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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]

Uncork and unwind at the Great Grapes Festival

By Anjelica Michael 


Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival

Photo courtesy of Great Grapes


Wine, food, live music and relaxation. That’s what you can expect at the Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival on April 26-27. With hundreds of wines awaiting your sampling from 20 Virginia wineries, all you have to bring is a blanket to sit on the lawn to enjoy some tunes.

With the purchase of a tasting ticket, you can enjoy unlimited samples in a complimentary souvenir wine glass. Admission is free for those who just want to listen to the music and take a walk through the displays. With the backdrop of Reston Town Center, there is even more to experience with the shopping and dining venues close by. 

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to The Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. So come out to support a great cause, and enjoy a day of wine, gourmet eats and music entertainment including Sons of Pirates, Looking For Lester, and David Bach

As a special treat Northern Virginia Magazine is giving away 4 VIP tickets to the event. VIP tickets entitle you to: a souvenir wine glass and t-shirt, express access to the Specialty Pavilions and unlimited wine samples. All you need to do to win is direct message us on Twitter at @NorthernVAMag with your favorite wine pairings. We’re looking for the most daring and delicious suggestions to win the 2-day tasting package.  

Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival
April 26-27 From noon-6 p.m.
Reston Town Center

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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Berlin Wall brought to UVA; Ex-Girlfriend says she purchased guns for Severance

By Janeé Williams

Berlin Wall brought to the University of Virginia

Ex-Girlfriend says she purchased guns for suspect Charles Severance

Street closed due to Nauck Gas Leak

Fairfax School Board seeks county support for school renovations
(Fairfax Times)

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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Take a Wine Tour this Saturday

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By: Shelby Robinson

Is there any better way to enjoy the spring weather this weekend than to be taken on a wine tour in Loudoun County by a limousine service? We don’t think so.

Reston Limousine is offering a tour of the Loudoun County wine scene this Saturday, allowing indulge in some of NoVA’s finest vino while riding in style.

Passengers can depart from East Falls Church Metro at 10 a.m. or at the Dulles Town Center in Sterling at 10:30 a.m., on the lower level between Lord & Taylor and JCPenney.  After you hop into the minibus, Reston Limousine will whisk you away to your day of relaxation in the rolling hills of western Loudoun.

The first stop on the wine tour is 868 Estate Vineyards in Purcellville. The 868 Estate Vineyard is unique in that its’ vintners make use of sustainable practices in their grape cultivation and the vineyard culinary staff use fresh food from their garden in their meals. If you get hungry while wine tasting, gourmet flat-bread pizzas are available in the tasting room.

868 Estate Vineyards.

Back deck off of the Tasting Room. Photo courtesy of 868 Estate Vineyards.

At 1:30 p.m., you will arrive at the second stop on the wine tour, Loudoun Valley Vineyards. Located in Waterford, Loudoun Valley Vineyards offers tasters a beautiful view of the mountains and a variety of wines from which to choose.

After the wine tasting at Loudoun Valley Vineyards, the Reston Limousine will take you back to either the Dulles Town Center, at 3:45 p.m. or the East Falls Church Metro, at 4:15 p.m.

868 Estate Vineyards and Loudoun Valley Vineyards Wine Tour
Various Locations
Saturday, April 19
Transportation – $39, Wine Tastings – $10 each, Box Lunch (optional) – $15 

Island Quinoa in a Sweet Pepper

By Anjelica Michael

Island Quinoa in a Sweet Pepper

Photo courtesy of My Lit'l Eye.

Monica Thomas of Tailored Taste Personal Chef Service shared a recipe with us this week that she cooks for herself as well as her clients. This Certified Personal Chef said that this Caribbean inspired dish is, “ a healthy meat-less yet protein-packed entrée.”  And for those who aren’t fond of quinoa, Thomas offers a possible alternative, “Toasted millet also works well in this recipe if quinoa isn’t your cup of tea.” 


Island Quinoa in a Sweet Pepper

Makes 6 servings.



-3 large red, orange or yellow sweet peppers

-¾ cup quinoa

-1 ½ cups water or vegetable broth

-2 tablespoons olive oil

-1 medium onion, chopped

-1 tablespoon ground cumin

-Zest from one lime

-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

-Black pepper to taste

-Pinch or two of salt to taste

-15-ounce black beans, drained and rinsed

-½ cup red bell pepper, chopped

-½ cup cilantro, chopped



-Cut sweet peppers in half from top to bottom and remove stem. Steam until slightly softened but not mushy (about 5 minutes after water comes to the boil).

-In a separate pot, cook quinoa in water or broth according to package directions. Be sure to RINSE the quinoa first in plenty of running water to ensure there is no bitterness.

-Heat olive oil in a skillet and add cumin, stirring to toast it a little.

-Add onion and cook until softened and aromatic.

-Remove skillet from the heat and add lime zest, lime juice and salt and pepper.

-Add black beans, chopped bell pepper and cilantro.

-Add quinoa and toss to combine well.

-Stuff steamed peppers with the mixture. Enjoy immediately or cool entirely and store for later enjoyment. (To heat – preheat oven to 350 degrees and place peppers (uncovered) in hot oven and bake for about 15 minutes.)


Nutritional Info per serving:

-Calories 244

-Total Fat 6.81 g

-Saturated Fat 0.91 g

-Cholesterol 0

-Sodium 175 mg

-Carbs 34 g

 -Sugars 0 g

 -Fiber 3 g

-Protein 9.73 g

-Iron 4 mg

-Vitamin A 753 IU

-Vitamin C 27 mg

To learn more about Monica Thomas and Tailored Taste, visit

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!


Virginia Passed On ‘House Of Cards’; Fairfax machete attack sends 1 to hospital

By Janeé Williams 

Virginia Passed On ‘House Of Cards,’ Citing Incentives, Tax Breaks

Sipping and painting is the new ‘Dinner and a Movie’

Virginia Hospital Center employee charged with rape

Fairfax machete attack sends one to hospital
(Fairfax Times)

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