Chef Amadou Quattara

By Chester Simpson Chef Amadou Quattara Bond 45 149 Waterfront Street National Harbor 301-839-1445 When did you first become interested in cooking and what made you choose a culinary career? When I was 15. I did a lot of cooking with my mother on the Ivory Coast of Africa. She is my inspiration. Who […]

Cider Week Rules

By Nancy Bauer Cider Week Rules Back in the eighties, I took a seat at the bar in a London pub. This was before pubs got all tricked out with pendant lights and scrummy snacks. Smoke was thick, beer was warm, and wine was for tossers. I was stymied on a drink choice, but the […]

Behind the Bar: Todd Shlanta

Todd Shlanta Fish Market Anchor Bar 105 & 107 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-836-5676 Todd serves up “The Big Mary” – Old Bay rimmed 32 oz Schooner of Tito’s handmade vodka and house made Fish Market Bloody Mary mix garnished with Italian Salami, fresh celery, two big shrimp and a lemon! Todd is […]

Mackie’s Bar & Grill- Not Just Another Steakhouse

By the Gastronomes Mackie’s Bar & Grill – Not Just Another Steakhouse With the cool weather approaching we thought it a good time to make a return to Mackie’s Bar & Grill on their 3rd anniversary. We are very familiar with this uptown eatery and enjoy lunch there quite often. We believe the key to […]

Fall Into Virginia Wine Month

By Nancy Bauer Fall into Virginia Wine Month This easy day-trip is packed with Blue Ridge wine and dine originals October: the month we savor most. Weekends are reserved for long, meandering rides along Skyline Drive. We leaf peep and pumpkin pick. We inhale deeply, sip instead of gulp. We downshift. Meanwhile, winemakers run around […]

The “Strategery” of Winemaking

By Doug Fabbioli The “Strategery” of Winemaking Winemakers are mostly an odd group of people. They are certainly well respected as a producer, an artist and often a farmer with vision, drive and stamina it takes to bottle the best of Mother Nature each year. We get the recognition of dancing with the weather and […]

Chef Jorge Chicas

By Chester Simpson Chef Jorge Chicas Hummingbird 220 South Union Street Old Town Alexandra 703.566.1355 When did you first become interested in cooking and what made you choose a culinary career? As a young kid, I was a very picky eater and my grandmother always cooked something different for me. She taught be lots […]

Behind the Bar – Miguel Lemus

Miguel conjures up the Devil’s Advocate Martini – Jalapeño infused herradura tequila with Cointreau, a splash of grapefruit juice and topped off with champagne and a lime twist. Miguel Lemus The Wharf 119 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-836-2834           How did you get started in the bartending business? I […]

Publishers Picks: VA Wines

Publishers Picks: VA Wines By Bob Tagert Nancy has told you about one of her favorite winery excursions in her Grapevine column and that inspired me to tell you about a trek that I encourage you to take as well. In this short piece I will hit on a few of our favorite wineries and […]

Hank’s Pasta Bar

By G & T Hank’s Pasta Bar Rustic Chic Italian In Old Town Alexandria With the temps beginning to cool and the introduction of their new fall menu, we decided to go to Hank’s Pasta Bar in Old Town for this months restaurant showcase. Having opened in February of 2016, Hank’s has made an impact […]