Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia has a new bakery. And is it ever good! Located at 1344 Main Street this bakery is a unique addition to downtown’s delicious dining options. Owned and operated by Alex Richardson it serves breakfast treats, while R*A Bistro does not. Alex has been a supporter of downtown and opened R*A Bistro before many could see downtown’s potential.
His new endeavor features over-the-top cinnamon bun and beignet creations that will have you returning again and again. Afterall, there are so many different home-made frostings, almost 30 toppings and 12 sauces you’ll need to return just to try them all. And who doesn’t enjoy customizing their own cinnamon treats? In addition to the sweet treats there is a line of coffee and espresso products that complement the cinnamon buns or beignets.
The dough is mixed, risen, rolled and baked, then served fresh and hot from the oven. You top it with your choice of chef-crafted, infused frostings and a huge assortment of fresh fruits, crumbles, candies, cookies and more. You also choose one frosting, one frosting and two toppings plus one drizzle or really make it your own with your frosting choice.
The beignets are hand-cut, sugar dusted doughnut delights that match perfectly with the many house-made fruit toppings, chocolate sauces, caramels and frostings made for dipping. You can buy them by the piece or by the basket. Sometimes there are just too many choices.
Toppings include the old standbys: various nuts, chocolate chips, marshmallows and caramel chips. Frostings include cream cheese, maple, hazelnut and vanilla. Drizzles and sauces run the gamut between vanilla cream, chocolate, raspberry or strawberry to lemon zest, cinnamon or honey.
If you’re hungry at lunchtime for a savory, scratch-made dough roll you are now in luck. Savory buns are filled with fresh garlic, olive oil and herbs. Then you can add Boursin cream cheese, gourmet sauces, sautéed veggies or a variety of meats.
In addition to a nice selection of coffees and espressos you can choose café au lait, hot chocolate or a signature hot drink. Does a s’more, choc-raspberry, minty Irishman or banana foster drink sound appealing? Or, try a float, smoothie or milk shake.
Open Sunday through Thursday between 7:00 until 7:00 and Friday and Saturday between 7:00 until 9:00. If you’d like further information visit their website www.cinncity.com or call 434.219.3957.
My hint to you is, if you don’t want to get up early to prepare and bake your own cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, visit Cinn City the day before to select some delicious breakfast treats. And consider the same for New Year’s morning. They have such a selection of goodies that you will be bale to choose from your favorites or be adventurous and choose something different. You will be glad you did!
Lynchburg Virginia’s Parks and Recreation department is hosting it’s third annual Celebration of Lights in December 2018. Riverside Park will be lit with displays, snowflakes and various light features to honor and celebrate the season. This event is free and family-friendly. Between December 7 until December 31, 2018 the event will be open nightly between the hours of 5:00 until 9:00. Except on two special occasion nights this event is a drive-thru event.
There will be three special event nights during the Celebration. Friday, December 7, 2018 will be the grand opening. Members of the Parks and Recreation department will be on hand to welcome you and wish you holiday greetings as you begin your travel, via car, through Riverside Park. Friday, December 14, 2018 is Pedestrian Night. Pedestrian Night allows visitors to walk through Riverside Park to slowly take in the ambiance of the light displays. Thursday, December 20, 2018 presents a magical night of carriage rides throughout Riverside Park. The carriage rides are hosted by Lexington Carriage Company. You can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while the horses do all of the work, pulling you through the park. **Please note: all carriage rides are offered on a first come, first served basis. It is advised you register in advance to ensure you get a seat! Rides cost $6.00 per person. Tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased on the Lynchburg Parks and Rec website www.lynchburgva.gov or at any of the community enters throughout Lynchburg.
Riverside Park is located 2238 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24503. Check-in for the special event nights is located at the tennis courts. For more information visit www.lynchburgparksandrec.com/programs-and-activities/celebration-of-lights
Again this year Lynchburg Virginia’s Community Market is hosting their Mistletoe Market. On Saturday mornings ( December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2018), between 7:00 until 2:00 you will be able to find the best of local offerings as gifts for your family, friends or even yourself.
The Mistletoe Market features unique, hand-crafted gifts, foods and items that are sure to delight everyone on your holiday shopping list. Choose from seasonal produce, fresh greens such as: poinsettias, wreaths garlands or swags, fire starters and natural decorations for inside or out, artisan foods, personal sketches as a portrait, caricature or silhouette, tasting tables, free gift wrapping and live music. Carriage rides through downtown Lynchburg will be offered on the 1st and 18th between 10:00 until 2:00. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit to spend time with your children and to take photos on December 18, 2018 between 10:00 util 2:00. And for the procrastinators out there, the Mistletoe Market will be open on Saturday, December 22, 2018 between 7:00 until 3:00.
The Lyncburg Community Market is located at 1219 Main Street. They operate year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, 7:00 until 2:00. The Farmer’s Market is open on Tuesdays (10:00 until 2:00) and Saturdays (7:00 until 2:00.) Be a proud supporter of your community and the local area, you’ll be amazed with what you will find throughout the changing seasons.
A yummy, savory breakfast that hits all of the right notes–crunchy, salty, gooey and just plain yummy! Do you want to impress your Thanksgiving house guests or a special someone on New Year’s morning or Valentine’s Day with a new dish? What about on Easter morning when you have neighbors and friends over for brunch? Try our loaded potato-Parmesan Waffles with Eggs and you will be the star of the gathering.
- 1 1/2 lbs. russet potatoes
- 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 large shallot, grated
- 4 fried eggs
- 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips and cooked
- chopped parsley
- Peel and grate potatoes; squeeze dry in a clean dish towel.
- In a bowl, mix potatoes with cheese, butter and shallot; season with salt and pepper.
- Coat waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
- Using a quarter of the potato mixture for each waffle, cook over high until golden and crispy, about 6-8 minutes.
- Top with an egg, bacon and parsley. Season to taste.
- I used a large box grater for grating the potatoes, but you could use frozen hash brown potatoes.
- The shallot was grated using a fine microplane.
- We always cook our bacon in the oven using a wire rack placed over a cookie sheet. This allows it to cook through, stay flat and the fat drips onto the pan. Spray the wire rack with Pam or a similar product. We put a paper towel in the bottom of the cookie sheet to absorb most of the bacon fat.
- We placed the egg into a cookie cutter to make a fried egg shaped like a star for a fun presentation.
Lynchburg, Virginia’s newest pizza joint has opened in the arts and cultural district at 522 5th Street. Taking advantage of the revitalization and renewed interest in this part of downtown the Abrusto Food Group is helping 5th Street become vibrant and the newest place to be. Located at 522 5th Street Daughters and Sons Pizza is open for lunch and dinner. Monday through Sunday they are open 11 am until 9:30 pm. There is plenty of parking just outside the door.
Enter the restaurant and find a table, take a seat for a dine-in experience. While you wait for your order you will be served popcorn with olive oil and sea salt. Top it with freshly grated cheese. What a nice way to be welcomed and to wait.
Pizza is their main focus. It’s Sicilian-style and square! The crust is made from their focaccia bread dough–which is proofed for 4 days–so it has a unique flavor and mouth feel. The added cornmeal to the outside of the crust is yummy. The pizza is old by the square or by the pie. Choose from pepperoni, house-made sausage, 3-cheese, vegetarian or the combo–house-made spicy sausage, charred pepperoni, and assortment of pizza veggies, buffalo mozzarella and marinara sauce.
In addition to the pizza they serve sandwiches made on focaccia bread and a few salads. They are best known for their Muffaletta “New Orleans Style.” The great tasting bread is topped with Italian sliced meats, melted mozzarella, mild provolone and the necessary Creole olive salad. Fresh made salads are served with house-made dressings, plus there is a cheeseboard offering. Don’t forget dessert! Ice cream sandwiches top off your meal. Either their “Classic,” a chocolate brownie cookie with vanilla ice cream of their flavor of the week.
A rotating variety of beers by draft, cans or bottles, including a selection of craft beers and a weekly “2 dollar a can” special. A rotating selection of wine is available by the bottle or the glass.
The chef and owner of Daughters and Sons Pizza is a VES graduate. Jason attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York and apprenticed and worked in kitchens in Europe for 8 years. He decided it was time to return to Lynchburg to raise his family.
For more information call them at 434.333.4244 or visit them at www.daughtersandsonsva.com. Visit #5thstreetrevival on social media for information about what is happening on 5th Street.
Daughters and Sons Pizza is walking distance from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Ask us when you need a spot for lunch or dinner and we’ll direct you.
Patrick Henry’s Red Hill is hosting the Bluegrass, Barbecue and Brew festival on Saturday, November 3, 2018, between 11:00 until 5:00. Located at 1497 Red Hill Road in Brookneal, Virginia you don’t want to miss the flavors and sounds of Southern Virginia. Combining the love of history with the love of music, barbecue, and Virginia craft beer the festival’s intention is to have festival attendees fall in love with Southern Virginia.
Music was the entertainment for the 18th century. Patrick Henry played the flute and fiddle, both of which can be seen in the museum at Red Hill. The featured bands at this year’s festival are Breaking Glass, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and Nothin’ Fancy.
During the 18th century raising hogs was easy. They would roam throughout the nearby woods so there was little to tend to. Farmers would smoke and cure the meat. You will have a choice of meats as your barbecue entree. All of the barbecue vendors are from South Central Virginia.
You will also be able to sample and purchase local beer and cider. While Patrick Henry was governor of Virginia he hired a Scotch brewer to make beer. Henry never served anything stronger at the Governor’s dining table.
Enjoy the museum, historic buildings and the grounds that Patrick Henry loved. Listen and dance to the music. Visit the local art and craft vendors, to start your holiday shopping. Fill yourself with delicious barbecue, beer or cider (but remember to do so responsibly.)
Tickets are either general admission or tasting tickets. The general admission ticket, $15.00, allows you access to the bands, food and craft vendors, admission to all of the historic buildings and the museum and grounds. Tasting tickets, $20.00, gives you all that the general admission ticket does along with your choice of a pub glass or a wine glass, for sampling.
Things to remember:
- Festival hours are 11:00 until 5:00. The music starts at 11:45 and the last pour is at 4:30.
- Bring your own chairs or blanket for seating to watch the Bluegrass performances.
- ID must be shown for all tasting ticket holders at the gate.
- Docents will be available throughout the historic site, buildings and grounds. Red Hill was Patrick Henry’s last home and is his burial place. Take the time to enjoy the seven historic buildings, his grave site and the beautiful grounds overlooking the Staunton River Valley.
For more information call 434.376.2044 or visit www.bluegrassbarbecuebrew.com
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