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Hungry for Linkage: How to Complain at a Restaurant

Posted by / Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

 

Forrest Pritchard of Smith Meadows / Courtesy of Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Piquot Press

Forrest Pritchard of Smith Meadows / Courtesy of Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Piquot Press

By Stefanie Gans

Why farmers market eggs taste and look different in the winter, by farmer Forrest Pritchard. [Smith Meadows]

Fast food companies offer January deals because, wow, it’s hard to leave the warmth of the indoors these days. [USA Today]

Court House‘s Velocity 5 will turn into Courthaus Social this spring. [ARLnow]

How to complain at a restaurant. [WaPo]

I could be into this all-natural coffee-flavored gum. [Well + Good]


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Cedar’s Gourmet & Sweets Debuts Restaurant Counterpart and Hookah Bar, Cedar’s Cafe

Posted by / Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Chicken shawarma sandwich and lounge

Chicken shawarma sandwich at Cedar’s Cafe / Photo courtesy of Imad Zein

By Nicole Bayne

When then the space next door to Cedar’s Gourmet & Sweets in Fairfax became available, owner Imad Zein was finally able to open his next dream project: a hookah bar.

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Hungry for Linkage: New Wine Director at Salamander Resort and Spa

Posted by / Monday, January 12th, 2015

Harriman's Virginia Piedmont Grill.

Harrimans at the Salamander Resort & Spa / Photo by Jonathan Timmes

By Nicole Bayne

Which wine goes well with tootsie rolls? [npr]

Rethink these five foods, eating vegetarian is not always healthy. [Food&Wine]

Michael Foote, formerly of The Wine Kitchen and WK Hearth is the new wine director Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg. [Loudoun Times Mirror]

The White House hired a new senior policy adviser for nutrition policy: Deb Eschmeyer. [Politico

Sweet Leaf to open in Ballston. [ARLnow]

 


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Cravings: Khachapuri at Bistro 360

Posted by / Friday, January 9th, 2015

Photo by Stefanie Gans

Photo by Stefanie Gans

By Stefanie Gans

Dish: Khachapuri, $8

Where: Bistro 360, 1800 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Taste: Put an egg on it is my personal rallying cry, so when I first learned of khachapuri, a Georgian cheese bread decorated with an egg, I headed to D.C.’s Compass Rose, a new restaurant that received tons of press for the dish

It’s a simple thing really: baked dough, shaped like a canoe, with lots of butter, cheese and an egg yolk, swirled together tableside.

Now there’s a version in Northern Virginia, at the newly opened Bistro 360. While Bistro 360′s version is a little less luxe—the yolk is served intact with the white which doesn’t allow the yolk to meld with the cheese and become it’s own creamy sauce—it’s still a fantastic bar snack with a side of dark beer. The crust is chewy and reveals an herby essence. Plus it’s fun to eat, pulling apart the bread and dipping it into the yolk. Start your year with a little indulgence. 

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Hungry for Linkage: Star Hill Spotlight at Arlington’s American Tap Room

Posted by / Friday, January 9th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

Photo Courtesy of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

By Susannah Black

Historic Downtown Bristol hosts the Art D’Vine Gallery Hop and Wine Tasting this Saturday from 6-10 p.m. [VA]

Old Bust Head Brewing Company celebrates the anniversary of its first brew on Saturday. [Old Bust Head]

Alexandria chef George Pagonis makes “Top Chef“‘s final four. [Washingtonian]

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery will will re-release its popular Vanilla Virginia Black Bear brew for a limited time. [Lickinghole]

Star Hill Brewery comes to American Tap Room in Arlington this Saturday. Guests may taste and get an education on Star Hill’s brews. [VA]

For $60 ($75 with wine pairing), experience Executive Chefs Edwin Amaya and Eddie Ishaq’s custom-made four-course gluten-free dinner at Tyson’s Wildfire restaurant. [Wildfire]

Ways & Means session IPA returns to Port City Brewing Company‘s tasting room this Saturday. [Port City]


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Global-ish: Chicken Kabob at Food Corner Kabob House

Posted by / Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Photo by Ann Hsu Kaufman

Photo by Ann Hsu Kaufman

Finding worldly bites for $12 & under.

By Ann Hsu Kaufman 

The copious menu options available at all of Food Corner Kabob House’s five D.C.-area locations might overwhelm a first-time visitor, but, as it turns out, the very first item on the menu is a winner and one of its best-sellers.

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Hungry for Linkage: Girl Scouts Go Gluten-Free

Posted by / Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Water & Wall's Beet Raviolini

Beet Raviolini at Water & Wall’s Silk Road Noodle Pop-Up / Photo courtesy of Water & Wall

By Nicole Bayne 

Experience Water & Wall’s Silk Road Noodle Lunch Pop-Up, open now through March. [W&W

Free Twinkies, day-long food specials and giveaways for Chuy’s annual Elvis birthday bash tomorrow from 11 a.m. -11 p.m. at the Springfield and Fairfax locations. Free entree if you dress up as Elvis or Priscilla. [Chuy’s]

Dry January is catching on in Europe. Do these health benefits appeal to the U.S.? [NPR]

The Girls Scouts are adding two gluten-free options to their cookie list. [CNN]

Virginia’s 2015 guide to 252 wineries, cideries and meaderies is now available for free delivery. [Virginia Wine]

Add color to your snow days by using this citrus buying guide for winter 2015. [Saveur]

Pizza Vinoteca’s 16-burner, 900-degree grill gives the Arlington newcomer an edge. [WaPo]


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Updated: Village Sweet Bakery Expected to Open Early March

Posted by / Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Village Sweet Bakery

Photo Courtesy of Village Sweet Bakery

By Susannah Black

“Food is really important to me,” says Dawn Hart, a baker and decorator of gourmet desserts. After running a small baking business, Monster Cookie Company, out of her kitchen for nearly seven years, Hart now plans to expand her business and open Village Sweet Bakery in Arlington by the beginning of March.

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Hungry for Linkage: Texas Jack’s Barbecue to Open in Talulla and EatBar Space in Arlington

Posted by / Monday, January 5th, 2015

Bistro Viviant / Photo by Kate Bohler

Bistro Viviant / Photo by Kate Bohler

By Stefanie Gans 

What to drink in 2015, says sommeliers, mixologists and writers. [Forbes]

“An omelette was egg with food folded inside that you weren’t using for anything else.” [Red Rocket Farm via @kittenwithawhip]

Chef Katie Busch has left Bistro Vivant in McLean. Wanna cook there? [WaPo]

Arlington news: the Talulla and EatBar space will became Texas Jack’s Barbecue and Java Shack is now Commonwealth Joe.  [ARLnow, ARLnow]

Greenhouse Bistro headed to Tysons Corner next fall. [WCP]

What is Ferran Adrià up to? [NYT]


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$1 Will Still Get You Breakfast in 2015

Posted by / Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Photo by Stefanie Gans

Photo by Stefanie Gans

By Stefanie Gans

No. We’re not talking McDonald’s. We’re talking real food from a real restaurant in Northern Virginia.

Megabytes Eatery is a quirky shop with a Nintendo game for guests to play and walls decorated in digital innards of computers.

The menu is a mix of regular lunch items (chicken pesto) and some weird stuff (mac and cheese egg rolls), but what I’ve tried so far is this little breakfast wrap.

It’s nothing revolutionary, but at a $1, I’m quite smitten. It’s simply egg scrambled on a flat top mixed in with broken bits of crispy hash brown and some shredded mozzarella and provolone cheese rolled into a flour tortilla.

Totally worth a buck. / Megabytes Eatyery14100 Sullyfield Circle, Chantilly


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