Al Chadsey – Local Legend Comes to Old Town

Al Chadsey – Local Legend Comes to Old Town By Bob Tagert For those of you who have been in this town for the past 50 years like myself, we can remember a time when D.C. was really crazy, Georgetown was the hot spot and the Golden Triangle was becoming the new hot spot for […]

Behind the Bar: Gregory Dreher

Gregory Dreher Bond 45 149 Waterfront Street National Harbor 301-839-1445           Gregory serves the Bond 45 Cup Cocktail for Two House-made pineapple infused vodka, passion fruit nectar, lime juice, agave & habanero tincture How did you get started in the bartending business? My first month in the service industry landed […]

Crustacean Cuisine In the Harbor – Crab Cake Café and Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls

By the Gastronomes Crustacean Cuisine In the Harbor – Crab Cake Café and Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls We can’t think of anything better on a summer day than a good crab cake sandwich or a fresh lobster roll and there are two locations on the waterfront in National Harbor that specialize in both. Crab Cake […]

Deep-Fried Soft Shell Crabs and Kingfishers Pizza!

By Charles Oppman Deep-Fried Soft Shell Crabs Now that we’re in the middle of soft shell crab season we should be thinking about frying up a few of these fabulous crustaceans. The soft shell crab is one of the South’s greatest contributions to American cuisine. Soft shells are a delicacy in every sense of the […]

Full Speed Farming!

Full Speed Farming! By Doug Fabbioli One of the parts of farming that I learned is how important timing is in the success of your operation. It’s best to work the weeds when they are small because the work is fast. Once those weeds get big, the energy has been absorbed in the weeds rather […]

Three Days in Spotsylvania

By Nancy Bauer Three Days in Spotsylvania Wine, War, And Where in The World Is Stonewall’s Arm? Spotsylvania is peaceful now, but it wasn’t always that way. Union and rebel soldiers fought hard and often across these lands, and Stonewall Jackson suffered the shots that would cause his arm to be amputated and buried here, […]

It’s a Family Affair!

It’s a Family Affair! By Doug Fabbioli Vineyard and winery operations have traditionally been family owned businesses. If the family is strong, oftentimes the winery is strong as well. In the case of a start-up winery, the pressure can be hard on a family, especially a young one. I have been a Boy Scout leader […]

Behind the Bar: Daniel Zielinski

Daniel Zielinski Daniel O’Connell’s Restaurant & Bar 112 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-739-1124         Daniel puts together O’Connell’s Dublin Grand Fashion – Jameson, Luxardo, Grand Marnier & Orange Bitters How did you get started in the bartending business? It was a pretty random affair. I have worked in the industry […]

The Harbour Grille – New Kid On the River!

By the Gastronomes The Harbour Grille – New Kid On the River! This month we did our Road Trip to beautiful Occoquan, Virginia so we decided to visit our friend Troy Clayton and see how his new restaurant was coming along. The Harbour Grille is only a short distance from Occoquan on the Occoquan River […]

Rose’ All Day in DC’s Wine Country

By Nancy Bauer Rose’ All Day in DC’s Wine Country Explore Loudoun County Through Rosé Colored Glasses So much for the notion that rosé wines are suited only to summer drinking. As the fastest growing wine in the U.S., and one of the most versatile, rose’ has stepped up to take a permanent place at […]