One of my favorite jaunts in Richmond is the restaurant/coffee house/wine bar Cafe Gutenberg. I started going there soon after I moved here from Charlottesville almost exactly five years ago. It had an awesome vibe with it’s bright tangerine walls, multiple built-in bookshelves and old shabby chic furniture. It was so charming and welcoming and they served a great cup of joe. Since those initial days of my Gutenberg experience, there have been many changes. They damn near closed up shop a few years ago, much to my dismay, and sold off all their books, wine and furniture. It’s a shame, too, because even though I still adore the food and the drinks, they ended up remodeling in the change-over and I miss the old atmosphere. In fact, I used to use it as a location for portraits like this one that I shot a few years ago:
Anyway, I digress. So one of the reasons why I have always loved Gutenberg is because of the wide variety of offerings on the menu. As a pescetarian, it’s nice to know that I have a place that serves delicious food and can readily accommodate a vegan, vegetarian or pescetarian without having to sub this item, remove that item or remind the waiter that “Yes, when I said I don’t eat meat, I am including chicken.” (Duh?!) Even more rare is finding a vegetarian beer or wine dinner because apparently if you drink, you automatically pair it with meat. Well, guess what, even though it is being debated currently, those of us who don’t eat meat can be foodies, too, and we love to have a little foodie fun sometimes just like the rest of ya! I heard about the dinner, was allowed a reservation at the last minute, and went to meet up with RVA Foodie, Darling Octopus and Coffee Culture RVA for dinner and lots of yummy Belgian beers.