Big week in #RVA restaurant news. The restaurant industry does not take a break over the Thanksgiving holiday. So stay with me while I rattle off all of the recent announcements. First, in sad news, the restaurant with sandwiches the size of battleships, The Black Sheep, has closed, we have our fingers crossed that the rumors about a new location are true. Now for the good news. Scoop, an ice cream shop brought to you by the awesome woman behind Whisk, will be opening in the former Fan Video space (on Strawberry Street) this spring. No word on an opening date from Little Nickle, the next restaurant concept from Johnny Giavos, but here’s a preview of their cocktail menu to keep you on your toes. I’ll take one of each, please. Up in Church Hill there’s a flurry of activity including the announcement of Alewife, a new fish-focused restaurant from Lee Gregory — you probably recognize the name from Southbound and the Roosevelt. Last but not least, Lickhinghole Creek, the Goochland based brewery opened its satellite taproom in Shockoe Bottom over the weekend and will have limited hours (think weekends only) through the end of the year.
Got mylk? I stopped drinking milk years ago, and like many “health conscious” people I started using milk alternatives (mylk) in my smoothies, cereal, etc. But I never really stopped to think about how those nut milks were actually made — well that is until I started seeing some of my favorite wellness Instagramers making their own mylks at home. I’m still not 100% educated on what’s in those shelf-stable containers you can purchase at the grocery store and the jurys still sort of out on whether or not there’s really anything bad in them BUT for those wanting to be a more educated consumer, read this primer on mylk from Epicurious.
If you feel like you ate too much last week, you aren’t alone. But don’t worry, Bon Appetit’s Healthy-ish has you covered with 15 recipes to help you reset. Apparently stews, salads and smoothies are where it’s at. I’m adding the curried lentil, tomato and coconut soup and the corn and chickpea bowl with miso-jalapeno tahini recipes to my meal prep list asap.
Looking to step up your restaurant game this winter? Start by reading this guide to the best restaurants in Richmond from Richmond Magazine. This year their team of writers made nearly 300 visits to restaurants to create this list and they aren’t messing around. A few of my favorite mentions are L’opossum (co-sign on the Beef Swellington), Saison and Belmont Food Shop.
I can’t believe there’s no butter?! The French are about to lose their croissants over a (gasp!) butter shortage. This is making bakers desperate for the good stuff because the French know, margarine does not equal butter. Might I suggest a butter exchange program? I’ll send all my leftover butter from Thanksgiving if they’ll send back some escargot chocolat-pistache!
What to add to your calendar
The season of giving. Now through December 17, Pasture is collecting (new) toys, infant supplies, clothes, diapers, picture frames, games, etc. for children in foster care. If you’re interested in giving this holiday season, unwrapped donations can be dropped off at the restaurant. And if you’re considering donating, please keep in mind that they’re looking for gifts for all ages, not just young children.
Puppies, ugly sweaters and beer. What could go wrong? Nothing obviously. Richmond Animal Care and Control (my pup Hazel’s former home) will be hosting its Ugly Sweater Puppy Party at Hardywood this Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. There will be a photo with Santa station for you to snap a photo of your furry friend with Santa and Mrs. Claus and adorable adoptable dogs on site!
Gifts galore. If you missed Studio Two Three’s RVA Artisan Market last weekend, don’t worry there are more opportunities to shop local at one of my favorite print shops. On December 9th and 10th the studio will be hosting its winter print fair, with art for sale from 35 local artists. AND bonus: there will be a grilled cheese and tomato soup bar!
Tis the season to tour fancy houses. There are at least nine different home tours going on this holiday season in the Central Virginia area and home tour season is heating up. Time to make your game plan people and this guide from the Richmond Times-Dispatch can help you decide which tour is right for you.