Archive for June, 2011

Fireworks Display

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Richmond, Virginia’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks display will take place at Dogwood Dell.

Catch the Fourth of July festivities at Richmond's Dogwood Dell Monday July 4 2011

Highlighting the the city’s Fourth of July Celebration at the Dell is music and family fun. This year, beginning at 4 p.m., it will feature local hip hop group Kids in Da Biz, jazz by Sharon North, a concert on the Carillon bells, and rousing patriotic music by the Richmond Concert Band concluding with a fireworks extravaganza.

But be alert there are traffic advisories and detours in effect on Monday July 4th.

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Testing a New Wine Chiller

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Keeping white wine chilled during evening wine service has always been an issue. Those clay bottle holders or ice-filled wine buckets just don’t do the trick – especially in the summer.  The correct serving temperature for white and rose wines is between 8 degrees C and 10 degrees C (46.4 degrees to 50 degrees).  Red wine is usually served between 16 degrees C and 18 degrees C (60.8 degrees and 65 degrees).  Wine stored at too high a temperature will ultimately develop an overwhelming alcohol content.

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Why Father’s Day?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Every year on the third Sunday of June, we spend the day paying tribute to our fathers.

Fathers deserve a special day for showing us the way

Celebrated in many countries worldwide, the day is meant to honor and recognize the important contributions and even sacrifices that fathers make on a daily basis. The date may be different in some countries, but the sentiment is the same.

However, this holiday was not always on the calendar. The history of Father’s Day is actually quite interesting and touching. Throughout history, there have been different stories about people paying tribute to their fathers, but the official concept of a special day actually started in the United States in the 1900s. In 1909, a young woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at her church in Spokane, Washington.

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The Outer Banks (OBX)

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

We spent the last two weeks in the outer banks of N. Carolina, so while here I thought I would share our dining experiences.  Because OBX is really about casual, we very seldom visit the 2 or 3 upscale restaurants, we have eaten in the past at Aqua S in Southern Shores in Duck, Prime Only in Nags Head and the Sanderling in Duck. However, after plunking down between $2000 and $4000 a week most folks are looking for casual dining with a slightly lower price, well much lower!

Our ist of places we have eaten is long, however, I will keep the list to our current visit.  We usually eat diner in because we always stay in a friens house at the 20-mile marker and usually have copious amounts of wine, need I say more?  This trip we have eaten at:

Blue Moon Beach Grill Located at mile post 13 in Surf Side Plaza on the beach road.

We have eaten diner at Blue Moon ever since they opened about 3-years ago, over the winter that expanded the restaurant.  This visit was for lunch, there were 4 of us, the girls shared a Spinach & Arugula Salad and split the beach burger and fries.  The guys each had the sour of the day, which was crab and blue cheese chowder and one of us had the shrimp “not a burger” and the shrimp  po’ boy. The shrimp “not a burger” a zesty sandwich comes with blackened shrimp, fried green tomato & sharp provolone.  Served on toasted ciabatta bread with arugula, basil aioli and a balsamic reduction and erved with fries. Excellent. (more…)

Charm and Elegance at Richmond B&B

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Recently, Judith Reitman of the travel news, information and resources blog/website where to go next stayed with us during her visit to Richmond and gave us a glowing review.    (more…)