Faith and I had a lovely girls’ evening out! A little shopping, a little wine, a little performing. She had tickets to see the Virginia Commonwealth University dance performance, and a Groupon to Sprout, a funky, local-minded restaurant in Richmond.
But first, shopping! We hit up Pier I and I coveted these pillows, but they didn’t seem to match our black + white couches.
I also want these chairs someday!
But I did buy a new bowl! Then we went to World Market, where I found a few trinkets, including a salted chocolate bar and smoked paprika!! I really wanted these cute baskets for only $2.99 each, but I couldn’t think of a use for them in my house so I sadly let them go 🙁
Lastly, we went to the main attraction, Trader Joe’s.
I satisfied my craving for lemon cookies by requesting to taste these. They were great, but I ended up with a bag of lemons in my cart and the hope to make some this week.
What does this girl buy at TJ’s when she’s out of refrigeration range?
- Dr. Bronner’s
- Salty peanuts
- Peanut butter (for Karen!)
- Lots of tinned fish – sardines, wild Alaskan salmon
- A tomato sauce
- Whole wheat pitas
- Flax chips
- Honey roasted peanuts (for homemade peanut butter experiment!)
We also tasted wine before we headed downtown to dinner.
We drove on downtown, Faith parallel parked (!!) and we walked over to our dinner spot.
Sprout’s décor was very cute and chic.
And the menus were record covers!
The wine list was also particularly charming
Faith and I sipped malbecs
For dinner I got a cup of the Root Vegetable Soup (with Chicken) and the Tofu salad with Root Veggies.
My soup was just OK – a little too brothy. But the tofu was good – tasted like hushpuppies! I wish the salad had much more heft to it too. We thought the roots were going to be big chunks of roasted. Both tasted fine, but they would have been much more appropriate for lunch than dinner.
Thanks to faith for saving the day by sharing!
She shared her glazed tempeh sandwich with me – it was INCREDIBLE! Deep fried and coated in a molasses (and soy sauce?) glaze.
We walked to the theater and enjoyed six wonderful dance pieces by the VCU company, including one called Shelter by well-known choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.
Chocolate at intermission! Go to World Market and find this kind. The sea salt is so pronounced!
I love the arts and was so happy to get to see this show!
The hour-long drive home was long, but Faith and I can talk for hours and hours, so we were home before we knew it.
I just unpacked my things and groceries, am getting this post up and can’t WAIT for my head to hit my pillow.
Have I mentioned that tomorrow’s high is 74 degrees!?