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Posted on Jul 21, 2013 in Healthy Drinks, Healthy Eats, Uncategorized | 10 comments

The Daily Kitchen & Bar is OPEN!!!

The Daily from outside

It’s been a long and humbling project, but we’ve finally opened The Daily Kitchen & Bar.  I am so grateful to be a part of this project as this concept has personally been in my head for over 10 years.  And now I am so pleasantly surprised to see how many people in RVA are drawn to this concept!  We’ve been getting a ton of comments from people, either in person or in social media.. they all say they are so glad Richmond finally has gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and/or lightly prepared items.  This is music to my ears:)

This concept is and has been definitely a mission-driven project for me.  While it, of course, needs to make money to survive, my main goal has been to bring healthy eating to the mainstream.  My personal mission statement is “I create, inspire and live a healthy, active, conscious and compassionate life.”  Purpose comes first for me, prosperity hopefully follows.

It is my belief that if traditional eaters are lured in to trying some of our healthier foods, they will realize how delicious it can be and how good it can feel.  And my intention and hope is that the more this concept draws like-minded individuals to us, the more they will offer appreciation, feedback, suggestions etc. and the more the menu and concept will continue to evolve in this conscious direction.

Since my little ole blog here, is about my wellness journey using fitness and a whole foods, plant based diet and since today is Meatless Monday, I thought I would share some of our vegan and vegan optional menu items we currently offer at The Daily Kitchen & Bar.  Hopefully they’ll entice you to come visit and try them all:)

(vegan optional items are described as when served vegan)


Edamame with sea salt and sweet soy reduction

Made to order Guacamole with blue corn chips

Traditional, lentil-beet and white bean carrot hummus served with peppadews, carrots, cucumbers and pita

Fava bean crostinis with sweet corn, roasted peppers and a balsamic reduction

Lettuce wraps with tofu with vermicelli noodles, pickled carrots & cucumbers, cilantro and a trio of delicious sauces


Carrot Ginger



Crunchy Kale Salad with pumpkin seeds, grapes and citrus poppy seed dressing

Beet Salad with organic arugula, candied walnuts, fig jam, sea salt and basil oil

Quinoa Salad with chick peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, carrots and red peppers


(Daiya cheese used for the vegan option.  Also, gluten free crust available upon request)

Margarita pizza with red sauce,  basil and oregano

Mushroom & Kale pizza with cheese-less pesto,  smoked cippolinis and truffle oil

Vegan pizza with cheese-less pesto, potatoes, spinach, carmelized onion and rosemary


(daiya cheese, tofu or vegenaise available upon request)

Signature Veggie Burger on a whole wheat bun with organic lettuce, tomato and onion

BBQ Tofu Sandwich on a whole wheat bun with a green papaya slaw


Tacos made with our signature veggie burger, pico de gallo, green papaya slaw, avocado, cilantro-lime sauce and served with rice & beans

Chanterelle Mushroom Parapadelle made with tomatoes, toasted pumpkin seeds and arugula cheese-less pesto

Curried Lentil Bowl with quinoa, sweet potatoes, seasonal vegetables, tamarind sambal sauce and a mint gellee

Israeli Cous Cous with beets, broccolini, carrots, celery root and apple lemongrass sauce

Veggie Stir Fry over brown rice with broccolini, carrots, cabbage, peppers, onions and a sesame soy sauce (add tofu if you like)


Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Rice and Beans

Beans and Greens

Steamed Kale with Sesame Dressing

Crispy Brussels Sprouts



Oven Roasted Cauliflower 

Sweet Potato Fries

Fresh Cut French Fries 

Chick Pea Salad 

As you can see, The Daily Kitchen & Bar has a ton of vegan items and that’s just dinner.  Brunch, lunch and breakfast coming soon! We hope you’ll come try us out.  To see the full menu, click here.  To like us on Facebook, click here.  To follow us on Twitter, click here.  To view pics, check out our Instagram page here.

Here’s a little peek inside.

A look inside The Daily Kitchen & Bar

I remain grateful for all of your support and look forward to serving you soon.

Many thanks!


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  1. Congrats Ted. I’ve followed from afar – and enjoyed a number of your recipes in my own kitchen. Best to you and let us know when you’re back on the west coast.

    • Thanks Alvin. Hope life, LA and the biz are treating you well. All is well here, but I do miss SoCal. Thanks for following and checking in.

  2. Hi Ted,
    Very excited to visit your restaurant and taste the delicious meals that I have heard is coming out of the Daily Kitchen & Bar’s kitchen! I’m a registered dietitian in town and will send people your way to try out your healthy menu! I am in the process of changing my website and would like to list your restaurant under resources! Thank you for taking the risk to open up such a diverse colorful and tasty menu! Will follow up with a post on my blog after I have lunch or dinner! In Good Health, Tina

    • That’s awesome, thanks Tina! Please be sure to introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you and reading your blog.

  3. A very tasty menu, mouth watering. Congrat to a good food concept!

    • Hi Susanne. Thanks for your comment. I hope you’ll come check us out!

  4. As you already know, I’m super excited about The Daily opening here in Richmond and I love all the vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. I also love that there’s kombucha on tap!

    Our first meal last weekend was excellent and I can’t wait to come back and try some other dishes.

    • Thanks Brittany! For those of you that don’t know Brittany, she has an awesome blog and quite a following at Her stamp of approval is quite a compliment to us here at The Daily. We greatly appreciate your support Brittany and look forward to seeing you again soon.
      btw, I’m pretty stoked about the Barefoot Bucha myself:)

  5. Ted– so great to see this fruit of your labor! It’s a big contribution on so many levels.

    • Thanks E, miss you guys. Hope all is well with the family and with the biz. I’m a bit homesick for Cali, but planning on visiting in October. See you soon!

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