Posts Tagged ‘Northern Virginia Magazine’

Black Magic: 3 Active Coal Infused Products for Perfect Skin

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Coal isn’t just reserved for those on the naughty list anymore. The barbecue staple is actually a miracle beauty ingredient as well. Active charcoal (aka oxygen exposed charcoal) detoxifies and mattifies skin, whitens teeth and removes oily buildup from hair. It basically will be your best friend when the sweltering days of summer finally show up. Check out three of our favorite charcoal infused products below for the sun-filled and shine-free days to come. 

Sweet Suds

Berry Sweet Tea Activated Coal Soap $6; photo courtesy of

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Hungry for Linkage: ‘Save Our Sound’ Campaign Continues in Leesburg + Tank-Farmed Salmon in NoVA + Taste of Vienna this Saturday

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014


By Evan Milberg

Atlantic salmon grown at a “recirculating aquaculture facility” in Shepherdstown, W.Va. is available for a brief period in some Northern Virginia restaurants, reports Whitney Pipkin, including: River Falls Seafood, Trummer’s on Main, Victoria Gastro Pub, Wegman’s, It’s About Thyme, The Meat House and River Creek Country Club. “They have been chipping away at the sustainability issues that plague this farmed fish’s reputation by growing it in land-based tanks without the use of antibiotics or hormones.” [WaPo]

Tysons Corner is getting a new restaurant at 8605 Westwood Center Drive with hookahs and cocktails. [Eater]

Reevaluating the scientific link between diet, superfoods, vegetables and cancer. [NYT]

“Our current sound ordinance is very business unfriendly, and places such severe limits on outdoor music that it effectively bans it. I urge you to remind the Town Council ( to pass a reasonable noise ordinance of at least 70dBA, that balances the rights of both the businesses and property owners,” writes Leesburg’s Vice Mayor Dave ButlerMacDowell Brew Kitchen is leading the fight to “Save Our Sounds” in Leesburg. The next meeting is scheduled for June 9. [, Leesburg Today]

Coming this Saturday: Taste of Vienna, hosted by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. [Taste of Vienna]

Robert Wiedmaier (of Braboplans for a restaurant at Reagan Airport. [Eater]

This Saturday: 94th Running of the Middleburg Spring Races

Posted by Editorial / Friday, April 18th, 2014

Courtesy of Lawrence French Photography

By Janeé Williams

Spring is here, so race horse season is underway. The 94th Running of the Middleburg Spring Races is set for tomorrow at Glenwood Park. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first race will begin at 1 p.m. There will be seven races running every half hour as well as food and retail vendors with an Easter egg hunt for kids beginning at noon.

The Middleburg Spring Races are more than just a race, it’s history. The races are held right outside the town of Middleburg and  the course is the  only course that holds land in that area. The races attract so many people from the surrounding areas, many of them new to horse racing. 

“What makes this event unique is that many of the people attending have never been to a horse race before. They get to come here and experience it for the first time,” says Michelle Hobson of Middleburg Spring Races. These races are also prep for the The Gold Cup Race, one of the largest races in the areaThe meet runs a variety of races including hurdle, timber and flat races. The race will also feature The Temple Gwathemy Stakes Race, a race inspired by James Temple Gwathemy, a New York resident who was a constant supporter and amateur rider of steeplechasing.

Some contenders of the race are Michel Smith’s Arrows Conquest; Ms. S.K. Johnston’s Polarity; Virginia Lazenby’s Pleasant Woodman; Magalen Bryant’s Lea Von; Beverly Steinman’s Master of Markets; Ann Pape’s Fog Island; and Magalen Bryant’s Dakota Slew

Proceeds will go to benefit INOVA/Loudoun hospital, Glenwood Park Trust and local charities. / 94th Running of the Middleburg Spring Races; April 19th, Glenwood Park Racecourse in Middleburg; 1:00 p.m.


Hungry for Linkage: Yoga & Brunch + NoVA Easter Dining + Matzah Nail Polish

Posted by Editorial / Friday, April 18th, 2014

Brunch at La Tagliatella / Photo Courtesy of Black Door Photography

 By Natalie Manitius

Start the morning with poses, eggs and bubbles at La Tagliatella‘s Yoga Brunch, starting this Saturday: An hour-long outdoor lesson from Mind The Mat Pilates & Yoga (starts at 10 a.m.) comes with an entree and choice of a bellini or mimosa for $35.  (Check Facebook for weather cancellations.)

Where to eat this Easter Sunday. [NoVA Mag]

Celebrate Passover with some matzah nail polish. Disclaimer: Nail biting may increase.

NoVA eaters get spoiled with the upcoming opening of Nicecream Factory, a made-to-order ice cream shop coming to Clarendon. [ARLnow]

Give the kids a taste of adulthood this Easter with the new beer-flavored Jelly Beans.[NPR]

Absinthe-Soaked Cheese from Brooklyn and More Cheeses to Know, Curated by The Curious Grape’s New Cheesemonger Katie Carter

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Cheesemonger Katie Carter at The Curious Grape / Photo Courtesy of Christopher Byrne

By Natalie Manitius

At age 11 Katie Carter visited a creamery in the Savoie region of France, “back in the ’80s when brie was a big deal,” she says, and from there, became hooked on the ways of cheese. Before being named earlier this month as the new cheesemonger at The Curious Grape in Shirlington, Carter: dropped out of college to work at McLeod Creamery of Oak Grove Farm in Marshall and with just six months of cheese-making experience was recruited to work as the cheese buying manager for Arrowine Cheese in Arlington, while attending artisanal cheese classes in New York. She also helped open Cowgirl Creamery in D.C. and started her own cheese-making company. 

Carter says she plans for “a more intelligent, thought-out cheese plate that will kind of mimic what’s coming out of the kitchen,” like pairing cheeses with a spring strawberry basil compote. She also wants to hold tastings to teach the science behind beer and cheese pairings, offer cut-to-order cheese for retail (instead of letting wedges sit in “plastic, [the] enemy of cheese,” says Cater) and debut housemade cheese for the kitchen’s use. 

Here, Carter walks through new cheeses from  The Curious Grape:

Absinthe-Soaked Cheese from Brooklyn
A cheese called the Miranda, initially made and aged in a Brooklyn apartment, will be part of the new cheese menu. Bringing in his Dutch background, Jos Vulto crafts a half-pound wheel using raw cow’s milk, washing it after production in absinthe. Carter describes it as “beautifully sweet, it’s amazing. Like you would think it would take on that liquor-ish quality, kind of really super strong, but it actually sweetens the cheese. It’s so lovely. The texture is this semi-soft, silky, really smooth texture.”

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Cobblestone Runway Presents ‘A Weekend in Old Town’

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

A Weekend in Old Town Lookbook; photos courtesy of Carlis Sanchez SpicyCandy DC/ SCDC Agency

Old Town Alexandria businesses Zoe Boutique, Bishop Boutique, The Dog Park and Sugar House Day Spa and Salon have combined forces to launch a biannual lookbook series entitled Cobblestone Runway. Each lookbook will feature local bloggers and showcase the beauty of the Old Town neighborhood. The inaugural issue ‘A Weekend in Old Town’ showcases Wendy Santantonio of Old Town Home, Rachel Minarchik of My Fair Vanity, Tammy Preston of A Loyal Love and Bryarly Richards of Everything That Flickers engaging in a fun girl’s getaway enjoying the shops and scenes of the historic location. Check out the fun and fabulous lookbook and then head to Old Town to purchase your favorite pieces and discover the popular destination.

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Viktor & Rolf’s Sweet New Release

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon $115/1.7 oz; photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Fans of the cult-favorite fragrance ‘Flowerbomb’ by Viktor & Rolf can now make room for a new scent this spring.  In an exclusive collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue, the designers’ latest release Bon Bon is a mandarin and caramel scented confection all wrapped up in a perfect pink bow. Fans of the fragrance can celebrate with sweet treats and body art at the Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria location this Thursday April 17 from 12-5 p.m. Don’t miss this event as we are sure this high-demand fragrance won’t remain on shelves for long!


Brunches, Feasts and Desserts for Easter Eats

Posted by Editorial / Monday, April 14th, 2014

Robin’s Egg Milkshake / Photo Courtesy of Ted's Bulletin

By Natalie Manitius

Celebrate the end of Lenten abstention by indulging in buffets and multiple course brunches.

Sunday Brunch

Bastille Restaurant: Choose from entrees such as eggs benedict with biscuits and caviar and a three-cheese macaroni gratin for this three-course brunch. Adults eat for $49 apiece and kids under 12 are half-price. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Call 703-519-3776 for reservations. / 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria;

Evo Bistro: A three-course brunch menu runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with both savory and sweet options for $32 per person. Call 703-288-4422 for reservations. /1313 Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean; 

Grandale Restaurant: From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Grandale presents seared grouper, omelet provencal and Maryland crab cake Benedict as brunch offerings, with duck breast and beef rib eye for dinner. Cal 540-668-6000 for more information. / 14001 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville; 

Magnolias at the Mill: Enjoy a brunch buffet at Magnolia’s at the Mill replete with  baked salmon, Belgian waffles, butterscotch bread pudding and berry tarts. Adults eat for $42 each, children $19.95, and under 5 free. Call 540-338-9800 for reservations. /198 N. 21st St., Purcellville;

J. Gilbert’s: Reward your moderation with J. Gilbert’s brunch buffet. Breakfast devotees will have waffles and quiche at their disposal, and seafood fans can indulge in maple glazed salmon and mac n’ cheese made with lobster cream. Leave room for dessert: A chocolate fountain awaits. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $32 per adult, $15 for children ages 5-12./ 6930 Old Dominion Drive, McLean;

Salamander Resort and Spa: Head to Middleburg Easter Sunday for a family-friendly event replete with egg hunts, crafts for the kids and a brunch buffet. The egg hunt and roll will be at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., along with brunch seatings at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday Brunch costs $85 per adult and includes sparkling wine, while children cost $34 each. View the menu here. Reservations can be made by calling  540-326-4161. / 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg;

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Hungry for Linkage: French Perigord Truffles for Sale at Mosaic + Herndon Hot Sauce + $100 Chocolate Toothpaste

Posted by Editorial / Friday, April 11th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Apinya Thai Food Co.

By Natalie Manitius

Celebrate truffles this weekend with Ah Love Oil & Vinegar’s truffle festival. The fetishized fungi’s Italian producer, the Brugnoli family, will be in town to share truffle honey, infused oil, salt and pate. Head to the Mosaic District for the Friday festival, and Shirlington’s location for Saturday. Also for sale: 30 French perigord truffles, a 20 gram piece is $60.  [AhLove]

A guide to finding Filipino restaurants in the DMV, with spots in Falls Church and Crystal City. [Eater]

Walmart plans to undercut its competitors by selling organic products at lower prices. [WSJ]

Herndon-based hot sauce company Apinya Thai Food Co. just released its fifth Thai chili sauce Ghost Vindaloo. The spicy concoction was inspired by a pork vindaloo dish served in southern India, which uses ghost chilies and other fiery ingredients. [Apinya Food Co.]

Chocolate flavored toothpaste exists. Don’t get your kids hooked on it because … it costs $100. [Foodbeast]

Use matzo as a coaster for Passover sangria. [Buzzfeed]

Sensational Taste Adventures

I once read not to expect every meal to be a sensational taste adventure, to expect that some meals will simply be sustenance and that’s OK.

I’ve always found it hard to swallow this piece of advice, much like swallowing a spinach smoothie that was made a little too heavy on the spinach; it’s not altogether enjoyable but I power through for the sake of good health. 

It’s like I feel cheated in some way if my meals don’t consist of nibbling on a warm baguette with a side of brie, grapes, wine and a chocolate croissant for good measure. I mean the French get to do it. Why can’t I? It’s so unfair, the French get everything. The Eiffel Tower. Chocolate pastries coupled with miniature waistlines. Coco Chanel. Honestly, they’re a bit show-offy aren’t they?

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