Posted by Angela Bobo / Monday, May 5th, 2014
Local fashionistas pulled out all of the stops this weekend for the 89th Annual Virginia Gold Cup. While there were plenty of hats and spring frocks to go around, a few took the nontraditional route in printed jumpsuits, fancy fascinators and sleek suits. We teamed up with Sarah Gargagliano Phillips, one-half of the blogging duo behind the fashion and lifestyle website Fifty-Two Thursdays, to share some of this weekend’s show-stopping style. Head over to the website to see all of the fun fashion.
Va. Democrats are bringing a lawsuit against Va. Republicans alleging that they purposefully redrew district lines by race.
Roughly 216, 350 Virginians picked health plans under Obama’s health care law.
Fairfax County Schools Superintendent is the focus of a federal lawsuit based in Houston regarding teacher evaluations and merit pay system.
Consol Energy lays off almost 200 employees in Va. as a result of “reduced global demand for metallurgical coal.”
Police are investigating the motives for a man who allegedly stabbed another man on the platform of the Ballston metro last night.
Posted by Editorial / Friday, May 2nd, 2014
By Natalie Manitius
Jackfruit: The latest fruit trend? [NPR]
Ring in spring with Mad Fox Brewery‘s Spring Bock festival this Saturday. [Mad Fox]
Shirlington’s The Curious Grape is now open for lunch. [The Curious Grape]
Taco Bamba of Falls Church made the list for DC’s must-try tacos. [Zagat]
Eight finalists for Ballston’s Restaurant Challenge have been selected; see the contenders here. [Ballston BID]
Springfield-based business Soul Cakes by Tanya is on its way to a storefront in Lorton, thanks to Kickstarter. [WTOP]
Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Celebrity moms like Jessica Alba love Alberto Parada’s gems because he focuses on sustainable fine jewelry, allowing the wearer to look and feel good when wearing his pieces. The jeweler is known for mixing quality gems and materials in creative and unique designs. If you are looking for a gift for the mom who has everything, head over to the designer’s trunk show at Mystique Jewelers this Saturday May 3 from 10:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Guests will be able to meet the designer himself, as well as score pieces that were worn by celebrity favorites like Kiernan Shipka and Kristin Connolly.
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.
Posted by Editorial / Friday, April 25th, 2014
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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Posted by Angela Bobo / Friday, April 25th, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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 Butler. MacDowell Brew Kitchen is leading the fight to “Save Our Sounds” in Leesburg. The next meeting is scheduled for June 9. [Change.org, Leesburg Today]
Coming this Saturday: Taste of Vienna, hosted by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. [Taste of Vienna]
Robert Wiedmaier (of Brabo) plans for a restaurant at Reagan Airport. [Eater]