Posts Tagged ‘Gut Check’

VA Made: Greenheart Organic

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Photo courtesy of Greenheart Organic

Photo courtesy of Greenheart Organic

GIST:  Organic cold-pressed juices, handmade nut milks and gluten-free granola

WHO:  Potomac Falls native Alicia Swanstrom, 28

STARTED:  After Swanstrom’s fiancé was killed in action in Afghanistan, she quit her public accounting job in pursuit of a career helping others, earning a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University with plans of becoming a war reporter.

INSPIRATION:  While at Northwestern, Swanstrom also enrolled in a health coach training program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. “I just really wanted to feel good. I felt so bad emotionally that whatever I could do to feel better I tried,” says Swantsrom. She ended up creating Greenheart Organic. “I really started focusing on self-care, and juice was so accessible.”

DETAILS:  The Greenheart roster includes: cold-pressed juices ranging from the fruity Sassy Sunshine (orange, turmeric, ginger, cayenne) to green-based The Rooster (spinach, kale, cucumber, broccoli); handmade nut milks using almonds and cashews flavored with medjool dates, Ayurveda spices and cacao; and granola with gluten-free oats, macadamia nuts, cranberries and coconut chips.

NEXT:  Currently selling at local farmers markets, Swanstrom hopes for her own space “that creates a sense of community around healing and personal growth with clean foods that go along with that lifestyle.”  Emily Cook

Q: How do you make a picnic classy?

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Courtesy of Artisan Books

Courtesy of Artisan Books


A: We use real plates and flatware, and we haul that in a little red wagon. Plan a menu that has a nice mix with one showstopping dish. One of the dishes from the book that I think is the most beautiful and so picnic friendly is the poached salmon: a whole side of salmon poached with cucumbers laid out over the top like fish gills. It’s very classic, old fashioned but totally classy and beautiful and served with this amazing tart, herbaceous green goddess sauce. Mix that with more simple items like a green salad and one of the little snappy snacks and bring some fresh fruit for dessert. If you have multiple contributors to the spread, you can have one person make an elaborate dessert. One of my favorites is the stone fruit galette. It’s so picnic-y and summery and perfect right now.

The setting is really important. Choose a park with a beautiful view, with an elegant landscape or on top of a hill with a vista that will really set the scene appropriately for the food and the rest of the details that you’ve put in to it.  
Andrea Slonecker, who picnics about once a week with her coauthors Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson, of “The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket.” –Stefanie Gans

(September 2015)

21 new & almost opened restaurants

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Photo courtesy of 360b/

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

American Tandoor, Tysons Corner, Indian, $$, Expected September

Aslin Beer Company, Herndon, Brewery, $, Expected September

Blackwall Hitch, Alexandria, Seafood, $$$, Opened June
| MORE: Originally from Annapolis, this upscale tavern opens on the Old Town waterfront

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Hungry For Linkage: Bone Broth Now Available at Haute Dogs & Fries

Posted by Editorial / Friday, February 13th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Citizen Burger Bar

Photo Courtesy of Citizen Burger Bar

By Susannah Black

Citizen Burger Bar is now open in Clarendon. [ARLnow]

Trendy bone broth now available at Haute Dogs & Fries’ Purcellville and Alexandria locations. [WCP]

Adroit Theory Brewing Company releases four new beers this week. [FB]

Sunset Hills hosts a wine and chocolate pairing event this Saturday and Sunday for Valentine’s Day. [FB]

Bottomless food and drinks cafe coming to Arlington? [ARLnow]

Restaurant chains introduce specialty coffees. [NRN]

Art Meets Wine: Arterra Wines Opens Saturday in Delaplane

Posted by Editorial / Friday, February 6th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Arterra Wines

Sandy Gray-Murray and Jason Murray / Photo Courtesy of Arterra Wines

By Susannah Black

“Arterra is a created word from the words art and terra, meaning land,” says Sandy Gray-Murray. “Most of the magic happens in the land, in the vineyard.” Gray-Murray along with husband Jason Murray will open Arterra Wines, a winery-meets-art gallery concept, this Saturday in Delaplane.

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Hungry For Linkage: Crystal City Bar Highline RxR to Open this Weekend

Posted by Editorial / Friday, February 6th, 2015

A bag of joy: crawfish, corn, potatoes and sausage.

Crawfish, corn, potatoes and sausage from Chasin’ Tails / Photo by Kate Bohler

By Susannah Black

Chasin’ Tails announces a second location opening in Centreville. [FB]

After 50 years of business, International Wine and Beverage of Arlington will close. [ARLnow]

A limited-release brown ale, brewed with mango and habeneros, will be available at Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery this weekend. [FB]

As reported last month, owner Peter Bayne says Crystal City‘s Highline RxR will open this weekend. [ARLnow]

Paradise Springs Winery releases its 2014 Nana’s Rosé today. [Paradise Springs]

The opening of the Westover location of The Italian Store has been delayed due to complications with the building’s utilities. [ARLnow]

Willow Restaurant‘s last Buffalo night, starring the non-Lenten beef on weck, is tonight. [Willow]

Del Ray’s Dairy Godmother reopens for the season today at noon. [Twitter]

Opening Tomorrow: Founding Farmers comes to Virginia in a Tysons Location

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Fredde Lieberman

Founding Farmers turkey, arugula and aged-provolone sandwich / Photo Courtesy of Fredde Lieberman

By Susannah Black

“I want to provide comfort food, food that hugs you,” says Joe Goetze, executive chef for Farmers Restaurant Group, the company opening the first Virginia location (and third total) of Founding Farmers in Tysons Corner tomorrow.

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Hungry For Linkage: Behind the Scenes at Domino’s on Super Bowl Sunday

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 30th, 2015


By Susannah Black

Old 690 Brewery opens today at 5 p.m. in Hillsboro. [Old690]

Port City Brewing Company celebrates it’s fourth anniversary today from 3-10 p.m. and will release Colossal IV, a Belgian-style Quad, plus food trucks will be there. [FB]

Commonwealth Joe‘s cold-pressed coffee is now on tap at Heritage Brewing Company. [FB]

See what it’s like behind the scenes at Domino’s on Super Bowl Sunday. [YouTube]

2015 restaurant sales expected to grow 3.8 percent. [NRN]

Columbia Firehouse hires Johnny Miele as the new executive chef. [Columbia Firehouse]

Alexandria Restaurant Week lasts through Sunday. [VisitAlexandria]

Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub released its new lunch menu this week. [FB]

Opening Soon: Highline RxR Comes to Crystal City Next Month

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Highline RxR

Photo Courtesy of Evan Foster, Beyond Collective

By Susannah Black

Tony Radwan says the name Highline RxR is in reference to a railroad—”and just like a train, we want to be noticed.” The upcoming craft cocktail and beer lounge is expected to open in Crystal City in February from Geoffrey Dawson and Peter Bayne, owners of Arlington’s Carpool and Continental Pool Lounge.

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Hungry For Linkage: The Beer Joint (formerly Vintage 50) Files for Bankruptcy

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Mexican peppers, cinnamon and cocoa nibs for the / Photo Courtesy of Lickinghole Creek

Mexican peppers, cinnamon and cocoa nibs for the Mexican-spiced Imperial Stout / Photo Courtesy of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

By Susannah Black

The grand opening of the Sugar Shack in Alexandria is Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Guests who show take a “selfie” at Sugar Shack and post it to their social media page will get a free donut.  [FB]

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery releases Heir Apparent, a Mexican-spiced imperial stout this Saturday. [FB]

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week runs through this Sunday and Alexandria Restaurant Week starts on today. [RAMW, VisitAlexandria]

After rebranding this summer, The Beer Joint—formerly Vintage 50—files for bankruptcy. [WTOP

Get a preview of Portner Brewhouses‘s brews this weekend. [FB]

Be creative (pottery!) and eat chocolate at the annual Death by Chocolate Ladies’ Night at Art from the Heart in Stafford tonight. [VA]

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