Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Weekend Edition: Richmond

carry me back to virginia

This past weekend, Justin and I took a road trip to Richmond, VA. He went to celebrate his college roommate's birthday (and to see Louis C.K. at the Landmark), and I went to see my mom and dad. I had an awesome time celebrating St. Patrick's Day with them and doing some of my favorite things in Richmond-thrifting, going to the Byrd and eating. Check out my trip below! 

On the way there, we passed the Peachoid in Gaffney, SC. You may recognize this peach-shaped water tower from its guest appearance on House of Cards.

Saturday morning, my mom and I did a little bit of thrifting before lunch. Our first stop was Second Debut in Carytown, which is essentially a curated Goodwill store. It's a little bit more expensive but the selection is also a lot better. (I actually got the trunk I took these pictures on there for $25 new, with the tags still on!) My mom got a cute pair of flats, and I got the belt pictured above for only $5. I can't wait to wear it this summer with a chambray dress.

Next, we went to Ashby which is owned by Clementine and opened up when they decided to shift toward more namebrand and high end labels. They have gently used clothing and new accessories. I got the retro headband for $13 and the earrings for $14. You can't really tell in the picture, but they look sort of gemstone/agate in person.

For lunch, we went to Proper Pie Co. I had been dying to go ever since my parents told me about it. A couple of New Zealanders opened up a meat pie shop in Church Hill, and it's absolutely mind-blowing, as evidenced by the crowd they were packing in the whole time we were there.

When you walk in, this board to explains some of the menu items and colloquial terms.

And this one has the actual menu.

These are the deep dish, sweet pies! Apparently, they sell like hot cakes, and there was a sign saying the limit was 6 whole pies per person at any given time.

Pardon the glare- this was the best shot I could get of the savory pies. If you look closely you can see them!

Drinks and sweets by the slice.

Lamingtons! These little cakes are a true labor of love to make- yellow cake stacked high, dipped in chocolate, and rolled in coconut- but they're so delicious.

My mom and I both got brekkie pies which had a hard boiled egg, cheese, and sausage packed inside a perfectly flaky pie crust, and we got a lamington to split.

Mom-daughter date!

After lunch, I changed into the dress my mom had gotten me for St. Patrick's' Day before we headed down to Shamrock the Block. Coincidentally, she had gotten at the thrift store B-Sides in Carytown. Like mother, like daughter I guess! (The Bean boots were for the downpour later in the afternoon.)

Shamrock the Block was at 17th Street Farmers' Market and was a hot mess to put it lightly. Think lots of beer and lots of bros. It was great for people watching, and I got a new RVA sticker for my car from the RVA Beard League for only $2.

After that, we went to the Byrd to catch a matinee showing of The Life of Pi. This is one of my favorite places in Richmond. You just can't beat the $2 tickets, the gorgeous chandelier, and of course the Mighty Wurlitzer on Saturday nights.

Sunday was St. Patrick's Day which marked 40 years since my parents' first date! They met on a blind date at a St. Patrick's Day party and have been together ever since. So if your friends ever try to set you up, it might be worth a chance!

And last but certainly not least, I got to spend some quality time with Shady Bob who turned 15 on Valentine's Day. His old age has not hindered him in the least; he's just as mischievous as ever.

All in all, it was a great trip. A little shorter than I would have liked, but what can you do? If you ever have any questions on what to do or where to go in Richmond, just let me know-I'd be more than happy to give you a few more suggestions!

1 comment:

  1. I'll have to try Proper Pie Co. next time I'm home - looks delicious!