It’s been a while since I’ve made this!
Another volume of Beats Beer Brunch at Esoteric.
Tried the Oyster Sandwich at Commune, pretty good! Been a while since I’ve had one of these. I saw my buddy Vinny too, he’s just one of those guys you feel good being around.
Checked out Elation before heading home, capping off my day in Norfolk. They haven’t officially opened yet and can’t serve their own beer (thanks VA laws) but they are serving other beers brewed in the area. Beautiful space, probably going to be visiting this more often.
Pillow Fight! Winter Beer Invitational featuring the juiciest pillowy beers from 20+ east coast breweries.
RaR Brewing (Cambridge, MD)
NoDa Brewing (Charlotte, NC)
Charles Towne Fermentory (Charleston, SC)
Aslin Beer Co. (Herndon, VA)
The Veil (Richmond, VA)
The Answer (Richmond, VA)
Fine Creek Brewing Co. (Powhatan, VA)
Adroit Theory (Purceville, VA)
Bingo Beer Co. (Richmond, VA)
Ocelot Brewing Co. (Dulles, VA)
Ardent Craft Ales (Richmond, VA)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery (Richmond, VA)
Stone Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA)
Precarious Beer Project (Williamsburg, VA)
Virginia Beer Co. (Williamsburg, VA)
Brothers Craft Brewing (Harrisonburg, VA)
Final Gravity Brewing Co. (Henrico, VA)
Benchtop Brewing Co. (Norfolk, VA)
Smartmouth Brewing Co. (Norfolk, VA)
Reaver Beach Brewing Co. (Virginia Beach, VA)
Deadline Brewing Project (Virginia Beach, VA)
New Sarum Brewing Co. (Salisbury, NC)
Origin Beer Lab (Ashland, VA)
Reason Beer (Charlottesville, VA)
New Realm Brewing Co. (Virginia Beach, VA)
After my judging stint for Brunched I headed over to Benchtop Brewing to meet with Bob to shoot some BBQ. I needed some updated shots for a little story I’m doing locally and Bob graciously accommodated me. It included the Big A$$ Rib (I know I posted one before, but this one was even bigger!) that everyone loved so much I had to share.
I ain’t scared.
I was honored to be invited as a judge again at the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach Brunched 2019. The panel also included Brandy Anderson from 64 Eats, Marielena Balouris of WAVY 10, and Kim Parker from So Full Zest.
The big winner of the day was Supper Southern Morsels with People’s and Judge’s Choice! Their Shrimp and Grits were amazing, if wasn’t slated to go eat more stuff later that day I would have eaten it all.
Thanks again JLNVB again for the invite and hope to return next year!
Monday through Friday at Commune you can get a breakfast sandwich and coffee for $5! Don’t skip this!
I was invited to try out Brixx Wood Fired Pizza a little while ago and didn’t get a chance to talk about it then, so I’ll jot down some things about it.
It’s a small chain restaurant that started in Charlotte, NC. There are a little over 30 stores in the eastern part of the country. They specialize in cooking in their wood-fired brick ovens (hence the name), there are no large fryers, but they do have a range. The oven is centrally located so guests can see what’s happening behind the counter.
I went to the Virginia Beach location, the next closest is in Chesapeake. The two drinks you see above were named after the two locations and weren’t too bad but I’m not a fan of Blue Carcao as it is a bit too sweet for my tastes. Not saying it isn’t good, just my thing.
I tried a few of the pizzas, my favorite was the brunch Huevos Rancheros surprisingly enough. I thought the toppings were perfect and everything came together nicely. I had several other items on the menu including wings, sandwiches, and meatballs. Not bad at all.
The location is nice, it’s near the amphitheater so I could see Brixx being a watering hole for people looking to pre-game before a show or swing by afterwards for a bite (or more drinks!)
Check out the rest of the pics and swing by to try it yourself. Everyone I met with were very nice and accomodating.
4 lbs chicken
2 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 teaspoons soy sauce
3 teaspoons green curry paste
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 cup coconut milk
You'll want Peanut Satay sauce to serve with these, along with sticky Jasmine rice.
Cut chicken into thin slices that can be skewered. Add all the ingredients and then mix well with chicken. Marinate overnight.
Soak wooden skewers for 20 minutes before using sticks. Skewer, grill, serve :)
I get asked a lot about vegetarian and vegan options in the area. I usually have to tell them I’m not really sure because “I eat everything!” It’s true too, but the question nags at me and so I’ve talked to people here and there and found a few places I could suggest. Then one day it hit me - my buddy Katie would know!
Katie Abbott, MS, RDN, INHC (yeah, I know that’s some alphabet soup behind her name but she earned it!) is a registered dietitian and counselor who is super passionate about food and treating your body well. I should probably take notes…
Anyway, I approached her about giving me a list of places that good vegetarian/vegan options. She said could put together a list of restaurants that I could share on my page. Click the image below to go to her page and and sing up for her mailing list to get a copy. It’s 6 pages of spots to make it easier for you to find exactly the dish you’re looking for!
After the Kings Grant Farmer's Market Shelby and I headed Norfolk for the 7 Hours of IPA event at The Birch. I'm a hophead so she knew I'd love to try out some good IPAs, thanks Mrs. Shelby.
On the way we were trying to figure out what to eat. First options she brought up were The Ten Top, Chelsea Bakehouse (Bacon & Gouda pizza), and Hoyt's Luncheonette. Hoyt's was off the list immediately when we saw they were closing about 15 minutes after we left the house, Bakehouse if always good and it our usual Birch pairing, but I think the siren call of one of the best sandwich shops in Norfolk captured Shelby. She went with Ten Top and I really wanted shawarma from Mr. Shawarma.
We called in our orders and made our way to the shops for take out. She got the Cobb Salad with Chicken and I got a spicy Beef Shawarma. I usually save half my wrap for lunch the next day but it was so good I ate the whole thing - and they aren't small either! Can't wait for another one...
Made it by the King's Grant Farmer's Market after a break. I usually have some lame excuse as to why I can't make it but I didn't today so me and Jasper headed over to see the market regulars.
Roasted some tomatoes we got from our garden. Tossed in some basil we grow, chopped garlic, olive oil, and salt & pepper.
Shelby and I attended the grand opening of Pottery Barn at the Virginia Beach Town Center the other week. Don't laugh, these things are fun and we love Pottery Barn. Their is in one in Norfolk just down the way but this store is not even 10 minutes from the house. There was some nice catering, booze, and free flowers! The line for the flowers was crazy too!
Not going to write much but we did get to hang out with our buddy Molly Gray (picture above with Shelby) and we found out there was a sweet Lego exhibit happening at Town Center - I post some of those photos later. Enjoy the the experience below!
How did I not know about a taco festival happening in the area?! I'm slipping... When I got home later that night I checked it out - over 75 varieties of tacos were going to be served at the Waterside District. Heck yeah, I'm in!
I was able to get into the sold out event and was you could have guessed it was packed! There was a line around the park waiting to get in because it had met capacity. They were letting people in on shifts. I think there were people at the door who thought they could buy tickets, unfortunately they had to be turned away.
I found Rachel and Shon already full of tacos and sipping lagers. I chatted a minute but wanted to run around real quick to get some shots of the action. First thing I notice is that there lines everywhere! That combined with the heat produced some griping from the crowd. This being the first event they've thrown in the space, there will be some growing pains. I'm sure they'll make the appropriate adjustments next time they do this. Back to tacos.
There were a ton of tacos being slung by the restaurants that participated, just about any variety you could think of. My favorite was the al Pastor I found being made by a new outfit called Javi's. I mean there is something sexy about seeing meat on a spit slowly roasting. Reminds me of the donner kebabs we would get in Germany.
I bumped into a few friends while I was there and I would grab my drinks from the inside of Waterside to skip the lines outside. I'm not going to ramble here but check out the rest of the photos and catch it next year!