Publishers Notes January 2021

Publishers Notes January 2021 Thank God that 2020 is now in the rear view mirror. It certainly was a survival year. For the past 32 years we have built our publication around the hospitality business. We built a nice book of business with restaurants, hotels and destinations like Calvert County, St. Mary’s County, Leonardtown and […]

Understanding Virginia’s “Natural Wine”

By Matthew Fitzsimmons Understanding Virginia’s “Natural Wine” Natural wine is a trendy term in the wine industry. It certainly hits several items on the hipster bucket-list. Some claim that it’s healthier for you than regular wine (unlikely to be true). Natural wine is often confused with organic wine (not the same, but somewhat in the […]

Cassoulet

Lets’s Eat by Charles Oppman Cassoulet   Now that we’re in the cold weather months it is good time for a hearty country dish. Why not make a classic bean dish―cassoulet? Cassoulet is a rib-stickin’, slow-cooked bean stew or casserole originating in the south of France, containing meat (typically pork sausages, pork, goose, duck and […]

Starting 2021 With Good Luck Foods!

By the Gastronomes Starting 2021 With Good Luck Foods! While the pandemic protocols are still in full force for our restaurant and bar businesses we are looking toward a much brighter future. There is a vaccine now and more people seem to be willing to dine at an establishment – indoors and out – but […]

The Gift of Letting Go

By Lori Welch Brown   The Gift of Letting Go My brothers and I laid our beloved father to rest on December 19, 2020.  It was a lovely service complete with military honors and a chorus of Amazing Grace.  When he died on December 10 from complications due to COVID-19, he was 19 days shy […]

Road Tripping in 2020

By Bob Tagert Road Tripping in 2020 As most of you know, we take a road trip each month and write about our destinations in this space. I has been our custom to highlight our previous year’s treks in the January issue each year. We do this for two reasons. One is that it is […]

On the Road

Feb – Rhine River, Europe Mar – Chandler, Arizona Apr – Philippines June – Kitty Hawk, North Carolina July – Headwaters of the Mississippi Sept – Playa del Carmen, Mexico Oct – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Nov – Oxford, England Dec – Itasca State Park, Minnesota     On the Road Recap 2020 was pretty […]

THE WORST OF 2020: Let’s *YEET these words and phrases back to the last decade!

THE WORST OF 2020: Let’s *YEET these words and phrases back to the last decade! By Julie Reardon Now that 2020 has finally ended, let’s help it make a clean break and kill the use of a whole host of trite phrases and sayings it spawned and/or popularized. I took an informal poll of my […]

Bring On 2021

By Lani Gering Bring On 2021 Happy New Year Everyone! Unfortunately 2020 isn’t behind us as I write this but I have high hopes that 2021 emerges with lots of positive things, including restrictions on indoor dining being lifted in PG County. As I write this, indoor dining has been banned and capacity in the […]

Creep, Genius, Auteur

Creep, Genius, Auteur   By Miriam R. Kramer I just finished reading famed film maker Woody Allen’s memoir, Apropos of Nothing, in which he discusses his life from childhood to his current age of 84. I borrowed it from the library, since as a disillusioned fan, I was not sure I wanted him to receive […]