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Fredericksburg to Host First Ever Sandwich Contest, FXBG Sandwich Invitational

Posted by / Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Courtesy of The City of Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism

By Ariel Yong

When a small committee of restaurateurs pitched the idea of a sandwich contest to the City of Fredericksburg, Julie Perry had to agree.

“Sandwiches are hot,” Perry says. “[The restaurateurs] were just seeing a popular explosion on sandwiches. People were turning everything into sandwiches. There are TV shows on sandwiches.”

The FXBG Sandwich Invitational will take place on July 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hurkamp Park in downtown Fredericksburg. Tickets cost $25 per person and entitle patrons to sample-size sandwiches from each of the 13 participating restaurants (full list below). According to Perry, there will also be food samples from other local restaurants.

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City Tavern Moving to New Location within Old Town Manassas

Posted by / Monday, July 21st, 2014

Photo by Allison Michelli

By Allison Michelli

After 20 years, City Tavern in Old Town Manassas is relocating, though only less than a mile from the original location.

Housed in the Olde Town Inn, City Tavern will move into the the former location of KC’s Restaurant, which has been closed for about 4 years. Olde Town Inn manager Gita Shingala (her husband Dharmesh Shingala is the owner of the building) says the City Tavern was coming up on the end of its 20 year lease, and with rent raised to reflect current market prices, City Tavern owner Pete Veltsistas decided to move the business.

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Hungry for Linkage: Wildfire Hosts Brewery Dinner + Electronic Music Sriracha Festival + Coffee Infused Wine in a Can

Posted by / Monday, July 21st, 2014

Chris Parypa Photography /

By Allison Michelli

Wildfire in Tysons Corner will host a crab-inspired brewery dinner. For more information on this event and more like it, check out the calendar to see what’s happening this week on the NoVA food scene.

Breaux Vineyards says cheers to live musical performances, proving that “pairing fun music with fine wine is good for business.” [Loudoun Times]

Beer-themed books for the bookworm that enjoys a good brew along with a good read. [ARLNow]

Sriracha sauce and electronic music combine for a spice filled weekend at the Electronic Sriracha Festival. Line-up to be released today (Noon EDT/9 a.m. PCT). [Grub Street]

In case you’re already having withdrawal from National Ice Cream Day, here more can’t miss treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. [CN Traveler]

Coffee-infused wine in a can: the newest novelty wine mash-up offers 6 percent alcohol with a touch of caffeine. [Thrillist]



Cravings: Native American Taco from Urban Bumpkin BBQ Food Truck

Posted by / Friday, July 18th, 2014

Photo by Ariel Yong

By Ariel Yong

Dish: Urban Native American Taco, $9

Where: Urban Bumpkin BBQ Food Truck, Arlington (Courthouse)

Taste: This isn’t an ordinary taco. In fact, it’s more akin to a sope. Instead of tightly wrapping the fillings in a flour tortilla, this taco is open-faced so there will be no grabbing it with your hands. Knife and fork are 100 percent necessary. My younger brother, who shared the two messy piles of fried dough and shredded meat with me, called them “magical.” Juicy, tender pulled pork meets tangy chili garlic coleslaw and the result is the contrasting combination of warm barbecue sauce and cool, crunchy cabbage. It all sits on top of fried native Alaskan bread, crispy on the outside yet soft and barbecue-soaked in the middle. The mayo has a smoky taste and pairs nicely with the fresh tomatoes of the pico de gallo. The next time you think taco, go Urban Native American. 

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Hungry for Linkage: We Don’t Care You Ate Pizza for 25 Years + Beef Tongue + RIP Thomas Chris Sarris

Posted by / Friday, July 18th, 2014

Photo by Stefanie Gans

When are we going to stop hearing about the dude who ate nothing but pizza for the past 25 years? [Esquire]

Some praise for beef tongue at Fuego Cocina. [DCDining]

To celebrate its 10 year anniversary, Occoquan‘s Blue Arbor Cafe will set sandwich prices back to what they were a decade ago. [Patch]

New owner, but same menu, for Montclair Family Restaurant in Dumfries. [Potomoc Local]

Thomas Chris Sarris, owner of the defunct Tom Sarris Orleans House, has died. [Eater]


Oakton High School Teacher Trades In Classroom and Textbooks for Barbecue Food Truck, Sloppy Mama’s

Posted by / Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Sloppy Mama's

By Allison Michelli

From high school history to barbecuing hogs, former Oakton High School teacher and football coach Joe Neuman is trading in textbooks for a food truck. Sloppy Mama’s is set to debut at the end of July with stops throughout Fairfax and Arlington, including Tysons Corner, Reston and Rosslyn

Five years ago, Neuman and his wife Mandy catered a pig roast for their wedding and it was such a hit that friends and family began requesting them to cater other parties. Neuman says, the idea grew through word of mouth and eventually they were doing a few pig roasts a summer.

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Eat Up, Cool Down

Posted by / Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

5 Cool Summer Treats

Photo by Jonathan Timmes

Pool parties and “Dexter” marathons aren’t the only ways to catch a chill this summer. Go beyond popsicles and take a global tour of summer treats. —Mary Kong-DeVito

Che Thai @ Song Que
Che Thai is an edible, slurpable treat that bears resemblance to a parfait, a McFlurry and bubble tea all at once. This Vietnamese take on a Thai dessert is a fun creation, put together from an array of ingredients including green pandan jelly, like Jello-O but firmer with a delightful snap; ebony-colored grass jelly, which is soft and lightly lavender-flavored; sweet corn pudding; red pomegranate seeds and more. Topped with crushed ice, half-and-half and a choice of fresh fruits—soft jackfruit, sweet longans, crunchy water chestnuts or juicy lychees—che Thai makes a hot afternoon bearable. Eat it with a spoon or extra-wide straw, both provided. / 6769 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church


Lucuma Ice Cream @ TropQ Creamery
TropQ makes over 50 flavors of ice cream with base ingredients sourced locally. With a focus on exotic Latin and Asian fruits, one of TropQ’s most interesting flavors comes from Peru. Look for the bright Creamsicle-like color and ask for lucuma, pronounced “LOO-koo-mah.” The fruit, a papaya look-alike, is green on the outside, but reveals a golden flesh on the inside that’s bursting with thick caramel flavors. Its rich color is due to an abundance of beta carotene, iron and other superfood powers, so naturally, you should have an extra scoop. / 721 E. Main St., Purcellville


New Zealand Classic Pavlova @ Cassatt’s Kiwi Café
It is said that when Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova toured Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s, a teacake was created in her honor, resembling the gossamer petticoats the prima ballerina wore in “Swan Lake.” The Pavlova cake, with whispery layers of fresh fruit, meringue and cream, is just as light. No one knows definitively which country it originates from, and much like Russell Crowe, both countries have laid claim to it, each declaring it their national dish. / 4536 Lee Highway, Arlington


Ube @ Bistro 7107
Ube is a purple yam indigenous to Asia and popular in the Philippines. Like Prince, it sports a bold violet color that is hard to miss, and just like the provocative singer, ube isn’t afraid to bare its flesh. Similar to a sweet potato, ube’s sugar content is ideal for making desserts. At Bistro 7107, the root vegetable is blended with coconut milk, chilled and formed into ube jalaya, a vibrant, rich cake with a texture not unlike flourless chocolate cake. / 513 23rd St. S, Arlington


Firnee @ Mazadar
A traditional Persian dish usually prepared for religious and special occasions, firnee is simple custard—alabaster-white yet colorfully fragrant—made fresh with milk, cornstarch and sugar, then chilled. With spicy, citrus notes of cardamom, it’s silky and lighter than creme brulee, with the delicate crunch of crushed pistachios. / 11725 Lee Highway, Fairfax

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Hungry for Linkage: “1775″ Marine Beer + Beer Dinner in Rosslyn + Giant African Snails

Posted by / Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Valentyn Volkov /

By Ariel Yong

Marine beer-brewer in Virginia creates new ale that resembles the brew the first Marines drank at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. “1775″ will be released by November for the Marine Corps birthday bash. [Marine Corps Times]

Heavy Seas Alehouse in Rosslyn is hosting its first beer dinner on Monday, July 28. Each beer will be paired with a different food item ($65). [EaterDC]

New farmers market may be heading to Arlington Mill. If approved, the market will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. [ARLNow]

How food trucks became the crucial culinary start-up. [Thrillist]

An app-controlled slow cooker. [Yahoo]

Giant African snails from Nigeria seized at U.S. customs. [NPR]


Spencer Devon Brewing to Open this October in Fredericksburg

Posted by / Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Courtesy of Spencer Devon Brewing

By Ariel Yong

Although the brewery won’t be open for a couple of months, Shawn Phillips has had the name picked out for a long time. 

“Whenever my wife and I were having children way back in the day, she would name the girls and I would name the boys. And we never had any boys. But I always had a first name and a middle name for my firstborn son which would have been Spencer Devon. So it’s our third child.”

Phillips, a retired marine who lives with his wife in Fredericksburg, a city he fell in love with after he was stationed there, will open Spencer Devon Brewing this October. 

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Hungry For Linkage: Free Creamy Corn at Copperwood Tavern + Bonefish Grill Opening Arlington Location + American’s Coffee Consumption by the Numbers

Posted by / Monday, July 14th, 2014

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By Allison Michelli

Lindt chocolate makes plans to buy Russell Stover Candy [NYT]

Bonefish Grill’s first Arlington location set to open middle of August. [ARLNow]

Dunkin’ Donuts sells 30 cups of coffee every second, plus a whole video of coffee stats. [WaPo]

D.I.Y. ice cream treats to keep you cool this summer. [Buzzfeed]

Your guide to the best bacon in America. The results will make you squeal with joy. [CNN]

Make a dinner reservation at Copperwood Tavern for Monday, July 14 using OpenTable and get a free creamed corn side with the purchase of an entree.

Control stress levels by choosing the right foods to eat. [NPR]


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