FOOD Friday

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s Haley the intern.

I posted a painted vase DIY a while ago in preparation for my wedding, and they turned out great! It was so neat seeing our project come together on the day-of, and the pop of color on our white tables was beautiful. Here are some of the pictures:

 

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I hand-wrote 90 of those tags… My hand cramps just thinking about it.

We spent our honeymoon in New Orleans, which is one of our favoriteĀ places to go! We love the live jazz music, fruity hurricane drinks, culture, and more than anything – the food. My husband (that’s weird to say) and I are self-described foodies. We basically travel to eat, and we ARE NOT ashamed.

One of our favorite places to go for brunch in NOLA is the Ruby Slipper.

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I couldn’t decide between the smoked salmon or the pork, so I went with both! We actually went back twice during our trip, and if you’re ever near one of their locations, I highly recommend trying it. The food andĀ drinks are delicious, the customer service is great, and how can you NOT support a restaurant thatĀ got its name from the Wizard of Oz whenĀ the owners came home to New Orleans after the devastation of hurricane Katrina? “There’s no place like home.”

And of course, the staple of NOLA dessert, Cafe Du Monde. You almost have to go and enjoy the sweet, powdered sugary goodness of a beignet. I’m a huge fan of their iced coffee, too.

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Seriously, don’t inhale when you’re taking a bite of these things. You WILL breathe in powdered sugar. I’ve personally experienced it. I bought a box of their beignet mix, so we will see if I can makeĀ them at home.

Because we didn’t have as much time as you really need to truly experience all of the food NOLA has to offer, we settled for a sampler called “Taste of New Orleans.” It had Crawfish ƉtouffĆ©e, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and gumbo.

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ALL of them were delicious, but the gumbo was my personal favorite.

What is your favorite travel destination, and what kind of food do you like to eat when you get there? Tell us below in the comment section! And if you have a favorite restaurant in New Orleans, let me know – we are already planning next year’s trip!

What’s Trending: Leigh

What do I bring to work every day?

… My double chocolate chunk QUEST bar! I can’t wait to eat that thing as my dessert to homemade lunch!

I’d really like to bring my dog, River, though… Maybe someday- if she can fit us into her busy schedule with all her dog-walking play dates and stick-chewing.

– Leigh

 

Post-Vacation

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Tuesday I made my way back home after an amazing couple of days in Guatemala. IfĀ you follow Frill’s Instagram and Facebook page, you will have seen all of the pictures! I spent my time exploring and appreciating the beauty.

Here are some of my snaps:

Church destroyed in 18th c earthquake and volcano eruption

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AndĀ of courseĀ we made time for shopping.

Huipol shopping! Each one more beautiful than the last! #goboldorgohome #colorcrush #handmade

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AndĀ food.

Dat be true #chipsandguac #antigua #cantsayno

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And maybe a margarita or two…

Day drinkin' and taco tastin'! Great way to spend the day! At Cactus Grill #margaritas #tacos #sundayfunday

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ButĀ just like that, it’s a wrap. As fun as it is to see the world and eat some of the bestĀ Mexican food I’ve tasted in my life, there’s nothing quite like being home and being surrounded by familiar faces. Until next time!

March Trending: Teresa

Last, but DEFINITELY not least, is our lovely Teresa!

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Watching: No time for TV series but I do enjoy a good movie mostly comedies
Listening: Love lots of different kinds of music….Coldplay, Alessia Cara, Stateless, X Ambassadors, Hozier, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis…and many more
Reading:Ā Nothing at the moment…but have a few books waiting on me…Divergent was probably the last series I read
Wearing: Leggings, jeans, tunics, dresses, always boots or sandals when its warm. In the summer a bathing suit most weekends on the river
Eating: Sushi, a good filet steak, and most any seafood
Drinking:Ā Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, always water and coffee
Doing:Ā Working and thinking of how to get to the beach…

And that’s a wrap with this month’s “What’s Trending!” I hope everyone has had as much fun learning about the girls who run the shop as I have had sharing them with you! We loved doing this and I can’t wait until next month to do it all over again.

Comment below and shareĀ yourĀ favoriteĀ things! I’d love to know what’s trending in your lives.

March Trending: Lewis

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We have green donuts at the shop this afternoon, so if you’re in the area you should come snag one beforeĀ Leigh gets to them!

This Thursday our shop girl of the day is Lewis – here’s what she’s up to:

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Watching: Downton Abbey & The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Listening: Johnny Cash, Coldplay, Queen and the oldies
Reading: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Wearing: Danksos, flipflops, and tennis shoes
Eating: Too much šŸ™‚
Drinking: Beer šŸ™‚ Corona Light with a lime
Doing:Ā Working at 5807, painting, baking and walking my dog, biggie!

WOW – this week is flying by.Ā I loveĀ sharing these posts aboutĀ the 5807 shop girls and I hope everyone is enjoying them, too!

March Trending: Leigh

Today is about Leigh, my partner in crime and the other half of the Shops at 5807!

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Watching: House of Cards and breathlessly awaiting the newest season of ā€˜The Americansā€™ this Wed. night!!
Listening:Ā To myself breathing- trying to practice a little mindful meditation, and John Hiatt radio.
Reading: Lots of Jane Casey books- love Maeve Kerrigan, my new fave Irish detective
Wearing: Suncreen, what else??!!
Eating: Donut- binging the last two weekendsā€” Itā€™s a toss-up between the Homesteadā€™s glazed and Striteā€™s Maple Glazed- sOOOO amazingly melt-in-your-mouth! See picture above. Can you guess which is me?
Drinking: Not tonight
Doing: Lots of TidalWheel this week to get rid of the donuts. Ā 

Frillby Awards

Last Sunday, Richmond MagazineĀ announced the winners of the Fifth Annual Elby awards, and I couldn’t be more proud of the local restaurants and people making an impact in RVA! If you haven’t seen the results you can check them out here.

I love Richmond and I love theĀ city’s food scene, so I want to share MY favorites with all of you. We’re going to go ahead and call it the Frillby Awards! Obviously I won’t be renting out the entire Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for a seated dinner and award ceremony, but at least you can kick back in your yoga pants and sip on some coffee while learning a little but more about me.

Favorite place to get wine:Ā Barrel Thief, which just so happens to be my next door neighbor at the shop. They have a great selection and give great advice.

Favorite lunch takeout location:Ā Westbury Pharmacy – Junior Chix Salad Club. Chicken salad, provolone and BACON!!! on toasted whole wheat.

Favorite “special occasion” go-to: Acacia!!!

Favorite “sit down” lunch location:Ā Lulabelle’s, “the Mary”- yummy crispy flatbread with apple, goat cheese, caramelized onions and fig jam.

Favorite brunch location:Ā CanCan, ALWAYS.

Favorite donut shop:Ā Sugar Shack wins!

Favorite coffee shop:Ā LamplighterĀ – the original on Addison Street.

What are some of YOUR favorites? Would love some suggestions! There are so many great options here in RVA!