Posts Tagged ‘Gut Check’

Hungry For Linkage: Eat A Hop, Win A Pint + Port City’s Oktoberfest Brew Releases Today + Restaurant Industry Gender Pay Gap

Posted by Editorial / Friday, August 29th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Supertrooper/

By Susannah Black

Heritage Brewing Company throws a hop eating challenge tomorrow. [FB]

new report reveals the gender pay gap is “particularly pronounced” within the restaurant industry, with some disparities being “nearly three dollars per hour.”  [WaPo]

Port City Brewing Company releases its popular Oktoberfest brew, a traditional German-style lager, in the tasting room today. [Port City]

Sunset Hills Vineyard offers live music between 1:30-4:30 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and weekend festivities include 40 percent off Sunset’s whites and rosés. [Sunset Hills Vineyard]

Trend alert: healthy fast food. [FirstWeFeast]

Beltway Brewing Company of Sterling hosts the Fidelis Beer Company launch party on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with the release its first brew: Farmhouse Ale, a rye saison. [Beltway Brewing Company]

Town of Herndon celebrates Labor Day with a festival including live entertainment, wine and microbrewery tastings and cooking demos with O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub, Aanga and Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern. [Town of Herndon]

What’s in Our Lunch Boxes

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

By Allison Michelli

What one brings to lunch at the office can say a lot about a person. The foodie’s always bring some “trending grain” or organic piece of fruit. The more practical crowd brings in leftovers or a cup of yogurt.

Then there is always the dreaded feeling of lunch envy. “Why can’t I make salad look that good in a Tupperware container?” or “What smell’s so good? I wish I had brought baked mac-and-cheese.

All of that aside, lunchtime is that moment of freedom to do and eat what you want and to express a part of your personality through your food. From a ham and cheese sandwich to truffle ravioli, the staff and interns at Northern Virginia Magazine opened their lunch boxes to show readers what they like to eat. 

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  • 1. Stefanie, Food Desk. Fairy tale eggplant, Sungold tomatoes, farro and parsley with a pickled labneh and smoked paprika tahini dressing./ Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • 2. Elke, Arts and Entertainment. Skinny popcorn, ham and cheese sub sandwich, Hershey kisses, carrots and water. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • 3. Allison, Food Desk. Fried chicken, cucumber salad, Chobani coconut yogurt with dark chocolate and almonds./ Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • 4. Ariel, Food Desk. Peach from the Arlington Farmers' Market, Ambrosia apple, yogurt, cold chocolate chips for the yogurt, crunchy peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread, Gushers./ Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • 5. Lynn, Editorial. Starbucks turkey and havarti cheese sandwich, V8 Original juice, yogurt and granola. / Photo courtesy by Mike Ramm.

  • 6. Jess, Arts and Entertainment. Plain bagel with plain cream cheese, Doritos and Tropicana orange juice. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • 7. Stuart, Art and Design. Linguine with homemade red sauce and hot Italian sausage. / Photo by Mike Ramm.

  • 8. Jennifer, Marketing. Mushroom truffle ravioli with brussel sprouts tossed in olive oil./ Photo by Mike Ramm.

Seven Boozy Milkshakes to Try This Weekend

Posted by Editorial / Friday, August 22nd, 2014

By Allison Michelli

Whether stepping out for a night on the town or enjoying with burgers and fries, adult milkshakes are the ideal way to turn up while also satisfying your sweet tooth.


  • 1. FANFARE eatery, Spiked Shakes Add a shot of Kahlua, Frangelico or Bailey's Irish Cream to any regular milkshake on their menu for $4.00 more. Coming soon to their menu will be “Specialty Adult Milkshakes” like Hot Fudge Bourbon and Salted Caramel. / Photo courtesy of FANFARE eatery.

  • 2. Joe's Amazing Burgers, Bourbon Caramel Adult Milkshake A strong blend of Jack Daniel's whiskey, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. $10/ Photo by Jill Laroussi.

  • 3. Ray's to the Third, Shake and Bake Vanilla ice cream blended with caramel and chocolate sauce and a shot of Jim Beam bourbon. Don't forget the bacon on top! $10. / Photo by Cristian Cguilar.

  • 4. The Counter, Salted Caramel Adult Milkshake The best of both worlds: salty and sweet. Vanilla ice cream blended with Stoli Vanil, Baileys caramel and pretzels. $9. / Photo courtesy of The Counter.

Still feeling thirsty? Three more places for adult shakes.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 20575 E. Hampton Plaza, Ashburn.

Ted’s Bulletin, 11948 Market Street, Reston.

Vivefy Burger and Lounge, 314 William Street, Fredericksburg.



Linda Greenlaw of ‘The Perfect Storms’ Brings Her Own Line of Swordfish to Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Photo by Allison Michelli

By Allison Michelli

Linda Greenlaw—made famous by the movie The Perfect Stormknows a thing or two about working on a fishing boat. Since gaining notoriety from her character’s portrayal in the 2000 film , Greenlaw has gone on to author nine bestselling books and distribute her own brand of swordfish and tuna, Linda Greenlaw Select

Four years ago Greenlaw partnered with a large grocery store chain in New England to put her name on the swordfish she was catching. The demand was so high for her swordfish that she made the decision to work with Great Oceans, LLC to distribute swordfish sourced from around the world but that still met her strict standards of quality.

Last week, Greenlaw took time away from her busy lobster season in  Maine to speak to Clyde’s chefs, representatives from Congressional Seafood and media at a luncheon in Clyde’s Gallery Place. Since last year, Greenlaw has paired with Clyde’s  to feature her swordfish as the August monthly special on their menu. The dish features a grilled swordfish steak on a bed of roasted corn and green been succotash with a chimichurri sauce for $18.95. The thick swordfish steak is quite hearty and the roasted corn in the succotash adds a pop of sweetness while the chimichurri sauce ties all the components of the dish together. 

“This is a sustainable fish by everyone’s standards now,” says Greenlaw. / The swordfish special will be available at all Clyde’s locations though the month of August.


Part Doughnut Shop, Part Speakeasy: Sugar Shack Opening in Old Town Alexandria

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of The Sugar Shack

By Allison Michelli

The Richmond doughnut bakery Sugar Shack’s  new location in Alexandria will be part bakery, part speakeasy. Owner of the Northern Virginia location VA Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax) explains that, “We are going to have a very intimate speakeasy next door to the donut shop. We are excited to do something unique that will be a  real kind of destination spot.” Menu items at the speakeasy will include doughnuts-inspired food and hand-crafted cocktails. Krupicka says, “Doughnuts work all day long. People have them for breakfast and people also have them as dessert.” 

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Cravings: Vegetarian Bowl at Chopathi India Kitchen

Posted by Editorial / Monday, August 11th, 2014

Photo by Allison Michelli

By Allison Michelli

Dish: Vegetarian Chopathi Bowl ($7.99), Vegetable Samosas ($2.99) and Mango Lassi ($2.99)

Where: Chopathi India Kitchen, 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Suite 252, Dulles

Taste: Dulles Town Center’s food court is a loud mish-mash of squawking children and fast-food restaurants but somewhere between the gloopy steak subs and tragic-looking tacos is a shining spot for fast-casual Indian cuisine. Chopathi India Kitchen’s bowls are works of art that tote a similar quality to Chipotle’s but with a kick of masala. Paired with vegetable samosas and a mango lassi, a quick bite in-between department stores turned into an occasion to slow down and savor every flavor. Because the toppings are customizable, it was tempting to pile all the options on (which I most definitely did): jeera rice, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas, paneer, cilantro, onions, corn, a wedge of lemon, sauteed vegetables and a creamy butter-based Malai sauce combined for a fresh, cleansing meal. With spoon in hand, I scraped the bowl clean—and felt energized, not comatose. 

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Hungry for Linkage: Shake Shack Opens in Tysons Today + Bloody Mary Meets Fried Chicken + Eat Gelato

Posted by Editorial / Monday, August 11th, 2014

Dulce de Leche from Casa Rosada / Photo by Stefanie Gans

By Allison Michelli

Shake Shack’s new location in Tysons Corner opens today.  [dcist]

Bored with burgers and hot dogs? Switch it up with this step-by-step guide to making fish tacos. [Bon Appetit]

Urban beekeeper and sea urchin diver top this list of extreme and exciting food jobs that will make you rethink your average nine-to-five. [First We Feast]

Reston’s Lake Anne Market and Deli is a hidden gem for authentic Latin American food. [restonnow]

This  bloody mary costs $50 and is topped with an entire fired chicken. [foodiggity]

Restaurant Week starts today. [RAMW]
Another reason to slick on the bug spray, a bite from the Lone Star tick can cause an onset allergy to meat. [The Daily Meal]

Pictured: Eat gelato at Casa Rosada Artisan Gelato in Old Town Alexandria. 

Hungry for Linkage: Yemeni Restaurant Saba Opens in Fairfax + How to Eat Sausage from a Live Pig + Neil deGrasse Tyson Sounds Off About GMO’s

Posted by Editorial / Monday, August 4th, 2014


By Allison Michelli

Yemeni restaurant, Saba opens new location on Pickett Road in Fairfax. [Don Rockwell]

Rare ant-eating creature “literally being eaten to extinction” because of nostalgia for wild animal meat. [NPR]

Five ballpark hot dogs that hit it out of the park. [Yahoo]

31 recipes to get you through the dog days of summer. [Buzzfeed]

How to cook transparent sushi and sausage from a live pig in The In Vitro Meat Cookbook . [VICE]

Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson sounds off on GMO’s. [GrubStreet]

Have mushroom-meat blends become the new burger craze? [WaPo]


Behind the Brew: Wiping Down, Getting Wet and Bottling Beer at Old Bust Head Brewing Company

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 28th, 2014

Photo by Allison Michelli

Editor’s note: There’s a bottling tomorrow at Old Bust Head Brewing Company, see below for how to volunteer.

By Allison Michelli

While I frequently spend more than my budget allows on expensive IPAs, I’ve never been to the source of my hopped concoction, let alone helped bottle beer at a brewery. That was all about to change, as I traveled down the back roads of Fauquier County to Old Bust Head Brewing Company in Vint Hill. The brewery is nestled in an industrial park located on the old Vint Hill Farms Station, a former Army base established during World War II. Many of NoVA’s breweries are located back in these types of industrial parks because of strict zoning laws. After dodging a pot hole, I saw Old Bust Head’s tower rising above the metal warehouse buildings. I parked my car, opened the door and stepped way out of my element into the overbearing summer heat.

Old Bust Head Brewing Company began brewing in January of this year, and officially opened for business in February, with husband-and-wife team Ike and Julie Broaddus and head brewmaster Charles Kling. This 30,000 square foot brewery produces four batches of craft beer a week, roughly equating to 700 cases and 18 kegs per batch. Big news is on the horizon for the brewery, on August 15-17, the brewery will host the grand opening of their new 6,000 square foot tap room that will feature 48 taps and can accommodate up to 300 guests. Ike Broaddus says, “everything changes, we go from being a warehouse that’s open only on weekends to being a tap room that is open five days a week, Wednesday-Sunday with expanded hours on Friday-Sunday.” 

Old Bust Head’s facility for the most part is ambiguously marked, aside from the tower outside and a door I found marked Production Room. When I opened it, the smell of hops and barley hit me like a Mack truck. I just walked into what looked like Willy Wonka’s factory, if Willy Wonka made beer that is. Several tall metal drums rose out of the ground, almost touching the ceiling of the large warehouse. A machine to my right was whirring with energy, interspersed every couple minutes with a hissing sound, like air escaping a pipe. A tall man, maybe in his late twenties, welcomed me and said we would be starting in the next half hour. There was already a small group of volunteers, most of them men in retirement with beer bellies, and a few middle-aged women. With the promise of free lunch and free beer, I was surprised to be the only college-aged bottler.

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Hungry for Linkage: Heavy Seas Alehouse’s Beach & Beer Dinner + Take a “Cheesy Selfie” for Free Nachos + Coffee Cost Calculator

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 28th, 2014

Photo by Stuart Monk /

By Allison Michelli

Tonight, Heavy Seas Alehouse in Arlington hosts “Beach and Beer” dinner ($65 pp) with owner Hugh Sisson

Pack your bags! Local Clifton winery, Paradise Springs makes plans to open a Santa Barbara, California location. 

Pollo Campero‘s “Beat the Heat” promotion offers free Latin drinks, like Horchata, Jamaica and Tamarindo, to customers at their Woodbridge location today from 11 a.m.— 9 p.m.

Take a “cheesy selfie” (#RegalCheesieEntry) and get free Nachos at Ballston movie theater until August 11. [ARL Now]

Guatemala’s prime coffee crop destroyed by rust plant fungus. [NPR]

Learn how much your coffee habit is costing you with this handy calculator. On second thought do you really want to know? [USA Today]




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