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!
Off The Leash pop-up at Bottlecraft Virginia Beach on Father's Day.
Big shout out to the Auntie’s gang for putting together this Crab Curry for Shelby and The Ladies this weekend. I dropped off a bag of #2s and Ray said he had it. They turned out delicious! Thanks to the kitchen for showing us why you guys are creating the buzz!
Monday Nights are Ramen Night at Stockpot ;)
Memorial Day was a rainy one this year. Shelby and I were kinda lounging around the house when she suggested we head over to New Earth Farm in Pungo (a rural section of Virginia Beach, VA.)
We don't travel out there much but we've been following the farm for years now. They just opened up a nice, big shop carrying the stuff they grow and produce in addition to the other area farms products such as butchered meats, honey, baked goods, produce, etc... The market is a renovated old farmhouse that was on the property forever and it's water tight - great place to hang out in the rain.
Marion and Paul Schultz were working that day and put the word out they'd be open for the afternoon. When we walked in they were inside the shop behind the counter. They told us about this weird leafy vegetable they grew called Celtuce that looks kinda like a stalky lettuce but has bitter leaves. The stalk is what you want to eat and Paul described it as "buttery popcorn." They asked if we wanted to try it and of course we said yes. We'll try just about anything. They peeled some and chopped it up in bite-sized bits. I kinda got the butter thing they were talking about and a few other flavors that were hard to place. They said they'd give a couple to play around with. I'll post that later when it happens!
We chatted for a while, just chillin' out. Paul asked if I wanted to check out the greenhouse where they were trying a new growing system for some tomatoes. They were tying string from the roof of the enclosure that they would slowly lower as they thew grew taller. In the end you'll have a spiral effect on the stem that helps the plant. It's something I'd like to learn more about for sure.
We hung out on the back porch of the shop and watched the rain and I saw a lone hen hopping around on one leg. Paul said a few of their chickens were attacked by a raccoon while they slep in their coop. Apparently the raccoons will grab whatever they can through the cages and just eat it. This includes live chicken legs! Poor things. They had to put some down but one of the farmhands nursed this one back to health and now it's living it's best life and a one legged chicken. She's a farm pet now and her name is "Lt. Dan", also known as "Danny."
Once back inside the market Marion told Shelby to take home some of the flowers since the shop was going to be closed the next day and they wouldn't do well untended. We also got a dozen eggs from the farm. I can't wait to try them out. We also bought some Brentwood Farm lamb kebab meat from Suffolk, we'll grill it while Marleigh visits this week. You'll see it posts I'm sure.
All in all we had a great day and I'm glad Shelby mentioned heading over. It was nice to talk to Marion and Paul and get to know them better. We see them around a lot but it's usually quick conversations in passing. Please go out to the farm and check it out yourself, when you see everyone there say "Hi!"