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food, foodie, local, restaurant, Richmond, Virginia -

On Wednesday, I attended Richmond's Specialty Food and Beverage Expo at the Richmond Convention Center. It was a true joy, and booths were packed full of innovative foods, sauces, seasonings, and pre-packaged goods. While I browsed from booth to booth, I engaged in conversation with people from all over the state. One consensus which I reached after reflecting on my interactions, is how great of a food hub Richmond is.  I have spent my entire life in Richmond, and fear I may have taken for granted the restaurant landscape. When you think of "foodie" cities, the places which come to...

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Greece, heritage, history, Independence, March 25th -

Hello, and Happy Friday. This upcoming Monday marks a day which Greeks from all around the globe are familiar with, Greek Independence Day. In this week's blog post, I will give a brief historical background, celebrate the home nation, and add a brief personal note about the founder of Nick's himself. Greeks are very prideful individuals. In fact, this past week, I saw an Instagram reel which showed data suggesting that Greeks are the proudest heritage in the world. If you are a Greek, or if you know Greeks, I am sure you can share that same sentiment. I am going...

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Continuing on with last week's theme, this Sunday marks the Cheesefare (Forgiveness Sunday). This Sunday reminds us of our need for God’s forgiveness and guides our hearts, minds, and spiritual efforts on returning to Him in repentance. This upcoming Monday marks the true first day of the Lenten season. As we say goodbye to cheese, and dairy in general, I wanted to briefly touch on a topic which has interested me. Is Greek feta superior to the American made brands, if so, why? Here at Nick's, we are fortunate enough to carry many specialty items which are typically not found at...

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bean, Greece, halva, Lent, lentil, Mediterranean, pasta, seafood -

With the Lenten season nearly upon us, this Sunday (Judgement Sunday) is the Meatfare Sunday in the Orthodox Church, meaning it is the last day to eat meat before the Great Fast. This Sunday's service is designed to fill us with salutary fear, sorrow for our sins, and to stress the importance of good works, especially works of mercy. It is important to think of fasting not as an inconvenience, but rather as a challenge and mission to better ourselves as devout Orthodox Christians. While I certainly am not qualified to give an entire lesson on the reason and meaning...

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bechamel, cheese, feta, Greece, Mediterranean, pasta, pastitsio -

With the Lenten period fast approaching (March 18-May 4), there is a limited amount of time remaining to indulge in one of, in my opinion, the best meals in Mediterranean cuisine. Pastitsio, rooted in the heart of Greece, presents itself as a symphony of flavors and textures, each element crafted to evoke a sense of hearty comfort. Sometimes known simply as the Greek version of lasagna, Pastitsio brings an entirely cheesier, creamy taste. In this week's blog, I will include a brief history of the influences which have shaped the modern Pastitsio that we know and love. In addition, I will include an...

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