Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's Pho-King Good

Imagine my delight when I got the chance to sample some of the best ( and worst) pho in Richmond.  I went to some old favorites but also found a new favorite bowl at Tay Do, on Rigsby Road behind Pho So 1.  There's nothing like a bowl of good broth.  You can read my take on Richmond pho in this week's Style Weekly .   It's  Broth that satsifies the soul

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Lion's Mane Mushrooms

Last night our Slow Food RVA board met at Pescado's China Street in Oregon Hill for a few drinks and appetizers.  Hung out at the bar and chatted for a little while with the owner Todd Manley. He showed me a fresh catch of the day, not from the sea but rather from the woods in Richmond. I had never eaten Lion's Mane Mushroom. It's pretty impressive looking, almost comical. It never ceases to amaze me what grows in nature.   It turned into a rich risotto special for the evening.  I had a sample that had been simply sauteed in a little butter and the flavor was nuanced and the texture almost like crab meat.  I