Posts Tagged ‘Falls Church’

Hungry For Linkage: Catoctin Creek’s first European expansion begins this month

Posted by Editorial / Monday, April 20th, 2015

Catoctin Creek Distillery

Catoctin Creek Distillery owners Scott and Becky Harris / Photo courtesy of Catoctin Creek Distillery

By Nicole Bayne

Catoctin Creek Distillery has announced its latest international expansion will begin this month in select countries throughout Europe. The distillery is collaborating with specialty importer Haromex Development GmbH to distribute their Watershed Gin and Roundstsone Rye. []
Beer guide: everything you need to know about sours. [ARLnow]
Two different Yogiberrys in Reston have closed with no signs of resurfacing. [RestonNow]
Check out Le Pain Quotidien, the Brussels-based bakery-cafe in Falls Church. [FCNP]
Jawbone, the folks behind the fitness-tracker app UP, learned that people’s preference for fatty and sugary foods peaks around midnight.” [The Free Lance-Star]

Review: Koi Koi Sushi & Roll offers the Good and Salty

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Koi Koi Sushi & Roll

Photo by Ann Hsu Kaufman.

A review of Koi Koi Sushi & Roll by guest critic, 4-year-old Bennett Kaufman, as told to his mom, Ann Hsu Kaufman.

My mom and dad took my family and me to Koi Koi sushi restaurant. I like the name because it is a type of fish. We got the edamame. It’s good and salty. We also got the chicken udon. When the bowl came to our table, it looked like the noodles were hiding because I couldn’t see them. I like this chicken. My sister says it’s easy. I don’t like it as much as other chicken because this chicken has ginger, and ginger is not good for kids because it’s spicy. The soup that the noodles are in is good and salty, too. These noodles remind me that I am eating sushi next. I love tobiko (flying fish roe) because it goes POP POP in my mouth. The white tuna in the sushi bowl (chirashi) must be from an albino tuna. My dad has a SO BIG mouth for sushi. My mouth is not so big. It’s medium big. If I had to give this restaurant stars, I would give it 4 [out of 5 stars]. It wasn’t really good in the beginning because I was hungry and I was waiting for the food to come. But the food gets 100 stars.

Koi Koi Sushi & Roll

Order the white tuna—it tastes like butter!

Appetizers: $4–$9; Entrees: $7–$15

Lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, Sunday dinner only
450 W. Broad St., Falls Church; 703-237-0101

(March 2015)

Unexpectedly Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Posted by Editorial / Friday, March 27th, 2015

Kid-Friendly restaurants in Northern Virginia

Photos by Ann Hsu Kaufman.

Where to take children for more than a grilled cheese. —Ann Hsu Kaufman

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Modern Family

When it comes to families, the new ‘normal’ is that there is no ‘normal.’

Adoption in Northern Virginia.

Bonnie Gardner & Owen. Photo courtesy of Bonnie Gardner.

By Cynthia Long

Owen Gardner, 8, was in first grade when his teacher asked him to bring in baby pictures to class. Unfortunately, he didn’t have any photos from when he was an infant. In third grade, he was given an autobiographical assignment called “The Day I Was Born.” He was supposed to list the time he was born, the people who were present at his birth and other details about the momentous occasion. The assignment made the little boy’s stomach turn somersaults. He worried he would get a bad grade on the project because he couldn’t answer any of the questions.

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Hungry for Linkage: Get your VA-made product on Whole Foods’ shelves

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Celery better than kale

Ines Behrens-Kunkel/

Next guess for the new kale: celery. [Today]

Liberty Tavern Group will expand with a restaurant in Falls Church. [Arlington Magazine]

With the release of Lonely Planet‘s “The World’s Best Brunches,” you can win a copy of the new book by tagging your brunch #LPBestBrunches on Instagram. [LP]

Dear Virginia food companies: Pitch your product to the forthcoming Ashburn Whole Foods. [Loudoun Times]

“So we’re not all going to die from gluten eventually?” [Lucky Peach]

Virginia was shut out of the James Beard awards, but one D.C. chef got a nod. [JBF]

Hungry For Linkage: Get to know trash fish

Posted by Editorial / Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Garden of Eatin'

Photo courtesy of Nova Medical Group

By Nicole Bayne

Reston’s Northern Virginia Restaurant Week starts today. [RestonNow]

Get the scoop on all Restaurant Week specials in Falls Church. [FB]

Participate in the first Willow Wine Club event tomorrow from 6-8 p.m. for $25. [Willow]

The Randy Radish food truck takes over Garden of Eatin’. [TheRandyRadish]

Is foraging through the office fridge stealing? [NPR]

Screaming Eagle, “the Holy Grail of Cabernet.” [WaPo]

Worried about overfishing? Try trash fish. [WSJ]

18 new and almost opened restaurants, breweries and coffee shops in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of 360b/

Need a new spot to nosh? Here is a list of new restaurants now open or opening soon.

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Hungry for Linkage: Free Lunch Today at Nando’s Peri-Peri in Gainsville

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Photo Courtesy Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Photo Courtesy Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Later this summer Clarendon will get a European-inspired tavern, Park Lane Tavern. [ARLnow]

Giveaway today at Nando’s Peri-Peri in Gainsville: one free 1/4 chicken, chicken sandwich, wrap or pita, per person, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, dine-in only. [Nando’s]

Falls Church scores two new bakeries: Happy Tart focuses on gluten-free items and Astro Doughnuts serves doughnuts and fried chicken. [Eater, Eater]

The players behind Mt. Defiance, Loudoun‘s second distillery to open since Prohibition. [Loudoun Times Mirror]

Middleburg‘s Popcorn Monkey looks for employees for its new location in the Manassas Mall. [FB]

When Lady Gaga meets Falls Church folk

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

From left to right: Julie Ann Greene, Lea Mae Rice Camarda, Larry Rice. Photo courtesy of Larry Rice.

From left to right: Julie Ann Greene, Lea Mae Rice Carda, Larry Rice. Photo by Tim Camarda.

By Matthew Tracy

Most people know “Poker Face.” They know that Lady Gaga wants to “hold ‘em like they do in Texas, please.” And in Falls Church, folk band The Big Cheese holds ‘em like they do in Virginia.

The Big Cheese’s tagline is “‘Cripple Creek’ meets Lady Gaga.” Using old time folk tunes, they put a special twist on pop classics such as “Poker Face.”

Bandleader Larry Rice gives the lowdown on their music: “The oldest tune that we play is from the 1500s,” he says. “It’s a really old folk tune, but it’s a cool melody. It’s timeless. We take old songs, and we sort of mash them up.”

Rice’s music career began in a band with his brother when he was growing up in Falls Church. He then went on to cofound country rock band Flatbush in Cleveland and made a name for himself in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

Flatbush released two 45s and an LP during its time together. One tune, “Snug as a Bug in a Rug,” became a Cleveland radio hit in 1979, yet Flatbush broke up soon after this success. Rice chose to continue with music, making a part-time gig as a music teacher in Falls Church his full-time passion.

The Big Cheese performing at Epicurean Café. Photo courtesy of Larry Rice.

The Big Cheese performing at Epicurean Café. Lea Mae Carda (middle) on the mountain dulcimer. Photo courtesy of Larry Rice.

Just eight years ago Rice formed The Big Cheese with his former mandolin student Julie Anne Greene and his daughters Lea Mae Camarda and Shannon Rice, who is on performance hiatus while serving in the Navy.

“I’d have to say it’s just as fun (as Flatbush); it’s just different,” says Larry Rice.

Fans can tell they have a fun time from the humor of recent novelty tunes like “Redneck Cappuccino,” a song about Mountain Dew, and “Harvey,” which is about what Rice calls a fierce “ninja cat.” And one thing that makes The Big Cheese different is its members’ variety of tastes.

“Shannon is a little more modern. Julie’s into traditional; she’s into bluegrass in particular as a mandolin player,” Rice says. “And it’s sort of a democratic band. Everybody picks the song they want to do.”

The band also stands out in its choice of instruments. “(Lea Mae Carda) plays the (mountain) dulcimer, and literally a crowd gathers round because most people have never seen one,” Rice says. “It’s a very traditional sound, but when you put it into some newer music, it’s kind of a cool tune.”

The Big Cheese uses ten different acoustic instruments, giving them vibrancy other local bands lack.

“All our instruments are acoustic,” Rice says. “But mixed together with more modern approaches, it’s really neat music.”

Audiences can see Larry Rice perform with Lea Mae Carda and three of his fiddle students Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Epicure Cafe in Fairfax in anticipation of the band’s “Live Culture” CD release party on March 28.

To learn more, visit Larry Rice’s site or The Big Cheese’s Facebook page.


Arctic air breaks weather records; Defendant accused of attempted hits on child witnesses

By Carten Cordell

Arctic air breaks weather records

Virginia bills duel over limits on Police use of Drones

Va. House kills bill on Herndon elections
(The Washington Post)

Falls Church defendant allegedly asked about hit man to kill child witnesses
(The Washington Post)

Ethics legislation in Virginia still leave many questions

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