November 19, 2014

RVA Wednesday: Strawberry Street Café

Strawberry Street Café has been operating since 1976. Located on Strawberry Street in the heart of the historic Fan District of Richmond, the restaurant is within walking distance for many Fan residents, including myself. Their notorious salad bar bathtub is the talk of the town! With fresh fruits, veggies and salads [pasta, chicken, tuna, etc.] you could easily fill up at the salad bar. The menu is reasonably priced and the atmosphere is casual and cozy- a great spot for catching up with with friends.

Offering traditional American cuisine with a southern flair, I wasn't sure how I would settle on one menu item. I was very pleased with my final decision- the Fried Green Tomato BLT. It came on toasted white bread, had thick cut hickory smoked bacon, crisp lettuce and a lightly breaded fried green tomato with a side of basil aioli. The basil aioli was a perfect complement to the sandwich. For my side, I chose the White Cheddar Mac and Cheese. My tummy was in southern heaven!

Whether you live in the area or are visiting Richmond, be sure to visit Strawberry Street Café. This Fan favorite will not disappoint!

November 18, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Tybee Island

This past Fourth of July, Mike and I vacationed on Tybee Island for two days. The island, nicknamed Savannah's Beach, is located on the eastern most point of Georgia, about a 20 minute drive from Savannah. The island offers plenty of charm and fantastic dining options throughout its three square miles. Knowing we wouldn't be able to try all of the restaurants on this trip, I wanted to make sure we ate at establishments recommended by our friends and family. We ended up deciding on AJ's Dockside Restaurant and Tybee Island Social Club.

Simply charming. My favorite house on the island that we passed
while walking to AJ's Dockside Restaurant for dinner.

Enjoying the sun!

AJ's Dockside Restaurant is on the southwestern side of the island, overlooking the river. We lucked out going early as they do not take reservations. Upon arriving, the hostess gave us our choice of seating- all with prime views of the river! After looking over the menu, we decided on the same thing- house salads with balsamic dressing (the best balsamic we've ever had I might add!) and grilled chicken sandwiches. Yum!

During our walk, we noticed we only had 382 steps to AJ's left to go :)

House Salads and Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

I'll be honest, the Bacon Bloody Mary's are what drew me to Tybee Island Social Club. Located along the main road, this place is every bit relaxing and refreshing. The eclectic decor, made-from-scratch menu, and friendly staff made for a pleasant escape from the afternoon sun. I wanted to order everything on the menu!

The Best Smoked Vodka Bacon Bloody Mary Ever came highly recommended and did not disappoint! It was almost too pretty to consume. Almost. Since I couldn't be on just a liquid diet, I also ordered a side salad and fish taco. The fish taco was a white fish marinated in fresh lime juice with a strip of bacon, pear puree, chorizo and fresh cilantro. Ahhh-mazing. Mike enjoyed the Social Burger. Unfortunately, I wasn't quick enough to snap a picture! We left feeling replete and knowing we would be coming back the next time we visit Tybee Island.

A quaint covered porch.

Tybee Island Social Club's delicious menu

"The Best Smoked Vodka Bacon Bloody Mary Ever"

Fish Taco, Side Salad & "The Best Smoked Vodka Bacon Bloody Mary Ever"

Mike found the deer on the island ;)

Patiently waiting for our food with my natural beach waves!

 Until next time, Tybee, thank you for the great food and memories!

November 16, 2014

Carrie's 2014 Culinary Christmas Tree

It's turning into the most wonderful time of year! After seeing decorations on display at Short Pump Town Center and my first snowfall of the season in New York last weekend, I couldn't wait any longer!

Growing up, my parent's would call me "the Christmas girl" because I loved getting the house decorated early for the holiday season… and I still do to this day. I saw this eCard and immediately knew this will be me one day. To my future children, I am sorry, but this will happen. Who knows, my parents probably did the same thing to me!

Baker Santa is from Kohl's back in 2010.
Stainless utensil set is from Crate and Barrel, 2011.
Red kitchen ornaments are from Sur la Table, 2011.
Copper ornaments are an eBay win, 2012.
The best for last - the tree is from my American Girl collection!

Check out these links from previous posts of my culinary tree and baker Santa.

November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day

Thank you to all who have served our country and fought for our freedom.
God Bless America.