Did everyone have a good New Year’s Eve?
Ben and I decided to head out to Richmond for the holiday. We didn’t get to spend Christmas or Thanksgiving together, so we decided this could be our holiday time. Plus, it was kinda a special anniversary for us. We found a great deal at the Omni Richmond and off we went!
We arrived mid-afternoon on Friday and hung out in our room a bit. We exchanged our Christmas presents (I got a beautiful red electric tea kettle and Ben got Toy Story 3). At
6:15 6:45, the hotel brought us a bottle of champaign and four chocolate covered strawberries. I gotta say – the strawberries were fantastic! Perhaps the best part of the hotel.
Around 8 we headed out to the Capital Alehouse. It’s a great restaurant/brew house that serves TONS of beer on draught and has a very large microbrewerly selection. Ben started with an Avery Maharaja and I tried a Delirium Noel. The Delirium was very good – a great winter brew. The bar had a cool strip of ice that went down its length to help keep your beverage cold.
We had 10:15 dinner reservations at Julip’s, a great southern place in town. Dinner was fantastic! We started with the shrimp and grits. It was made with white cheddar, grilled andouille sausage and a lobster stock emulsion. It was a fancy restaurant version of what Ben’s mom makes. Then Ben ordered the osso bucco and I had the mac and cheese with spinach and butternut squash. For dessert we ordered bananas foster, which they make tableside. Our waiter seemed a bit fake, but he did a decent job. All in all, it was a great experience. The portions were huge – both of us brought leftovers home.
I had made the late reservation with hopes that we would be at the restaurant for midnight, but we had paid the bill by 11:37, so we walked very quickly to a little plaza right next to our hotel to celebrate the new year.
Saturday, we woke up and walked around Richmond for a bit. Nothing was open, due to the holiday, so we just walked around and took in the sights. At night, we headed back to the Alehouse. The night before we purchased tickets for a vintage beer tasting. Included in the tasting was:
- 2009 Vintage Harvest Ale
- 2008 Vintage Harvest Lagavulin Whiskey Cask Aged
- 2007 Vintage Harvest Port Cask Aged
- 2006 Vintage Harvest Calvados Cask Aged
- 2005 Vintage Harvest Sherry Cask Aged
My favorite was the Lagavulin Whiskey Cask Aged. Obvi it was Ben’s as well. We split a bavarian pretzel and each ordered a salad to accompany the tasting. Again, everything was fantastic and very reasonably priced. After the tasting, we went back to the hotel and just hung out and relaxed for the evening.
Despite some hiccups in the weekend, we had a great time. We had a blast and it was a fantastic way to ring in the new year!
How did you ring in the new year?