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NoVA Beer Scene: BadWolf Brewing Company to Open in Manassas

Posted by / Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

 

Photo courtesy of BadWolf Brewing Company

At 17, a trip to Germany can leave a number of lasting impressions on any young man. One of the biggest: beer.

“I realized beer didn’t have to taste like crap,” says Jeremy Meyers, co-founder of BadWolf Brewing Company. “I started to say to myself ‘Wow beer tastes good, I want more beer.’”

Upon arrival back in the U.S., Meyers began his own brewing. While passionate about this work, his first brews were created out of necessity. “You can’t buy beer at 17, but you can buy hops, malt and yeast,” says Meyers of his first desires to give brewing a try. (And yes, we checked. Jay’s Brewing confirms that the under-21 crowd can purchase brewing ingredients.)

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Hungry For Linkage: Ingredient Delivery + Coffee Cupping + Oysters as Chesapeake Clean Up Crew

Posted by / Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

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Both Jeremy Hoffman, chef de cuisine at Old Town Alexandria’s Restaurant Eve, and Brent Kroll, the wine director at Neighborhood Restaurant Group, who oversees all NRG restos, including Vermilion, Evening Star and Rustico are finalists in Eater’s annual Young Guns Awards. [Eater]

ScratchDC, the ingredient delivery service, has expanded operations to Arlington and Alexandria. Now, Northern Virginians can also have everything they need to whip up their next chicken tikka masala or other unique or extravagant at-home feasts delivered right to the door. [ScratchDC]

A quick look into cupping demos at the newly opened M.E. Swing’s Coffee Roasters. [DIYDelRay]

New iPhone app , Pizza Compass, to answer all your pizza-related prayers.[Eater]

Oysters function as so much more than just an aphrodisiac. See possibilities of how they can help tidy up the Chesapeake. [WaPo]

 

 


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Shoes, Cup and Cork Plans to Reopen July 1

Posted by / Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

 

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Shoes, Cup and Cork Club, the Leesburg shoe-repair-store-turned-coffee-shop, closed its doors on December 12, 2012 after a little over four years in business, will re-open (or rather, “resoled,” as the website says) July 1st. The previous owners, Ed and Jane Shihadeh, left Loudoun to open a Philly-style deli in Frederick, Maryland. 

Lori Miller, the new general manager of Shoes, says, ”We are remodeling the inside and outside…redesigning our logo, revising our menu and expanding the back patio.” / 17 N. King St., Leesburg.


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M.E. Swing Coffee Roasters Opens with Iced Coffee On Tap, Plus Two More Cafes Coming to NoVA

Posted by / Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

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Three new coffee shops are heading for NoVA with one opened yesterday and two more planned. We first previewed the shops in the April Hot Spot cover story, and here are the updates, opening dates and construction woes.

Open now:  M.E. Swing Coffee Roasters
Del Ray’s M.E. Swing opened yesterday with the brand’s first fully functional cafe, after opening a roastery in Washington, D.C. in 1916. Already planning for the warmer months, owner Mark Warmuth is putting iced coffee on tap. ”We use a cold brew process,” says Warmuth, explaining: “we pre-grind the coffee and let it steep in cold water for up to 12 hours.” Swing then uses that mixture as a base for the iced coffee on tap (a semi traditional tap system) to dispense it into a mug. M.E. Swing has also been experimenting with different pour-over methods, like a Hario V60 ceramic coffee dripper. A grand opening celebration is planned for next Saturday, May 18. / 501 E. Monroe Ave., Alexandria.

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Hungry for Linkage: Sandra Lee goes punk for the Met Gala + Which Wich opens in Ballston + 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards

Posted by / Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Winner-Winner-Chicken-Dinner: The James Beard Foundation selects Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel E. Presilla as Best Cookbook of 2013, D.C.’s Johnny Monis as Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic and Dark Rye as the best Group Food Blog. [NVMwire]

On May 20, Which Wich will serve Ballston residents 50 varieties of subs, like the  honey-banana-peanut butter-bacon-laden “Elvis Wich.” [NVMwire]

Semi-homemade‘s Sandra Lee dresses in all-black for the 2013 Met Gala. Did she really choose punk over the James Beard awards? [NYM]

Check out WETA‘s new program, Pizza in Washington, airing tonight. The show will feature pizza hot spots from around the D.C. area, like Falls Church’s Pizzeria Orso. [NVMwire]

Need a beer but you don’t want to leave your seat and miss the action? Order it on your phone…and then have a flying drone deliver it to you. [Mashable]


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Culinary Clips: The New Way to Eat an Apple

Posted by / Monday, May 6th, 2013

You read that right. There’s a new way to eat an apple, and it isn’t one of those seen-on-Reddit things that inevitably end up on Buzzfeed. Haha, no, just kidding. That’s exactly the course this video from Foodbeast took:


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Pedaling Coffee, Not Just Bikes: Herndon’s Green Lizard Cycling Sells Coffee, Too

Posted by / Monday, May 6th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Green Lizard Cycling

Some pairings in life are meant to be. Hot chocolate and skiing. Peanuts and baseball. Coffee and bicycles? The latter may seem a bit odd, but for one local shop owner, it’s a perfect fit.  

Since opening almost two months ago, Green Lizard Cycling  has been selling not only high-speed bikes, but also high-end coffee from a side counter within the shop, dubbed Green Lizard Coffee. The shop uses Kaladi Brothers Coffee, an Alaskan company that Green Lizard owner Dave Meyer became familiar with while living  in the 49th state for 15 years.

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Hungry for Linkage: Get Ready for American Craft Beer Week + New Brews by Mud Hound & LoCo Beans + The Mandoline

Posted by / Monday, May 6th, 2013

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Virginia has the ninth most farmers markets in the nation. [WWBT]

The totally hysterical booze columnist Jason Wilson pens his last column. [WaPo]

In praise of the mandoline. [Saveur]

@MudHoundBrewing: 2 new coffee stouts coming soon w/ @LocoBeans1: “Here are the Brazilian and Vietnamese cold brews!” [Twitter]

Mad Fox celebrates American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19) with multi-course beer-paired dinner. Full menu below. [NVMwire]

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A Quest for Queso: Our Favorite Warm Cheesy Dips in NoVA

Posted by / Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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Queso, Spanish for cheese, is a staple of Mexican cuisine and, to be honest, my diet. I’ve assembled five NoVA restaurants that have conquered the art of queso, by four flavor categories (cheese, heat, accompaniment and meat), just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafe | Arlington, Fairfax, Reston
First and foremost, in my opinion, Uncle Julio’s can do no wrong. As many times as I’ve visited the restaurant (too many to count), I’ve never been disappointed. Whether its the lunch fajiitas for two or the camarones diablos, starting your meal with a cup or bowl of Cowboy Queso is a must.
cheese type: Land O’Lakes’ Golden Velvet cheese, which is specially made for queso dips— smooth, rich and easy to melt.
spice level: 2 out of 5…not spicy, per say, but also not just a block of melted Mexican-blend cheese.
accompaniment: Thin, slightly salty corn chips, made in-house.
extras: Beef fijita meat, bacon and pico de gallo. 
Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafe, Multiple NoVA locations.

El Sol Azteca Bar & Grill | Ashburn
Inside the large Ashburn restaurant, you have the choice of eight different appetizers ranging from nachos to guacamole. A step above plain-Jane queso is the Surf and Turf Dip
cheese type:
 Good ole’ American white cheese with just enough chili spices.
spice level: 2 out of 5.
accompaniment: A big, fresh flour tortilla or two, made in-house.
extras: Surf and Turf Dip implies sea and land animals. This dip, however, includes sea and two different land animals. Count em’: shrimp, chicken and beef. So much meat, so little time.
El Sol Azteca, 42830 Creek View Plaza #100, Ashburn.

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Muchas Margaritas: A Drinking Guide for Cinco de Mayo

Posted by / Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Courtesy of Capitol City Brewing Company

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo without a cold margarita in your hand is not much of a celebration at all. We have five spots from Warrenton to Arlington to get your tequila on. Feel free to listen to The Champs’ Tequila while reading this list…

El Agave | Warrenton
One word: Jumbo. Yes, these drinks are your classic frozen margaritas, tossed around in a margarita machine, in original, strawberry and peach flavors. Who needs a three ounce, house-made margarita when you can drink the sweet, frozen stuff out of a fish bowl-sized glass? / 251 Lee Highway, #640, Warrenton.

Coyote Grille | Centreville, Fairfax
Coyote Grille’s drink menu has a wide range of drinks that stray from the typical marg. First there is the Lava Lamp: a groovy mixture of frozen margarita floating in a pint glass of Dos Equis that tastes like a beer with sweet, frozen margarita chunks every now and then. One of the Grille’s most popular margaritas, the Sour Apple, mixes apple schnapps into a margarita for mini-fruit explosion. Our favorite drink is the Mexipolitan, a sexy cosmopolitan for the tequila crowd, with Corazón tequila, lime juice and cranberry served chilled, straight up. The drink leans toward a Cosmopolitan taste, with a touch of heat. / 14101 St. Germain Drive, Centreville; 10266 Main St., Fairfax.

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