Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Dog and Pig Show: Church Hill's New Favorite Lunch Spot

I checked out Church Hill’s newest take out sensation on my lunch break today:  The Dog and Pig Show, located at 314 N. 25th St. (behind Patrick Henry Park).  Owners Isabel and James Eckrosh state on their website, “We’re a hardworking pair with a sincere passion for healthy appetites, freshly poured cocktails and slow meals shared with the ones we love”.  

And that’s the vibe you get as soon as you walk into this rustic, old-world seeming establishment.  The decorations are from another time, with a vintage cash register being one of the centerpieces of the store front, as well as homey and warm, with plants being the main decoration throughout the small space (along with irresistible aromas). 

They also have "pour over" style coffee that I just thought was the coolest thing ever when I saw them making it.  My friend ordered one and he loved it.  Said he could tell is was less acidic.  I'm definitely having one next time.

Their menu is limited, with only eight regular items that include Shrimp and Grits, a Pulled Pork Po’ Boy and a Loation Style Hot Salad.  I had the Grilled Cheese (with bacon added of course) while my companion chose the Pulled Pork Po’ Boy.  There was some confusion with my order because I tried to add avocado to my grilled cheese as well (which I saw was an option on their chalkboard menu) but instead they left that off and gave me an order of their Tomato-Habanero Soup with goat cheese and scallions.  I really couldn’t complain; as I stood there waiting for my food, starting at the menu, I wish I’d ordered the soup more and more. So it kinda worked out!

We took our food back to my friends house and devoured it.  The grilled cheese was like no other I’d tried before.  It comes with muenster and pimento cheese, tomato jam and mayo on sourdough bread (or in today’s case, pain de champagne from Flour Garden, a local Richmond bakery) for $7 (plus $2 for avocado or $3 for hand cut bacon).  I’ve never seen this combination of cheeses on a grilled cheese in the first place, but with their tomato jam, it was so flavorful without being overwhelming.  And I was nervous about the soup (because I have stomach issues, wah wah) but while there was a little bit of spice, it wasn’t bad at all.   So sorry to disappoint any spicy lovers hoping to burn their tongues, but this would be bearable to almost anyone :D And the goat cheese just made it more amazing. 

My friend liked his sandwich a lot, but said he wished there was more of spicy mayo and maybe some peppers or some other flavor in there.  Maybe just his preference – it looked pretty darn awesome to me.  Their Pulled Pork Po’ Boy comes with soy glazed pork shoulder, spicy mayo, pickled red onions and spicy cucumber on French bread for $9.

On top of their delightful little restaurant, the couple also hosts Sunday Suppers.  On the last Sunday of every month, the Eckrosh’s host a 4 course dinner with a different menu and experience each time in their Church Hill home.  Since it’s at their residence, seating is very limited.  So if  you’re interested in reserving a seat, check out the link on their Sunday Suppers page.

I also love this couple for how eco-friendly their entire operation is.  Right down to the string they use to tie their napkins and utensils together, and all the biodegradable materials.

Definitely give them a try when you’re in the area for lunch or an early supper.  Help support good local business.  They are open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  You won’t regret it! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Trampled By Turtles at The Jefferson Theater

I was honored enough to finally see Trampled By Turtles (with another great band - Hurray for the Riff Raff) at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA.

What a great show.  What a great experience.  And of course since we were traveling to Charlottesville, we had to make a day of it.

 Trampled By Turtles official preparty at Mono Loco Restaurant


Concert time, in one of the most beautiful small theaters I've ever seen a show in BTW.  Alynda Lee Segarra, the lead singer of Hurray for the Riff Raff, has the most enchanting beautiful voice I've ever heard.  This was my first time really hearing their music, at all....and I was instantly hooked.  And have a new girl crush.

Trampled By Turtles time!!!

The show (and day as a whole) were well worth the tired drive back to Richmond.  Goodnight moon!

Church Hill Irish Festival 2014

This year, annual Church Hill Irish Festival took place on March 22nd and 23rd within the blocks from 24th to 27th St. on E. Broad St. (and spreading out into the side streets between).  Sponsored in part by Guinness & Harpe Beer and Loveland Distributing, it included everything from Irish dancing to parades to family fun (like bounce houses and arts n crafts) to 30 Irish food and beer vendors.  Everything a good Irish celebration should have!  Performers included Kent South, Cary Street Ramblers, Big Boss Combo, The Irish Dancers, Cook Country Bluegrass and many more.  Food was provided by Richmond staples like Proper Pie Co., Alamo BBQ, and more traditional Irish food from the Ladies of St. Patrick’s (“Irish Lasagna”) and Rare Olde Times Irish Pub (“Fish and Chips”).
Dishonoring my Irish roots.  I LOVE ALAMO BBQ (and Deeprun Roadhouse)

The festival’s proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Society, the Church Hill Association, the Church Hill Crime Watch, Richmond Hill, Child Saver’s Clinic of Richmond, St. John’s Church, the St. Peter’s Meals Program, Stone’s Circle of Friends and more!  Look at all the great organizations being helped by a bunch of us just giving a $5 donation to hang out, drink, eat, and enjoy entertainment J

For the 2nd year in a row I volunteered with LINC(Legal Information Network for Cancer) to work in the children’s area.  It was quite an experience this year.  If I have time, I’ll definitely have to share a few stories about that.

My only regret this year was not getting a delicious donut from Mrs. Yoder’s!  But here are some pics from my awesome experience on the Church Hill Irish Festival of 2014.

 Even Nutzy got in on the bounce action.  Just about bounced me out da house!
 Got lucky and found the perfect spot to watch one of the stages - from chairs in a yard :)

3rd Annual Bootleggers Ball

What's funny about me grouping this in with the "I've been busy, don't have time to elaborate" posts is that this would probably have THE most interesting experience with drama at an event that I've ever posted about on here.  This is what my opening paragraph was going to be:
"So I finally made it to the Bootleggers Ball this year.  I think it’s important to point out that I don’t feel my experience would be an accurate foreshadowing of what your experience would be like.  So just prefacing with that:  this is not something you should apply or factor in to a decision to go or what to expect."

So how about that?  Oh well.  It was still a really fun event though.  And if you're more into the glitter versus the grit, then this is definitely the event for you.  Style and high class all the way :)  

Here are some of my snapshots from the 3rd Annual Bootleggers Ball back in February at the Bull and Bear Club on the 21st floor of the James Center.  Stayed tuned for when they announce the date of the 4th Annual Bootleggers Ball.

 My date for the evening, have a fabulous time

 Really fun band

What's happening...

So I've been insanely busy lately with work, volleyball, photoshoots (oh please, I'm not that full of myself, it's just a coincidence), lots of side projects, and the exciting idea of finally moving back to the city.

So what gets neglected in all of this?  My blog.  And all the cool events I've been to recently.  A lot of these events are now outdated.  You can probably find lots of blogs and articles about them at this point.  SO, I'm just going to post my photos and maybe a few notes about my personal experience just to get it out there.  Maybe I'll go back and get detailed later, but I have a feeling that since a lot of these events are coming up again soon, I'll just wait and post about the next go 'round.

'Til then, enjoy my photos bitches! <3

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

And how was your weekend?

Oct. 25th & 26th.  Just a random, super fun weekend that I'd like to take a moment to pay homage to.  Carpe diem.  Spontaneity.  All worked out into great things!

Went to a friend's house and hung out there all night.  No pics. Sorry lol.

 A Mexican "brunch" with the tiniest margaritas of all time.
 And after a drive through the countryside, there was the river.

 And this dummy took his pants off and actually got in.  The water numbed my foot.

Parties. Booze. Food. Friends. And amazingly beautiful weather.
 Bein' goofy at my bestie's before we headed out.
When the host has own food truck, you know the potluck (BBQ!) is gonna be good.

I don't even like apple pie, and I had 1 1/2 slices.  That's how good it was.
 Then we stopped by my friend's and got to meet "Conquistador" and Adele the dog :)

Hung out at my friend's awesome new place...
then it was mac n cheese/chili cookoff time.

Walking back to my friends with a donut and biscuits in hand. And tipsyness in head.
 And then we finished up at a bar.  All I have from that is this dark, blurry Snapchat. 

We were stupidly irresponsible and indulgent.  And I luved every single second of it.