Category Archives: food

Three Dots and a Dash

We took a long weekend to visit our oldest on Chicago over the President’s Day weekend. One of the many highlights was a visit to Three Dots and A Dash, a speakeasy tiki bar off in the River North neighborhood.

We got there at the end of a long travel/sightseeing day, so the sugar and rum were the practically necessary to get us through the rest of the night. The Sippopotamus, featured above, was the standout of the night. Obviously.

How it looked⬆️

How it felt ⬆️

Happy Valentine’s

Bubbly and a heart-shaped pizza. Probably follow up with some tv.

It’s a good life.

Pizza for the table and a Tecate bucket

A “pizza for the table” (copyright Supertrain LLC) was the best way to start a breezy lunch out at the Lilly Pad, a cool spot right on the James River.

Beer Dinner Outing

Michelle and I have been meeting friends out for monthly-ish beer pairing dinners at Garden Grove Brewing here in RVA.

They pair with local restaurants for a 5-6 course tasting menu. There have been hits and misses, but we love nearly everything we’ve had from Royal Pig.

I don’t know anything about Cambodian cuisine but this menu was a hit (except for the bitter melon!).

Good Bread

This is a request I was happy to fulfill.

Solid beery Saturday

Started this weekend’s podcast recording (in person with Adam!) with this very solid IPA from Burial Brewing.

Then we moved over to this decent DIPA. Great label but I don’t remember the brewery.

And I wrapped the day with a family outing to a new Mexican place, and standard-issue Negra Modelo, that opened by us. I got the birra tacos and they were delicious.

Recording Squad

I enjoyed a fun variation on a gin and tonic (that I cribbed from my buddy Lange) for recording the other night. The Hendrick’s gin leans more toward the flowery end of the gin scale, with its rose and cucumber flavors. The Aperitivo Rosato boosts the flower content with hibiscus and orange blossom. You only want to use a splash of it, though. Any more than that and it will seem like you’re drinking a bouquet.

A strong tonic and healthy squeeze of lime balance the whole glass nicely. It’s a refreshing variation on a classic. I like it.

I missed Downtown Food, too

Intergalactic Tacos are some of my fave food truck food.

And a 10-minute drive to Proper Pie is way better than the 40 it was from the old place.

Taco Tuesday, very rare

Man, I never get tacos here at the office, but when Taco Day falls in a Tuesday and I didn’t pack lunch this morning?


Eleven City Bloody

Getting this Chicago trip started…wisely.