GOURMET

The Conche restaurant delights chocolate lovers with both savory and sweet masterpieces. When I learned about a chocolate-themed boutique restaurant in Leesburg, I was all in, and scheduled a visit to The Conche. After all, who doesn’t love chocolate? I had no idea, however, the intricacies of cooking with chocolate and was quite pleasantly surprised […]

Virginia Cider is an Ideal Complement to Any Holiday Celebration During the holiday season, many people begin to contemplate which wine or champagne they are going to serve for holiday meals and celebrations. As an alternative, why not consider one of Virginia’s fine ciders? It can be as dry as wine, slightly bubbly like champagne […]

“You don’t want runny batter,” says Chinnell Watson to a class of sixteen students. Watson is our instructor at Cookology Culinary School. The class is gathered in a commercial kitchen surrounded by shelves filled with spices, jars, pots, pans, cookie trays and a very busy hand-washing station. One of the students is my daughter Allie, […]

Parents of George Washington University (GWU) students were worried. Their kids were often dining on fast food, because they had little time to cook and no access to a kitchen. That’s when Shana Greenbaum saw an opening. The young fitness expert began her food delivery business, Healthy Fresh Meals, with those college students in mind. […]

It’s that time of year, again! DC Restaurant Week is here! Enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals at these Tysons and Reston area participating restaurants for DC Restaurant Week, August 13-19, 2018. Also, keep in mind that many restaurants extend their promotions a week or even up to a month! During this promotion, enjoy three or more […]

The Virginia winery scene is ever growing, with these wineries being some of the latest to pop onto the scene near our region. Each offers a unique experience through setting, amenities, entertainment, and of course, their wines and ciders. Northern Virginia 50 West Vineyards 39060 John Mosby Hwy Middleburg, VA 20117 www.50westvineyards.com The farm vineyard […]

Dolce Vita Cucina Italiana & Wine Bar “Dad’s going to inhale this pizza,” commented my daughter Danielle, as the “Darius” pie, adorned with baby clams, pancetta, slices of parmigiana cheese and baby greens trickled with lemon-infused olive oil arrived on the table. “If there’s any left,” I said. Danielle and I were dining at Dolce […]

Summer is here in full swing! The kids are out of school, allowing more time for family fun. The weather is warm, providing ample opportunities to be outside. And people’s schedules seem to be just a bit more flexible and relaxed, so what better way to spend some quality time than to throw a party […]