Posted by Robert Fowler / Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
By Robert Fowler
Between the gift shopping, coordinating travel plans, decorating and everything else that we’re expected to do during the holidays, there will be moments where you think to yourself “I need a drink.” Just a sip of egg nog to get through the festivities of the day, am I right? We talk a lot about getting into the holiday spirit, but nothing is more efficient in feeling the yuletide cheer than having a taste of the good stuff. Capitol City Brewing Company, the Shirlington destination renowned for their meticulous brewing process and lip-smacking-good beer, has unveiled a slew of delightful holiday cocktails – sweet creations full of spirits to stoke your holiday spirit.
These cocktails are mixed to please your sweet tooth as well as take that holiday stress down a peg. All six are shaken and poured into a chilled glass, making for a frosty sip of winter cheer. The spectrum of flavors all touch on the treats of the season:
Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
June Bush, who owns Lothar’s Gourmet Sausages with her husband Lothar Erbe, says that there are only a handful of requests Loathar’s hasn’t been able to fill over the years. Here’s one: “We had friends of friends ask for two geese to serve at their Christmas dinner. We don’t carry birds, so they just shot them down themselves during their migration…I guess they didn’t finish flying south.”
If you aren’t up to hunting for your own holiday dinner, here’s a listing of NoVA butchers.
Federal Offices are closed today; find school and professional closings here. (WUSA)
Here’s what to expect from today’s forecast. (WUSA)
WUSA provides power outages in numbers for Va., as well as some helpful maps (WUSA)
A Gov. McDonnell news conference is set today in Richmond covering upcoming mental health initiatives. (NBC)
Coming Loudoun Soccer team Virginia Calvary will have to wait another year—with neighbors Loudoun Hounds baseball. (Washington Post)
NoVA’s Bi-County Parkway is nearly all planned out. (WAMU)
Northern Virginia has been hit with a wintry blizzard that would make the Northern states proud: snow, ice, rain and sleet, all combined to make road conditions horrendous, while at the same time transforming the surrounding landscapes into a winter wonderland.
Check out these photos that depict how snow and ice may make for a nerve-wracking drive to the office, but it sure is something to behold.
Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, December 9th, 2013
Give the gift of empowerment this season courtesy of Haughty Cosmetics. Flawless makeup lies in the quality of the brushes, and this set has you covered. With phrases like ‘Go Big or Go Home,’ these vegan brushes each have an inspirational quote on them to help you feel your best when ‘putting your game face on.’ Not to mention, Haughty donates 50 percent of all proceeds to domestic violence awareness, so with just one purchase you can touch people all across the world. The kit may be $58, but this gift is truly priceless.
Posted by Eliana Reyes / Monday, December 9th, 2013
HEADS UP OLD TOWN! We've just been told that our construction won't be finished by tomorrow. It's looking like Wed. Or Thurs. stay tuned…
— Hank's Oyster Bar (@HanksOysterBar) December 8, 2013
A new Del Ray restaurant is in the works that plans to serve food, gelato and have on-premise beer and wine. [Patch]
New management and chef at Leesburg‘s Palio Restaurant. [Loudoun Times]
Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s—known for local favorites such as Vermillion and Rustico—wine director, Brent Kroll, gives a look at his drinking life. [BYT]
“There are about 200 other hot sauces I’ll reach for before I reach for Sriracha,” says Andrew Zimmern of the (perhaps overly) popular brand. [TODAY]
While food is an art itself, an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago gathers famous works from visual artists to examine its “importance in American culture, the history of American cuisine, and the ways that these have shaped and reflected our national identity.” The show, Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine, will be in the Windy City until Jan. 27.[npr]
Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, December 9th, 2013
‘Beer Nerd’ combines trivia and beer drinking in an appropriately geeky board game.
Blending “Trivial Pursuit” rules with beer sampling, the board game “Beer Nerd” taps into the hysteria around today’s obsession with craft brews.
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Posted by Brandon Payton / Friday, December 6th, 2013
Ever feel like you’re a modern day Aristotle or Galileo who just doesn’t get the recognition you deserve? How about a Giovanni Cassini, the Italian man who first discovered the separation of Saturn’s rings or Sir Isaac Newton? You may think you are and, hey, I’m not here to tell you you’re not. But seriously, you do have the chance to be even that much more like the great astronomers/philosophers of history tomorrow night at Riverbend Park’s Astronomy Festival.
Beginning at 6 p.m. in one of Fairfax County’s darkest spots, and best places to star gaze, a professional group of naturalists employed by Fairfax County Park Authority will be hosting the ever-intriguing Astronomy Festival.
The park’s herculean Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope will be aimed directly towards Jupiter and it’s Galilean moons, which can be seen in tremendous color and vividness. Jupiter has more than 60 moons but the four largest—Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto—will be the focus of tomorrow night’s mission. Along with Jupiter and it’s Galilean Moons, the Andromeda Galaxy, also referred to as the Great Andromeda, will be of focus. The Andromeda Galaxy is the closest spiral galaxy to Earth and with scientific predictions calculating that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is destined to collide with it in 3.75 billion years creating a massive elliptical galaxy. It’d be cool to say you saw it coming.
At the festival there will be four “stations” that all you aspiring astronomer/philosophers stop at to do different activities including a star-search, hands-on informational about the moon, constellation tour and a bonfire where ancient stories are told of the planets and space. If it is excessively cloudy and Jupiter, it’s Galilean Moons or the Andromeda Galaxy can’t be seen then the telescope will shift it’s focus to the moon. Fairfax County Park Authority encourages participants of the festival to bring their own telescopes if they wish.
The entire festival is outdoors so dress accordingly. Snacks and hot chocolate will be available. Tickets are $5 on-line here or by calling 703-222-4664 and $6 at the gate tomorrow night.
8700 Potomac Hills St.
Great Falls, VA
Posted by Robert Fowler / Friday, December 6th, 2013
The holidays are in full swing and you are most likely up-to-your-neck in gift shopping. The tired treks through malls and sterilized shopping excursions at department stores will leave even the most seasoned holiday gift giver a tad worn down. Where has the unique thrill of giving something singular and special to loved one when so many people are clamoring for impersonal things like the flavor-of-the-season Xbox One or Kindle Fire HD 7? While I advise you to gift me said items immediately, it’s still a shame that so many of our gift options nowadays like charm. So, for this weekend, skip the mega-retailers and digital dojos and opt for an adventure, shopping around at these blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em markets to find something special for that special someone (or even Craig, that guy who works next to you at the office).
44th Purcellville Antiques Fair
Dec. 7-8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 250 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville. $9 admission. If you want something with charm to spare, nothing beats a lovely antique. Shop around at this antique fair, where the items are guaranteed authentic and impressive. From country furniture, fine art to jewelry, this is a great opportunity to find a great gift that would otherwise be lost to time.
Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 16 North Berlin Turnpike, Lovettsville. $3 admission for ages 13-and-older. When you’re shopping for that perfect gift, you might as well be wildly entertained and eating delicious food while you’re at it. This traditional German Christmas festival will include musical guests, delicious German foods (dibs on all the schnitzel!) and, of course, over 20 artists and vendors from whom you can purchase a terrific holiday gift.
Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show
Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg. Free. Held in the Fredericksburg Expo Center, this is the venue’s biggest craft show yet, featuring ornaments, artwork, gourmet foods and even organic treats for your furry best friend’s stocking! To top it all off, if you purchase this Saturday you can have your gifts wrapped for free. Now that’s a deal.
Herndon Holiday Arts and Crafts Show
Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon. Free. Local Herndon residents would be wise to jump on this opportunity to pick up something wholly unique – the free admission doesn’t hurt either. Take a tour through over 70 arts and crafts vendors and chances are high that you’ll find the perfect Christmas ornament, wreath, decorations or the perfect gift for that person in your life with loves great craft.
Spread holiday cheer to children in need Dec. 1-14, by dropping off new toys or gift cards at special locations throughout the Mosaic District for the Fairfax County Firefighters holiday rescuer’s toy drive.
Play along with Rudolf and friends as Tysons Galleria offers over $25,000 in prizes with their interactive sweepstakes ‘Reindeer Games.’ Customers can visit the company website, Facebook page and mobile site for a chance to win a prize each day until Christmas.
Get exactly what you want this holiday when your favorite guy visits Men’s Night on Dec. 17 at The Shoe Hive. He will enjoy beer, brats and bourbon while shopping your pre-filled holiday list!
Don’t miss the Holiday Trunk Show Series at Periwinkle in Potomac Greens each Thursday this month before Christmas. Grab presents from well known designers like Ruth Barzel and many more.
It is never too early to snag the perfect suit, especially with upcoming getaways on the horizon. Shop the latest wet wear for men and women at Instyle Swimwear. NoVA Mag readers will receive 10 percent off with the promo code NVM10 this month.