Posts Tagged ‘Fairfax’

Driss Zahidi Is Back at Evo Bistro; Will Continue at Le Mediterranean Bistro

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Chef Driss Zahidi  / Photo Courtesy of Driss Zahidi

Chef Driss Zahidi / Photo Courtesy of Driss Zahidi

By Stefanie Gans

“It was too fast,” says Driss Zahidi of the sudden deal that led him back to Evo Bistro.

From 2007 to 2011, Zahidi was chef and majority partner in the McLean restaurant, but he left to start Le Mediterranean Bistro in Fairfax in April 2013.

After being approached three weeks ago by the current owners of Evo Bistro, Zahidi agreed to take over the restaurant. His first shift in the kitchen was last night. 

On Monday, Zahidi, a Moroccan native, will release his new menu, which shifts Evo Bistro from its current emphasis on American-Italian food to pan-Mediterranean cuisine pulling from Spain, Italy and Morocco. Dishes will include lobster ravioli — “House-made, of course,” says Zahidi — Mediterranean rockfish with saffron risotto, an appetizer of boquerones and a lobster and foie gras croquette, which debuts as a special tonight for $9.

Zahidi will continue cooking at Le Mediterranean Bistro, but he is already wary of being able to keep both restaurants afloat. “I’m trying to make it work,” says Zahidi. But if he had to sacrifice one, it’d be Le Mediterranean Bistro. Says Zahidi, “Evo Bistro was my little baby.”


Investing 101 is Not for Dummies

For millionaires or wage slaves, the rules are the same.

Investing 101

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By Darrell Delamaide

With algorithms determining what books we purchase and what films we watch, it was only a matter of time before these mathematical formulas programmed into software would tell us what stocks and bonds to buy.

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1 dead, 80 treated after Metro car fills with smoke

By Carten Cordell

1 dead, 80 treated after Metro car fills with smoke
(The Washington Post)

Yellow Line rider recounts ‘scary experience’ on L’Enfant train

Police search Joe Morrissey’s office ahead of special election
(The Washington Post)

Fairfax man charged in child porn case connected to youth hockey

Freedom of Information Exemption Proposals Pile Up In Virginia

Cedar’s Gourmet & Sweets Debuts Restaurant Counterpart and Hookah Bar, Cedar’s Cafe

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Chicken shawarma sandwich and lounge

Chicken shawarma sandwich at Cedar’s Cafe / Photo courtesy of Imad Zein

By Nicole Bayne

When then the space next door to Cedar’s Gourmet & Sweets in Fairfax became available, owner Imad Zein was finally able to open his next dream project: a hookah bar.

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Mosaic turns construction into art with Mosaic Yards Project

Photo courtesy of EDENS

Photo courtesy of EDENS

By Michael Balderston

The Mosaic District in Fairfax is constantly growing, offering new shops, restaurants and entertainment to the community with its unique style and design. This means a lot of construction has and continues to take place at the shopping center. But rather than throw up a plain wall around construction sites, Mosaic has found a way to add their unique touch with the Mosaic Yards program.

If you’ve visited Mosaic at any time over the last year you have likely seen the project – 150 paintings decorating the walls around the construction of the upcoming Modera Mosaic apartment buildings. Among those paintings are the works of professional artists, children from Inova Hospital and even Edens’ marketing director Angela Rakis’ mother.

“Mosaic’s vision has always been to be a part of the community and enrich that area and we believe art is a part of that,” says Rakis. “It really was just a big white wall and it was screaming for something; something creative, something innovative, something fun that would engage our community.”

To fill that space Mosaic allowed artists to create their own works of arts on yard-length panels, uniquely expressing themselves.

“Each one is not a Picasso or a work of fine art,” says Rakis, “but each one represents a little piece of our community and that’s what’s really cool about it.”

One artist represented in the project is local professional Jessica Kallista. She has two works currently on display and reached out to others local artists about this opportunity to show off their work.

“It’s really good they are trying to transform the space at Mosaic so art is there,” says Kallista. “It’s really fantastic for the community, for artists and for art lovers as well.”

At least in its current iteration, Mosaic Yards won’t be around for too much longer. With construction coming to a close on the Modera apartments, Mosaic will be finding new homes for the paintings. Some won’t be going very far at all, as Modera has agreed to use a number of the works in the lobby and hallways of their building. The remaining paintings will find new homes either in a similar capacity around constructions sites as Mosaic continues to expand, or elsewhere within the shopping center.

Mosaic’s mission is to create community engagement to establish “the most innovative retail & entertainment community.” Mosaic Yards is certainly a strong step in that direction.

Warm Up this Winter with Paint-Your-Own Pottery

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 9th, 2015

Pottery painting in Northern Virginia

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By Micaela Williamson

Your house is already too messy from snow days and delayed openings. Bring the kids to one of these great paint-your-own pottery places in Northern Virginia to create one-of-a kind treasured gifts to last a lifetime and get the creative spirits flowing.


Art from the Heart
325 Garrisonville Road
Stafford, 22554

No appointment is needed at this creative little studio. Try your hand at the great paint-your-own pottery selection or glass fusing. There are also “Pottery to Go” kits that allow customers to paint their pieces at home and bring it back to the studio for glazing. Refer to their website to learn about special events, such as a monthly homeschool days, preschool story hours, ladies’ nights and much more.


Clay Cafe Chantilly
13894 Metrotech Drive
Chantilly, 20151

Clay Cafe Falls Church
101 North Maple Ave.
Falls Church, 22046

These award-winning pottery studios continuously offer the largest selection of pottery and glass fusion pieces in the metro area. Plus, all materials are non-toxic, lead free and safe for the environment. Besides pottery, young artists can participate in origami, bottle cap magnets, scrapbooking, beading and card making. Always check the website for special events, coupons, and promotions.


Color Me Mine Ashburn
22855 Brambleton Plaza
Ashburn, 20148

Color Me Mine Fairfax
4209 Fairfax Corner Ave.
Fairfax, 22030

So much at the Color Me Mine locations is geared towards families. There are frequent kids’ nights out and pajama paints on the calendar. All the paint used is non-toxic and safe for kids. Both studios are in great locations (Brambleton and Fairfax Corner) near lots of shops and restaurants.


Jimmy Potters
6504 Williamsburg Blvd.
Arlington, 22213

The motto at Jimmy Potters Studio is “there are no mistakes in pottery,” and they strive to create a fun, artistic space for people of all ages.  Jimmy Potters offers open studio time for clay work and paint-your-own ceramics, as well as parties, workshops, and special events. Their special handprint pieces make the perfect keepsake, and a staff member will even come to your home, upon request, to capture your little one’s handprint.


Kiln & Co.
132 Church St., NW
Vienna, 22180

Artists of all ages are invited to work with pottery, sculpture, painting and other mediums at this new whimsical studio in downtown Vienna. Special classes and workshops are offered like Mommy & Me (ages 12 & under), Cupcake Sundays, Daddy-Daughter Date Night and Come Play Footies Fridays.

Paint This
1013 King Street
Alexandria, 22314

Situated in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Paint This is a great outing. Families can select to paint pottery products such as dinnerware, ceramic pieces, and picture frames, or have a go at mosaics or glass fusion. Please check the website or call ahead for special events and promotions.


Paint Your Own Pottery
10417 Main Street
Fairfax, 22030

With a selection of over 600 pieces, everyone is bound to find something they want to paint. All their glazes are lead free and non-toxic. Studio hours, coupons, and updates are constantly updated on the website.


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.

A Hero’s Journey

In more than 25 years of living with Parkinson’s disease, Karl Robb has overcome the seemingly insurmountable while helping others do the same.

Karl Robb, author

Photo by Erick Gibson

By Helen Mondloch • Photography By Erick Gibson

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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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