Fashion Journey

AN ENDING. A BEGINNING.

By on March 18, 2016

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When I started this blog in 2011, I was looking for a creative outlet, but honestly, I was searching for an escape from a life that I couldn’t quite navigate. For 5 years, this blog has been a launchpad, catapulting me into a new friendships, opportunities, connections and eventual self-love that I could have never known without listening to my inner voice … “you should start a blog”.

With honest words (and writing when it felt natural), I poured my views on fashion, food into words and shitty photos onto a simple WordPress site. More so, I unfiltered my connection to food during unhappy and happy relationships, on some of my darkest days and poured it out during phases of rebuilding.

During Grub Like a Girl’s literal 5-year span, my life has changed drastically into something that is no longer reflective of the stars of this lovely blog. We’re only fooling ourselves if we think relationships, people, jobs and our creative outlets will remain the same, regardless of life shifts. We are constantly changing, change with it!

 

It’s been an amazing path to travel down – I’ve met some amazing lifelong friends through writing about food, I’ve grown thick skin with a few stinging comments and I’ve had the opportunity to be a bystander and witness the beautiful transformation of this food scene and all the amazing people behind it (servers, parking attendants, hostesses, brewers, chefs, bartenders, bussers – I’m talking to YOU).

To all who have read, commented and uplifted my growth (without even knowing), thank you.

To the next chapter…

Bethany

goodbye

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UNHASHING PAIRING WINE & CHOCOLATE

By on November 21, 2015

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Two months ago, I was presented with the opportunity to leave my 8 – 6 office job to manage a local artisanal chocolate shop. How perfect. I said yes.

Since then, I’m immersed in the art, science, and respect for good chocolate. Not surprising, the art of pairing chocolates with booze – wine, port, and beer (yes, BEER!) is something I immediately gravitate to.

The past weekend, I teamed up with Richmond’s Yelp group and James River Cellars to host a private party where we navigated taste buds and schooled guests on the chemistry and tips of how to respectfully pair vino with chocolate confections.

With the help of our knowledgeable chocolatier and my own research, I was able to execute a little lesson of how to marry the two together and I’m here to tell you how to do it.

You can do this on your own. I promise. Just stick to these guidelines, test it for yourself and host a party (might I recommend ditching that ridiculous tacky sweater party?). This is way better.

1. Taste light to dark.

Don’t overwhelm those taste buds by starting with bitter and robust – you won’t be able to notice the subtle flavors and aromas of the delicate lighter pairings. Work your way through the white wines to the red, same goes for the chocolates.

2. Pair like with like.

Sweeter chocolates (white, milk and fruit varieties) go well with light whites and sweeter reds. On the flip side, bittersweet and bold chocolates work in perfect harmony with tannic, robust reds.

 

3. Wine sweeter than chocolate.

Contradictory to what you might think, you’ll want the wine to alter the flavor of the chocolate, not vice versa.

 

You don’t want to be around (or be) that “I-need-to-be-first” ass in the group that blurts out their sensations or opinion. Logistic-wise, bite into the chocolate, notice the flavors. Swirl the wine, sniff and notice the aroma, take a sip of wine while the chocolate is still in your mouth. Notice how the chocolate changes. Discuss the change or any other thoughts on the pair together. Some questions you might want to ask your guests:

How does the wine change the chocolate?

What did it taste like before? What did it taste like after?

Did you notice any flavors in the chocolate or wine when the two combined?

I’m really big on resources … as in cheat sheets. This post wouldn’t be complete without them, so here you go:

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FALL FESTIVITIES

By on August 17, 2015

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With this seasonal shift comes many events – from food festivals to the big UCI Bike Race.

Here’s a list of everything not to miss (another great list here). As more events pop up, I’ll add it to this list (feel free to email me at grublikeagirl@live.com with suggestions, too) …

9/11 – 9/13 Armenian Food Festival at St. James Armenian Church

9/13 Shockoe-On-The-Half Shell at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, 12 pm – 5 pm

9/19 Know Good Beer & Music Festival on Brown’s Island, 1 pm – 8 pm

9/27 Main Street Station Outdoor Market 2015 at the Amtrak Main Street Station

10/3 RVA MakerFest at the Science Museum of Virginia

10/4 Hogtober at Libby Hill Park 12 pm – 7 pm

10/6 Richmond Folk Feast Historic Upper Tredegar, 6 pm – 8:30 pm

10/9 – 10/11 Folk Festival

10/16 – 10/17 Oktoberfest at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 6 pm – 12 am

10/18 Kickin’ Chicken WingFest at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, 12 pm – 5 pm

10/28 – 11/1 Fire, Flour & Fork various events/locations

11/1 Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, 12 pm – 5 pm

11/7 Brunswick Stew Festival at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, 12 pm – 5 pm

11/8 Autumn Bottom Brews at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, 12 pm – 5 pm

11/14 Richmond Cider Celebration at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market, 12 pm – 5 pm

In addition to these RVA events, try voyaging out and catching these other food-centered happenings around this beautiful state …

9/19 Lexington Rockbridge Pie Festival at Brewbaker Field, noon t0 dark

10/10 – 10/11 – Amherst Wine & Garlic Festival at Rebec Vineyards

10/26 Norfolk – Ribtoberfest, Town Point Park, noon – 10 pm (thanks for this addition, Erik!)

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SEVEN TRENDS TO TRY OUT BEFORE 2014 ENDS

By on December 22, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, so do a lot of the year’s greatest trends to try out.

We’ve loved a lot of wildly different trends this year, and unfortunately, a few of them will stay in 2014 while we find some new trends to try out in 2015.

While these are all predictions, I do have a feeling that some trends, like “90s style and monochrome, will probably stay in 2014. If you’re looking for some old trends to try out from 2014, or want to reminisce a little on some of the best trends from 2014, this list will definitely help you do just that!

 

1. Faux Fur Vest

It seems like everywhere I’ve gone this winter, I’ve seen #people in faux fur vests. It’s become one of the biggest trends to try out during the second half of the year, in my opinion. There’s something about it that screams Christmas. It’s just so cozy to wear either as a part of your outfit or as a coat. However, because it screams Christmas, it’s definitely something you should wear around the Christmas season, before 2014 ends!

2. Midi Crop Top

If you live in a weather-permitting area that still allows you to #wear crop tops in December, soak it all in before the year ends. The midi crop top was arguably one of the biggest trends in 2014, so why not end the year by paying homage to it in the last few days of 2014!

3. 60s Mod

There was something about this year that took us back in #time to the “60s, at least style-wise. It seems like everywhere we went, shift dresses and car coats were aplenty this year. Who knows if this trend will stick around for much longer, so get as much out of it as you can now!

4. Plaid

While plaid has been everywhere this year, it’s especially fun to wear plaid during the holiday season. However, plaid has been such a staple this year that it will probably be a little overused by the time 2015 rolls around. That means it’s #time to wear plaid to death until then!

5. Monochrome

Don’t get me wrong; I love monochrome as much as the next girl. It’s so easy to fill your wardrobe with a simple black and white wardrobe—#everything matches! However, in 2015, add some spice to your wardrobe with some fun colors! It’s still 2014, though, so get your kicks in with all of your favorite monochromatic pieces while you can!

6. Turtlenecks

There was something about 2014 that really brought back the “90s, and to be honest, it looks like that trend may be staying in 2014. Turtlenecks were a huge part of “90s fashion, and they were a huge part of fashion in 2014. As “90s fashion starts to fade out of style again, so do the infamous turtlenecks!

7. The Leather Jacket

The leather jacket never truly will go out of style, however, it has definitely seen a lot of play this fall and winter. If you’ve been wearing a leather jacket a lot this season, it may be #time to give it a break in the New Year, so wear it out until then!What’s your favorite trend from 2014? Will you be wearing it into the New Year or will you leave it in 2014? Leave a comment letting me know!…

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