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Hungry for Linkage: Fredericksburg Chef on ‘Top Chef’ + Travel Virginia’s Oyster Trail + Memories of Summer’s Ice Cream Truck

Posted by / Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Reedville Fishermen's Museum Oyster Roast / Photo by Todd Wright

By Stefanie Gans

Joy Crump of Frederickburg‘s FOODE will join the next season of Top Chef in Boston. [Boston Globe] 

Hooked in Sterling has closed. [Don Rockwell]

This week Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail, promoting oyster farmers and restaurants along Coastal Virginia. 

Can the restaurants of the future offer employees: “health care, a higher minimum wage, maternity leave, paid sick leave, equity, and educational opportunities” plus a no-tipping model? [The Verge]

Mini vegetables are trending, says fashion blog. [Refinery29]

There will be a new chef at Ovvio Osteria in Merrifield. We last checked in there for an Italian spin on brunch. [Eater]

Next Thursday (8/28) grab dinner from a food truck and grab a dog for adoption at the Clarendon Truck Rally. / 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., 3140 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington

Can you hear the music of the ice cream truck? [The Writer's Almanac]


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Linda Greenlaw of ‘The Perfect Storms’ Brings Her Own Line of Swordfish to Virginia

Posted by / Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Photo by Allison Michelli

By Allison Michelli

Linda Greenlaw—made famous by the movie The Perfect Stormknows a thing or two about working on a fishing boat. Since gaining notoriety from her character’s portrayal in the 2000 film , Greenlaw has gone on to author nine bestselling books and distribute her own brand of swordfish and tuna, Linda Greenlaw Select

Four years ago Greenlaw partnered with a large grocery store chain in New England to put her name on the swordfish she was catching. The demand was so high for her swordfish that she made the decision to work with Great Oceans, LLC to distribute swordfish sourced from around the world but that still met her strict standards of quality.

Last week, Greenlaw took time away from her busy lobster season in  Maine to speak to Clyde’s chefs, representatives from Congressional Seafood and media at a luncheon in Clyde’s Gallery Place. Since last year, Greenlaw has paired with Clyde’s  to feature her swordfish as the August monthly special on their menu. The dish features a grilled swordfish steak on a bed of roasted corn and green been succotash with a chimichurri sauce for $18.95. The thick swordfish steak is quite hearty and the roasted corn in the succotash adds a pop of sweetness while the chimichurri sauce ties all the components of the dish together. 

“This is a sustainable fish by everyone’s standards now,” says Greenlaw. / The swordfish special will be available at all Clyde’s locations though the month of August.

 


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Part Doughnut Shop, Part Speakeasy: Sugar Shack Opening in Old Town Alexandria

Posted by / Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of The Sugar Shack

By Allison Michelli

The Richmond doughnut bakery Sugar Shack’s  new location in Alexandria will be part bakery, part speakeasy. Owner of the Northern Virginia location VA Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax) explains that, “We are going to have a very intimate speakeasy next door to the donut shop. We are excited to do something unique that will be a  real kind of destination spot.” Menu items at the speakeasy will include doughnuts-inspired food and hand-crafted cocktails. Krupicka says, “Doughnuts work all day long. People have them for breakfast and people also have them as dessert.” 

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Dress Your Sandwich

Posted by / Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

By Stefanie Gans

In celebration of National Sandwich Month (and our Sandwich issue, on newsstands now), here’s some ideas on how to dress your favorite lunchtime meal. 


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New on the Block: Restaurant Scouting in Northern Virginia

Posted by / Monday, August 18th, 2014

Photo by Stefanie Gans

A continuation of new and almost opened restaurants in NoVA.

By Ariel Yong

Europa Restaurant is owned by Humberto Fuentes and is expected to open in Herndon by mid-September. Fuentes currently owns El Manantial in Reston but says he will close it once construction has finished for Europa. His new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will focus on French cuisine and have a similar menu to the one at El Manantial’s. / 790 Station St., Herndon  

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Kobe House in Eden Center opened last month. This family business serves pho Kobe and will add Kobe steak to the menu in the future. / 6763 Wilson Boulevard, Store 6a, Falls Church

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Natalie’s is a Vietnamese sandwich shop that is set to open in Fairfax in mid-October. In addition to the banh-mi-inspired sandwiches, it will also serve crepes and beignets. / 10407 Main St., Fairfax

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Ice Cream is Always the Answer

Posted by / Friday, August 15th, 2014

Photos by Ariel Yong

By Ariel Yong 

It feels like summer is almost over (where is the humidity?!). But don’t worry, there’s still ice cream to be eaten. Here are some ice cream lovers spotted on the street, taken over two days in Arlington and Alexandria. 

Send us your ice cream photos @NoVADining

Ice cream details:

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Hacking Chili’s Egg Rolls and Skipping School: All Things Taboo with Society Fair’s Larry Blevins

Posted by / Thursday, August 14th, 2014

After a year as the demo kitchen chef at Society Fair, Larry Blevins talks about his life at the stove. 

Photo by Vina Sananikone

By Ariel Yong

A woman sits at the bar and holds her iPhone in the air. It’s on camera mode, but the subject she’s trying to capture is moving too fast. She moves her phone around, snaps a few quick pictures, but they’re all blurry. No Instagram filter can fix that. The subject finally stops moving and click. She got it. She places the iPhone back on the table and returns to her charcuterie plate and glass of wine.

The woman is trying to take a picture of Larry Blevins, the chef at Society Fair in Alexandria. It’s Friday evening, and he’s teaching the two-hour, three-course food and wine Demo Kitchen dinner for 10 guests. Even with the ubiquity of exhibition-style restaurant kitchens, most chefs don’t cook—and chat—in front of the people eating their food, especially in a city that Movoto Real Estate ranked the third snobbiest in America earlier this summer.

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Hungry for Linkage: New To-Go Restaurant in Arlington + Beer Exhibit at Arlington Historical Museum + GMU’s Wine Class

Posted by / Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Apricot Chicken from Taste by Katie / Photo by Katie Gilman

By Ariel Yong

Arlington welcomes Taste by Katie, a to-go restaurant specializing in fully-cooked dinners that include vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Starting this Friday, head to the Arlington Historical Museum for the Brewery and Cherry Smash exhibit. Friday’s reception is free and open to the public. 

One man’s quest to save the egg sandwich. [Fox News]

There may be a new farmers market in town, next to the Fairlington Community Center. [ARLNow]

George Mason University is offering a class called “Exploring the Business of Wine” this September. And anyone (including non-students) can learn about grapes.

You can’t eat this burger until you sign a waiver. [NBCChicago]

“Cocaine Caramels” were confiscated at Dulles Airport last week. [Chantilly Patch]


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‘Shark Week’ Heads to the Plate: Find Mako at Ciao Osteria

Posted by / Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Photo by Rey Lopez

By Ariel Yong

Antonio Di Nicola is getting 10 pounds of mako shark from Honolulu in the mail today. 

It’s Shark Week,” the chef of Ciao Osteria in Centreville says laughing. ”I love that program.”

Di Nicola says the mako shark entree sold out on Saturday, but due to the hurricanes in Hawaii, he had to wait until today to get another order of shark from the Honolulu Fish Company, so there will be a limited supply. 

The $29 entree features a piece of shark sitting atop a breaded and fried zucchini-potato patty with pineapple and basil salsa. Di Nicola garnishes the plate with julienne carrots and a tomato rose. 

For those who might be skeptical about taking a bite of the ferocious creatures that are all the rage on the Discovery Channel these days, Di Nicola says mako shark doesn’t taste all that different from a more familiar sea animal: “It has the texture of swordfish. It doesn’t taste fishy. It’s basically a steak fish.”  


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Cravings: Vegetarian Bowl at Chopathi India Kitchen

Posted by / Monday, August 11th, 2014

Photo by Allison Michelli

By Allison Michelli

Dish: Vegetarian Chopathi Bowl ($7.99), Vegetable Samosas ($2.99) and Mango Lassi ($2.99)

Where: Chopathi India Kitchen, 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Suite 252, Dulles

Taste: Dulles Town Center’s food court is a loud mish-mash of squawking children and fast-food restaurants but somewhere between the gloopy steak subs and tragic-looking tacos is a shining spot for fast-casual Indian cuisine. Chopathi India Kitchen’s bowls are works of art that tote a similar quality to Chipotle’s but with a kick of masala. Paired with vegetable samosas and a mango lassi, a quick bite in-between department stores turned into an occasion to slow down and savor every flavor. Because the toppings are customizable, it was tempting to pile all the options on (which I most definitely did): jeera rice, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas, paneer, cilantro, onions, corn, a wedge of lemon, sauteed vegetables and a creamy butter-based Malai sauce combined for a fresh, cleansing meal. With spoon in hand, I scraped the bowl clean—and felt energized, not comatose. 

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