Archive for July, 2011

Polish Therapy Here in Virginia

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

We had the opportunity to take a side trip to Williamsburg and try out a salt spa.  Salt therapy finds its origins in a theory developed by by Doctor Felix Boczkowski in 1843 that the air in the salt mines of Wieliczka, Poland provided beneficial effects to those suffering from pulmonary and respiratory issues. Some claim that salt therapy sessions are effective in helping those with allergies, asthma, bronchitis, even a weakened immune system, among other issues.

Chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mine with rock salt chandeliers

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, near Krakow, has the largest Underground Rehabilitation and Treatment Center, providing innovative rehabilitation and treatment by combining the natural microclimate of the underground salt excavations with contemporary medicine 135 meters below the surface. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Nine centuries of mining rock salt have produced over 200 kilometers of passages and over 2000 caverns with chapels, museum, a lake and other attractions. But what does that have to do with Williamsburg?

The Williamsburg Salt Spa uses the Wieliczka model and has almost identically reproduced the physical, chemical, and biological conditions of the mine.  The appearance mimics the mine’s appearance and the ventilation system has been tuned to maintain the temperature, humidity, and unique microclimate of the original mine.  The Williamsburg Salt Spa has imported over 15 tons of therapeutic salt from Poland and Pakistan to create the microclimate rich in minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, bromine and iodine.

A Salt Spa Therapy session at the Williamsburg Salt Spa

Each session at the Williamsburg Salt spa lasts 45 minutes, during which you relax in a very comfortable recliner, listen to the soothing sounds of music, and breathe in the air saturated with all those beneficial minerals.  The air temperature hovers around 75 degrees and the humidity ranges between 40 -50%. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. A 45-minute Swedish massage is also available in the salt room by prior arrangements. Reservations/Contact.

Our session was comfortable, relaxing, and deep breathing of the mineral-laden air was actually energizing.  Several of our party, took the opportunity to take a little catnap during the session. So, if you’re planning a trip to Richmond, we encourage you to add a day to your stay at the historic Fan District’s premier bed and breakfast inn, and take a little side trip to Williamsburg just east on I-64, and arrange a therapy session at the Williamsburg Salt Spa, where a Polish tradition comes to the United States.

Six Burner Restaurant Review & Our Guests Agree

Friday, July 29th, 2011

A great restaurant never rests on its laurels. Six Burner was good several years ago when we had our first meal there, but they have since built on their experience to elevate themselves to a great restaurant. An original menu paired with a comfortable and elegant space and professional and personable service makes Six Burner one of Richmond’s best eateries.

Ever since Six Burner announced last year that they have become the only restaurant in the area certified by the Department of Health to cook using the sous vide method, we had been itching to try it out. Utilized by some of the best chefs in the country, the sous vide method uses a combination of precise temperature and vacuum sealing to prepare meats and fishes. We paid a visit to this Fan mainstay recently to check out this new technique and see what else chef Philip Denny has up his sleeve nowadays.


Restaurant Week Comes to Carytown

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

August 1 through 6, 2011, prepare to entice your taste buds with amazing Carytown dining during “Taste of Carytown” Restaurant Week.

Taste of Carytown Supports Richmond Public Schools Foundation

The week before the Watermelon Festival, participating Carytown restaurants are offering special pricing and menus to showcase their most popular dishes and raise funds for the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, to assist the organization in its goal to support the school system by seeking monetary donations and other resources that will enrich the learning experience of public school students by establishing an environment that prepares them for jobs that aren’t available yet, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems that we don’t event know exist.


Lactose Intolerant? Try This Watermelon Treat to beat the heat

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Summertime and its blistering heat always brings the desire for ice cream or gelato to cool down your insides.  What do you do if you’re lactose-intolerant or allergic to milk products?  We tried a new recipe here at our bed and breakfast this morning for a guest who had that exact issue.  We had planned on our signature lavender panna cotta as our first course – well, that wouldn’t work very well.

So Saturday, Mike came up with a sherbet/granitas-like concoction using watermelon.

Refreshing watermelon makes a cool treat for breakfast's first course! Try the recipe!

Here are the ingredients:
2 cups of cubed and seeded watermelon
1/2 cup sugar
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup cranberry juice

First, place watermelon cubes in a food processor, or a blender. Cover, process or blend until smooth. You should end up with about 3 cups of pureed watermelon.

Stir in sugar.


It’s back! 2nd Annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont!

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Make your plans today to attend the 2nd Annual Richmond jazz festival at Maymont.

2nd Annual Jazz Festival in Richmond August 11 - 14, 2011

The jazz starts on August 11th and continues through August 14th, 2011. Last year’s event was a wonderful outdoor music event spanning two days; this year’s will span 4 days!

Jazz kicks off on Thursday August 11th at the newly-renovated Hippodrome in Jackson Ward with local Richmond jazz groups performing  a program titled “Homegrown at the Hipp.”  Doors will open at 6 PM and include great local artists: Joye B Moore, Sharon Rae North, Forte Jazz Band, Shanta “Bunni” Jasper, J. Tucker, Anhayla Stanley, Eric Stanley, and Secret Society. General Admission $20. The Hippodrome is located at 528 North 2nd Street.