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
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
I love Tex-Mex food. There. I said it.
Tex-Mex gets a bad rap, but I’m not sure why. Who doesn’t love chiles, cheese, tortillas, meat and more cheese? It’s not authentic Mexican food, but I think that’s okay. It’s not trying to be. Tex-Mex is kind of like jazz; multiple cultural influences can bring out some really wonderful things. Continue reading