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20 new and almost opened restaurants, breweries and coffee shops in Northern Virginia

Posted by / Friday, May 22nd, 2015

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of 360b/Shutterstock.com

Need a new spot to nosh? Here is a list of new restaurants now open or opening soon.

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Hungry for Linkage: Free anniversary drinks tonight at Mazagan Restaurant

Posted by / Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Artfully Chocolate

Artfully Chocolate

Sushi 2Go is now open in Ballston. [ARLnow]

Complimentary cocktail tasting to celebrate Mazagan Restaurant‘s anniversary tonight from 5-7 p.m. [info]

Reston’s Emilia Cirker, a culinary instructor, will compete in June’s new season of Food Network Star. [Restonnow]

Artfully Chocolate is closing in Alexandria. [Eater]

Sign up for the Farm. Fresh. Pledge!—spend at least $10 a week and track purchases through a punch card—and be entered to win prizes. Participating farmers markets include City of Manassas Farmers Market and Fairfax County Park Authority Farmers Markets at multiple sites. [VDACS]

 


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McAuliffe lifts ban with new food truck bill

Posted by / Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Virginia Food Truck Bill

Gov. Terry McAuliffe at Monday’s bill signing. Photo courtesy of Alex Cooper

By Mia Finley

After being restricted to hefty fees or private curbside property, Virginia food trucks now have more parking options.

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The Beer Chronicles

Posted by / Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Author Garrett Peck

Photo by Aaron Spicer.

Toasting beer’s long-lasting legacy in the Metro-D.C. area with author and historian Garrett Peck.

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Hungry for Linkage: The Italian Store’s second location is now open

Posted by / Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

 Virginia Country Kitchen / Photo Courtesy of Washington Nationals

Virginia Country Kitchen / Photo Courtesy of Washington Nationals

Nationals Park hosts Virginia Country Kitchen, a Virginia-themed food stand, this year—aka BISCUITS! The menu is above. [WaPo]

The long-awaited Westover location of the Italian Store officially opened this week. [Eater]

Washington Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov really likes Glory Days. [RMNB]

Win your family of four free meals for a year from Ashburn‘s Taque. [Taque]

New this month at Paladar Latin Kitchen in Tysons Corner: If you don’t receive your “Quick Fire Lunch” in 30 minutes or less, each person at the table gets a $10 gift card. (Valid for parties of 6 or less, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.) The menu is below. 

quick lunch at Paladar Latin Kitchen


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Cravings: Tripa at Taco Bamba

Posted by / Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

tripa

Photo by Nicole Bayne

By Nicole Bayne

Dish: Tripa, $3

Where: Taco Bamba2190 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church

Taste: If you’re a fan of tripe in pho, get pumped to see it fried and wrapped in two soft corn tortillas at Taco Bamba. Beef’s small intestine is mostly flavorful fat holding every drop of the oils it was fried in. Each sweet piece is a bit chewy, remarkably succulent and sprinkled with cilantro. The delightful juxtaposition of crunch and juice was pivotal in temporarily taking my mind off the fact that I was eating animal innards.

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Hungry for Linkage: Barrel & Bushel officially opens in Tysons Corner

Posted by / Monday, May 18th, 2015

Barrel & Bushel

Barrel & Bushel’s hot fried chicken entree / Photo courtesy of Michael Stavaridis

By Nicole Bayne

Barrel & Bushel is now open in Tysons Corner. [Barrel&Bushel]

NASA takes an extraterrestrial look at Virginia’s vineyards from space. [WaPo]

The opening date for Smokehouse Live has been set for May 26. [EaterDC]

Lil City Creamery opens in Falls Church; Long John Silvers closes for good. [News-Press]

City folk think these Virginia wineries are worth the trek. [Thrillist]


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Presented without comment: $4 biscuit with butter at the brand-new Stomping Ground

Posted by / Friday, May 15th, 2015

Stomping Ground biscuit / By Stefanie Gans

Stomping Ground biscuit / By Stefanie Gans

Did I like this biscuit? Yes.

Am I excited that Del Ray can claim Stomping Groundopened yesterdayas a cute little place for biscuit sandwiches and coffee? Yes.

Does a biscuit with butter cost $4? Yes.


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Hungry for Linkage: Neyla in Reston and Stomping Ground in Del Ray opened this week

Posted by / Friday, May 15th, 2015

Neyla / Photo courtesy of Len de Pas

Neyla / Photo courtesy of Len de Pas

Opened this week: Neyla in Reston and Stomping Ground in Del Ray. [Eater, Patch]

Shirlington closings: Bungalow Sports Grill and Bonsai Grill; Shirlington opening: Hula Girl. [ARLnow, Eater]

Kite Runner Cafe out; Gaijin Ramen Shop in. [ARLnow]

For the first time, restaurant sales surpass grocery store sales. [NRA]

Find Nitro’s Creamery at the Reston Farmers Market with flavors using strawberries, rhubarb, beets and Nutella. [Modern Reston]

Bon Appetit’s June 2014 photo of a sour cherry pie wins Most Delicious cover from the American Society of Magazine Editors. [ASME]

Gyspy Soul is now selling ready-made food at the Mosaic Central Farm Market: pimento cheese, oyster and artichoke spread, chilled sweet pea soup and duck fat beignets with burnt orange caramel sauce and powder sugar.


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Tour de Joe: Bike shops open with coffee drinkers in mind

Posted by / Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The old-school combo of bicycling and coffee drinking gains modern momentum. –Nicole Bayne

Veloville USA

Veloville USA / Photo by Erick Gibson.

Veloville USA

“The Tour de France always starts with an espresso,” says Nicole Davison. The owner of the bike and coffee shop Veloville USA (velo means bike in French) references pictures from several historical archives of riders throughout Tour de France’s history photographed in coffee shops before the big race; caffeine happens to be a stimulant not banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Veloville USA

Veloville USA / Photo by Erick Gibson.

“Coffee and biking go together,” says Davison. “This is a secret cyclists have known for generations, and it is finally becoming mainstream.”

Though the opening of bike and coffee stores is just beginning in Northern Virginia, the concept is far from new. Studies determining caffeine’s enhancement of athletic performances have been conducted for years: Ingesting caffeine before and after races has been proven to help athletes, and most bikers consider this common knowledge.

Today, these dual bike and coffee stores can be found out West in states like California, Colorado and Oregon, but they are also moving east to Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Carolina and now Northern Virginia.

“The first coffee and bike shops started because owners of bicycle stores noticed their customers always hanging out at the local coffee house,” says Davison. “They began offering coffee as an incentive for people to stay longer.”

This also became a pragmatic solution to constitute a well-rounded business with coffee bringing in customers in cold-weather months.

“You’re going to see it permeate this area,” says Davison, who opened her shop in Purcellville last April. “Whether you’re a cyclist or a racer or you just want to get out and enjoy nice weather, you’ll be drawn to this lifestyle.”

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