Let’s get back to science!


By Doug Fabbioli   Let’s get back to science!   The great thing about science is that, to the best of our abilities, humans are able to research, replicate, analyze, study and conclude with relative accuracy, what happens to matter and why. Good scientists need to be able to defend their conclusions but also be […]

Virginia is for Wine Lovers!

Virginia is for Wine Lovers!   The landscape and climate of Virginia offers countless choice sites for vineyards. Each of the state’s main regions boast vineyards and wineries. Given Virginia’s varied grape-growing sites with ideal soil conditions, fine wines now come from all over the state.   Spectacular landscapes, picturesque vineyards and fascinating people make […]

Behind the Bar: Frank aka Frankie Koval


Frank aka Frankie Koval Blackwall Hitch #5 Cameron Street Old Town Alexandria 571-982-3577 Theblackwallhitch.com   How did you get started in the Bartending business? I started out by waiting tables for Steak and Ale Corp aka Bennigans and it mushroomed from there until I landed at Blackwall Hitch.   What is your biggest bartender pet […]

The Wharf- Quality Seafood in a Nautical Setting


By Lani Gering   The Wharf – Quality Seafood in a Nautical Setting   The Wharf has been one of Old Town Alexandria’s iconic dining establishments since 1971. Residing in the same block as the other two icons – Landini Brothers and Fish Market – the Wharf maintains a true seaport vibe. The restaurant comes […]

Chef’s Profile: Margaret Long Hatfield


By Chester Simpson Margaret Long Hatfield Chef Instructor L’Academie de Cuisine lacademie.com.           When did you first become interested in cooking and why did you pursue a culinary career?   I grew up with a keen awareness of good food; both my maternal grandmother and mom are wonderful cooks. My grandma, […]

The Sushi Bar


By Bob Tagert   The Sushi Bar Now that the holidays are over and you have probably done your fair share of overindulging, we thought that we would take you to a place that serves “healthy” fare. We are shining the spot light on The Sushi Bar in Del Ray. When Mike Anderson opened his […]

Behind the Bar: Alexis Von Schoening


Alexis is behind the bar Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.     Alexis Von Schoening Don Taco Tequila Bar 808 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-988-3144   How did you get started in the business?   The completely practical and simple answer to this question is the 2008 financial crisis. I helped support […]

A New Year!


Exploring VA Wines By Doug Fabbioli   A New Year! The great part about being a farmer is that the work is never the same on a daily basis. It certainly changes with the season. As the cold weather moves in, the firewood becomes a priority along with propane, exposed water pipes and snow removal […]

Chef Justus Frank

Chef Justus Frank

Chef Special By Chester Simpson Chef Justus Frank Live Oak Restaurant 1603 Commonwealth Ave. Alexandria (571) 312-0402 liveoakdelray.com When did you first become interested in cooking? Why did you decide to pursue a culinary career? I used to help my Mother and Grandmother bake during the holidays. Every major holiday revolves around large meals and […]

Fish Market Restaurant and Anchor Bar


By Bob Tagert Fish Market Restaurant and the Anchor Bar Eat Fish, Drink Beer, Live Longer! Established in 1976, this month’s restaurant is one of the original eateries that helped put Old Town Alexandria on the map and, is for me, a trip down memory lane. When I came to Old Town in 1977 the […]