October 20, 2010

RVA Food and Drink Happy Hour Specials FALL 2010

Richmond Food and Drink Specials. Happy Hour and More!
Anytime
  • Acacia: Prix Fix menu-$23 M-Th 5:30-9pm Fri&Sat 5:30-6:30pm. 562-0138
  • Amici: Sun-Thur $25 3-course meal. Bottled wine 25% off. 353-4700
  • Blackfinn: 7 days a week, 4-7pm $4.95 flatbread pizza. 643-3466
  • Bouchon: $20 3-course prix fixe menu 5-6 pm Mon-Sat. 225-2118
  • Café Caturra: Social Hour Daily 5-9 pm $5 wines by the glass & $3 beers
  • Caliente: Happy Hour at the bar M-Th 5-7. $1 Miller High Life, $3 rail highballs and Jager shots. 340-2920
  • The Camel: Happy Hour 5-7pm. $2.50 rail, $3 drafts, $5 cosmos & martinis, $7 Long Islands.
  • Current: Happy hour 5pm-8pm with appetizer specials. $1 Drink Power Hour 8pm-9pm. 788-4281
  • Davis and Main: 1/2 price well martinis from 4-6pm M-F. 353-6641
  • Dot’s Back Inn:”Neighborhood Hour” 3:30-7pm. $2.50 10oz drafts, $2.25 domestic, $3 highballs, $3 house wine. 266-3167
  • Europa: M-F 5-6pm. 1/2 off all Small Plates. 643-0911
  • Fish Bowl Bistro & Bar: Happy Hour 3-7pm daily. $2 off rails and drafts
  • Garnett’s: M-Sun Happy Hour 3-6. $3 beer and wine. 367-7909
  • Globehopper: M-F 4-7pm. $2 off wine by the glass. Discount beers. 523.8083
  • Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs & BBQ: M-F 4-7pm Sun 12-6, $2 Miller Lite draft, House highballs, House wine, fried onion straws or okra, smoked kielbasa. 270-RIBS
  • Kitchen 64: Daily specials 3-7 pm. Rail Drinks:$4, Domestic Bottles:$2. Smoking is allowed on the patio after 10pm. 358-0064
  • Lemaire: Happy Hour M-F at the bar and lounge 4-7 pm. $2 House and $4 Craft and Import Beers. $5 Red and $5 White glasses of featured wine. 3 appetizers for $20 from our bar menu 4-7pm and 10-11pm. 3 courses for $30 From 5- 6pm: 649-4644
  • Mojo’s: $6 dine-in lunch, incl beverage. M-F 11am-3pm. M-F 4-7pm $1 off All Drafts, $3 House Drinks, $3 Glasses of Wine. Any Nachos $5. Any Pizza $6.
  • Nacho Mama’s Mechanicsville: Fiesta Hour M-F 3-7pm. 730-7311
  • O’Toole’s: Daily M-Sun 3-7pm All Draft and Bottled Beers $.50 off. All House Wines $.50 off. All House Liquors $1.00 off. 233-1781
  • Poe’s Pub: Everyday 4-7 pm $2.25 domestic bottles, $1 off drafts. 648-2120
  • Sam Miller’s: $2 10oz Miller Lite, $3 House Wine 4-8pm. 644-5465
  • Six Burner: $24 prix fix menu M-Th 5:30-9:30pm. 353-4060
  • Strawberry Street Café: M-Sun Happy Hour til 9pm. $2.50 highballs, $3 martinis, $2.25 domestic bottles. 353-6860
  • Stronghill Dining Company: Happy Hour M-F til 7:30 pm. $6 wine, 25% off appetizers at the bar. 359-0202
  • Tarrant’s Cafe: Happy Hour 4-7 M-F.1/2 off drafts, wine glasses, rail drinks.1/2 off select appetizers. 225-0035
  • Tobacco Company: Th-Sat, $1 drinks from 8-9 pm, $4 Red Stag Cocktails and $4 Red Bull or White Grape Cocktails all night (always mobbed in there at happy hour though). Free valet parking during dinner hours and all day on Sunday. 782-9555
  • Weezie's Kitchen: Happy Hour: 3-7pm M-F $1 off all drinks. 726-1270

Monday
  • Avenue 805: Cheap Date Night: a choice of a large house or Caesar salad to split, a large bowl of pasta, a dessert & a bottle of house wine all for $35. 353-2505
  • Baja Bean: $4 burgers all day. 257-5445
  • Bank: $1 sliders during happy hour
  • Bouchon: Entrée portion salads, choice between 4, $20
  • Buddy's: $3 quesadillas, cheese fries, grilled cheese 5-9 pm. 355-3701
  • Café Caturra Short Pump: Blind wine tasting. Discounts given for correct guesses. 5:30 - 7:30pm
  • Caliente: ½ off po’boys 5-10pm
  • Capital Ale House: $1 burger nights (with purchase of a beverage). 4pm-1am.780-ALES
  • Cha Cha’s Cantina: $2 off quesadillas. 726-6296
  • City Limit: ½ price appetizers, 5-7pm. 282-4232
  • Cous Cous: Date night: soup or salad, choose of 3 select menu items, dessert to share and a ½ carafe of Sangria or bottle of house wine-$40. After dinner: mystery beer night--different beers each week are $1. 358-0868
  • Curbside Cafe: 35c wings, ½ off quesadillas 5-10pm. 355-7008
  • Europa: Pasta Night-all pastas $9. 643-0911
  • Kitchen 64: Mojito Monday: $6
  • Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 dozen oysters, get a half dozen free. 4-7 pm. 232-3446
  • Lemaire: $5 high balls 4-7pm in the bar and lounge
  • Little Mexico: $1 tacos.
  • Mojo’s: 7-11 pm or til end of MNF: 35-cent wings. $1 off any Philly Cheesesteak. $6 Miller Lite & Yuengling Pitchers. 644-6676
  • Nacho Mama’s Mechanicsville: All You Can Eat Tacos with Rice & Beans $9.99
  • Six Burner: Any bottle of wine $50 or under is 1/2 price. 353-4060
  • Star-lite: taco specials starting at 5 pm. 788-7077
  • Sticky Rice: half-price sushi 10:30pm-12:30am. 358-7870
  • Xtras: $5 appetizers for those in the 23221 zip code. 355-0446
Tuesday
  • Acacia: ½ price wine
  • Avenue 805: Cheap Date Night: a choice of a large house or Caesar salad to split, a large bowl of pasta, a dessert & a bottle of house wine all for $35
  • Baja Bean: Buy 1 Get 1 Free tacos all day
  • Banditos: $2 Aristocrat highballs all day. 354-9999
  • Bank & Vault: 50 cent wings, $3.50 rails, $2.00 domestic beers, $3.00 premium beers, $5.00 house wine 4-8pm 648-3070
  • Bouchon: Date Night—3 courses $50/couple
  • Buddy's: Wear Buddy’s shirt, get a discount 5-9pm
  • Cafe Caturra Short Pump Crossing: 3-6pm. $5 Glasses of Wine.$4 Wine Fare.$3 Bottled Beer. 360-3377
  • Caliente: ½ off burgers 5-10
  • Capital Ale House: Steal the Glass Night. Order one of the featured brewery beers, keep the named glass it comes in. 4pm til glasses run out.
  • Cha Cha’s Cantina: $1 tacos from 8-9 pm
  • Cous Cous: Facebook specials. After dinner, it’s Musi-ko (music trivia).
  • Curbside Cafe: 75c tacos 5-10pm
  • Europa: Date night: three-course meal for just $16 per person. Weekly Wine Specials at $16 a bottle
  • FW Sullivans: $10 buckets of Alaskan Snow Crab Legs 6-11pm
  • Infuzion: $5 off all pasta entrees. 447-6852
  • Kitchen 64: Tequila Tuesday: $4 Margaritas
  • Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 pound shrimp, get a half pound free 4-7 pm
  • Lemaire: $5 Sparkling Wine Cocktails. 4-7pm in the bar and lounge  
  • Mojo’s: Taco Tuesday $1/each--build your own at the fixins bar-7pm. Tecate tall boys $2.50. Date Night 7-11pm: Order any 2 entrees or vegetarian item and get a select starter or nachos for only $17
  • Nacho Mama’s Mechanicsville: $1 Tacos all day
  • New York Deli: 35 cent wings. 7-10pm. 358-DELI
  • O’Toole’s: Martinis & Cosmopolitans: $4
  • Pescados: two tacos with coconut black beans & achiote rice for $10. 379-7121
  • Sette: 1/2 price bottle of wine from 5-9pm. 788-7077
  • Six Burner: Wine by the glass is 1/2 price
  • Star-lite: $2 Aristocrat highballs all day. 254-2667 
  • Strange Matter: ½ price hamburgers 5pm+  
  • Tastebuds: Prix Fixe. Salad, Entrée, and Dessert for $16. 261-6544 
  • Tiki Bob’s: 10c tacos, 25c beers 6-9 pm. 644-9091 
  • Xtras: Date Night: ½ price bottles of wine
  • 821 Café: Moto Tuesday: come in on a motorcycle or moped and get 10% off any one item. 649-1042

Wednesday
  • Baja Bean: ½ off quesadillas all day.
  • Bank and Vault: Wine Down Wednesday: ½ price bottles of wine during happy hour 4-8pm.
  • Blackfinn: $1.50 burgers 5-10 pm. Wii Wednesday at 8pm
  • Boathouse at Rocketts Landing: Wine Tastings 6-8pm
  • Bouchon: Steak Night: Marinated Top Sirloin with sauce, Frites and Salad: $20
  • Buddy's: 5-9 pm Fajitas $6.95 & Half Price Nachos
  • Cafe Gutenberg: half-price select glasses of wine
  • Caliente: Local Night-ID w/23221 or 23220 zip gets 10%off food bill 5-10
  • Capital Ale House: Pints of most Virginia beers are $2.50 from 11am-9pm at all locations.
  • Cha Cha’s Cantina: 50c drafts and $1 tacos 8-9pm
  • Curbside Cafe: half-price burgers 5-10pm
  • Europa: half-off bottles (up to $40) with the purchase of two entrees
  • Havana '59: ½ off mojitos 780-CUBA
  • Kitchen 64: Wine Wednesday: Merlot and Chardonnay: $4
  • Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 dozen clams, get a half dozen free 4-7 pm.
  • Mojo’s: 12 oz. Can o’ Beer of the Week - $1. 7-11 pm: Any 7” Philly Style Cheesesteak - $4
  • Nacho Mama’s Mechanicsville: Kids Night 1/2 off
  • Pescados: Margarita specials 379-7121
  • Sam Miller’s: 35 cent Wings 4-8pm
  • Star-lite: 1/2 Off All Pasta Dishes and Pasta Date Night: 2 salads, two pasta entrees& a bottle of house wine for $30
  • Tastebuds: Prix Fixe. Salad, Entrée and Dessert for $16.
  • Zeus Gallery Café: Wino Wed-all bottles of wine under $50 are half off
  • Xtras: $10 bottles of champagne
  • 821 Café: Taco Night. Drink specials. $1 mystery beers

Thursday
  • Baja Bean: Until 7pm, appetizers half off
  • Bouchon: Ladies Night: ½ price wines by the glass and desserts
  • Buddy’s: $3 quesadillas, cheese fries, grilled cheese 5-9pm
  • Café Gutenberg: 5-7 pm seasonal microbrew and PBR specials
  • Fish Bowl Bistro & Bar: Steal the pint glass night 4-6pm
  • Havana '59: 1/2 off appetizers
  • Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 pound mussels, get a half pound free 4-7 pm
  • Lemaire: $5 Classic Cocktails 4-7pm in the bar and lounge
  • Mojo’s: PBR - $2 / Bourbon - $3. Prime Rib Night 7-11 pm. 8 oz. cut - $7, 12 oz. cut - $10, 16 oz. cut - $14 served with side salad and choice of 2 sides
  • O’Toole’s: Margaritas on the rocks: $3.50
  • Sam Miller’s: $0.75 oysters 4-8pm
  • Sette: 1/2 price beer 5-9pm
  • Star-lite: 2 for 1 burger night & cheapie cans of Coors & Coors Lite.
  • Tastebuds: Prix Fixe. Salad, Entrée, and Dessert for $16
  • Xtras: Ladies Night: $5 cosmos and $2 Woodchucks
  • 821 Cafe: happy hour all day
Friday
  • Bank&Vault: Extended happy hour til 9 pm. (5/18)
  • Blackfinn: $20 surf n turf and $20 select bottles of wine.
  • Café Caturra Grove: $5/glass wine until 6 pm. (5/3)
  • Café Gutenberg: 5-7 pm seasonal microbrew and PBR specials
  • Ellwood Thompson: $1 off wine and beer until 6:30ish (5/3)
  • Infuzion: 10% off dinner for 2 (excludes beverages)
  • Joe’s Inn: $1 PBR and $2 Legend beer until 7 pm (5/3)
  • Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 dozen oysters, get a half dozen free 4-7 pm
  • Lemaire: $5 Cosmos and $5 Manhattans. 4-7pm in the bar and lounge(10/20)
  • Mojo’s: 24 oz. Coors Light Cans- $2.50. Shooter Special - $3 (10/14)
  • Nacho Mama’s Mechanicsville: $6 Anything with Redbull (5/10)
  • Rare Old Times: Prix Fixe: Soup or Salad, Choice from a Selection of Entrées, Dessert or Irish Coffee:$14.99 5-8pm. 750-1346
  • Sam Miller’s: $0.75 oysters 4-8pm
  • Sticky Rice: ½ price sushi, 5-6 pm. 358-7870

Saturday

  •  Capital Ale House: American Micro Brew Day-most American Micro pints for $2.00, 11am-7pm
  • Curbside Café: ½ off appetizers 5-10 pm
  • Infuzion: 10% off dinner for 2 (excludes beverages)
  • Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 pound crab legs, get a half pound free 12-4 pm
  • Mojo’s: RVA Special: PBR & Shot of Bourbon - $5. $5 Redbull Drinks. 10am – 4pm buy any Philly Cheesesteak & get ½ off another. Pizza Night 7-11pm Any Pizza, Any Toppings - $6
  • Rare Old Times: Prix Fixe: Soup or Salad, Choice from a Selection of Entrées, Dessert or Irish Coffee: $14.99, 5-8pm. 750-1346
  • Sette: 1/2 price Bloody Marys & Mimosas. 12-5pm
  • Xtras: $2 dessert slivers

Sunday
  • Baja Bean: $1 cheese quesadillas, $1 an hour pool, $1 12-ounce cans
  • Bottoms Up: $3 Mimosas and Bloody Marys all day
  • Café Caturra Short Pump: Extended social hour 5-9pm. $5 wines/glass and $3 beers
  • Cafe Rustica: Sunday Suppah: $15 per person: three courses with a monthly rotating menu. 225-8811
  • Capital Ale House: Prime Rib Special- 8 ounce prime rib dinner w/ potatoes & vegetable-$9.99 or a 16 ounce prime rib dinner w/ potatoes & vegetable-$16.99. Noon-9 pm.
  • Cha Cha’s Cantina: $1 Tacos, 25 cent Wings. 9pm+
  • Can Can: Beer specials til 9 pm.
  • Curbside Cafe: half-price appetizers 5-10pm
  • Europa: half-price tapas
  • The Hard Shell: crab leg, including all-you can eat specials. 643-2333
  • Kitchen 64: Drafts $2.50. Pitchers: $9
  • Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 pound crab legs, get a half pound free 12-4 pm
  • Mojo’s: PBR Tall Boys - $2.50. 10am – 4pm buy any Philly Cheesesteak & get ½ off another. Burger Build 7-11pm $6 – add as many toppings to your burger as you'd like
  • Nacho Mama’s Mechanicsville: $5 Angus Burgers w/ Fries all day. 10% off check with church pamphlet
  • Pie: $3 Jumbo slice margherita pizza and pint of PBR. 257-7940
  • Sette: 1/2 price Bloody Marys & Mimosas. 12-5pm. Date Night 5-9pm, share appetizer, salad, pizza & a dessert for $25.95.
  • Six Burner: Sunday Supper-$20. Kids 10&under eat free w/ an adult.
  • Star-lite: 1/2 off appetizers 5-10pm. $2 PBRs, other drink specials.
  • Weezie's Kitchen: Food & Drink Specials 3-9pm
  • Xtras: Industry Night

October 14, 2010

Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere"

I just found a link to the trailer below of Sofia Coppola's movie "Somewhere" Filmed in Los Angeles in the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel. Not sure when it's available here.

I wasn't expecting it to be about his relationship with a kid, but I like the trailer. It's got a similar lonely, world-changing, life and love lost feeling that "Lost in Translation" had.

Source: El Beso


too much writing

Now that someone's actually paying me to write(part time), I find it a lot harder to come up with creative energy to blog. This is not a bad problem to have, but I feel bad about not having this outlet anymore. I'm excited about all the articles I have coming up that I have to do, and trying to teach myself NOT to get overwhelmed by it, and to just GET STARTED, bc that's the hardest part for me, and then I get all anxious for nothing.

My best friend is eloping tomorrow with a guy I've never met that she's known less than half a year. I'm very conflicted about this. I want her to be happy, I love her, and she's a big girl, but I can't help but be worried and feel like she's moving WAAY too fast. Also, I knew she was never going to be a poofy-dress-fancy-wedding person, but getting married in City Hall? I'm sad I don't even get to stand next to my best friend on her wedding day. I never thought she'd be the first of us to get married, mostly bc she'd never been in a serious relationship. I feel like I've lost my last "single in the city" friend, and now it's just me. She and I could always make chat about our hs friends who have married and have babies and live in the suburbs and how we just aren't interested in that life. I'm sad that now I can't just up and go stay with her whenever I want. We're only children, I"m not used to sharing her. I don't want to have to think about what he'll think , or that it's now THEIR space. What about holidays? She and her mom have always been my family, especially when I didn't have any. Now she'll have a new family. I don't even know how to relate to this concept as it comes to her. She's my longest friend. We've been friends for 20 years(!!). I don't have a current relationship anywhere NEAR that close with anyone else.

October 11, 2010

Pep talk

Daily Pep Talk From A Best Friend:

You will have more than one opportunity to design your life


Pep Talk: I know it seems like you have to make the right decision for the rest of your life right now or else, but that’s not totally true. Make the best, most informed choice you can now and, when that choice stops working for you, make another choice. As long as you stay in the moment, when you’re 65 you’re not going to look back and say, “Curse this fine arts degree! I should have been a business major.”

October 6, 2010

aw

More from One Sentence
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I had always fantasized about hearing that four-worded question, but I never imagined how perfect it would look as it did when he signed it to me.

(wow, heartstrings!)

September 9, 2010

Down time

I have existential crises in the car on the way to work in the morning. Do you do that? I think because it's often the only part of my day that's not scheduled, or interacting with someone, so that I have time to think the BIG THOUGHTS alone in my head and freak out about them.

Yesterday morning I was thinking about how desperately sad it makes me that we only get one life and it's really short and shit! have I done all the things I wanted to do? and what about love, and my purpose in life, and career, and what about these people in my life I care about that I don't see, and what about this?...etc.

I've been doing a fantastic job of ignoring important things this last year. It started with being overwhelmed by the legal issues related to my grandmother, then the deaths of my dad and her, the mortgage, the stuff, the life insurance, the debt, the taxes, etc, and has trickled down to me not being able to step up and get my oil changed, write the articles I'm contracted to write, fix my 401K, go to the gym, or call maintenance about that crack in the wall, and even to my relationships. I've been hiding. I've been throwing all my attention in very specific directions, and while that makes me happy in the short term, I'm not sure it's ultimately good. I've been neglecting friends. I've not wanted to put the effort into seeking people out, making plans. And I've been trying to fill the giant hole where my best friend was with other things. It works fine until something triggers it, like "Hey There Deliah" on the radio, or an opportunity for ninja, a glimpse of that UVA shirt, or having to catch myself making a joke no one else will get. And as much as I'm a fixer, I don't know how to fix this. But my heart hurts. It aches so much. Apparently only time is the answer, but that's not a fast enough answer. And since time just takes people and things away from you, that doesn't seem right.

August 26, 2010

skeptical

I know I've been neglecting my blog. I've been swamped at work and not wanting to do much else besides come home and do nothing, and I've also been busy worrying about everything and getting overwhelmed, like I do, and doing little about it.

Anyway, I feel like the older I get, the less I believe in true love. Now I've been in love before. But it's been awhile. I've never had anyone I thought was the "love of my life." I've certainly had amazing, wonderful,crazy, all-consuming, fine, good, friendship, etc relationships, that served their purposes at the time, but never anyone who I was like, Yes, I want to spend the rest of my life with that person.

And more and more, I see relationships and marriages fail, fall apart, fizzle out, and I don't know that I believe in forever anymore. I don't think I believe it's possible that one person can make you happy and serve all of those needs for your whole life. I think you have to choose what you give up. I go back and forth from thinking it's best to not settle, that I should keep looking for "the one" because when you know, you know(so they say) and then thinking that's naive and foolish and that I'll end up alone....to thinking that I'm being unrealistic to assume I'll find the one person who will be everything to me, who will make all cylinders fire, forever, and that I should just be with the one I know who makes me laugh, who is my best friend, who gets me and my jokes, who I trust, who cares for me.



I think any relationship that's good can be good for awhile until you really get to know someone and spend a lot of time with them, and start to hate their idiosyncracies, tire of them, hate the way your self has become. Then you have to decide whether to keep going, to see if it gets better, if it turns into something else, or if you're just being unrealistic. The longer you spend, the messier and ickier when you decide to leave. And then all of it was for what? Now you've hurt someone you care about, burned that beautiful and unique connection, and you're back to square one.

July 30, 2010

anniversary

A year ago today, my father died unexpectedly. It's a long story. It was jarring and sad that he died, and it triggered a chain of complicated legal issues, but I didn't lose a father that day. I lost my father 15 years ago when my mother and I left. He was troubled in many ways. Only last year, we had just started reconnecting, to the best he was able, over the care of my beloved grandmother (his mother, whose death later that year still haunts me), and then he died. He lived a sad life, so his death was sad, made even more so by the fact that he had probably died several days before he was found, alone in the house.

Obit I wrote.

My mother and I scattered his ashes over the Atlantic Ocean in Rehoboth. His late-in-life wish was to travel to Turks and Caicos, or Mexico and spend the rest of his life on the beach. While his passport was unused, I know that he'll get there someday, perhaps he's even there by now.

Okay, I have to stop writing now, as getting teary at work is really not appropriate.

June 29, 2010

Economics terms

It's really rather remarkable how much one blog can influence me. I've spoken before about The Happiness Project.  The writer there said something that struck me today:
If you try to preserve every opportunity, you can’t move forward.
Yeah, that's me, all right. I feel often that I'm wasting time, time I could be spent doing this thing, that thing. I also have trouble getting started because I'm waiting for the perfect moment, or the perfect person, or the perfect set of supplies or circumstances.

In her most recent post she also talked about opportunity cost, a term I learned at Econ Camp that really stuck with me.
Opportunity cost is the cost related to the next-best choice available to someone who has picked between several mutually exclusive choices
Relatedly, there I also learned the term sunk cost. Both of these ideas were crucial to how I looked at the world.
In traditional microeconomic theory, only prospective (future) costs are relevant to an investment decision. Traditional economics proposes that an economic actor not let sunk costs influence one's decisions, because doing so would not be rationally assessing a decision exclusively on its own merits
I had to learn that there's no point worrying on sunk cost. Once it's gone, it's gone. Wikipedia has an excellent example:

Economists argue that sunk costs are not taken into account when making rational decisions. In the case of the movie ticket, the ticket buyer can choose between the following two end results:

1.Having paid the price of the ticket and having suffered watching a movie that he does not want to see, or;
2.Having paid the price of the ticket and having used the time to do something more fun.

In either case, the ticket-buyer has "paid the price of the ticket" so "that part" of the decision no longer affects the future. If the ticket-buyer regrets buying the ticket, the current decision should be based on whether he wants to see the movie at all, regardless of the price, just as if he were to go to a free movie. The economist will suggest that, since the second option involves suffering in only one way (spent money), while the first involves suffering in two (spent money plus wasted time), option two is obviously preferable.

I love days when I get to go in late and can watch The West Wing on Bravo in the morning. I want President Bartlett to be my president. I want to be like CJ, want to have Amy Gardner's job, and want to work with everyone in that office. And Sam. (Rob Lowe, swoon). I keep forgetting that's Mary Louise Parker because she looks so young. She is ageless. And Marlee Matlin! Everyone was on that show.

My favorite quote from this morning's episode "Women of Qumar"

SAM:The President's being sued.
SAM: The Washington Times' running it under the headline "Bartlet Accused of Contributory Negligence."
LEO: I didn't know The Washington Times could spell all those words

June 27, 2010

Homemade dinners and farmers markets


This was dinner from Saturday night. Amazingly put together, and I even helped! At the top left of the plate is the fresh cold salad we've named Citrus Tuber Salad: turnips and beets from the South of the James farmers market, backyard garden cucumbers and parsley, some orange, honey, olive oil, lime juice, pepper, salt, olive juice, and pine nuts (a last-minute addition that turned out to be perfect).

Here's a close up:
The beets made everything pink

The main dish was a combination of homemade pasta, grilled and marinated chicken, mixed cooked fresh veggies, fennel (the bottom left there, didn't turn out that great).
The food was all complimented so nicely by an acidic Spanish white and then a bottle of sparkling. I can't believe I ate as much as I did, since I ate so much by nibbling while we were cooking.
This is an edited-color photo of a flower I discovered in North Carolina. The flower is a purple-pink, but my crappy camera didn't do it justice, so I edited the tint. It was so so fragrant and soft. I was afraid it didn't grow here but turns out, it's everywhere! I picked these from the tree in the Ellwoods parking lot!
This was dinner from the other weekend: a salad with all kinds of greens from Victory Farms and other yummy veggies from Ellwoods, and my corn salad (corn, red pepper, feta, lime juice, pepper, olive oil)


It was my first time at the South of the James Farmer's Market this weekend. It is arguably the best/most popular one in town. I was feeling a bit car-sick and ill from the heat, and needed sustenance, so I had my first-ever Nate's Taco Truck Taco. I know, it's sacrilegious I've lived in RVA as long as I have without one of their tacos. Well for $3, my chicken taco got eaten in about 3 seconds. I would have liked a little more lettuce, but I always want more lettuce on everything. I went back for seconds after getting my iced coffee from Blanchard's Coffee, but they had gone on a break because of the heat. I was SO mad. So instead I wandered in search of more food, and felt like I might pass out if I didn't eat something. I found a table of someone selling homemade pastries and fresh cold salads and had the most amazing bow-tie pesto pasta salad with fresh fresh cherry red and yellow tomatoes, carrots, and beans. God it hit the spot.

The produce from Victory Farms was amazing and delicious looking and SO MUCH CHEAPER than Kroger. Why am I not buying all my produce here? I may have to start. I'm being turned into a hippie, I swear. Lots of people were selling really scrumptious looking blackberries, but I am holding out for picking access to a backyard bush I know. Oh, and I also had yellow watermelon for the first time. Weirdly, tastes just like regular watermelon. 

While there, I also ran into several familiar faces. Wouldn't be Richmond without it.

Music tonight with a cup of Illy coffee--The I-Am-An-RVA-Hipster-Mix:
Untitled 4: Sigur Ros
Hang Me Up To Dry: Cold War Kids (fun band name)
Idioteque: Radiohead
1901: Phoenix (my new favorite band)
I Turn My Camera On: Spoon

June 24, 2010

Touching Strangers



Do something that will make your night. First, read below about Richard Rinaldi's exhibit Touching Strangers. From his site:


Touching Strangers is an ongoing photographic project stemming from my interest in the dynamics of group portraiture. The premise of this work is simple. I meet two or more people on the street who are strangers to each other and to me. I ask them if they will pose for a photograph together with the stipulation that they must touch each other in some manner...

My objective was to introduce an unpredictable variable in a very traditional photographic formula: to create a spontaneous and fleeting relationship between complete strangers in front of my 8 x 10 view camera.

Though these situations involve orchestrated collaborations between subject and photographer, the emotions captured are both genuine and honest. Touching Strangers encourages viewers to think about how we relate physically to one another.

Then, go to this link right now to view his photographs in a slide show, make it full screen.You may have to click to forward the photos.

Then click this link to get to the song, sync it up, press play.

Song: The Crane Wife 3 by The Decemberists.

I just happened to have it playing when I went to view the photos. They go amazingly well together. It will make your night. Trust me.

Ooh, Horoscope on point

You could run into some emotional roadblocks today, Taurus. This could be due to a lack of honesty on your part. Make sure you're sticking to the truth at all times. A strong, forceful energy could challenge your ego. Don't be surprised if this force is emotionally highly charged. Conflict is apt to result if you aren't honest about your feelings as soon as they arise.

June 23, 2010

Megan Fox photoshoot

Holy sokes, this is a weird/hott/creepy/sexualized photo spread.

I saw this magazine in the flesh yesterday and may have to go back and pull the pages out of it. The ones online are too small to do it justice. I can't believe myself either, because I don't really like Megan Fox. I think she looks like a tranny most of the time--too severe, too tacky. She's clearly got great bone structure and a great body, and this photoshoot shows it off.



It's so so creepy that the mannequin has her exact face. I'm not sure how they did that. I assumed it was photoshopped, but when you look at the video, you can see the mannequin. Perhaps they tweaked it for the final print version?

because

I love this picture so much. I've been sitting on it, waiting for the perfect occasion to use it, but have not come across one yet, so here you go. (From pretty.little.world)

Now that's a party I'd like to be at

I want to hang out with all the beautiful, unique, and well-dressed people in this post. Scroll down on that link to really see the folks at the party.





So cheap mimosas

I discovered maybe my favorite drink special yet last night at Ipanema. On Tuesdays, they have $2 Mimosas from 9-11 pm. The juices you can get include not just orange, but peach, pear, mango, and pineapple. I got both the pear and peach ones and they were refreshing and delightful. Who would ever ger orange now?

And from the end of the bar, they appear to be using Goya juice, so that's a plus too.

June 22, 2010

Brunettes with Bikes and Books


(Images from pretty. little. world.)

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Summer Reading List, pulled from Elle Blogs.
(Photos all from Elle Blogs)

 
Anthropology of an American Girl-A Novel by Hilary Thayer Hamann
Seems a little dark, the way I like them: profiles a girl through her life. Rain, bikes, sketching, autumn, relationships
 


Cum Laude by Cecily von Ziegesar
From the author of Gossip Girl.
Fluff, fun, stories about college life


No Place Like Home-A Memoir in 39 Apartments by Brooke Berman
I like the idea of chornicalling your life through the apt-hunting and moving process. Probably very relatable as a twenty-something. Also, how fab is this coat and cover in general?


One Day by David Nicholls
Romance, growing up, growing old, regret, hearbreak. Perfect for me right now.
 

June 18, 2010

eyjafjallajökull video

This is a stunningly, well-shot, fast-motion video. I'm in a trance now. I think I could watch it over and over again.

June 16, 2010

True

"You can't have everything--where would you put it?
-Stephen Wright

June 8, 2010

Recover from hate

I love that the Internets can give me a pep talk, silly as it is. From Daily Pep.

Recover from hate.
Pep Talk: It doesn’t feel that great to hate someone. Yes, some people really suck, but you don’t have to wait for them to change before you start feeling better. If someone truly awful is giving you that hateful feeling, you can take control and change your feelings. In your mind, you can wish that terrible, icky person good fortune and a happy life. You can want for them all the positive things you want for your best friend and, with enough practice, your feelings will follow your wishes. You won’t feel hate; you’ll feel better and that’s all that matters.
Today remind yourself: Recover from hate.


I am going to do better in remembering this because people who are evil and cruel and gross don't deserve so much of my mental energy.

June 2, 2010

words of wisdom

Dallas Clayton has a blog where of short and clever poetry accompanied by drawings. Here are some recent ones I like.

Success
By Dallas Clayton

Thousands of years of art history
and the safe money
is still on a picture of a naked girl.
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Pair
By Dallas Clayton

Deciding
that your greatest fear
is dying alone
will have you shopping
at the bargain bin
more often than you’d care
knee deep in discount fashion,
bent on the chance of exhuming that one irregular gem
that none of the others seemed to catch
because they didn’t have time to dig
-too busy, caught up in
dying alone.
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You
By Dallas Clayton

Unlike most words
which dull and fray
with usage
a well-intentioned
“I love you”
seems only to sharpen
growing consistently more effective
refined
through each and every
hurried utterance.
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Graded
By Dallas Clayton

How do they decide
what information
is worth knowing
and what isn’t?
Like why is the monarch
the only type of butterfly I can name?
And when did I even learn that one?

June 1, 2010

Worried

I am in a WEIRD mental headspace right now. I can't talk about it without crying, and damnit if I didn't get teary at work today. I'm not going to say more about it than this, but it's been a harrowing weekend. I drove over 500 miles in less than 36 hours. I slept for about 1 hour on Saturday night, in a chair. My brain and heart are all conflicted and I don't know what I want to do about it. Everything will be okay, but it's very very scary when you think you might lose someone you love. And I'm not sure what's worse really, the idea of losing them to death or the idea that they may never figure out how to be a part of my life again. More or less the same thing. I have things to look forward too, but I can't bring myself to be quite as excited about them as I was before Saturday. I am conflicted.

So I'm going to try very hard not to get overwhelmed and overanalyze everything and just take it one day at a time.

Hug your family, call your friends, invite someone over, tell someone you love them. Life is too short.

May 28, 2010

Oh summer




Blond

These photos make me want to be blond


Matt Jones for ELLE Italia March 2010

Matt Jones for Marie Claire US May 2010


(All Images From DDD)


Amber Heard by Guy Aroch - French Revue de Modes Spring 2010

May 26, 2010

getaway

I want to be this woman. I need to get out of Richmond for awhile. Hopefully this weekend going to Deltaville. Then my cousin's graduation party in MD. I need a weekend away something bad.

Give me road trip ideas people. For 2-3 day trips away. What's driveable and back in that amount of time that I should visit? Where are cool/affordable places to stay?

The Listening Room--bluesy folk

Last night was my first time at The Listening Room, a grassroots local movement for an intimate gathering to hear music, in the basement of a building attached to St. James' Episcopal Church. Blogger friends had written about it before, and a friend told me last week about this one, so I dove out of VLPP a little early last night to attend. I'm so glad I did.

The room had over 100 people in it, with standing room only, which apparently was the biggest crowd TLR has ever had. The first trio, Brown Bird, was amazing. Seriously wow. They were folksy and bluesy and from Rhode Island (never would have thought this kind of music would be from RI). I was lucky to be surrounded by music geek friends and everyone in the room truly appreciated the music. One guy sang lead, played guitar, and played a homemade drum set of sorts. I was flabbergasted that he could keep 4 different things going at once. His voice was scratchy and strong and full of emotion. The woman sang, played guitar, cello, and violin and was great to watch. The third member was playing a dobro, which I'd never seen before but am told is a popular blues instrument. It's like playing a guitar on it's side, with strings higher off the frets, and plugged in. It has a such a honeyed, high sound. Their songs were intricate and enjoyable.

The poor musicians were melting under the hot garage-like lights. Someone needs to work on better lighting for next time--that was just cruel. The second group, Homemade Knives, had 5 members, and the sound was much more mellow.  I didn't know an accordian could sound pretty. The singer admitted he was nervous, but did himself a disservice because, while I totally relate to stage fright, the more you tell us that you aren't any good, the more likely we are to start to believe it. His voice was clear and strong and twangy with no hint of nervousness. RVA Magazine has an in-depth interview with one of the musicians from the band. It's got great insight into their personality.

It was wild to hear these all fairly young musicians sing and play with such emotion. The lyrics were so smart, but old soul.

Brown Bird was definitely my favorite. I even considered buying a CD, had I brought money, but my friend got the vinyl so I"ll be able to hear it again. Clearly a requirement for male membership in a folk band that night was to have a full-on beard, and the room was full of hipsters, but also had quite a few older participants and non hipsters like me.

We finished the night up with a lovely walk to Cous Cous for a nightcap and some conversation. They have a fun cocktail menu and I got a Pimm's Cup, something I've been talking about lately. It was very sweet. I love my city.

May 25, 2010

suuuper f**cker

Love this image (Aesthetic Outburst)

I have too many design blogs on my Bloglines and when they cap at 200 posts, it's intimidating to even start reading them, because I don't want to miss anything. I finally started digging through Aesthetic Outburst today and have been "mark as new" ing nearly every post so far to look back on again. That's a sign of a good blog.

Today is a day of stupid questions. Can it just hurry up and be 7:30 so I can listen to music and have coffee and pastry with good friends? It's so intimidating to know that I have to get through 2 jobs before I can even do that today.


(From Superbomba)

I had a catch and played frisbee on Sunday on top of my normal gym workout and now I can't move my arms. But in good news, a female coworker friend told me that I was looking particularly fit yesterday (even when I didn't feel it), so that was a nice ego boost. I WILL be fit for summer. I was looking at photos of me from the Kugel Ball from '08 and DAMN I was nice and skinny. I want that back. Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, eh?

Superbomba makes me think of the song Superf**ker by a Venezuelan band called Los Amigos Invisibles. I still laugh that the CD I own, The Venezuelan Zinga Son Vol.1 has an "Explicit Lyrics" sticker on it because of that song. It's the perfect summer breezy party CD. It's loungey and Latin and electronic and fun.

May 24, 2010

hott on a Monday evening

 I am the girl you won't admit you adore
(My Daily Style)
Music by Esthero


I'm finally uploading to my Lookbook all the images I've been saving on my fashion Bloglines. Fashion spreads, streetstyle images, and real style bloggers. The images are all pretty hot, especially these few here. It's getting me a little hot and bothered, I must admit. Pair that with a quiet evening with cool breeze in my apartment, light rain, and loungey music, and woo-ha.

(A Glamorous Little Side Project)

Black is the colour of my true love's hair
His lips are like some roses fair
He has the sweetest smile and the gentlest hands
I love the ground, where on he stands

Black is the Colour--by The Corrs

What odd lyrics but the song is so sweet and bittersweet.

(Vogue Italia October 2007)

(A Glamorous Little Side Project)

Stepped off the train, I'm walking down your street again
I passed your door, but you don't live here anymore

It's years since you've been there
And now you've disappeard somewhere
You got a space. You found some better place
And I miss you...

Missing--Everything But The Girl

May 18, 2010

Ghostbusters improv

Okay, I smiled SO HARD at this. LOVE.

Color Me Katie is such an uplifting and positive blog. She participates with something called Improv Everywhere where they do crazy/fun things and video them. In this one, people dress up like ghosts and go through the NY Public library and then the Ghostbusters come in and try to capture them. Go to the site to watch the video, it will make your day.

(photo from Color Me Katie)

May-updated Richmond restaurant food & drink specials

Updated Fall 2010 Here

My list of Richmond restaurant food and drink specials has been updated (and is updated fairly frequently) here.

I'm working on getting active links to the locations and menus as well, so check back often.

When the Internet is your friend

Daily Pep Talk is usually correct

It's fine. Forget it.
Pep talk: Whatever you did, it can't be that bad or wrong. I'm sure everyone else was too busy thinking of their own drama to even notice your mistake. Your secret is safe, it's not a big deal, and anyway it's been over for, like, 27 hours by now. Moving on.
Today remind yourself: It's fine. Forget it
 
 
Any minute now.
Pep talk: Be patient. No really. Chill the fuck out. Everything that is meant to happen will. It just takes time. You’re a speed demon and the universe needs a second to catch up with you but, when it does, you’ll get everything you need.
Today remind yourself: Any minute now


Your job is not your life. (this one is especially hard for me to remember)
Pep talk: Let’s talk worst case scenarios, shall we? Let’s say you really fuck up and get fired, what then? You pack your shit and get out of there, that’s what. Then you hold your head high and remember that that job didn’t define you. Then you forgive yourself for your mistakes and you try to improve. Then you hunt for a new job, one that makes you happy. Then you keep on living your fabulous life. You may not love any job you ever have, but you have so much going for you that a shitty gig can’t hold you back. You are fantastic and don’t you forget it.
Today remind yourself: My job is not my life.

can you see me?

I feel like this picture is a good indicator of my mood. Dark and stormy in the background, but those cheery flowers are shining.

I am in a weird mood and do not wish to be, so I am spending my morning looking through my Wordnik list of vocab words, hungrily eating up the images on Sandra Juto's site, drinking coffee, and writing. It's always strange when someone tries to analyze you, especially if you feel like they are analyzing you wrong, or even scarily--correctly. Maybe this is why most people like to surround themselves with familiar people. Much as I like meeting new people and making new friends, it's scary, because then you have to be on, you have to try to establish a connection, get them to see the real you. I don't let people in easily, though when I really do connect with someone, it's easy to. I don't volunteer parts of myself, but I share easily if asked in the right way.

Here, have some words:
ersatz: adjective. Being an imitation or a substitute, usually an inferior one; artificial

sylph: noun. A slim, graceful woman or girl.

renege: intransitive verb. To fail to carry out a promise or commitment (I didn't know how to spell this for the longest time).

aplomb: noun. Self-confident assurance; poise

May 17, 2010

ani



I read a lot of fashion bloggers, but one I've been reading for a long time is The Clothes Horse. She often posts little animated GIFs of her doing things and I think they are quite charming. Click on over to her site to see the one above, which is a fave.

I just napped at my desk on my lunch break and actually started to dream. I would really like to go home and cuddle up with someone or something soft and warm, listen to the rain, and take a nap.

Fitness, Free, Food

I am proud of myself for being in a fitness kick right now. I, with horror, discovered I'd let myself get a little too squishy over the winter when I went dress shopping for my birthday. Even my arms were flabby, which is SO not acceptable, so I've been going to the gym more regularly and watching my food better. I hate working out but I love the feeling of being strong, of feeling kick-ass, of being in shape, so usually once I get started, it's easier to continue. I am relishing the idea of being toned and sexy again. Of course I tend to overdo it the first few times, so now my back muscles are screaming at me. I'm going to take it as a sign of progress that my abs no longer are the ones so sore it hurts to laugh. Not that I'm close to having a six-pack, but it's an ideal. I love good abs, on girls or guys. I'm just not willing to give up the bread and cheese and beer required to have them.

Went to see the Youth Sympony Orchestra at the Carpenter Center last night. I love that my city has so many things going on, and I can see orchestral music for free. (Thanks, Style Weekly for the notice). I probably will never get to sit that close to the stage again. I love the crazy colors and decor of that theatre. My coworker asked me this morning how I find out about all these cool things, and I told her about Style (I'm always amazed when people don't know about Style, but then, I guess I'm probably more active than the average person). I should probably be telling her to go to the site I write for instead, (well, only as it relates to food).

The violin looks like such an easy instrument, but of course it isn't, that just means that the musician is good at it. I remember a guy from another school at a leadership conference I went to in high school could play violin, and even then, it was the hottest thing ever (well, 10th grade hot, before we really knew what hot was). Girls are always suckers for musicians, aren't we? Throw in singing too? Sold.

It's slow at work because we are in between semesters, and while I guess I shouldn't complain, I like,nay, need to be busy. I should use the opportunity to pay bills and write, but I'm not wanting to live in the real world at the moment after the great weeks and weekends I've had lately.

May 7, 2010

handsome

Aren't we all excited at how well Pacey has grown into a man? He's a gorgeous specimen. And Diane is beautiful and classy too, though I often think her makeup is too severe.

May 1, 2010

Want to go there

I wish these guys lived here so we could be friends. I want to live this life too. Or really, I want to visit whatever country they're in and live with them for awhile.

Sandra Juto has the most amazing photos.

April 30, 2010

Dress shopping

I went in search for a new outfit for my birthday, specifically a dress. I like dresses in warm weather because they can be dressed up or down. I have a lot of clothes, but I feel like I've worn all my dresses in various rotations and birthdays and parties already, and I needed something new.

I went to Ross first because I've found dress deals there before. I went into the dressing room with 9 dresses and only liked one. I am always duped by juniors sizing. I know that women with a real figure (ie, hips and a butt) shouldn't shop in juniors, but the "misses" (what a crappy, dated word) dresses are often so frumpy and not fashion-forward.

So of course all the juniors dresses, while looking cute on the hanger, were awkward on me. Also, after this weekend, my get fit program goes into full force. Nothing like a dressing room mirror to show how squishy I got this winter when I wasn't looking and this is NOT acceptable. AT ALL. I am trying to not let it get me down on my birthday. I will just be better about going to the gym and eating better and it will be ok.

But I did try on a beautiful, jewel-green dress by Calvin Klein which of course was the most expensive but it fit so well and looked so nice that I bought it. There's a big difference there in the quality of fabric and cut, imagine that! It has such nice pleat detailing at the neck, back, and skirt. I can't decide whether to wear it tonight or tomorrow now.

I then went to Old Navy, which is a favorite of mine, to see if they had anything better/cheaper, but there is absolutely nothing feminine or pretty or classic in there right now. Everything is tshirts and shorts and ribbbed tanks (I HATE RIBBING on clothes) and beachy/gauzey things that are mostly terrible and were not at all what I was looking for a dressy birthday.

I did, however, buy 2 new tees and some underwear, so the visit was not for naught, but still, disappoined in their selection right now.

April 29, 2010

Things that come to you while out and about

2 nuggets of wisdom I had this week:

I had a hard time picking out a Mother's Day card. How do you choose a card when you do not particulary like your mother? I realize that sounds terrible and before everyone who has a perfect family life jumps down my throat, let me explain. Surely I have only one mother. And I am very very grateful for all the hell she went through when I was young and the things she did for me. We went through a lot together, and we are the same person in a lot of ways. She provided a lot for me as a single mother. I'm grateful for that.

But as I've gotten older, she's also consistently been the most unreliable person I know, and she hasn't come through on a lot of things she really needed to last year, especially when it came to all the heartache and struggle and legal issues etc related to my father and grandmother's deaths.

Previously, my mother and I didn't talk very often anyway. I never understood those people who talk to their moms every day. There would often be weeks or months between our conversations. This is even more true since all the tragedy of last year. I can't remember the last time I spoke to my mom but I think it was at least a few months ago. She isn't a mother figure to me now that I'm an adult. Yes she still birthed me, but she doesn't really have any role in my life. And it hurts to type that, and without knowing the whole story, makes me seem really cold. We're not friends. We don't really have anything in common. She doesn't know how to relate to me. She's not motherly--I've been taking care of myself for a long time now. And while now she's the only family I've got, I still feel like a true orphan because all of my family members are gone. It makes me sad, but I'm used to it. Like I said, I've been looking out for myself since earlier than most, earlier in life than I really should have needed to.
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Other nugget of wisdom: When you are a single person without any family nearby, who do you list as your Emergency Contact? I've been struggling with this for years now. I often just have to put my mom, even though she's not in the state, and so I don't know how good of an emergency contact that really is. At times, I've listed serious boyfriends, but relationships always end, and then I have to try to remember who I put where and what to change. I've put Joe down before. And I suppose he'd still be an appropriate person, so long as he's here, but it doesn't feel right. I know a lot of people. I have a lot of acquaintances. But no one I would think would be fitting for this so-common but so elusive title.

April 28, 2010

illusions

I have to stop having illusions that I like Caliente. I keep trying. I think it was even nice once. It's in my backyard, it's usually quieter than the other joints in the Devil's Triangle. But lately it's just seemed hazy and sketchy and a little gross. AND last night when I was there, I discovered they are just blatantly disregarding the smoking ban, so that automaticaly gets you kicked off my list.

I am a big nerd and love thesaurus.com. I'm sure I've shared my affinity for big words before, and I still bemoan the closing of my favorite site: wordie.org. Apparently, it's turned into something else now but every time I try to retrieve my password, I get nowhere. :(

April 27, 2010

Updated RVA food/drink specials

Updated Fall 2010 Here

I am reposting this updated list of food/drink specials in Richmond. The details of which can't be shared apparently on "official" publications, which is total BS, because the whole reason I started doing this in the first place was for the details.

So here they are. Updated as of May 18, 2010

Richmond Restaurant Food and Drink Specials

Anytime

Acacia: Prix Fix menu-$23 M-Th 5:30-9pm Fri&Sat 5:30-6:30pm. 562-0138
Amici: Sun-Thur $25 3-course meal. Bottled wine 25% off. 353-4700
Blackfinn: 7 days a week, 4-7pm $4.95 flatbread pizza. 643-3466
Bouchon: $20 daily prix fix 5-6 pm Mon-Sat. 225-2118
Café Caturra: Social Hour Daily 5-9 pm $5 wines by the glass & $3 beers
Caliente: Happy Hour at the bar M-Th 5-7. $1 Miller High Life, $3 rail highballs and Jager shots. 340-2920
The Camel: Happy Hour 5-7pm. $2.50 rail, $3 drafts, $5 cosmos & martinis, $7 Long Islands.
Davis and Main: 1/2 price well martinis from 4-6pm M-F. 353-6641
Dot’s Back Inn: "Neighborhood Hour" 3:30-7pm. $2.50 10oz drafts, $2.25 domestic, $3 highballs, $3 house wine. 266-3167
Europa: M-F 5-6pm. 1/2 off all Small Plates. 643-0911
Garnett’s: M-Sun Happy Hour 3-6. $3 beer and wine. 367-7909
Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs & BBQ: M-F 4-7pm Sun 12-6, $2 Miller Lite draft, House highballs, House wine, fried onion straws or okra, smoked kielbasa. 270-RIBS
Kitchen 64: Daily specials 3-7 pm. Rail Drinks:$4, Domestic Bottles:$2. Smoking is allowed on the patio after 10pm. 358-0064
Lemaire: Happy Hour M-F 4-7 pm. $3 beer, $8 Specialty Cocktails ($2 off) 3 appetizers for $20 649-4644
Poe’s Pub: Everyday 4-7 pm $2.25 domestic bottles, $1 off drafts. 648-2120
Sam Miller’s: $2 10oz Miller Lite, $3 House Wine 4-8pm. 644-5465
Six Burner: $24 prix fix menu M-Th 5:30-9:30pm. 353-4060
Stool Pigeons: M-F Happy Hour: $1 off bar drinks, select appetizers are $5. 344-4490
Strawberry Street Café: M-Sun Happy Hour til 9pm. $2.50 highballs, $3 martinis, $2.25 domestic bottles. 353-6860
Tobacco Company: Th-Sat, $1 drinks from 8-9 pm, $4 Red Stag Cocktails and $4 Red Bull or White Grape Cocktails all night (always mobbed in there at happy hour though). Free valet parking during dinner hours and all day on Sunday. 782-9555
Weezie's Kitchen: Happy Hour: 3-7pm M-F $1 off all drinks. 726-1270
821 Café: Happy Hour 4-7pm. All drafts $3.


Monday
Avenue 805: Cheap Date Night: a choice of a large house or Caesar salad to split, a large bowl of pasta, a dessert & a bottle of house wine all for $35. 353-2505
Baja Bean: $4 burgers all day. 257-5445
Buddy's: $3 quesadillas, cheese fries, grilled cheese 5-9 pm. 355-3701
Café Caturra Short Pump: Blind wine tasting. Discounts given for correct guesses. 5:30 - 7:30pm
Caliente: ½ off po’boys 5-10pm
Capital Ale House: $1 burger nights (with purchase of a beverage). 4pm-1am.780-ALES
Cha Cha’s Cantina: $2 off quesadillas. 726-6296
City Limit: ½ price appetizers, 5-7pm. 282-4232
Cous Cous: Date night: soup or salad, choose of 3 select menu items, dessert to share and a ½ carafe of Sangria or bottle of house wine-$40. After dinner: mystery beer night--different beers each week are $1. 358-0868
Curbside Cafe: 35c wings, ½ off quesadillas 5-10pm. 355-7008
Europa: Pasta Night-all pastas $9. 643-0911
Kitchen 64: Mojito Monday: $6
Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 dozen oysters, get a half dozen free. 4-7 pm. 232-3446
Little Mexico: $1 tacos.
Mojos: 35cent Wing night. $1 off all "Philly Style" Cheese steaks, $7 Miller High Life, Miller Lite,Yuengling pitchers. 644-6676
Six Burner: Any bottle of wine $50 or under is 1/2 price. 353-4060
Sticky Rice: half-price sushi 10:30pm-12:30am. 358-7870


Tuesday
Acacia: ½ price wine
Avenue 805: Cheap Date Night: a choice of a large house or Caesar salad to split, a large bowl of pasta, a dessert & a bottle of house wine all for $35
Baja Bean: Buy 1 Get 1 Free tacos all day
Banditos: $2 Aristocrat highballs all day. 354-9999
Buddy's: Wear Buddy’s shirt, get a discount (5-9pm)
Caliente: ½ off burgers 5-10
Capital Ale House: Steal the Glass Night. Order one of the featured brewery beers, keep the named glass it comes in. 4pm til glasses run out.
Cha Cha’s Cantina: $1 tacos from 8-9 pm
Cous Cous: Facebook specials. After dinner, it’s Musi-ko (music trivia).
Curbside Cafe: 75c tacos (5-10pm)
Europa: Date night: three-course meal for just $16 per person. Weekly Wine Specials at $16 a bottle
Infuzion: $5 off all pasta entrees. 447-6852
Kitchen 64: Tequila Tuesday: $4 Margaritas
Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 pound shrimp, get a half pound free 4-7 pm
Mojos: "Cheap Date Night" Any 2 Pastas and any 1 Appetizer - $15. Featured Bottles of Wine-$10, 6-10pm
New York Deli: 35 cent wings. 7-10pm. 358-DELI
Pescados: two tacos with coconut black beans & achiote rice for $10. 379-7121
Sette: 1/2 price bottle of wine from 5-9pm. 788-7077
Six Burner: Wine by the glass is 1/2 price
Star-lite: $2 Aristocrat highballs all day. 254-2667
Strange Matter: ½ price hamburgers 5pm+
Tastebuds: Prix Fixe. Salad, Entrée, and Dessert for $16. 261-6544
Tiki Bob’s: 10c tacos, 25c beers 6-9 pm. 644-9091

Wednesday
Baja Bean: ½ off quesadillas all day.
Blackfinn: $1.50 burgers 5-10 pm. Wii Wednesday at 8pm.
Buddy's: 5-9 pm Fajitas $6.95 & Half Price Nachos
Cafe Gutenberg: half-price select glasses of wine.
Caliente: Local Night-ID w/23221 or 23220 zip gets 10%off food bill 5-10
Capital Ale House: Pints of most Virginia beers are $2.50 from 11am-9pm at all locations.
Cha Cha’s Cantina: 50c drafts and $1 tacos 8-9pm
Curbside Cafe: half-price burgers (5-10pm)
Europa: half-off bottles (up to $40) with the purchase of two entrees
Havana '59: ½ off mojitos 780-CUBA
Kitchen 64: Wine Wednesday: Merlot and Chardonnay: $4
Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 dozen clams, get a half dozen free 4-7 pm.
Mojos: $4 cheesesteaks 6-10pm. Drink Happy Hour extended til 9 pm. Thumb-wrestling competition at 10 pm.
Pescados: Margarita specials 379-7121
Sam Miller’s: 35 cent Wings 4-8pm
Star-lite: 1/2 Off All Pasta Dishes and Pasta Date Night: 2 salads, two pasta entrees& a bottle of house wine for $30
Tastebuds: Prix Fixe. Salad, Entrée and Dessert for $16.
Zeus Gallery Café: Wino Wed-all bottles of wine under $50 are half off

Thursday
821 Cafe: happy hour all day
Baja Bean: Until 7pm, appetizers half off
Buddy’s: $3 quesadillas, cheese fries, grilled cheese (5-9pm)
Café Gutenberg: 5-7 pm seasonal microbrew and PBR specials
Havana '59: 1/2 off appetizers
Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 pound mussels, get a half pound free 4-7 pm
Mojos: "Bucket Night"-Special menu of favorite items served bucket style. 6-10 pm
Sam Miller’s: $0.75 oysters 4-8pm
Sette: 1/2 price beer 5-9pm
Star-lite: 2 for 1 burger night & cheapie cans of Coors & Coors Lite.
Tastebuds: Prix Fixe. Salad, Entrée, and Dessert for $16


Friday
Blackfinn: $20 surf n turf and $20 select bottles of wine.
Café Caturra Grove: $5/glass wine until 6 pm.
Café Gutenberg: 5-7 pm seasonal microbrew and PBR specials
Ellwood Thompson: $1 off wine and beer until 6:30ish
Infuzion: 10% off dinner for 2 (excludes beverages)
Joe’s Inn: $1 PBR and $2 Legend beer until 7 pm
Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 dozen oysters, get a half dozen free 4-7 pm
Mojo’s: All things fried on special all day.
Rare Old Times: Prix Fixe: Soup or Salad, Choice from a Selection of Entrées, Dessert or Irish Coffee:$14.99 5-8pm. 750-1346
Sam Miller’s: $0.75 oysters 4-8pm
Sticky Rice: ½ price sushi, 5-6 pm. 358-7870

Saturday
Capital Ale House: American Micro Brew Day-most American Micro pints for $2.00, 11am-7pm
Curbside Café: ½ off appetizers (5-10 pm)
Infuzion: 10% off dinner for 2 (excludes beverages)
Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 pound crab legs, get a half pound free 12-4 pm
Mojos: Special menu of herbed flatbread pizzas-$5. 6-10pm
Rare Old Times: Prix Fixe: Soup or Salad, Choice from a Selection of Entrées, Dessert or Irish Coffee: $14.99, 5-8pm. 750-1346
Sette: 1/2 price Bloody Marys & Mimosas. 12-5pm

Sunday
Baja Bean: $1 cheese quesadillas, $1 an hour pool, $1 12-ounce cans
Bottoms Up: $3 Mimosas and Bloody Marys all day
Café Caturra Short Pump: Extended social hour 5-9pm. $5 wines/glass and $3 beers
Cafe Rustica: Sunday Suppah: $15 per person: three courses with a monthly rotating menu. 225-8811
Capital Ale House: Prime Rib Special- 8 ounce prime rib dinner w/ potatoes & vegetable-$9.99 or a 16 ounce prime rib dinner w/ potatoes & vegetable-$16.99. Noon-9 pm.
Cha Cha’s Cantina: $1 Tacos, 25 cent Wings. 9pm+
Can Can: Beer specials til 9 pm.
Curbside Cafe: half-price appetizers (5-10pm)
Europa: half-price tapas
The Hard Shell: crab leg, including all-you can eat specials. 643-2333
Kitchen 64: Drafts $2.50. Pitchers: $9
Legend Brewing Company: Buy 1 pound crab legs, get a half pound free 12-4 pm
Mojos: Select menu items on special and build your own 8 oz. burger or chicken breast sandwich with as many toppings as you can cram - $6. 6-10pm. 24 oz. PBR Cans $2.50 all night Sunday Funday Night-play old school video games on our project screen TV. Starting around 9pm.
Pie: $3 Jumbo slice margherita pizza and pint of PBR. 257-7940
Sette: 1/2 price Bloody Marys & Mimosas. 12-5pm. Date Night 5-9pm, share appetizer, salad, pizza & a dessert for $25.95.
Six Burner: Sunday Supper-$20. Kids 10&under eat free w/ an adult.
Star-lite: 1/2 off appetizers 5-10pm. $2 PBRs, other drink specials.
Weezie's Kitchen: Food & Drink Specials 3-9pm

enough already

Enough already with the strange dreams, brain. Let's just say I woke up this morning really grateful that what tortured my dreams all night was not true.

I've been thinking I may need to go to a chiropractor (I've never been) because I keep getting the same crick in my neck that won't go away. I must have slept all kinds of funny Sunday night because yesterday I couldn't move my head to the left at all. It's a little better today, but not good. It would never have occurred to me to go to a chiropractor until we had a professional development workshop about it and accupuncture that made me consider it. Plus, the medical professional who gave the workshop was really great, and his office is nearby my work.

I need to make a list of (not new) movies I want to see because it's gotten quite long now and I keep forgetting:

Cracks. Never heard of it but a blogger I read wrote about it. Has Eva Green, so clearly a must-see
Sherlock Holmes
American Gigolo
A Single Man
that lovestory movie with Miley Cyrus (when it comes to the Byrd or on DVD) I know, lame, right?
Date Night (once it comes to the Byrd or on DVD)
Pan's Labyrinth

Movies coming to theaters that I want to see in the theater:

Sex and the City II
Iron Man II