Portrait of a Foodie: My Birthday Week and a Surprise Sister Visit

This is my weekly 'Portrait of a Foodie', pictures from my food-obsessed life. Last week was my birthday and my sister surprised me by visiting all the way from Portland. Needless to say, we did an insane amount of quality eating. On top of being treated to several birthday meals, I felt it was my duty to show my sis all the tastiest spots in my new neighborhood of Church Hill. I also enlisted my family to help with some serious cookie research (pictured above). Enjoy!  

Trader Joe's cookie tasting about to commence

Trader Joe's cookie tasting about to commence

Pastries from Sub Rosa Bakery in Church Hill

Pastries from Sub Rosa Bakery in Church Hill

Morning Bun, Almond Croissant, Butter Croissant

Morning Bun, Almond Croissant, Butter Croissant

WPA Bakery in Church Hill

WPA Bakery in Church Hill

Spinach and Artichoke Pastry and Meringue Cookie

Spinach and Artichoke Pastry and Meringue Cookie

Birthday lunch at Graffiato 

Birthday lunch at Graffiato 

Charred Brussels ($8)

Charred Brussels ($8)

Amish Chicken Thigh with Pepperoni Sauce ($10)

Amish Chicken Thigh with Pepperoni Sauce ($10)

Smoked Burrata ($12)

Smoked Burrata ($12)

Me and my sis got our caffeine fix from Urban Farmhouse in Church HIll 

Me and my sis got our caffeine fix from Urban Farmhouse in Church HIll 

Then enjoyed local beers at Union Market in Church Hill

Then enjoyed local beers at Union Market in Church Hill

Before my 5-course birthday dinner, we pre-gamed at Meztger in Church Hill

Before my 5-course birthday dinner, we pre-gamed at Meztger in Church Hill

Bottle of white was only $11.75

Bottle of white was only $11.75

Tuesday was $1 oyster night

Tuesday was $1 oyster night

Dozen blue point oysters

Dozen blue point oysters

Cheers to excellent cocktails at Rogue Gentlemen!

Cheers to excellent cocktails at Rogue Gentlemen!

The drink book at the Rogue Gentlemen

The drink book at the Rogue Gentlemen

Butternut squash soup with peppercorn cream

Butternut squash soup with peppercorn cream

Whipped ricotta with nastarium, radish blossoms and olive oil

Whipped ricotta with nastarium, radish blossoms and olive oil

Chocolate cremeux, cranberry, foie shortbread, basil

Chocolate cremeux, cranberry, foie shortbread, basil

Smoked duck breast, foie fat roasted celery root, green olive, and almond

Smoked duck breast, foie fat roasted celery root, green olive, and almond

Sister Sister

Sister Sister