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Hungry for Linkage: Boulevard Brewing Company Tasting at Rustico + Sweet and Salty + Michelle Obama Wears Green in the Garden

Posted by / Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Dairy Godmother stars on American Food Roots. [Patch]

Beer events in NoVA. Today at Rustico Alexandria for a tasting of Boulevard Brewing Company; June 19th for an Oaked Beer Dinner at Mad Fox; and June 27 for a Dark Horse tasting at Rustico Ballston.

Match your surroundings: Michelle Obama wears light green while plucking radishes from the White House garden. [Mrs. O]

Opposites attract. Sweet and salty desserts. [Sauver]

New Asian grocery store to open in Sully Station: Good Fortune Supermarket. [Patch]


Benefits of Beekeeping: Allergy Relief, Smoked Bacon Jam and Saving the Earth

Posted by / Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Chef Elder Beekeeping / Photo Courtesy of Härth

“I bought my queen online,” laughs Härth‘s Executive Chef Thomas Elder, “they eat their own honey. They make their own food.” In a recent Reuters article about colony collapse disorder (CCD), Richard Valdmanis says that U.S. “bee keepers’ use of corn syrup and other honey substitutes as bee feed may be contributing to colony collapse by depriving the insects of compounds that strengthen their immune systems.” CCD is a phenomenon in which bees simply disappear from their hives.

Many studies have shown that commonly used pesticides in North America (and Europe) cause bees to die or leave their hives—otherwise known as swarming. Without even asking Elder about his opinion of colony collapse, he spoke up, saying that he became interested in beekeeping after reading about the issue. “The bees weren’t dying, they were leaving the hive,” says Elder, “so people in the area with gardens that were growing zucchini had the plants and zucchini blossoms but no zucchini. They need the  bees.” The stings may hurt, but the crops that bees pollinate are feeling the most pain.


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Hungry for Linkage: Port City Debuts Limited Edition Brew, Again + Soft-Shell Heat Map + Bison Burgers At Nationals Park

Posted by / Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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Later this month, Port City Brewing Company will re-release last summer’s accidental brew, Derecho Common. [NVMwire]

Introducing, Alcohoot, the smartphone breathalyzer. [HuffPo]

It may be Maryland’s new state sandwich, but you can find soft-shells on plates in NoVA thanks to Maple Ave and Evening Star Cafe. [Eater]

Nationals Park has hot dogs, beer and now…bison burgers. Play ball! [NPR]

Bracket Room Sports Lounge and Eatery is set to open next month. [ARLnow]


Father’s Day Food Celebrations: Saying I Love You With Food

Posted by / Monday, June 10th, 2013


If you’d like to give your Dad a gift that will satisfy both his heart and his stomach, you’re reading the right post. We have five food-centric presents that will make this year’s Father’s Day one to remember. 

Tiger, Tiger Woods, y’all:
Alexandria’s Top Golf has the perfect package for Father’s Day: a 30-day guest membership, two games, two hours in a reserved bay and of course, some good grub. Prices range from $90-$140 depending on how many are in a party. Don’t let this chance pass you by like a wild Happy Gilmore- shot into the trees—the deal ends today.

Brand it: highlights 14 food and dining gifts that will make great Father’s Day gifts, one of which is a grilling tool that most Dads probably don’t have but would love to use. has around 30 collegiate branding irons that Dad can use on steaks this summer to show his undying pride for his Virginia Tech (just as an example. LETS GO HOKIES!) Whether your Dad is a Longhorn fan or a proud Horned Frog, BBQguys has you and your meats covered. 

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Hungry for Linkage: Alexandria Food Truck Proposal is Pushed Back + Arlington Residents Want Backyard Chickens Legalized + Ruffles Creates a Fry and Chip Hybrid

Posted by / Monday, June 10th, 2013

Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens/ Photo Courtesy of

By: Rachel Saenz

Looks like there won’t be any food truck stops in the Del Ray area until fall. [Patch]

An Arlington group wants to make it legal to keep backyard chickens. They say it’s “virtually impossible with the county’s legislation.”  [Patch]

Don’t give in, millennials! [NYT]

Looking for the perfect gift for a cheese connoisseur? How ’bout a framed cheese infographic? [Buzzfeed]

Chips or fries? Ruffles attempts a hybrid. [HuffPo]


A Very Happy Hour: Four New Summertime Cocktails in NoVA

Posted by / Friday, June 7th, 2013

It’s that time of year again, folks! Restaurants around the area have whipped out the blenders, fresh seasonal produce and those cute drink umbrellas to celebrate summer. We’ve found four new summertime cocktails that will make the hottest days a little more bearable.

Edith's Bourbon Slush / Photo Courtesy of Evening Star Cafe

Not your mama’s average slushy…
Edith’s Bourbon Slush is available on Evening Star’s Front Porch menu for the summer. The bourbon-based drink is essentially an Arnold Palmer with orange juice and a maraschino cherry on top. Named after owner Michael Babin‘s mother, this orange bourbon slush was a recipe they grew up drinking every Christmas. Plus it looks perfect on the lawn chair, doesn’t it? / Evening Star Cafe, 2000 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria;$9.


The Ken Cocktail/ Photo Courtesy of Mokomandy

A healthy(ish) cocktail with a posh look…
Back by popular demand, The Ken Cocktail balances tangy and sweet and defines the fresh summer cocktail with Buffalo Trace bourbon, rhubarb simple syrup, lime juice, lemon bitters and a thin slice of fresh cucumber. / Mokomandy, 20789 Great Falls Plaza, #176, Sterling; $6.

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Tweets: Dunkin’ Donut Debuts ‘Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich’ on National Doughnut Day

Posted by / Friday, June 7th, 2013

Photo by Chris Shott


And the verdict on the glazed donut breakfast sandwich from @dunkindonutsis…delicious!






Hungry for Linkage: Bistro Vivant Summer Deals + New French Bistro For Old Town Alexandria + Best Barbecue in D.C. Area

Posted by / Friday, June 7th, 2013

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Check out great summer savings at Bistro Vivant now through the end of August. Enjoy a two-course lunch for $20.13 or a three-course prix fixe dinner for $33.13. Menu options include seasonal dishes, hanger steak and frites, lavender crème brulée, roasted beets, mussels and a goat cheese cake. [NVMwire]

Paula Deen debuts new products: chocolates, chips and (of course) butter, y’all! [HuffPo]

Could Del Frisco’s Grille be heading down to NoVA? Yes. [Eater]

Bistrot Lepic and Wine Bar’s owner plans to open a French bistro-style restaurant (with live jazz music on Mondays and Wednesdays) in Tiffany Tavern’s old space. [Patch]

Honey Pig, the popular Korean barbecue grub hub, makes DCist’s Nine Best Barbecue Restaurants Around D.C. [DCist]

Costco‘s organic antioxidant frozen berries linked to hepatitis A. [HuffPo]


Updates on the NoVA Craft Beer Craze: Old Bust Head Brewing Company to Open in Fauquier

Posted by / Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Brewmaster Charles Kling inspects his hops. Photo courtesy of Old Bust Head Brewing Company

As the area awaits a flurry of craft-breweries opening in the coming months, another stakes its claim to the west.

Located in Vint Hill, a former Army signals intelligence base in Fauquier County, Old Bust Head Brewing Company will open this fall.

Husband and wife Ike and Julie Broaddus have teamed up with brewmaster Charles Kling to bring their love of beer to the area. “We are purchasing six acres in Vint Hill,” says Julie Broaddus. “The space has six warehouses that served as old facilities for radios and communications for the Army.” Although no official address has been given to the property, Broaddus did state that the brewery is somewhere on Line Weaver Road. 

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Hungry for Linkage: Taylor Gourmet To Open in Arlington + Distillery to Open in Shenandoah

Posted by / Thursday, June 6th, 2013

“It’s a lot more than just grape juice,” Somm, the documentary. [NVMwire]

Even though it just dropped breakfast, Taylor Gourmet is still chugging: it’s opening in Ballston. [WBJ]

Distillery for Filibuster Bourbon looking to open in Shenandoah County. [WCP]

Clever food photography. #obsessed [Grub Street]

It’s spring. Strawberry mojito. [Table for Two]


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