Food Truck Derby- THIS SUNDAY!

Hey, friends!

If you’re in the Richmond area this Sunday, be sure to check out RVA’s first ever Food Truck Derby!

There will be tons of food trucks, as well as some local breweries and bands! How can you go wrong? This is located downtown, where the 17th St. Farmers Market takes place. It should be a great time!

Participating Food Trucks & Carts:

  • Sustenance Truck
  • Dressed and Pressed
  • Mister Softee RVA
  • Station 2
  • Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream
  • Boka Truck
  • Rooster Cart
  • RVA Vegan Bike Powered Cart
  • Kenn-Tico
  • Papa Ningo
  • Sausagecraft
  • Mobile Munchies
  • Pizza Tonight
  • Olio Food Cart
  • Chef Kelly’s Taqueria
  • Hawk’s BBQ
  • Chupacabra
  • Habeneros Tacos
  • Dollop Desserts

Participating Breweries:

  • Starr Hill Brewery- Crozet, VA
  • Devils Backbone- Roseland, VA
  • Hardywood Park- Richmond, VA
  • Legend Brewery- Richmond, VA
  • Midnight – Goochland, VA
  • Lost Rhino- Ashburn, VA
  • O’Connor- Norfolk, VA
  • Roanoke Railhouse- Roanoke, VA
  • Madd Fox- Falls Annette Church, VA
  • Wolf Hills Brewing- Abingdon, VA
  • Bull and Bones- Blacksburg, VA
  • Big Daddy- Roanoke, VA

Live Music:

  • Chicken & Corn
  • Beast Wellington
  • DJ Reinhold
  • Hear No Evil

(Thank you, for the full list!)

Be sure to follow @VAis4Bloggers on twitter, and use the #VAis4Bloggers hashtag, to meet up with other bloggers and readers at the event!

See you Sunday!

Thursday Feature- The Voice of Charlottesville

Mike Bisceglia is known for his voice.

Better known as Mikey B on 106.1 The Corner, he is “the voice of Virginia baseball,” bringing sports news to the eager ears of Charlottesville residents (whether they are hanging out on the Corner or not).

It should come as no surprise, then, that when Mike found a creative medium outside of his professional career, he didn’t turn to photography, writing, or video production, but to podcasting, without question the future of radio.

Freeing himself of the constraints of public radio’s rules and regulations, Mike turned to podcasting as a means of personal expression. His new site,, brings together Central Virginia podcasts (and podcasters) in a collection of audio segments on topics ranging from beer and food, to sports and entertainment. Mike’s own show, with Brad Savage of 106.1 The Corner, is “just two guys talking about life.”

Anyone can submit a podcast, whether it has been recorded on an IPhone or cut in a professional studio, and have it featured on the site. All of the content is free for download to the public and is compatible with all MP3 players. [Or, if you’re like me, you can even listen to it streaming online while you grade papers, cook dinner, or type up blog posts.]

If you’ve ever thought about taking your blog to an audio level, or have simply harbored fantasies of being a radio morning show host since you were a kid,* then CVILLE CONNECT is for you. Mike even offers 60 minutes of studio time—enough to record four short (some might say perfect) podcasts—for a fee of $300.

*I’m not saying I did. Or still do.

Want to find something new to listen to while churning out reps in the gym tomorrow or for your much-too-long commute home this afternoon? Check out

Interested in learning more about turning your musings into a personal podcast? Contact

Sarah Pember

Monday Guest: Kristin Hodnett

Today’s guest, Kristin, is a fantastic blogger in Northern Virginia, who lives life to the fullest! Her journey has inspired many readers, and we couldn’t wait to have her share more of her story with you all today!

My name is Kristin, and I am a blogaholic. I’m also a new member of the Virginia is For Bloggers group, and I’m very excited to be sharing a little piece of my blog and my life with all of you today!

When I started 30-Something and Fabulous a year ago, it was primarily to share my weight loss journey; my focus was on diet plans, nutrition and fitness. Since then, I’ve learned a wealth of information not only about all of those things, but about enjoying experiences as much as food and living life to the fullest. While I am still on my journey, that journey has evolved into a much bigger one for me. I’ve worked with alternative medicine practitioners and life coaches, attended programs and seminars, and read more books, blogs and magazines than I can count. The most important thing I’ve learned is that weight loss isn’t the most important thing; living a fabulous life that nourishes you is, which leads me to today’s question – what is nourishment really?

I’m sure many of you, like me, instantly think of food. We’re not wrong, nutrition is a big part of the way we nourish our bodies. However, it’s much more than food that is low in calories. Nourishing food is food that gives us the nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins that we need to function well. Not all foods are the same for everyone; you have to know how a food interacts with your body to make the best choices. More than anything to be truly nourished, we must strike a balance between food that tastes delicious and we enjoy eating and food that supports our goals of health, weight loss or vitality.

There are other ways to nourish ourselves physically. As simple as it is, staying properly hydrated is key in keeping the body running smoothly (something I really struggle with!). Exercise counts too. Yoga and tai chi are mind-body experiences that provide a different form of nourishment. Though it doesn’t always feel like it when you’re used to being stuck behind a desk for 10 hours a day or glued to the couch every night, our bodies were meant to move. Giving them the movement they need is a a fabulous form of nourishment.

Still, nourishment is even more than that. We can nourish our minds with books and engaging conversations. Do you ever think about the media surrounding you 24/7? Do you make an effort to keep it positive? It can be challenging when so much of the world focuses on the negative, but it’s worth it! It’s nourishing to surround yourself with positivity. Try joining mastermind groups or attending seminars – they’re a great way to stay positive, motivated and to nourish your mind.

We’ve covered mind and body, but let’s not forget spirit. Do you make time for pampering? Do you “indulge” in activities that rejuvenate you? I’ve learned it’s not selfish or shallow to get a pedicure or have a spa day – it’s necessary a way to nourish yourself. Meditation is another way to nourish your soul. And just like we’re meant to move, we’re meant to have connections with others. Close friends, quality time with family, and healthy romantic relationships are like vegetables for the spirit.

What about you? What do you find nourishing? Do you make an effort to nourish your whole self or just your physical body? Be as conscientious about what you feed your mind and spirit as you are about what you put into your mouth, and you’ll be living the fabulous life in no time!

Kristin @ 30 Something and Fabulous

Thursday Feature: Tim Vidra Locally Sourced Mother’s Day French Toast

Today’s guest post comes from Richmond food writer, Tim Vidra. Find recipes, tips, and ideas for simple dishes that will impress on his food blog, E.A.T., where he advocates the use of simple, seasonal and local ingredients.

There are not many days bigger than this Sunday May 13th* and if you haven’t yet made plans with mum for Sunday you can redeem yourself by inviting her over and creating this french toast made with love from local ingredients.*Don’t tell Dad


  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 large eggs (eggs used are from Sullivan Pond Farm)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Dash or two of ground nutmeg or cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 (1/2-inch-thick) slices of bread (bread used is from Norwood Cottage Bakery)
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided (homemade butter from 17 Apart)
  • Warm maple syrup (Virginia’s Finest)
  • Fresh strawberries for decoration and enjoying with the French toast (Berries from Agriberry)

Place a cookie sheet in the oven and warm to 200 degrees. Whisk together buttermilk, eggs, sugar, nutmeg or cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Pour into a large sheet pan, then add bread in 1 layer to give it a good soak, turning occasionally until bread has absorbed all liquid but isn’t falling apart (about 20 minutes).

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until it foams and then calms on down. Add bread slices to skillet and cook (I went with 4 at a time), turning once, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes total. Transfer slices to a baking pan and keep warm in oven. Cook remaining bread in batches, adding 1 1/2 tablespoon butter between each.

Once finished, remove from the oven and plate on one large dish or individual dishes — dusting with powder sugar, oh yes. Pass the warm syrup for your guests to enjoy.
Then to turn and thank your mom for all she has done for you and let her know how much you enjoy having her in your life.
Happy mother’s day to my mom and all the mom’s out there. We certainly could not have not have done it without you!

As always, E.A.T. Local & E.A.T. Well! 

Tim Vidra @

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Monday Feature: Hippie Itch

Hi all! I’m Adrienne, the blogger over at Hippie Itch.

Ever had an itch that you’ve just GOT to scratch? I have it all the time in the form of a desire to help others and grow as a person. I write about healthy habits, volunteering, ‘green’ projects, my dogs (a lot) and some other stuff too.

I did some major traveling recently (to Australia!) so I thought I’d write about some healthy habits I attempted to incorporate into our trip.

My husband, Al and I usually use traveling as an excuse to buy treats but this time I wanted us to be ready and raring to go after a day and a half crossing the globe. We needed to eat healthy. If we had eaten poorly, we would have be even more tired and uncomfortable. I didn’t want to spend a day or two recovery from travel.

I prepared.

I packed some tangerines, trail mix and a couple different healthy yet sweet bars. I bought the bars to substitute for the candy we’d normally eat. I got Archer Farms Fruit Bars, TLC Layered Granola Bars, Luna Bars, and some protein bars for Al. Delicious yet healthy!

With those bars in my belly, I had enough sense to take my time at the airports to scope out the healthier food options. Previously if I hadn’t eaten enough on the plane, I run straight to something unhealthy just because I was starving! Eating healthy snacks was such an easy fix.

This time I found a sushi bar and got the vegetable roll. I also ate two tangerines. I was so proud of myself, you don’t even know! No soda, no candy, just good food.

I also bought a latte for some protein and much needed caffeine.

On the plane I read some healthy eating inspiration. I think it helped me stay on track!

And last but not least. I drank water and lots of it. Normally I wouldn’t drink much while traveling because I didn’t want to have to go to the bathroom often and interrupt the person next to me. This time I was up every two hours, disturbing the guy in the aisle seat. I’m sure he wasn’t too happy with me but my body was!

After all that traveling, besides being tired, I really didn’t feel that bad! We got in to Brisbane at 7:00am and went all day until we CRASHED at 9:30pm. By that time I was slapping myself to stay awake but I only blame it on the jet lag.

If you’re going to take anything away from my little post here, I’d say drink water!! I’ve got proof because on the flight back I didn’t drink as much and therefore didn’t move much either. My muscles were tighter and my legs were more swollen. It was pretty uncomfortable.

All in all, it was a great trip and more proof that eating healthy is the way to go!

Thanks for listening. Please come visit me over at Hippie Itch and say hi! It’d make my day. 🙂