Weekend Adventures: Farmer's Market, Late Night Food & Drinks, and Margarita Hunt
Hi again! I hope you all are doing well and soaking in these summer days as Fall begins to slowly near.
While I love going out on weekend trips, some of my favorite weekend adventures take place in our little city. We absolutely love getting to explore and find new favorite places all within a quick drive from our home.
Our Friday started off with dinner at home---it was lovely and relaxing. We planned to do a mini-neighborhood bar crawl around Church Hill and started out at one of our favorite spots---Roosevelt. Because we were having such a nice time and enjoying our drinks this ended up being our only stop. While we waited for a spot at the bar we ordered cocktails. I had the 'Hello, Nurse' and Michael had the 'The Secret South'. They have a really great list of cocktails/wines to choose from. If you don't want something on the menu, they, of course, will make your requested drink.
Once we got a seat at the bar it was about time for another drink. I ordered the 'Curtain Call' an interesting combination that hinted at Fall with the addition of cinnamon bitters. Michael's second round was a hearty cocktail called the 'Persian Hammer'---delicious as well. As it got a bit later we were getting a little hungry and decided to order an appetizer. We settled on the 'burrata cheese' dish (burrata cheese, compressed watermelon, beets, cucumbers, sugar cane vinaigrette)---heaven. My last drink was a 'Moscow mule' and Michael tried one of beers on draft 'Battle Cat Kentucky Common Brown Ale' . After that we called it a night.
Saturday morning we woke up and headed to the South of the James Farmer's Market. This is one of our favorite markets in RVA. The market is dog friendly, always filled with lovely flower vendors, and has some of the best food in the city. For breakfast, I got an everything bagel with roasted jalapeño cream cheese and 'The Works' from the Kitchenette. Michael got a mushroom and cheese quesadilla from a little stand called Cafe Zata. I also got a mint lime iced tea from Goatacado (so refreshing!). We walked around a bit, admiring all the local homemade goodies.
Next stop was to Diversity Thrift, our favorite RVA thrift store, to drop off a few things we had to donate and to meander around a bit. Michael found some CDs he couldn't leave without (Pocahontas soundtrack, etc) for our car karaoke duets.
We thought it might be fun to be outside, so we took a short walk down to Texas Beach and enjoyed the sunshine. Afterwards we came home for a short while---admittedly, I fell asleep on the couch for a good 90 minutes while Michael watched some River Monsters show. We wanted to get outside a bit more and check out a nearby pop-up store in Church Hill. On our walk we also visited 'Gather Home & Garden' the most idyllic little plant shop in Church Hill. We brought home two new additions, a spunky coffee plant that loves the light in our front room, and a rather curious little Calathea plant (she closes up her leaves at night).
We decided to continue our adventures after our walk and ended up at Hardywood Brewing. They had a little music festival going on. Michael ordered an Oyster Stout (brewed with raw oysters) ---unfortunately I'm not a big fan of beer in general, but I'm working on it!
At this point it was very hot and we were getting pretty hungry so we headed over to a RVA favorite---Continental Westhampton. We had heard a rumor that they made margaritas with a King of Pops popsicle dipped in them---this wasn't true. Turns out it was Continental Divide that has these Pop-a-rita's. We had a really nice dinner with vodka limeades (a Continental Westhampton specialty). So of course, we really wanted to try this 'Pop-a-Rita'. Get there (Continental Divide), they're out of popsicles. While disappointed, we were already there so I had a special house margarita and Michael had an El Presidente.
After our outing we came back to our lovely little place in Church Hill and decided on a Saturday evening movie. We picked 'Colonia' on Netflix (with Emma Watson)---this movie was heavy, sad, and at the end we find out it was all based on true events. I liked the movie, but I don't recommend it if you're looking for something lighthearted and funny.
Sunday morning we woke up and decided to go to our all time favorite brunch spot---Supper. We feel like regulars here. Our favorite manager, David, always comments on our arrival time (we regularly get there later in the morning and end up having to wait for a table).
We finished up brunch and came home. We cleaned up our little place and did some laundry. Sundays are the perfect day to prep for the upcoming week. After some errands we came back home to settle in.
What did you do this weekend? I'd love to hear in the comments!
This week I will be posting an August favorites---ahhh I can't believe September is around the corner. I will also be posting my current skincare routine in the upcoming weeks.