Thursday, September 29, 2016

Saucy's Bar-be-que

Today’s surprise destination would take us to Old Towne Petersburg, where I  heard  The Brickhouse Run Restaurant served British/American cuisine.  So I set the cars GPS and headed north. Mom had no clue!

Once in Petersburg, we wound our way around the exits and old roads!  The Old Towne area is being revitalized and parts are simply beautiful- and some are not. We drove through both! Along our way, we noticed a cute small building (actually a refurbished shipping container) on the corner with a smoker, a stack of fire wood, and a sign for BBQ. It was adorable, and cars were parking at their curb to pick up their lunch.

We continued on, passing huge warehouses with new signs of ‘Loft’ apartments. The roads were bumpy with old cobblestone and bricks. Since we were in the area of the old train station, we also passed displays of train engines, some dating back to the early 1900’s.

We finally pulled up to The Brickhouse Run Restaurant only to find it was CLOSED on Mondays. Oh No! We just laughed. Then, at the same time we said….”HEY… feel like BBQ?”  And we turned the car around!

Soon we found the old smoker, and realized that it also had a ‘sit-down’ restaurant nearby, perfect! Mom and I went on inside, stopping once to ask a patron to please take our picture. Everyone was so nice!

 Wow, the building was decorated in industrial lighting and even the tables were made of pipes and poured concrete. Very interesting and I loved it! We enjoyed viewing the old car lift, remnants of the old Nash Rambler Car Business that once occupied this building long ago!

Jessica, our waitress, greeted us and handed our paper menus which proudly displays that Southern Living Magazine named them “The South’s Best Butt” and a varied menu of everything BBQ’d!

  I ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich, and so did mom. Over the speakers I could hear the Allman Brothers Band playing  ‘Midnight Rider’, followed by The Eagles with “Hotel California”. Nope, not our usual stopping spot.

Our meal arrived on a metal tray, topped with brown paper. Eclectic! I asked our waitress if they were ¼ bun pans and she explained that they were actually surplus surgical instrument trays. Metal- fitting with this industrial décor.  It was fun! And very different! So glad we stopped here today!

This BBQ is sweet BBQ , my favorite! And the meat – although it was listed as ‘pulled pork’ melted in my mouth! Delicious! Fries were dusted with a sweet bbq seasoning, and were crunchy. My meal was perfect! 

The restaurant certainly has a variety of customers, from soldiers (Ft Lee is nearby) to business men and women, friends visiting Old Towne Shops , to construction workers. Today, we all had one thing in common…we all LOVE BBQ!  

Next stop, Michaels, our favorite craft store!  Mom has been painting, and needed some frames. I was given a gift of an Audubon lithograph and wanted to get it framed. Mom found exactly what she needed. Me? Well, my lithograph is an odd size and so it was harder to locate one. I did get a quote on having a frame made, then decided promptly that hubbie might be able to create one for me in his workshop!  We stopped by the fall décor and Halloween items and shopped a bit! Such fun! 

We had eaten, we shopped, and now it was time to head home. Both of us still full from BBQ, but there is always room for ice cream! I stopped at Wendys for Frostys….the cups were so small (but honestly all I needed!)  I laughed and said it looked like an ice cream SHOT glass. Mom upended her cup! I took a  photo and we laughed!
(No she didn’t down it! No brain freezes today!)  

Great food and service at Saucy's in Old Towne Petersburg, fun shopping at the craft store with mom, and finished the day with a ‘shot’ of ice cream, the day was simply PERFECT 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Egg Bistro Adventure

I decided today’s ‘Lunch Adventure’ would take us to northern Suffolk, (aka Harbor View) so I asked mom to meet me along the route. As she stepped from her car I noticed that she was wearing…an orange top and white pants! Oh My Gosh, we did it AGAIN!!! I had on almost the same ensemble!  This is getting crazy! It was certainly going to be a ‘peachy’ day today!

We met earlier than usual today and I was craving ‘brunch’! The Egg Bistro at Harbor View offers a great one! So, she jumped into my car and the two of us headed in that direction!

The Bistro offers breakfast items as well as lunch and dinner fare. Today, I was interested in one thing, breakfast! Oh… make that two things…breakfast AND a mimosa! So naughty! But when you treat yourself out, shouldn’t you have fun? (And, mimosas are so fun!) Mom had ‘fun’ too, hers was strawberry!  I ordered the mango one! So good!

Scanning over the menu, I spied  ‘cronuts’ , and being a baker (and never having one before) I decided I would try them along with a hearty breakfast. Oh My God! They are amazing.  They remind me of French toast, flaky light interior, with a crunchy exterior, dusted in cinnamon and drizzled with honey. 

Along with my cronuts, I ordered traditional eggs, bacon, and hash browns! Mom tried a creative omelet of Havarti cheese, peppers and onions with a side of hash browns. She couldn’t finish it all! But, she DID manage to finish her mimosa! 

One of my mother’s many hobbies is Quilting, and she is amazing at it! She has dozens and dozens of them completed. But lately, it is proving more difficult for her to sit at her sewing machine for hours at a time, and even to just hand sew them. So she stopped quilting. Way back in the 70s, she created one by piecing together the history of hers and dads life story on to a quilt. Each square depicted their journey through marriage, each place they had lived, and where each child was born.  

Mom felt sure that with four children, there might be a scuffle to claim that quilt after she was gone! (I felt certain I could get my hands on it faster than the other three kids so I never worried about it!) But, she decided she would replicate that quilt so each of us could have one. Today’s side stop would be a cute quilt shop called Bellas. I helped her select the fabric to use on her project. The store has a sea of specialized fabrics and rows of thread! I can see why quilters love this store! There is even an adjoining room with machines stitching away!   

Fabric in hand we headed back to her car. Our journey continued, and we laughed and talked about sewing, and projects. Then… I realized that we were near a cute donut shop called O’Doodle Doo’s.

Now, we definitely DID NOT need any more to eat, but this stop wasn’t for us. This stop was for our fellas that we left at home today! I picked out a few for my husband. But when I turned around, mom had selected a dozen! I asked her WHY she needed a full dozen and she told me she “was going to make the men at the apartment complex happy”. Uh mom, you might want to re-word that!  She laughed and said, “ Oh dear, I meant…I want to visit the guys, and give them one.” She tried ‘rewording’ her sentence over and over, but it simply got worse! The clerk and I were in stitches! 
 There simply was NO WAY she was going to be able to fix this!

So we bought the donuts and I told her “Under NO circumstance, do I want to know what you do with those donuts!” 

It is great to laugh! It is even better, when you get to do it over and over again!

I love being silly with you, mom! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Riverwalk Restaurant at Yorktown


Riverwalk Restaurant, Yorktown is ranked as one of Virginia's Top Restaurants with a Scenic View. On this bright sunny day, I thought it would be a perfect destination for our mom/daughter lunch. there was also a bookstore and an ice cream shop listed within walking distance! The makings of a truly wonderful adventure!

The restaurant with tall ceilings, stone-stacked fireplace and wall to wall windows overlooking the river, is simply lovely. The menu offers a variety of items for lunch. I selected the French Dip Sandwich. Mom took the waiters suggestion of Crab Cake Sandwich, which, we hear is one of their most popular items.

photo from Riverwalk website

While we waited, we gazed out at the beautiful scenery. Suddenly a tall three-mast schooner sailed into sight from under the Coleman Bridge! I quickly ran outside to take photos of this magnificent ship.

You can't help but wonder what it must have felt like being on those shores over 200 years ago. The British had established a stronghold on these banks. So, George Washington ordered our troops to block the Brits from escaping via land, and with help from the French armada on the river, the most important battle of the Revolutionary War took place. (Note, it didn't end well for the English!) All that happened right here, where I was standing! Amazing!

While I was outside, the waiter delivered freshly baked bread and pesto dipping sauce to our table. It was a good thing I arrived back when I did, mom had already started enjoying it!  We just nibbled and chatted away. 

We love being together, and I just want to capture our time out as much as I can, so we snuggled together for some selfies. First one, Second one, she was good and I wasn't, third, fourth. We kept posing, checking the pics, laughing, then posing again! Clearly we need to practice more! 

Mom's Crab Cake Sandwich was great. It came stacked with lettuce, tomato and coleslaw. A bit messy towards the end, but she managed just fine. 

My French Dip arrived and looked amazing as well. Just one question....'how' do I eat this thing? The sandwich was too big to pick up whole. Too messy to cut easily. What is a lady to do? So I daintily picked up my knife, grabbed that sandwich and cut it into sections then dipped them! Well worth the task! The steak was tender, and the au jus was delish! I ate the entire thing!  

During our lunch, mom and I talked and talked (Southern girls love to talk!), but I was distracted by the table beside us. Three business men were having a meeting. Phrases like "Global cities initiative concept' and ' business management portfolio diversification' floated our way. Now there is a conversation we wouldn't normally hear if we had stayed at home!

One of the desserts Riverwalk is known for is their Key Lime Pie. Made fresh daily, it arrived covered in whipped cream and swirls of raspberry sauce. I loved the pie, but beware... that raspberry sauce will snap your jaw! I was brave (or dumb enough, not sure which) to sample just the sauce alone, and my arms were covered in goose bumps. So, feeling mischievous, I dared mom to try it. Her face did a mini-stroke thing, and she shivered! I laughed so hard! Paired with the pie and whipped cream, the sauce is fabulous. But warning, do not eat it straight up! 

Earlier, we caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a windmill. So, after lunch, we walked the brick paved boardwalk looking for it. I thought it might be a display or reproduction, but we soon learned all about it.

The structure is indeed a replica of the original mill which was built in 1711 on this site. The mill witnessed the Battle of Yorktown (and is even depicted in the famous 1786 painting "Washington and His Generals at Yorktown" ) 

The mill survived the battle and continued to provide flour for the people of York County throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. 

A quick stop at the bookstore - mom is an author so we can not pass a bookstore and not go in! We agreed that we were so full, the ice cream shop would have to wait until our next visit. 

We were happy, full and thirsty. We definitely had to cap off our wonderful day together with a tall glass of sweet iced tea for the road! We are, after all, Southern girls, it's what we do, ya'll.