Posts Tagged ‘McLean’

Spring Home and Garden Tours

Posted by Lynn Norusis / Friday, May 8th, 2015

The Love Quilt Project Home Tour in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church.

Photo courtesy of Ginnerty Architects, LLC.

There is nothing that spurs creativity more than walking through an artist’s work, being able to get a firsthand look and feel of structure, texture and colors.

This spring two area home and garden tours allow you to engage in home design.  –Lynn Norusis

Read the rest of this entry »

From Brunswick Stew to Elsie’s Magic Skillet, Chefs and Writers Agree: Eat in Virginia

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Where Chefs Eat book

Photo courtesy of Phaidon Press.

Two new books—“1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die” by Mimi Sheraton and “Where Chefs Eat” edited by Joe Warwick—map out the world according to meals.

Read the rest of this entry »

Mobile bakery becomes brick-and-mortar: Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery expected this month

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Laura Davidson Photography

Photo courtesy of Laura Davidson Photography

By Susannah Black 

Environmental policy analyst-turned-dessert caterer-turned-food truck operator Sandra Panetta expands once more to open Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery in McLean, expected to open at the end of this month. 

Read the rest of this entry »

For the Love of Tennis: The Glebe Ladies Tennis Club

the Glebe Ladies Tennis CLub

Photo by Aaron Spicer.

For 38 years friendships and hospitable competition have moved through the members of the Glebe Ladies Tennis Club.

Read the rest of this entry »

DC Design House Showcases Sophisticated Designs in McLean Home

DC Design House

Sketches/Plans for DC Design House. Photo courtesy of Sherry. Moeller

For the first time in its eight-year history, the DC Design House is moving to Virginia. Beginning April 11, an elegant 8,869-square-foot home in McLean will be showcasing the interior creations of talented designers. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Design House is an annual event for the D.C. metro area benefiting the Children’s National Health System. The staff is composed exclusively of volunteers, and in the past seven years, they have raised $1.25 million for the organization.

The event started when Skip and Debbie Singleton, principals of DC Living Real Estate LLC, attended a charity event for Children’s National over a decade ago. They were immediately drawn to the organization, and in 2008, they put together an interior design showcase intended to be a one-time event; it was so successful, however, that the DC Design House soon became annual.

DC Design House in McLean

Photo courtesy of Sherry Moeller.

This year’s house was built by Virginia-based Artisan Builders and designed by Harrison Design. Intended to imitate the style of an old Virginia farmhouse, the home was assembled bit by bit over the years. The L-shaped floor plan floods natural light into the interior, which is filled with a beautiful combination of antique and new elements.

Each year, the DC Design House team begins by contacting designers who walk through the home, select their top three spaces and submit anonymous design plans. A committee of senior designers selects the plans based on the strength of design, says Skip. This year, 24 designers are designing 28 spaces in the house with four designers doing two of the rooms. They have about one month to complete their spaces and will be present in their finished rooms throughout April.

As for the style, many designers seem to be playing off the old farmhouse feel of the home. Designer Michael Hampton is seeking “to create a room of relaxed formality” for the library, while Pamela Harvey is trying to capture a “casual elegance” in the entrance and upper hall. “It’s a very pure and simple aesthetic,” explains David Benton of Rill Architects. “It’s Virginia.”

The DC Design House will have a preview day from noon to 4 p.m. on April 11. Tickets are $50, and Chef Bryan Voltaggio will be signing books and providing food tickets. On April 12, the Design House is open to the public; tickets are $30, and it’s open Saturday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with evening hours from 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays. The last day to see the house will be May 10 from noon-5 p.m. Visitors may schedule group tours, and boutiques will be set up in the lower level and garage. Twenty percent of sales from the boutiques and the items in the rooms, which are also for sale, go to Children’s National. -Victoria Gaffney

(April 2015)

McKeever’s Pub celebrates its 40th—and last—St. Patrick’s Day today, plus a new winery from the owners

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of McKeever's Pub

Corned Beef and Cabbage / Photo Courtesy of McKeever’s Pub

By Susannah Black 

After 40 years, husband and wife owners Lori McKeever and  Jeff Judge will close McKeever’s Pub‘s when the lease ends in June.

Originally opened as George’s Publik House in 1974, McKeever purchased the pub in 1984 and has been welcoming regulars to the McLean spot ever since.”One of my favorite customers is one of the last survivors of Iwo Jima,” says McKeever. “The pub has been a local gathering place for many locals, families, couples and singles.”

This fall, the husband and wife team will open Eagletree Winery Cafe on their personal land, Eagletree Farm (best known for blueberries), in Lucketts. Having experimented with grape growing and wine making for the past 15 years, they’ve been planning on opening a winery for about the past five. The winery will include a tasting room, commercial kitchen and will source much of its produce from the farm itself. “It’ll be farm to fork … we want to get back to the agricultural aspect,” says Judge.

On this final St. Patrick’s Day, specials include beef stew, Irish potato soup and corned beef and cabbage. “It’s been a way of life,” says Judge on running the pub. “The stories and experiences are incredible and endless.”  / McKeever’s Pub; 6625 Old Dominion Drive, McLean.

Explore New Reads at these 4 local used bookstores

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Used Bookstores in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of sheff/

By Victoria Gaffney

There’s no doubt that Northern Virginia is filled with a strong sense of the past, often influencing a lot of its activities. The area boasts countless events for the history buff, not least of which is a trip to a local used bookstore

With Kindles and e-books on the rise, many of these quaint shops are closing, but this area is still home to some unique spaces to explore timeworn tomes. Engaging with passionate owners and managers who enjoy discussing these works is one of the perks of these more intimate literary settings. Here are some local places to indulge your interests, each with a strong focus on history, but unexpectedly unique features as well.

1.   Prospero’s Books

Located appropriately in Old Town Manassas, Prospero’s Books is a must for the history aficionado. Housed in a 104-year-old building originally designed for men’s clothing, the store features large display windows and boasts 93,000 titles at any given time, says manager Bob Chase. The shop was named for the Shakespeare character Prospero from “The Tempest.” Chase explains that when Prospero was made Duke of Milan, he was given a library; “I prize (it) above my dukedom,” Prospero says of his library in the play.

The store specializes in rare and out-of-print books, as well as maps and prints. Set on the very landscape where the first and second battles of the Civil War took place, Chase explains that their location likely drives their focus on military history. The shop also has extensive children’s and Afro-American history sections. Their “discover local authors” area features 18 Virginia writers at any given time, and they often host talks and signings.

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, noon-6 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

9129 Center St.
Manassas, 20110

2.   Already Read Used Books

Husband and wife Diane Wilson and Ken Mahnken run their 9-year-old shop,“Already Read Used Books” in Alexandria. With over 25,000 volumes, this cozy store doesn’t just house great literature; here visitors will get to meet and spend time with cats Sweetie Pie and Gwenie Bee as well. When they select works for their collection, Wilson explains that they try to look for the lesser-read classics by well-known authors.

What makes this place especially distinctive is their bookbinding business located in the next room. Unlike other services like this, Wilson’s and Mahnken’s “Alexandria Book Binding” offers affordable repairs for simple fixes, mostly for cookbooks and bibles, and occasionally texts run over by a car. “We’re more book doctors than conservators,” Wilson explains.

The store receives all kinds of visitors; “many people that come in still love the smell of books,” says Wilson. She also feels that the use of Kindles doesn’t necessarily mean the end of physical volumes, particularly since there are plenty of works not available on them. Wilson feels there’s still something to be said for coming in and exploring the shelves; Amazon doesn’t allow for that same sense of exploration.


Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday and holidays, noon-6 p.m.

2501 Duke St.
Alexandria, 22314

3.   Bookhouse 

One place that’s not to be missed for history enthusiasts and bibliophiles alike is “Bookhouse” in Arlington—an actual house for books. Owner Natalie Hughes has been with the business at this100-year-old building since she started it 45 years ago. Carrying titles published as far back as 1850, the shop has a wide array of old volumes, some with and without dust jackets. Specializing in American history, half of the store features this subject. Everything else—from world history to art to architecture and religion—is contained on the second floor.

Boasting valuable antiquarian titles, this place still has something for everyone with books ranging from $2 to over $5,000. Hughes, 84, will be closing Bookhouse in a few years. Before it closes, her goal is to make sure everything in their collection is sold; as a result, many of the works are affordable.

Tuesday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

805 N Emerson St.

4.   Claude Moore Colonial Farm Bookstore

Located in an idyllic location, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm Bookstore in McLean is a cozy spot to sit back and leaf through a broad collection of old volumes. Tucked away on a winding road, the shop is literally off the beaten path. The titles are inexpensive and Phil Hanson, manager, explains that people can leave with a box (or more) filled with books. Featuring a kitchen, the store offers a space to enjoy coffee and cookies next to a collection of cookbooks and gardening texts. There is also a place to sit outside where the nonfiction is located.

Hanson explains that the store features a theme with a related display that changes every two weeks. Given the time of year, it’s currently focused on Irish history. Oftentimes events will correspond with the theme; they once had a Japanese tea while displaying volumes related to Japanese history and culture. For fun they also have a typewriter set up where people can test out this now-antiquated machine. Hanson explains that it’s entertaining to read what various people write. The reactions of children, unsurprisingly, can also be funny. He once heard a child say “Hey, mom look, the keyboard’s attached to the printer.”

Wednesday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m.
6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean 22101

The Upcoming Shopping Events Worth Checking Out

Posted by Editorial / Friday, February 6th, 2015

By Angela Bobo

Allison Schroeder Exclamation Point Earrings available at the Jewelry Showcase; photo courtesy of the McLean Community Center

Allison Schroeder Exclamation Point Earrings available at the Jewelry Showcase; photo courtesy of the McLean Community Center


If you missed Wednesday’s Matilda Jane Trunk Show, there’s still a chance to score must-have items from 529 Kids Consign before they are all gone. Head over to the Winter Sale and receive an extra 15 percent off of sale items, ending Monday, Feb. 9.

Wearable art comes to McLean during a one-day pop-up sale at the McLean Community Center’s 8th Annual Jewelry Showcase. On Saturday, Feb.7, from 11 a.m to 5 p.m, participating vendors will present items made of semiprecious stones, 14-karat gold, precious metals, pearls and more to fit any budget and taste. Admission is $3, but early birds can visit the website for a special discount.

Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 13-15, visit the town of Middleburg for the  4th Annual Winter Weekend Sale. Visitors can expect discounts on children’s clothes and cold-weather fashion in addition to enjoying specials in local restaurants. Head over to the Middleburg website for event updates and specific shop hours.

Driss Zahidi Is Back at Evo Bistro; Will Continue at Le Mediterranean Bistro

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Chef Driss Zahidi  / Photo Courtesy of Driss Zahidi

Chef Driss Zahidi / Photo Courtesy of Driss Zahidi

By Stefanie Gans

“It was too fast,” says Driss Zahidi of the sudden deal that led him back to Evo Bistro.

From 2007 to 2011, Zahidi was chef and majority partner in the McLean restaurant, but he left to start Le Mediterranean Bistro in Fairfax in April 2013.

After being approached three weeks ago by the current owners of Evo Bistro, Zahidi agreed to take over the restaurant. His first shift in the kitchen was last night. 

On Monday, Zahidi, a Moroccan native, will release his new menu, which shifts Evo Bistro from its current emphasis on American-Italian food to pan-Mediterranean cuisine pulling from Spain, Italy and Morocco. Dishes will include lobster ravioli — “House-made, of course,” says Zahidi — Mediterranean rockfish with saffron risotto, an appetizer of boquerones and a lobster and foie gras croquette, which debuts as a special tonight for $9.

Zahidi will continue cooking at Le Mediterranean Bistro, but he is already wary of being able to keep both restaurants afloat. “I’m trying to make it work,” says Zahidi. But if he had to sacrifice one, it’d be Le Mediterranean Bistro. Says Zahidi, “Evo Bistro was my little baby.”


Investing 101 is Not for Dummies

For millionaires or wage slaves, the rules are the same.

Investing 101

Photo courtesy of annt/

By Darrell Delamaide

With algorithms determining what books we purchase and what films we watch, it was only a matter of time before these mathematical formulas programmed into software would tell us what stocks and bonds to buy.

Read the rest of this entry »

Page 1 of 912345...Last »