Posted by Editorial / Thursday, August 28th, 2014
By Stefanie Gans
Being an adult sometimes means making choices that you’re inner child would applaud. And, today, at the Herndon Farmers Market, while you pick up ugly heirloom tomatoes and multi-colored peppers, you should also grab an icy treat from Whim Pop.
Owner Maria Romano sources some of the ingredients right from the market and offers insanely low-calorie and low-fat options. (See the nutritional stats binder she keeps at her cart and look up the lime pop.) / 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 742 Lynn St., Herndon
Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
By Ariel Yong
Missed the strawberry festivals last weekend? Here’s a list of strawberry inspired foods to get your fix now.
Pickled @ Brabo
For starters, Brabo offers grilled Beaver Creek quail with pickled green strawberries, swiss chard and coriander jus. / Brabo, 1600 King St., Alexandria
Macerated @ Ashby Inn
End your meal at Ashby Inn with macerated strawberries, ginger-white chocolate ganache and eucalyptus ice cream. /Ashby’s Inn, 692 Federal St., Paris
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Start the day with strawberry cream cheese on a strawberry bagel at this Arlington bakery. / Brooklyn Bagel Bakery, 2055 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
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It’s OK to want a little nibble, a little lick of sweetness. Another bite. Just one more. Dessert is a time to give in and let cravings take over. Deprivation isn’t good for the soul. Here’s your guide to finding what you really want: Just a little sugar …
By Stefanie Gans with Natalie Manitius • Evan Milberg • Jessica Strelitz • Tammy Tuck
French & Lebanese
Embrace the Chill
Celebrating the difference between the best of the frozen treats.
Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
If turkey-baking and stuffing-making aren’t your thing, Northern Virginia restaurants can help.
Candy honors companion dogs.
By Lindsey Jenkins
Tim Gearhart began his culinary career as a line cook in Kuwait serving 20,000 Marines a day. After leaving the service, Gearhart graduated from culinary school and for the past 12 years owns chocolate shops in Charlottesville and Richmond.
Now that Gearhart has a 4-year-old, he wanted to create a more kid-friendly environment in his stores. “I came up with the idea for a little peanut butter pup,” says Gearhart, who blends Virginia-based Reginald’s Homemade peanut butter into a creamy, sweet filling for the inside of the chocolate candy—with dark chocolate eyes and nose, and toasted almond ears.
Gearhart often donates his creations to local auctions and wanted to use the pups to raise money as well. “We didn’t seem to be getting much traction with places like the SPCA,” says Gearhart, who then found out about Companions For Heroes (C4H).
Air Force vet David Sharpe started C4H after he returned from Pakistan and began to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The violent outbursts and depression began to take its toll until the day Sharpe met Virginia shelter rescue dog, Cheyenne. The tiny pit bull quickly became Sharpe’s best friend; C4H now helps other vets find their Cheyenne. Five percent of the profits from the peanut butter pups go to the non-profit.
But what’s Gearhart’s son think? “He loves them [but] he doesn’t even want to eat them because they’re so cute.” / gearhartschocolates.com.
Posted by Tim Regan / Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Hearts. Candlelit dinners. Chocolates. Credit card transactions. Don’t you love Valentine’s Day? But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips on celebrating Valentine’s Day without emptying out your wallet:
1. Swap dinner for lunch
The dishes may be identical, but are the portion sizes the same? The restaurant industry may never tell, but one thing’s for certain: prices at lunchtime are lower. Instead of a V-Day dinner, meet with your sweetheart for lunch and use your savings to do something really romantic, like paying off a mortgage.
2. Skip the theater, rent a movie
It’s said that movie theaters receive most of their profit from the concessions, but even before you walk through the door, tickets for two will run you $20+. For only $1.20 a day, you can rent a Redbox flick and slum it indoors.
3. Invest in a plant, not just flowers
Why do flowers symbolize love? No matter what you do, they will wilt and die. Why is something so finite the eternal symbol of an unbreakable bond? Instead of a week-long reminder, plant a tree, start a garden or pot a houseplant to symbolize your bond for years to come.
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Posted by Jennie Tai / Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
Food Desk Note: Welcome to our Thanksgiving reader recipe series. Our team of NoVA food enthusiasts submitted their favorite holiday recipes that we’ll feature throughout the month. Enjoy these dishes perfect for gatherings.
Submitted by Kim Owens
I am not a fan of pumpkin pie! There, I said it! This is why I make a pumpkin roll instead. It’s delicious and makes a beautiful presentation. It looks complicated but it’s simple to make. It’s usually the talk of the dinner! So if you are not big on pumpkin pie, try this alternative. You won’t miss that pie!
Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Friday, October 19th, 2012
Now maybe this isn’t fair. Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions. But I’m just gonna say it anyway. We must put a stop to dessert raviolis. I’ve eaten two sweet ravs so far. And well, they both were pretty terrible.
The top photo shows ravs, stuffed with pumpkin, and fried, served with a watery vanilla sauce, a whipped-like cream and garnished with a cinnamon stick, left whole. They were dry and tasteless. These needed a serious dipping sauce. Probably hot fudge. A bit of salt adhered to the crust. Or really, not to exist.
The bottom photo features raviolis filled with under-cooked apples surrounded by a caramel sauce and a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Besides the uncomfortable apple texture—not snappy, not soft—a thick layer of powdered cinnamon covered the entire surface. It was like touching an ice cream sandwich covered with sand. (Jersey Shore reference, anyone? Real Jersey Shore, not TV shore, anyway…)
So maybe there are some miraculous versions of dessert raviolis out there, but I haven’t yet been privy to those treats. And because two is a coincidence and not a trend, says trend catalogers, I want to stop it before this becomes a thing.
Ravioli, this is a warning. Please refuse your attendance at the dessert table. Only allow butternut squash, pork belly, and of course, any cheese, within your center. We don’t want you ended up as overextended as bacon.