Posts Tagged ‘Fairfax’

Obama Lifts Cuban Trade Embargo; Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ Release

By Michael Balderston

Obama lifts trade embargo with Cuba following release of Alan Gross.
(Washington Post)

Arlington’s Artishphere is set to close in June after consistently failing to break even.
(Washington Post)

Sony cancels release of ‘The Interview’ after threats from cyberhackers.

Fairfax competes against Prince George’s county for new FBI headquarters.

D.C. Council approves new D.C. United stadium.

A Food-Inspired Gift Guide

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

NoVA shopkeepers reveal the hot items of the season. —Nicole Bayne & Susannah Black

Northern Virginia Magazine Foodie Gift Guide 2014

Photo by Mollie Tobias.


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Global-ish: Lomo Saltado at Bakery, Bread & Grill

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Photo by Ann Hsu Kaufman

Photo by Ann Hsu Kaufman

Finding worldly bites for $12 & under.

By Ann Hsu Kaufman 

Don’t let the vagueness of Bakery, Bread & Grill’s name deter you from this anything-but-ordinary spot.

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Hungry for Linkage: More Mom’s Apple Pie + Tea Time in Berryville + Too Much Pizza

Posted by Editorial / Monday, December 1st, 2014

Hong Vo/

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By Stefanie Gans

“Right now this is the place you all should be swarming to,” says Tyler Cowen about Hunan Taste in Fairfax. [TCEDG]

Mom’s Apple Pie Company opens in Round Hill and will eventually also sell eggs, cheese, meats, produce and other local goods. [Leesburg Today]

Where to buy awesome beer in the DMV. [DC Beer]

The Tea Cart, a British-inspired tearoom, opens in Berryville. 

Fact:  Every week, two out of three Americans eat pizza. [On the Plate]

William T. Clothiers

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

 William T. Clothiers in Fairfax.

Photos by Mollie Tobias.

Destination: Located in Old Town Fairfax on the corner of University Drive and Main Street, William T. Clothiers brings all of the charm and convenience of a custom clothier right to you.

Atmosphere: The layout of the shop provides a warm and relaxed environment. The hardwood floors, leather chairs and classic wooden furniture elevate the high-end clothier experience. From the antique suitcases and photos to the Union Jack dresser, no detail is spared with the décor.

 William T. Clothiers in Fairfax.

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Bread and Butter:  “We bring our customers in and the depth of our experience that Pam [Mauch, designer] and I have in the clothing industry as far as fashion and fit, that’s what really sets us apart,” says owner Todd Baldwin. Whether clients go to the store or Baldwin goes to them, there are fabrics to choose from in every pattern and color as well as ties and pocket squares.

Sweet Surprises: Luxury materials are used in every custom piece designed for men and women. The shop uses fabrics from mills in Italy and England. Accessories such as alligator belts are also an important addition to any look.

Fiercest Fan: Professional men and women who are looking for high-end custom-made clothing in classic designs for any occasion.

Blows to the Budget: Prices range from $75 to $195 for ready-made knits and denim, while custom-made suits can be around $500 for a yard of fabric depending on the type. -Danielle Harvey

Destination:  William T. Clothiers
10389 Main St, Fairfax

(November 2014)

7 Nutcracker Ballets in Northern Virginia for 2014

Nucracker ballet in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of Teri Virbickis/

By Micaela Williamson

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and these local professional performances of The Nutcracker leave audiences enchanted without requiring a trip into the city.


Institute for Performing Arts, Nutcracker in a Shell All Jazzed Up

Nov. 22-23
Heritage High School

The Creative Dance Center introduces younger audiences to the tradition of The Nutcracker through a jazzy version performed by “children for children.”


Gainesville Ballet

Nov. 28
Hylton Performing Arts Center

The Gainesville Ballet brings together professional dancers with local student performers in two full-length ballet performances of The Nutcracker on Friday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.   The perfect way to start the holiday season!


Northern Virginia Youth Ballet

Nov. 29
Hylton Performing Arts Center

This intricate, full-length production of The Nutcracker features stars from The American Ballet Theatre as well as talented dances from the Northern Virginia Youth Ballet.


Fairfax Ballet

Nov. 29-30
W.T. Woodson High School

Since 1991, The Fairfax Ballet has been dazzling local families with their beautiful production of The Nutcracker. This year’s performance features Company dancers, students from the Russell School of Ballet and professional guest artists.


Ballet NoVA Center Dance Company

Dec. 4-7
Thomas Jefferson Community Theater

This professional performance includes children and professional dancers, stunning customs, and gorgeous scenery. For the little ones, Ballet NoVA is offering a special “petite preschool performance” on Dec. 12 and 13. This performance at the Falls Church center includes 45 minutes of Nutcracker highlights.


Loudoun Ballet Company

Dec. 19-21
Freedom High School
South Riding

A Loudoun county family tradition, the Loudoun Ballet School is pleased to present its 25th anniversary of The Nutcracker. The performance combines the talents of local and professional dancers. This year on Saturday, Dec. 13, the ballet is offering a special Nutcracker Tea Party, complete with tea sandwiches, scones, beverages and Nutcracker characters, at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg. Prepaid reservations are required here.


Virginia Ballet

Dec. 27-29
Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale Campus

Enjoy the Northern Virginia region’s longest running classical production of The Nutcracker featuring over a hundred students in a colorful selection of costumes. The performance is scheduled after Christmas, allowing families to enjoy the show without the craziness of the holiday rush.

Courtesy of Tiffany Brown, Mamaratzy Photography

Micaela Williamson is a co-author of local travel guide, Kid Trips Northern Virginia, an extraordinary resource that provides descriptions, useful information and insider tips for hundreds of local destinations. Micaela is also an award winning blogger who enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.




Curry Mantra 2 and Curry Mantra 3 Closing; Asad Sheikh Opening New Indian Restaurant in Arlington

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 27th, 2014

Curry Mantra & Curry Mantra 2

Curry Mantra & Curry Mantra 2

By Stefanie Gans

“My goal is to go big now,” says Asad Sheikh. The owner of the Curry Mantra chain of Indian restaurants is closing Curry Mantra 2 in Falls Church and Curry Mantra 3 in Vienna to open a bigger, more upscale restaurant in Rosslyn.  

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Hit the Malls and Shopping Centers for Trick or Treating in Northern Virginia

Mall Trick or Treating in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of Dayna More/

By Micaela Williamson

Market Common Clarendon Fall-o-ween
Oct. 25, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Free fall fun at its best! Jam with great musical entertainment from local favorites, Mr. Knick Knack at 10 a.m. and Rocknocerous at 11:45. Little ones can enjoy three hours of trick-or-treating at retailers, a petting zoo, face painting, photo booth, pumpkin decorating, and treats and tastes from restaurants.


Brambleton Town Center Trick or Treating
Oct. 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Costumed children can enjoy an afternoon of trick or treating at participating Brambleton Town Center retailers.


Fairfax Corner Spooky Tots
Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

On Wednesday morning, the Plaza at Fairfax Corner will be filled with Halloween themed activities such as spooky entertainment by Shazam Magic, trick or treating at participating shops and restaurants, balloon twisting, face painting, games and giveaways. Plus, the first 150 children will receive a special Halloween themed wand. Don’t forget to wear a costume!


Virginia Gateway Spooky Tots
Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m- 12:30 p.m.

Just like their sister site at Fairfax Corner, Spooky Tots at Virginia Gateway will feature a show by Shazam Magic, trick or treating at participating shops and restaurants, balloon twisting, face painting, games and giveaways. Wear a costume and come early since the first 150 children will receive a special Halloween themed wand.


Dulles Town Center Mall-O-Ween
Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.

Candy Cauldrons will be placed throughout the center for children under 10. The event will also feature Halloween themed family arts & crafts in the Eatery food court, near the Play Park from 5-6 p.m.


Fair Oaks Mall Mall-O-Ween
Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m.

Get on your costumes and head to Fair Oaks mall for a popular Halloween tradition. Now in its 27th year, the Fair Oaks’ Mall-O-Ween features store-to-store trick or treating with witches, wizards and towering ghouls.


Trick or Treat at Manassas Mall
Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.

Bring your costumed kids and trick or treat throughout the mall at participating stores.


Potomac Mills Mall-oween
Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

Potomac Mills will host one of its most popular events, Mall-o-ween, including mall-wide trick-or-treating on Friday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For added fun, guests will also have their choice of face painting or balloon art. Participating retailers will display a Halloween sticker in their window.

Courtesy of Tiffany Brown, Mamaratzy Photography

Micaela Williamson is a co-author of local travel guide, Kid Trips Northern Virginia, an extraordinary resource that provides descriptions, useful information and insider tips for hundreds of local destinations. Micaela is also an award winning blogger who enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.




Where to Find Locally Made Syrups without a Pumpkin Spice in Sight

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

House-made syrup at Killer E.S.P.

The ingredients for Killer E.S.P.’s raspberry syrup / Photo courtesy of Rob Shelton

By Nicole Bayne

In today’s craft coffeehouse culture of sourcing single-origin roasts and taking many dedicated minutes to pour one serving of coffee, these delicate flavors extracted with the help from trained baristas don’t require enhancements. But that purity is over once fall hits and pumpkin spice syrup takes over the world. 

If you like to know where your coffee is sourced, where it’s roasted and exactly how, and for how long, the grinds interact with water, but still want a little sugar in your life, these NoVA coffee shops make their own syrups—none of which mimic the scents of a particular seasonal pie—and combine them with bean blends for personalized, but still pure, combinations. 

Housemade Syrups: Vanilla, Raspberry
From: Killer E.S.P. 

Order: Vanilla Latte; or White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha Latte made with Stumptown’s Hair Bender espresso blend and two pumps of syrup

Owner Rob Shelton says Killer E.S.P. is a “pumpkin–free zone” and uses certified organic vanilla beans in the vanilla syrup. A pastry chef makes the raspberry sauce-like syrup. “We’ve all just been trained to go and drink chemically induced potions,” says Shelton. “You can tell the difference immediately between chemicals and real vanilla.” 

Bonus: no-syrup-added Nutella Latte. Made with a teaspoon of Nutella it’s then followed by about 2 inches of hot milk before letting the concoction rest for a minute. Espresso is added after so it won’t sour. The rest of the milk is poured in last. / 1012 King Street, Alexandria 

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Hungry For Linkage: Reagan Airport Expands Dining Options + Souping is the New Juicing+ More Burger Joints in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, September 24th, 2014


Courtesy of Jody Fellows

By Nicole Bayne

Dulce Crepes campaigns on Kickstarter to open in Fairfax. [Eater]

From learning about seasonal ingredients to embracing fats, lessons from cooking on a farm. [Bon Appetite]

Updates on the openings of Social Burger, Citizen Burger Bar and Zinburger. [Burger Days]

Juicing is out, souping is in. [Well and Good]

Mike Isabella will be opening another location of his restaurant, Kapnos Taverna, at Reagan National Airport, along with other local chains, Lebanese Taverna and Cava Mezze Grill. [WBJ]

Virginians like drinking Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. [Leesburg Today]


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