There are many food carts near the MCV campus, and for weeks and weeks Sabrina and I had talked about meeting for lunch to try them. When the harshness of winter was nearly over and without any expectations, we hopped on a bus and headed downtown. We were rewarded with gyros and the luck of finding one of my new favorite parts of the city that I never knew existed.
The smells coming from the dozens of carts were amazing, and because of this, many of the carts not being vegetarian friendly is even more depressing. After bouncing from cart to cart, we finally found Cafe Tara (just a little before Marshall and 12th street), where I ordered a satisfying falafel gyro.
Now that we had our food, we needed to find a place to eat (which is something we hadn’t thought about til then). We didn’t want to settle for a bench because it was windy and our gyros would most likely end up on the ground or worse…all over us! We wandered aimlessly until we stumbled on this little park just a little before East Clay Street. We were surprised to find this little in closed garden in the full of sculptures, foliage, and people casually eating their lunches.
I really love the sculptures here and the haunting way they are slowly being transfigured by the environment of the city.
Sabrina’s chicken gyro
My falafel gyro, mmm!
After a bit of research I discovered that our secret garden isn’t a secret at all, but is located at the rear of the Valentine Richmond History Center.
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