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A Restaurant Critic’s Life: Bread and Butter

A simple act, a happy critic.

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The Brunch Issue

Wake up. Get dressed. It’s time for brunch.

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Brunch Battles

We sent our writers into the ring to determine which of our favorite morning staples is the best brunch dish.

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REVIEWS

TRIO Grill

A Fork in the Road

TRIO Grill takes the path most traveled.

LITTLE NIBBLE

88 China Restaurant

88 China Restaurant

This Chantilly spot offers spicy dishes and silky vegetables.

BOOKS

The Arcadia Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook

Q: How should a first-timer navigate The farmers market?

JuJu Harris, a former WIC mother, self-taught homecook and first-time author combines recipes with the spoils of Alexandria’s farmers markets in “The Arcadia Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook.”

INFOGRAPHICS

Goats will always win eating competitions

Gastrological Signs

Despite the heavy criticisms by the more recognized Gastronomists, Gastrology is a legitimate source for weighing in on food options for any month of the year.

TOOLKIT

Cherry Deconstructed

Cherry Deconstructed

Both sweet and sour, cherries are more than neglected toppers on a summery sundae.

AT HOME

Photo courtesy of PlateDate.

Farm-to-Your-Table

New Private Chef Service incorporates local food concept.

NECTAR

Summer Sips

Local Winemakers Reveal Their Stashes.

MUST TRY

Shenandoah Spice Company

VA Made: Shenandoah Spice Company

A canoe trip down the Shenandoah inspired this pair’s line of spicy cooking rubs.

LIFE BY TEXTING

Life by Text.

15 hours with a Goat Enthusiast, Farmer, Market Manager and Education Coordinator: Deb Lakowicz-Dramby

Deb Lakowicz-Dramby loves goats. At Willowsford, where Dramby works, the new multi-village community in Loudoun County is over 4,000 acres and includes a farm. From feeding goats to planting tomatoes to setting up the Farm Stand and marketing the whole operation, Dramby does a bit of everything. But mostly, she loves taking pictures of and snuggling with goats.

REFRIGERATOR ART

Refrigerator Art: Beach Bacon Bingo

Beach Bacon Bingo

How Ron Swanson imagines summer fun.

GUT CHECK

Sprelly's nut butters / Photo by Mike Ramm

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time: Sprelly to Open As Nut Butter Haven in Fredericksburg

“I just wanted to try anything that I could try to see if I could make anything out of anything and I couldn’t really, I failed. I failed and failed and failed but this has been the success.”

Mt. Defiance Cidery manager, Nicole Nicastro, at the cidery’s sample bar / Photo Credit: Peter Ahlf

Mount Defiance Cidery & Distillery to Open in Middleburg Next Month

A NoVA native comes home to join the booming booze industry.

Chili Cheese Fries at Ben's Chili Bowl / Photo by Stefanie Gans

Hungry for Linkage: Ben’s Chili Bowl at Reagan + New Bar Crawl Regulations + Fairfax County Making Life Easier for Food Trucks

“It is fitting to have Ben’s at the airport, welcoming travelers and giving them their first taste of the region.”

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

Fredericksburg to Host First Ever Sandwich Contest, FXBG Sandwich Invitational

“People were turning everything into sandwiches. There are TV shows on sandwiches.”