by Brandon Fox
It’s hard to believe, I know, but occasionally Richmonders are forced to leave their favorite city and move somewhere else.
There are a lot of things that they miss. Sally Bell’s Kitchen’s upside-down cupcakes come to mind, the high-stakes traffic circle around the Lee Monument, the smell of the James River in the summertime. All are hard to replicate elsewhere.
When Ukrop’s closed, lo these seven years ago, there was much gnashing of teeth and metaphorical rending of garments. Nonetheless, the products that made Ukrop’s great remained intact and available. Bobby Ukrop transformed its prepared foods division into a stand-alone company, Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, and you can still find chicken salad and white house rolls, among other things, available at Martin’s, as well as Kroger, the Fresh Market, B.J.’s Wholesale Club and the Richmond International Airport.
There’s yet another way for a few products to get to your table. And for displaced Richmond natives, this is exciting news.
Amazon now carries a Taste of Richmond combo pack. In it, you’ll find two packages of white house rolls, one round container of rainbow cookies and another of butterstar cookies — those are the ones with the squirt of icing on top — for $19.99. Separately, you can buy a pack of three lemon pound cakes for $15.99.
For locals, there’s an unexpected treat on the Amazon that may get us salivating. For a mere $13.99, retro Ukrop’s Homestyle t-shirts are available while they last: T-shirts, the listing says, “for eating rainbow cookies.”
I just clicked “add to cart.”