Story in Plate Magazine’s July/August Issue

I wrote a very small story in Plate Magazine’s July/August issue, which focuses on how traditions shape America’s regional cuisine and how restaurants incorporate those traditions. I did a brief write-up for the food mag’s front-of-book section (aptly named Small Plates) on Maine cuisine, interviewing Chef David Levi of Portland’s Vinland.

Levi is truly talented, pushing culinary boundaries by sourcing everything within the state. He doesn’t use cane sugar, black pepper, lemons, or any ingredients from outside of Maine, and instead, uses his imagination and culinary prowess to craft some pretty amazing dishes. Think yogurt’s lactic acid instead of citrus, and parsnips for custards and breads. Levi is forging a new food frontier and redefining the farm-to-table philosophy. cheers, marissa

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RVA Fan story in Southern Living’s August issue 

I had the pleasure of writing a story on The Fan for Southern Living’s August issue. Three years ago, we came to Richmond and moved into a rambling and “charming” apartment in The Fan. What a perfect neighborhood to introduce us to Richmond, and convince us that this is the place to put down roots.

The story covers where to shop and grab a bite to eat in The Fan. Grab a copy of the mag. It’s on newsstands now! cheers, marissa

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Recent Richmond Restaurant Reviews

a feast at the cultured swine

Here’s a roundup of Richmond restaurant reviews from the past few months. From killer tamales at The Cultured Swine to doughnut burgers at Jack Brown’s and stellar wine at Enoteca Sogno, there are some awesome culinary happenings as of late.

The Cultured Swine — 3 stars — Jackson Ward

Sang Jun Thai — 3 stars — Downtown

GWARbar — 2 stars — Jackson Ward

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint — 3 stars — Libbie & Grove

Boka Grill & Growlers — 3 stars — Stratford Hills

Greenbriar Cafe & Coffeehouse — 3 stars — Fan

Estilo — 4 stars — Henrico

Buddy’s Place — 2.5 stars — Museum District

Enoteca Sogno — 4 stars — Bellevue

McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill — 2.5 stars — Henrico

Lulabelle’s Cafe — 3 stars — Near West End

To read more Richmond restaurant reviews, click here.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia travel story in Southern Living’s July Issue

southern living july 2015 coverGrab a copy of the July issue of Southern Living to read my little travel piece on where to shop and eat in Fredericksburg, Virginia. xo, marissa

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Charred cocktail stories in Plate Magazine

Plate_Burnt_CoverI wrote two stories about charred cocktails in Plate magazine‘s May/June issue. The stories feature Richmond’s The Roosevelt, Washington D.C.’s Del Campo, and Toronto’s Salt Wine Bar.

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Recent Richmond restaurant reviews

photos by Dean Hoffmeyer + Mark Gormus

A line-up of Richmond restaurant reviews from the past two months:

Brew American Gastropub — 2 stars — Midlothian

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant — 1.5 stars — Short Pump

Tarrant’s West — 3 stars — Henrico/West End

Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar — 2.5 stars — Short Pump

Coriander — 3 stars — Carytown

Isabella’s Bistro & Salumeria — 3 stars — Midlothian

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Virginia Press Awards

Nothing makes me miss R•Home Magazine like this Virginia Press Award. While I was managing editor at R•Home, I was blessed to work with V. Lee Hawkins the magazine’s creative director on some fabulous issues.

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Charlottesville story in Southern Living’s May Issue

In the May issue of Southern Living, I wrote “A Perfect Day In Charlottesville.” The little travel piece features four C’villians who tell you where to go and what to do when visiting the area. Be sure to grab a copy of the magazine off newsstands. cheers, marissa

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Lalo’s, Mbargo, Southerly and Southbound reviews

Lalo’s Cocina Bar & Grill — 3 stars — The Fan

Mbargo — 3 stars — Rocketts Landing

The Southerly — 2 stars — Henrico

Southbound — 3.5 stars — Bon Air

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2015 RVA restaurant reviews thus far

A roundup of restaurant reviews for the beginning of 2015:

Commercial Taphouse & Grill — 3 stars — The Fan

Coda Urban Bistro — 2.5 stars — Downtown

Nora Taste of Lebanon — 3 stars — Henrico

The Betty On Davis — 3 stars — The Fan

Perry’s Restaurant & Delicatessen — 3.5 stars — Downtown

Urban Tavern — 3 stars — Henrico

More Richmond restaurant reviews here.

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