01.29.2013 / Blog Posts Local Lifestyle
Northern Virginia Magazine has where to go -- and win prizes -- on Super Bowl Sunday AND, some gut-busting and skinny alternatives for game day snacking....
New Orleans will host it’s first Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since the devastation of Katrina. On February 3rd, Louisiana will prove they haven’t skipped a beat since the hurricane hit. Local restaurants will be celebrating the Big Game in the Big Easy with your typical football specials, and some surprising Cajun dishes, raffles and pints of beer under $10.
For Super Bowl hot spots, visit NorthernVirginiaMag.com.
12.12.2012 / Blog Posts Local Lifestyle
According to the University of Illinois, there are approximately 350 million Christmas trees growing on U.S. farms. Last year, 30.8 million of these live trees were purchased at an average price of $34.87.
So what do all these numbers mean? Well, not too much, other than to show the evergreen business—like its name—is a booming one. And Virginia just so happens to be one of the top Christmas tree-producing states. Check out this list of NoVA tree farms where you can find and cut your own Christmas tree at www.NorthernVirginiaMag.com!
11.30.2012 / Blog Posts Local Lifestyle
To understand the restaurant landscape in a region as diverse as Northern Virginia, is to appreciate the beauty of dichotomy. Dinner in farm country possesses all the sophistication as a meal inside the Beltway and a restaurant in Arlington deliberately creates a farmhouse aesthetic.
Wherever the highway unfolds, food rules.
Restaurants on this list put forth dishes that are, of course, wonderful and in line with the tenets of modern dining: seasonal and ingredient-focused. Value and atmosphere also contributed to rank. But it still came down to the food.
Modern American | $$$$
110 S. Pitt St., Alexandria; 703-706-0450; restauranteve ... Read More
11.28.2012 / Blog Posts Events Local Lifestyle
With the launch of the Redskins 80th Anniversary commemorative wine, RESERVE, not to mention the influx of great wines hailing from Virginia and taking over beverage lists all over the area, we couldn't think of a better way to gather WOW members together and kick off the Holiday season than with a wine tasting event of our own!
WOW Members were invited to an exclusive wine tasting and food pairing at Wildfire Restaurant in Tyson's Corner on November 27th featuring the limited edition Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon RESERVE, along with a Mirassou Pinot Noir, The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc ... Read More
11.20.2012 / Blog Posts Local Lifestyle
The countdown continues with only nine days left until Turkey Day! Though we’ll certainly be pigging out on green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, let’s not forget that Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and fellowship. Give thanks for all that you have and celebrate with the ones you love before and after the big meal with this potential schedule from NoVA Mag.
9 a.m.-noon: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
While you (or whoever is playing head chef for the day) are preparing the turkey first thing in the morning, tune into NBC for the ... Read More
11.14.2012 / Blog Posts Local Lifestyle
Northern Virginia Magazine has a list of upcoming 5K's and Turkey Trots coming up. Sign up now to get active outdoors this fall!
Vienna Turkey Trot
Last year nearly 1,100 runners participated and this year the event will raise money to benefit the James Madison High School Marching Band, and the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Take your pick between the 5K, 10K or fun run! But act fast, the race registration closes when they’ve reached 1,400 people. For registration click here.
When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m.
Where: Vienna Fire Department, 400 Center St. S ... Read More
Around Town with Northern Virginia Magazine: Ice Skating Pavilion Open for the Season at Reston Town Center
11.09.2012 / Blog Posts Local Lifestyle
Northern Virginia residents know the winter and holiday season are near as the family-favorite Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion opens for the season this weekend on Nov. 3. From early November through the second week of March (weather permitting), the Pavilion floor is converted to a beautiful ice skating rink.
This weekend, 50 percent of the ice skating proceeds will be donated to benefit Character Counts. Character Counts is the nation’s most popular character education program and reaches millions of youth in schools and non-profit programs. The program operates on the six pillars of character education: trustworthiness, respect ... Read More
10.25.2012 / Blog Posts Local Lifestyle
Tell your kids to grab their running shoes and get ready for their adrenaline to start pumping. The Marine Corps Marathon, alongside The Washington Post, will host their annual “Healthy Kids Fun Run” this Saturday in Arlington. Kids, ages 5-12, will get their daily dose of exercise by running a one-mile course around the Pentagon North Parking Lot.
The “Healthy Kids Fun Run” started in 2000 to help promote a positive experience with running and to keep kids motivated to be healthy and active. Twelve years later the event has gained the largest number of participants yet, with 3,600 ... Read More
10.17.2012 / Blog Posts Local Lifestyle
Crooked Run Orchard (Loudoun County)
Fall apples at Crooked Run include Golden Delicious, Cameo, Law Rome, Cortland, Suncrisp, Braeburn and Jonagold, just to name a few. Parking and admission are always free and apples are just a dollar a pound, making it harder to find excuses not to make its signature apple crumble pie!
37883 E. Main St., Purcellville; 540-338-6642
Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday (hours subject to change, so please call ahead before your visit)
Hartland Orchard (Fauquier County)
While Hartland offers a wide selection of ready-to-pick fruits throughout the ... Read More
10.05.2012 / Blog Posts Local Lifestyle
What does Oktoberfest have to do with a wedding? Everything. History buff, beer aficionado and Munich Oktoberfest survivor (and my friend) Hope Flanagan laymanizes the origins of the holiday.
“For one thing, it actually mostly takes place in September despite the name.” This year’s Oktoberfest runs from September 22-October 7. Annually, millions of people descend upon Munich for Oktoberfest, making it the one of the largest festival in the world.
Oktoberfest origins were cultivated from more than drunken merriment. Before there was the celebration of beer and bratwurst, there was the celebration of love. “Back in 1810, Prince Ludwig ... Read More
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