Posts Tagged ‘Northern Virginia Magazine’

Maximum Style: The Top Three Maxis to Add to Your Closet Now

Posted by Angela Bobo / Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Maxi dresses may not be the newest kid on the block, but this season’s offerings of fresh prints and silhouettes keep the style as a must-have closet staple. Hopefully the apocalyptic downpour is behind us, so we have picked the top three options to help you transition seamlessly into the sunshine. 

White Hot:

Tracy Reese Linen Blend Burnout Maxi Dress $430; photo courtesy of


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Cravings: Spanakopita at Nostos

Posted by Editorial / Friday, April 25th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Nostos

By Natalie Manitius

Dish: Spanakopita, $8

Where: Nostos, 8100 Boone Blvd., Vienna

Taste: Nostos restored my faith in the savory Mediterranean pastry. This fluffy flavorful wedge doesn’t fall prey to the greasiness that often besets its other Greek representatives. Crispy delicate phyllo dough encases an aromatic blend of spinach, feta, scallions and bits of dill. Its richness (but not of the bloat-inducing variety) makes me want to nestle into another one of these triangular pillows. Luckily, I will, because the mezede comes in trios. 

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Wow-Worthy Weekend Events You Can’t Miss

Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, April 25th, 2014


Siqin hosts Operation Thank You: Camouflage to Couture; photo courtesy of Siqin

Mongolian brand Siqin is teaming up with stylist and U.S. Army Veteran Maggie Paine for Operation Thank You: Camoflauge to Couture, an event helping service members transition seamlessly from wearing daily uniforms to developing an easy and elegant personal style. The event will include brunch cocktails, appetizers, and one-on-one sessions with Paine at the Tysons Galleria location. Attendees (service women and veterans) will receive 20 percent off of the spring 2014 collection and the brand will donate five percent of the profits to Team Red, White and Blue, an organization dedicated to aiding veterans.

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The Tortoise is Getting a Little Faster

I did my second 5K of the year this past weekend.

My friend (who was on my team on “The Biggest Loser”) puts on these free unofficial 5K’s every so often, none of which I’ve been able to attend yet. But in preparation for an Easter brunch that I knew included a waffle bar (I pretty much made myself a chocolate sundae on top of my waffle, and I’m not sorry) I happily made my way to the quaint and charming town of Poolesville, Md., where she lives to enjoy a visit and some running.

The race started off very promising with me feeling fit and fast. I was a little nervous as I never feel fast. I thought it was a fluke and surely I would burn out and should maybe pace myself so as not to be too tired for the rest of the race. But my legs kept pounding the pavement at a steady tempo seemingly ready to get work done. I couldn’t believe it. I wasn’t getting tired, even as I neared the one-mile marker. And my pace was at an 11-minute mile, which shocked me to no end. At one time I could keep up a ten-minute mile for six miles, but that was back in TBL days and lately my average has been a 13-minute mile, which despite being one of my favorite numbers, does not thrill me.

It must be all the Alpha, I thought smugly and as I geared up for mile two with excitement ratcheting over possibly finishing in under 40 minutes.

If I kept up this pace for the entire two miles I could be done in 33 minutes. That would mean I would’ve shaved 9 minutes off from my last 5K.

Now I was downright euphoric. Until I started to get tired. I was barely a few minutes into mile two when just as I suspected, my pace began to slow as my brain acknowledged I was only a third of the way done and my legs in fact could not keep up the pace. 

By the last mile I was back to my 13-minute pace and, sadly, I had watched 33 minutes go by, then 34 and 35 …

I knew I was close and I had hoped to finish somewhere in the 30-minute range but I was getting sluggish and my sister, who was running the race with me and by that point surpassed me, still hadn’t turned toward the finish line yet.

As I neared I realized she had missed the turn and was going the wrong way. I slowed to yell her name but she had headphones in. I wanted a good time, but it was my sister’s first 5K and as much as I wanted to beat her—I knew she would’ve won if she hadn’t had the detour—so I continued to yell, prepared to forfeit my time and run after her if I had to. She turned around and saw me waving to turn back. At this point with the finish line in sight, I do what I always do: book it for the last leg of the race.

One of my beloved trainers from the Ranch, Cardio Chris, who heavily encouraged my running, told me to always finish strong. I finished at 40:37 and before my sister.

Competitive as I am though, especially with my siblings, I handed it to Savannah that she had the lead and congratulations went to her even if she got turned around. 

I like to think that the little stop to alert Savannah added some time, so while I didn’t shave 9 minutes off my 5K average, I did shave almost two off, and that’s still improvement in my book. 


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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