Behind the Bar: Alfonso Carnucci

            Alfonso Carnucci Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza 401 East Braddock Road 703-683-5330   How did you get started in the bartending business? My grandmother used to have a restaurant so I was brought up with this industry by my side my entire life. I must have been 21 when the restaurant […]

Signature Federal Credit Union

By Lani Gering Signature Federal Credit Union “We believe in the power of all of us.” My first introduction to Signature Federal Credit Union (SFCU) was when Janeen Mountz in their marketing department contacted us about advertising rates a year or so ago. Needless to say, these are the emails and phone calls we really […]

Chef Trân` thi Mai

Chef Trân` thi Mai By Chester Simpson Street Vendor Restaurant =Thuy Xeo 166B Chef Trân` thi Mai learned how to cook from the owners of the outside restaurant and has been cooking for five years. She can cook six skillets of Bánh xèo at a time. Bánh xèo means “sizzling cake” in Vietnamese, but they […]

Legacy Planning with Retirement Accounts

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce   Legacy Planning with Retirement Accounts   The popularity and accessibility of retirement plans has resulted in Americans holding a significant portion of their assets in 401(k)s or other employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs. For many, these accounts represent the largest portion of their wealth outside of their homes. […]

Fast Horses, Old Whiskey and Young Women

Fast Horses, Old Whiskey and Young Women by Julie Reardon Kentucky has the Derby but in Virginia, the first Saturday in May has always been about the Virginia Gold Cup. While there’s no longer even an operational flat track here, Virginia’s love affair with horses runs longer and deeper than Kentucky’s; we’re starting to produce […]

Publisher’s Notes

By Bob Tagert After a very slow start to 2016 our advertising content is beginning to pick up. The spring and fall months are always the most active. Recovering from winter always leads to adventures. This month I wrote about one of my favorite escapes…Solomons Island at the southern tip of Calvert County in Maryland. […]

Exotic Pets: A Spotlight on Guinea Pigs

Exotic Pets: A Spotlight on Guinea Pigs By Sarah Liu   The health benefits of sharing your life with a pet are widely documented. From lowering blood pressure and anxiety to increasing exercise and self-esteem, animal companions enhance the lives of their humans in ways too various to name. But what about animal lovers who […]

Robert E. Lee & the Mexican War

By Sarah Becker “Success in the Mexican War,” General Winfield Scott exclaimed, “was largely due to Robert E. Lee’s skill, valor and undaunted energy.” Robert E. Lee, the fifth child of Revolutionary War hero Henry “Light-horse Harry” Lee and his second wife Ann Hill Carter, was born January 19, 1807. Of noble descent, he spent […]

Mount Vernon Wine Festival Celebrating 20 years

By Bob Tagert Mount Vernon Wine Festival Celebrating 20 years Although the beginnings of wine in Virginia began back in the days of Thomas Jefferson, the rebirth in 1976 was led by the investment of the Zonin family of Italy in a new vineyard in Barboursville. Along with a few other small wineries, Barboursville Vineyards […]

The Three Extraordinary Bucks of The Virgin Islands

The Three Extraordinary Bucks of The Virgin Islands by Jeff McCord It’s a curious fact that there is a small “Buck Island” located in the waters off each of the Virgin Islands’ three principal isles: St. Croix; St. Thomas; and Tortola. Visitors might easily assume these “bucks” were named after male deer since white tail […]