Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Weekend Edition: Quick Trip to Richmond

This past weekend, Justin and I took a quick trip up to my hometown (Richmond, VA). And somehow, we managed to cram all of our favorite people and things into just two days! We kicked things off with a show at The National, one of my favorite venues. Built in 1923, the building used to hold vaudeville shows, movies and live theater before being converted into a concert venue. Definitely take in a show there if you're ever in the area. It's intimate, and a lot of big acts will stop to play special shows there.

The next morning, we got up bright and early to grab coffee with our friend Janine at Lamplighter. I took this picture when we left, but the line was out the door for a solid hour while we were there. The cold weather didn't stop anyone from sitting outside either, and it seems like people are just crazy about their drinks.

The coffee was amazing, the sandwiches looked insane and the crowd was very Richmond. It seems like a great spot to hang out, people watch or just spend a few hours reading.

When we left, we spotted a cool rack of sweaters across the street, so we decided to go there next to check it out. Turns out the place was Addison Handmade & Vintage, a really cool little thrift store.

Janine snagged a giant leather bag for only $40, and there were a ton of flannels, dresses and boots. This place is already on my list of stores to hit on Shop Local Saturday when I go back home at Thanksgiving.

After finding a new spot, we decided to hit up a few old favorites. First up: Deep Groove. 

This is Justin's favorite record store. The selection is unbeatable, with a great mix of old and new, and the guys that run the place are always really nice. (They even gave us free donuts on Record Store Day while we waited in line outside!)

After that, we made a beeline to Carytown Burgers & Fries. Call me nostalgic, but this is hands down my favorite place to grab a burger...And lemme tell ya, I've eaten a lot of burgers in my day. Deciding between the fries and the onion rings is nearly impossible, so I recommend trading with others at your table. I went for a burger I'd never tried before: the bacon cheddar melt with grilled mushrooms and onions. 

That night, we headed to our friend Josh's loft for a wine and cheese party. He had the coolest hosting trick too! He put Planet Earth on mute and had a playlist going in the background. It was hilarious to see the music occasionally sync up with the animals like a super epic music video.

After we filled our bellies with lots and lots of brie, we headed out to Havana '59, which I had never been to before. It was so fun! There were these crazy fake palm trees inside, and you really can't beat $6 mojitos. 

They even give you these fun post cards with your check!

Thanks to everyone who made time to see us; we had so much fun. I can't wait to be back soon!

1 comment:

  1. All of these pics are very pretty. You did good.