Soooo……. today I got to have lunch with the superfab Brittany from EatingBirdFood!!!! We met up at Whole Foods (foodie heaven, obvi) and I proceeded to make a ginormous salad with close to everything they had there 😉
Then spent some time with my new homegirl chatting it up – food, life, living in Richmond, ya know… She lives in a part of town that I just moved out of after buying my house (super cute restaurants/bars all around there that I miss!) so it was fab to talk with her about that and what some of her faves are.
Bloggin’ friends, she was supernice and it was so nice to chat with someone who loves food as much as moi!! I had a great time and I hope we get to do something again soon 🙂
Brittany, you rock, obvi 🙂
After lunch I called the madre and we made some plans to head down the street to the Innsbrook Beer, Wine & Food Festival!!
Beers & wines from around the world (including local VA) + Richmond’s top chefs & restauranteurs = I THINK SO!
We got there and obviously prioritized by visiting the wine stands first.
which was mostly made in stainless steel vs. oak barrels so more fruit-foward and not too oaky/creamy and I loved it! I don’t like very creamy Chards, so this was a perfect fit.
Plus, the ladies that were working at this stand were so nice and fun to talk with! Turns out one of their husbands just recently started working at a new restaurant in town called The Fat Goat that I really want to check out – it focuses on farm-to-table fare and I totally support that! Check out their menu, holy yum The Man and I are going to have to head here soon 🙂
We also had a taste of this Lake Anna Winery’s special red blend called Spotsylvania Claret – which included Merlot, Touriga, Cabernet Fran, Chambourcin, Petite Verdot, Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon.
This was so good as well!!! The guy told me that it is actually made from the bottom of the barrel sediment from all these wines (yea, sounds gross right?) but trust me friends – this stuff was legit 🙂
And check out these super cute wine glasses for sale, omg love
Then it was onto the food! I bundled up since it was chilly out today 😛
First we sampled some absolutely amazing gumbo from a restaurant called Rowland Fine Dining.
This restaurant is down the street from my old place in the city (le sigh, I miss all that food) and has gotten rave reviews… and today was no exception!
Enjoyed with some French Chard (from France, really? Right Mom, aren’t you proud haha)
And check out their sample menu for Richmond’s Restaurant Week — which btw I really think I need to go to this year!
Can we all say ‘YUM’ together now?! 😉
We also couldn’t leave without trying Buzz & Ned’s famous bbq, which was featured on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown on Food Network (where was I for this?!)
We got a 2oz. pulled pork sample (so smokey and good, and you peeps know I don’t eat this kinda stuff often!)
and I got some ribs to go for The Man – yea, I’m a suck up 😉
Yea, this stuff was pretty much amazing. Nuff said!
Alright, I gots to run and go to Dick’s sporting goods with The Man (who is currently performing door/paint surgery to our master bath door IN OUR BEDROOM….. leave him alone and see what happens hahaha jk honey!) It looks great so far, and thankfully he moved the new rug outta the way and put down blankets before painting 😉
Gotta also get this white chicken chili started soon since it’s nearing 4pm – prob see ya’ll back for a quickie post tonight and I gots to catch up on some google reader like woah!
See ya soon peeps 🙂