Posts Tagged ‘Northern Virginia Magazine’

The Bean Bar Buzz

Posted by Editorial / Saturday, February 15th, 2014

By: Natalie Manitius

Photo courtesy of Alina G/

Bean Bar is getting a buzz, and caffeine isn’t the responsible party. The Leesburg coffee shop recently received a license for wine and beer on premises and unveils their wine and cider program today.

Owner Sonia Gupta explains the role of these liquid offerings, as “the design, the vision of Bean Bar was really to create a space and an environment and a menu to bring people together, and I always felt like coffee and wine created the best human engagement, interaction, conversation,” Gupta says.

Between caffeine-induced productivity and relaxed conversation over wine, Bean Bar provides a venue for a wide variety of activities and aims to be “a place where anyone can come and find a thought or a seat that speaks to them,” Gupta explains. The drink license is part of a three-phase process, which began with coffee and will end with food.

Bean Bar will also offer mimosas for Sunday brunch hours, and sangria and beer around the clock. Though Gupta sought to include local Virginia beers as part of Friday’s unveiling, NoVA’s snowstorm stalled delivery efforts. In alignment with the business’s locavore ways, Bean Bar will feature beers from local breweries starting next week.

Today’s available wines all come from Virginia’s backyards, as Gupta espouses the idea to “leverage the best of Virginia and bring the best to Virginia.” Wine offerings include sparkling, red, white and dessert, and travel from as far as Jefferson’s home and the Northern Neck. Vessels vary according to their contents, as Bean Bar offers eight glass varieties–two for red wines, two for whites, one for desserts, and a different shape for cider, beer and champagne.

Non-oenophiles can also partake in the libations, as Virginia ciders are included in the alcohol debut. Keswick’s Castle Hill and Dugspur’s Foggy Ridge represent the fermented apple category, providing three tasty options for cider fans.

Bean Bar plans to adapt the drink menu in order to reflect the best that Virginia has to offer, and pairings will eventually be made possible with a food menu./ 1601 Village Market Blvd. Suite 122, Leesburg. 

Arrivederci, Italian Market and Deli

Posted by Editorial / Friday, February 14th, 2014

By: Natalie Manitius

Igor Dutina/

Pistachio-laden mortadella and baby octopi will no longer grace the aisles of this Merrifield shop. The nascent Italian Market and Deli, opened last September, bid NoVA adieu on Feb. 3.

MHG Group, which runs the complex, plans to replace the concept with Merrifield Wine and Food Bar. Wood-fired pizzas, salads and subs that formerly inhabited the location will make way for retail wine, beer and cheese. The shift is intended to complement the company’s adjacent restaurants, Open Road Grill & Icehouse and Trio Grill. 

Merrifield Wine and Beer is currently under construction and will open its doors this March. / 8100 Lee Highway, Falls Church




Farmers Market Fandom Persists through the Winter

Posted by Editorial / Friday, February 14th, 2014

By: Natalie Manitius

Photo courtesy of urbanlight/

Defy the frigid temperatures and visit your local farmers at these winter-friendly farmers markets.

Available produce: apples, arugula, Asian greens, beets, beet greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, collards, kale, leeks, mixed lettuce, mushrooms, onions, pears (Asian/bosc), pea shoots, potatoes (yukon/ sweet/white), radishes, spinach, squash (acorn/butternut/spaghetti), Swiss chard and turnips.

Other items to expect: baked goods, bread, cheese, chocolate, coffee, craft goods, eggs, fancy nuts, honey, jams, meat, milk, pasta, pickles, plants, salsas, seafood, soaps, wine and yogurt.  


Arlington County

Arlington Market

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon

Courthouse Parking Lot

Corner of 14th St. & North Courthouse Road

Worth the visit: Turns out seafood is not just for the summertime. In the spirit of eating seasonally, try Lynnhaven River Seafood’s oysters, which are only available during months containing the letter “r.”


Columbia Pike Market

Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pike Park

Corner of Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive

Worth the visit: Columbia Pike’s community efforts stand out among others—the market is the only one in Arlington that accepts SNAP benefits and provides privately-funded subsidies. The Pike is also attentive to farmer practices, as they visit participating farms once a year to confirm the origin of the products and to ensure that the vendors are the farmers themselves. 


City of Alexandria

Del Ray Market

Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon

203 East Oxford Ave.

Worth the visit: Though Del Ray has just six to eight vendors this time of year, one can still satisfy a pickle craving with No. 1 Sons, a brother-sister team making barrel fermented foods. Activate sour taste buds with a variety of pickles, kimchi, or sauerkraut.


Old Town Market

Saturdays, 7 a.m. – noon

Market Square 

301 King St.

Worth the visit: Continually operating since 1753, the Alexandria market is one of the oldest markets in the U.S.


Fairfax County

Oakton Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; occasional 1 p.m. closings 

Unity of Fairfax Church
2854 Hunter Mill Road

Worth the visit: A Mennonite co-op, Heritage Farm & Kitchen, sets up an Amish style store and sells a wide variety of dried beans, which cook faster than the grocery variety.


Falls Church City

Falls Church Market

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon

City Hall Parking Lot

300 Park Ave.

Worth the visit: Last year, the Falls Church Market was voted 4th best medium-sized market in the U.S by American Farmland Trust.


Loudoun County

Purcellville Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

550 East Main St.

Worth the visit:  Shake the winter blues with Herban Avenues’ teas and aromatherapy. Avenues’ Calm loose leaf tea contains chamomile, lavender and oat straw, calcium-rich herbs that help with sleep. Feeling indulgent? Snag the winery favorite Green Lemon aromatherapy, with anti-depressive ingredients bergamot and lemon verbena. 


Prince William County

Bristow Market

Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Piney Branch Elementary School 
8301 Linton Hall Road

Worth the visit: Mike Burner’s Holly Brook Farm puts out meats beyond the typical fare: look for game hens, lamb, goat and even lamb merguez, a European lamb sausage with garlic.


Manassas Market

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Parking Lot B

Corner of Prince William St. and West St.

Worth the visit: Mother-daughter pair Jackie Utshudi and Maureen Kabamba present Les Mini Galettes, a bite-sized waffle operation. The galettes are sold in groups of three or six, with seasonal favorites such as the orange-zest, and year-round delights coconut and vanilla bean. 

Look out for spring market hours and re-openings come April.

Transform a Cave into a Cozy Space

By Taylor Ness

No one likes to spend time in a room that looks like the size of a closet. Luckily, there are many ways to trick the eye with home décor.  

The common rule of thumb is to stick to neutral colors when designing a small room, allowing the space to feel airy and open. Even keeping to a monochrome palate will make the space feel larger.  But a room isn’t all about the paint. Even if you go with a bold, vibrant color base there are still ways to figuratively open up the space.


1. When it comes to furniture, choose pieces that can serve more than one purpose, like an ottoman with a tray placed on top.

Eaton Ottoman

Eaton Ottoman. Photo courtesy of Williams Sonoma.



2. Shelving that has a limited number of items on it creates the illusion of open space.

Tracy Murdock Design

Tracy Murdock Design. Photo courtesy of Vertikoff, Mark Edward Harris, Scott Van Dyke, Brett cDrury, Jerry Brown, Tim Street Porter.


3. While it’s important to allow natural light into a room, adding curtains that are the same color of a wall can open up the room. 


Tracy Murdock Design

Tracy Murdock Design. Photo courtesy of Vertikoff, Mark Edward Harris, Scott Van Dyke, Brett cDrury, Jerry Brown, Tim Street Porter.


4. Strategically placed mirrors not only give the feel of the room continuing on, they allow light to bounce around the room. 


Impact Plus Beveled Edge Mirror Solid Core Chrome MDF Interior Bifold Closet Door

Impact Plus Beveled Edge Mirror Solid Core Chrome MDF Interior Bifold Closet Door. Photo courtesy of


5. If you choose to have wall art, pick one large piece.

Canvas Print-Watercolor Landscape; $229 @ West Elm Photo. Photo courtesy of West Elm.

By the Numbers: Northern Virginia

Images courtesy of justone/ (houses); Azaze11o/ (calendar).

Dog-Friendly Home Décor

By Taylor Ness

It’s time to face the facts: dogs are dirty. And no, their mouths aren’t cleaner than humans either. But must we subject our homes to the drab items our dogs need? Not anymore.

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Nordstrom’s Valentine’s Day Pop-in is for the Heartbreakers

Posted by TaylorN / Friday, February 14th, 2014

By Taylor Ness

'1960's' Stripe T-Shirt

'1960's' Stripe T-Shirt. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom.

On a day when most hearts melt, Nordstrom is introducing it’s fourth Pop-in @ Nordstrom, Heartbreakers Club. The collection can be found in eight lucky Nordstrom locations, including Tysons Corner Center. The shop structure, designed by Rafael de Cárdenas, is inspired by men with heartbreakingly good style. “We wanted to create an environment that was enticing yet assertive, reflecting the distinct style of merchandise within,” said de Cárdenas. And that merchandise features pieces by Patrik Ervell, Mark McNairy and many more. Any last minute Valentine’s Day shoppers can find quick gifts like a Kitsuné Moss Candle, Porter, Yoshida & Co ‘Unite’ Briefcase or Jaybird ‘BlueBuds X’ Secure Fit Wireless Earbuds

'Reef - Small' Nylon Backpack

'Reef - Small' Nylon Backpack. Photo courtesy of Nordstrom.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Friday, February 14th, 2014

Photo by Stefanie Gans

Creme brulee | Savoir Fare Restaurant | Round Hill

Judge: Ban on gay marriage in Va. unconstitutional; new Arts center coming to Loudoun

By Anjelica Michael

A judge in Virginia makes same-sex marriage legal in the state
(McLean Patch)

A new musical arts center is coming to Loudoun, joining music schools in DC, Maryland and Virginia
(Loudoun Times)

Police look for connections in unsolved murders in North Ridge, Alexandria
(Alexandria Gazette)

Men’s figure skating in Sochi is proving to possibly be more dangerous than hockey
(Washington Post

Celebrate Washington’s Birthday at Mount Vernon

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, February 13th, 2014

By Janeé Williams

Photo courtesy of George Washington's Mount Vernon.

This weekend is all about love, flowers and chocolates. Wait, What? Get the roses out of your eyes and don’t forget about Presidents’ Day. After you and your significant other finish celebrating the day of love, head over to Mount Vernon and celebrate our first president.

Mount Vernon presents: George Washington’s 282nd Birthday Celebration. Enjoy three days of events to help you Celebrate George Washington’s 282 Birthday. Beginning on Saturday to Monday. The day will start off with breakfast with George Washington himself. Enjoy a preparing and sharing of “hoecakes swimming in honey and butter”, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Photo courtesy of George Washington's Mount Vernon.

After breakfast have a little chat with a costumed character from George Washington’s world. From 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Get as many questions in before “Dancing with the 18th Century Stars” begins at 1:45 p.m. Watch and participate in a dancing demonstration from the 1700′s. 

The day will also include stories told by George Washington himself, a wreath laying at Washington’s Tomb and concludes with a free tour of George Washington’s estate and George Washington’s Birthday Parade on Monday.

Photo courtesy of George Washington's Mount Vernon.

“This weekend is not about mattress or car sales, it is about celebrating the founding father of this country, George Washington. The best place to celebrate George Washington’s birthday is right here at his home, Mount Vernon,” said Melissa Wood, the director of media relations at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.

George Washington Birthday Celebration
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
PO Box 110
Mount Vernon, 22121; 703-780-2000

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