Posts Tagged ‘Dining’

Bill and I just discovered a golden restaurant to return to again and again.

Golden Garden3 Sign


The Golden Garden is comparatively new in our little town of Lexington, Virginia.  It specializes in Sushi and Pan Asian Cusine.  “What is Pan Asian Cuisine?” I asked Google and came up with foods originating from the greater continent of Asia including, but not limited to, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Indian.

Let’s try it,” we said.

Over the years we have devised our own criteria list for ranking local restaurants:

  • Must be quiet enough to talk without yelling,
  • must be very clean,
  • have pleasant wait staff,
  • and hopefully serve great tasting healthy food.

The Golden Garden surpassed all our criteria. The restaurant is quiet enough, very clean, and the staff are lovely, kind, eager to please and welcoming.  Not only is their food delicious but it is beautifully presented and there is so much of it, you inveitably wind up boxing up for lunch the next day.

We were so impressed with this new restaurant in our little town that we returned for dinner the following week.  I loved the Shrimp with Mixed Vegetables (with optional White Sauce and Brown Rice) and also tried their Wonton Soup, Spring Rolls, and the Seaweed Salad  – all truly scrumtious!  To give you an idea of the size of the entree, Bill had General Tso’s Chicken (see photo below).

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Bill’s General Tso’s Chicken after he added rice on top and stirred around the initial presentation.

I wish I had taken photos of the entrees as they were presented, as yet untouched.  Guess I was too eager to dive in!

Anyway, if you live in or near Lexington, Virginia, or if you are simply visiting, remember that Dor highly recommends The Golden Garden.


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There is a lot to see in Germany, many places to visit, much history and charm, but there is something utterly irresistible about German beer, bread, chocolate, cheese, and pastries!

Here, a bakery window holds self-indulgent memories.

Bakery Window



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Daily Prompt:  Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other

Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.

Traveling shopper for best of state.


The Virginia Shopper has been a Twitter presence for some time now (@VaShopperDor).  I love finding unique things to do and buy, places to go, great restaurants and entertainment across the state.  And when I find things, I retweet.

The Twitter “me” is mostly an armchair traveler and Twitter only allows up to 140 characters, so creative writing is out.

But now, the Managing Editor of a wonderful new online publication invited me to submit stories as The Virginia Shopper!  Hurrah!

I have already deluged him with articles!

So I see this as a big part of the future and the future has already begun.

The publication is Very Best of Virginia, and the Virginia Shopper’s stories are listed under “Uncommon Coverage.”

I hope you will take a look and maybe even subscribe!

In spite of this future challenge, the Virginia Views blog is right here and still a first love, so here it will stay.

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