Need a psychic reading? The Festival of Light has got you covered!

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Courtesy: Festival of Light

If you are into holistic health and are one to believe in psychics and mediums (or just think they are fun) then we have a fun and unique event for you the weekend of November 4-5 .

The “Festival of Light” is a two-day event near Lynchburg (only about an hour drive from Roanoke), that is a one-stop shop for massages, acupuncture, and other healing techniques as well as a chance sit down and connect with a psychic or medium.

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Courtesy: Festival of Light

Organizers say they will even have animal psychics to read your pets, living or passed on. I’m not sure how much I believe in that, but it sounds like fun. The only catch is you can’t bring your animal, you can only bring a picture of your furry friend into the building.

Be sure to bring some extra cash, because the event will also feature food and vendors that will be selling jewelry, natural products, gemstones, crystals, and clothes.

According to the Festival of Light website, there will be 40-minute lectures both days “on a variety of enlightening & interesting topics.” You can learn more about the lecture topics here.
The topics range from the paranormal to enlightenment and learning more about angels.

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Forest Recreation Center
1088 Rustic Village Road
Forest Va. 24551

Dates:
Saturday: November 4th 10:00-5:00
Sunday: November 5th 11:00-5:00.

Admission:
$5.00 Ages 12 and under free!

Contact Information:
Visit the website
Or follow them on Facebook.

Or call: 434-941-1280

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Star City Trucks Stop review by a vegetarian

IMG_5890I decided to check out the Star City Trucks Stop to see what Roanoke’s food truck scene is all about. As a vegetarian, I usually don’t have much luck with food trucks as they don’t usually provide vegetarian options, so I didn’t know what to expect.

The Star City Trucks Stop was held in the parking lot of Village Grill in Grandin Village right next to Scratch Biscuit on Sunday, October 22 from noon to 5 p.m.

We had no trouble finding parking nearby and walked right on over. The first thing we noticed was a lot of people walking away from the food trucks with food in their hands, that made me think maybe there weren’t enough options for people to eat at the food truck event.

The event was free and as we walked in we had someone check our id’s and give us wristbands that indicated we were over 21.

IMG_5887My first impression as we walked in was there were so many choices! I liked the variety of trucks. There were a few burger trucks, a few barbecue trucks, a gourmet grilled cheese truck, a Mexican food truck, a cupcake food truck, a Korean food truck, and Tai food truck. I looked at each of the menus and was pleasantly surprised to find that several of the food trucks offered vegetarian and vegan options.

I was torn between a gourmet grilled cheese at the Dojo Grill food truck or a vegan mushroom wrap from Rick’s Wrap it UP food truck. Ultimately, I went with the Mushroom South of the Border wrap from Rick’s Wrap it UP. I paid for it and went to buy a drink,  by the time I came back, less than 5 minutes later – my wrap was ready. I was surprised I didn’t have to wait around very long. There was a stand-up table near me that two people invited us to because they were leaving. They commented that there weren’t many places to set down food in the food truck area so they wanted us to have their spots. I was incredibly grateful at how kind they were to make sure we had a place to eat. We paid forward the favor when we were done eating.

My wrap was good and the person I was with enjoyed their barbecue.

Overall it was a good experience and I’m glad to know the food trucks in the area are aware that vegetarians exist 🙂

Check out our slide show of the event here:

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New brewery hopes to move into Old Southwest Roanoke neighborhood

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The West End Flats could be the new home of a new brewery.

If everything goes according to plan, the Old Southwest Neighborhood will be the home to Roanoke’s newest brewery.

The micro-brewery called “A Few Old Goats Brewing, LLC” have submitted their application to the City of Roanoke Planning Building and Development.

The application requests a “special exception” to locate the micro-brewery in the now vacant commercial space at the West End Flats.

A Few Old Goats Brewing says in the application they have already reached out to the people who live in the West End Flats and passed out fliers to share their plans.

“The brewery plans to host a variety of events such as painting, wood carving, yoga, pub runs, and other activities to organizations who will serve the residents of Old Southwest.” – AFOGB Zoning Application

As far as the space goes, the application states that the owners hope to fit 113 people in the brewery (66 inside and 47 outside in the green space).

They say not a lot needs to be done to accommodate the brewery, but they will have to make small improvements like making the bathrooms bigger, installing a brewing system, and bar area, etc.

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Plans for what the brewery will look like. Courtesy: City application.

The brewery plans to be open in the late afternoon and close by 9 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on the weekends.

Right now they don’t have much of a social media/web presence. The only thing I could dig up online is they are listed as a home brewer on a beer review site and they made small batches of beer for a grand opening for Southern Hills Home Brew back in 2015, according to this Reddit post.

UPDATE (as of 10/20): AFOGB have officially launched their social media presence.

Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

A Few Old Goates Brewing’s application will be either approved or denied by the Board of Zoning Appeals after a public hearing on November 8.

WDBJ7 posted a video of what AFOGB looks like right now, check it out:

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Champloo Desserts offers rolled ice cream in Salem, Va

IMG_8060I have been hearing about the craze of rolled ice cream for a while now. I thought, what’s the big deal? Does it taste any different rolled? I didn’t get it. But when I heard that a spot in Salem’s downtown area specialized in it, I figured, don’t knock it ’till you try it.

I went on a chilly afternoon and thought, do I really want ice cream on such a cold day? I figured if anything I’ll get hot chocolate and call it a day. Champloo Desserts is tucked on one of the side streets of downtown Salem. You can’t miss it because their logo is a really cute panda.

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I loved the ghosts hanging on the cafe lights.

As soon as I walked in I noticed how cute it was decorated, very trendy. Also, their Halloween decorations are on point. Cafe lights are strung across the room and in between each light are little homemade ghost decorations. I was greeted with a smile by the employee behind the counter and he offered me a menu to look at. I was impressed by all of the choices of ice cream flavors. Instantly, I forgot how cold it felt outside and wanted to try some rolled ice cream! I chose the mint ice cream and was excited to watch the process.

The person making our ice cream poured some liquid into a metal cup, then placed a single peppermint patty on what looked like a super cold pizza pan, then poured the liquid on top of it. The peppermint patty was then chopped up into a million tiny pieces, while the liquid was pushed around and finely chopped. The liquid with the smashed peppermint patty pieces was then smoothed into a thin layer across the surface. The employee smoothed that thin layer over several times then looked like he was pressing a pedal with his foot and then started rolling the ice cream with a metal utensil. Once it was all rolled up, he put it in a cup and added whipped cream, hot fudge, and pecans. The process was really fascinating to watch.

IMG_8058The taste of the ice cream was pretty good too. I liked that the ice cream tasted minty without me having to chew and crunch on toppings within the ice cream. So if you are a consistency person, this may be your ideal ice cream. It was not as gooey as normal ice cream but still tasted like what ice cream should taste like, even though it was rolled up.

Overall it was a pretty cool experience. The price of the ice cream wasn’t bad either, I was able to buy the ice cream plus a hot chocolate for $8.85. The hot chocolate was delicious and came with a toasted marshmallow on a stick in it.

Overall it was such a fun experience and  I will add it to the list of where I bring out of town friends and family.

Also, whoever is running their social media is doing a fantastic job. Their Facebook page is fun, lively, and colorful. The marketing of the dessert shop is great because how they portray themselves on social media is exactly how the shop translates in IRL (in real life).

If you want to check it out, here are the deets:

Champloo Desserts

Where: 9 S College Ave Salem, Virginia 24153

When: 7 days a week, 12:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Business Description: Champloo Desserts specializes in handcrafted rolled ice cream, boba (bubble teas), fusion teas, coffee and other desserts.  We have Sugar Free, Lactose free and Vegan options.  We’re located in the heart of downtown Salem, VA – right behind Roanoke County DSS.  Come and Just Desserts!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChamplooDesserts/

Virginia’s oldest covered bridge: Majestic on the outside, horrifying on the inside

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Humpback Bridge near Covington, Va

My first glimpse of the oldest covered bridge in Virginia did not disappoint. Framed by fall foliage, the bridge looks like something you’d see on a postcard. If you want that to be your lasting impression of this historic site, then I suggest you view it from a distance, because if you get too close you’ll be stunned at what you see on the inside of the covered bridge.

It’s always been a bucket list item of mine to see a covered bridge in person. It may sound strange and I can’t explain why, but it’s always been something I wanted to do.

IMG_5505.JPGI had heard there is a covered bridge in Allegheny County (just west of Covington, Virginia) about an hour and 15 minutes north of Roanoke. After a quick google search, I learned the bridge is called Humpback Bridge. It is Virginia’s oldest covered bridge, built in 1857.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), it is the fourth bridge in the same spot. The three prior bridges, built in 1820 – then 1837 – and 1842, either washed away by a flood or just collapsed.

They must have done something right when building the bridge that still stands to this day more than 160 years after it was built.

“The 100-foot-long, single-span structure is four feet higher at its center than it is at either end, thus the name, “Humpback”. Traffic across the bridge ceased in 1929 when it was replaced with a “modern” steel truss bridge.” -VDOT

In the 1950’s, the bridge got some love and was fixed up and reopened as a place for tourists and locals to visit. Only 4 years ago, in 2013, VDOT put some money into the bridge to restore it using funds from the National Historic Covered Bridge Program.

IMG_5590.JPGOne of the highlights of the bridge is the giant letters spelling out “LOVE”. Sure you see the LOVEwork structures across Virginia as a social media campaign by the Virginia Tourism Cooperation (VTC) to “share the message that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation”, but this one is something special and incredibly unique.

According to the VTC, each of the materials chosen for the sign has special significance to the area.

“The “L” was created with historic bricks from the area. The “O” is a gear from one of the old paper machines at MWV, representing the history of manufacturing in the area. The “V” is the natural feature created by a tree in the creek bank. The “E” was created with railroad ties representing the history of the railroad in our community.” -VTC

Naturally, after taking a lot of pictures of the LOVE sign and bridge from afar, I wanted to go take a walk through the bridge. Before my eyes even had a chance to adjust from the light of the Autumn day to the darkness cast by the covered bridge, my impression of the beautiful historic bridge completely changed. It’s like walking out of a dream come true into a nightmare.

Why? Nearly every inch of the inside of the bridge is covered in graffiti and all kinds of it too. There are names etched into the wood, neon spray paint on the walls, sharpie and pen marks everywhere you look. The handwriting scrawled on the bridge isn’t just names, there are also very vulgar and crass words from ceiling to floor. Even the wooden fence leading to the bridge on the other side was not safe from the vandalism. The inside of the bridge is so marked up, I didn’t feel safe anymore visiting this landmark. Instead of feeling like I was looking at a treasured piece of history, I more-so felt like I was standing in a long forgotten abandoned building.

IMG_5571The bridge is listed on Virginia’s Tourism site as family friendly but it sure as heck didn’t feel like a place I would recommend to families, the way it looks it seems more like a place where drug deals happen.

The bridge is also described as “lovingly preserved” but there is nothing “lovingly preserved” about the inside of that bridge.

It really is a shame that officials have allowed this to happen. Apparently, this issue is not a new one, in 2014, the Roanoke Times wrote an article about the vandalism. In the article, local officials were tossing around ideas to deter the vandals. One idea was to set up a webcam that streams live just like at Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Star. But three years later, it is apparent nothing has been done.

I can’t believe there isn’t more outrage about the condition of the inside of the bridge. The lack of action to protect the bridge makes me believe that preserving the historic structure is not a priority for local and state leaders, which is incredibly disappointing.

All in all, if you want to visit this bridge view it from the parking lot, take pictures with the LOVE sign, and don’t go anywhere near the nasty porta-potty (like the bridge, it’s also severely neglected and not maintained).

Check out a slideshow from my visit:

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13 movies to watch on Friday the 13th

I love Halloween! Seriously, every single aspect of the season. I like the cooler weather, the colors, the pumpkins, the decorations, and especially being scared!

In my humble opinion, there isn’t anything better than turning off the lights, lighting some candles, and watching scary movies or ghost shows in the dark.

So if I had the whole day off, here’s a list of movies I’d watch to celebrate this October Friday the 13th!

1. Halloween (1978)

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I love all of these movies, but I feel like the original can’t be beat. This slasher movie features a big, bad man named Michael Myers. At the age of six, he murders his older sister in, of all things, a clown costume. From there, it all goes downhill for the town of Haddonfield, Illinois as they try to stop his reign of terror.

2. Insidious (2010)

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Y’all, this movie. Every single time I watch it, I’m afraid to go to sleep for at least 3 nights. This movie travels down the rabbit hole a bit. It basically revolves around out of body experiences while you sleep. A young boy falls into a coma out of nowhere, and won’t wake up. Then it’s daddy to the rescue in this world somewhere between dead and alive. He has to be careful, though, because if the dead people find out he’s alive, they’ll take his body from him!

3. The Shining (1980)

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A freaking classic. I’ve seen this movie a bajillion times, and I still love watching. It’s a Stephen King book made into a movie about an author. Jack Torrance takes his family to an empty hotel for some peace and quiet so he can write his next hit book. It’s not long before some really crazy things start happening. You know, like some scary twin girls on tricycles and imaginary friends that scream “Red Rum!” What could possibly go wrong?

4. A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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This pairs the best of both worlds for me! It’s Halloween and Christmas in one movie. Jack the Pumpkin King is the world’s best scarer, but after years of doing the same thing, he finds himself asking if there’s more. He walks through an enchanted forest and comes across a tree with a door shaped like a Christmas tree. Once he discovers the joy of Christmas, he also wants to celebrate, but what happens when Santa Claus is kidnapped by the Boogie Man!?

5. Scream (1996)

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Another great classic movie. This is probably one of my biggest nightmares made into a reality. Imagine you’re at home by yourself, you’re getting ready to watch a scary movie when the phone rings. On the other end is someone you’ve never spoken with before in your life, and they seem to know a lot about you. Like exactly where you’re standing, and what you’re doing! Then they force you into a little stupid game of trivia, but if you get the answer wrong you die. Ummm…yeahhh…nahh. Don’t want to play, but I’ll watch the movie.

6. IT (2017 & 1990)

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I’ve got to be honest, anything involving a clown is a huge NOPE for me. But I have seen both of these movies, and it does get me into the Halloween spirit. What more do I need to say? This demonic clown is as evil as they come. Listen up, kids! Whenever someone says “we all float down here,” it means to run your a** away!

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Freddy Krueger is my all time favorite slasher. This guy literally haunts your dreams and is absolutely planning to kill you. But he will almost always deliver an amazingly funny punchline before or while he’s doing it. The trick here is to not be afraid of Freddy. If you’re afraid, well, you’ll be meeting his hand of knives.

8. The Amityville Horror (2005)

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It doesn’t get much more haunted than this. If you’re more about ghost stories than slashers, this is your movie. The house itself wants to like eat your soul or something. A family scores a great deal on this beautiful New York home, but the man of the house quickly turns violent, and threatens to “catch ’em, and kill ’em.” His family, I mean.

9. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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I may never go into the woods again. A group of film students goes out into the woods of Maryland to shoot a documentary about a local legend, The Blair Witch. They get lost, and then some really scary shiz goes down! Seriously, I’m never going in the woods again.

10. The Exorcist (1973)

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I swear to all that is holy, this movie ruined a part of my teenage years after watching it. I did not sleep for 5 nights. Every time I felt myself falling asleep, I thought my bed was shaking or I swear I saw a face in the dark. If you want to be scared, look no further than The Exorcist.

11. The Strangers (2008)

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Another movie that ruined me for another 5 nights! So this movie starts off in conflict. A couple goes to a wedding, and the guy plans to propose to his longtime girlfriend. It backfires, and now they’re in a house in the woods alone. And when I say woods I mean like they’re in the sticks! So why in the hell would you answer the door when some crazy woman shows up in a porcelain mask? NOPE! By the way, I first watched this movie while staying at a friend’s house in the freaking woods!

12. Paranormal Activity (2007)

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I’m sure we’ve all seen a preview for one of these movies. It’s pretty self-explanatory from the title of the movie. A family moves into a new house, hoping to turn a leaf and start a new life. There’s only one problem: the woman of the house is possessed, and stands over her husband at night before going absolutely bat sh*t crazy!

13. Friday the 13th (1980)

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It may be cliche, but it is a classic, and the movie is named after the day. Jason is the slasher in this movie. He’s one baaaaaad dude. He walks around with his machete, in a not so fast fashion. Trust me, he’ll catch you eventually. If you ever come across a Camp Crystal Lake, just walk the other way.

Yeah, I’m crawling under my blanket now…

What to do this weekend: October 13-15

IMG_5172Sometimes I get overwhelmed by how many fun events there is each weekend here in the Roanoke Valley, it’s hard to choose when there is so much going on! But I guess having too many options is better than living in a place where there aren’t any at all.

So here is a smorgasbord of things to do, the world is your oyster!

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Tribute Band: The Wildflowers 

  • Friday, October 13 – Dr. Pepper Park (9 Old Whitmore Ave, Roanoke)
  • 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Admission is $15 IN ADVANCE and $18 after 12 noon on 10/13. Purchase them here. Kids 12 and under are FREE and do not require a ticket.
  • Event Description: Tom Petty tribute band will perform. Shuttle service begins from the Carilion Riverwalk Parking Garage at 5:00pm. Gates Open at 5:30pm. Groova Scape plays from 5:45pm-7pm. The Wildflowers play around 7-7:15pm.

Parkway After Dark – Parkway Brewing’s first late night “after dark event”

  • Friday, October 13
  • Admission is $5. Tickets available here. 
  • Event Description from the brewery: We’ll have live music from Human Infection. Specials available with a Lyft or Uber receipt. Have a dd? They get a free natural soda or kombucha and you get a discount.

Big Lick Brewing Co. Beer Garden Grand Opening – New beer garden in downtown Roanoke to check out!

  • Saturday, October 14
  • 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Admission is $15 at the door for beer drinkers. This includes your first two beers (two beer tickets), plus a special, limited edition Grand Opening commemorative pint glass, while supplies last! Admission for non-drinkers, DD’s and persons under the age of 21 is free.
  • Event Description from the brewery: “Come out to help us celebrate this huge milestone and sample the first beers ever brewed on our 15 bbl system! We will have three delicious food trucks and three fantastic local live bands on hand for the occasion as well! We look forward to seeing you all there! Cheers!!”

Roanoke Go Fest 2017 – Annual festival of everything outdoors (There is goat yoga at this festival, I repeat GOAT YOGA!)

  • October 13-15
  • Admission is FREE!
  • Event Description: The festival features live concerts, over 100 activities and workshops, professional athlete demos, games and giveaways, food trucks, bike and running races, beer tents, onsite camping, and exciting live entertainment! There is also the opportunity for you to demo (try out) equipment: stand up paddleboards, bikes, climbing gear, fly fishing, shoes, and more.

Craftsmen’s Fall Classic Art & Craft Festival – Hundreds of Artists & Craftsmen, thousands of unique choices!

  • October 13-15
  • Admission is FREE! But bring food to donate to the food bank.
  • Event Description: Find pottery, jewelry, fine art, home decor, clothing, furniture, glass, specialty foods and so much more! Interact with talented exhibitors and bring home items that cannot be found anywhere else. Start your holiday shopping and find something for everyone on your list – including yourself!

Ghostwalk: Sherwood Memorial Park – Performance by actors portraying ghosts of Salem’s past

  • October 13-14
  • Show starts at 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 adults, $5 students. 3 and under are free.
  • Event Description: The Sherwood Amphitheater has concrete risers. Guests are invited to bring folding chairs, cushions, and/or blankets. There is limited handicapped parking at the Amphitheater. Other parking is in the cemetery. A flashlight may be handy when returning to your car.
  • Read our blog post about this event here.

 

Get a new fur child at the Vinton Fall Festival

vinton fall festivalOctober is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

Shelter dogs are the best types of dogs to adopt, because they NEED homes! If you are in need of a new fur child, then the Vinton Fall Festival is your place to be this weekend.

The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP) will be set up in the parking lot of the Vinton Library (300 S. Pollard Street) on Saturday.

The RCACP says they will be debuting their new adoption trailer purchased with a PetSmart Charities grant to transport and display their adoptable animals.

“This trailer will allow RCACP to attend more events with our animals as we work with the community to find loving, forever homes for them,” organizers explained in a press release.

Of course, the fall festival won’t be only exclusively about adopting animals, there will also be music, food, and fun!

Here is the music lineup:

2017 Fall Festival Entertainment
Vinton Farmers’ Market Stage
10:00 – 11:00 am, The Peery Crawford Band (Rock, Blues)
11:00 – 12:00 pm, Floyd Ward Dance Ensemble
12:15-12:45 pm, Doggie Costume Contest by Parkway Veterinary Hospital
1:00 – 1:30 pm, Jon Weems – One Note at a Time
1:30 – 2:00 pm, Thrasher Sanctuary Choir
2:30 – 4:00 pm, Exalted(Contemporary Christian Band)

Vinton Municipal Building Stage
10:45 – 11:30 am, Virginia Bluebelles Baton
11:30 – 12:00 pm, Shaolin Martial Arts Academy
12:00 – 12:30, Fame Cheerleading
12:30 – 1:30 Derailed Band, oldies and Rock and Roll
1:30-2:00 pm, Will I Am & Will I Is, Originals and Covers
2:00 – 3:00 pm, Vocal Students of Susan Lewis
3:00-4:00 pm, Joe Overfelt, Gospel Soloist

Click here to see more of what the Vinton Fall Festival is all about!

A craft show for a good cause in Roanoke

 

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Courtesy of Gilmore Shows

I am a huge sucker for all things crafty. I love craft shows where I can find the cutest home decor that nobody else will have. I think I like crafts so much because I’m not crafty at all, so I’d rather pay for the crafts rather than get really frustrated making them.

If you related with anything I just wrote, then I’m sure you’ll be interested in the upcoming three-day event (October. 13, 14, & 15) called The Craftsmen’s Fall Classic Art & Craft Festival. It’s the 30th year the festival has come to Roanoke and is partnering with our local food bank, Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

Admission is free – something I can appreciate because there is nothing I hate more than having to pay an admission fee to get into an event to shop. Instead of an admission fee, organizers ask you to bring food donations for the food bank.

Get this, organizers say, this event gives the Feeding America SWVA the second largest donation of the year. Last year, the event was able to collect 25,000 pounds of food to donate.

So who will be there? There will be hundreds of artists and craftsmen from more than 20 states.

What exactly will you be able to find there? Here is a description:

“Contemporary, traditional, functional, whimsical and decorative treatments of pottery, fine art, glass, jewelry, baskets, weaving, clothing, furniture, sculpture, photography, wood & much more, including specialty foods.  THOUSANDS of unique choices for every style, taste and budget!  Find amazing gifts for all ages, collections, home accessories, and personal treasures.” -Gilmore Shows

Want to go? Here are the deets:

Location:

Berglund Center, 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24016

When:

October 13, 14 & 15

Fri. 10-8, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5

Admission:

FREE with food donation to Feeding America Southwest Virginia

 

Review: BOBBY’S Hot and Cheesy hits the spot

IMG_5280 If you’ve been to the Towers Shopping Center in Roanoke lately, you may have noticed a new addition: BOBBY’S Hot & Cheesy. At first glance, I thought it was a macaroni and cheese restaurant, but quickly realized the “hot” and “cheesy” is referring to pizza! That’s okay, pizza is just as good as mac and cheese.

According to BOBBY’S Hot & Cheesy’s Facebook page, the restaurant is owned by the same people who own the cupcake shop Bubblecake next door.  Though there are a few walls decorated, my first impression walking in was that the decor may not be completely finished. But I could be wrong, maybe they could be going for a very minimalist look.

The menu has several options, but not too many to be overwhelming. They serve several different pizzas, pizza salad, kid options, and beer/wine on tap and frozen sangrias.

We ended up choosing the “hot fun guy” which is a flatbread pizza with garlic mushrooms, fresh thyme, jalapenos & cheese. We also went with a simple pepperoni pizza, a coke, and a water. The total for everything was $24.  Not bad.

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Hot fun guy pizza and pepperoni pizza.

After we ordered, we sat and waited for maybe 10 minutes. They brought our pizzas out to us and I immediately commented that we could probably have shared one of the pizzas, but my dining partner (MDP) laughed and said he wanted a whole pizza to himself. But really, the pizzas are pretty big (12 inches). Unless you are really hungry, you probably can split the pizza with a friend.

IMG_5296.JPGMDP likes really simple and classic flatbread pizzas and this one was right up his alley. He ate the entire thing. When I asked him about how it tasted he said the pizza definitely lived up to its name, it came out hot and cheesy. The sauce is not very acidic like other sauces can be. The pepperonis were delish with crispy edges. The crust had a nice crunch but a very fluffy soft interior.

I like my pizza to have more variety and be spicy. I felt I made the right choice by going with the hot fun guy pizza. The only thing I thought was missing was hot sauce, but BOBBY’s had the next best thing, a giant jar of red pepper flakes that you could scoop out yourself and put into a plastic container. Once I dumped that on my pizza, I thought it was almost perfect. But then I felt like I was missing a dipping sauce. I asked one of the employees about dipping sauce and he offered me ranch, marina, or white sauce. I chose ranch and I was satisfied. The pizza was excellent and I even saved some for lunch tomorrow.

IMG_5317I can’t say enough about the employees at BOBBY’s. They are top notch. They consistently checked on us and made sure we had everything we needed and refilled our drinks for us. Their amazing attitudes and helpfulness really matched the overall vibe of BOBBY’s.

Speaking of vibes, what does the pizza shop think of themselves?

The following is how the pizza shop describes themselves on their website:

“BOBBY’S is a SOLID salad, pizza and wine eatery. Fresh, real, approachable, often healthy, and at the same time insanely gluttonous food. The stuff you truly want to eat, because you happen to be hungry.”

We totally felt the vibe of BOBBY’s was approachable, simple, but fun.

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Bubblecakes

They also knew what they were doing when they opened up the wall between BOBBY’S and Bubblecakes. It made the temptation to end our meal with something sweet hard to resist.

The presentation of the desserts at Bubblecakes is so beautiful, it’s almost impossible not to pick something out. I chose the lavender blackberry lemon cupcake and my dining partner chose a baby size chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake.

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Lavender blackberry lemon cupcake

I’m a sucker for anything lavender scented, so the lavender blackberry lemon cupcake smelled so heavenly to me. I offered it to MDP and he jokingly said, “lavender is a scent, not a flavor”, but I think the cupcake was scented beautifully and flavored really well. The lemon cake of the cupcake was just the right amount of fluffy and moist.

IMG_5307We overall really enjoyed our experience at BOBBY’s and Bubblecakes. But I will warn you, we had to walk it off for an hour afterward because we may have indulged too much.

So my advice when visiting BOBBY’s is to go there hungry and expect a relaxed fun atmosphere with excellent service.

If you are interested in going, here are the deets:

Location: 2071 Colonial Ave SW (Towers Shopping Center)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Phone: 540.795.4217
Email: info@bubblecake.com
Website: http://www.bobbyshotandcheesy.com

We will be back to try the other menu items! Check out our slideshow of our experience below!

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