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Turn down the heat this Memorial Day with these 11 cool commemorations

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Memorial Day Events in Northern Virginia

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By Emily Cook

Spend your long weekend feasting on crawfish, unwinding to the sound of smooth jazz and honoring our armed forces at distinguished monuments. You won’t even have to cross the 14th Street bridge.

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Tour de Joe: Bike shops open with coffee drinkers in mind

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The old-school combo of bicycling and coffee drinking gains modern momentum. –Nicole Bayne

Veloville USA

Veloville USA / Photo by Erick Gibson.

Veloville USA

“The Tour de France always starts with an espresso,” says Nicole Davison. The owner of the bike and coffee shop Veloville USA (velo means bike in French) references pictures from several historical archives of riders throughout Tour de France’s history photographed in coffee shops before the big race; caffeine happens to be a stimulant not banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Veloville USA

Veloville USA / Photo by Erick Gibson.

“Coffee and biking go together,” says Davison. “This is a secret cyclists have known for generations, and it is finally becoming mainstream.”

Though the opening of bike and coffee stores is just beginning in Northern Virginia, the concept is far from new. Studies determining caffeine’s enhancement of athletic performances have been conducted for years: Ingesting caffeine before and after races has been proven to help athletes, and most bikers consider this common knowledge.

Today, these dual bike and coffee stores can be found out West in states like California, Colorado and Oregon, but they are also moving east to Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Carolina and now Northern Virginia.

“The first coffee and bike shops started because owners of bicycle stores noticed their customers always hanging out at the local coffee house,” says Davison. “They began offering coffee as an incentive for people to stay longer.”

This also became a pragmatic solution to constitute a well-rounded business with coffee bringing in customers in cold-weather months.

“You’re going to see it permeate this area,” says Davison, who opened her shop in Purcellville last April. “Whether you’re a cyclist or a racer or you just want to get out and enjoy nice weather, you’ll be drawn to this lifestyle.”

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Aangan

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Friday, May 1st, 2015

Herndon

Aangan
For: Indian

Aangan restaurant in Herndon

Photo by Stefanie Gans.

332 Elden St., Herndon

The room is long and dim with flatscreens turned to Indian music videos, the volume up. On a cold night this winter, the restaurant was mostly empty. Don’t take that as a sign.

Brought to the table first are papadum and spiced, pickled carrots, the latter a more unusual complimentary starter. The Amritsari fish is surrounded by chickpea flour batter flavored with cumin and hot chili powders, which lend a salty, crispy crunch to the tender fish.

A gorgeous burgundy-colored sauce coats chunks of baby goat. The bone-in meat sways between tender and chewy and is worth it for the deeply meaty gravy alone. Kofta—made with potato, carrot and cauliflower compressed into a ball and stuffed with spinach and paneer and then fried—is a bit tough, and tough to eat, but the cloak of creamy tomato sauce keeps the dish going. The standard dal makhani takes on an extraordinary smoky flavor making it one of my favorite versions of one of my favorite dishes.

(April 2015)



10 Things to Take the Kids to in May

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Edited by Victoria Gaffney

 

Space Day at National Air and Space Museum

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Institute.

1Space Day at National Air and Space Museum
This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first space walk, and visitors get to experience hands-on activities, learn from experts and talk with astronauts and members of NASA. Also, Richard Paul and Steven Moss, authors of “We Could Not Fall: The First African American in the Space Program,” will be present and have a book signing. / May 2

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10 Things to Take the Kids to in March

Posted by Editorial / Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Edited by Sophia Rutti

‘National Treasure’ Tour at Mount Vernon

Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

1‘National Treasure’ Tour
Explore Mount Vernon with a modern twist: Go behind the scenes to see the locations that appeared in the 2007 film “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.” Get a full dose of American history with a dash of Hollywood. The tour is $5 plus general admission, which is $17 for adults and $9 for children. / Throughout March

 

2015 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Photo courtesy of Ballyshaners.

22015 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade that is going to bring out the Irish green in Alexandria. The day will start with a classic car show and a dog show before the parade begins.  This year’s theme is “The Women of Ireland.” / March 7 

 

3‘Flights of Fancy’
Throughout March // Listen to a reading of a children’s story in the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum next to the SR-71 Blackbird in the Boeing Aviation Hangar every Tuesday and Wednesday. The story will be read twice a day and will be followed by an exciting, hands-on activity for visitors aged 2-8. /

 

Northern Virginia Teen Book Festival

Photo courtesy of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

4Northern Virginia Teen Book Festival
Let the young adult fiction-reading nerd in you come out for the day and enjoy a local event with more than 20 YA authors. There will be author panels and breakout sessions as well as a keynote speech from Matt de la Pena, author of “The Living.” Be sure to bring a pen and get your books signed, and when you’re all fiction-ed out, go and enjoy everything Arlington has to offer. / March 7

 

‘Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’

Photo courtesy of The Alden.

5‘Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’
An exciting spoof on classical ballet, this all-male cast is a wild departure from traditional productions. Have dinner in McLean then go and watch male ballerinas dance en pointe and both mock and exemplify their own art form. Tickets range from $45-50. / March 5

 

‘The Secret Garden’ at NextStop Theater

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6‘The Secret Garden’
Enjoy a hauntingly beautiful storyline with the music to match in NextStop Theatre’s “The Secret Garden.” This musical centers on an orphaned child who is sent to live with her reclusive uncle on his vast and empty Yorkshire estate. There, she beings to understand her family’s past. Appropriate for all audiences. Tickets start at $34. / March 26 through mid-April

 

Star Gazing at Great Meadows

Photography by Robert Banner.

7Star Gazing at Great Meadows
Get out of the suburban smog for a few hours and gaze up at the stars in picturesque Great Meadows park. The Northern Virginia Astronomy Club will provide telescopes so the whole family can enjoy a close-up view of the night sky. / March 14

 

Old Town Farmers’ Market in Alexandria

Photo courtesy of Cade Martin for Visit Alexandria.

8Old Town Farmers’ Market in Alexandria
Spring is coming, so wake up early and head out to the oldest farmers market in the country. Enjoy fresh seasonal produce, baked goods, cut-flower stands and crafts. Afterward, enjoy old town Alexandria, get some brunch and let the day take you from there. /  Saturdays year-round

 

Herndon Kids’ Trout Fishing Derby

Photo courtesy of Herndon Parks and Rec Department.

9Kids’ Trout Fishing Derby
Bring out your inner sportsman and get fishin’. You can learn how to bait, cast, hook and cook your freshly caught dinner. If you’re not the fishing sort, bring a picnic and relax away from the action while the anglers learn their new trade. Advanced purchase tickets are $6, or you can purchase them for $10 the day of. / March 14

 

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

Photography by Eric Long.

10Blossom Kite Festival
Watch creative and colorful kites take flight during the National Cherry Blossom Festival and pick your favorites. Check out the competition and demonstration field to see some fancy kite flying, go to the family field and fly kites of your own, browse the activity tents or head out to the public field. / March 28

(March 2015)

 



Arctic air breaks weather records; Defendant accused of attempted hits on child witnesses

By Carten Cordell

Arctic air breaks weather records
(WTOP)

Virginia bills duel over limits on Police use of Drones
(WAMU)

Va. House kills bill on Herndon elections
(The Washington Post)

Falls Church defendant allegedly asked about hit man to kill child witnesses
(The Washington Post)

Ethics legislation in Virginia still leave many questions
(WAMU)



Virginia Senate passes breastfeeding bill; Ashburn brewery butts heads with Red Bull

By Matthew Tracy

The Virginia Senate passes a bill which allows women to breastfeed anywhere in public
(Loudoun Times)

An Ashburn brewery refuses Red Bull’s request to change its name and logo
(NBC News)

A Herndon resident discovers human bones on Va. nature walk
(WTOP)

Reports: Jesse Matthew charged with murder of Hannah Graham
(WTOP)

Controversy ensues over Alabama’s gay marriage rulings
(Washington Post)



Cooking Up a Great Birthday Party

Where to find a birthday cake in Northern Virginia

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By Micaela Williamson

Do you have a budding little chef? Is your child a huge fan of the Food Network? Then let your culinary kid whip up a feast and host a fun, hassle-free birthday party at one of these great Northern Virginia venues.

 

Amphora Bakery
294 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, VA, 20170

Be a cake boss and help a professional pastry chef decorate a master birthday cake. Then guests can learn pastry and sugar techniques to decorate their very own 6-inch cake and/or fondant cookies. Deluxe parties can even add on homemade pizza and tea sandwiches.

 

Champion Chefs
4701 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA, 22407

The hands-on parties occur in their special kid-friendly kitchen and are recommended for ages 4-17. Festivities include a personalized menu with an appetizer, entree and dessert; customized invitations; and all party supplies. Plus, the birthday child will love receiving a special keepsake apron for future chef adventures.

 

Creative Kids Kitchen
(Classes take place in private home in Arlington)

From cupcakes and pizza to less traditional international fare, Creative Kids Kitchen will work with you and your child to plan a customized cooking party. There are even signature spa parties where kids make healthy granola and smoothies and create homemade spa products like lip gloss, bubble bath or bath salts.

 

Cookology
21100 Dulles Town Circle
Sterling, VA, 20166

Children ages 4-15 can have a delicious time at one of the area’s most popular cooking schools. Events are hands-on and fully customizable based on the child’s age and interests. Cookology will provide all the ingredients, supplies and cleanup, and the kids get to have a blast cooking.

 

For the budding culinarian

Culinaria Cooking School
110 Pleasant St. NW 
Vienna, VA, 22180 

Children ages 9 and up who are serious about quality cuisine can hold an event in this charming cooking school in downtown Vienna. Culinaria places importance on using seasonal ingredients and teaches children both proper preparation and presentation of food.

 

Tiny Chefs
(Mobile parties)

A party professional will visit your home and instruct the kids how to cook a complete meal. Kids get to decorate their own unique chef hats and place mats, and they get copies of all the recipes. While guests nosh and chat, Tiny Chefs takes care of all the dirty dishes.


Courtesy of Tiffany Brown, Mamaratzy Photography

Micaela Williamson is a coauthor of local travel guide Kid Trips Northern Virginia, an extraordinary resource that provides descriptions, useful information and insider tips for hundreds of local destinations. Micaela is also an award-winning blogger who enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.



Sororities at UVA ordered to avoid fraternity parties; Boko Haram photos show child-soldier-training camp

By Matthew Tracy

Boko Haram releases photos of a purported child soldier-training camp
(NBC)

Sororities at the University of Virginia are ordered to stay away from fraternity events
(The Washington Post)

Family of the woman who died on Metro’s Yellow Line plans lawsuit
(WAMU)

Fairfax County Board OKs Expansion of Herndon and South Lakes high schools
(WTOP)

Bill To Regulate Uber And Lyft Moves Forward In Virginia
(WAMU)



5 Random Things that Taste Great Dipped in Chocolate

Sponsored by the Chocolate Chick

It is a dream come true when you walk into a party or event and see the cascading sheet of liquid chocolate on display in a fountain. Our thoughts immediately go to, “what are all the delicious foods I can dip into this chocolate fountain of goodness?” Thanks to our January Dream Wedding sponsor the Chocolate Chick we came up with a list of the random goodies that taste great dipped in chocolate.

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Bacon:
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Don’t deny it before you try it.

 

Potato Chips:
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The salt and sweet kick you need.

 

Hot Peppers:
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For the person that can take the heat.

 

Pickles:
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It’s bitter sweet.

 

Churros:
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You won’t event need a skewer to aid your dipping.

 



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