Posts Tagged ‘Herndon’

Herndon is hopping: IPA-focused Aslin Beer Company opens

Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 21st, 2015

Aslin Beer Company Team

The Aslin Beer Company team (courtesy Aslin Beer Company)

Owners Andrew Kelley and Kai Leszkowicz have more in common than a passion for craft beer. After marrying sisters Georgia and Claudia Aslin, Kelley and Leszkowicz became brothers-in-law and teamed up with Richard Thompson, the brother of their third brother-in-law, to open a craft brewery named for the women who brought them together.

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The Music of Life

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Footwerk debuts new album, performs at JamBrew Festival. 

By Cameron Mellin

Photo courtesy of Effective Immediately PR

Photo courtesy of Effective Immediately PR

A 2012 Craigslist ad brought Footwerk together when hip-hop lyricist Kyle Higginbotham was in search of a band and discovered, with the help of five other DMV musicians, a sound somewhere between the go-go melodies of Andre 3000 and soulful passion of Mary J. Blige.

“It was natural,” according to Higginbotham, who knew from the artists’ first jam session that what they had was a group determined to stretch their musical boundaries. They did just that with their June 2015 release, “Casual Encounters,” an album meant to resonate with its listener just as the songs themselves connect with the musicians who wrote them. “It’s life, whatever is going on,” Higginbotham says in response to what inspires his writing. “And the concept behind [the album] is this idea of social media consuming us, to where it’s rare to have real encounters with people anymore.”

Through their live shows, dubbed “no strings attached” performances, Footwerk has always maintained a sense of connection, of “real encounters” with their fan base as Higginbotham states. “We allow the mood of the venue to determine where the show heads. … We toured with [D.C.-area band] SOJA for a time, and the audience loved our intimate, interactive style.”

What you see is what you get with Footwerk, whose latest album is set to a lively instrumental backdrop and maintains a tone of powerful emotion. Songs such as “Eva,” written by the mononymous bass player Fern about his daughter, provide the album honesty while the R&B-infused “Clean my Soul” is designed to “snap you back to a place in time,” according to Higginbotham, where hardship and heartache was the reality. “I find [when struggling to find inspiration] that is life’s way of telling you to live a little more,” he says. Every live show is a chance to express a feeling near and dear to the heart, where the “emotions can’t help but come through on stage.”

Don’t believe the hype? See for yourself Sept. 18 when Footwerk performs at Herndon’s free to the public JamBrew Concert Series.

Woman attempts to smuggle heroin through kiss; D.C.’s cat cafe spurs increase in adoptions

By Robyn Smith

Woman attempts to smuggle heroin through kiss

D.C.’s first cat cafe spurs increase in adoptions

Hundreds gather for vigil for Herndon teens

Mysterious fungus reducing rattlesnake population

Silver line train offloads due to brake problem
(The Washington Post)

A Southern-inspired—and pork-free—menu at hookah bar Nomad Grill

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Nomad Grill Herndon

Photo courtesy of Nomad Grill.

By Mia Finley

Fusion takes on a whole new level as chef David Conn takes over the kitchen of Herndon’s Nomad Grill. Here, Southern classics meet North African and Moroccan spices in a hookah bar setting.

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One NoVA school, 117 valedictorians; Iran nuclear deal is set

By Raquel DeSouza

Washington and Lee High School in Arlington had 117 valedictorians out of a class of 457
(The Washington Post)

A man tried to grab a girl waiting at a Herndon school bus stop
(NBC Washington)

Pentagon may remove policies banning transgender people from serving in the military

NASA gets a look at Pluto today from the New Horizons spacecraft
(USA Today)

Iran nuclear deal reached; Obama touts agreement 

Trending: School’s Out

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Kidwell Barn

Kidwell Barn. Photo courtesy of Don Sweeney FCPA.

For nine months, order was maintained. Routines were followed, homework done and everyone had a job to do.

For 75 percent of the year, you know where your children are during the day: school. It’s that blissful period where their energies are focused and curiosity quenched.

Now that June is here, we’ve entered a wild land. Summer is here, school is out and the natives of your home are restless.

They’ve got energy, and you’ve got sanity to burn. Here are a few activities that will take care of both.

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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

Photo courtesy of Olga_Phoenix/


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


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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