Food Reviews

Richmond, Virginia is for (Food) Lovers

Written by Anita

November 6, 2016

It has been a while since we’ve been to Richmond, VA, so we were thrilled to get a taste of what the city currently has to offer at a recent pop-up dinner at Del Ray’s Stomping Ground hosted by VisitRichmondVA.com. The verdict? Richmond is undergoing a local drinking and dining renaissance that we can’t wait to experience first-hand!

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Take a Short “Flight” to Cooper’s Hawk

Written by Anita

April 23, 2016

As the weather warms, we are all feeling the urge to spread our wings. We recently flew the coop and headed to the new Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant in Ashburn, VA. Started in 2005, Cooper’s Hawk uses nationally sourced grapes to produce a wide array of wines, many of which have received numerous regional, national, and international awards. Based in Illinois, it currently boasts over 20 locations in eight states, with more to come.

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At Lena’s, It’s a Family Affair

Written by Anita

Photos courtesy of Lena's by Goran Kosanovic

December 28, 2015

The holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends, but sometimes finding a restaurant to accommodate your motley crew can be tough. Luckily, newcomer Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap offers a convenient Virginia location (with free parking in their next door parking lot and only a block from the Braddock Road metro), a family- (and wallet-) friendly menu, and that increasingly rare perk--reservations.

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A Breath of Fresh Airlie

Written by Anita

May 25, 2015

Less than an hour’s drive from DC and nestled in the Shenandoah’s foothills lies Airlie, encompassing over 1,200 acres of verdant Virginia countryside. At this time of year, Airlie is abloom with flora (irises, peonies, roses, and azaleas, to name a few) and home to fauna (swans, geese, ducks, rabbits, lizards, foxes, and the occasional black bear). We recently made it our weekend home as well, having being invited to sample some of what Airlie has to offer.

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Spring Blooms at Jardenea

Written by Anita

March 30, 2014

Spring has FINALLY sprung in DC and with it comes the fresh flavors of this verdant season. We recently visited Jardenea (its name derives from the French word for garden) and got a first taste of executive chef Nate Lindsay’s new spring menu. Nestled inside the newly renovated and modernized Melrose Georgetown Hotel, Jardenea offers farm-to-fork cuisine in a sophisticated setting.

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Paleo Paradise: Fogo de Chão

Written by Anita

November 17, 2013

Photos 3-4, courtesy of Fogo de Chão

The Paleo Diet may be the latest food trend, but Fogo de Chão has been serving up platefuls of paleo fare since 1979. Started by two brothers in Rio Grande do Sul, the restaurant chain (now with over 20 locations across the U.S. as well as eight locations in Brazil) provides guests with an authentic Brazilian steakhouse experience. We recently dined at the DC-area Fogo de Chão location on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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