Ramparts Tavern & Grill

By Lani Gering Ramparts Tavern & Grill Football Fare – Something for Everyone! We have to start this column out with a bit of a true confession….it has been a “while” since either one of us has been in Ramparts to drink or dine. In fact it has been well over a year – I […]

Chef’s Special: Declan Horgan

By Chester Simpson   Declan Horgan Daniel O’Connell’s Restaurant & Bar 112 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-739-1124 Danieloconnellsrestaurant.com   When did you first become interested in cooking and what made you choose a culinary career? During my whole childhood and into my adult years my mother and her mother and my mother’s sisters all […]

Behind the Bar: Kat Warren

Kat Warren R.T.’s Restaurant 3804 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 703-684-6010 rtsrestaurant.com   Kat is behind the bar Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.   Kat conjurs up a Creole 75 #1. A variation on the French 75.  It has Leopold’s small batch gin that is infused in house with pear and rosemary, fresh lemon […]

Stop Stealing from Wineries

By Nancy Bauer   STOP STEALING FROM WINERIES   WHAT WOULD YOUR MOTHER SAY?   The cat, well. Everyone agrees that was the worst.   It wasn’t a pet. More of an outside cat, a vineyard cat, if there is such a thing. But it had its peeps: Keswick Vineyards staff, and customers who kept […]

Liquid Diversity

By Doug Fabbioli Liquid Diversity! There is a lot of tradition in the wine industry. France is probably the most consistent enforcer of the traditions. Their laws insist that only certain grape varietals are planted in certain areas. We in America are fortunate that we have the right to plant any varieties anywhere we choose. […]

Behind the Bar: Neil L. Burroughs

Neil L. Burroughs Redstone American Grill 155 National Plaza National Harbor 301-839-3330 RedstoneGrill.com                   Neil Serves Up the Redstone Pickled Goose – Grey Goose Vodka, dill pickle and olive juice shaken, shaken, shaken and garnished with pickle wrapped hand stuffed blue cheese olives! How did you get […]

Vola’s Dockside Grill – Old Town Waterfront Dining

By Bob Tagert Vola’s Dockside Grill – Old Town Waterfront Dining The Alexandria Restaurant Partners, owners of The Majestic, Virtue Feed and Grain and Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap opened their latest eatery in Alexandria a few months ago…Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge. With the dog days of August on us, eating dockside food […]

Chef Jan Farka

By Chester Simpson Chef Jan Farka Santini Garden Jánský vršek 323/13 Prague 1 – Malá Strana 118 00 Czech Republic Tel:+420 603 766 779 E-mail:info@santinigarden.cz http://www.santinigarden.cz This month the profile is a bit different. While traveling to Prague last month I encountered this wonderful place. It was recommended by the staff at our Hotel Neruda. […]

Kids or No Kids – That is the Question!

by Nancy Bauer, Virginia Wine in My Pocket Kids or No Kids – That is the Question!   Some wineries love kids, some tolerate them, and some say nope, not happening, “don’t even think about it!” We’ve rounded up a few of each to help you pick the right winery for your day away in […]

Dog Days

By Doug Fabbioli   Dog Days Is it me or are things moving faster than ever before? It seems like a few weeks after school is out for the summer, the “Back to School” promotions start at the stores and on the TV. As we are growing our vines through the year, I feel like […]