• De Hems Dutch Pub

    written by plaidleaf on 2011-04-22 #places
    De Hems Dutch Pub

    The first time I went to this pub was during the World Congress in 2007. A group of us were wandering around the Chinatown/SoHo area after the day's festivities and stumbled upon it after being disappointed that so many places closed early. De Hems is open until midnight all days of the week save for Sunday. What a happy surprise as this is a wonderful pub.

  • Portobello Post

    written by plaidleaf on 2011-04-21 #places
    Portobello Post

    The Portobello Post is a video and film post production house on Portobello Road in London. This little production house specializes in all areas of post production.

  • Get Your Meat in the Morning at Smithfield Market

    written by plaidleaf on 2011-04-20 #places
    Get Your Meat in the Morning at Smithfield Market

    Are you an early riser? If you are, then this might be the place for you. Get up before the sun shines and get yourself over to Smithfield Market to get some of the best cuts of meat from the city's largest wholesale meat market.

  • Richmond CenterStage

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-10-17 #places
    Richmond CenterStage

    Richmond CenterStage has been the talk of the town for quite some time. What used to be the Carpenter Center for the Performing arts and the old Thalimer’s Department Store have been renovated and joined to create Central Virginia’s newest performing arts building, holding now four different venues of varying sizes.

  • First Fridays in Richmond VA

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-26 #places
    First Fridays in Richmond VA

    If it’s the First Friday of the month, you know what to do. Get yourself over to Broad St., just past Belvedere. If you drive over, chances are you’ll have a hard time finding parking, but it’s definitely worth the parking space hunt if that’s your only mode of transportation. A bicycle or your own two feet are probably the quickest way to get there.

  • 17th Street Farmers' Market

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-26 #places
    17th Street Farmers' Market

    How many cities do you know of that have a Farmers’ Market in the middle of downtown? I don’t know of any, but I’m sure there are a few. In the heart of Shockoe Bottom, just off of Main St. sandwiched between 17th and 18th St. is the 17th Street Farmers’ Market. This space has been a public meeting place since 1737 and is one of America’s oldest public markets.

  • Carytown

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-25 #places

    It’s only a few blocks long, but you’d be surprised at how much is actually here. It starts on the 3500 block of Cary and ends just before Boulevard (the 2800 block) and has nearly 300 stores lining both sides of the street.

  • Belle Island

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-25 #places
    Belle Island

    Belle Island is one of the local hot spots in Richmond. In the summertime, the rocks on the North side of the island are strewn with people sunbathing, hanging out, playing guitar, drinking some beer (even if it is frowned upon by the police), and rafting in the water.

  • Hollywood Cemetery

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-24 #places
    Hollywood Cemetery

    Another of Richmond’s gems, Hollywood Cemetery almost hides itself from the untrained eye. The entrance is located in Oregon Hill, off of Cherry St., almost around the corner from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The city has put up signs pointing in the direction of the cemetery, so if you’re on West Cary St. just follow the blue signs and it’ll lead you there. Once through the main gates it’s easy to lose your bearings – there are so many winding roads with names like “Cedar Lane,” and “Freeman Drive,” that they all start to look the same.

  • Penny Lane Pub

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-24 #places
    Penny Lane Pub

    There’s a little bit of Liverpool in downtown Richmond at Penny Lane Pub! Complete with courtyard area that’s mostly covered from the elements, great beer on tap, a selection of great food, pool tables, dart boards, and pub quizzes every Monday and Wednesday, you won’t want to go anywhere else for a drink! However… if you’re looking for a fru-fru drink with an umbrella, know that you’ve come to the wrong place. There is no blender in this pub!

  • The Byrd Theatre

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-23 #places
    The Byrd Theatre

    Do you like going to the movies? Do you like going to the theatre? How much would you pay to see a movie, in a fancy, historical movie theatre? If your answer was more than $1.99, then you overshot the price by a long shot! The Byrd Theatre in Carytown has movies nearly every night of the week for the mere fee of $2.00 – You can’t beat that!!

  • Mom's Siam

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-23 #places
    Mom's Siam

    If you like Thai food, and you happen to be in Richmond VA, you have to go to Mom’s Siam. Their food is unstoppable, it’s seriously some of the best Thai food I’ve ever had.

  • Alley Katz

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-23 #places
    Alley Katz

    Alley Katz is one of those venues that you can’t help but love. This two-floor wonder holds roughly 500 people and is one of the many venues in Richmond that supports local and national touring acts – no matter what genre.

  • The Jefferson Hotel

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-21 #places
    The Jefferson Hotel

    This 5 Star hotel is one of the most grand hotels in Richmond, and according to their website ( one of the finest in the country. The same architecture firm that designed the New York Public Library designed the building, and the list of patrons who have stayed in the hotel are just as famous. “Presidents, writers, and celebrities (including The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton, Henry James, and Elvis Presley) have all stayed in the Jefferson.” (

  • Main Street Station

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-21 #places
    Main Street Station

    Richmond is full of different architectural styles. Quite often you’ll find a historical building directly next to a brand new building, or in the case of Main Street Station you’ll notice that the highway has actually been built around the building! According to, the building was originally built in 1901, and was for the next 74 years a “bustling transportation hub.” However, due to a decrease in passenger rail service, it was closed in 1975. The building remained closed for the next 28 years, and was re-opened in 2003 after years of renovation, and now has limited train service to downtown Richmond.

  • Maymont Park

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-09-20 #places
    Maymont Park

    Wandering about and taking in the scenery is one of my favorite pastimes; I’m betting it’s one of yours too. You can take in scenery just about anywhere, but Maymont is pretty special. It’s 100 acres of pure green beauty interspersed with various gardens and animal sanctuaries. In my eyes, it’s like a miniature version of New York’s Central Park (minus the ice skating rink) in the middle of Richmond.

  • The Rock Boat

    written by plaidleaf on 2009-08-30 #places
    The Rock Boat

    Every year in the heart of winter many a cruise ship depart from the ports of Florida and sail to some fine, tropical land. This cruise however, is a bit different.

  • Fuji T64 Tungsten (35mm, 64 iso) user-review

    written by plaidleaf on 2008-07-14 #gear
    Fuji T64 Tungsten (35mm, 64 iso) user-review

    Last October I bought two rolls of Fuji T64 at my favourite camera shop in town, Richmond Camera. They had just these two rolls, expired (score!) so they were half price! I decided that I'd save them for a special occasion, and I'm very glad I did. I had the great opportunity to go back to London and re-trace a few of my steps from the world congress, and make a side trip and go back to Manchester as well. Needless to say I had a blast and could write for hours about how great it was to get back over to the UK... but I’ ll save you from that.