Chef’s Special – Executive Chef Ricardo Planas

By: Chester Simpson Executive Chef Ricardo Planas Union Street Public House 121 South Union Street Old Town Alexandria 703-518-1785 Unionstreetpublichouse.com   Originally from the DC area, Chef Ricardo Planas brings over 20 years of experience to Union Street. Formally trained at the French Culinary Institute, Planas has worked at some of the finest restaurants and […]

History July 2015

If Ferdinand Magellan’s 1519 voyage marks the advent of globalization, then former President Jimmy Carter—the alleged father of alternative fuels— appreciates not only his pluck but also the environmental benefit of the windblown sail.  Carter was the first U.S. President to openly criticize America’s dependence on foreign oil.  True to his cause, in April 2014 […]

Pets of the Month – July 2015

Banjo (A063684): Howdy, y’all! We’d like to tell you a little bit about our great friend named Banjo. Banjo is a neutered male Beagle, estimated to be about four years old. Usually you’ll see him with a wagging tail and a toy hanging out of his mouth because he LOVES to play! Banjo promises that […]

Publisher’s Notes July 2015

You may have noticed that we have the Grand Canyon on our July cover. You might be thinking to yourself, “What does this have to do with Virginia or anywhere else in our distribution area?” Actually there are a lot of east coast references that we discovered as we made or our way west on […]

Kilwins – “Sweet in every Sense since 1947”

I must walk down King Street, especially the lower 6 blocks, 10-15 times a week and lately it seems like there are new stores opening up every other day! On a recent trek, I stumbled upon the newly opened Kilwins candy and ice cream store that opened in the old P&C Fine Art space at […]

Art Blooms: Fabulous Floral Fantasies

Weekend Exhibit Featuring more than 25 Floral Designers Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons is excited to announce the Art Blooms: Fabulous Floral Fantasies exhibit that will be open for just two days, July 18th and 19th from 10am to 5pm each day. Art Blooms is a weekend exhibit held in the Dennis Murray Arts Building, featuring […]

Westward Ho to the Grand Canyon

This month’s Road Trip is a bit longer than most we have written about over the past 27 years. Even though this trip will cover over 3,000 miles, they are miles we have all traveled before either in car or by watching TV shows. These were shows from my generation…Route 66 is one. Grab a […]

Vengeance is Mine

CIVIL DISCOURSE, JULY 1865 The Union officially executed only two Confederates as war criminals, though there were probably over 1000 military tribunals for other crimes. These two were Henry Wirz, commandant of Andersonville prison, and Champ Ferguson, a partisan and very possibly the meanest Scotch-Irish SOB ever. Wirz was Swiss, coming to America after the […]

Foti’s Restaurant-A Culinary Delight in Culpeper

For this months restaurant showcase we decided to return to Culpeper, Virginia and visit a small town with big restaurants. By big, I don’t mean size, but rather taste, and one of the best is Foti’s Restaurant. The husband and wife team of Frank and Sue Maragos, who met when he was a sous chef […]

Exploring VA Wines – July 2015

When I graduated college in 1986, Syracuse University’s Operations Management program did not offer a structured career path leading me to wine production and eventually to entrepreneurism. With the loving support of my partner (and eventually, wife) I took big risks and blazed my own trail. College gave me the knowledge with which to work, […]