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From the Barbecue Issue: In search of Virginia barbecue

Posted by / Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Buz & Ned’s Barbecue

Buz & Ned’s Barbecue. Photo by Ann Hsu Kaufman.

Is it all in the sauce?

Photos and text by Ann Hsu Kaufman

Barbecue in Virginia must have a self-esteem problem or, at the very least, an identity crisis.

Well-known smokers all over the state pump out tender, fall-off-the bone meats. But instead of adopting its own unique cooking style, spice rub, sauce or blend, many Virginia-based establishments dress up their meats in sauces with roots in more well-known barbecue regions.

Even though some purists argue the best barbecue should stand on its own, it’s undeniable that smothering a good sauce, like the sweet red from Kansas City, the bite of vinegar from North Carolina or South Carolina’s sunshine-bright mustard, boosts the flavor of well-cooked meat. Sauces become identifying mantras of regional barbecue.

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South Block Juice Co. opens new cafe in East Falls Church with another planned inside Jammin’ Java this fall

Posted by / Monday, July 6th, 2015

South Block Juice Co.

Photo courtesy of Amir Mostafavi.

By Grace Ann Brew

Late last month South Block Juice Co. took over the abandoned Urban Pantry space, which closed in February, to open a new shop next door to its micro-juicery. Starting today, the new East Falls Church location expands hours to seven days a week. 

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Hungry for Linkage: Is craft beer sexist?

Posted by / Monday, July 6th, 2015

 By Emily Cook

Yummy Pig BBQ Café and Catering takes over the space of Leesburg‘s The Q Company. [Loudoun Times Mirror

Nickelodeon’s “Talia in the Kitchen premieres tonight at 7:30 p.m. [Nick]

Pho Deluxe opens its third Virginia location in Courthouse. [ARLNow]

Oreo Thins hit supermarket shelves tomorrow. [WTOP]

Is craft beer sexist? [Slate]


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Hot Tub Boil Machine

Posted by / Friday, July 3rd, 2015

June's Refrgerator Art

Illustration by James Boyle.

(June 2015)


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MacDowell Brew Kitchen releases Weiz Ass, a housemade wheat beer, this weekend

Posted by / Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

macdowell brew kitchen

Photo courtesy of MacDowell Brew Kitchen.

By Mia Finley

Even though MacDowell Brew Kitchen already rotates about 50 craft beers on tap, co-owners Nils Schnibbe and Gordon MacDowell wanted to offer a few of their own.

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Dolcezza owners open Mom & Pop in Mosaic District today

Posted by / Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Mom & Pop set to open in Mosaic July 1

Construction of Mom & Pop / Photo courtesy of Farrah Skeiky

By Emily Cook

After occupying the 900-square-foot glass cube in Mosaic District’s Strawberry Park for a year, Dolcezza‘s pop-up coffee shop is now turning into a permanent space: Mom & Pop.

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Hungry for Linkage: Grocery store gets into the CSA game

Posted by / Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Kona Grill Arlington

Photo courtesy of Silver Spiral Arts/shutterstock.com.

By Mia Finley

Landlord tries to evict Gypsy Soul in Mosaic District. [Washington Post]

Peapod is partnering with FarmLogix for a CSA-like local farm-based delivery program starting this summer. [Peapod]

Yesterday DGS Delicatessen debuted a happy hour (and late night) menu at its Merrifield location. [DGS]  

Hawaiian-influenced sushi chain Kona Grill opened this week in Arlington. [ARLnow]

Duck Donuts opens in Fairfax with Arlington and Bristow locations yet to come. [Eater]


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New ’Cue from July’s Barbecue Issue

Posted by / Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

NoVA welcomes new restaurants to satisfy your smoky meat cravings.—Nicole Bayne & Stefanie Gans

Smokehouse Live.

Photo courtesy of Smokehouse Live.

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Magnolia’s on King debuts tomorrow in Old Town Alexandria with soft-opening specials

Posted by / Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Magnolia's on King opening July 1 in Old Town Alexandria

Rendering courtesy of Studio Ideya

By Emily Cook

“What Old Town was missing was a place where you can come wearing shorts, a T-shirt and a pair of sandals and have a great cocktail and really, really good Southern food,” says Brian Rowe, the executive chef of the forthcoming Magnolia’s on King. This tribute to Southern hospitality will open tomorrow in Alexandria, replacing the short-lived Olea, which closed its doors in late March.

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More than fireworks and burgers: Fourth of July food events and goody bags

Posted by / Monday, June 29th, 2015

Salamander Resort Fourth of July

Photo courtesy of Salamander Resort

By Mia Finley

There’s more than fireworks and burgers at these Independence Day food events.

Salamander Resort
4-10 p.m. Fourth of July celebrations start with a full hog barbecue buffet and tasting tables from multiple Virginia wineries and cideries. A dessert showcase from Jason Reaves ends the night on a sweet note. / Salamander Resort; 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg

Long Bridge Park
5-10 p.m. Arlington’s annual celebration of live music, fireworks and games returns this year with a food truck rally—soft-serve ice cream, gyros, banh mi sandwiches and more. Vendors include Salou Kaba, The Big Cheese and Mac’s Donuts. Check the website for a full listing. / Arlington Parks and Recreation; 475 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington

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