Brunching with Weezie

Brunch is a major thing in RVA. Saturday and Sunday brunch is what is it all about for everyone from the college crowd to the older people of the community. Weezie’s is known for a great one.

I finally got to find out more for myself one Saturday with my family. Not just my dad and brothers, but even my uncle and cousins came with their children. Even though they live in town, I hadn’t seen them in a year or so. It was a huge family affair. One for the books.

Everyone wasn’t kidding when it comes to brunch at Weezie’s. Their menu is extensive with all the options. The motif of the restaurant is nothing short of the perfect Richmond hipster look. An assortment of band posters line the walls with artwork to fill. Bumper stickers all along the bar, everything.

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Not to mention, the food was on point. Chicken fried steak was my brunch meal of choice. It was fried, crispy with a wonderful mixture of spices in the breading, served with eggs, a biscuit and the most delicious gravy. With a side of fries. The fries might have been the most notable part in my opinion but we all know how I feel about fries. Thank you, Belgium. Crispy and fried to perfection, possibly beer battered or battered of some sort.

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Suffice it to say, if you’re looking for a quality brunch in RVA with all the options, choose Weezie’s.

Weezie’s is the place to go if you’re looking for a brunch to make the whole family happy!

Jamming Out

 First off: Happy Cheese Lover’s Day!!

Because apparently, that’s a thing. I love it.


Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam. This is a recipe I have been meaning to make for quite sometime. What baffles me is my inability to make time to make it, even though it took all of ten minutes to put together.

This jam is healthy but also hearty. The chia seeds add more to the jam. These little tikes pack a lot of nutrients, not to mention a ton of fiber. Hint: if you’re trying to lose weight, add a tablespoon to your water and you’ll be full for days after that one bottle. Obviously, an exaggeration but you’d be surprised how much fiber these tiny seeds have. Adding these to anything will help curb your appetite, water, pancake batter, cookies. Anything.

Onto this recipe. Like I said, super easy! And not to mention, delicious!

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Ingredients:

1 cup of frozen mixed berries

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of sweetener such as honey or agave

Directions:

Begin by putting the cup of berries in the food processor or blender to chop them up to your desired size. In small pot, bring the berries to a low boil. Keep stirring frequently. Once the berries have softened, turn the heat down to low. Stir in the maple syrup and chia seeds. Cook the jam on low until it thickens. Make sure to keep stirring to prevent the mixture from sticking. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. At this point, also add whatever sweetener you wish. Cool down to room temperature. Place in a glass jar in the refrigerator for storage.

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There you have it. A quick, easy and healthy way to make jam. The wonderful thing about this jam is that you made it. So many of the jams, a lot of things actually, sold in the store are packed with unnecessary and processed sugar. Why buy all that fake sugar when you can make an even better jam in the comfort of your own home.

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Chia seeds can sometimes be hard to find. Relay Foods can help you with that and so many other food needs.

The God of Wine, Bacchus

Bacchus is one of my momma’s and my favorites for our weekly dinners. There was one month where the owner began to know our order. I drive by it almost everyday. And walking outside, the smell of garlic wafts in the air. It is with out a doubt one of the best Italian places in Richmond.

One thing on their menu is something I often crave. And definitely can’t find anywhere else. The white bean salad. I know you’re skeptical. What about a white bean salad could be that good? They almost over drench the white beans with olive oil. And the flavor that is attained with the herbs is hard to replicate. Seriously delicious. The best part is the mozzarella that tops the salad, the most perfect compliment.

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The menu has quite the variation, not just simple Italian. They actually have Kobe burger. Apparently delicious. The servings are also humongous.

My mom’s and my go to dish are the pastas. They have everything from garlic and butter to shrimp scampi. We always share. And no matter what we get, it is always amazing. This time around we went for the Alfredo with fettuccini with chicken added. Tell me this doesn’t look amazing.

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There is such a great flavor profile behind all of their pasta dishes. Something about the fresh herbs and other components that makes them all decadent works of Italian food art.

So much more could be said of quaint spot. Featured in Restaurant Week, Bacchus is an Italian favorite of RVA.I dare you to find something on the menu that doesn’t keep you coming back for more.

PS: Happy 26th birthday to my brother, Marshall! Who just joined the family in Richmond!

The Captain of RVA Sushi

Richmond is a city full of amazing food. I am not trying to rag on my city but there is one type of food where Richmond is lacking. Maybe I simply have not found the best because I haven’t ventured far into this market. But good sushi is Richmond is harder to find than you think.

There is one sushi place I knew I had to try, Akida. Before going, all I had heard of this particular sushi shop was a hole in the wall with some of the best sushi in Richmond. I had seen the hole in the wall part, but I had yet to experience the flavor side of things until I went with my momma.

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The décor was simple, Japanese with pleasant pink accents and curtains. The thing you would expect from hole in the wall sushi place. The options for different rolls of sushi is tremendous. I had trouble choosing exactly which roll I wanted.

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All the rumors were true. The sushi was delicious. The fish cold enough, and fresh. They even present you with wooden chopsticks. My only true complaint was the fact it was slightly overpriced. Nonetheless, still quality sushi. I am not as well versed in the Richmond Japanese as I might like to be, but this ranks above the rest.

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PS: Akida in English means captain