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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

Don Lencho in Manassas

Manassas finds its Sol

Bright, comforting and traditional dishes at Don Lencho.

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

Okra, the misunderstood delicacy.

Okra Deconstructed

Forget the slime and Southern stereotypes, there’s more to okra than Ghostbusters references and Paula Deen.

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

Balsamo’s Family Kitchen (The Extended Balsamo Family)

VA Made: Balsamo’s Family Kitchen

A family recipe became a business inspiration for this mother of seven.

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

Courtesy of Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House

Summer Foodie Reading List: 3 Tales from the Plate

Mini-reviews on memoirs from food professionals.

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24 Decadent Nutella Desserts to Devour in Northern Virginia

Whether spread on a piece of toast, dolloped straight-up on a spoon or shamelessly scooped out with a finger, Nutella is perfection right down to the 48 individual hazelnuts packed into each jar.

Photo by Allison Michelli

Behind the Brew: Wiping Down, Getting Wet and Bottling Beer at Old Bust Head Brewing Company

“At one point during this process I caught myself humming the Laverne and Shirley theme song, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated,” as my hands rapidly moved in rhythmic harmony.”

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Hungry for Linkage: Heavy Seas Alehouse’s Beach & Beer Dinner + Take a “Cheesy Selfie” for Free Nachos + Coffee Cost Calculator

Paradise Springs Winery of Clifton goes bi-coastal with the opening of Santa Barbara, California location.