Posts Tagged ‘Falls Church’

Cravings: Tripa at Taco Bamba

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


Photo by Nicole Bayne

By Nicole Bayne

Dish: Tripa, $3

Where: Taco Bamba2190 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church

Taste: If you’re a fan of tripe in pho, get pumped to see it fried and wrapped in two soft corn tortillas at Taco Bamba. Beef’s small intestine is mostly flavorful fat holding every drop of the oils it was fried in. Each sweet piece is a bit chewy, remarkably succulent and sprinkled with cilantro. The delightful juxtaposition of crunch and juice was pivotal in temporarily taking my mind off the fact that I was eating animal innards.

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Hungry for Linkage: National Hamburger Week

Posted by Editorial / Monday, May 11th, 2015


Shutterstock photo by koss13

By Nicole Bayne

Local blog Burger Days is sponsoring National Hamburger Week 2015 with participants including B Side, Mad Fox Brewing Company and more. [facebook]

The campaign for savory yogurt. [Bon Appetit]

New revolutionary tea bags from Annapolis-based Capital Teas can give dull beer a kick. [WaPo]
How much do you know about buckwheat? [Times-Dispatch]
Farmers market staple Livin’ the Pie Life moves into a permanent space on Glebe Road. [Arlington Magazine]

Spring Home and Garden Tours

Posted by Lynn Norusis / Friday, May 8th, 2015

The Love Quilt Project Home Tour in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church.

Photo courtesy of Ginnerty Architects, LLC.

There is nothing that spurs creativity more than walking through an artist’s work, being able to get a firsthand look and feel of structure, texture and colors.

This spring two area home and garden tours allow you to engage in home design.  –Lynn Norusis

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Hungry For Linkage: Barcelona Wine Bar in Reston is now open

Posted by Editorial / Monday, April 27th, 2015

Northern Virginia Magazine Restaurant news

Yulia Davidovich/

By Nicole Bayne

Barcelona Wine Bar in Reston is now officially open serving tapas with patio seating. [facebook]

Fast food wine pairings. [Refinery 29]

Pita Pouch opens in Falls Church with a second location expected in Tysons Corner this August. [News-Press]

Eyeing All-Clad’s 12-inch skillet? It’s now on sale. [Kinja]

Tomorrow, Join The Kenmore Inn for their Arte & Vino class ($40) which includes wine and painting supplies. Reservations required; 540-371-7622. []

Things to mix into yogurt: a list that doesn’t include sugar. [WaPo]

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

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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]

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