Posted by Cassandra Sturos / Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Cast members of Reston Players’ Les Miserables will perform at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair in Fairfax on Dec. 13 from 6-10 p.m.
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Posted by Eliana Reyes / Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Make sure wrapped boxes aren’t the only things you’re stuffing this holiday season.
Society Fair To-Go Bags
Feel like celebrating the holidays at home but don’t have time to prepare? Grab either a Christmas Morning Breakfast bag or the Holiday Dinner To-Go bag—or both. Start the day right with an egg and ham strata and cinnamon rolls, washed down with fresh-squeezed orange juice. Then gather the family for the evening and feast on beef Wellington, Brussels sprouts with pancetta and a chestnut and sherry soup. / Society Fair, 277 South Washington Street, Alexandria.
Rustico’s 12 Beers of Christmas + Festivus
Starting the 12th of December, Rustico begins the “12 Beers of Christmas.” Each day, enjoy a different featured beer for half-price. Then on Dec. 18, celebrate Festivus, featuring 15 holiday beers and introducing DC Brau’s Exaltation Ale. Take home the fun with glassware giveaways from six different breweries. / Rustico Alexandria, 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria.
For those looking to eat a bounty this Christmas Eve, Camello’s offers a two pound lobster stuffed with crab meat, shrimp and scallops for $48. On the turf side of the menu are the restaurant’s winter options, such as a wild boar ragout and veal agnolotti. Be sure to bring the children for a family meal: Kids under the age of 12 eat free from the children’s menu. / Carmello’s, 9108 Center Street, Manassas.
Buzz Bakery’s Buche de Noel Baking Class
Dec. 16—18. Complete your holiday spread with the perfect centerpiece: A Buche de Noel (or yule log) made by you. Buzz Bakery‘s head decorator, Alexandra Mudry, teaches how to make one using devil’s food cake, vanilla buttercream frosting and chocolate buttercream frosting. / Buzz Bakery, 901 Slaters Lane, Alexandria; $65pp; Classes limited to 10 people.
Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Skip the malls and log off of your favorite online destinations for a unique shopping experience at Stylish Patina’s Rough Luxe Marketplace: Deck the Halls. Every day this weekend, from noon to 5 pm, pick up vintage goods, furniture, accessories and other great gifts for the holidays. As a special incentive, customers will enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and sweet treats from Freshly Baked Confections & Petite Sweets on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the website for address and details.
A round up of recent news in Northern Virginia…
Marc Washington found in water near Hains Point after child porn investigation (ABC7)
Dominion expects to restore power to all customers by tonight (INSIDENOVA)
Simmer down Fairfax! New noise ordnance in effect (Fairfaxtimes.com)
Front Royal knocks $850,000 off the books. (Nvdaily.com)
The Virginia State Crime Commission agreed Monday to conduct its own study of illegal cigarette trafficking (PrinceWilliamTimes.com)
Federal Offices are closed today; find school and professional closings here. (WUSA)
Here’s what to expect from today’s forecast. (WUSA)
WUSA provides power outages in numbers for Va., as well as some helpful maps (WUSA)
A Gov. McDonnell news conference is set today in Richmond covering upcoming mental health initiatives. (NBC)
Coming Loudoun Soccer team Virginia Calvary will have to wait another year—with neighbors Loudoun Hounds baseball. (Washington Post)
NoVA’s Bi-County Parkway is nearly all planned out. (WAMU)
Northern Virginia has been hit with a wintry blizzard that would make the Northern states proud: snow, ice, rain and sleet, all combined to make road conditions horrendous, while at the same time transforming the surrounding landscapes into a winter wonderland.
Check out these photos that depict how snow and ice may make for a nerve-wracking drive to the office, but it sure is something to behold.
Posted by Eliana Reyes / Monday, December 9th, 2013
HEADS UP OLD TOWN! We've just been told that our construction won't be finished by tomorrow. It's looking like Wed. Or Thurs. stay tuned…
— Hank's Oyster Bar (@HanksOysterBar) December 8, 2013
A new Del Ray restaurant is in the works that plans to serve food, gelato and have on-premise beer and wine. [Patch]
New management and chef at Leesburg‘s Palio Restaurant. [Loudoun Times]
Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s—known for local favorites such as Vermillion and Rustico—wine director, Brent Kroll, gives a look at his drinking life. [BYT]
“There are about 200 other hot sauces I’ll reach for before I reach for Sriracha,” says Andrew Zimmern of the (perhaps overly) popular brand. [TODAY]
While food is an art itself, an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago gathers famous works from visual artists to examine its “importance in American culture, the history of American cuisine, and the ways that these have shaped and reflected our national identity.” The show, Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine, will be in the Windy City until Jan. 27.[npr]
Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, December 9th, 2013
‘Beer Nerd’ combines trivia and beer drinking in an appropriately geeky board game.
Blending “Trivial Pursuit” rules with beer sampling, the board game “Beer Nerd” taps into the hysteria around today’s obsession with craft brews.
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Posted by Brandon Payton / Friday, December 6th, 2013
Ever feel like you’re a modern day Aristotle or Galileo who just doesn’t get the recognition you deserve? How about a Giovanni Cassini, the Italian man who first discovered the separation of Saturn’s rings or Sir Isaac Newton? You may think you are and, hey, I’m not here to tell you you’re not. But seriously, you do have the chance to be even that much more like the great astronomers/philosophers of history tomorrow night at Riverbend Park’s Astronomy Festival.
Beginning at 6 p.m. in one of Fairfax County’s darkest spots, and best places to star gaze, a professional group of naturalists employed by Fairfax County Park Authority will be hosting the ever-intriguing Astronomy Festival.
The park’s herculean Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope will be aimed directly towards Jupiter and it’s Galilean moons, which can be seen in tremendous color and vividness. Jupiter has more than 60 moons but the four largest—Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto—will be the focus of tomorrow night’s mission. Along with Jupiter and it’s Galilean Moons, the Andromeda Galaxy, also referred to as the Great Andromeda, will be of focus. The Andromeda Galaxy is the closest spiral galaxy to Earth and with scientific predictions calculating that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is destined to collide with it in 3.75 billion years creating a massive elliptical galaxy. It’d be cool to say you saw it coming.
At the festival there will be four “stations” that all you aspiring astronomer/philosophers stop at to do different activities including a star-search, hands-on informational about the moon, constellation tour and a bonfire where ancient stories are told of the planets and space. If it is excessively cloudy and Jupiter, it’s Galilean Moons or the Andromeda Galaxy can’t be seen then the telescope will shift it’s focus to the moon. Fairfax County Park Authority encourages participants of the festival to bring their own telescopes if they wish.
The entire festival is outdoors so dress accordingly. Snacks and hot chocolate will be available. Tickets are $5 on-line here or by calling 703-222-4664 and $6 at the gate tomorrow night.
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Great Falls, VA
Spread holiday cheer to children in need Dec. 1-14, by dropping off new toys or gift cards at special locations throughout the Mosaic District for the Fairfax County Firefighters holiday rescuer’s toy drive.
Play along with Rudolf and friends as Tysons Galleria offers over $25,000 in prizes with their interactive sweepstakes ‘Reindeer Games.’ Customers can visit the company website, Facebook page and mobile site for a chance to win a prize each day until Christmas.
Get exactly what you want this holiday when your favorite guy visits Men’s Night on Dec. 17 at The Shoe Hive. He will enjoy beer, brats and bourbon while shopping your pre-filled holiday list!
Don’t miss the Holiday Trunk Show Series at Periwinkle in Potomac Greens each Thursday this month before Christmas. Grab presents from well known designers like Ruth Barzel and many more.
It is never too early to snag the perfect suit, especially with upcoming getaways on the horizon. Shop the latest wet wear for men and women at Instyle Swimwear. NoVA Mag readers will receive 10 percent off with the promo code NVM10 this month.