Sunday, November 10, 2013

social 52

Photo from social52
Life has sure changed since my last blog post. I was a fool to think that I would still be able to keep the blog regularly updated while opening Boho Cycle Studio and working my full time job and eating and sleeping (pretty much the only 4 things that I do), but today is a very much needed day of unplugging that I am only able to have because of my awesome business partner. My advice for anyone starting a business is: get a partner. Sharing the work is the ONLY way that I have any shred of sanity.

But speaking of sanity, it comes and goes, and when I signed myself and Evan up to run a 3-mile race up a hill, that must have been in one of the “goes” phases. That’s right, while all the excitement at Boho is kicking off and we are in the middle of the busy season at work, I signed up to run my very first race UP A HILL. Luckily, this was a fun run, the Hardywood Bottom to the Tap, 3-mile race from the 17th Street Farmer’s Market up through Church Hill with a free beer at the end. I was never so excited to see a can of beer in my life.

After I barely survived 3-miles and finished my can of Hardywood Cream Ale, there was only one thing to do, lunch! We went to the newly opened Social 52 and stuffed our faces with vegetarian deliciousness, accompanied by more Hardywood, this time Farmhouse Pumpkin. I had the Applewood Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese, minus the Applewood with sliced apples, chipotle garlic mayo and a side of shoe string fries. Evan had the Vegan Club which he said was a damn good sandwich, marinated tofu with jicima slaw on sour dough.

It felt so good to eat at a restaurant and drink a beer during the day time. We sat at the bar, chatted with one of the owners, and had a great meal. It felt like my former care-free life. I so thankful for days like these, but I would not change my situation for a second. Although at times it feels overwhelming, the studio is amazing, my day job is exciting, and my husband is by my side, up all the hills.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

how to plan a food crawl

Pictured: Nachos from Don't Look Back
My very BIG news and the reason I have not been writing/eating this summer is that WE SIGNED A LEASE for Boho Cycle Studio!! I cannot be more excited, overwhelmed, overjoyed, and every other possible emotion that a person can have when putting in to action the thing of their dreams, opening my very own dedicated indoor cycling studio!

That being said, expect the blog to be spotty at best over the next couple of weeks. I do have some guest posts planned and will update on the progress as we celebrate small successes over big piles of food.

For now, I leave you with a piece I wrote for

How to Plan a Food Crawl

When hunger strikes, throwing a dart at a map can seem like the easiest way to decide on a restaurant. We are lucky to have so many eateries to choose from, but sometimes the act of choosing is not a palatable one. When you simply cannot narrow down your dining destination to one place, plan a food crawl!

A food crawl is a great way to sample multiple restaurants’ cuisine in one night, but being armed with a plan is essential to making the most out of your experience. Here are a few tips to ensure your eating adventures are nothing but delicious........
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Photo of #burratasparatta via Heritage Facebook Pate

When a restaurant dish has its own hashtag, you order it whether you are doing a cleanse or not. This is a non-negotiable fact.

Exhibit A: I was doing an elimination cleanse where I basically stopped eating everything for a couple weeks and then died of starvation. Not really, that is a joke, but not a very funny one, because nothing is funny when you are hungry. The deal is you cut out booze, meat, dairy, beans, wheat, corn, potatoes, oil, vinegar, and citrus. Then after a couple weeks, you add them back in one by one to see what things make you sick. I made it four and a half days until #burratasparatta entered the picture.

Exhibit B: What is #burratasparatta, you ask? It is amazingness on a plate. Burrata is a combo of mozzarella and cream, so it has the consistency of cutting into a big mozzarella ball, but with a creamy center. It is a game changer. Heritage (1627 W Main St), or as I like to call it, foodie paradise, serves this as a special usually on top of a fried green tomato with some kind of plate lick-able sauce.

Exhibit C: The Chef, famous for his Richmond foodie fan club, is Joe Sparatta, the genius behind this burrata invasion. Hence the hashtag, #burratasparatta. And really with a name like Sparatta, what is not to like?

Exhibit D: Because I was abandoning my elimination cleanse, I said to myself, “Let’s just forget this whole thing ever happened”. Then I ordered a glass of rose. Well, that was a mistake because I had only eaten vegetables for 4 days and got sloppy drunk off 4 sips of wine, thus major hangover the following day.

Exhibit E: I don’t really know why I chose to type this post in exhibit format, but I am going with it. I have always liked the word exhibit. Really, any word with an x in it is pretty great.

Exhibit F: #burratasparrata = good. Elimination cleanse followed by rose = danger. 

Be careful out there, folks.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Habberdash Quinoa Bowl via Goatocado Facebook Page

Please, tell me that you have seen the show “My Crazy Obsession.” I am talking about the show on TLC that profiled the guy who dresses up like a mermaid and the women who loves carrots so much that she is turning orange. Not to be confused with the show “My Strange Addiction” that profiles people like the lady that eats cat food or the guy who makes out with his car. Those are just gross.

I happened to catch an episode about this girl who is obsessed with celebrity stalking. She runs around New York City every day for 8 hours a day so that she can get her picture taken with famous people. She has over 10,000 pictures with people ranging from Angelina Jolie to Pauly D. Here is a little glimpse of the so-called stalker.

I get it. She is a nut. But here is the thing….

I think that I might be celebrity stalking the Goatocado food cart. It started innocently enough, as it always does, when I had one of their sandwiches at a local festival. Their fresh unique vegetarian combinations instantly won me as a fan. Soon after, I liked their facebook page. One thing lead to another, they started serving quinoa bowls, and my office started calling in orders for lunch. I found myself liking more and more of their facebook pics of delicious fresh food creations. I even wrote a blog post about them. That’s when it started getting to be a bit much. I started following them on twitter and tweeting when they were in my neighborhood. Tweets kind of like these.

At Dominion River Rock, I ate two quinoa bowls in one day. I would check the Hardywood Food Truck roster to make sure they are going to be there before I commit to going. I am up early every Saturday to hit the South of the James Farmer’s Market just to get my Goatocado fix. I think I have a problem. I have to make a conscious effort not to talk about them in every food conversation and have held back from hitting the like button on every pic they post. Every other pic is ok, but not every one!

I didn’t mean for it to happen, but I will admit it. I have a problem. But if stalking delicious vegetarian sandwiches and quinoa bowls is wrong, TLC can sign me up for my 15 minutes of shame, because I don’t want to be right.

Friday, June 28, 2013

more lamplighter roasting company

Photo by Patrick Hannan

Yes, another post about Lamplighter. What can I say? Great things happen at your local coffee shop! And Lamplighter Roasting Company seems to attract even more interesting folks than your average caffeine bar. Every time I go to Lamplighter I leave with a REVELATION and a belly full of delicious vegan food, like the Vandenberghimer Sandwich, honey balsamic glazed tofu with grilled asparagus and sundried tomato pesto on fococcia.

Here are just a few examples:

1. I sat at the communal table across from a man, his daughter, and her friend. The girls had to be around 9-11 years old. They were on their laptop, on twitter. On twitter!! Did you know that children use twitter? They were following Nickelodeon and Taylor Swift. There are twitter accounts dedicated to communicating with kids, people! This seems both crazy and obvious at the same time.
2. Again at the communal table I overheard two guys talking about a blog they were working on. Yes, I was eavesdropping. They were talking about the art of the interview and I just could not help myself.  I mean really, what is the point of the communal table if you can’t listen to people’s conversations? The blog they were discussing is Suggested Serving. It is a blog about Richmond, but not your average news topics. They write about  semi-obscure things going on in town like the Unhappy Hour at the Poe Museum and The Glass Spot glass blowing classes.
3. I had a “coffee” date with one of THE most interesting people I have met in Richmond, Jennifer Koch. (We actually ordered iced tea and ginger ale.) She is an absolute gem and inspiring entrepreneur. Her business, Adventure Often, provides Paris themed tours right here in Richmond, Virginia. Everyone should sign up for her mailing list and get on one of her tours. I cannot stress enough how inspiring she is. My favorite thing that she said to me during our visit to Lamplighter was advice someone once gave her. I am paraphrasing her words, but the advice was about determining your brand “If you are going to be ice cream, it does not benefit you to be vanilla. Be something like pistachio. Not as many people will like you, but some people will LOVE you and will be passionate about your flavor since they cannot get it just anywhere.”

If only they served pistachio ice cream at Lamplighter. I would never have to leave!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Let me be perfectly honest. The only reason for this post is so I can flaunt this cocktail picture.

You all know that I am not a photographer. Once in a while I accidentally take a good picture at a restaurant.  These occasions are rare!
When my in laws came to visit from Michigan we took them to a lot of places. We went to Hardywood Park’s food truck court, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Stella’s for Dinner and this stop at Amuse for cocktails after seeing the Pop Art Exhibit.

Evan had the Blackhound (pictured above), absolute vodka, blackberries, grapefruit, and St. Germain.
I ordered my go to favorite, the Jalapeno Pineapple Popper (pictured below), Hornitos Tequila, jalapeno, St. Germain, pineapple juice, and strawberry poprocks.

Jane had the Cheeky Tiki, Cruzan Gold Rum, Kelt Cognac, mango, Orgeat, angostura spray, Kraken Spiced Rum float, and hibiscus syrup.
We all had a nice little buzz.

Monday, June 24, 2013

lamplighter roasting company

Photos by Patrick Hannan
When you are starting a business there are many times when a meeting over coffee is appropriate.

Want to talk about a loan? Let’s meet for coffee.

Want to talk about a lease? Meet at the coffee shop down the street from the space.

Want to talk about working with us? How about a coffee after your 6am cycle class?

People selling coffee have got to be making a killing in this town with all the entrepreneurial activities going on! 

Here is the thing. I am just not that into coffee. I am trying. I get it. People like caffeine. I like caffeine. I would even go so far as to say that I like coffee, but my excitement for a cup is just not on par with most business-doing folks in this town.
That is why I love Lamplighter Roasting Company (116 S Addison St). Yes, it is a coffee shop with very fancy coffee service, pour-overs, espressos, half and halfs, and all kinds of coffee things I am learning about. But the best part is they serve great non-coffee drinks, too!
My new jam is their ginger ale. It is basically seltzer water mixed with house made ginger syrup poured over lovely lemon slices and ice. Sounds simple, but it is oh so good. Way more enjoyable than a cup of coffee, if you ask me. And the ginger will perk you right up if you need a boost.
My friend Patrick went to Lamplighter just to photograph this ginger ale for me.
I am pretty sure he is hooked!