Posts Tagged ‘Falls Church’

Northern Virginia in the raw

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Beef tartare at Restaurant Eve

Beef tartare at Restaurant Eve (photo by Laura Hayes)

Northern Virginia’s cornucopia of ethnic cuisine means opportunities to try food from far corners of the globe with just a few minutes spent behind the wheel. Take raw beef dishes, for example. Nearly ever culture embraces their inner carnivore and serves beef (or lamb) rare. Here’s where to try takes from France, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Vietnam and Korea.

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Vegetables go prime time Mondays at 2941 Restaurant

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

2941 Restaurant Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel

Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel (courtesy 2941 Restaurant)

Vegetables are about to get significantly more airtime at 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church. Chef Bertrand Chemel launches his “Meatless Monday” eight-course vegetarian tasting menu Oct. 5, just in time for fall’s bounty.

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Kaz Sushi Bistro veteran to open Takumi in Falls Church

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Jay Yu

Jay Yu readies to open Takumi in Falls Church. Photo by Laura Hayes.

By Laura Hayes

Jay Yu may have 13 years of experience behind the sushi bar at Kaz Sushi Bistro in downtown D.C., but his sushi beginnings are much more humble. After moving to the area from China in his 20s, Yu took a job making sushi at Safeway. “Of course, the first roll I made was a California roll,” he says.

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Hungry for Linkage: Gypsy Soul out, Requin and Kapnos Kouzina in at Mosaic District

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

 chicken skins at Gypsy Soul

R.I.P. chicken skins at Gypsy Soul / Photo courtesy of Gypsy Soul

Mosaic District‘s Gypsy Soul is now closed, and Mike Isabella is taking over the space with Requina pop-up running until the end of the year, which will then open in D.C. in 2017. The space will eventually turn into Kapnos Kouzina, the second location of Isabella’s casual Greek restaurant. [EaterWaPo]

Will Starbuck‘s PSL with real pumpkin turn out as terribly as “New Coke, Gmail’s tabs, Felicity’s haircut”? [Slate]

Two months after a fire and Leesburg Diner is still not close to reopening. [Loudoun Times-Mirror]

Today’s deal: 50 five-piece chicken fingers will be available to first-comers at 5 p.m. at the new Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in Falls Church.  [WCP]

Food as art. [FWx]

Hungry for Linkage: Openings in Shirlington, Falls Church, Manassas, Alexandria and Woodbridge

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Food truck banks offer alternative to food pantries

Photo Courtesy of Duc Dao /

By Emily Cook

Local openings alert: DAK Chicken in Shirlington, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken in Falls Church and BadWolf Brewing Company (aka Big BadWolf) in Manassas will open on Friday; Sonoma Cellar in Alexandria and Ornery Beer Company in Woodbridge will open Monday.

Oz will open next month in Clarendon. [ARLnow]

“While McDonald’s has pride of place on the main drag, the biodiversity pavilion, with organic food, is tucked away in a hard-to-find corner.” [NYT]

Gwyneth Paltrow will release her third cookbook, “It’s All Easy: Healthy, Delicious Weeknight Meals in Under 30 Minutes,” in 2016. [GrubStreet]

In contrast to food pantries of the past, digital food truck banks promote nutrition, provide choice and accommodate dietary needs. [WTOP]

Buzz over to BusyBees: New indoor space for little ones opens in Falls Church

Photo by Casey Gammon from Bluebees Photography.

Photo by Casey Gammon from Bluebees Photography.

By Micaela Williamson

As an active stay-at-home mom of two little girls, Natalia Arbelaez dubbed herself a “professional” playground/museum/park scout: With each passing hot, humid summer and freezing winter in Northern Virginia, she looked for the fun indoor playgrounds for her girls. They all offered shelter from the weather and fun, she said, but it was “a sea of sameness and long commutes.”

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95 percent of Android phones are easily hacked; Bedbugs found at Falls Church INOVA

By Raquel DeSouza

Virginia wants your help in grading public schools
(The Washington Post)

An INOVA building in Falls Church had to be exterminated for bedbugs

Poll: Majority of Americans don’t want the Iran nuclear deal to pass Congress

The Coast Guard continues searching for two missing Florida teens
(Guardian U.S.)

Over 95 percent of Android phones can easily be hacked

Northern Virginia native chef Nathan Lyon on being savvy at the farmers market and in your kitchen

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Nathan Lyon chef demonstration at Falls Church Farmers Market

Photo courtesy of Nathan Lyon

By Emily Cook

Chef and television personality Nathan Lyonknown for his television show “A Lyon in the Kitchen,” his cookbook “Great Food Starts Fresh” and his position among the final four on the second season of “The Next Food Network Star“—is a Northern Virginia native, too. After growing up in Clarendon and studying at James Madison University, he left the area 18 years ago for Los Angeles but is returning this Saturday for a demonstration and cookbook signing at Falls Church Farmers Market

Here’s Lyon on the importance of farmers markets, planning ahead and eating in season.

How do you think the food scene has changed in NoVA?
I would say nationwide the culinary scene has finally come into its own where food is so much more important than it ever was before. I think that food TV has a lot to do with that, but I also think farmers markets popping up everywhere across the nation are equally responsible. People want to know where their food comes from. So when you go to a restaurant, be it in Arlington or D.C. or elsewhere in the nation, you’ll see—on the menu it will say “Weiser Farms,” and it gets passed to the people who actually grew the food. There’s no way you would see that 18, 20 years ago. It just didn’t exist.

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On the road again: The Weepies headline at The State Theatre this Sunday

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, June 18th, 2015

The Weepies

Steve Tannen and Deb Talan. Photo courtesy of Robert Sebree.

By Laura Wingfield

The Weepies are back. Folk rock singer/songwriter duo Deb Talan and Steve Tannen will hit The State Theatre this Sunday on their Sirens U.S. tour, their first since 2011. 

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8 Places to get your laugh on in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Editor’s Note:This post has been updated. Ri Ra Irish Pub has closed down, and has been removed from this listing.  

By Rachel Sandler

The NoVA comedy scene is as vibrant as ever. Whether it’s a seasoned comic stopping by on a national tour or a first-time hopeful trying out a new set, these places are the comedy hubs of Northern Virginia.

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