Posts Tagged ‘Dining’

Food Tour Visits Bed and Breakfast

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Real Richmond Food Tours and More visited the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast this afternoon. This urban inn is located in the heart of the historic Fan District and is featured often on the “VCU: Alternative Eats” walking tour. After a quick introduction to the inn, a bit of its history, its parlor, dining room, and wine room with its fabulous view of the east garden and its hydrangeas, tour-goers were ushered into the kitchen.

Grilled Shrimp on Homemade Pickle Relish with Chipolte Aioli

Breakfast is the biggest part of the name bed and breakfast and this inn is a foodie’s paradise. Breakfast items focus on fresh, local, seasonal and organic (if available) ingredients brought together in a creative way to highlight the flavors of central Virginia.

First up, Mike offered a grilled shrimp, atop a homemade pickle relish garnished with a chipolte aioli served in a Chinese soup spoon. Guests were offered a taste of Barboursville Vineyard’s Brut, the Virginia version of champagne to celebrate the day, which happened to be one couple’s anniversary.

A toast, anyone?

After a toast to their anniversary and the the second year of Real Richmond Food tours, Mike prepared a fresh peach espuma garnished with fresh peach cubes, also served in a Chinese spoon.

Fresh Peach Espuma! YUM!

Next on the menu, Mike presented puffed pastry baskets with pastry cream and a trio of fresh berries: raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The sampling menu concluded with a quick explanation of “sous vide” cooking and a taste of a rib eye for those interested!

Puffed Pastry with a trio of berries

The visit ended with cold water-to-go in a signature, reusable, foldable, clip-on-able, freezable water bottle! All that one needs on a hot walking tour!

 

 

Ice cold water-to-go

Bed and Breakfast Excellence in 2012

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

We have added to our collection!

William Miller Bed and Breakfast Certificate for Excellence 2012

We just received our 2012 certificate of excellence for 2012 from TripAdvisor to add to our previous certificates. During our twelve years as innkeepers, we are fairly sure we have developed an idea what travelers and guests are seeking in terms of amenities and comforts.

How about a luxurious pillow top mattress with exquisite linens? We do that. And, naturally a private bathroom, accessible only from the guest room equipped with both a tub and shower! Of course! How about free wi-fi? We have that. How about free off-street parking? Yep, we have that too. We have many assets and amenities that our guests love: evening wine and snacks, individual servings of snacks, beverages and ice available all day, prime location in Richmond’s historic Fan district, a front porch with rockers and a side garden filled with seasonal color and shielded from the street, a lovely parlor with fireplace, cable tv and flat screen televisions in each guest room, walk-in closets to store belongings, and the list goes on……

But, what sets the William Miller House apart from other establishments is BREAKFAST. Breakfast is the biggest part of the name bed and breakfast and we have focused on breakfasts and food since our first day. We serve a hearty gourmet breakfast of multiple courses featuring fresh, local, organic, and seasonal ingredients that give our guests a taste of central Virginia’s finest products from local farmers, local coffee roasters, our herb garden, and local food artisans.

Treat yourself to a Richmond dining experience: a stay with us, sample our gourmet breakfast, and visit our nearby dining establishments with fare spanning from neighborhood casual to fine dining.  Add to your food-centric experience by reserving a spot in one of Real Richmond Food Tours and More walking tours. Sign up early, places are limited and each tour fills up fast. Richmond’s culinary scene is continually evolving and there are lots of options to try!

 

 

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.

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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.

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A Touch of France in Richmond, VA

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

What does a Francophile or a group of Francophiles do to celebrate Bastille Day in Richmond, Virginia? How about dinner at a French restaurant, perhaps Can Can Brasserie located in Carytown? Kick off the meal with a Kir Royale, shared appetizers of mussels, pate, and other delectable munchies. Switch beverages to rose (a summertime favorite) or to red wine and dinner of choice off the menu. Followed by sharing scrumptious desserts.

Dancing the can can at Can Can Brasserie on Bastille Day

At eight o’clock these delightful young women appear and  - it’s the can can danced on the bar!

Check out the video –  Viva La France!