This weekend, we finally made it to Richmond, after three years of living in VA! It was such a great time and we loved every minute of it! So, I’m going to take you along on our little getaway to one of the most charming and eclectic southern cities.
Our first stop for brunch on Thursday was The Pit and the Peel (such a creative play on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum). This was a great spot for a quick brunch—they’ve got lots smoothies, juices, wraps, acaí bowls, and so much more. It’s the perfect place if you want to be quick and healthy. The Fan location (they have four locations all across Richmond) sits right in the heart of VCU so you will see students studying or grabbing a bite together. Parker had the Hawaiian Barbecue Quesadilla with the Principal Caffeeney smoothie and I had the Chopstix Quinoa Bowl (with organic chicken) and the Peanut Butter Cup smoothie. Everything was so yummy! If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, this is a perfect place since they’ve got so many fruit & veggie options.
After brunch, we made our way over to the hotel to check-in. We were graciously hosted by the Graduate Richmond, and we loved every minute staying with them. I love how everything is college/fraternity themed. I was so impressed with the customer service and just how quick everything was! I had a package delivered to the hotel because I was scheduled to the do a try-on for Red Dress Boutique and they had it waiting and ready to go once I got there. Once I walked in, the bar/café immediately caught my attention—I love the modern décor and how airy everything feels—it was right up my ally!
We street-parked since that seemed like the easiest/most cost-effective option—what I initially thought was going to be a headache ended up being relatively easy. You get two or three hour parking on the street, but it’s only enforced part of the day. Most often, we ended up in a 8AM-4PM two-hour spot—so, after 4PM until 8AM, the two-hour time limit is no longer enforced. And, since we were traveling during the day, we didn’t find this to be a problem.
Upon dropping off our things in the room, we went out to explore around our hotel and took some pictures. Before we knew it, it was time for dinner, so we grabbed our dinner at the hotel—they’re food is quite yummy and we also got the convenience of being right in our hotel. After dinner, we made our way up to our room—Parker had some schoolwork to finish and I needed to work on a couple things before we had a full day of fun planned the next day!
Our day started relatively early on Friday—we grabbed breakfast in our lobby (bagel and lox for both of us) and then made our way to the beautiful Quirk Hotel (LOVE the feminine, classy ambiance)—we grabbed some coffee and shot a look in the lobby and around the hotel. If you get a chance to visit downtown, be sure to drop in. It would also be the perfect location for a bridal or baby shower.
Next, we went back to hotel and I changed into a different outfit for my meeting and another shoot! So glad I was able to meet Chelsee from the Kendra Scott Short Pump team—stay tuned for an exciting announcement in the spring! Kendra Scott is one of those brands that I dreamed of working with and I am so blessed to be able partner with them for an exciting event!
After our meeting, we shopped around the Short Pump mall—it’s got all my favorite stores and I love, love, love that it’s an outdoor mall. Though it was chilly outside, we warmed up with some (extra) hot coffee. Following our time at Short Pump, we went back to Graduate to change and head to our first dinner (yes, we had two dinners that evening!!). Our first dinner was hosted by The Roosevelt—the restaurant feels as if you are stepping back in time to the 1800s for a romantic, cozy, candle-lit meal. We started our dinner with the Beets, Bears, Battlestar Galactica cocktail and some cornbread (LOVE cornbread with butter way too much!!). For our entrees, Parker had the Braised Boneless Short Ribs and I had the Pork Chop (the most tender and juicy pork chop I’ve ever had). For dessert, we chose Coconut Cake and Chocolate Mousse. Everything exceeded our expectations!
Our second dinner was hosted by Perch. Y’all, the vibe and atmosphere immediately drew us in right when we walked through the door—it’s casual, it’s sophisticated, it’s playful, it’s elegant ALL. AT. THE. SAME. TIME. I ordered the Rockfish special and Parker had the Seafood Pizza, but Chef Mike supplemented our meal with the items he thought we HAD to try, including the secret burger he made specially for Parker (because Parker evaluates restaurants by the burgers they make ;-)). Chef Mike’s passion for food and people is evident from the way he describes his creations and interacts with the restaurant’s patrons. Given that Perch has only been open for three months, the restaurant has an impressive turnout. We highly recommend visiting Perch if you plan a trip to Richmond—not only is the food incredible, but the environment is so alive & vibrant!
Honestly, I think the best part about traveling is the food! I’m such a foodie and I’ve thought about transitioning MF to a food blog, but honestly I wouldn’t be able to do it without gaining a ton of weight. On Friday, I think I ate my weight in some of the most delicious food I’ve ever had! After our late night, we went back to the hotel to rest and get ready for our early check-out the next morning.
Richmond, you were a joy! ‘Till next time! Kisses, Besos, Pupici!