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ICYMI: Park Lane Tavern is open in Arlington

Posted by / Friday, February 5th, 2016


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The Virginia Vineyards Association named Bill Freitag, owner of Toll Gate Farm vineyard in Flint Hill, the 2016 Grower of the Year. [VVA]

Apparently there is such a thing as a Mardi Gras burger, and several NoVA restaurants are making it. [Burger Days]

Park Lane Tavern in Clarendon is now open. [ARLnow]

After more than 40 years, Luciano Italian Pizza closes its Tysons Corner location. [Eater]

The food media gets a spanking. [First We Feast]


Local love: Don’t overthink it

Posted by / Thursday, February 4th, 2016

By Stefanie Gans

Don’t overthink it: A box of chocolates is always the right gift.

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Try Cameron’s Chocolate & Coffee’s 16-piece box set ($20) including milk, dark and white chocolate hearts. 

9639 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfaix;

[ February 2016 ]

Find all our Sex, Love, and Ghosting articles on this month’s pop-up blog here.


Be different: Bring Korean inspired wings to the Super Bowl party

Posted by / Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

With wing season culminating during the Super Bowl, here’s where to find the Korean-inspired spin on the Buffalo-sauced variety.

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Photo by Rey Lopez

DAK! Chicken

This modern storefront in Shirlington offers both traditional wings and boneless. The soy garlic swings sweet, with a glaze almost syrupy. The hot is shocking; it marries a smoky, rich barbecue taste with something more traditionally Korea-hot. The skin is a welcome crisp.// 4040 Campbell Ave., Arlington

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Super Bowl Deals: Eat in or carry out from these places

Posted by / Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

by Ainslie Campbell

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Pantry not prepared for the onslaught of football fans bearing down on your house for Super Bowl 50? Skip the hassle and gather at any of these places, or order carry-out, to watch the Super Bowl and indulge in some food that isn’t made by you for once.

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Local Crowdfunding Alert: Meggrolls

Posted by / Monday, February 1st, 2016

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By Ainslie Campbell

Like many mobile restaurant owners, Megg Baroody of Meggrolls hopes to turn her food truck into a storefront. 

Baroody started frying adventurously stuffed egg rolls—turkey Reuben, cordon bleu—for her bartender boyfriend and his coworkers during their late-night shifts. She and her boyfriend then opened the food truck and started accepting catering gigs. Baroody writes on her campaign page that a storefront could “allow [them] to provide Meggrolls during what could arguably be the time of day when Meggrolls are craved and desired the most—late night!” [Kickstarter

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ICYMI: Kerri’s Cure Belgian Pale Ale is available today at Northern Virginia breweries

Posted by / Friday, January 29th, 2016


Northern Virginia’s brewing community comes together in honor of Forge Brew Work‘s co-owner Kerri Rose, who passed away at age 32 from cancer this month. Proceeds from Kerri’s Cure Belgian Pale Ale, available at 20 different breweries today, will go toward paying off medical expenses and to an educational fund for her infant son. [WaPo

Because of the blizzard, Restaurant Week is extended through Feb. 3. [Zagat]

Buzz Bakery “Celebration Cakes” mimic trendy Australian version. [WaPo]

“…they explained that if she got pregnant within two years of the restaurant opening, she would lose her partner stake.” Why America needs better parental leave policies, especially at restaurants. [Eater]

In praise of Cracker Barrel. [NYT]


DC Meat Week Starts Sunday

Posted by / Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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In its seventh year running, DC Meat Week (Jan. 31-Feb. 6) pops into Virginia with stops at Texas Jack’s Barbecue (say “Meat Week” for a three-meat, three-sides platter) and at Pork Barrel BBQ (join the Smoked Meat Smackdown team relay and play the BBQ&A Trivia Challenge dedicated to former Meat Week Captain Hayden Hurst, who died last year, with donations going to Operation BBQ Relief). 

( February 2016 )


Cravings: Dark chocolate pot de creme at La Fromagerie

Posted by / Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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La Fromagerie / Photo by Stefanie Gans

Dish: Dark chocolate pot de creme with sea salt and pecans, $7

Where: La Fromagerie1222 King St., Alexandria

Taste: A good pot de creme doesn’t need adornments. I love the thickness, the in-your-face dense chocolate. It beats mousse and pudding. It is the only chocolate I want on my spoon. But I will leave it to La Fromagerie to prove me wrong. A little sea salt; toasted, chopped pecans; and a whisper of powdered sugar turns this already decadent dessert into something that retains the dish’s simplicity but magnifies its beauty. 

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ICYMI: Wort Hog Brewing Co. to open in Warrenton

Posted by / Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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By Ainslie Campbell

Vienna restaurant Caffé Amouri was named Green Restaurant of the Year for its environmental efforts as part of the Virginia Green Travel Star Program. [Inside NoVA]

The season of citrus is now. [Food 52]

 A bill introduced in the Virginia General Assembly would prohibit use of e-cigarettes in restaurants in Virginia, following a previous ban on conventional cigarettes in 2009. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

Poke is sweeping the nation: Try it at Hula Girl in Shirlington. [Eater]

Wort Hog Brewing Co. plans to begin construction this spring on half an acre of land in downtown Warrenton, purchased by investors for about $1 million. [Fauquier Now]


Test of time: Innovative local restaurants revisited and reviewed

Posted by / Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

By Warren Rojas (Photos by Rey Lopez)

Northern Virginia Magazine’s first cover story featured the best in romantic dining and of the 36 restaurants featured, more than half no longer exist. Of the still standing, the magazine’s original critic, Warren Rojas, revisits a few of the restaurants he reviewed 10 years ago.

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