The Adventures of Brizette and Loverto, Part II

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
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Friday, June 1, 2012

After sleeping in until at least noon, we get up and head to brunch, or I guess lunch, with Norby at Joe's Inn. They have an amazing selection of beer and huge portions of food, which we think we’ll need for tonight’s baseball game. As soon as Lovette’s out of work, we grab our raincoats and walk to the stadium. The Richmond Flying Squirrels are the AA Minor League team for the San Francisco Giants and their motto is "Gooooo Nutz!!!!"…so we do…for two innings, at least, until a thunderstorm rolls in and forces a suspension. No problem: the second item on our itinerary is indoors. We post up early at The Camel to avoid the cover charge to see some local bands including Richmond favorite Black Girls. The music is good and upbeat, but we duck out early for more porch time.

Early Saturday morning, we brunch at Secco wine bar and revisit Carytown on our own. Lizette supports the Clementine Warehouse (soon-to-be called Ashby) with the purchase of a couple of dresses and we grab a paint-your-own ceramic pot for Loverto’s immaculate garden.

We have yet to comment on the condition of their yard, but from the communal front porch you step down to a manicured garden with vegetable varieties and colorful blooms. Tomatos, jalepenos, herbs and other prized plants in this rectangular oasis are a nice break in the rhythm of the urban sidewalks. This is Norby’s domain and the green hue on each of his thumbs is proof enough for us.

For dinner, we head to Burger Bach (pronounced “Batch”) for excellent burgers made from pampered cows in New Zealand. The appetizer was a pot of the largest mussels we’ve ever seen. After eating, we jump over to the Byrd Theater for the Saturday night showing of 21 Jump Street for $1.99 each. Yes, $1.99 each! The pre-show entertainment includes 'The Mighty Wurlitzer’ – a guy playing a Wurlitzer organ. He rises from the center of the stage to play one or two songs to the delight of the packed theater and then is slowly lowered back down. And to our surprise, 21 Jump Street was pretty hilarious.

On the last day of our visit with Lovette and Norby, we soak up some art and get lost at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for the afternoon.

For our final dinner with them, Norby and Lovette have saved the best for last. Norby breaks out his new grill and we cook up some veggies and seafood that is absolutely delish. We enjoy it on the front porch, pretty much eating with our fingers, and washing it down with some beer and wine. Then we get back to painting the ceramic pot, dividing it into four sides so we each get to design a part.

The next morning, after a huge breakfast (which Lizette couldn’t fully appreciate due to too many beers the night before) at McLeans Restaurant, we say goodbye to the happy couple … for now.

Our next stops: Alexandria, VA and West Hartford, Connecticut and then finally New York!
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