2 months ago, my girlfriend and I made the [hard and tearful] decision to end our 4 1/2 year relationship.
Besides sorting through my emotions (journal writing, carb eating, red wine drinking), I’ve also searched high and low for a new place to live (since we lived together in a house she bought for us … sigh). After touring my 10th place, I’ve decided on a swanky and modern apartment in Shockoe Bottom. It might sound fun and sexy but dismantling the stable life my girlfriend and I built together has been anything but easy or exciting. However, there is a bit of eagerness towards moving downtown. There will be more energy and I’ll be within walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, and the 17th Street Market.
During part of this time, my friends were kind enough to welcome me as a house guest in their sweet place on Strawberry and Park for a few weeks. In the Fan, I’ve experienced a world I couldn’t experience in the West End-ies. I’ve walked to the market to grab a bottle of wine, discovered and fallen in love with 8 1/2, and played cornhole on the sidewalk. Very Fan, isn’t it?
While forcing myself to get out (ditching a ice-cream-eating-cry-fest) and explore, I’ve discovered amazing places and foods worth a mention …
Proper Pie. I know, I’m late on this one. However, my first trip with my fellow RVAFC (Richmond Food Coalition) group made me an instant fan. Their tangy and sweet strawberry rhubarb pie was out of this world. My fellow food-loving friend, Marcella (at Broad Appetite) is a huge fan and praises their Banofee pie (Banana and toffee).
Edo’s Squid’s braised fennel. This standard menu items is one I would normally passed up but my friends urged me to give this a try. After one bite, I instantly claimed this one of the best dishes in Richmond. It’s creamy, buttery, and something you’d never expect.
The Viceroy. This swanky Museum District restaurant has no hint of Cafe Diem and has quickly become my happy hour hot spot (from 4 -7). The bartender, Justin is fantastic and friendly. My favorite thing here? Their homemade mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto with a balsamic reduction drizzle. Get three for $11.
8 1/2. This quaint pizza joint on Strawberry Street has been on my food “want” list for quite some time. Since my friends place where I was staying was only a stones throw away, I quickly made the 15 step walk to pick up a mushroom and broccoletti. It was amazing.
I’m not sure what’s in store for my personal journey and navigating a new life. However, I do know it will be filled with good food, new experiences, and a handful of friends.