Why Richmond is a great place to be a food lover

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Hungry? If you’re looking for a bite to eat, Richmond is a great place to be a food lover. According to Richmond Magazine, by 2010 there were more than 600 restaurants in this delicious city. That’s a lot of places to choose from when it comes to sitting down and getting a terrific meal.

You’ve got so many places to go – quite likely the biggest challenge is actually choosing where to go. You can find just about any type of cuisine you’ve got a hankering for at the moment here in Richmond. Its the perfect city to be a food lover because there’s always another great restaurant to try.

You’ll find the perfect place for fine dining in Richmond. Bookbinder’s Restaurant is an OpenTable.com Diner’s Choice Winner 2013 and is popular with Richmond diners. It is a seafood & steakhouse restaurant where you’ll find all of the classics you’d expect, plus some modern twists on the menu to make for a delicious meal. Whether you are in the mood for steak, lobster or seafood, you’ll find it at Bookbinder’s. You can eat indoors or outdoors on the patio. Rowland Fine Dining is another excellent choice for fine dining in Richmond. You’ll discover a mix of cuisines from Southern, Asian, Mediterranean and Provence. They use only the freshest ingredients and cook with a great, creative style for memorable dishes you’ll enjoy.

If you’re in the mood for sushi, you’ll want to try Umi Sushi Bistro. Located at 11645 W Broad St, this is a casual restaurant that has both outdoor and indoor seating. It is a fun place to go with a group of friends when you’ve just got to have a roll or two of sushi. You’ll find delicious treats here, including alligator roll, sashimi and other specialty rolls. You may also want to try Ichiban Japanese Cuisine for sushi. They are located at 10490 Ridgefield Pkwy in Richmond. This is a casual and quiet restaurant with indoor seating only. They offer take out and are a kid-friendly restaurant. You’ll find red bean ice cream and shrimp tempura rolls on the menu, delicious treats that anyone who loves sushi will look forward to. Continue reading

Seven Fun New Restaurant Dessert Trends

We all know that most people visit restaurants because they want to eat one of their main meals of the day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner – but many patrons like to go out for dessert and sometimes we in the food business forget to take the time to make sure that the desserts we offer are up to par. When it comes to the sweeter things in life, those of us with a sweet tooth know that dessert can be just as important as dinner. It’s just as important to have great desserts as well as entrées on your menu. Across the country there are hot new dessert trends that customers are eating up, literally. Here are just a few to get your mouth watering.

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Gourmet Waffles

These waffles aren’t your typical topped-with-maple-syrup Saturday morning fare. These are high-quality Belgian waffles with a batter than takes several hours to make just right. Once cooked, they are topped with different ingredients, like Nutella or the newest trend – cookie butter. A scoop of hand whipped cream and fresh berries make these waffles a far cry from a breakfast food. Served from a food truck or at a table, these tasty treats are the perfect finish to any meal.

Fancy Popsicles

Most of us ate popsicles when we were kids, but these popsicles are for the adult crowd. Often made with liquor and strong, diverse flavors like basil, elderflower, or coffee, these cool pops offer patrons a fun new way to eat their treats and reminisce about summers of the past. Some creative folks are even using popsicles as a cooling method for their drinks and cocktails. Embracing our childhood memories can serve us well as we find new trends to use at our places of business.

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Dress Up Your Restaurant Table with Flowers

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A restaurant’s decor is just as important as the quality of food. You might have the most amazing mahi mahi in town, but if your place looks like a run-down warehouse, you are losing customers. We love walking into a restaurant that uses flowers for simple touches or lavish centerpieces. Fresh flowers (in Richmond) can create a warm, welcoming environment that is perfect for settling in and enjoying a good meal.

Setting the Mood

No matter if your place is a mom-and-pop shop or a high-end eatery, flowers can complement your style. Blooms come in every shape, size and color imaginable, so you are bound to find something that can match your existing decor. When considering a centerpiece for restaurant tables, remember one key rule: keep it simple. Flowers are meant to add charm, not serve as a distraction. A few additional guidelines: