And by that, I mean "really good breakfast."
No, the truth is that Richmond, VA is rife with rich history, culture, and hospitality. But they also have amazing breakfast. At least we found some at Cafe Gutenberg right on Main St., next to the outdoor farmers' and artists' market. A book, coffee, and wine lounge (their photography book collection is to-die-for), Cafe Gutenberg had all the charm of a European hot spot with none of the pretension. Young, happy hipster families were seated next to cheery, yuppie, gay couples next to older, white-haired lunching ladies and the vibe was vibrant and alive.
And the food...Candied Ginger French Toast with marscarpone cheese, blackberry compote, and applewood-smoked bacon.
Asparagus and scrambled egg panini with Vermont cheddar and yukon hash.
Sweet ricotta and blueberry crepes with candied orange and blackberry compote.
Served with Illy coffee, and you've got all you need to say you had a really good weekend trip from NYC. (Minus the hours and hours of stop and go traffic around Washington, D.C. 'Better make it a long weekend. And take Route 301 - beautiful farmland scenery!)
But, wait! There's more...Richmond has a sweet farmers' market (Saturday and Sunday). And if you know anything about me, you know I am in love with farmers' markets. This one was wonderfully rugged and complex. Dozens of artists shared space with candle makers, antique dealers, spiritual healers, and growers (I learned that Thursdays are only for produce). Gorgeous green watermelons, baskets of snappy green beans, crates of roly-poly tomatoes...