Guess where I am for the weekend? Yup, Richmond! Every couple of months (or, well, every month) I have to hit up a real city and get my fill of yummy vegan food, good microbrew, and awesome graveyards.

This time I decided to get my hair cut at Pine Street Barber Shop with Cupid, the awesomest hair stylist I think I’ve ever had. His hair cut rocked and he definitely understood how to work with curls. Plus the prices are definitely grad student friendly, so it’s worth hitting up if you’re in the area.

While I was there, guess who was in the barber chair next to me–armed with the most delicious coconut-chocolate-gluten-free cookie goodness?

Jessy! She was gettin’ her hair colored and cut and I almost flipped out when I realized it was her. Vegan blogger meet-up at the barber shop! We chatted it up and she mentioned some great places to grab some food–specifically this awesome all-vegan Chinese place on the same block as Ipanema. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to go there this trip, but next time I’m definitely finding it.

After I got my ‘do done, the photographer and I headed over to 821 Cafe for some brunchy eats. Last time I was super pleased with my vegan french toast, but it wasn’t available this time, so I branched out and got the vegan rancheros–two or three tortillas piled high with tofu scramble, black beans, pico de gallo, and salsa–with their luscious potatoes and super good vegan sausage on the side.

Bellies filled, we tromped off to Hollywood Cemetery, the final resting place of Presidents Monroe and Tyler and the “real” President (in the Commonwealth’s eyes, at least), Jefferson Davis. Davis’ gravesite kicks Monroe and Taylor’s ass–he and his wife and daughter have angels and statues and flags. Monroe and Tyler just have regular looking tombs with plaques.

The weekend is only half over, so who knows what other goodness I’ll be getting into. Trader Joe’s, of course, is definitely on the list. I need to stock up on 2 buck chuck (which is actually $3.29 these days–geez, how dare they increase the price?). With the beautiful sunny and relatively warm weather we’re having, it’s definitely a good weekend.

Hope everyone is enjoying yours!

11 Responses to “RVA!”
  1. Jojo says:

    Have a great weekend, it sounds fun & that brunch looks rad!

  2. renae says:

    I love the picture of you and the photographer – you look so happy! I hope the rest of the weekend is as much fun!

  3. I’m envious of your vegan restaurant options! We’ve only got a couple, in Glasgow, and this is a city of over a million people. The ones that are here … well, they’re vegan / vegetarian Scottish food – NOT such a good thing, really.

  4. jessy says:

    it was so awesome getting to finally meet you, Jes! you totally made my day – and for the rest of the it i was telling everyone about ya. superhappyface! i’m so glad you and the photographer have been enjoying the weekend so far here. dan and i are heading to 821 tonight (your rancheros look divine!) for dinner before the Henry Rollins show downtown and we actually ended up eating at Panda Veg (the all vegan chinese place) last night ’cause he had a craving for spring rolls ‘n general tso’s. isn’t hollywood cemetary the neatest?! i love the picture of you two! i’ve lived in richmond for over 10 years and just this past december i finally made it over there. it’s beautiful there, and one could spend hours getting lost in there wandering around…. have fun today, get out to TJ’s for some now-three buck chuck, and i hope the rest of your trip is just as fun and delicious as yesterday was! superw00t!

  5. Virginie P. says:

    Thanks for sharing your visit in Richmond. I think it was the first time I saw some pics of this town. It seems there are plenty of vegans there… I’ve never any vegans in French hairdressers :D

  6. Kiersten says:

    Great pics! It looks like you had a really nice weekend in Richmond. How ironic that you ran into Jessy while getting your hair done.

  7. How beyond awesome! You and Jessy are some of the coolest bloggers and it’s even cooler that you guys were brought together by hair-styling fate! You two are so cute!

    I hope you’re enjoying the rest of the weekend and eating more yummy foods! :)

  8. Barbara says:

    What a fun trip, Jes. Your ‘do looks great; how cool you met a fellow-blogger; and your brunch looks to die-for. Fun pics and post. You rock!

  9. mihl says:

    How cool you met Jessy! That’s really an awesome coincidence.

  10. JennShaggy says:

    I’ll win big for ya!

    OMG that brunch looks soooo fantastic. I just got super hungry.

  11. Mary says:

    That is too funny! Vegan blogger WORLD DOMINATION!! And both of you have pretty hair.

    Sounds like you had a fun trip! I’ve never been to Richmond, but a vegan Chinese restaurant? I may have to make a road trip!

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