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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?

So this weekend after de-toxing faithfully—well, 90 percent faithfully, I had one slip up where I needed 1-3 chocolate chip cookies before I snapped and went on a bakery crawl all across town—my boyfriend invited me out for dinner with some college friends of his that were in town for the weekend. I had already went on an hour-long hike in the mountains and mentally pep talked myself into getting a salad or fish as going out to eat didn’t have to be a torturous experience all because I didn’t get to live it up French style. 

That is until I heard where we were going—Bj’s Brewhouse which not only is a brew house (problem No. 1) but has amazing pizza (problem No. 2). I was instantly losing my strong foundation of resolve to smugly enjoy a salad and instead only had visions of pizza slices and frosty mugs of beer dancing through my head.

No, I insisted. No, no no. I haven’t been doing all this work just to throw away 2,000 calories on deep dish cheesy pizza and a fountain of booze. But I wanted it, so bad. The inner saboteur tried to reason that one bad evening when I’d been so good couldn’t hurt. Lots of normal people allow themselves to enjoy a night on the town untethered of diet plans and detox’s. 

But normal people probably don’t yo-yo with their weights over the course of a lifetime either. And pizza and beer would lead to me saying dessert was OK, too, and then it would be really hard to come off of that. And if I could just resist bad food even one time at a restaurant it would surely give me strength to do it again and again.

Once I was handed a menu, I couldn’t help but stare at the pizza salivating for a good long while and even found they had gluten free pizza, so that seemed promising—sort-of. I forced myself to find the healthy section of the menu, however, with meal options all below 500 calories. 

I spotted a cherry chipotle glazed salmon with asparagus and cous-cous and admittedly it looked pretty appetizing. I mean it was no deep-dish pizza, but it might work. I changed my mind next to fourteen times, going back and forth between pizza and salmon until I finally shut the menu and firmly decided I would pick the healthy option. It had to be good, the picture was very convincing. 

When I placed my order for the salmon, I felt a surge of pride in making a healthy choice that I thought it couldn’t hurt to reward myself with just one beer. I ended up having two—oops—but the fact that I ordered the salmon (which ended up being absolutely delicious, no deprivation feelings at all) when there were burgers and pizzas aplenty at the table felt like a major coup for me nonetheless. And if my earlier hike was for to be given up for calories, I was happy to spend them on top-notch brews. 

The next morning my healthy choice from the night before emboldened me to comfortably order a vegetable egg-white omelet with a side of fruit for our Sunday morning brunch ritual instead of what I really wanted which was a doughnut accompanied by uh, more doughnut. 

I suppose I could begrudgingly admit that not every meal has to be a sensational taste adventure. I would like it if they all were, but for the sake of my waistline, sometimes a healthy taste sensation can be just as satisfying as a pizza or chocolate doughnut.  Sometimes. And other times, just savor one beautiful doughnut (from Café Bonjour as those are the best in almost all the land) and call it a day.


Natural dog food brand Grandma Lucy’s offers healthy pet options

By Shelby Robinson

Grandma Lucy's dog food

Photo courtesy of Grandma Lucy's

Grandma Lucy’s was started by Breann Shook when her 11-year old English Cocker Spaniel, Lucy, became a picky eater.

Breann started making Lucy homemade food and treats. Lucy liked them so much that Breann decided to share the food she was making with her community. The homemade, healthy dog food became extremely popular and is now sold all over the United States. Grandma Lucy’s was one of the first companies to make 100 percent human grade dog food.

Grandma's Lucy's Artisan Venison dog food.

Photo courtesy of Grandma Lucy's.

Grandma Lucy’s freeze dried venison dog food’s first ingredient is the highest quality USDA Venison, followed by flax, sweet potatoes and carrots.

Grandma Lucy’s food is always grain-free and made with all natural ingredients. Grandma Lucy’s Artisan line of freeze-dried dog food is easy to prepare and a small amount goes a long way. The 10-pound bag, shown above, makes 55 pounds of fresh food when prepared.

The Artisan line also has chicken-based ($76 for 10 pounds), lamb-based ($92 for 10 pounds), and a variety of other options. Browse the Grandma Lucy’s website for a variety of foods, treats, and information about all natural dog and cat food.

Grandma Lucy's Artisan Selection dog food.

Grandma Lucy's Artisan Selection. Photo courtesy of Grandma Lucy's.

Shop Local at The Shoe Hive’s Style Party

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

By Taylor Ness

The Shoe Hive Style Party

The Shoe Hive Style Party. Photo courtesy of The Shoe Hive.

This Wednesday, April 9, The Shoe Hive is taking shopping and giving local to a whole new level. Enjoy light refreshments while raising money for Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day. The 24-hour event serves the local community by encouraging everyone to contribute to Alexandria’s nonprofit organizations. In the spirit of giving, The Shoe Hive will donate 10 percent of your purchase to the YMCA Alexandria or a charity of your choice. The event, taking place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 127 South Fairfax St., will also feature local stylist and personal shopper, Kathryn Martin. Martin will answer your personal style questions and even share her favorite spring shoes available at The Shoe Hive.

Spring Jackets That are Made to Layer

Posted by TaylorN / Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Taylor Ness

Now that the snow is, hopefully, behind us and spring is upon us it’s time to stow away our puffy winter jackets. No longer will we have to layer scarves with turtlenecks, but rather light-weight jackets with your newest springwear. This season, prints, colors and convenience are key when searching for the perfect spring jacket. You want something that can block a chilled breeze, but still show off the trendy clothes you’re sporting. Printed Anoraks are very popular, offering a length that won’t leave your longer tops peaking out behind. Show spring that you’re ready for it with Anthropologie‘s floral printed Sketchbook Anorak, $168. For a colorful twist on a trend older than we are, we’re talking Military Jackets, there’s J. Crew‘s Hooded Fatigue Jacket, $138. But if you’re running out the door and in a lazy-day mood then Helmut Lang‘s Soft Double Zip Sweatshirt, $195, will keep you warm and cozy.

Anthropologie Sketchbook Anorak

Anthropologie Sketchbook Anorak. Photo courtesy of Anthropologie.

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11 Dems on the ballot to replace Moran; Air and Space displays space skydive artifacts

By Janeé Williams

11 Democrats secure place on ballot to replace Jim Moran

National Air and Space Museum display artifacts from space skydive

Loudoun adopts $1.9 billion budget; schools face a nearly $38 million shortfall
(Washington Post)

Va. Dogs to Help With Mudslide Search Efforts

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