By Carten Cordell
Aides testify that McDonnell was ‘Mr. Honest’
(The Washington Post)
NORAD running aircraft exercises in D.C., Virginia and Maryland Tuesday morning
(The Washington Post)
Manziel lifts finger, but not the Browns, in loss to Redskins
Report: Loudoun County‘s income growth drives D.C.-area’s economy
Special election in Fairfax and Arlington to settle Virginia delegate’s seat
Posted by Editorial / Monday, August 18th, 2014
A continuation of new and almost opened restaurants in NoVA.
By Ariel Yong
Europa Restaurant is owned by Humberto Fuentes and is expected to open in Herndon by mid-September. Fuentes currently owns El Manantial in Reston but says he will close it once construction has finished for Europa. His new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will focus on French cuisine and have a similar menu to the one at El Manantial’s. / 790 Station St., Herndon
Kobe House in Eden Center opened last month. This family business serves pho Kobe and will add Kobe steak to the menu in the future. / 6763 Wilson Boulevard, Store 6a, Falls Church
Natalie’s is a Vietnamese sandwich shop that is set to open in Fairfax in mid-October. In addition to the banh-mi-inspired sandwiches, it will also serve crepes and beignets. / 10407 Main St., Fairfax
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By Elke Thoms
D.C. police on manhunt after attempted carjacking and shooting of an off-duty detective
(The Washington Post)
Reston engineer fits cat with collar that maps neighbors’ Wi-Fi networks
The Obama Administration announces plan for oil and gas exploration off Atlantic Coast
Ex-Fairfax Deputy charged with shoplifting will go on trial
Posted by Editorial / Monday, August 4th, 2014
By Allison Michelli
Rare ant-eating creature “literally being eaten to extinction” because of nostalgia for wild animal meat. [NPR]
Five ballpark hot dogs that hit it out of the park. [Yahoo]
31 recipes to get you through the dog days of summer. [Buzzfeed]
How to cook transparent sushi and sausage from a live pig in The In Vitro Meat Cookbook . [VICE]
Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson sounds off on GMO’s. [GrubStreet]
Have mushroom-meat blends become the new burger craze? [WaPo]
LOCALE: For 10 years Ann O’Shields and her husband Sean, have brought upscale, California-casual home furnishing offerings to Northern Virginia residents from their store in Fairfax Corner.
ATMOSPHERE: Fun and comfortable is the atmosphere O’Shields has curated for the store, “I want people to come in because it makes them feel happy.” She does this with a sunlit, airy space, crisp colors and a playlist shuffling through pop and new artist music.
AESTHETIC: “We want to design rooms for people that they can live in, be accessible and practical,” says O’Shields. The Nest Egg has shifted their aesthetic with the trends of the time. When French country and cottage style were popular, the store carried those styles. Now the trend is a beachy, laid-back feel. “The store is transitional. We don’t want people to feel like they have to redo their entire room, they can mix pieces and update it.”
PRODUCT SPREAD: Shelves are stocked with sought-after lines: Kate Spade Paper, Mariposa, Nora Fleming and catstudio for gifts; Lee Industries for upholstered furniture; Dash & Albert for rugs; and more. The Nest Egg also carries a multitude of affordable artwork in a range of sizes and children gifts.
CLIENTELE: “People who are getting involved in their decorating,” says O’Shields. “They get really excited about recreating the images they find on Pintrest and blogs. And they are here for gifts.”
WALLET WONDERS: Wall art ranges from $100-$900; lighting from $125-$300; upholstered furniture runs $800 and up; and accessories range from $15-$150.
The Nest Egg
11940 Grand Commons Ave.
By Jessica Godart
Changes To Metro’s Blue Line Schedule Leaves Some Commuters Seeing Red
Route 50 conditions to improve by Spring 2015
Malaysia flight bodies to be sent home Wednesday
New map of Mars most complete geologic map seen
(The Washington Post)
Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 21st, 2014
A story of isolated terror, “Abominable” takes audiences on a journey of how fear can strike any of us, at any time. –Shelby Robinson
Sterling resident, Helen Pafumi wrote the first draft of “Abominable” to explore the destructive behavior exhibited by the son of her friend after his parent’s divorce. But the countrywide terror caused by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary hijacked Pafumi’s play, leading her to transformed it into an exploration of the potential affects bullying has on an individual and on a community.
Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Pool parties and “Dexter” marathons aren’t the only ways to catch a chill this summer. Go beyond popsicles and take a global tour of summer treats. —Mary Kong-DeVito
Che Thai @ Song Que
Che Thai is an edible, slurpable treat that bears resemblance to a parfait, a McFlurry and bubble tea all at once. This Vietnamese take on a Thai dessert is a fun creation, put together from an array of ingredients including green pandan jelly, like Jello-O but firmer with a delightful snap; ebony-colored grass jelly, which is soft and lightly lavender-flavored; sweet corn pudding; red pomegranate seeds and more. Topped with crushed ice, half-and-half and a choice of fresh fruits—soft jackfruit, sweet longans, crunchy water chestnuts or juicy lychees—che Thai makes a hot afternoon bearable. Eat it with a spoon or extra-wide straw, both provided. / 6769 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church
Lucuma Ice Cream @ TropQ Creamery
TropQ makes over 50 flavors of ice cream with base ingredients sourced locally. With a focus on exotic Latin and Asian fruits, one of TropQ’s most interesting flavors comes from Peru. Look for the bright Creamsicle-like color and ask for lucuma, pronounced “LOO-koo-mah.” The fruit, a papaya look-alike, is green on the outside, but reveals a golden flesh on the inside that’s bursting with thick caramel flavors. Its rich color is due to an abundance of beta carotene, iron and other superfood powers, so naturally, you should have an extra scoop. / 721 E. Main St., Purcellville
New Zealand Classic Pavlova @ Cassatt’s Kiwi Café
It is said that when Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova toured Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s, a teacake was created in her honor, resembling the gossamer petticoats the prima ballerina wore in “Swan Lake.” The Pavlova cake, with whispery layers of fresh fruit, meringue and cream, is just as light. No one knows definitively which country it originates from, and much like Russell Crowe, both countries have laid claim to it, each declaring it their national dish. / 4536 Lee Highway, Arlington
Ube @ Bistro 7107
Ube is a purple yam indigenous to Asia and popular in the Philippines. Like Prince, it sports a bold violet color that is hard to miss, and just like the provocative singer, ube isn’t afraid to bare its flesh. Similar to a sweet potato, ube’s sugar content is ideal for making desserts. At Bistro 7107, the root vegetable is blended with coconut milk, chilled and formed into ube jalaya, a vibrant, rich cake with a texture not unlike flourless chocolate cake. / 513 23rd St. S, Arlington
Firnee @ Mazadar
A traditional Persian dish usually prepared for religious and special occasions, firnee is simple custard—alabaster-white yet colorfully fragrant—made fresh with milk, cornstarch and sugar, then chilled. With spicy, citrus notes of cardamom, it’s silky and lighter than creme brulee, with the delicate crunch of crushed pistachios. / 11725 Lee Highway, Fairfax
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra’s New Principal Pops Conductor
“We all know young people with old souls and older people who are young at heart—what matters to me is that I approach my work with genuine passion and a want to connect with audiences,” Luke Frazier says. Not yet 30, Frazier is joining the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra this season as the ensemble’s new Principal Pops Conductor. Don’t be deceived by this conductor’s (lack of) years, however. He has quite a bit of experience in the professional music world under his belt.
In the past two years alone, Frazier opened the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in New York City, directed EGOT-winning Rita Moreno in a Presidential Inauguration celebration at the Kennedy Center, founded the National Broadway Chorus and conducted the Reston Chorale. A triple threat of sorts, he holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from West Virginia University and a Master of Music in conducting from Ohio University. He also accompanies groups on piano and conducts both vocal and instrumental ensembles.
“Both genres [vocal and instrumental] inform and enhance each other, especially in my area of conducting when so many of my programs involve vocalists.”
The area of conducting Frazier refers to is “Pops”—lighter, more widely-known pieces played by high-level groups. He hopes to involve audiences in his shows by integrating both traditional and nontraditional elements to the performances: “I’m a classically trained musician, so that can’t help but influence and inform the shows I’ve created. However, my musical background is quite diverse—I’ve conducted everything from Mozart to Motown, Bach to Broadway. I have designed shows for every demographic and consciously try to connect this work to everyday life. I want my programs to be engaging experiences rather than passive or simply listening [experiences]. That was the reasoning behind adding projections, modern dance and DJs within my symphonic work.”
One of the new shows that Frazier is adding to the FSO’s repertoire is “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a love story based on letters written during World War II that Frazier discovered in his grandmother’s home. “The music of the 1940s is very personal for me. My grandmother taught me from a young age to love that music.” This performance will feature recognizable songs from the World War II era by Gershwin, Ellington and more.
This performance and the band’s other offerings throughout the 2014-2015 season will garner even more fans for the FSO, Frazier hopes. “I think that my work will compliment [the FSO’s] traditional classical programming, attracting audiences that, up until now, may not have been inclined to have an orchestral experience. To reach this audience, my programs are thoughtfully put together and musically fulfilling, while offering tunes that are quite familiar to most audiences. Today there are many options out there for entertainment—I’d like to influence those options with experiences that matter.” —Katie Bowles
Posted by Editorial / Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Bloomingdale’s and Clinique will introduce the ‘Smart Custom-Repair Serum‘ on July 15. In the hot days of summer our skin undergoes some serious damage, the serum targets both the surface and beneath the skin to better attack those problem spots. The benefit of it’s double penetration is that it targets the source of uneven skin tone, dark spots, lines, wrinkles and more. Pricing starts as low as $59 and is available at your local Bloomingdale’s.
Heading to Haymarket for some wedding dress shopping? Make sure to stop by Blush Bridal Boutique as they host an exclusive trunk show unveiling Justin Alexander‘s Spring 2015 line from July 25 – 27. Meet with trained bridal consultants and have a chance to inquire about any styling tips from the acclaimed designer for the line, Jose Dias, who will be in the boutique July 25-26 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and July 27 from 12-4 p.m. Any brides making purchases at the event will receive a special gift valued at $150. Set up your appointment today for this limited time opportunity.
It is a season for giving at The Nest Egg in Fairfax - a retailer for home furnishings and decorative accents will be donating a portion of upholstered furniture purchase orders with LEE Industries during the month of July to Journey 4 A Cure in Ashburn. LEE Industries, a North Carolina based furniture manufacturer, launched a new initiative in January 2014 ‘LEE L♥ves America – Giving Back‘ to promote supporting businesses in local communities. For more information check out their website leeloveslocal.com dedicated to help support the movement.
Keep your eye out for a different type of red-and-white stripes when heading to Old Town Alexandria where a ‘Where’s Waldo’ event hosted by Hooray for Books! will be held along with 25 participating local businesses until July 31. To participate in the search for Waldo print out the ‘Find Waldo Passport‘ or visit Hooray for Books! to get one. The first 125 people to get their passport stamped or signed 10 or more times can win a prize at Hooray for Books! Those that get 20 or more can enter in a grand prize drawing where the winner will be announced at the ‘Where’s Waldo Party‘ at Hooray for Books! on July 31 at 6 p.m.