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Spencer Devon Brewing to Open this October in Fredericksburg

Posted by / Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Courtesy of Spencer Devon Brewing

By Ariel Yong

Although the brewery won’t be open for a couple of months, Shawn Phillips has had the name picked out for a long time. 

“Whenever my wife and I were having children way back in the day, she would name the girls and I would name the boys. And we never had any boys. But I always had a first name and a middle name for my firstborn son which would have been Spencer Devon. So it’s our third child.”

Phillips, a retired marine who lives with his wife in Fredericksburg, a city he fell in love with after he was stationed there, will open Spencer Devon Brewing this October. 

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Hungry For Linkage: Free Creamy Corn at Copperwood Tavern + Bonefish Grill Opening Arlington Location + American’s Coffee Consumption by the Numbers

Posted by / Monday, July 14th, 2014

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By Allison Michelli

Lindt chocolate makes plans to buy Russell Stover Candy [NYT]

Bonefish Grill’s first Arlington location set to open middle of August. [ARLNow]

Dunkin’ Donuts sells 30 cups of coffee every second, plus a whole video of coffee stats. [WaPo]

D.I.Y. ice cream treats to keep you cool this summer. [Buzzfeed]

Your guide to the best bacon in America. The results will make you squeal with joy. [CNN]

Make a dinner reservation at Copperwood Tavern for Monday, July 14 using OpenTable and get a free creamed corn side with the purchase of an entree.

Control stress levels by choosing the right foods to eat. [NPR]


Celebrate Bastille Day in NoVA

Posted by / Friday, July 11th, 2014

Bastille Day in Paris / Photo by Stefanie Gans

By Ariel Yong

French or not, if you’re looking to celebrate Bastille Day, here are six places with French-inspired deals for the Monday holiday. Some celebrations begin tomorrow and have a few reservations left.  

Starting Saturday
Creme de la Creme is having a three-day event starting Saturday and ending Monday that includes French treats and discounts on items “Made in France.” / Various locations

Fontaine Caffe & Creperie is celebrating all weekend long with French cheese and sparkling cider tastings. / 119 South Royal St., Alexandria 

Vive la Revolution! Bastille Restaurant is serving a three course prix fixe menu for $39 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The menu includes shrimp beignets and citrus cantaloupe panacotta. / 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria (limited availability as of this morning) 

2941 Restaurant and Chef Bertrand Chemel invite you to “A Taste of France Dinner” with a seven course tasting menu. / 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church

On Monday, The Wine House is celebrating with a Burgundy Dinner featuring Albert Bichot with special guest and host Guillaume Suss. Entrees include escargot and tuna tartare. / 3950 University Drive, Suite 212, Fairfax (1 reservation left as of this morning)

A free round-trip ticket to Paris and free champagne? La Cote D’Or Cafe is hosting a Waiter’s Race at 2:15 p.m on Monday. Carry a martini glass full of champagne on a waiter’s tray, finish the race with the most champagne left in the glass and you’re heading to Paris for free. Choose dinner entrees from a prix fixe menu and there will be free champagne and live music. / 6876 Lee Highway, Arlington 


Hungry for Linkage: Stop Romanticizing the Farm + Rosslyn Gets a Dining Scene + The Age of Camera Cuisine

Posted by / Friday, July 11th, 2014

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Brides and grooms: Stop romanticizing the farm. [Modern Farmer]

Local salad chain sweetgreen releases online cookbook, with playlist

New options in Arlington: Karu & Toast for vegetarian food and Lucky Pot for a variety of Asian cuisines. [ARLnow]

Oh hey Rosslyn. Welcome to the dining world. [WCP]

We have entered the age of camera cuisine. [NYT]


Chuy’s: Hound Dogs, Elvis Presley and a Free Nacho Bar Coming Soon to Fairfax

Posted by / Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Chuy's Free Nacho Bar / Courtesy of Kianne Hilburn

By Ariel Yong

Chuy’s, the Texas-based restaurant chain is opening its first location in Northern Virginia late next month. And what’s on the menu? A free nacho bar in the trunk of an old car.

“We take the back end of a classic car and convert it into a build-your-own nacho bar,” says Kainne Hilburn, Chuy’s marketing manager for the southeast region. “It’s totally free from Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. It includes chips, sirloin, our queso and salsa fresca. It’s a good little treat that compliments happy hour.”

There is no minimum purchase required to partake in the free nacho bar. Hilburn says people can make themselves a plate of nachos to eat in the lobby while they’re waiting for their table.

So what prevents people from eating free nachos and leaving without paying for a meal?

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Twinpanzee Brewing Company Will Try to Bring Craft Beer to the College Set + Free Tasting Preview this Saturday

Posted by / Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

By Ariel Yong

“The first time I had my first true craft beer [a Sam Adams lager] was while I was a student at George Mason and I always thought it would be cool if one of the over-21 students gets introduced to really good beer by trying one of our brews,” says Antonio Maradiaga, which is why Maradiaga is scouting for space for his upcoming brewery, Twinpanzee Brewing Company, near his alma matter. 

Born and raised in Fairfax County, the GMU alum studied English and psychology and wanted to be an elementary school teacher. But after building his computer skills during graduate school, Maradiaga switched to a career as an IT developer. He started home brewing in 2008 and relied on feedback from his family and friends while coming up with recipes. After sitting around one evening and drinking one of his home brews with his wife, the couple entertained the idea of doing it full time.

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Hungry for Linkage: Biden’s Favorite Sandwich Shop Coming to Rosslyn + Google Map Sabotage for Serbian Crown + Earl’s Pork and Fries Sub

Posted by / Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Capriotti’s “The Bobbie” /Courtesy of Capriotti’s

By Ariel Yong

Arlington will welcome the Biden-loving, Delaware-based chain, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop in Rosslyn on July 29. 

Rene Bertagna, owner of Serbian Crown in Great Falls, blames a Google Map sabotage for his restaurant’s decline and ultimate closure. Serbian Crown served kangaroo and other exotic game meats until it suffered a 75 percent drop in customers on the weekend, forcing the restaurant to shut down in 2012. Bertagna filed a suit alleging that a competitor sabotaged his Google Places data. [GrubStreet] 

Sip Wine Tasting & Tapas Restaurant plans to open in Rosslyn just after Labor Day. [ARLNow]

The Pork and Fries sub at Earl’s Sandwiches made the “10 Under-the-Radar DC Sandwiches You Need to Be Eating” list. Earl’s has locations in Ballston and Clarendon. P.S. Earl’s recently updated its menu.  [Thrillist]

The second location of Westover Beer Garden, to be called  Sehkraft Beer Garden and Haus, is expected to open near Clarendon in March 2015. 

Trummer’s on Main in Clifton is celebrating its fifth birthday with a Titanic Blowout this Friday. There will also be a pig and oyster roast on Saturday for the Swine & Brine celebration. [EaterDC]

TGIFriday’s is offering you endless appetizers for $10 until August 24. [LATimes]

A New York couple is reviving lost Moroccan fig liquor. [NPR]


Warrenton’s Historic Jimmie’s Market Plans to Close After 75 Years of Business

Posted by / Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Jimmie's Market

By Allison Michelli

After 75 years in business, Jimmie’s Market, Kidwell Caterers and The Madison Tea Room in Warrenton will be closing their doors this October.

Original owner Jimmie Kidwell opened the market in December 1939 after the A&P he worked at initiated self-service shopping—a more conventional form of  shopping—where customers didn’t need to directly interact with store employees to pick out their grocery items.

According to a statement provided by Jimmie’s current owner, Susan Feely, this allowed Jimmie to move his clientele to his new business where fine service was the standard. Jimmie’s Market sold specialty foods like hand-cut veal liver, fresh meats and produce and Italian, Spanish and Greek specialty food from D.C. Feeley remembers that Jimmie’s was the first store in the state of Virginia to sell Birdseye frozen vegetables. She explains, at that time the owner of Bird’s Eye frozen foods had a home in Warrenton and he wanted to show off his new products so he sent Jimmie a freezer so that he could sell the frozen vegetables in the store.

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Hungry for Linkage: 90-Second Pizza Coming to Rosslyn + Game of Thrones-Inspired Wine + Congressional Seafood Company Photo Campaign

Posted by / Monday, July 7th, 2014


By Allison Michelli

Get your pizza made in 90-seconds starting this fall at Spinfire Pizza in Rosslyn. [ARLNow]

Living the dream, one woman’s cross-country journey in search of the nation’s best burrito. [NPR]

Get a taste of what food events are going on this week in NoVA. 

Coming next year, vino inspired by your favorite “Game of Thrones” family. [NY Daily News]

#free Post a photo of a Congressional Seafood Company truck on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook throughout the month of July and get a free t-shirt. 

“Asbestos Delites” and more Bad Girl Scout Cookies. [Yahoo]

Gluten-free diets are all the rage, but are they the real deal or just a trend? [Washington Post]

Hot summer temperatures make for an abundant sweet corn crop this year. [Loudoun Daily-Monitor]


Happy Foodie Fourth of July

Posted by / Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Photo courtesy of City Square Cafe.

By Allison Michelli

Celebrate Fourth of July this year by getting in touch with your inner foodie. Cook-outs and barbecues can be blase, so shake it up and go out to eat  for dinner. No frills, no dishes and no fuss. After filling your belly, kick back and relax at one of the many Fourth of July celebrations and firework displays happening in the area.

City Square Cafe, 9428 Battle St., Manassas. Three-course dinner featuring a red, white and blue salad made with  blueberries, hard boiled egg whites and raspberries over a bed of field greens with raspberry dressing. Served with focaccia bread. For an entree choose between prime rib served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables or Mediterranean salmon served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Dessert is Martha’s Apple pie a la mode. Live music by Thom Feucht. $49 pp plus tax and gratuity. Seatings at 6:30, 7:30, and 9:30 p.m. For reservations call 703 369-6022.

Old Town Sports Pub, 8971 Center St., Manassas.  $1.50/each All-American sliders starting at 3 p.m. Options include, cheeseburger, pork barbecue, buffalo chicken and steak sliders. 

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