Behind the Bar – Christy-Lee Carter

Reynolds Street Bar & Grill 34 S. Reynolds Street Alexandria, VA 703-751-0830 How did you get started bartending? Prior to bartending I had always had nine to five jobs which required panty hose and boring cubicles. In 2009, when I opted for a change of scenery I thought of the bar and restaurant industry. […]

The Warmth of Other Suns

I am a naturally eclectic reader. How fun it is to browse: to go on vacation in a rented house and randomly pick out a book from the ever-changing bookcase in the living room, or find an unexpected steal in the books on discount trolleys outside a used bookstore. Lately I have been looking for […]

U.S. Virgin Islands: Shared History, Appeal, and Attractions

This month we are going to start taking a little different direction with the Caribbean Connection. We here at the Old Town Crier have formed a partnership with the USVI Department of Tourism and will be offering more information of a general nature as well as highlighting some individual businesses and events throughout the year. […]

Old Town Crier – October Pets of the Month

Alice and Boppity Alice is a beautiful white bunny with the most adorable gray ears! Alice came to the AWLA from the Humane Society of the United States, she travelled a long way to get here to find a better life and a forever home. Alice was living in a pen in our cat room […]

On The Road with OTC

Chef’s Special Phuong Ho

Phuong Ho Rice Paper 6775 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044 (703) 538-3888 Rice Paper is located in the Eden Center, a Vietnamese shopping and dining complex in the Seven Corners section of Falls Church and is usually packed. Co-owner Mai Lam and her family hail from Rach Gia, a city on the Gulf of Thailand, […]

Exploring VA Wines October 2014

I get caught sometimes just looking at my own little world: How many grapes are on the vine, how much wine we sold last weekend and how is our wine progressing in the barrel. We all need to monitor our own operations for productivity, growth and financial success, but we always need to be conscious […]

Spiritual Renaissance

I’m often accused of being a Polly Anna. Since my mid-thirties I’ve taken the stance that, the glass is half full. Sure, I can still be snarky and I do my share of eye-rolling at some people’s social media updates, but, generally, the world is good place to be. So forgive me when I assert […]

Seven Reasons To Go to the Annapolis Boat Shows

The U.S. Sailboat Show (October 9-13) and the U.S. Powerboat Show (October 16-19) unfold in Annapolis every fall, and thousands flock to Maryland’s capital to experience the impressive transformation of a quiet historic town into a sort of Disneyland for boaters. Here are seven reasons you should go. The shows offer great excuses to visit […]

Wine Paradise in the Blue Ridge

DOUKÉNIE WINERY Located near historic Leesburg, Virginia, in the town of Purcellville, Doukénie Winery encompasses 415 acres in Loudoun County. Just 50 miles from Washington DC in Virginia’s famed “wine country,” this wine farm provides visitors and locals an escape from reality while increasing their knowledge of wine and wine making. Founded in 1985 by […]