2019 and Beyond for Us

Hey 2019, it’s been a real long while since our last post (like six months actually) and there’s kinda an explanation. The short of it is just that it’s hard to find time to keep up with work, personal life, and then a blog on top of it. After a long day, I just wanna kick back, relax, binge some YouTube, and so on. It is also just as hard to find the motivation behind that. Life can’t be put in a box and there is a lot more to write home about than just food.

Because of that, I think it’s best to just do once-a-month blog posts. It gives more space between thoughts. My hope is that it doesn’t become a chore, a dirty dish used last night that I don’t want to get around to.

Of course, this blog was started on food (and travel) and, as … Read the rest

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Tiny Victory – Filipino-Inspired Dishes Finally Taking Roots

Tiny Victory’s grand opening, located in Jackson Ward

Tiny Victory's Sisig close up

I was able to make some time for Tiny Victory’s grand opening earlier this week and I wanted to share my experience (as well as some pictures of course). I’m excited for what this little restaurant will serve up and will definitely be back in the future.… Read the rest

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ZZQ Texas Style Barbecue Now Finding Its Home in Richmond, VA

ZZQ Texas Style Barbecue Now Finding Its Home in Richmond, VA

Store front

ZZQ is new to Richmond. For a while, they were doing pop ups at places like Ardent and they’ve been working really hard to get where they are today. Because of all that work, Richmond is definitely taking notice.

This is honestly the best BBQ I’ve had in Virginia and highly comparable to BBQ from Austin, TX.

Now, let me pre-face this post with one thing: this is my third visit to ZZQ but this is the only time I’ve been able to taste anything. The first two times, it was sold out! I told myself “I’m getting there early this time, I’m not letting them sell out another time.”

The Best BBQ in Virginia

Let’s first talk about the location like always. From the outside, this place is pretty underwhelming… The first time I ever went here, I … Read the rest

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First Visit to Nate’s Bagels Brick & Mortar Bagel Shop – Lots of Photos!

Nate’s Bagels

Let’s give a warm welcome to Nate’s Bagels’ first brick and mortar store, located in the Fan on a quiet part of Cary Street that intersects with Allen.

It’s a quick spot if you just wanna pick up your bagels and coffee and carry on with your day.

You might be greeted by a long line at Nate’s Bagels–ours was almost out the door–but it moves really quickly and you can get a bagel in less than 10 minutes.

I’ve waited in a New York bagel line for over 45 minutes before and this place’s quality compares or exceeds that! Minus the over-inflated hype.

Super limited seating! Most of it is just 2-tops. There’s a bar as well as one 4-top but you might just have an easier time eating outside while standing than finding a seat indoors.

Simple drip black coffee goes great with the bagels, especially … Read the rest

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The Veil Brewing’s Refreshing Zombie Tastee Sour Ale!

The Veil Brewing Zombie Tastee Sour Ale

The Veil Brewing Zombie Tastee Sour Ale

The Veil Brewing

Is it 5 o’clock yet?! Rain didn’t keep us from picking up this Zombie Tastee sour ale from The Veil Brewing!
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I had a super tough workout the other day and this refreshing sour was probably the best thing I could come home to. Great pick-me-up with hints of grapefruit, lime, and cherry. Looking forward to trying out more Richmond craft beers!

I’ve been to The Veil Brewing a few times to pick up beer and this time was a lot better than the first time. Tuesdays are always rough because they drop their new flavors then and lines have been out the door from my experiences but this time, it wasn’t so bad. It was raining so it was just a quick in and out. The inside was packed but the line to get 4-packs and cases to … Read the rest

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Sub Rosa – The Best Bakery in Richmond

If you’re a bread lover or a coffee consumer, Sub Rosa is probably on your list. And if it’s not, let’s talk about why it should be.

That Churchill vibe

Sub Rosa is located in Churchill around the corner from Alamo BBQ and across from The Roosevelt, so just imagine quiet streets with the sounds of cars breezing by once in a while, imagine it’s Sunday morning and you’ve just finished your morning run, you’re sitting outside with the birds chirping enjoying some of the best pastries in town. Time is slow in Churchill and you’ve got time in Churchill. That is Sub Rosa to Richmond.

Outdoor seating

It’s a small shop, just like a lot of other Richmond shops. The entire store front is windowpane so when you walk in, you’re greeted with beautiful pastries placed out behind the glass cabinet and a brightness that goes with the feeling of the … Read the rest

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SomiSomi – Delicious Matcha Soft Serve over Chewy Waffles!

SomiSomi on Convoy Street in San Diego

SomiSomi Matcha + Vanila

Great creamy soft serve on a crispy, chewy fish-shaped waffle from SomiSomi

We came on a Sunday afternoon to SomiSomi. The parking lot was full and we had to drive around a few times before a spot opened up. Then, for some reason, there was a line out the door. We thought we’d have to wait for a while but we don’t think we waited more than 15 minutes–the staff there was really good about getting people their orders quickly.

There’s a pretty simple menu: a few soft serve options (original, ube, matcha, etc), a few filling choices (red bean, etc), the choice between a fish-shaped cone or cup, and then a good number of toppings.

Super creamy and airy soft serve

We got a matcha/vanilla swirl with red bean filling in a fish-shaped cone. The staff recommends getting a cup with the … Read the rest

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BLT from Salt & Forge – Best Ever!

Salt & Forge – Sandwiches, Salads, Amazing

This BLT from Salt & Forge was actually amazing. I don’t say that about stuff often. It was that good.

Unsuspecting signage

Exterior

It’s probably easy to pass by this place. Salt & Forge is on an unsuspecting block, across from Fighting Fish and J Kogi and in between some boarded up and closed neighboring storefronts. Even the big sign was easy to miss, being way above eye-level.

Interior

Interior

Interior

The seating and dining area are minimalist–in a good, simple way. You’ll find tall, tiled ceilings which are common in Richmond. Seating is varied: big tables for groups, small tables for catching up with a friend, and some window seats to catch the rays. I did love that there were a lot of the bigger group tables because they’re multi-use. They’re easy to share with other dinners and also easy to accommodate a large group of … Read the rest

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Ironclad Coffee Roasters – Dream Interior!

Ironclad Coffee Roasters

Fire station turned open air coffee shop! Ironclad Coffee Roasters now has a permanent brick-and-mortar location that you can sit down at and enjoy a specialty coffee. Before this, they were selling their coffee as wholesale to select stores.

Exterior

Coffee Here sign

On these warm summer days, you’ll find the huge front garage door open to welcome those walking in. Being situated on a quiet street adjacent to Broad, on a weekend day like the one we visited, it’s quiet and relaxed–opposite to the hustle and bustle of many city coffee shops you imagine. We found a lot of the guests to be coming in running clothes, stopping by for a quick drink.

Outside looking in

There is both upstairs and outdoor patio seating available. Upstairs looks great for getting some work done without being disturbed. The outdoor patio is great for catching up with a friend and you need a quiet space. … Read the rest

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Whisk RVA – French Vanilla Macaron

Bastille Day French Vanilla Macaron from Whisk RVA

French Vanilla macaron

We’re not really macaron experts but we know they’re an art, so look at those feet, look at the fullness (not hollow at all!), and look at that creamy vanilla filling. You could probably even see the texture and imagine biting into it. The coolness of the cream is a great contrast to the crispy and chewy almond cookies and these special Bastille Day treats probably didn’t last long. Whisk has been the macaron staple in Richmond for a while so you know where to go if you’re in need of one.

Outside of Whisk

Macaron cross section

Store front

Seating

2100 E. Main St, Richmond VA 23223
www.whiskrva.com

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