Posts tagged “restaurant review

S@mple

I recently had the opportunity to photograph S@mple, the latest addition to Richmond’s dining scene, for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Apart from the fun juxtaposition of metal and brick, the clean white lines, occasional orchid, and of course the abundance of technological geekery that was hard to pry myself away from, I had my choice of beautiful food to photograph thanks to the small plates by chef Todd Butler. In case any of you felt the urge to order one of these dishes, this is what yore looking at: the farmer’s basket with shaved brussels sprouts and kale, sunflower seeds, walnuts, dried cherries, pine nuts and parmesan peppercorn dressing; Shanghai fried rice with rock shrimp, shrimp tempura, forbidden black rice and egg omelet; royal trumpet mushroom kebab; the cubano, with roast pork, smoked bacon, gruyere, mustard and grilled onions (please, I want one now); cinnamon apple empanadas with caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. To see my slideshow with an interview with S@mple owner Adam Bell click *here* and for Dana Craig’s review of S@mple click *here*. Enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo

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The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Station 2

I recently had the opportunity to shoot the Richmond Times-Dispatch restaurant review of Station 2, one of the latest additions to Richmond’s restaurant scene. As far as ambience goes, this converted historic fire station in Shockoe Bottom doesn’t disappoint with its exposed duct work, repurposed wood finishings and firefighter vibe. Foodwise, I photographed the beerfest burger (with potato shingles, bacon, onion straws and beer cheese on a pretzel roll), the Hawaian sun burger (a teriyaki glazed burger with grilled pineapple, cheddar, teriyaki grilled onions, lettuce, tomato and wasabi aioli), the sweet potato tots, the grilled cheese burger (with mozzarella, pepper jack and cheddar on Texas toast), the New Mexico burger with chili, and last, but certainly not least, the naughty girl scout milkshake (with vanilla ice cream, Irish cream, creme de menthe, creme de cacao and chocolate chips). And really, how can you go wrong with burgers and adult milkshakes? Also, naturally raised beef from Buffalo Creek in Lexington, bread from Richmond’s Lucille’s Bakery and a selection of Richmond-brewed beers will make all localvores smile. For a menu click here. To read Dana’s review click here. Enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Dining Out: Hermitage Grill

It has been a long time since I had a dessert that was truly to die for. However, after shooting this week’s restaurant review for Hermitage Grill in Richmond’s Lakeside neighborhood, I tried chef Nancy Smith’s chocolate kahlua creme brulee. I literally could not stop putting spoon after spoon of it into my mouth, and the only reason I did leave some behind was because I didn’t want to be known as the photo lady who licked the dessert plate clean and left with chocolate on her face…This everybody-knows-your-name kind of restaurant is definitely a place I would go back to. I loved all the bright colors, the friendly staff and everything I photographed made me hungry. Following are photos of a few dishes: fried green tomatoes with cumin shrimp, corn and black bean salsa; salmon jalapeno croquettes with cajun tartar; and shrimp and grits with andouille sausage. For Dana Craig’s review click *here* and for my audio slideshow click *here*. Enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Conch Republic

I recently had the opportunity to make a series of pictures for Dana Craig’s Richmond Times-Dispatch restaurant review of Conch Republic, in Richmond, Va. I’d been here for happy hour before and instantly *loved* the terrace/balcony overlooking the James River, complete with tiki bar and enormous open windows leading into the main dining area. The restaurant is part of the Rocketts Landing complex and is a great addition to rva’s going-out scene. I felt like I had stepped away from the office and onto a beach in the Caribbean (almost). I know the James isn’t exactly the Caribbean, but if you need a break, this is a good place to start! For Dana’s review click here and for the slideshow click here. Enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Off the Hookah

Off The Hookah is a new club and restaurant overlooking the Canal Walk in downtown Richmond. With an Egyptian theme upstairs in the club and a zen/Asian theme downstairs in the restaurant, the vibe is decidedly not that of your typical Richmond hangout. The food is a mix of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean and the downstairs has a sushi bar to complement the Asian theme. Following are images from my shoot for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. For Dana’s review in the RTD click *here* , for an audio slideshow on Off the Hookah and chef Ed Blase click *here* and to check out the menu click *here*

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Ettamae’s Cafe

I recently shot photos for the Richmond Times-Dispatch restaurant review of Ettamae’s Cafe, located in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. I’ll admit that I haven’t sampled the food yet, even though I’ve been reading about this cafe from rva foodie tweeters for a while now. However, from the pineapple almond stuffed french toast (yum!) to the Canadian tea biscuits (oh, and a big hunk of corned beef just waiting to be turned into sandwiches) it looked scrumptious. The Morand siblings own this adorable new eatery and named it after their grandma Ettamae. Photos of Ettamae, and one of their other grandma just to keep the peace, adorn the walls along with Ettamae’s china. Pretty pink walls, beautiful light streaming in from big windows and lots of DIY details of flower vases and salt and pepper shakers add to the coziness and charm. Following are some of the photos from the shoot: enjoy! Also, you can find Dana’s rtd review here and my audio slideshow here.


Sprout

 Sprout Market & Cafe is an adorable new addition to the Richmond restaurant scene, filled to the brim with DIY details.  Wine and beer lists are applied to the inside of small book covers and dinner menus to old record covers. The lunch menu, which changes daily, is written on a blackboard in the small market in the front of the restaurant. Sprout’s two owners, Jamie and Laurie Lay are friendly and approachable and great to talk to about all of the eco-friendly ways they are running their business. They can pretty much name which Virginia farm or grower each and every ingredient on their menu comes from. Added to their super-local approach, is a desire to be as green as possible. According to Laurie, the chefs at Sprout try to use every part of the ingredient, to the point of grinding chicken bones up for compost or using the leftover vegetable oil to power their diesel truck.  If you’re perusing Sprout’s market you will find produce as well as the work of local artists. Sprout also moonlights as a gallery, showcasing a different local artist every month in connection to Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk. Check out the RTD slideshow to hear Jamie and Laurie talk about Sprout and read Dana’s review. Below are the photos: enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


A little taste of Old Havana: Havana ’59

Havana ’59, located in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom, is one of my favorite Richmond hangouts. It’s the ultimate summer spot, with the rooftop terrace overlooking the 17th St. Farmer’s Market and the wall of open windows opening up the downstairs bar and restaurant to the street and all passersby. Salsa music fills the air and the colorful details throughout the restaurant allow for an experience that is different than most other bars and restaurants in Richmond. I admit I have a small bias toward Havana ’59, having spent many a night waiting for my sister and some of my closest friends to finish their shifts there so we could hit the town. Because of this I was particularly excited recently when the paper sent me to capture the atmosphere of Havana’s happy hour. Following are some of the images from my shoot. Enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Tandoori Tikka & Kebab

 I love photographing food. Chefs present me with their creations and I get to play with food for the next hour or so. I love incorporating the food in the restaurant’s environment, getting so close I can feel the steam coming off it and taking in the full aroma. My last restaurant review for the Richmond Times-Dispatch was of Tandoori Tikka & Kebab, in Midlothian. Va. If you want authentic Indian food from the Punjab region, this is a restaurant you should definitely visit. A window separates the dining area from the kitchen so you can see the chef hard at work along with the tradional tandoor, or clay oven, used to bake the naan and the tandoori chicken. When speaking with chef/owner Krishah Sehgal he emphasized how his guests should come armed with appetites and the desire to experience a selection of authentic, traditional dishes. Mr. Sehgal also spoke of his love of the restaurant business. He is well known in the area for an Indian restaurant he owned many years ago that he sold because, as well as business was going, he could never find enough help. After that he says he did a little of everything, for example entering the hotel business in Williamsburg. Approximately 11 years ago, Mr. Sehgal’s wife passed away of cancer and he changed course yet again, returning to something he missed, cooking the food from his native region for former patrons who for years had asked him to open another restaurant. Following are some of my images from Tandoori Tikka & Kebab: please enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo   
All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch   

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represents the positions, strategies or opinions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.