Posts Tagged ‘Falls Church’

Hungry for Linkage: What America Eats + Coffee in Manassas + Vegan in Falls Church

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 8th, 2014

By Stefanie Gans

Sometimes companies send us food and wine. Sometimes the products are awesome. Maya Kaimal‘s Chickpea Chips are definitely awesome. Find them in NoVA stores. 

Want a coffee roaster in Manassas? Donate to Monument Coffee RoastersKickstarter campaign. [Kickstarter]

“79% of all restaurant meals are from fast food places. 10% are ordered at midscale restaurants (like IHOP and Denny’s). 10% are eaten at casual dining establishments (such as Olive Garden and Applebee’s). And 1% are enjoyed at fine dining restaurants,” from the survey, “What America Eats.”  [Parade]

Vegan restaurant Native Foods heading to Falls Church. [FCT]

Stop using “nom,” and other “foodie” terms you should avoid. [Eater]

New on the Block: Restaurant Scouting in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Monday, August 18th, 2014

Photo by Stefanie Gans

A continuation of new and almost opened restaurants in NoVA.

By Ariel Yong

Europa Restaurant is owned by Humberto Fuentes and is expected to open in Herndon by mid-September. Fuentes currently owns El Manantial in Reston but says he will close it once construction has finished for Europa. His new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will focus on French cuisine and have a similar menu to the one at El Manantial’s. / 790 Station St., Herndon  


Kobe House in Eden Center opened last month. This family business serves pho Kobe and will add Kobe steak to the menu in the future. / 6763 Wilson Boulevard, Store 6a, Falls Church


Natalie’s is a Vietnamese sandwich shop that is set to open in Fairfax in mid-October. In addition to the banh-mi-inspired sandwiches, it will also serve crepes and beignets. / 10407 Main St., Fairfax

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Your One-Stop Destination for Antique Shops in NoVA

By Christina Marino

We’ve looked deep into the areas of NoVA to bring you a list of Antique shops that are sure to quench your inner collector’s thirst. 



Red Barn Mercantile store front; photo by Rashmi Pappu.


Evolution Home

6239 Shields Ave. Alexandria, 22303 | (703) 519 1911

Looking for a shop that offers antiques, consignment, and rentals for staging? Swing by Alexandria for your fix. With an average of 30 independent dealers both local and abroad this shop finds the best pieces for your home. A collaboration of the original Potomac West Antiques and Not Too Shabby Consignments were blended together to bring you Evolution Home as your one stop destination. Keep up to date on their constantly changing inventory through their website or on their social media accounts below.


Lawrence Miller & Co

121 S. Royal St. Alexandria, 22314 | (703) 548 0659

Having been in business since 1968, the Rubesch family original owners held title of the store until their retirement in 2003 when Lawrence purchased the business.  A shop almost as old as the pieces in it you’re sure to find one of a kind items with a rich history to back them up. Diamonds are a girls best friend, or so they say, for those who may disagree wait until you enter this shop that has an array of antique and estate jewelry as well as options for custom designs. Other services they offer consist of repairs and restorations as well as sell drink and table ware.  


Maggie Jane’s

913 King St. Alexandria, 22314 | (571) 643 8293
A blend of vintage, french, and urban chic style – this shop has a variety things that are sure to fit your home. You have to come early if you want antique pieces from here since this location doesn’t host many antiques, and they go fast. Those interested in learning how to restore? Classes are provided on how to properly restore pieces, and they are the exclusive retailer of Ce Ce Caldwell Chalk and Clay paint. Snuggled in a 18th century row house on King Street this shop kept as much of the original architecture of the building when opening. Visit their location or like them on Facebook to see their newest pieces. 

Red Barn Mercantile

1117 King St. Alexandria, 22314 | (703) 838 0355

Beginning as strictly a antique store and blooming into a collaboration of consignment and new pieces, this shop will have all the little nick-knacks you could possible look for – and if they don’t they’ll try and find it for you. Antiquing has been in the blood of owner Amy Rutherford’s family beginning with her Grandmother who ran a shop inside her home in Oklahoma. You can find Rutherford scouring flea markets looking for the next best thing for her store. See and shop the latest items online or visit them in-store to see the eclectic group of pieces for yourself.


Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques

112 North Columbus St. Alexandria, 22314 | (703) 548 4917 

Been in the business since as early as 1990 this antique destination has American pieces as old as 1780. A location that houses primarily formal antiques – and a few consignment – and holds a stringent process for those items that are accepted to the shop.  One of the partners of the shop still holds onto his first purchased antique piece from when he was a mere six years old – a store with an history (almost) as old as it’s pieces. Shop the pieces on, an online marketplace, or in-store. 




Falls Church:


Stylish Patina store front; photo by Kelly Millspaugh Thompson


Stylish Patina 

410 S Maple Ave, # 114, Falls Church, 22046 | (703) 663 8428
Don’t let a shop with a humble beginning on fool you – with years in the making this antique location isn’t your common shop. From dressers, to dining room tables, and home decor accents you can find about almost anything to furnish your home. Looking for interior design consultations, custom painting, staging services, or vintage rentals? You can find it all here. Shop at their store location, online, or on their Etsy shop. 



Leesburg Antique Emporium

32 South King St. Leesburg, 20175 | (703) 777 3553

A multi-dealer shop in the heart of downtown Leesburg will have what your looking for, and more. With more than 40 dealers currently in the shop and specialties that range from jewelry, to furniture, to hardware, and record albums you’re sure to find an eclectic variety of pieces to fill your home. Family run and operated since its 1997 opening this two story shop will take you some time to venture through. Check them out next time your in Leesburg. 


Don’t see your favorite shop here? Comment below and well make sure to add them to our list.

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.

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