Casa, Casa, Casa

Casa Del Barco. You have become a favorite among me and my friends. Y’all are gonna have to hear just a tad more about this RVA favorite of mine. They have won my heart with their food, service and atmosphere. I have never been discontent with anything I have ordered.

One of the last trips, I decided to try the chorizo rice and bean bowl. It resembles much like the bowl you would get from Chipotle. But surprisingly, better. The chorizo on top is cooked to perfection and just the right amount of spice. The standard black beans and Spanich rice they serve with the tacos line the bottom of the bowl. Per usual, the ingredients of the pico de gallo is fresh and delicious. My normal praise for them stands true: everything is amazingly fresh and you can taste it with every  bite!

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This place is especially amazing for your birthday and events. They are helpful with reservations and will have appetizers ready for your guests. As a Casa tradition, when a bottle of tequila is running low, you and your friends are to finish the give or take 7 shots left in the bottle. Once you’re done, your bottle goes in the ceiling, after being decorated to your group’s content.

My friends and I went on my golden 22nd birthday. And we finished a bottle! It was the best present I got day of. I even put my blog name on there. Suffice it to say, it was a great way to start my year of 22!

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For all my VCU Rams out there, they also have a Havoc Margarita, made with passion fruit juice and black sugar on the rim. The perfect black and yellow. And of course, it has to have passion in it.

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Viva RVA with CDB.

From Scratch, On a Whole New Level

In a cute, underestimated neighborhood of Richmond, there sits a bakery. This bakery goes back to basics. By that, I mean they mill their own grain that they get directly from the farmer. Meaning, this bread doesn’t go through a whole slew load of channels to get to your company or get switched from truck to truck before it lands on your table. This goes completely beyond homemade.

Sub Rosa is located in the Churchill neighborhood of Richmond. Churchill has recently gotten a lot of recognition for their food prowess. From Proper Pie to the Roosevelt, some of their food venues rank supreme. Sub Rosa is no different.

Their bakery is in a whole different ball park than any other in town. I’d even say Virginia. This is as “from scratch” as you can get. And their breads show it. Their employees will gladly let you sample any bread you wish. The Polenta bread is so moist that it could sit on your counter for three days and not dry out. It is so deliciously moist.

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And boy, the croissants. This time around I jumped for the chocolate almond croissant. It actually oozed of its goodness. It could not be eaten without a fork and knife. It was flaky, buttery and everything a croissant could be. This particular kind was almost too sweet for me to finish. I can’t wait to try to the standard one.

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They also serve the all Richmond famous, Lamplighter Coffee Roast. The lattes are fantastic. The environment of the bakery is also a lot like the one at Lamplighter. I sat and read for an hour and a half, soaking up the atmosphere. It smells even better from all the baking bread.

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Be aware to go as early as you can. They only make for the day so by the time I got there at 3 pm, a lot of the good eats were already tapped out.

I would dare to say that many of the bakeries in Europe aren’t doing what this place is doing. But Sub Rosa is doing it oh so well!

For the German Inside

My brother turned 26 a month ago. His wish for his birthday celebration was to go to this new market and cafe: The Cask. They specialized in all things German. Brats and beer. It is really about the beer here.

The atmosphere of this place is open and welcoming while also looking very industrial. It is housed in an old truck garage. In the summer time, they can open the garage door for warm weather enjoyment. Enter growlers here.

The Cask has a very limited menu that resembles something you would see more so at lunch than at dinner. I am also not the biggest fan of sauerkraut so I had a tough time deciding what to order. I am the crazy one who didn’t get the meat and cheese platter. What was I thinking?

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I declared the sausage plate as my entree of choice. Which included Czech-style potato salad and sauerkraut. Again, I don’t know what I was thinking. I was trying to give it a chance, I suppose! The sausage though. Oh my goodness. It was a Käskrainer made by Sausage Craft, a place located here in Richmond. This brat had bacon and cheese in it. And it was to die for! So juicy and delicious with great flavor popping up with every bite.

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The sauerkraut was almost bearable to me, which is saying a lot. It wasn’t as tart and sour as many others but it still has not won my heart just yet. The Czech-style potato salad is far more healthy than its American counterpart, dolloped with mayo. This, instead, tasted much like the sauerkraut. It was tart but still not bad. I wasn’t completely content with it. But I also have a special space saved in my heart for the mayo variation.

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If you make your way here and you actually like sauerkraut, you may be far more pleased than me. I am definitely not saying it was bad, but personally, for me, there was much to be desired. When you put cheese in sausage, you’ve won my heart.

Not Just a Burger

It’s been a long time since I last wrote a post. Last semester was absolutely crazy. It was the hardest, but also most enriching, semester I have at a VCU. My classes took more out of me than I ever thought, one in particular, and I decided to get a job along with my two positions in organizations. I happen to have a lot of backlog posts, which worked perfectly! My point is I am happy to be writing a new post. Especially about one of my favorite burger joints in RVA.

Carytown Burgers and Fries is located quite close to my other burger favorite, Burger Bach. Both of these restaurants tap into a few different needs. Carytown offers up cheaply priced, huge juicy burgers while Burger Bach makes things a little more gourmet. I have been going to both since I came to Richmond, but Carytown offers a burger more along my wallet’s liking.

The restaurant itself is nothing to write home about. You walk in to a counter where you order. The kitchen is behind. Once you order, you either sit out on the patio, which is heated, or upstairs. Making the focus of the restaurant solely on the goodness of the burger.

We all can appreciate a darn good burger. And boy, do they have options! Vegan burgers to the normal beef with a wild assortment of topping options. I always go for the bacon ranch melt.

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Their burgers give you the juiciness, the options, and the “oh my gosh, it’s too messy I can’t put it down” scenario. Not to mention, depending on the toppings, it is a big as your face. They are delicious, my goodness. I won’t say they are the best, the end all be all. But they know how to make a burger good enough to come back for, again and again.

Nothing beats a good burger. And Carytown Burgers is one of the best when searching RVA for the best.

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