McNamara’s Pub & Restaurant – A Touch of Ireland on 23rd Street

By the Gastronomes McNamara’s Pub & Restaurant – A Touch of Ireland on 23rd Street March is a perfect time to visit an Irish Pub and embrace all that is Irish. This month we ventured out of Old Town to check out McNamara’s, the new Irish Pub and Restaurant in Arlington/Crystal City. The restaurant anchors […]

Irish Stew

Let’s Eat by Charles Oppman Irish Stew Since St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to suggest that quintessential Irish dish―Irish Stew. There isn’t just one recipe for Irish stew (Irish: stobhach or stobhach Gaelach). Recipes can vary from home to home or region to region, but all are agreed […]

Luck, Love, and Life: Christine Vrooman Brings Her Whole Heart to Ankida Ridge Vineyards

By Nancy Bauer Luck, Love, and Life: Christine Vrooman Brings Her Whole Heart to Ankida Ridge Vineyards Though serendipity powered much of the fruition of Ankida Ridge Vineyards, a central Virginia winery known as much for its fiery sunset views as for its rare-for-Virginia pinot noir, spiritual connections will take it into the future, if […]

Valentine’s Day Is for “Chocolate” Lovers!

By Judy Eichner Valentine’s Day Is for “Chocolate” Lovers! Valentine’s Day is observed by many people, in many countries, in a variety of ways.  According to a recent poll, chocolate, in any form, is the preferred gift of both recipient and sender when commemorating this holiday. A long time ago someone said “chocolate is the […]

Michael’s Little Italy – One Part Fine Dining, One Part Pizzeria!

By the Gastronomes Michael’s Little Italy – One Part Fine Dining, One Part Pizzeria! Three years ago Michael Strutton left Nashville to come to Alexandria to be near his mother. He had formed a band and was playing at Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub and would stop in at Trattoria da Franco after some performances. He […]

Homemade Chicken Soup and Matzo Balls – A Decade’s Old Winter Staple

Cooking Corner By Judy Eichner Homemade Chicken Soup and Matzo Balls – A Decade’s Old Winter Staple Whether or not the claim that homemade chicken soup is a cure-all, also known as Jewish penicillin, its use is widespread in many cultures around the world.  Doctors have differing opinions, but most of the parent’s I know […]

Clean Competition raises the bar!

By Doug Fabbioli Clean Competition raises the bar! When we play by the rules, respect the balance of the system and have a positive goal, we all win! The other day at our Saturday start up meeting in the tasting room, Anne (who creates the tasting bites for our daily tastings), mentioned how the specialty […]

Fireside Dining Around Old Town

By the Gastronomes Fireside Dining Around Old Town We decided to step outside of the box going into the new year and instead of featuring the food and beverage from one local eatery we decided to impart some information to you all about the fireside dining that we have available in and close to Old […]

10 Tips to Up Your Wine Game in 2020

By Nancy Bauer 10 Tips to Up Your Wine Game in 2020 A survey I read recently said that half the respondents drink wine several times per week or daily. Now, you might think that at that level of consumption, they’d know something about wine, and some did. But a whole bunch of the group […]

Behind the Bar: Ronald “Ron” Spohnholz

Ronald “Ron” Spohnholz Village Brauhaus 710 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-888-1951 Villagebrauhaus.com Ron stirs up the Ron “Bourbondy” Stay Classy Alexandria – Evan Williams Bourbon, Clove Simple Syrup, Lemon, Ginger Bitters with a Pear Cider Float garnished with fresh rosemary. How did you get started in the Bar Business? I was a cop for […]