Last Friday, April 4th, was my first visit to Richmond’s “First Friday”
What is a First Friday?
According to http://rvafirstfridays.com it is a “year round art walk, featuring the shops, galleries, restaurants, and organizations in the Arts District of Richmond, VA.” (For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Starting nearish the VCU Monroe Park campus and going for a stretch in the Downtown direction on W. Broad St. are a handful of small art galleries which participate in a public gallery walk the first Friday of every month from 5 PM – 9 PM. The public is invited to peruse featured art exhibits all of which are creations by Richmond area artists themselves… I think.
On both sides of W. Broad St. crowds of people mull around the sidewalk, going in and out of the galleries and buying food from food carts lining the street. This is mixed with moseying around retail booths that sell a variety of goods all of which are locally made and produced… I think.
There is also a conglomerate of musicians performing here and there, all of which are Richmond folks themselves… I think.
All that, plus packed restaurants and happy people, make up a social event in Richmond called First Friday.
I will see you again on May 2nd, First Friday. Next month I’ll bring cash, come prepared to spend some money, and maybe even plan to have a little dinner before or after soaking in the crowd, art, and music. It will be a great date night!
Did anyone get pranked yesterday on April Fools Day? I didn’t! The weather was a glorious sunny 72ºF during the day and dipped down to pleasant sweater-weather by the evening.
Taking life by the horns (sup VCU), I watched the sunset from the top of the Fan District (remember http://fandistrict.org?) and enjoyed some beautiful homemade sangria while doing so.
Around 8:30 PM hunger kicked in and it was clear where I was to get my RVA dine on – it was Foo Dog on Main Street’s Grand Opening!
Folks, Asian Street Food has arrived in RVA. http://www.foodogva.com
FD is located at 1537 Main St. (near City Dogs, Postbellum, Bellytimber, Trolley Market) https://www.facebook.com/foodogrichmond/page_map
The food is excellent and the menu is exciting! http://www.foodogva.com/FooDogMenuFinal.pdf
We ordered the Miso Grilled Squid (GF) $8 and the Chinese and Japanese style Ramen bowls $9/each with a choice of protein. The Japanese bowl was delicious with chicken and the Chinese bowl tasted almost like lo mein with pork added.
The miso grilled squid is like calamari, the Chinese ramen bowl is dry noodles, and the Japanese ramen bowl is like a soup (similar to the composition of a bowl of Phó)
The total for two people was just over $30, but we could have gone without the appetizer and been filled up by the bowls themselves.
And guess what? I didn’t know this, but Foo Dog is owned by the same people who own Fat Dragon Chinese Kitchen and Bar on the Boulevard http://www.fatdragonrva.com and the exquisite Osaka Sushi and Steak restaurant out on Huguenot Rd. http://www.osakasushiva.com
The ambience was so fun. The place has as unique style (yes, there was an anime movie playing on one of the televisions!) The restaurant was packed with big groups of friends sitting in long booths that could fit about 8-9 people it seemed. The manager, Chris, was friendly and greeted us at the door and all the waitresses had great personalities.
The food came out fast. The place is great. The end.
Let me know what you order when you go there!
Take it easy RVA,
P.S. Keep up on Central Virginia weather because I hear it’s going to snow again http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Richmond+VA+23220:4:US