Daily Jars; Richmond Meal Prep Service by Katie Brown

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Richmond's healthy, freshly prepared meal delivery service

DAILY JARS (a freshly prepared healthy meal service in Richmond, VA) and y'all, I'm not going to lie, this is one of my favorite companies I've encountered. They have "healthy, low-allergen meals" that are freshly prepared in their Richmond kitchen for pickup or delivery. Their "food contains organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible." 

You can try for yourself and get 20% OFF using the CODE RFWG on their website, dailyjars.com

They say, "If you are intentional about using nutrition to maximize your physical and mental well-being", they can and want to help! One of the best parts about them is, "everything is gluten-free, dairy-free, and free of soy, egg, corn, peanuts, and cane sugar." PERFECTION. Oh and DONT FRET, most of their food works well for the Elimination Diet, Paleo, Whole30, etc. if thats up your alley. 

Okay, lets be real. who HASNT heard of meal prep? If you haven't, I'm not sure how you found this blog but good for you. A lot of people NEED and WANT to meal prep because if you don't prepare for success you are just setting yourself up for failure during the week. I meal prep as much as I can on either Sunday or Monday depending on my weekend. But, sometimes I cant due to plans or other things come up, etc. I find this to be a GREAT alternative to meal prep because some people just don't WANT to. So, they can just go on the website and order as many meals as needed for the coming week and keep them to grab as if they did meal prep; what could be better? Not sure. 

So, I really do love my own cooking. Im one of those people. So, when I heard about Daily Jars, I was like ok yeah cool idea ill try it out. The minute I took out the first meal, my first though was DAMNNNN this shizzz looks GOOD. I was pretty pumped to have a pre build high protein salad READY TO GO for the next day for lunch at work (lol I suck at making salads). TO BE completely HONEST, I was like I'm sure it will be good (not really thinking I would LOVE it). So, obviously you can guess...I LOVED it and basically have word vommed to my friends about it over and over again. 

I am leaving for vacation this weekend and won't be back until Wednesday and I'm like, WOO perfect opportunity to order again. I will order about 3 meals because who wants to get home in the middle of the week and go to the grocery store and prep lunch and dinner for the last 2 days of the week. no one. 

I ordered a weeks-ish worth of meals (ended up being about 48 dollars in total). The included 4 full meals, 2 grain free bars and 1 dessert. 

My menu from last week:

1 Dark Chocolate Grain-free Bars - one bar**

1 Almond Coconut Energy Bar - one bar 

1 Teriyaki Garden Box - Veggie Noodles - With Chicken**

1 Mediterranean Salad with White Beans - Without olives **

1 Power - Basil Mint Chicken with Spinach and Grapes - Chicken with Quinoa** 

1 Caribbean Coconut Chicken with Steamed Broccoli & Brown Rice

Teriyaki Garden Box – Veggie Noodles with Chicken

Teriyaki Garden Box – Veggie Noodles with Chicken
Teriyaki Garden Box – Veggie Noodles with Chicken

Power – Basil Mint Chicken with Spinach and Grapes – Chicken with Quinoa

Power – Basil Mint Chicken with Spinach and Grapes – Chicken with Quinoa
Power – Basil Mint Chicken with Spinach and Grapes – Chicken with Quinoa

So, one thing that really drew me into the company was that fact that they are FULLY behind the concept of REAL FOOD so OBVI I'm going to be immediately interested. Basically, the use the same ingredients I would use if I was making that meal so me, I don't have to feel bad about "not knowing whats in my food because I didn't make it" type situation. I literally have anxiety about that (oops). 

Their salad dressing I had [bright lemon and herb vinaigrette]: apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, olive oil, mint, basil, spices

For the dessert, the chocolate mousse is literally only made with: dates, cashews, maple syrup, coconut oil, cocoa powder, cacao nibs, salt, vanilla extract

Basically, I can fully get behind this and i'm obsessed to say the least. 

#eatgoodfeelgood #realfood #realingredients

SO, again if you're in Richmond: try it out, you get 20% OFF if you're new and they have several pick up locations: Scotts Addition, West End on Broad, Near West End on Grove, Midlothian & Bon Air (or delivery for $4.95!)

Place order by 8pm on Thursday and pick up/delivery is that Monday. The menu for the next week comes out each Friday, so you are able to plan accordingly. 

PS: They do have a subscription option as well where you can get 5 ($50) or 10 ($100) meals/week, every week! aka less than I would spend that a grocery story for 10 meals...I need t0 learn their secret. 

Mediterranean Salad with White Beans

Mediterranean Salad with White Beans
Mediterranean Salad with White Beans

8 1/2 Italian Restaurant by Katie Brown

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8 1/2 is take-out only serving similar items from the 2 very well known Italian restaurants in Richmond,  Mamma ’Zu & Edo Squid. This take out joint serves sandwiches, pizza and pasta. They also have amazing house salad and soup specials daily. 

Some of their 'best sellers' are:

  • Meatball Hero
  • Sausage Ricotta and Broccolini Pasta (penne or spaghetti) 
  • Eggplant Parm
  • Pizza (both red && white)
  • Calzones
  • Carbonara (pictured)

The carbonara is a Richmond staple and one of my fave dishes that you can get at any of their 3 locations. 

If you are looking to sit down, hit up Mamma 'Zu or Edo Squid but make sure to make a reservation  and make sure you have some extra time because you probably won't sit town at the time you're supposed to. NOTE: get the Duck Breast (with crispy polenta and white beans. you won't regret it)

Locations:

8 1/2: 401 Strawberry Street Richmond, VA 23220

Mamma 'Zu: 501 S Pine St, Richmond, VA 23220

Edo Squid: 411 N Harrison St, Richmond, VA 23220

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Freshii by Katie Brown

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Freshii is a Canadian fast casual restaurant franchise that serves burritos, wraps, soups, salads, and frozen yogurt

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We recently got one in Richmond and I went to try it out and got the bowl that they have as a 'special' for a few months. It was reallllly good. And I'm also kinda obsessed with their mantra:

Let's eat without regret. Let's love kale. Let's embrace quinoa. Let's try new things. Let's try unlikely combos. Let's eat things that are good. Let's eat things that make us feel good. Let's eat and sit. Let's be good to the Earth. Let's let the Earth be good to us. Let's Eat. Energize.

Pictured: Bamboo Curry Bowl: brown rice, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, coconut, mushrooms, cilantro, lime wedge, green curry sauce

Located:

  • Willow Lawn [1700 Willow Lawn Drive, Suite 111 Richmond, Virginia]
  • Near VCU [907 Floyd Avenue Richmond, Virginia]

Saadia's Juice Box and Yoga Bar by Katie Brown

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Saadia's JuiceBox [and Yoga Bar]

local woman-owned business downtown, bringing you the best cocktails for your body & soul

"Perched in the historic Jackson Ward District, Saadia's Juice bar offers a variety of healthy choices for those stressed from life's constant toxins. On our menu are healthful concoctions like the Minty Swiss, Eye Opener and Raspberry Turmeric. We also offer smoothies, salads, baked goods, and wellness shots for those that need the extra kick."

Pictured: Green Goddess Bowl: spinach, oranges, banana, chia seeds, vanilla and almond butter topped with: chia seeds, crushed almonds and orange slices 

 

Menu Here

 

*They even sell.. Bulletproof Coffee. Sign me up. 

 

 

Whisk by Katie Brown

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WHISK || Richmond, VA                                   

What: Bakery//Coffee

Where: 2100 E. Main Street Richmond, VA

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In the heart of downtown, Whisk offers "Parisian-style pastries and bread, locally roasted coffee, fresh sandwiches, and wine & mimosas to the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood daily". They like to focus on seasonal ingredients, therefore they have multiple menus throughout the year to service the freshest ingredients they can.  

Everything is season, fresh and made daily:

  • Macaroons (the prettiest and tastiest in the city)
  • Croissants
  • Sandwiches
  • Cookies
  • Eclairs

 

 

  • Seasonal Choux (Extra large cream puffs filled with pastry cream, creme chantilly and seasonal flavors)
  • Croissant Bread Pudding
  • Bread (by the loaf)
  • Seasonal Tarts
  • Macaroons
  • Layer Cakes (pre-order)
  • Full Coffee Bar -- hot//iced + expresso + house made syrups
  • Wine + Mimosas!

*Personal faves:

  • The Breakfast Sandwich: Baked cheddar & chive eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, bacon on a homemade butter croissant (served only on weekends)
  • Pizza Croissant (garlic + tomato sauce + pepperoni)
  • Chocolate Almond Croissant
  • Bread Pudding*
  • Nutella Strawberry Croissant (pictured)

Contact Info:

  • FB: www.facebook.com/WhiskRVA
  • Insta: @whiskrva
  • #: 804-728-1576

Charm School Social Club by Katie Brown

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Charm School Social Club

This modern take on an ice cream shop mixed with library wall paper and old school vintage desk decor is definitely one of the best if you're looking to get ice cream, especially. They have homemade super appealing waffle cones and a mint green bowl that make that instagram just that much better :)

They have about 16 different ice cream flavor; your typical flavors but some have a fun little thing here and there added to it for a different take. I got the Mint Chocolate Chip but theirs is called Mint Chocolate Crunch and the chocolate thy put in there had a little fun crunch to it and TBH, it makes me never want to go back to regular mint choc chip.

A signature item they offer is a "marshmallow fluff" topping. Homemade marshmallow whip that they torch there right in front of you. But overall, they have great toppings such as, Virginia peanuts, sprinkles, almonds, cookie crumbs, etc.

Something awesome about Charm School is that they are super versatile; they have lots of vegan and non dairy options to offer a wide variety of customer! They also have sundaes, milkshakes, floats, coffee, baked goods & can preorder cakes and get ice cream by the pint.

North End Juice Co. by Katie Brown

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North End Juice Co.

 [Walk Up Juice Bar] !!!

Located in the heart of The Fan near the Franklin and Cleveland intersection in RVA

 Fresh Pressed Juices, Smoothies, Acai/Smoothie Bowls, fresh made Empanadas, wheatgrass shots and on the go foods; boxed homemade hummus (original, beet, basil pesto or sriracha) with warm pita bites and veggies

This picture is the Ernie McCrackin Bowl: Acai and mixed berries blended with a cold pressed apple juice topped with banana, mango, house-made granola, coconut, almond butter, chia seeds and gogi berries

YALL, I'm going to do a shout out especially to the fact that they basically make Bulletproof Coffee (coffee+ coconut oil + grass-fed butter/ghee) If you are not caught up on what that is, go read about it and do it. It will change your life.

 

Farmers Market (SOJ) by Katie Brown

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 SOJ Farmers Market 

Any Richmond-er who has not been to the SOJFM, go immediately (aka the next Saturday)

It is something I look forward to during the warmer months every weekend that I am in town. It is an open-air market with all local produce and items with many food trucks surrounding the vendors. It is the biggest farmers market in the area. When I go, I like to get some free-range eggs, a few veggies and kombucha!

Some of the local farmers that are usually always there are (click on the name for their website) , Agriberry Produce, Alfredo's Raw HoneyBarham SeafoodCabbage Hill Farm Produce, Cold Country SalmonJason Talleys ProduceKing's ProducePair-a-Dice FarmNinja Kombucha, Flower Child GranolaReginald's Homemade Nut ButtersVegTaBowl Foods

 

Food Trucks are the next best thing about SOJ. Alchemy Coffee, Kitchenette, Ms. Yoders Donuts,    Sammich, and Limeades & More (the best limeades in town!)

Kitchenette is known for their "bagels with the works". This is what I always get, aka I eat this once a week during the summer. They get their bagels from Cupertino's Bagel & Deli (real NY bagels). The Works = a toasted bagel + cream cheese + microgreens, tomatoes, onions, capers and drizzle balsamic glaze on top. I will be posting a photo next time I get this. However, the line typically is usually pretty long and you will wait at least 10 minutes after you order for your food but I promise, it will not disappoint!!

Hours: Saturdays 9am - Noon (Winter)                            8am - noon (Summer hours)                                                @ Forest Hill Park (New Kent Ave and 42nd Street)

 

Zorba's Greek Italian Cuisine by Katie Brown

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Zorba's Restaurant 

This is another gem that has been around RVA for the last 20 years -- located in the West End.

They bring you 2 large fluffy rolls with olive oil and butter (of course I did indulge in a few bites - I couldn't resist!)

I think grilled chicken salads are such a great route when eating out (healthy) at Italian or Greek places

This is the Gilled Chicken Salad with seasoned grilled chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers and mushrooms over a bed of spinach and romaine (and shredded Mozzarella, if you'd like)

 My boyfriend got the warm Lamb Gyro in a pita with tzatziki, onions and tomatoes (sides: with pasta salad and fries, of course)

I would highly recommend these meals! 

(they are known for their pizza and pasta dishes, if you're feelin' crazy)

Ginger Juice by Katie Brown

Ginger Juice

Acai bowls, Smoothies and Cold Pressed Juices, Avocado Toast, Cashew Cream Cheese Toast (savory or sweet!)

The Village Shopping Center & Greengate Shopping Center

Kuba Kuba by Katie Brown

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Kuba Kuba Dos

Yall, Kuba Kuba has been around forrrrrever in The Fan area of downtown. A couple years ago, they expanded to more of the Near West End area (KubaKubaDos) : seems to be basically the same menu

They are known for their sandwiches and one in particular (obvi), The Cuban: roast pork, smithfield ham, swiss cheese, pickles & mustard for $7.95 and this comes with a side of fried plantains (which are actually pretty good, if you're not sure you're into that sort of thing)

This picture is from the other night at KubaKubaDos but either one is good. KK2 has more seating and is "newer" inside but if you're looking for a rustic RVA brunch after a night out, I would go to the Fan location and order their Huevos Rancheros (which, by the way won Best Breakfast in Virginia on Food Networks latest post of 50 States, 50 Breakfasts)

Side note: I got the Avocado Salad as a STARTER. The salad was bigger than my head aka it is def not for the light eater. Looking back, next time, I will get one or the other. BUT, the avo salad was SO good.