Posted by Tim Regan / Friday, March 29th, 2013
Easter: a time for food, family and gratuitous pictures. If you’re still in need of a setting for this weekend’s photos, check out these seven scenic spots.
Meadlowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna
Deep inside Vienna lies Meadlowlark Botanical Gardens, a 95-acre park chock full of cherry trees, flowers, gazebos and several lakes. Check out the park map here.
Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria
Originally part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the grounds changed hands several times before landing in the hands of the National Trust. Today, the estate is a bastion composed of beautifully-kept foliage and two historic homes—one build by Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
If you’ve ever had a handmade tortilla, you know they’re the lynch pin of Mexican cuisine. Torillas de harina (day are-ee-nah, flour tortillas) are deceptively simple. It’s just a bit of flour, shortening and water. How hard could it be to make your own?
Tortillas de Harina
All-Purpose Self Rising Flour (make sure it’s Self Rising, or else you get a chalky, papery mess of a tortilla)
2 tbs. Vegetable Shortening
By Meredith Minx
’Tis the season for your new year’s resolution. If you are anything like me, you are waiting until after the Super Bowl bash to start your new diet. So whether you have already taken the dive into health and wellness for the new year, or are kicking off your own new season after the big game, here are some foods that you should have stocked in your kitchen – and of course, that you should be eating on a regular basis!
- Lean meats
- Kale (or dark green and leafy veggies)
- Black-eyed peas
- Plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt
All of these foods have many properties in common. Aside from being packed with good things for you—fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids and antioxidants to name a few—they also help reduce your risk for many diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s. In turn they increase your heart health, stabilize your blood sugars, increase your digestive health, give you more energy and last but not least, they all help you in your endeavor of weight loss! What’s not to like about that?
Meredith Minix is the owner of Fitness Together studios in Fairfax and Tysons. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure with an emphasis in Sports Fitness and Management. A married mother of three young children, Meredith excels at helping her clients juggle family, career and exercise –the balancing act of the 21st century! Find Meredith and her local Fitness Together colleagues at www.ftcustomfitness.com, follow them on Facebook and on Twitter to get their health tips and fitness news.
Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Eggs. Runny. Threaded with saffron. A slip of prosciutto. Why is this beauty only offered on weekends? Why do we banish eggs to Saturday and Sunday? Why? Why? Why?
Photo by Stefanie Gans
Posted by The Editorial Desk / Monday, October 17th, 2011
In my book, there’s just nothing quite as good as Sunday brunch.
When it comes to the first meal of the day, I’m a firm believer in breakfast food. In the battle of breakfast food (cereal, eggs, pancakes) versus lunch food (sandwiches, salads, burgers) as the first thing in your mouth for the day on the weekends, I will always choose breakfast. (Disagree if you want, but I just can’t fathom putting a sandwich in my stomach without properly having breakfast first.)
It’s during the loved weekends when sleeping in late wins and you’re faced with the decision of taking the breakfast or lunch route that these dilemmas arise. So whoever invented brunch really figured out how to please both parties of both breakfast and lunch. Where else can you see such two separate entities bond over a mealtime table in such great harmony?
At Eat-Bar‘s Sunday brunch this weekend, that’s where!
Unfortunately, we missed the Big Screen Cartoon Brunch Series screening (it started at 11, a bit too early for myself after a late Saturday night), but were still able to gawk over the delicious sounding brunch menu while enjoying a bonus brunch amuse bouche of mini doughnuts with Nutella glaze.
For me, it was a tough decision choosing between the different breakfasty options, including the sunny side up farm eggs with homemade pastrami hash, house smoked salmon, and scrambled eggs with chorizo and black beans.
Here you have it– breakfast and lunch, eaten together in perfect harmony for Sunday brunch!
Eat-Bar is located next to Tallula at 2671 Washington Blvd. in Arlington (open nightly beginning at 4 p.m. and Sundays for brunch, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 703-778-9951).
For more NoVA brunch ideas, go here.
Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, March 21st, 2011
I recently took a general blood test (because I was wondering about my cholesterol and sugar level). It turns out that my blood sugar level is excellent (surprisingly) and I have good cholesterol! But, I’m very low on Vitamin D. The nurse said that I was an 18 ng/ml, when normal is 30 ng/ml. I tried to reason with her (ignorantly, thinking that humans can only extract Vitamin D from the sun) that I had not been outside for months since it was winter and that that must contribute to the lack of Vitamin D, and she said that is true, but that an 18 ng/ml was still too low. My doctor recommended that I take a super vitamin D pill once a week for twelve weeks.
Why is Vitamin D even important?
I did a little research and it prevents chronic diseases like cancer, bone loss, hypertension, autoimmune diseases,osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease. It protects and lubricates bones, teeth and hair and helps regulate cellular grown and activity.
Also, just getting Vitamin D from the sun is not enough except if you’re from Jersey Shore.
Shiitake mushrooms, button mushrooms, salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna fish, eggs, and milk are foods rich in Vitamin D. I’m very shocked that I’m low on Vitamin D because I eat fish (specifically mackerel, salmon and tuna) very often.
If you are also low on Vitamin D, here are some delicious recipes with fish, mushrooms and eggs to incorporate into your diet.
and if you really love mushrooms, the Mushroom Crepe Cake
Posted by The Editorial Desk / Thursday, April 30th, 2009
But what about the other deserving foods out there? Is anyone giving them blog love?
I searched all over the web for online odes to specific foods (the more specific the better). Some sites, like http://www.thebananablog.com/ (warning: NSFW), were . . . not quite what I thought they’d be. Luckily, I found more than enough food fan blogs out there that fit the bill.
Here’s a short list of ‘em:
What food would you blog about?
I think I’d blog about eggs and all the delicious things you can make with them: frittatas, omelets, soufflés, scrambled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, egg salad, eggs benedict, quiche…I could probably keep that blog going for years.
– Christina Lee
Posted by The Editorial Desk / Friday, March 6th, 2009
Thought I’d have some fun this Friday and compose a dream menu from all the mouthwatering food pics posted all around the web this week.
Breakfast: crab meat and eggs — I can almost taste the sweet crab and fluffy eggs in my mind. Though I’d probably swap out the Chinese wine for some mirin (added sweetness should cut through the ginger a bit and bolster the crab).
(Photo: seasaltwithfood. Full recipe here.)
Lunch: pasta e fagioli — turkey sausage + Tuscan white beans + baby spinach = molto bene in my book.
(Photo: For the Love of Cooking. Full recipe here.)
Dinner: pork cheek ragout — Do I even need to make a case for this?
(Photo: Marc Matsumoto. Full recipe here.)
Dessert: Reese’s Pieces-Nutella beaver tail — There’s no recipe, but damn if I’m not going to have a blast experimenting with this Canadian import.
Ahh well, guess it’s time to rejoin the real world and get started on my actual dining assignments for the day…