Farmer’s Market Saturday

After spending way too much time watching Gordon Ramsay cooking videos on Youtube, we decided to get up early and go to the South of the James farmer’s market, here in Richmond’s Forest Hill Park. The vendors, and the produce did not disappoint. SOJ is an open air market with only local farmers, makers, and artisans. Our plan was to get the best ingredients to cook up a big breakfast, dinner, and have veggies to last through the beginning of the week.

Pro Tip: Get there when it opens at 8AM, because you are not going to feel like waiting 20 minutes for a donut in 85 degree, Richmond humidity at 11:00. This is especially true if you are 40 weeks pregnant. But, you may get to pet a 12 week old French bulldog puppy while you are waiting in line, so that’s a bonus.

What we ended up with:

  • Blackberries
  • Heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • French baguette
  • Yellow peaches
  • Lettuces
  • Eggs
  • Mushroom ravioli
  • A wooden cutting board
  • Dog treats for Titan

What we made for breakfast:

  • French style scrambled eggs (mostly butter!)
  • Olive oil roasted heirloom tomatoes with chopped herbs
  • Fresh blackberries with creme fraiche

We finished the entire carton of blackberries within an hour of being home. Well worth the trip, despite the temperature. Next time, I will make sure to get a donut.

Richmond Rooftop Escape @ The Graduate

Hi there! It’s just me, overlooking the city of Richmond, with a cocktail in hand. Looking to catch a summer sunset? The Byrd House at the Graduate Richmond is high above the pollen, which makes it a refuge for allergy sufferers, like myself. Also, the view is great.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

Pittsburgh’s Strip District

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In Pittsburgh for the weekend? You better visit the strip district (before the city demolishes this charming, gritty area of town to make way for 750k one bedroom condos).ย  My girlfriend and I went out for an afternoon of overcast weather and exploration.

Like brick warehouses with back alleys? The strip has those. Like graffiti walls and half shelled out buildings? The strip has those. Like really good food, donuts and coffee? The strip has all those things, too. While the strip does have a peculiar fishy, garbage smell, it is fun to explore with plenty to photograph for those looking for interesting places to shoot. Did I mention the food? Check out Smallman Galley for a food hall style selection of gourmet fare.

I’m wearing a mash-up of vintage styles. My lace blouse was once an Edwardian dress. I paired this with an 80’s denim pencil skirt. The slouch beaded bag is vintage from the 1970’s, which is nice and easy to carry. Also, I got my 1940’s style turban from Rona Handmade Turbans.

 

Quirk Hotel Rooftop

 

While the summer weekends in Richmond are quiet, those of us that doesn’t have a lake, river, or beach house, still need things to do. Quirk Hotel’s rooftop bar is the perfect place to watch the sun set with a craft cocktail or something from their small plates menu. The crowd is pleasant, and the atmosphere is serine thanks to the sleekly designed layout and ambiance. For another design and gastro-forward activity, Maple and Pine, downstairs, is a great dinner spot to pair with a rooftop night.