Lamplighter

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Lamplighter coffee warms that little hipster place in my heart.

Lamplighter is one of my favorite local coffee shops. There are two locations in the city, located on Morris St. and Addison St. If you want to relax and enjoy your coffee, the Addison street location is the only way to go. Parking is a lot less hectic, not as crowded, and open seating. Morris St. is right in the middle of VCU territory, the only justification for going here is if you want to get some people watching in, otherwise stay away.

The baristas here know how to make a very good cup of coffee and how to decorate it in a way to make you feel fancy. My favorite for the summer has to be the Thai Iced coffee, rich, strong, and just the right amount of sweet. On the cooler days I stick to the Brown Sugar Baby, light, creamy, and sweet without being too overbearing. Even though my two favorite drinks are sweet it’s presented in away that you still know you are drinking what you came there for, coffee.

This is a great quick brunch spot, their food is awesome! My favorite sandwich is the Soy Chorizo, Twin Oaks chorizo, havarti, avocado, and tomato. It’s filling, rich, and has the smallest hint of spice from the scrumptious Twin Oaks chorizo. I have a hard time getting anything else on the menu because that sandwich is just too amazing. Lamplighter also does this wonderful thing where they sell breakfast all day long. So if you are a late riser like I can occasionally be stop by!

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Rating: 4
Food: Very Good. The coffee is so good! This place is perfect if you need to grab and go,  or just a place to meet up with friends and catch up over some delicious coffee.
Ambiance: Hipster

Umami

Umami

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Umami is a the cutest local tea shop off of Lakeside in Richmond VA. The first time I went was a few months ago for brunch. I was overwhelmed, to say the least, with all the different variations of tea.

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The staff is always super friendly and helpful. I’ve tried a few other local tea shops and nothing compares. This tea shop is wonderful for getting little gifts for friends, family, and more importanly myself.

Location: 6920-C Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228

Rating: 3
FoodGood. Their tea is wonderful and the prices are too. They do have food here but I would skip the food and just go for the tea.
Ambiance: Casual

Market Cafe

Market Cafe

I found this little hidden gem located in a gas station of all places.

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It may not be the best presentation, on the metal tray, but the quality of taste makes up for all of that and some. The prices are also very reasonable as well, for this veggie platter the total is around 7$. I haven’t quite figured out their hours though. I’ve also slipped up a few times and missed their lunch completely. ●︿● This place by far my favorite Indian restaurant in RVA, or really ever to be honest.

One of my coworkers suggested this place almost a year ago, I have been a regular ever since. I thought it couldn’t be but so bad with what I was hearing about it from different coworkers, it is a also less than a mile from my job, so one day I stopped by, took one bit and I was in love. Everything was full of flavor with just the right amount of spice. The platter changes daily so it is always fun to see what you will get next visit. What always included is rice, naan, 3 different veggie side dishes, Thayir Saadam, veggie samosas, and a dessert of some kind.

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I can’t put into words of how much I am in love with this place. If you ever have the chance to visit for lunch do yourself a favor and GO.

Rating: 4
Food: Very Good. This place has amazing food at an amazing price. Market Cafe is perfect for lunch and take-out.
Ambiance: Dive-y

Intro

My name is Sasha. I am a 24 year old female living in Richmond Virginia and I love good food.

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I’m not a gourmet and I’m an amateur writer at best, these entries will just be a chronicle of all my food adventures.

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 I will be sharing all my favorite local restaurants/breweries/etc., rave about the new places I enjoyed,  posts some of the many photos I take of food,  record my numerous successes and failures in the kitchen, as well as my experiences at my cooking classes, and more!