Posts Tagged ‘Vienna’

Brunches, Feasts and Desserts for Easter Eats

Posted by Editorial / Monday, April 14th, 2014

Robin’s Egg Milkshake / Photo Courtesy of Ted's Bulletin

By Natalie Manitius

Celebrate the end of Lenten abstention by indulging in buffets and multiple course brunches.

Sunday Brunch

Bastille Restaurant: Choose from entrees such as eggs benedict with biscuits and caviar and a three-cheese macaroni gratin for this three-course brunch. Adults eat for $49 apiece and kids under 12 are half-price. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Call 703-519-3776 for reservations. / 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria;

Evo Bistro: A three-course brunch menu runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with both savory and sweet options for $32 per person. Call 703-288-4422 for reservations. /1313 Old Chain Bridge Road, McLean; 

Grandale Restaurant: From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Grandale presents seared grouper, omelet provencal and Maryland crab cake Benedict as brunch offerings, with duck breast and beef rib eye for dinner. Cal 540-668-6000 for more information. / 14001 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville; 

Magnolias at the Mill: Enjoy a brunch buffet at Magnolia’s at the Mill replete with  baked salmon, Belgian waffles, butterscotch bread pudding and berry tarts. Adults eat for $42 each, children $19.95, and under 5 free. Call 540-338-9800 for reservations. /198 N. 21st St., Purcellville;

J. Gilbert’s: Reward your moderation with J. Gilbert’s brunch buffet. Breakfast devotees will have waffles and quiche at their disposal, and seafood fans can indulge in maple glazed salmon and mac n’ cheese made with lobster cream. Leave room for dessert: A chocolate fountain awaits. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $32 per adult, $15 for children ages 5-12./ 6930 Old Dominion Drive, McLean;

Salamander Resort and Spa: Head to Middleburg Easter Sunday for a family-friendly event replete with egg hunts, crafts for the kids and a brunch buffet. The egg hunt and roll will be at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., along with brunch seatings at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday Brunch costs $85 per adult and includes sparkling wine, while children cost $34 each. View the menu here. Reservations can be made by calling  540-326-4161. / 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg;

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Not Your Average Date

Posted by Editorial / Friday, March 21st, 2014


Photo courtesy of Vienna Volunteer Fire Department.

By Janeé Williams

Ever want to date a firefighter? You could get your chance this weekend, but don’t expect too much heat.

Come out to the 2nd Annual Fireball Auction at Vienna’s Volunteer Fire Department, tonight at 7 p.m., where 12 male and female Firefighters and EMT’s will be auctioned off for a group date. Ever wondered what it would be like to be one of the brave men and women who protect us? Well here’s your chance.

They’ll wine and dine you and at the end of the night they’ll lean over and give you a long passionate speech about what it’s like to be in their shoes. It’s not the four-alarm fire of passion that you may have been expecting, but don’t lose hope just yet. The day begins with a VIP tour of their firehouse. Discover where these service men and women spend most of their days preparing and responding to calls. End the night with dinner and drinks at Westwood Country Club where you can sit down and really get to know how these men and women do what they do.

All proceeds will go to helping the fire station fund renovations, pay mortgages, buy emergency vehicles and many other things that will help them to continue to provide aid and assistance to the Vienna community. 

Photo courtesy of


The bidding will begin at $40 and the group date will take place the Saturday.

Not into the date? No problem. The fundraiser will also have a silent auction where they will be auctioning off between 40 and 50 items for you to bid on like dance lessons from Elegant Dancing, a wine class for eight at Oakton Wine Shop, a week long RCI time share and many more. Don’t forget about the raffle tickets sold at the fundraiser for chances to win gift certificates to many local favorites. This family-friendly event is free.

Either way, you can tell people you went out with a firefighter.

2nd Annual Fireball Auction
Vienna’s Volunteer Fire Department
March 21st, 2014, 7 p.m.

400 Center Street South, Vienna


Jammin’ Java Welcomes Boy & Bear to NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, March 20th, 2014

By Anjelica Michael

Photo courtesy of Luke Kellet.


For the first time since Lollapalooza in 2011, the Australian folk band Boy & Bear will return to the U.S. to play at Jammin’ Java in Vienna. This Sunday, the band will perform songs from their new album “Harlequin Dream” to headline the show. 

“It’s really exciting for us as it’s been a few years since we’ve toured here. It’s such a big place and quite different from home so we’re really looking forward to getting out there and playing our songs and hanging out,” said band member Jon Hart, who plays banjo, mandolin and keyboards.

Fresh off their performances at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Boy & Bear’s lead single “Southern Sun” cracked the Top 10 on Billboard’s Triple A chart.

Hart said he is looking forward to playing their first show here in Virginia with his brother, and band mate, Tim.

“It’s cool to come to Northern Virginia because Tim and I have both traveled through Virginia before, so it’s nice to be here actually playing a show.”

The band has confirmed future performances at the upcoming Firefly and Sasquatch music festivals this summer in Delaware and Washington.

Until then,  Take a listen to their single “Southern Sun” below, and their album “Harlequin Dream” is available on iTunes


Non-Threatening Ricin found at Georgetown; Cellphone tower proposal debated in Vienna

By Janeé Williams

Non-Threatening Ricin found at Georgetown dorm

Cellphone tower proposal debated in Vienna

Drew Elementary principal resigns after DUI arrest

Lost photos from Lincoln’s funeral may have been found
(Washington Post)

Play Me Some Mountain Music: Green River Ordinance is Coming to Town

Posted by Editorial / Monday, March 3rd, 2014

By Katie Bowles

Photo courtesy Green River Ordinance.

If city living’s got you down, consider heading to Jammin’ Java in Vienna this Friday or Saturday. This weekend, Texas natives Green River Ordinance are bringing their Southern stylings to NoVA with their “Kicking Up Dust” tour. We recently got a chance to chat with lead singer Josh Jenkins about the band’s past, present and upcoming shows. 

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Flatbread, Beer and Kid-Friendly: Caboose Brewing Company to Open in Vienna

Posted by Editorial / Friday, February 28th, 2014

Caboose Brewing / Photo Courtesy: Matt Greer

By Evan Milberg

Last month, Matt Greer stood before the Vienna Town Council with a proposal to create a hybrid gastro-pub/brewery, Caboose Brewing Company. The council’s question to him was simple: Why Vienna?

“I told them the story about how I would call up friends and they would say, ‘Yeah we’re having a beer. Come down to Whole Foods and join us.’ And how sad that was to have my friends drinking beer at Whole Foods—the only place in town to get good beer,” says Greer. The council officially approved the brewery last Wednesday.

Greer and his friend Tim McLaughlin decided to do something about it by starting their own brewery near the caboose of the W&OD Trail. They experimented with brewing in college, but knew they were much better at drinking beer than making it; They hired Chris Mallon from Heavy Seas Alehouse as brewermaster.

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Doggie Day Camp program by PetSmart

By Anjelica Michael

Photo courtesy of Josh Chavez/PetSmart Media.

Have you recently moved or gotten a new job in the area and are worried about your pet adjusting? If your pet is getting lonely at home in a new environment, PetSmart’s Doggie Day Camp is a place for you to bring your dog to play, eat pet-friendly ice cream and bond with other dogs while you are at work. Dogs need friends just as much as their human counterparts, so this may be a place to set up future pet play dates. This service is available at the Vienna, Springfield, Reston, Chantilly, Fairfax and Alexandria locations.

5 Concerts to Attend this Post-Grammy Week

Posted by Editorial / Monday, January 27th, 2014

By Katie Bowles

Photo courtesy of Joe Seer/

Itching to experience some live music after the 56th Annual Grammy Awards last night? These NoVa venues have you covered, with performances in many different genres lined up for this week.

Tonight at 7:30, Cheap Trick’s lead singer Robin Zander will be performing an acoustic set at the Birchmere in Alexandria. Tickets are $35 and are available here.

The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria.

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Curry Trifecta

Curry Mantra continues the winning streak.

Words by Stefanie Gans    Photos by Erick Gibson

Fruits and vegetables combine for a bright mango and cabbage salad. Photo by Erick Gibson.

There is a mini chain brewing in Northern Virginia. Curry Mantra 3 opened in Vienna in September, Curry Mantra 2 opened in February of last year in Falls Church and the original opened in Fairfax in January 2011. And the Curry Mantra truck roaming around Lee Highway already signals: “Curry Mantra 4 Coming Soon.”

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New and Almost Open

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Photo courtesy of 360b/

 Need a new spot to nosh? Here is a list of new restaurants now open and soon-to open.

Ben’s Chili Bowl Rosslyn; Chili and hot dogs; $;; Expected Feb.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Vienna; American; $$;; Opened Nov.

Blue Sea Seafood and Bar Shirlington; Cajun seafood; $$;; Expected Jan.

Burger 21 Ashburn; Burgers; $;; Expected Dec.

Cyclone Anaya’s Merrifield; Mexican; $$;; Opened Oct.

The Landing Occoquan; Seafood; $$;; Expected Feb.

Passion Fin Dunn Loring; Asian Fusion; $$;; Expected Jan.

Pho Hoang Centreville; Vietnamese; $; 703-830-3301; Opened Oct.

Sweet Fire Donna’s Del Ray; Barbecue; $;; Expected Jan.

Trattoria Villagio Clifton; $$; Italian restaurant, pizzeria and market;; Opened Nov.

Viet Aroma Asian Cuisine Vienna; $$; Vietnamese and pho;; Opened Nov.

The Waterfront Market Alexandria; $; Sandwiches and sushi; Opened Nov.

(January 2014)

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