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Soup-Tastic Eats at Mon Ami Gabi

Posted by / Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Image courtesy of Anjali Pinto

As 2011 comes to an end, the New Year isn’t the only occasion to be excited about: the month of January officially marks National Soup Month! And right now, there’s no better place to commemorate the delectable occasion than at Mon Ami Gabi!

Stop in to celebrate appropriately and order up the restaurant’s warm and tasty Winter Soup Flight for just $5.95. When there is a sumptuous trio of specialty soup favorites, why order just one, when you can have a perfect-portion taste of all three?

Warm yourself from within and taste delicate spoonfuls of the classic Onion Soup Au Gratin with bubbling gruyere cheese, the decadent Four Mushroom Soup with roasted wild mushrooms and herb brioche croutons and the always-changing Cream of Root Vegetable Soup, featuring a new seasonal variety each week.

As temperatures start to plummet and the wintry chill sets in, one thing is for sure – Mon Ami Gabi will be ready and waiting to serve guests a piping hot trio of deliciousness. Raise your spoon and cheers to National Soup Month all of January at the go-to dining destination.

Guests are encouraged to call Mon Ami Gabi Reston at 703-707-0233 for more information and to make their reservation.

Mon Ami Gabi – 11950 Democracy Drive, Reston

– Jennie Whistler



Posted by / Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Remember this?

The teenage trio of brotherly heartthrobs ruled the late ’90s with MMMBop.

What did “MMMBop” mean, anyway? It’s about to be 2012 and I still don’t know.

But the Hanson brothers, now in their late 20′s and early 30′s are coming out with a more mature, more practical hit. It’s called MmmHop … and, yes, that “hop” means beer.

This is breaking news, folks!

While shamefully humming “MMMBop” in your head, wouldn’t you love to be sipping on a nice, strong and hoppy beer made by none other than Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson?

Grown-up Hanson-fans-turned-beer-lovers, unite!

You can read the full report here.

-Julia Harbo


‘Tis the Season to be Hungry

Posted by / Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Image: Eireann/Shutterstock

The Christmas season is also the tastiest season!

Virtue Feed & Grainthe comfortable escape to tasty morsels, beer inspired ‘hoptails,’ big screens and vintage arcade games is prepared to provide the classic backdrop for the holidays.

Decorated with hanging Christmas trees (kissing under trees is better than kissing under mistletoe), sparkling Christmas lights, and reefs on many walls, the decorations are only a precursor for the seasonal beer list that will feature a different holiday beer everyday from now leading up to Christmas. (Stay tuned to Facebook/Twitter for announcements.)

Pastry Chef Rebekka Baltzell’s special creations for the holiday season include a Chocolate Candycane Cake, Guinness Gingerbread Cake and White Chocolate Eggnog Mousse.

New Year’s Eve at Virtue Feed and Grain:

For New Years, the restaurant will be serving the full menu, including Feast Specials of Lobster, Prime Rib, and Whole Suckling Pig. There will be a midnight toast alongside the dropping of the ball on the big screen.

– Jennie Whistler


Bon Appetit Lists Virtue Feed & Grain’s “Hoptails” as 2012 Trend

Posted by / Monday, December 19th, 2011

Photo courtesy: Virtue Feed & Grain / Ken Wyner

Nestled between porky Asian sandwiches (heeelllo Cambodia’s Num Pang), funky finger limes (caviar of the fruit world) and the creme bruele-like canelé (move over cupcakes), Bon Appétit gives a shout out to Virtue Feed & Grain’s beer cocktails in the magazine’s 2012 trend-watch list.

Alexandria’s Virtue turns the classic Old Fashion into a “hoptail” with the addition of Brooklyn Brown Ale to the bourbon and SoCo concoction. With beer love on the rise, expect plenty more area bars to combine brews and spirits for a spin on adult beverage fun.

[Virtue’s Shock Me hoptail recipe]

–Stefanie Gans


Redskins Players Tonight at The Dons’ Christmas Dinner

Posted by / Monday, December 19th, 2011

Redskins fans? Pizza fans? Want your Redskins players to serve you free pizza?

Redskins players Lorenzo Alexander, Reed Doughty and Kedric Golston will be at The Dons’ Pizza Christmas Dinner tonight serving free pizza and drinks! This is the third annual Christmas Dinner for pizza lovers of all ages to enjoy free pizza and drinks with donations to support the African Missions. There will also be live holiday music performed by recording artist Amy Jo and Friends.

Don’t miss out on this tonight, Monday, December 19, from 6-8 p.m. at The Dons’ Wood-Fired Pizza (21018 South Bank St., Sterling;  703-444-4959;

-Julia Harbo


Free Beer. Need I Say More?

Posted by / Monday, December 19th, 2011

Image courtesy of Pizza Paradiso

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Pizzeria Paradiso and Martha’s Table. Tis the season of giving and today at Pizzeria Paradiso if you give, you shall receive.

For every canned good you donate, receive a free can of beer in return!

What could be better than helping out your fellow man, getting into the holiday spirits and enjoying a bubbly brewsky at the same time? This blogger thinks, not much.

And of course, while you’re there, you may as well tuck into a slice (or more) of Pizzeria Paradiso’s famous brick oven pizza. Hey- you’re already there!

Now for the rules: Pre-selected beers only and limited to three beers max. But three free beers are better than no free beers. That’s what I always say.

No reservations required. Stop by anytime from 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Bring your canned goods and your appetite.

Martha’s Table’s mission is to help at-risk children, youth, families and individuals in our community improve their lives by providing educational programs, food, clothing and enrichment opportunities. To find out how you can help, donate or volunteer visit

Pizzeria Paradiso, 124 King Street, Alexandria; 703-837-1245

– Jennie Whistler


Dining in the Dark

Posted by / Friday, December 16th, 2011

I’d like to share with you a picture of my dinner last night:

No, that’s not a technological error — that was my true dinner experience. I participated in Dining in the Dark, a Visionary Awards Dinner put on by the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Dining in the Dark is exactly what it sounds like. If you haven’t heard of the trend that started in Germany, it’s when diners eat their meals in complete darkness — I’m talking pitch black. The idea is to enjoy a sensory awareness experience — and in the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ event, to get a glimpse into the lives of the visually impaired.

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Free Fry For All

Posted by / Friday, December 16th, 2011

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In honor of Burger King’s new style of French fry, they are officially declaring today, December 16, Free Fry Friday.

Normally, I wouldn’t post about anything fast food related, as I believe that Fast Food chains are one of the most major contributing factors to our country’s obesity crisis. Inferior ingredients, lots of empty calories, monster portions (although McDonald’s has done away with the “Supersize”), and low prices all add up to one big problem.

But I’m also not one to turn down free food.

The new fries at Burger King are said to offer restaurant guests a high-quality, perfectly balanced product. A thicker cut of potato gives each bite more fluffy, potato flavor on the inside and crispy, golden-brown deliciousness on the outside. They are also supposed to be lower in sodium.

Who doesn’t like French fries? Decide for yourself.

But then have a salad for dinner- and not one from Burger King!

– Jennie Whistler


December Date Night

Posted by / Thursday, December 15th, 2011

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Bring someone special and put on your chef hat- it’s time for an evening of romance, cooking and fun. This Saturday, December 17 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., work side by side with your date as our instructor teaches the easy, yet impressive, techniques behind a menu of dishes designed to inspire the warm fuzzies every time.

This class recurs on the third Saturday of every month and each month a new dish is featured!

Better yet! Make it dinner and dancing! Come early at 7:30pm to take a 30 minute ballroom dancing lesson at an additional cost of only $5.00, and/or head back upstairs after class and dance for free until 10:30pm!

It’s a perfect date night!

Tuition for cooking lesson: $30 per person ($60/couple)
Tuition for cooking lesson with ballroom dancing: $35 per person ($70/couple)

*Reservations are required and must be made at least two days prior to event start date so there’s still time if you register today! 

For more information or to make a reservation call 703-495-0001 or visit their website at

Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton

– Jennie Whistler


Oh, Christmas Tree

Posted by / Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Rockefeller, Shmockefeller.

Okay, I can’t deny that New York’s quintessential Christmas tree is big and beautiful, shining ever so brightly each year in Rockefeller Center as tourists are overcharged to freeze their butts off while ice skating in the sunken garden below.

But D.C.’s National Christmas Tree is pretty magnificent, too.

Image: Svetlana Larina/Shutterstock

Tonight’s your night to relish in the cold, wintry, 10-days-to-Christmas wine tasting and limousine trip into D.C. to see the National Tree.

Washington Wine Academy will start you off with a reception of light, wintry snacks and wine before picking you up from the Washington Wine Academy in Crystal City and transporting you via limo to the National Christmas Tree and back again. There are two available times for tonight:

Group One — 6-7 p.m. (Holiday Wine Reception); 7-8:15 p.m. (trip to National Christmas Tree); arrive back in Crystal City by 8:30 p.m.

Group Two —  7:30-8:30 p.m. (Holiday Wine Reception); 8:35-10 p.m. (trip to National Christmas Tree); arrive back in Crystal City by 10:15 p.m.

The event begins and ends at the Washington Wine Academy, located at 1201 South Eads St., Suite 400, in Crystal City. Tickets are $36 per person and advanced registration is required via PayPal here.

For more information, visit the Washington Wine Academy website.

-Julia Harbo


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