Holiday Gifts from Virginia Wine Country

Holiday Gifts from Virginia Wine Country By Nancy Bauer If you’ve ever had to de-junk a house in preparation for a move or sale, you’ll agree with this:  consumables are the new go-to gift. They don’t put the “giftee” in an awkward position (Where the heck do I put this?) or need dusting, and if […]

Three Days of Wine on Northern Virginia’s I-95

By Nancy Bauer Three Days of Wine on Northern Virginia’s I-95 To weary DC commuters, a “3 Days on I-95” itinerary may sound like a cruel joke, but trust us: there’s gold in those exits. And wine. For this getaway weekend, make Ashland – that burg you whiz by on the way to Richmond – […]

Landini Brothers Restaurant: A Little Bit of Tuscany in Old Town for 40 Years

By The Gastronomes Landini Brothers Restaurant A Little Bit of Tuscany in Old Town for 40 Years This month Franco Landini, son Noe and staff celebrate 40 years of serving the folks of Northern Virginia as well as from around the world at their popular restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. The restaurant is, and has […]

It’s veraison season. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s veraison season. What could possibly go wrong? By Scott Elliff By the time you read this, our DuCard Vineyards grapes will be in the ‘veraison’ stage of ripening, where the berries start to soften and turn color.  It’s pronounced ‘ver-ay-zon’ but most of us have Americanized it as ‘ver-ay-sion’.  No matter – sort of […]

Behind the Bar: Steve Bork

Steve Bork RT’s Restaurant 3804 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria 703-684-6010 RTsrestaurant.net Steve conjures up RT’s Creole 75 #1 – House made rosemary and pear infused gin, ginger and lemon shaken and strained, topped with champagne and a lemon twist. How did you get started in the bartending business? While in college I got a job […]

Fresh Corn Dip

By Mr. Food Fresh Corn Dip What a novel dip to serve when you’re expecting company and what a good way to use up some of the last of the sweet corn in season! Our creamy, Fresh Corn Dip is made with super sweet corn and lots of flavorful add-ins, so you know it’s going […]

Chop Shop Taco

By the Gastronomes Chop Shop Taco One of Alexandria’s newer kids on the block, Chop Shop Taco opened this spring in the Parker-Gray District of the city on Madison Street in the remaining space of a former auto body shop that also houses Grateful Kitchen and Zweet Sport Total Fitness. This cool new place added […]

In Search of the Perfect French Fry!

By Charles Oppman In Search of the Perfect French Fry! Who doesn’t a love a big pile of hot, crispy French fries? I’m not talking about the kind served at fast food joints — although some do serve up fabulous fries — or mom and pop restaurants where the chef either doesn’t know how to […]

Shooter Mcgee’s Delectables and Cure-Alls

By the Gastronomes Shooter Mcgee’s Delectables and Cure-Alls 40 Years Young Shooter Mcgee’s has been a neighborhood go-to restaurant and bar for forty years as of this month. Started by young former D.C. bartenders, Tom Jackson and Mike (Mango) Anderson, they brought their D.C. culture of a good, fun restaurant to the west end of […]

Three Days in Southern Virginia: Martinsville – Henry County

By Nancy Bauer Three Days in Southern Virginia: Martinsville – Henry County You already know way more than you think about southern Virginia’s Martinsville–Henry County. The region is known as the home of many household names: Bassett, Fieldcrest, NASCAR, Marshall Fields. Today, it’s also home to locally-crafted libations, plenty of culture, and lots of options […]