Fall Flavors RVA: Harvest Latte

Hello Everyone!

I’m starting a new series here on F&F showcasing seasonal gems right here in Richmond, VA. I happy to be starting this series now because fall flavors are to die for.

For my first RVA flavors spotlight, I chose one of my very favorite spots in all of Richmond: Sugar & Twine. This little shop is the perfect spot to relax & refresh with a cup of delicious coffee & a pastry or two. It’s a Sunday morning ritual for me on my way to church. I love to people watch, read Style Weekly, & listen to the juicy gossip just inches away from me in the next table over (you know you do it too…). This place is always buzzing with people, so good luck catching them without a line, but I promise it’s worth the wait! I can hardly walk past this place without picking up one of their cheddar biscuits and a chai latte (my personal favorites)!

When I heard via their Instagram that they had a fall drink out, I quickly asked my friend, Eri, to come with me to test it out. Let me tell you, you’re gonna love it!

Their fall drink this season is their Harvest Latte. The real treat about this drink is their special made in-house syrup that features actual pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, & ginger. Now if that doesn’t scream fall, I don’t know what does! It’s just as delicious as it sounds, & if you haven’t tried it yet, go today!

They also have an assortment of fall inspired pastries that I’m sure are as equally delicious as they are beautiful. I decided to go with the maple pecan scone first, but I can’t wait to go back to try them all!

*For this coffee date, I wore almost exclusively Forever 21, which is not as normal for me as it used to be. This blouse (also mentioned here) is in a size XL, but I loved the blowy sleeves the larger size provided. I paired it with one of my new fall staples, my pink tweed mini skirt. I also wore an old pair of navy ballerinas, my white handbag, & a bold fall lip.*

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Friday Five – NYC Eats

 

Hello Everyone!

Happy Friday!

I am so excited to share with you, 5 of my favorite restaurants & coffee shops from my latest trip to New York City. Some are old favorites, while others are amazing new finds. Either way, I highly recommend these adorable places. Whether you’re looking for a pit stop on 5th Avenue, or a delicious meal and great cocktails after a show at Lincoln Square, this post covers it all! You might want to grab a snack…the scrumptious content below is sure to make your tummy growl. (*Pizza in hand while typing*)

1. IDEA COFFEE

5th Ave. & E. 28th St.

This was my most loved place on this past trip. My hotel was only a few streets away, making it the perfect chilly day destination (read about the trench coat that saved my life here). Not to mention it was right next to the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale that I may or may not have found myself in a few times.

What to get: Power Green Smoothie (I had one almost everyday), NY Pizza Bagel, Blueberry Muffin (not just any blueberry muffin though…it’s topped with cinnamon and pecan crumble on top…yum!), Yellow or Green Light (a tea beverage of sorts served in a lightbulb! So cute! I brought two of them home to repurpose as flower vases.)

 

2. ALICE’S TEA CUP

Chapter I: W. 73rd St. & Columbus Ave.

Chapter II: Lexington Ave. & E. 64th St.

Chapter III: E. 81st St. between 2nd & 3rd Ave.

This is a long time favorite of mine, and if you have not been, well, you’re totally missing out. As a tea and scone lover, this place is heaven. The interior is whimsical and mismatched (hints, Alice In Wonderland) while still feeling homey, providing the perfect atmosphere for catching up with a friend.

What to get: TEA! My favorites are the Phoenix Desert Blend and the Lavender Earl Grey. They have a great deal on a pot of tea and 2 large scones (again, perfect to share with a friend), and their pumpkin scones are to die for.

 

3. THE SMITH

Broadway & W. 63rd St.

My friend, Eri, & I ate at The Smith after seeing ABT perform Don Quixote at the Metropolitan Opera House right across the street (more on that soon). It was a perfect spring night & we were able to get a table outside where we were immediately greeted & served bread & sparkling water. The food was delicious & the service was on point.

What to get: For cocktails I got the Splendor In The Grass (think elderflower, lemon, chamomile, & vodka…totally my kind of drink these days) and Eri got the Cucumber Loco (think cucumber, orange, lime, & tequila) & both were amazing. For food, we couldn’t decide, so we ended up sharing 2 things: Pot of Mussels in which we exchanged fries for their tasty brussels sprouts, and their skillet roasted Mac & Cheese. I mean, you just can’t go wrong with these choices! It was so good and the portions are huge! We left with definite full bellies.

4. SHAKE SHACK

E. 23rd St. & Madison Ave.

This is nothing new, I know, but I haven’t been to the original Shake Shack in Madison Square Park since I first moved to the City back in 2011! Our Airbnb (check it out here. It was an amazing place!) was literally right down the street, so of course we had to stop by in not only for some fries & a shake!

What to get: Anything! haha 🙂 You literally can’t go wrong!

5. AUNT JAKE’S

Mulberry St. between Grand St. & Hester St.

After grabbing a pink drink from Pietro Nolita, we walked around Little Italy for quite some time going from restaurant to restaurant in search of the perfect spot for our last dinner of this trip (that also fit in our limited price range…). Finally we found this hidden gem of a place! It totally looked like a hole in the wall, they even placed fake grass out front; but as soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a nice gentleman making handmade pasta. Once they took us to our table we were immediately transported to another place, a much calmer place with potted plants, hanging plants, and candles covering the walls, and somehow there were windows letting in natural light?!?! On the first floor, in the middle of the block, in the middle of the city, and there was natural light in the back. It was magical. The food was so good and just tasted homemade, like they took care of each plate of food. So good!

What to get: Farfalle with Arrabiata Sauce & Rigatoni with Sunday Sauce

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Have you been to any of these places? Do you plan to?

What is your favorite NYC restaurant or coffee shop?

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