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    Raising the Bar - Beautiful Bars

    “You look mahvelous!” I say that with much more sincerity than did Billy Crystal’s Fernando on Saturday Night Live. But, you know what? You really do…look mahvelous. more

    Sep 15, 2016

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    Raising The Bar – Cocktail Trends

    I’m constantly amazed at the professionalism of the city’s fantastic bartenders. For this issue, we went in search of some of the cool trends in cocktails. Each of the three bartenders with whom we spoke had her or his unique style. more

    Jul 17, 2016

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    Raising the Bar: New Virginia Spirits

    It’s truly amazing to see how the whiskey distilleries have flourished throughout the state over the past few years. There are some excellent distilleries producing some very fine spirits. We asked a few local bartenders to come up with a cocktail... more

    May 4, 2016

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    Let’s Do Brunch Cocktails

    “Richmonders love to get their brunch on,” said Dave Bender, owner of Caliente Restaurant. He should know. He’s been serving up some delicious brunches for nearly a dozen years. Just why is brunch so popular around the River City? Personally ... more

    Jan 14, 2016

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    Put Some Sparkle in Your Cocktails

    The popularity of sparkling cocktails is bubbling over these days. True, sales of Champagne are rising, but the primary reason that sparkling cocktails are so popular has more to do with the current thirst for Prosecco. Several of the local ... more

    Nov 30, 2015

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    The Nachos Totopos paired with the Mezcalito at En Su Boca. Photo by Temple Hill

    Raising the Bar – Drinks on the Patio

    I was walking down Cary Street one recent starlit evening, and I couldn’t help but overhear the lively conversations of diners sitting on the restaurant patios along the way. It was the relaxed, happy sound of folks out on the town, enjoying the... more

    Jul 9, 2015

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    The Southern Strawberry Tea-quila paired with Southern Comfort rolls, a rendition of an Asian roll stuffed with Southern charm at Southern Kitchen. Photo by Robert Thomas

    Raising the Bar – Tequila Cocktails

    So, this guy walks into a bar and orders a tequila… You thought this was the lead-in to a joke, didn’t you? Funny thing about tequila. Just mention the word and some folks start laughing. Actually, I’m the guy and both my photographer Robert... more

    May 1, 2015

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    Bruschetta paired with a variation of the French 75 featuring Belle Isle Premium Moonshine at Grandstaff and Stein Booksellers. Photo by Robert Thomas

    Raising the Bar: Moonshine Cocktails

    Having grown up in Franklin County in Southwest Virginia, I was pretty excited when we decided to feature moonshine cocktails in this edition of Raising the Bar. You see, Franklin County is, without a doubt, the moonshine capital of the world. Oh... more

    Mar 4, 2015

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