Demon Days Waffles with Bacon with Virginia Craft Brews Magazine

Demon Days Red Ale Bacon Waffles - cooking with beer with @kristelpoole and @vacraftbrews

In this summer’s issue of Virginia Craft Brews, I created a recipe using a delicious local beer from Triple Crossing Brewing Company‘s Demon Days Red Ale. It’s a delicious beer, better than many red ales I’ve tried, and the guys running this brewery are top-notch. You can make these waffles with an amber, stout or lager as well. To get the full recipe and to read more, get your online issue of Virginia Craft Brews (for free!) Continue reading

Saison Market

I love seeing thriving new restaurants with incredibly inventive cuisine tuck into the most unexpected places. Many old and new restaurants in Richmond have followed this model, such as The Black Sheep, The Magpie, Saison, The Rogue Gentlemen, Mamma Zu and Pasture. One second you’re walking down a street that seems almost forgotten – and one step through the doors and you’re transported into someplace alive and magical. That’s what I love about Saison’s sister shop, Saison Market. Continue reading

The Old School Charm of Roy’s Big Burger

Roy's Big Burger (1960's) on Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, VA @kristelpoole

Roy’s Big Burger is an old Richmond, VA classic. The drive-up stand offers a covered walk-up for ordering and a window to watch the cook prepare burgers as you look on trying to guess which one is yours. There is no dining room and no drive-through, just a couple picnic tables, which most patrons don’t use. Tradition at Roy’s is to eat in your car while you sit in the parking lot. And some things never change.

Roy's Big Burger (A Richmond, VA 1960's classic drive-up burger shop) on Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, VA @kristelpoole Roy's Big Burger (A Richmond, VA 1960's classic drive-up burger shop) on Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, VA @kristelpoole Continue reading

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Quarters


Nothing tastes quite like summer to me as grilled foods flavored with fresh herbs and lemon. It’s a simple combination of bright flavors that makes your taste buds suddenly alert, like the lights came on and everyone wants to know what’s going on. I remember having this feeling of “mouth alertness” during almost every meal I ate in my travels in Greece. I can still remember the sweet, salty, and punchy flavors of a grilled stuffed calamari sprinkled with the juice of a fresh lemon I ate while overlooking the bright blue ocean as it slapped against the cliffs of Corfu. Continue reading

Photo Essay: Farmers Market Bagels and Gorgeous Summer Flowers

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