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Restaurant Preview: Shirlington’s Copperwood Tavern to Open September 30 [VIDEO]

Posted by / Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

The bucolic essence of Southern Virginia combined with the influences of Reese Gardner‘s western Pennsylvania background to create Copperwood Tavern, a new restaurant set to open September 30th in the Village at Shirlington. The tavern is decorated with ornate items that match farm-to-table dishes with ingredients supplied from six Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania farms. These dishes accompanied with a selection of small batch whiskies, IPAs, cocktails and moonshine convince Gardner “that we’re going to get some of those D.C. restaurant people out here to the Village to check us out.” 

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Hungry for Linkage: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Releases Wine + Historic Manassas Restaurant Week + Buy Barrels of Jack Daniel’s

Posted by / Tuesday, September 24th, 2013


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It’s Historic Manassas Restaurant Week. [FB]

Fifty Shades of Grey” fans have read the book, but now they can drink the wine. [Refinery29]

Burger King hopes it “Satisfries” its customers with lower calorie french fries. [NPR]

Learn how to all-grain brew with the team behind Crooked Run Brewing. [FB]

Sam’s Club is selling Jack Daniel’s by the barrel—literally. [TheDailyMeal]

A Peruvian congressman is joining animal rights activist in a campaign to stop a cat-eating festival. [AP]



Pumpkin Takes Over the World: Apinya Introduces Pumpkin Panang Hot Sauce

Posted by / Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The local hot sauce company Apinya Thai Food Co. releases its first seasonal hot sauce: Pumpkin Panang, joining the rest of the pumpkin craze of lattes, M&Ms and cough syrup. (Okay, I made that last one up, but it could exist.) 

The Herndon couple behind Apinya is hoping to expand the company and, this month, opened a Kickstarter campaign. Apinya wants to source more local ingredients, as well as create a new hot sauce with the funding. 


Hungry for Linkage: Wine in the Water Park today in Crystal City + NFL Team’s Loss is Fan’s Weight Gain + Arlington Stores Selling out of Seasonal Beers

Posted by / Friday, September 20th, 2013

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Grab a glass at Vintage Crystal’s Wine in the Water Park in Crystal City today. [Patch]

Starbucks CEO asks customers to refrain from bringing firearms into their stores. [WaPo]

Enjoy food and live music at Sam Buck’s Celtic Festival Sept. 21 at noon [VillageatShirlington]

Study finds fans eat fattier foods after their favorite NFL team’s losses. [NPR]

Fall seasonal beers are selling out fast in Arlington stores. [ARLnow]


Hungry for Linkage: Vino Volo Opens in Tysons Galleria + Oktoberfest at Trummer’s on Main + Lucky Peach and Le Creuset Cartoon

Posted by / Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Grand opening tonight for Vino Volo in Tysons Galleria. Helene Jaume will be pouring chateauneuf-du-pape wines. Doors are at 4 p.m. and the wine flows from 5 to 8 p.m. [Tysons Galleria] 

More Ben’s Chili Bowl coming to Reagan National Airport. [WaPo]

Eden Center holds a Moon Festival with entertainment and, naturally, Vietnamese food. [Eden Center]

Food stamp programs might lose $40 billion in funding. [NPR]

Trummer’s on Main gets into its Oktoberfest pop-up. [Eater]

Featured above: Publication Lucky Peach teams up with Le Creuset to create the trippy animated short “Hunger on the High Seas.” The whacky cartoon chronicles the quest for the top-secret wings from Mission Chinese by Chef Danny Bowen. Above is Part 1, but Part 2 is now available for viewing. [YouTube]


Where to Eat and Drink for Oktoberfest, From Foie Gras Sausages to Hitzig Frau Beer

Posted by / Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Capitol City Brewing Company

While you might not make it to Germany’s own massive beer festival, you can still celebrate in Northern Virginia. Fortify your stomachs, and maybe your liver, before heading to these local Oktoberfests. 

TrummerFest Pop Up Restaurant
In honor of his Austrian roots, owner and mixologist Stefan Trummer transforms the third floor of his restaurant into an Austrian tavern. Of course, there will be wine and beer, but food stars at TrummerFest with traditional fare such as Trummer’s mother’s apple cake and Hausgemachte Wurst, a sausage made of duck and foie gras. The pop-up tavern will only be open Tuesday through Thursday evenings, from 5 to 9:30 p.m./ September 17 – October 31, Trummer’s on Main, 7134 Main Street, Clifton.

Oktoberfest Specials @ The Counter
Between chugging beers, people have to eat. Grab an Oktoberfest burger at The Counter and pair it with some Oktoberfest fries. The burger’s beef comes served with mustard on a pretzel bun while the fries are sprinkled with scallions, but both dishes involve German Beer cheese, pork belly and sauerkraut because is there anything more German sauerkraut? Wash down your meal with more beer in the style of a German Style Weissbier with Ice Cream and Strawberries that’s more shake than beer float. /September 21 – October 6, The Counter, 11922 Democracy Dr, Reston.  

Photo Courtesy of The Counter

Lovettsville’s Oktoberfest
Once you are sufficiently drunk, partake in a common drunken activity: Singing. Ghost Pepper leads festival-goers in a giant sing-a-long of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Area restaurants will also be serving a “fest” version of their menus. Tired of food? Enjoy a different kind of hot dog. There will be a wiener dog—as in dachshunds—race. / September 27-29, Downtown Lovettseville, 6 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Lovettsville. 

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Hungry for Linkage: New Concept at Restaurant Eve + Australian Town Boycotts McDonald’s + Cocktail Calorie Counts are Horrifying

Posted by / Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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Horrifying calorie counts of famed drinks. [BuzzFeed]

Restaurant Eve refines menu starting Oct. 21. [WaPo]

Pals prank friend by plumbing his house with kegs of beers. [BeerPulse]

Residents of a small town in Australia launch a petition against a forthcoming McDonald’s. []

Already thinking about the weekend: Pups and Pilsners is this Sunday in Crystal City


Hungry for Linkage: Hot Pepper Game Reviews + Fall Harvest Menu at 2941 + Good Food at Virginia Vineyards

Posted by / Monday, September 16th, 2013

Literally spice up your gaming: Hot Pepper Game Reviews brings out your inner sadist by subjecting their reviewers to eating a pepper (typically a habanero or a Thai chili) before giving a review of a video game. In the above video, watch the reviewer wipe away tears while describing the latest Kingdom Hearts game. 

All inclusive Fall Harvest Menu at 2941. [Eater, 2941]

Rustico in Ballston adds two local IPAs: The Admiral IPA from 3 Brothers Brewing and Port City Brewing Co.’s Imperial IPA. [Twitter]

Americans start salt harvesting. [Smithsonian Mag]  

Have great food with your wine tastings at these Virginia vineyards. [WCP] 

Asad Sheikh talks to Eater about his Curry Mantra trilogy. [Eater]


Apple Season: Where to Pick, Sip and Eat the Fruit of the Fall

Posted by / Friday, September 13th, 2013

Illustration by Eliana Reyes

As summer rolls into fall, apples ripen on the trees. Not sure how to enjoy it? Try these fruits of knowledge. 

Countryside Apple Picking
Picking apples out of the grocery aisle just isn’t the same as plucking one from a tree. Get the freshest bushels by heading out to Virginia’s own lush countryside, full of rich orchards with apples literally ripe for the picking. Don’t forget to bring the kids for a day away from studies. Not sure where to go? Check out this guide to Virginia Apple Picking. 

Bold Rock Apple “Champagne”
Despite technically being a cider, Bold Rock’s Crimson Ridge series uses the same yeast found in champagne for its fermentation, replacing the grape flavor with apple. The series comes in Vat No. 1 and a Vintage Dry. Pick up your own autumn bubbly at local Total Wines and Trader Joe’s. / Bold Rock Cider 

Apple and Fennel Soup
Instead of something sweet, try using tart apples in this savory soup. Beth Kirby‘s Apple and Fennel Soup captures the in-between climate of September and can be eaten as a warming comfort food or a cooling end-of-summer refresher. / Food52

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Hungry for Linkage: Red Apron Butcher Add Burgers + Wine Festival in Crystal City + Calling for Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

Posted by / Friday, September 13th, 2013


Photo Courtesy of Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Red Apron Butcher in Merrifield updates menu and adds 2 burgers. [Burger Days]

Caffe Aficionado slated to open up in Rosslyn next month. [ARLnow]

Grab a glass and salsa to Latin music Sunday at the Vintage Crystal: Sip & Salsa outdoor wine festival. [TasteDC]

A petition demands Starbucks make Pumpkin Spice Latte vegan-friendly. [Consumerist]

Bill Gates battles world hunger with chicken-less eggs. [LA Times]


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