Chatham Vineyards and Winery Machipongo, VA

I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner for Valentine’s Day because I feel like restaurants tend to jack up prices. I also wanted to take a drive; but not go too far.

I have gone camping in Cheriton on the eastern shore of Viriginia when I was young and really liked the area. It is the opposite of Hampton Roads in that it is quiet with a lot of farms, kind of what I am used to from living in Upstate NY. I read that Chatham Vineyards in Machipongo was doing a Winter Wine and Oyster Weekend. I have been wanting to try raw oysters in the area since we moved here. Valentine’s Day was the perfect excuse to drink wine and eat oysters!

The Oysters came from Shooting Point Oysters and were shucked onsite. Shooting Point Oysters is a family run farm located in Franktown, VA.  You can buy their oysters wholesale by going to their website.

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Thaijindesu Newport News, VA

Last night I was being lazy and didn’t feel like cooking. I also didn’t feel like driving very far from our apartment.  I thought of a place my co-worker Ashley told me about called Thaijindesu.  Thaijindesu is located in Port Warwick between Jefferson and Warwick ave in Newport News.  In the center of the square where the restaurant is located, there is a lawn where they do concerts in the summer. They serve both Japanese and Thai inspired dishes.

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Harpoon Larry’s Newport News, VA

Following a Beach day I was super hungry.  I had heard about Harpoon Larry’s from a patient who orders their oyster shooters and a co-worker who said they had amazing calamari.  I decided to try it and make my own decision. I pulled into the parking lot and got a parking spot right up front which I know is not normal because this place is ALWAYs busy.  As you walk in there is a large fish tank and a long bar.

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