful, because this is what I hate about tomatoes), how to cut strawberries with less waste (cool, this helps the environment right?) and a recipe for I kid you not, Magic Crispy Chicken. Also, let me remind you the heat wave is not over, so these no-cook summer dinner recipes from the regular Bon Appetit should help keep your house cooler.
This week in weird news. Not only is there a cat cafe in town, these folks are looking to open a lizard cafe. Apparently, these are common in Japan? I don’t understand it, but Style Weekly has all the details if this piqued your interest.
Hope you didn’t buy any Blue Apron stock. Thanks to Amazon it is tanking. Rumors are swirling that the tech (retail?) company will soon be launching its own meal kits, with delivery service by drones! Kidding, I just wanted to see if you were still paying attention. Do you use a meal kit service? If so let me know which one in the comments, I want to hear about your favorites!
What to add to your calendar
Celebrate a birthday to benefit more birthdays! The Kendra Scott store at Short Pump is celebrating its first birthday and the event will benefit the local non-profit, Celebrate! RVA, which helps all kids experience joy on their birthdays. Shop till you drop and feel good about it on July 29th. Twenty, count’em, TWENTY percent of proceeds will be donated to the local nonprofit.
Dog days of summer are hitting. What’s better than dogs, grilled cheeses and cider?! Probably nothing. On August 5th, Blue Bee Cider will be hosting its Dog Days of Summer event all day with pet-friendly activities (including a pet kissing booth), live music, cider, food trucks and more. A bunch of local organizations will also be on site doing adoptions so, don’t over indulge on the cider or you might be taking home a new furry friend, which actually sounds like a really good idea.
Surf and Turf, why pick one when you can have both. The Urban Roost next to Lunch.SUPPER! will be converted into the Farm + Coast pop-up on Sunday, July 30. Chef Mike (you might’ve heard of him if you follow this blog) Ledesma will be joining Steve DeRaffele the chef from Lunch.SUPPER! to create a six-course dinner paired with beer from Ardent. Tickets are just under $60, which we think is a steal.
What do barbecue and tacos have in common? Everything on July 24! Pitmaster Anthony DiBernardo of Charleston’s Swig and Swine will be smoking up all of the meats for a taco take over at Flora. I mean, honestly, I was speechless after seeing this photo that DiBernardo shared on the event page. Nothing
meats beats the month blues like a fat slice of brisket.