Zagat’s Article Highlights L’Opossum and Mamma Zu’s

Zagat’s recently had an article entitled ‘8 Reasons to Drive to Richmond’.

In it, it celebrated Mamma Zu’s:

This place had lines down the block and a chalkboard menu before it was cool, and on that chalkboard you’ll find antipasti like scungilli (Italian for whelk) or roasted red peppers; pastas like the perfectly perfect marinara and the best carbonara we’ve ever tasted; and entrees like osso buco and rockfish.

As well as L’Opossum:

Like Mamma ’Zu, you’ll find this corner spot in Richmond’s residential Oregon Hill neighborhood near the James River. The restaurant is the wonderfully quirky brainchild of chef-owner David Shannon, who spices up his dishes with names like “vegan orgy on a Texas beach” — that would be papadums and dips — and “a tawdry and salacious arrangement of freshly procured Manakintowne mesclun” — aka salad. Sit under the colorful lights at a table lined with black-and-gold Andy Warhol wallpaper and order the eggs with caviar; the “the swank bank,” a bowl of buttery lobster mac ‘n’ cheese with asparagus and chard; and a dessert of grilled pineapple ambrosia with boozy cherries.

Richmond Hostel Travel Scholarships

From email announcement:

Hostelling International’s Richmond location is offering five $2,000 travel scholarships in 2017 exclusively for Richmond, Virginia residents, who attend school in or reside in the city of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Hanover County, or Henrico County.

The program is called Explore the World, and it’s administered by the nonprofit organization, Hostelling International USA (HI USA). HI USA is committed to creating a more tolerant world, and these scholarships are for young travelers inspired to make the world a better place, but lack the financial means to go abroad.

The scholarship is open to individuals, ages 18-30, who will engage in an educational or service learning component during their trip. Eligible candidates must also meet specific financial need requirements. More information can be found at

The application deadline for the 2017 Scholarships is March 15th, 2017.