November 10, 2014

Weekend Basics

Hi from the Jersey Turnpike! Yep, that there is our view when driving home from NYC and we're happy to now be back. Friday night we cooked at home and literally kicked up our feet. After a great week in Brooklyn, Tim and I were ready to be here, relax and spend some quality time with this big guy:

Two fun facts about this photo — it was our first time striking up the fireplace this season and Basil is excited to be sporting his holiday collar now that we're officially in the season!

After a good night's sleep in our own bed (the best feeling, yes?), we were ready to get out and enjoy the crisp fall weather and events happening around Richmond. First up, we stopped by Harvest Grocery + Supply to get a preview of their new meat case offerings. They've teamed up with JM Stock Provisions + Supply, a whole animal butchery out of Charlottesville that specializes in local, pasture raised meats to bring fresh butchery options to the Fan.

We had a great time getting a chance to meet and chat with Matt Greene, one of the two Stock Provisions owners. He's a Virginia native that worked up in the Brooklyn food scene, including one of our favorite NYC neighborhood spots, The Meat Hook. We halfway wondered if we hadn't unknowingly run into each-other while making stops at the Meat Hook counter back when he was there.

It was fun connecting the dots, since we have similar stories of moving to (and back from) Brooklyn for different creative paths.

Needless to say, we're excited about the new meat offerings and will look forward to having some new local choices here in the neighborhood. We even left with a pack of Country Breakfast sausage to try out for Sunday brunch.

Saturday afternoon and into the early evening we took a scenic drive just outside of Richmond to attend the 3rd annual Ledbury Quail Hunt reception:

The hunt took place across the fields of Orapax Hunting Preserve in Goochland, Virginia, which has some of the most breathtaking landscape views we've seen in a while, especially after spending a week up in NYC. We got the chance to catch up with many familiar faces, partake in good eats and just take in the beautiful scenery. Tim's got a fuller recap of our time at the Ledbury gathering for the blog this week, which includes some of my new favorite pictures!

Outside of running around town, we got a chance to snag a couple Maple Bacon donuts from Sugar Shack:

...and be homebodies for a spell, which was much needed to take care of all the early holiday shop orders that are starting to trickle in:

Tis the season!

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