Food trucks are a part of American life and can be found in every major city, over the past several years we have started to see more and more of them in Lynchburg. Typically they are scattered around the downtown area but on Food Truck Thursdays they all head to Miller Park (in front of the old Miller School at 301 Grove Street if you need an address for your GPS). Food Truck Thursday was the brain child of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department and has been a great success. The day we visited we took a blanket and after buying our lunch we had a picnic under one of several dozens huge oak trees. There is also a covered shelter with picnic tables if you prefer to eat at a table.
I was pleasantly surprised at the crowd of people gathered to support these mobile restaurateurs. Many were in suits while others in scrubs and then there were the casually dressed diners such as myself.
If you are looking for an affordable meal and a wide variety of food options then you won’t want to miss Food Truck Thursdays at Miller Park. They are there from 11:00 to 3:00. This is the perfect spot for your lunch break, for a picnic (where you don’t have to prepare the food) or a place to bring a date.
These are the same food trucks you find on the streets of Lynchburg, but on Thursdays you don’t need to check their Facebook pages to find them. Miller park is only about 10 minutes from the downtown area. You will want to check this out several times as the food trucks in Lynchburg take turns as to who is there on Food Truck Thursdays so go there often to be able to sample all the different vendors.
Wouldn’t you like to start your long, 4th of July weekend early? Then start it by having lunch on Thursday, the 2nd, at Miller Park. We hope to see you at Food Truck Thursdays! If you are heading to Lynchburg and need a place to stay, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is the place to stay. Check out our availability and book your reservations here.
Blueberry muffins are always a big hit for breakfast, but if you want to add a little sweetness and tartness at the same time, add our lemon streusel to give it a little more of a twist on this breakfast favorite. These blueberry muffins are moist and cake-like. When biting into the blueberries you get a juicy burst of flavor. Try our blueberry muffins for a breakfast treat or you can eat them for desert after dinner. Fortunately you can buy fresh blueberries year-round, but spring/summertime they are more likely to be grown locally/regionally and usually have a little more freshness and sweetness. If you absolutely can’t find fresh blueberries you could use frozen ones, but they aren’t as juicy and can turn your batter a blueish tint.The sour cream in the muffins makes these muffins moist.
Ingredients for the muffins:
- 1 stick softened butter (1/2 cup)
- 1 cup granulated (white) sugar
- 2 large room temperature eggs
- 1 cup room temperature sour cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups washed and dried fresh blueberries
Direction for the muffins:
- Using a hand mixer or stand mixer beat the butter and sugar until light-colored and fluffy
- Next beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl between eggs
- Next beat in the sour cream and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and hand mix batter until just combined
- Gently fold in the blueberries
- Spoon the batter into a muffin tin
- Sprinkle each muffin with the streusel (optional)
- Bake 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
- Remove from oven and cool for 20-30 minutes and serve the blueberry muffins warm or cooled.
Ingredients for the Streusel:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (white)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons softened butter (3/4 of a stick)
- 1/2 cup chopped candied lemon peel
- 3 to 4 drops of lemon oil
Directions for the Streusel
- Whisk together the sugar, flour and salt.
- Stir in the candied lemon peel until well coated
- Work in the butter until you have clumps (large and small) of streusel
- Sprinkle the lemon oil and toss to combine
- Note, while you can make lemon oil and candied lemon peel it may be easier to buy some.
We hope you enjoy these blueberry muffins. Our guest rave about them. They are not only a great breakfast treat, but they are good all day. Don’t forget to check out our other recipes on our website. This is a great time to visit Lynchburg. There is always something to see or do so pick up the phone and call 434.846.1388 and make your reservation or book on-line.
In 1931 construction began on Roanoke’s Grandin Theatre. The movie palace opened its doors in 1932 where shows were 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. The first theatre in Roanoke to show “talking pictures” it operated as a cinema for over 40 years before it closed (for the first time) in 1976. Reinventing itself as a live theatre, until 1985, it produced shows, screened classic movies and art films, hosted musicians and comics. The theatre closed again in 2001.
In late 2001 the Grandin Theatre Foundation was formed. An aggressive funding campaign was launched and in October 2002 the theatre was able to reopen after raising the funds to buy and renovate the theatre. Theatre history has been taking place ever since.
On Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM the Grandin Theatre will show Jaws, to celebrate the movie’s 40th anniversary! Do you remember when Jaws was first shown? Does the opening music and scenes of vicious sharks remind you of when you were afraid to get into the water? Did you imagine yourself assisting the police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman when they set out to stop the great white shark menancing the small island community of Amity?
The show is free and will only be shown at 11:59 PM on the 20th of June. The Grandin Theatre is located at 1310 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke. Call 540.345.6177, if you have any questions.
Prior to the movie you should explore Grandin Village, which surrounds the Grandin Theatre. A revitalized business district that was formed in the 1920’s is now home to the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, a Saturday farmer’s market, boutiques and the farm-to-table hot spot, Local Roots restaurant.
Serving modern American cuisine and using as many sustainable, organic, local and ethical meats and vegetables as possible the food does not disappoint. Preferring small batch, family-owned wines, the wines served are of great flavors and do not impact adversely upon the earth. The menu varies almost daily, based on what can be sourced locally, but always includes petite, modest and substantial dishes. A chef’s tasting menu can be arranged with prior reservation. Call for more information 540.206.2610. Located at 1314 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA.
Enjoy your dinner and a show!
Virginia has dozens of presidential homes, be they their birth place or one of their residences or retreats. Many of our presidential homes are very grand but Pine Know is the exception, For all practical purposes, Pine Know is a little cabin in the woods that was purchased by Edith, President Roosevelt’s wife in 1905 as a place for “rest and repairs.” This cottage in the woods stands unchanged since 1905 and offers a rare glimpse into one of our nations premier preservationists.
Pine Knot was being built for a farm worker when Edith saw the home and purchased the home plus 15 acres for $280.00. Edith had fireplaces, on both ends of the home added, and a large “”piazza” (covered porch) on the back of the home. On the interior the wall separating the two rooms on the main level was removed and the center staircase was moved to against the southern side of the home making the lower level one large room. In the above photo the upper level window was so that there could be light into their daughter’s room. By today’s standards the room is the size of a small walk in closet. Later the Roosevelt’s purchased an additional 75 acres.
There was (and there still isn’t) running water or electricity in the home. When staying at the home, it was Archie’s (son of President Roosevelt and Edith) job to haul water to the home and it was President Roosevelt’s job to empty the chamber pots in the morning. The two fireplaces are what warmed the home and Edith used one to cook their meals when visiting Pine Knot. There is evidence that there once as a pot belly stove on the main level (probably for heat in the winter). The walls were never insulated, nor was lathe and plaster ever applied to the interior studs giving the guest a great view of construction techniques of the early 1900’s. The posts (actual tree trunks) holding up the roof of the porch are the same posts that were installed 110 years ago.
When President Roosevelt first saw the home he wrote to his son saying he was “immensely pleased with Mother’s Virginia cottage and its name.” The Roosevelts stayed at Pine Knot less than a dozen times. It took about 8 hours for them to get there from the White House, the first 4 hours was by train and the next four hours was by carriage.
The home is open to the public by appointment only. The day we toured Pine Knot our guide was Paula Beazley, Chair of The Edith and Theodore Roosevelt Pine Knot Foundations. Paula is a walking encyclopedia of facts about TR and his family as well as the property. Without her explanation and stories this property appears to be just another cabin in the woods. Rather than fill this post with stories about the Roosevelt’s stays at Pine Knot I will leave that up to Paula or one of the other volunteers guides to share with you once you take the tour. I know this is off the beaten path, but it is well worth the trip. .
To schedule a visit to Pine Knot call (434) 286-6106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org I would recommend calling several days in advance. Pine Know is approximately 90 minutes north of Lynchburg or about 30 minutes south of Charlottesville. It is a half mile walk from the parking area to the cabin. There is no charge to visit, but donations are accepted and are tax deductible.
Pine Knot is just one of many Presidential homes that are near The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. If you are interested in Presidents and Patriots this is just one of the homes we can recommend you tour.
Built in Roanoke in 1950, the J Class train was the most powerful steam locomotive ever built and arguably the best looking train ever built. Norfolk and Western only built 14 J Class passenger locomotives and train No. 611 was retired in 1959 and was housed in Roanoke’s Transportation Museum until 1981 when it was towed to Birmingham Alabama to be revitalized, the same year Norfolk Western merged with Southern Railway to become Norfolk Southern. Train No. 611 was used to pull excursions until 1994 when it was again retired and returned to the museum where train enthusiasts from around the word visited train No. 611. After years of fundraising the museum again decided to undertake a massive restoration costing about $3.5 million. Last year the train was towed to North Carolina for the restoration and now that the restoration is complete, Train No. 611 will be hauling passengers on a very limited basis.
On Sunday June 14, 2015 you can ride the newly restored J Class steam locomotive, Train No. 611 from Lynchburg to Petersburg. The train will depart at about 7:30am and will arrive in Petersburg at 12:30. About 2:30 the train will be returning to Lynchburg where it will arrive about 6:30pm.. Tickets are going fast.
Call The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast at 434-846-1388 for a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride this famous steam powered locomotive. With your two night stay you will receive two deluxe coach tickets (subject to availability). Note: Because tickets are non-refundable and going fast, you will be charged in full when the reservation is made and the reservation is NON-REFUNDABLE. Cost for this package is $775.00 and includes two room nights in the mansion, two deluxe coach tickets (upgrades may be available for an additional costs) and a to-go breakfast on June 14 to take on the train. Taxes and gratuities are in addition to this cost. Sorry gift certificates cannot be used to book this package and this cannot be combined with any other special or discount..
Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, call today to book your trip. A portion of each room night will be donated to the “Fire Up 611″ campaign to help pay for the restorations of Train No. 611.
Do you love grilled cheese? Did your mom make a special grilled cheese for you? Do you accompany your grilled cheese with a bowl of soup, probably tomato? Then you want to try the food from the Cheesy Rider Food Truck.
Cheesy Rider serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade soup, plus an assortment of chips, drinks and brownies.
Taking the classic grilled cheese and elevating it with creative, but delicious, filling combinations the Cheesy Rider Food Truck is off and running! There’s more to a great grilled cheese than just cheese and bread. The perfect combination of a gooey, meltable cheese and the perfect bread, that is not too thick and doughy, are the key ingredients at the Cheesy Rider.
Sandwiches are named after historical areas in downtown Lynchburg. Their most popular item is the Garland Hill, which was inspired by turning spinach-artichoke dip into a grilled cheese sandwich. The Tinbridge Hill features cheddar, cranberry and chipotle peppers. The Diamond Hill consists of brie with fig jam and Jarlsberg. For those who like a bit of spice, try the Federal Hill, which comes with wing sauce.
Currently the only soup offered is a chunky tomato, but isn’t that the one we normally pair our grilled cheese with? Cheesy Rider is hoping to add a cold, smoky gazpacho this summer and they are tweaking their version of French onion.
Look for the blue, white and yellow food truck at the Community Market on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday between 11 until 2. On Thursday the join Lynchburg’s other food trucks at Miller Park between 11 until 3. Prices range between $6.00 to $8.50 for a grilled cheese.
We will see you there!
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