Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Monday, May 20th, 2013
Tom Sietsema‘s Spring Dining Guide revisits three NoVA restaurants, two of which he says to visit. [WaPo]
Virginia wineries ailing after late season frosts. [WBJ]
2941 in Falls Church offering a three course dinner for two for $79. [Eater]
PBR-crazed hipsters raising prices of cheap beer. [HuffPo]
The underground world of KFC smuggling. [NPR]
“New research is showing that the immigrant advantage wears off with the adoption of American behaviors – smoking, drinking, high-calorie diets and sedentary lifestyles.” [NYT]
Posted by Melissa Lyden / Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Artichoke season: unlocking hidden potential. [NYT]
Something that doesn’t need to happen again: trying all the Skinnygirl flavors. [HuffPo]
Oh, kale no. [Tasting Table]
A question of fresh pumpkin in Falls Church. [WaPo]
M&M nation. [The New Yorker]
On Earth Day, think about the foods impacted by climate change. [HuffPo]
It’s coffee week on NPR. [NPR]
Posted by Tasnim Eboo / Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Some of you may remember our Style Sense post on Kalaa’s CEO and co-founder, Nisha Thirumurthy, from a few weeks ago. Emphasizing their unique designs based on thari couture, Kalaa is modern mixed with traditional, and has pieces you won’t find anywhere else. This month, Kalaa is launching their newest line, the Premiere Collection Inspired by India’s Rich Textile Tradition. The premiere collection gets its inspiration from the Indian culture and encorporates many colors and patterns.
The event will be held on two weekends: Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, 10 a.m-5 p.m, and Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 10 a.m-5 p.m. Please visit the Kalaa events page for the location. Mark your calendars!
Posted by Zachary Westlake / Thursday, April 4th, 2013
As the real spring weather approaches, the warmer temperatures brings with it a flurry of farmers markets opening in the coming weeks. We’ve done some research to highlight some of the new additions to markets in our area. Be sure to check our Northern Virginia Farmers Market Guide to find one near you.
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Along with multiple vendors selling seasonal produce, the year round market will welcome Fluffed Up Desserts this spring and will offer a variety of marshmallow-based desserts. The Del Ray market will also feature baked goods from Together We Bake, a workforce training program for women.
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If you are selling your home, it’s time to put on your buyer hat.
By Terry Belt
If you’re selling a home in Northern Virginia right now, things are looking good for you. Homes that are priced right and prepared properly are selling quickly and prices are starting to rise. So far this year, 898 homes in Fairfax County have gone under contract. The average days on market for those homes was under two months, but the range of days on market varied immensely. Some homes sold the same day they went on the market, others were on the market for five years. Here’s a sampling of statistics so far in 2013:
Falls Church: 95 sales, 42 percent sold in 2 weeks or less, some took 417 days
Great Falls: 9 sales, 11 percent sold in 2 weeks or less, some took 305 days
McLean: 52 sales, 44 percent sold in 2 weeks or less, some took 657 days
Oakton: 18 sales, 17 percent sold in 2 weeks or less, some took 147 days
Reston: 64 sales, 47 percent sold in 2 weeks or less, some took 203 days
Vienna: 57 sales, 49 percent sold in 2 weeks or less, some took 394 days
No one wants to stay on the market that long. They certainly don’t want to keep their house in showing condition day after day, month after month. And, more importantly, statistics show that the longer you are on the market, the less your home will sell for. So why such a large variation? We think it’s because some sellers just can’t put on their “buyer hat.”
When we meet with our sellers, we recommend a focus on the way buyers think. It’s hard to do if you’re leaving a home you have enjoyed living in. But, if you want to maximize your return and sell quickly, it’s time to put on your “buyer hat”. See here for more specific tips on transforming your home into the house buyers are interested in.
Posted by Zachary Westlake / Friday, March 15th, 2013
Restaurant Week in Falls Church starts next week and runs through March 24. [FCNP]
Why some vegans might want to reconsider drinking that Guinness this weekend. [HuffPo]
Arlington Trolley Pub hoping for an April opening. [Patch]
Get out and try some rabbit this spring, guilt free. [WashPo]
Experts weigh on to create a St. Patrick’s Day survival guide. [Esquire]
Posted by Octavia Silva / Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Janeane Garofalo got her start in show biz by doing stand-up comedy at the age of 19. She’s since been in several movies– “Reality Bites,” “Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Bad Parents” and television shows like “The Ben Stiller Show” and most recently, Adult Swim’s “Delocated.”
Despite broad experience in film and television, her love for stand-up remains unwavering and she’ll be at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse this weekend treating the Northern Virginia audience to her newest comedy material. She’ll perform twice on both Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets available here.
Northern Virginia Magazine: Which do you prefer—stand-up, acting or writing?
Janeane Garofalo: It’s case by case, but I would say in general stand-up is my primary passion because I started doing that when I was 19. That’s what I wanted to do as a career. And I didn’t start acting until I was 27 and that was just sort of a thing that happened. Stand-up is something that I enjoy because I control it in that I can wear what I want. I write it and it’s ever-changing.
Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Friday, March 8th, 2013
Asad Sheikh is on the prowl. He only opened Fairfax’s Curry Mantra two years ago and already opened another—Curry Mantra 2 in Falls Church—but plans to create up to eight Curry Mantra concepts by the end of next year.
Now, if you’re a Top Chef or have otherwise gained fame through television, it’s not uncommon to open multiple restaurants in as many years. But for Sheikh, a Falls Church-based father of two young children, the story unfolds in real life. Although, as a former franchisee of a number of Dunkin’ Donuts and Quiznos, he understands the complexities of owning multiple spaces.
“Once you deliver the product, they stick with you,” says Sheikh, 41. He still believes there’s plenty of Northern Virginians who aren’t familiar with Indian food and is determined to bring more, and varied, restaurants to the area. “I just want to be the number one in Northern Virginia,” Sheikh says, starting to laugh. “I’m trying to dominate the market.”
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FOR: Grilled Cheese
709 W. Broad St., Falls Church; spcbr.com
Twenty-four craft beers, 17 grilled cheese sandwiches, eight fake meats, three mustards and a fried egg are among the options at Spacebar, the dim and narrow Falls Church bar from Arlington’s Galaxy Hut team.
Because of state laws, spaces must adhere to a food-to-booze ratio (45- to 55-percent). This enforced proportion feels forced here.
Grilled cheeses are the only item available, save for a basket of tots.
The sandwiches are not mostly cheese, as one would assume, but regular sandwiches that happen to have cheese, like the roasted turkey with havarti and avocado on wheat. It is majority meat, making it a delightful deli sandwich, but not a true “grilled cheese.”
The apple sandwich arrived with unmelted gouda, but the sweetness of the fruit played nicely with the nutty cheese.
The meatloaf with mozzarella and provolone offered plenty of satisfying, marinara-filled bites.
The curated selection of craft beer is the real draw.