Posts Tagged ‘Falls Church’

Hungry for Linkage: Ben’s Chili Bowl at Reagan + New Bar Crawl Regulations + Fairfax County Making Life Easier for Food Trucks

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Chili Cheese Fries at Ben's Chili Bowl / Photo by Stefanie Gans

By Ariel Yong

Ben’s Chili Bowl will open its first airport location at Reagan National Airport later this morning. Jack Potter, President and CEO of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says, “It is fitting to have Ben’s at the airport, welcoming travelers and giving them their first taste of the region.”

Bar crawls in Clarendon may be changing after the Arlington County Board approved new event regulations Saturday. [ARLNow]

Eater asked readers to name their favorite local ice cream shops, and half of the nominees are in Virginia. Favorites include the Nicecream Factory of Arlington, The Creamery of Alexandria and Moo Thru of Bealeton. [EaterDC]

Fairfax County considers easing up on food truck restrictions. [FairfaxCity Patch] 

A handful of Virginia restaurants, such as Huong Viet in Eden Center and Taco Bamba of Falls Church, made the “12 Restaurants Guaranteed to Make You Leave the District” list. [Thrillist] 

Would you rather date a vegetarian or a vegan? [Yahoo]

Eat Up, Cool Down

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

5 Cool Summer Treats

Photo by Jonathan Timmes

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

(July 2014)

Celebrate Bastille Day in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Friday, July 11th, 2014

Bastille Day in Paris / Photo by Stefanie Gans

By Ariel Yong

French or not, if you’re looking to celebrate Bastille Day, here are six places with French-inspired deals for the Monday holiday. Some celebrations begin tomorrow and have a few reservations left.  

Starting Saturday
Creme de la Creme is having a three-day event starting Saturday and ending Monday that includes French treats and discounts on items “Made in France.” / Various locations

Fontaine Caffe & Creperie is celebrating all weekend long with French cheese and sparkling cider tastings. / 119 South Royal St., Alexandria 

Vive la Revolution! Bastille Restaurant is serving a three course prix fixe menu for $39 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The menu includes shrimp beignets and citrus cantaloupe panacotta. / 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria (limited availability as of this morning) 

2941 Restaurant and Chef Bertrand Chemel invite you to “A Taste of France Dinner” with a seven course tasting menu. / 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church

On Monday, The Wine House is celebrating with a Burgundy Dinner featuring Albert Bichot with special guest and host Guillaume Suss. Entrees include escargot and tuna tartare. / 3950 University Drive, Suite 212, Fairfax (1 reservation left as of this morning)

A free round-trip ticket to Paris and free champagne? La Cote D’Or Cafe is hosting a Waiter’s Race at 2:15 p.m on Monday. Carry a martini glass full of champagne on a waiter’s tray, finish the race with the most champagne left in the glass and you’re heading to Paris for free. Choose dinner entrees from a prix fixe menu and there will be free champagne and live music. / 6876 Lee Highway, Arlington 

Falls Church housing hot, while rest of D.C. market cools; Summer vortex brings colder temps

By Carten Cordell

Virginia ends fiscal year $439 million below revenue expectations
(Washington Post)

Falls Church housing hot, while rest of D.C. market cools

Drivers Advised To Prepare Now For New 95 Express Lanes

Polar vortex look-alike to bring unseasonable temperatures

What’s New and (Almost) Opened in the Northern Virginia Restaurant Scene

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of 360b/

Need a new spot to nosh? Here’s our list of new and almost-opened restaurants. Know of a new or soon-to-open spot? Email

America Eats Tavern; Tysons, American, $$$; Opened June

Bistro Atelier Dulles; French, $$$; Opened June | MORE: Bistro Atelier serves 1,100 customers on opening weekend.

Ciao Osteria; Centreville, Neopolitan Pizzeria, $$; Opened April | MORE: The owner of Pan e Vino opens a Neapolitan pizza restaurant. 

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Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Hands NoVA Chefs, Butchers and Restaurateurs Rammy Awards

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Pastry Chef Caitlin Dysart / Courtesy of 2941 Restaurant

By Allison Michelli

On Sunday, June 22 The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) honored the best of restaurants, chefs, restaurateurs and managers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area at the 32nd annual RAMMY Awards

The 20 award winners included a smattering of Northern Virginia culinary figures: Caitlin Dysart of the 2941 Restaurant (Falls Church) was named Pastry Chef of the Year and Michael Babin of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group was named Restaurateur of the Year

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5 Weekend Performances for Kids

Disney's The Lion King

Photo by Joan Marcus.

By Kate Masters

Theater involvement is shown to boost reading comprehension and school attendance rates, so the earlier involvement starts, the better. Spark some interest in the stage this weekend with five theatrical performances around the Northern Virginia area.


Ages 1-3: Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros

Jammin’ Java
227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna
Tickets: $5
June 27, 10 a.m.

Rocknoceros is big around these parts, and Jammin’ Java is the place to see them. Almost every Friday morning, the award-winning children’s band plays a set of songs with educational and kid-friendly lyrics, from anthems on Apollo 11 to ditties about days of the week. Band members Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie grew up in Northern Virginia, and are sure to delight the next generation of residents.


Ages 3-10: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Creative Cauldron
410 S. Maple Ave, Falls Church
Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 students and seniors
June 22, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the final performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Creative Cauldron in Falls Church. One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, the show is presented by the organization’s Learning Theater Ensemble, a multi-generational workshop of children, teens and adults. Kids will love the antics of Puck and Bottom as they flit through the show’s dreamy woodland scenery, while parents can enjoy the veiled bawdiness of Midsummer’s famous play-within-a-play.


Ages 6-10: The Lion King 

The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, Washington D.C.
Tickets: $40-$195

June 21, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; June 22, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; June 24, 7:30 p.m.; June 25, 7:30 p.m.; June 26, 7:30 p.m.; June 27, 7:30 p.m.; June 28, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; June 29, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

After a sold-out run at the Kennedy Center in 2008, The Lion King returns for another two months onstage in D.C. with direction and costumes by Oscar-nominated and Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymore. The musical iteration of the beloved Disney movie has won six Tonys and features an Academy-Award winning score by Elton John and Tim Rice. Parents can also buy a special VIP package, which includes tickets, a souvenir program, and a piece of Lion King merchandise.


Ages 10-14: Grease Sing-a-Long
Wolf Trap
1654 Trap Road, Vienna
Tickets: $25-$38
June 21, 8:30 p.m.

If you’ve long longed to sport a leather jacket or pouf up your hair, a Grease sing-a-long is the perfect opportunity. Kids will love the chance to sing along with the Rydell High gang, and dress-up is encouraged at the show, which screens at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. On-screen lyrics and costumed hosts keep the show running smoothly, and guests get a grab bag of props that they can use during the movie.


Ages 16 and up: Bat Boy: The Musical

1st Stage Theatre
1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean
Tickets: $32, adults; $27 seniors; $15 students
June 21, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; June 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Created as a bridge between educational and professional theater,1st Stage in Tysons Corner recruits casts of emerging young actors for interesting, mature performances. The company’s latest play is Bat Boy: The Musical, a horror spoof with a title torn straight from a tabloid headline. After three teenagers from Hope Falls, West Virginia find a deformed boy-bat living in a cave, he’s adopted by the wife of a local vet, but a series of suspicious events put Bat Boy at the end of the town’s accusing finger and threaten his existence with his new family.

Hungry for Linkage: Best Uses of Bacon + Restaurant Impossible Volunteers + Cut Your Cake Right

Posted by Editorial / Friday, June 20th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Viktor1/

By Ariel Yong

The Landing at Occoquan opens today at 4 p.m.

Pentagon City‘s Epic Smokehouse and Arlington’s Bayou Bakery made the “15 Very Best Uses of Bacon In and Around DC” list. [Thrillist] 

Robert Irvine and Restaurant Impossible need your help in Falls Church

Cafe Caturra in Arlington is expected to close and will be converted into a Tazza Kitchen restaurant. [ARLNow]

Arlington County Board voted to renew A-Town‘s live entertainment permit for three months. [ARLNow]

You’ve been cutting your cake wrong. [NPR]

Old tradition, new brew at NoVA’s Annual Brewfest

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Splash Communications

By Jessica Godart

Whether new or old to the brewfest circuit, beer lovers alike will get to enjoy a brand new crafted beer designed uniquely for this year’s seventh annual NoVA Summer Brewfest in Leesburg.

For the first time the festival will be offering something brand new: a special beer created by brew masters Bret Kimbrough and Charlie Buettner from the Beer Joint in Leesburg (previously Vintage 50) and Mad Fox Brewery in Falls Church. The two have concocted a brew specifically for the weekend celebration which will be available to VIP ticket holders.

Not only will a new brew be featured, but event goers will be given the opportunity to watch cooking demonstrations by Joe Mariano and Elena Clement. Mariano is currently a part of the Culinary Education Company and the Guiding Knife.

This is the first year Mariano is taking part in the festival due to the collaboration with Port City Brewing Company, The Guiding Knife and himself. During the demonstrations, Mariano and other chefs will use recipes specifically designed with beer as a primary ingredient.


Courtesy of Port City Brewing Company

The event, which is expecting roughly 11,000 attendees, will offer a wide variety of beers from breweries from Alexandria to Vienna.

For those looking for some food in their stomach between samplings, food vendors will be cooking and creating fresh treats throughout the day for festival attendees.

Blue Ride Kettle Korn will be featuring their best kettle korn while Big Pan Parties’ will offer jambalaya and paella and ProShuckers will bring their shrimp and oysters fresh from the bay.

Craft shops Sharp Shirter, Troy Montana Jewelry and Aunt Becky’s Candle Shoppe will also have booths set up to sell products from their stores.


Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest
Morven Park, 41793 Tutt Lane
Leesburg, 20176
June 21-22
Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door
Purchase tickets here


10 year old breaks world record; Hundreds of NoVA residents remain powerless; Woodbridge teen missing since Monday


By Jessica Godart

10-year-old Falls Church  resident sets new world record for half-marathon
(The Washington Post

Hundreds remain without power in NoVA
(ABC News)

Prince William police continue search for Woodbridge teen missing since Monday
(NBC Washington)

State Dept. emigrates U.S. citizens out of Libya
(Fox News)

UVA researchers reveal shocking poverty rates for state’s kids
(Loudoun Times)

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