Raising the Bar

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    Raising the Bar: A Taste of the Islands

    Can you think of a better way to spend a lazy, hazy, crazy day of summer than by relaxing on an island and enjoying a refreshing island-style beverage? Well, we can’t provide the islands (unless you’re satisfied with Brown’s or Belle), but we can... more

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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

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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

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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

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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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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    The Franklin Inn's Hot Dickens Cider paired with zucchini fries

    Cozy Spots and Hot Drinks for Cold Winter Nights

    It was a dark and stormy night. The snow was falling heavily. More than a half-foot was already on the ground. The streets were deserted. Supermarket shelves have been laid bare of milk, eggs, and chocolate chip cookie dough. In other words, it... more

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