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Delayed Dining

Posted by / Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

DCA, IAD and BWI took a cue from the local dining scene and are now offering much more than fries and a coke. Here’s where to find solace and sustenance during the inevitable holiday delays. — Susannah Black

D.C. airport restaurants

Photo courtesy of Volina/Shutterstock.com.

 

(December 2014)


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Perfect Thanksgiving Pairing: 8 Classic Thanksgiving Dishes + 8 Local Boozes

Posted by / Monday, November 24th, 2014

By Susannah Black

From hard cider with turkey to whiskey with pumpkin pie, experience your traditional Thanksgiving meal with these 8  boozes local to Northern Virginia.

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Cravings: Roasted Bone Marrow at Columbia Firehouse

Posted by / Friday, November 21st, 2014

 

Photo Courtesy of Susannah Black

Photo by Susannah Black

By Susannah Black

Dish: Roasted Bone Marrow, $12

Where: Columbia Firehouse, 109 S. St., Asaph St., Alexandria

Taste: Two luges of bone, plump with delicate, beige-colored tissue, sit crisscross on a white plate accompanied by a touch of greenery and toasted bread on which the marrow can be eaten. I scoop out the silky marrow (or attempt to) with the tip of my knife and onto a crunchy slice of bread, and I vacillate between feeling like a scavenger of the Ice Age and a refined Frenchman with a proclivity for delicacies. The marrow is briny, a slippery tissue of rich earthiness and mild sweetness. A marmalade topping couples the cloying flavor of honey with the pungent kick of a shallot, complimenting the marrow’s salty and savory tang. The flavor of toasted hazelnuts within the marmalade completes the dish with a nutty and buttery finish. Scavenger or Frenchman, this dish satisfies the primal and the pretentious in us all.

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Hungry For Linkage: King of the Wings 2014 + Local Lettuce Sampling + National Geographic’s Celebrity Healthy Eating Guide

Posted by / Friday, November 21st, 2014

Chiyacat / Shutterstock.com

Chiyacat / Shutterstock.com

By Susannah Black

Arlington County Board approves a live entertainment permit for upcoming Clarendon beer garden, Sehkraft Beer Garden and Haus, expected to open in March. [ArlNow]

National Geographic releases celebrity healthy eating guide before the upcoming miniseries Eat: The Story of Food. [NatGeo]

Austin Fausett of Trummer’s on Main is named one of Virginia’s Rising Stars. [Eater]

In honor of its 6th anniversary, The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg hosts an anniversary party tonight at 10 p.m. Expect free cake and an introduction to the new late night dining menu, available on Friday and Saturday nights 10-11:30p.m. [FB]

Sample local lettuce, learn about hydroponic farming, and hear a farmer’s point of view regarding farm-to-table dining at Copperwood Tavern‘s “Meet the Farmer” series with Tom Truesdale of TrueFarms this Sunday at 4 p.m. [FB]

Planet Wine of Alexandria hosts a tasting of six domestic wines for pairing with a Thanksgiving meal on Saturday 1-5 p.m. [Planet Wine]


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Mixologists Combine Meat and Booze in these 4 Carnivorous Cocktails

Posted by / Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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Photos: 1. Stacy Zarin Goldberg; 2. Susannah Black; 3. Columbia Firehouse; 4. Marissa Bialecki

 

By Susannah Black

Bored with cocktails garnished with olives and lemon? The craft cocktail craze has brought meat to the table … and the cocktail glass. 

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Hungry For Linkage: Deschute’s Brewery Launch Parties + Thanksgiving Beers at Adroit Theory + Nourish Markets Close in Falls Church

Posted by / Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Black Butte porter and cookies

Deschutes Brewery Black Butte porter and cookies / photo courtesy of Deschutes Brewery

By Nicole Bayne

West Coast Deschutes Brewery is hosting two launch parties with food and drink pairings including the rare anniversary Imperial porter, Black Butte XXVI, with one today from 6-10 p.m. at American Taproom (3101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) and one tomorrow at the same time at Rustico (827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria). Deschutes is also releasing a new beer made with José Andrés, Zarabanda, tomorrow from 6-9 p.m. at  Jaleo (2250 Crystal Drive, Arlington).

Owner Karen Sherwood is closing both Nourish Market locations in Falls Church on December 5.

COFFEEBOXX by OXX, the world’s first “ruggedized” coffee maker (watch the shenanigans on Kickstarter), should launch early in 2015.

On November 26, Adroit Theory in Purcellville will debut three beers for Thanksgiving: a cranberry saison, a stuffing stout and a sweet potato casserole porter. [WaPo Express]

The New York Times has compiled its favorite Thanksgiving recipes from each of the 50 states. From Virginia: corn pudding. [NYTimes]


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Oh George Restaurant Among New Tenants Coming to University Mall

Posted by / Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Oh George

Oh George construction progress from September to November 2014 / Photos by Nicole Bayne

By Nicole Bayne

Renovations have been under way at the 38-year-old University Mall in Fairfax since plans were approved in 2012. The George Mason University hot spot with a scruffy exterior is known for fast food, cheap movie tickets and the New Orleans-themed bar Fat Tuesday’s. That will change when construction clears revealing the new restaurant Oh George and several new tenants as part of a face lift for University Mall.

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Hungry for Linkage: Cocktail Week + Mayo Wars + Soup for Thanksgiving

Posted by / Monday, November 17th, 2014

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Tim UR/shutterstock.com

DC Cocktail Week starts today with specials at over 55 restaurants, including Epic Smokehouse, Mazagan Restaurant & LoungeStone’s Cove KitBarTRIO and many more in NoVA. [RAMW]

Arlington‘s Eventide is now closed. [ARLnow]

The mayo wars. [Mother Jones]

Virginia beer survey: “More than 79 percent of respondents … said they had visited a brewery because they were going to a winery or were on a wine trail.” [Loudoun Times Mirror]

In praise of soup on Thanksgiving. [WaPo]


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Cider Week Virginia Starts Today: 10 Local Spots to Find Virginia-made Hard Cider + 6 VA Cideries

Posted by / Friday, November 14th, 2014

Juice from the presses / Photo Courtesy of Albemarle Cider Works

Apple Juices from the Apple Press / Photo Courtesy of Albemarle Cider Works

By Susannah Black

In honor of Cider Week Virginia, starting today, here’s a guide to 10 spots in Northern Virginia where cider lovers can quench their thirst with Virginia-made hard cider. Plus, where to go directly for the cider source. 

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Hungry For Linkage: Hot Chocolate Tasting at Artisan Confections + Bottling Day at Catoctin Creek Distillery + Thanksgiving Drinking Seminar

Posted by / Friday, November 14th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Artisan Confections

Artisan Confection’s chocolates / Photo Courtesy of Dan Chung

By Susannah Black

Restaurants may see a strong year in 2015: “Lower gas and commodity prices, coupled with high valuations and low debt costs, have generated some optimism for the restaurant industry heading into 2015.” [Restaurant News]

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will conduct a bottling workshop this Saturday at 9 a.m. Guests will learn how to bottle, seal, cap and label Catoctin’s Roundstone Rye. [Catoctin Creek]

Cobbler Mountain Cellars pairs up with Custom Adventure Tours for a three-day Cider Under the Stars camping, hiking and cider tasting experience. [Cider Week Virginia]

Artisan Confections will host an open house this Saturday at their Arlington location between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and at their Fairfax location between 4 – 8 p.m. Enjoy chocolate and hot chocolate tastings as well as discounts on in-store purchases. [FB]

A Drinking Seminar on Beverages for Thanksgiving will be hosted at The Whole Ox of The Plains tonight at 7 p.m. For $20, guests will taste wine, beer, cider and other specialty drinks along with light food pairings. [The Whole Ox]


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