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Unexpectedly Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Posted by / Friday, March 27th, 2015

Kid-Friendly restaurants in Northern Virginia

Photos by Ann Hsu Kaufman.

Where to take children for more than a grilled cheese. —Ann Hsu Kaufman

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Hungry For Linkage: Jaleo has live outdoor paella cooking demo in honor of National Paella Day

Posted by / Friday, March 27th, 2015

National Paella Day Jaleo Crtystal City

Paella / Photo Courtesy of Jaleo

By Susannah Black

Today is National Paella Day, and Crystal City‘s Jaleo hosts a live cooking demo offering complimentary paella dishes all day and for $6 a plate after 4 p.m. [Jaleo]

Two Arlington women plan to open a dual craft beer shop and homebrew supply store  in Courthouse. [Arlnow]

Tazo Tea founder Steven Smith dies at 65. [Oregon Live]

Only 10 spots left for Catoctin Creek Distilling Company’s volunteer bottling day tomorrow at 10 a.m.  Free breakfast! [Catoctin Creek]

Tomorrow Adroit Theory Brewing Company releases Tenebris, a barleywine aged in tequila barrels. [FB]

The Historic Old Town Alexandria Food Tour is today at 1 p.m., rain or shine. [TasteUSA]


Vino Kids

Posted by / Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Kid-friendly wineries in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of Barrel Oak Winery.

Making winery visits fun for the whole family. —Jessica Strelitz

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Don’t Sit Baby in the Corner

Posted by / Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

notes on dining with an infant.

Illustration by Libby Burns.

Smile, leave a big tip and other notes on dining with an infant. –Whitney Pipkin

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Hungry for Linkage: Get your VA-made product on Whole Foods’ shelves

Posted by / Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Celery better than kale

Ines Behrens-Kunkel/

Next guess for the new kale: celery. [Today]

Liberty Tavern Group will expand with a restaurant in Falls Church. [Arlington Magazine]

With the release of Lonely Planet‘s “The World’s Best Brunches,” you can win a copy of the new book by tagging your brunch #LPBestBrunches on Instagram. [LP]

Dear Virginia food companies: Pitch your product to the forthcoming Ashburn Whole Foods. [Loudoun Times]

“So we’re not all going to die from gluten eventually?” [Lucky Peach]

Virginia was shut out of the James Beard awards, but one D.C. chef got a nod. [JBF]


What happens when a 4-year-old and a restaurant critic review the same meal?

Posted by / Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Dueling takes on dinner at Airlie’s The Garden Bistro.

The Garden Bistro Warrenton

Photo by Ann Hsu Kaufman.

He’s not a cheap eats kind of kid, says Ann Hsu Kaufman, Bennett Kaufman’s mother. Bennett is 4 and would rather eat chicken liver mousse than chicken nuggets.

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Local crowdfunding alert: Queen Victoria’s Distillery

Posted by / Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Queen Victoria’s Distillery, out of Manassas, hopes to raise $12,000 to build a distillery to make rum. The rum, dubbed Q.V.I.R (Queen Victoria’s Island Rum), will also be incorporated into multiple flavors of punch. [Indiegogo]


Kid chefs versus adult chefs at Culinaria Cooking School

Posted by / Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Culinaria Cooking School

Photo courtesy of Marilena Leavitt

Check out Northern Virginia Magazine’s March issue—The Kids Issuefor more stories on kids in the kitchen and in the dining room.  On newsstands now.

By Nicole Bayne

“When kids come to class, they do not expect to be trusted with full-sized, 6-inch chef’s knives,” says Marilena Leavitt, a cooking instructor at Culinaria Cooking School. “By the end of the day, they are perfectly comfortable holding and using knives properly.”

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Hungry For Linkage: Get to know trash fish

Posted by / Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Garden of Eatin'

Photo courtesy of Nova Medical Group

By Nicole Bayne

Reston’s Northern Virginia Restaurant Week starts today. [RestonNow]

Get the scoop on all Restaurant Week specials in Falls Church. [FB]

Participate in the first Willow Wine Club event tomorrow from 6-8 p.m. for $25. [Willow]

The Randy Radish food truck takes over Garden of Eatin’. [TheRandyRadish]

Is foraging through the office fridge stealing? [NPR]

Screaming Eagle, “the Holy Grail of Cabernet.” [WaPo]

Worried about overfishing? Try trash fish. [WSJ]


Q&A with Abby Major, a (junior) ‘MasterChef’

Posted by / Friday, March 20th, 2015

Abby Major, Fox’s “MasterChef Junior”

Photo courtesy of Fox.

By 9 years old, Abby Major tied for third place on Fox’s “MasterChef Junior,” a competition for kid cooks judged by Gordon Ramsey, and starred twice on the “Rachael Ray Show.”

The Winchester native says she was “never really nervous” despite being the youngest contender (then 8) on the show’s second season. Now back to homework and swimming, she still sees cooking in her future. —Nicole Bayne

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