Posted by Eliana Reyes / Thursday, December 5th, 2013
During the holiday season, Trummer’s on Main will hold late happy hours with half-off bar items. [Eater]
So long, Red Mango. [ARLnow]
If the House and Senate agriculture committees don’t pass farm bills, Americans will face the “dairy cliff,” where prices for milk will jump up to $7 a gallon. [npr]
The committee at Old Town Alexandria discussed ideas for the new Blackwall Hitch coming to the old Torpedo Factory pavilion.
RIP Todd Mills, the man who launched a crusade for Doritos Locos tacos at Taco Bell. [Grub Street NY]
Posted by Cassandra Sturos / Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
With a plethora of Christmas parades this Saturday (Dec. 7) offering jolly St. Nicks, horses, even bagpipes, it might be difficult to simply choose one. Not only that, but there are tree lightings, Christmas markets and visits from Santa all weekend long. Lucky for you, we have the breakdown on the festivities so you can make an educated decision on the best route for you and your family to enjoy.
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By Lynn Norusis
Planned as a resort-residential community, Potomac Shores is located on the Cherry Hill Peninsula in Woodbridge along the Potomac River. This transit-oriented, mixed-use development will feature a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, five-star hotel and spa, town center, 450-slip marina, 40-acre corporate campus, two schools, more than 15 sports fields, eight miles of trails and a future, on-site Virginia Rail Express (VRE) commuter rail station.
Phase one of the residential section includes six neighborhoods with homes built by both Ryan Homes and NVHomes. These first homes are a contemporary translation of the Tidewater style with large porches and hipped roofs often found throughout coastal communities. Homes, starting in the upper $500s, are available with views of the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and mature hardwood forests of the Potomac waterfront.
The new 7,500 square-foot golf clubhouse at the golf course is currently under construction. The clubhouse follows suit with the architecture of the residential area, pairing the romantic spirit of a bygone era in the Tidewater style. The finishing touches are being completed on the outdoor dining terrace, where golfers can enjoy views of the Northern Virginia woodlands as well as the 18th green.
The official public opening of the new clubhouse and golf course will take place in spring 2014.
Landmark Mall Redevelopment
City of Alexandria
Status: Project approved June 2013; Developer submitted the first final site plans on Aug. 19
Scope: Howard Hughes Corporation is redeveloping the interior portion of what is now Landmark Mall, keeping adjoining retailers Sears and Macy’s intact, and turning the center of the mall into a mixed-use residential (350 to 400 apartments) and retail center (250,000 to 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants) with sidewalks, trees and open space.
Springfield Town Center
Status: Vornado has set a tentative opening in fall of 2014 with an expected 20-year build out
Scope: A multi-phased project including a 225-plus-room hotel, over 2,000 residential units, office buildings, retail shops, restaurants, food court and state-of-the-art movie theater, multi-use pathways, and open spaces and recreational facilities including: central plaza, dog park and indoor and outdoor recreations opportunities for concerts, farmer’s markets, events and public exhibits. Other improvements include a complete redesign of the interior, the addition of two plazas, and pedestrian improvements between the mall and the Joe Alexander Transportation Center.
Lake Anne Village Center
Status: Republic Land Development chosen to start revitalization of area in July 2013; Sept. 2013 plans unveiled; Construction not beginning until fall of 2015 with completion being eight to ten years
Scope: The mixed-use development project plans includes additional retail being built in the current Lake Anne Plaza parking lot, turning Village Drive into a main entrance with a straightened path to the lake plaza, a mid-rise apartment complex replacing the current 181 affordable units with 1,000 more units possible (including townhomes, mid-rise, high-rise and an active senior center). Plans also include an amphitheater, additional retail, office space, underground parking and public transit. The North Shore/Village Drive gas station, convenience mart, parking lot-facing office buildings and the current Crescent apartments will be torn down.
Posted by Cassandra Sturos / Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Let us eat, let us drink and let us be thankful. Oh and merry too of course. Thanksgiving is so close you can practically smell the turkey roasting. With all the trappings of Thanksgiving, it’s easy to be grateful for the obvious: your grandmother’s sweet potato casserole, Bing Crosby crooning on the radio and your dad’s infectious chuckle, but let us be thankful for even more! Why not? Northern Virginia has plenty to keep you giving thanks long after the last turkey leg is devoured.
Moonshine: You can have your moonshine cake and eat it too! Red Truck Bakery dishes up a double chocolate moonshine cake made with real Virginia hooch. Not only that, but if you are feeling adventurous, check out the Belmont Farm Distillery in Culpeper that not only makes Virginia Lightning (moonshine) but offers tours and tastings.
Quaint Bookstores: With winter winds biting, what better way to cozy up to the idea of the chilly season than good books and even better bookstores. NoVA is no stranger to local bookstores, but here are a couple to give thanks for. Book readings, a knowledgeable staff and other items of intrigue can be enjoyed at Books and Other Found Things in Leesburg. Reston’s Used Book Shop is jam-packed with books, book readings and book lovers alike, but not in an overwhelming way, in the shared appreciation kind of way.
Terrific Theatre: We may be almost 300 miles from Broadway, but it’s certainly not going to require much of a drive to experience amazing theatrical performances nearby: ballet, plays or orchestras, NoVA has got it all. Check out Wolf Trap’s Holiday Sing-A-Long this year for Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs on Dec. 7.
Trampolines: Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some bouncy fun. In fact, Rebounderz in Sterling has two arena style trampoline jumpers with rebounding floors and angled rebounding sidewalls, on top of 16,055 square feet of rebounding surfaces for your jumping pleasure. After you’ve stuffed yourself silly with stuffing (and moonshine cake) jump off those calories on Black Friday after your shopping is done.
The Mountains: Need I say more? These beauties make looking at the Northern Virginia skyline whilst in daily traffic, bearable. Not only that, but the mountains are rife with opportunity for hiking, exploring, driving or photographing. If you are not obsessed with the mountains here, then you should be. Remind yourself that you don’t live in mountain-less Kansas, you live here, and the mountains are radiant, no matter which way you slice it.
History is Alive Here: NoVA is bustling with historical significance. If you’re in the mood for grandiose splendor, visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Experience battles past, by taking a leisurely day hike or drive through one of the numerous sprawling battlefields. Stroll through Old Town Alexandria, where the buildings themselves make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time and was voted one of HGTV’s “Top 10 Christmas Towns.”
Vintage and Consignment Boutiques: There will be no shopping shortage come Black Friday or even for Small Business Saturday as NoVA is teeming with a superb shopping experience, especially when it comes to vintage and consignment finds. We have so many great options to choose from that we compiled a comprehensive list here.
Organic Food Markets: Organic food shopping isn’t just relegated to Whole Foods anymore. As lovely as Whole Foods is, what’s even lovelier are our very own local organic food markets, celebrating fine food, organic fare and the love of all things healthy and delicious. Check out these three: Salud of Great Falls, Maple Avenue Market of Vienna and Society Fair of Alexandria that all embody the best in cuisine. Prepare to give thanks for the love of eating well.
Posted by Eliana Reyes / Thursday, November 21st, 2013
While it may sound like an out of body astral projection, the term transient slip is actually boater lingo for “boat parking space,” which will be one of the amenities at the forthcoming, The Landing. Chef Troy Clayton merges his love of cuisine and boating in his new restaurants. Boaters and land lubbers alike can enjoy a menu with seafood. Like The Landing at Coles Point that opened this past May, the second location of The Landing coming to the Occoquan Marina promises indoor and outdoor bars, an outdoor patio for dining, and a formal party room.
Clayton—also current head chef and owner of Geranio Restaurant in Alexandria—says that the menu of appetizers, pizzas and entrees will rotate seasonally and include as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. Of course there’s the produce, but the waterside location of both restaurants comes with local crab, rockfish and oysters. With a Wine Spectator Award from Geranio Restaurant, Clayton hopes to have an expansive wine list including Virginia wines such as Chrysalis and The Hague along with local craft beers, though the menu is far from finalized.
The Landing at Occoquan is hoping to open this February. / The Landing at Coles Point, 13180 Marina Way, Woodbridge.
One gazelle died and a zebra attacked its keeper as chaos ensued Monday at the National Zoo.
A former city council candidate in Alexandria has been convicted of brandishing a weapon.
Wallops Island will host a student-built satellites launch tonight at 7:30 p.m.
$17 million from Google will be split amongst 37 states and D.C. after privacy claims.
Lorton Minnieland faces round two of abuse accusations.
The search for a new FBI headquarters trims down its options, but includes NoVA.
Fairfax library battle takes strides after book removal fiasco.
Posted by Eliana Reyes / Thursday, November 14th, 2013
On Taylor Gourmet‘s fifth birthday customers get gifted: five hoagies for $5. [DCist]
Arlington County not so egg-cited about having backyard hens. [ARLnow] For more information on raising feathered friends, see previous NoVA Mag coverage.
Adams Morgan favorite Amsterdam Falafel looking to expand into Northern Virginia, specifically Alexandria. [Patch]
In 2013, what’s it mean to be a foodie? What are other food writers’ and chefs’ opinions on the term? [FirstWeFeast]
“Everyone should try these, even if you think you don’t want to go to a restaurant for porridge,” says Tyler Cowen on Annandale‘s Siroo. [TCEDG]
Here is what you need to know on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Alexandria Transportation official Ron Kirby was slain Monday.
Ashburn resident has been sentenced to 18 months for possession of child pornography.
A not-yet-identified 78-year-old Lake Ridge resident was found murdered in his own home.
Posted by Eliana Reyes / Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
If turkey-baking and stuffing-making aren’t your thing, Northern Virginia restaurants can help.
Local Alexandria Boutiques will open early on Nov. 29 offering once-a-year, door buster deals. Last year over 50 local boutiques participated. Participating stores will open at 6 a.m. offering initial discounts of up to 30-percent off. At 8 a.m., the discounts drop to 20-percent off and 10-percent off starting at 10 a.m. Bonus: The city has waived all parking fees in city-owned garages and at parking meters. Shoppers can preview what will be on sale at local stores on Black Friday. Participating stores include: The Shoe Hive, La Cuisine, The Christmas Attic, Zoe Boutique, The Sugar Cube, Current Boutique, Red Barn Merchantile, Bishop Boutique and Fibre Space. More stores will be announced at a later date.
Stylish Patina has a 30-percent off sale on all red line items specifically tableware while supplies last. And stop in their warehouse—138 W. Jefferson St., Falls Church Nov. 15-17 for their fall harvest-themed Rough Luxe Marketplace.
Nordstrom recently launched “Pop-In @ Nordstrom,” an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops in eight Nordstrom stores, including Tysons Corner, and at nordstrom.com. The first Pop-In concept, titled “French Fling,” features a selection of hand-picked French-inspired goods and exclusive items from French and American designers: Repetto, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Kenzo, Saint James, Maje, Venessa Arizaga, Olympia Le-Tan and more. It also marks the first time products from Paris-based store Merci will be available stateside, giving shoppers the chance to pick up the brand’s chic home goods and novelty items.
Starting Nov. 15, South Moon Under is demonstrating its love for their Free People collection with an in-store pop-up shop, offering exclusive pricing on the brand, lower than you will find anywhere else.