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Hungry for Linkage: Progress at Old Bust Head Brewing Company + Strawberry Ice Cream + Furlough Fridays

Posted by / Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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Check out the progress—the arrival of a malt handling equipment and forklift delivery—at Old Bust Head Brewing Company. [FB]

Tunisian tagine with a cinnamon bread topping and 15 other vegetable-centered meals for the summer. [TreeHugger]

Strawberry ice cream. [Table for Two] 

Rheingarten in Stafford offering “Furlough Fridays” happy hour starting at 11 a.m. [Potomac Local News]

Nepalese opening in Springfield: Momo’s. [Eater]


July Musts: Fun Food Events This Month in NoVA

Posted by / Monday, July 8th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Bayou Bakery

July is here, which means two things: picnics and fireworks (only used legally, of course). This month, NoVA restaurants are stirring up American and international feasts, from good ole’ barbecue to Louisiana crawfish and all the way across the ocean to France’s escargot. We have it all listed in our Food & Wine Calendar … but just as an appetizer, here are some highlights of this month’s food events. 

Coastal Cooking: The Book and a Dinner
July 9, 6:30 p.m. Head over to Tysons for an exciting and informative evening at Wildfire. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to work alongside “Coastal Cooking” author, John Shields, as he guides guests through the technique of opening a steamed Maryland Blue Crab. (It can be difficult, don’t you agree?)  Shields will also offer tips on selecting and cooking the different parts of the Chesapeake’s legendary crustacean. The crab picking will be followed by three more courses created and prepared by Executive Chef Eddie Ishaq, showcasing crab in a variety of uses, each paired with a cocktail creation to complement the dish. / Wildfire Restaurant, 2001 International Drive, McLean; $80.

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Hungry for Linkage: Arlington Food Truck Inspection Results + #UBERMONDAY for Bastille + The Top States for Beer Consumption

Posted by / Monday, July 8th, 2013

Courtesy of Africa Studio/

Courtesy of Africa Studio/

By: Rachel Saenz

Arlington health inspectors discover the dirty and delightful in area food trucks. [Patch]

Looking to dine in style for lunch today? It’s #UBERMonday in the DC Metro area and Bastille is participating in the lineup of restaurants giving away half-priced rides and free appetizers. [Twitter]

TV chef Nigella Lawson and husband set to divorce after a “public-choking incident.” [Grub Street]

Beer obsessed? Here are the top ten states that consume the most. [HuffPo]

Ice cream truck classics: an overview [Buzzfeed]


The ‘Meat Lovers’ Guide’ is On Newsstands Now

Posted by / Friday, July 5th, 2013

And besides finding out where to eat lots of meat throughout NoVA, there’s also an interview with famed farmer Joel Salatin. Here’s a ditty from his farm outside of Staunton. 


Hungry for Linkage: Mail-Order Ice Cream + Tuscarora Mill’s Deck Fest + Long John Silver’s Has Worst Meal in America

Posted by / Friday, July 5th, 2013

Ice cream cones


By: Molly Jacob

Sometimes, mint chocolate chip from the local supermarket ain’t gonna cut it. The best ice cream pints that can be ordered online are overnight-delivery-rate worthy. [HuffPo]

The Washington Post profiles Mark Warmuth, a businessman who transformed Alexandria’s M.E. Swing Coffee Roasters into a specialty coffee shop. [WaPo] 

Did any of these make an appearance at your Fourth of July cookout? Will Gordon pokes fun at the 36 cheapest American beers. [Deadspin]

The holiday weekend has only begun: Tuscarora Mill continues the festivities tonight at 5:30 p.m. with drinks, barbecue and rock n’ roll. Make sure to keep up with NoVA food happenings with our July calendar in order to have the most scrumptious summer ever.

Among the nutrition facts for America’s Worst Meal: two weeks worth of trans fat, 37 grams of sodium and 1,320 calories. Long John Silver’s, are you trying to kill us? [Time]


Hungry for Linkage: How to Celebrate July 4th in NoVA

Posted by / Thursday, July 4th, 2013

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Things to do today, July 4th. [NVM]

The Coffee Chronicler: I’ve got a theory about coffee: Part of the reason why everyone’s reaction to coffee is so strong is that it really is one of the defining passages into adulthood. It’s a thing that you know about when you’re a kid and you’re not allowed to have for good health reasons; at some point you taste a little bit, either in high school or college because you need the chemical lift, but it’s probably not that good. And then, at some point, you like it, and you decide that this is your order, this is the style you like—maybe it happened during your school year abroad in France or Italy or Mexico, and usually that moment is happening at a pretty volatile, exciting time in your life. You’re drinking, having sex—a lot of other things are happening. So you decide that this is what you like, and it messes with a lot of people’s heads to be told five, ten, twenty years later by some kid under the age of 50 in The New York Times, “What you like could be improved upon.” What I’m really doing is challenging a person’s notion of their adult self. [Narratively]

local chef writes about Paula Deen, the N-word and being a black woman in the kitchen. [HuffPo]

A history of wedding cakes—and its role in the marriage contract. [The Smart Set]

Sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to diss a brie…” [Mostly Cabbages]





Trolley Pub Resigns From Dispute with Virginia ABC; Sets Up Drink Specials at Bars Instead

Posted by / Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013


Courtesy of Trolley Pub

By: Molly Jacob

Originally the Trolley Pub—think pub crawl, only less crawling and more pedaling—was going to allow consumers to bring alcoholic beverages on the multi-pedaled vehicle. The BYOB issue arose during Trolley Pub’s April launch when the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control contacted Trolley Pub founder Kai Kaapro and told him that consuming alcohol on privately chartered vehicles other than charter boats is prohibited. Kaapro pointed out that alcohol is served in many privately owned vehicles, from limousines to winery tour buses, but to no avail. 

After the initial talks with the ABC, Kaapro tried to find a way around the law, but this spring, Kaapro stopped fighting the ABC regulations that would not allow customers to bring on their own beer. Instead, the vehicle will act as a transport between bars in downtown Arlington.

Customers can book a seat or rent out the entire vehicle, and can pedal to three or four bars in Clarendon. Trolley Pub has worked out drink and food specials, such as $3 drafts and half-priced food, with establishments such as Velocity Five and Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill.

“It’s difference of opinion over the interpretation of one of the ABC regulations,” says Kaapro. “In the meantime, we’re just operating dry. It’s still a lot of fun.”


Hungry for Linkage: Find Out What is in Your Cup of Joe + Virginia Chutney Company Wins Best Condiment at Summer Fancy Food Show + The Evolution of Beer Cans

Posted by / Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013


Breakfast breakdown: find out whats really in your coffee. [Wired]

The Spicy Plum Chutney from Virginia Chutney Company in Washington wins best condiment  at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show. [FR]

The evolution of the beer can. [HuffPo]

Michael Landrum sells Ray’s The Classics to former employees. [Eater DC]

Vaso’s Kitchen looks to open a second location in former Bistrot Lafayette space. [Patch]

Early reviews for new Falls Church spot, Taco Bamba. [Eater DC]


Fourth of July Food Events, Recipes and Restaurant Specials

Posted by / Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013


By: Molly Jacob

Everyone knows fireworks are an essential part of Fourth of July, but don’t your taste buds deserve a little taste explosion as well? Celebrate our freedom this Thursday by exercising your right to deliciousness.

Manassas Independence Day Party
Make this Manassas festival, with an apple pie baking contest, carnival food and fireworks, part of your celebration. Although you can no longer register to compete in the contest, you can still cheer on your favorite bakers. When pie is involved, are there really any losers? Bonus: many food trucks and vendors, including Doug the Food Dude, will be at the festival. Manassas Fourth of July Fireworks, Old Town Manassas Train Depot. Event begins at 4 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Buzz Bakery 
Don’t celebrate America’s 237th birthday with just boring birthday cake. Pick up some all-American dessert from Buzz Bakery, such as Key Lime Pie, Mississippi Mud Pie or Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble. Make sure to cool down from the Virginia summer heat with some Triple Mint Chocolate or Strawberry Vanilla ice cream. / Buzz Bakery’s two locations: 818 N Quincy St, Arlington; 901 Slaters Ln, Alexandria 

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Hungry for Linkage: Port City Celebrates Re-Release in the Dark + Mellow Mushroom Expands to Herndon + Why You Won’t Be Seeing Cracker Barrel Packaged Meats in Stores

Posted by / Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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Port City Brewing celebrates Derecho anniversary with re-release party…in the dark. [DCist]

The Mellow Mushroom is headed to Herndon, taking over the old Fuddruckers space on Elden. [Eater DC]

Love adventurous eating? Heres a list of seven places (including Jackson 20) in the D.C. area to have barbecue dishes that stray from the norm. [Zagat]

A federal judge blocks Cracker Barrel from selling packaged meats in grocery stores, hurting the company’s plans to brand-expand. [Tennessean]

Join Morrison House for its Alexandria’s First Family of Beer: Then & Now event. For more food and wine events, check out our July Calendar. [NVMwire]


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