Travelogue: Discovering the Food Paradise that is Richmond, Virginia

A view of Richmond, Virginia at dusk

If you like food, have I got a new must-visit destination for you! If you like Southern food, in particular, you should just drop your computer or phone or whatever and go get in the car right now. Where, then, is this land of undiscovered culinary delight? It’s about two hours south of us in Richmond, Virginia.

We recently spent four nights in Richmond over the 4th of July holiday weekend, and it left one hell of a lasting impression. If only there existed a high-speed train to more easily get us to D.C. for work, we’d be making plans to move to Richmond right now. We ate well and often, we drank more quality cocktails and ciders than I can easily recall, and we stayed at a grand hotel so nice that words hardly do it justice.

Thankfully, Kathleen is great with words, and she recently wrote all about our trip to Richmond. Click right here to read our latest travelogue and learn why this underrated city should be at the top of your culinary travel wishlist!


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For Unbeatable Comfort Food, Check Out Lunch.Supper! in Richmond, Virginia

The fried chicken dinner at Lunch.Supper! in Richmond, Virginia

Over on our Restaurants Page, we’ve just added a new page for our newest favorite food city. Of course, I’m talking about Richmond, Virginia!

Fittingly, our first entry on our Richmond Restaurants Page is our review of our favorite restaurant in Richmond, Lunch.Supper! This place is where I fell in love with pimento cheese, ate a crazy amount of bacon mac and cheese, and so much more that I can’t even type it out right now or it will make me ravenously hungry. Just go check out our full review right here, and learn why this place is one of my new favorite restaurants anywhere!


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Recipe: How to Make Classic Pasta Carbonara

Our classic pasta carbonara.

Over on our Recipes Page, we just added a page for probably my favorite category of food, Pasta and Rice. And what better first recipe to post on this new page than my favorite pasta dish of all-time, classic Roman pasta carbonara!

It’s very possible you’ve never tasted a good carbonara, because so many restaurants in the U.S. have no idea how to make it. Most restaurants add cream to their carbonara, and it fills me with an unspeakable rage every time I see that on a menu. True carbonara contains cheese (Parmesan and/or Pecorino Romano), egg yolks, pork (guanciale/pancetta), and black pepper. That. Is. It!

Want to learn how to make this most delicious of pasta dishes? Our recipe can be found right here! You’ll never look at restaurant carbonara the same way after this, I promise you.


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Restaurant Review: Catch on the Ave | Alexandria, VA

The fish and chips from Catch on the Ave in Alexandria, VA

We have no shortage of restaurants here in Alexandria. Old Town, especially, has everything from fast casual to fine dining, with the crowds to match.

One of the less touristy parts of Alexandria is the Del Ray neighborhood. With no shortage of restaurants, Del Ray aims to be the locals’ spot. Unfortunately, the restaurants in Del Ray are, on the whole, complete crap.

Over on our Restaurants Page, we just posted our review of a new spot in Del Ray, the recently-opened seafood restaurant Catch on the Ave. The food showed flashes of promise, and the drinks were absolutely on point, but, like Del Ray restaurants generally, the experience was mostly underwhelming. Click right here to check out our full review of this new seafood spot.


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Travelogue: Cruising to Bermuda, Including Where to Eat in Bermuda and Where to Eat Aboard the Norwegian Escape Cruise Ship

A view of Bermuda from aboard the Norwegian Escape Cruise Ship

Over on our Travel Page, we’ve just posted our latest travelogue of our recent cruise to Bermuda aboard the fantastic Norwegian Escape cruise ship. Bermuda is a unique cruise destination. Unlike other port stops, ships dock in Bermuda for several days allowing time for extended exploration. Of course, for us, this meant extended time to find some of Bermuda’s best food!

Check out this extensive travelogue to discover where to find the best Bermuda fish chowder, the best way to tour historic St. George, and where to find the best food at sea aboard the Norwegian Escape. As a bonus, we spent two days in New York City pre-cruise, where we created our own Brooklyn pizza tour. So if you’ve ever considered cruising to Bermuda, go check out our ten plus pages of notes and photos, and get ready to discover this beautiful and delicious destination!


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Restaurant Review: Delia’s Mediterranean Grill and Brick Oven Pizza | Alexandria, VA

Pizza at Delia's Brick Oven Pizza in Alexandria, VA

Over on our Restaurants Page, we write reviews of our favorite places to dine out. These have included some of D.C.’s hottest spots and restaurants by celebrity chefs. Not to be overlooked, though, are local neighborhood gems that, while they may not have the caché of big-name restaurants, can still be excellent go-to options.

In our review of Delia’s Brick Oven Pizza, I write about our recent discovery of one of our new favorite neighborhood joints. I also opine on the idea of giving restaurants more than one chance to impress, as our first experience at Delia’s was memorable for all the wrong reasons. Check out the review to read about our experience, and to discover, as we did, the surprising dishes (including some of the best octopus you’ll ever eat) that this “pizza place” has to offer.


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Two Breakfasts and a Lunch in Old Town Alexandria

The asiago bagel at Genuine Water Bagels in Alexandria, VA

Last weekend, we awoke majorly craving bagel sandwiches. It was the kind of craving only brought on by a night of drinking the evening prior. Unfortunately, Alexandria’s bagel scene is majorly lacking, to be charitable. At least it was…until Genuine Water Bagels recently came to town!

Over on our DC Restaurants Page, we just posted our full review of Old Town’s new go-to bagel spot. The bagels are absolutely legit and are by far the best bagels Alexandria has to offer.

But the fun doesn’t stop with fantastic bagels. The morning we first dined at GWB, we learned that in the afternoons, this odd little bagel shop attached to an Italian restaurant turns out New York style pizza and Italian sandwiches. I don’t know why they do this, but I love it!

We finished our round of bagels at about 10:45, and having already made the treck there, we decided that we couldn’t reasonably head back home until we tried out their pizza. But what to do during the hour between bagel breakfast and pizza lunch? In the name of research, and for your enjoyment (and ours), we decided to sample another breakfast spot along Old Town Alexandria’s South Washington Street.


A short walk took us to Firehook Bakery. We sampled cafe mochas, a chocolate tart, and a chocolate croissant. The mochas were good, but the croissant lacked flakiness and the tart was bland and one-note, with no real contrast of texture or flavor to break up the layers of chocolate in crust, ganache, and frosting. The coffee was quite nice, but second breakfast really didn’t come close to the perfection of first breakfast…or of lunch, which was next.

Chocolate tart from Firehook Bakery in Alexandria, VAThe chocolate croissant at Firehook Bakery in Alexandria, VA


We returned to Genuine Water Bagels just in time for lunch. We each ordered a slice of pizza, and while not the revelation of the bagels, it was still quite good. Like our review of their bagels, our full review of GWB’s pizza can be found over on our Genuine Water Bagels Review.

So that was our morning of two breakfasts and one lunch, done in the name of food research. You’re welcome!


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Where to Eat and Drink in Virginia Beach

A view of Virginia Beach, VA

Last summer, we spent three fun-filled days only a few short hours from home in Virginia Beach. We drank, we swam in the ocean, and, of course, we tried out a ton of local restaurants.

Over on our Travel Page we’ve just posted our guide to eating and drinking around Virginia Beach. Check out our guide to learn where to find the best she-crab soup in Virginia Beach (hint: it’s not at one of the numerous beachfront seafood restaurants), where to drink the fruitiest and best crushes, where to find the best brunch in town, and much more.


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Recipe: Gravy, or Is It Tomato Sauce?

Tomato sauce covering a chicken dish

Kathleen’s family, having strong Italian-American roots, has equally strong views regarding the naming of tomato sauce. To them, this classic Italian sauce is always called gravy.

No matter what you call it, there’s no doubt that a good recipe for this Italian staple is a must-have. There are no shortage of gravy recipes, from the quick and easy to ones that take hours. We recently posted one of our favorite gravy recipes, and it’s made easily in under an hour.

Our gravy is great over pasta, topped on chicken parm, or used as a dipping sauce for our fried zucchini patties. So please, stop buying shitty jarred tomato sauce, and enter the world of delicious, homemade gravy that awaits you.


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A Recipe for A Vegetable Dish I Don’t Hate

Fried zucchini patties

Over on our Recipes Page, I just did the unthinkable: I posted a recipe for an exclusively vegetable dish. What the hell’s gotten into me?

My struggle with vegetables is well-documented among my friends and family. Despite loving food and wanting to experience a wide range of cuisines, I’ve had an aversion to veggies for as long as I can remember. This has only recently started to improve, thanks in large part to Kathleen’s help in finding vegetable preparations that don’t completely revolt me.

My favorite of Kathleen’s attempts to feed me vegetables is probably this recipe for fried zucchini patties. I can give it no higher praise than this: you won’t even know you’re eating vegetables! If you’re vegetable-averse, like I am, go make some of these and prepare to be delighted.


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