Author: Angela Blue

Raw Foods to Relish at Coastal Virginia Restaurants

Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Tartare, Byrd & Baldwin. Photo by Ilsy Serrano It wasn’t too long ago that the majority of local restaurants serving raw fish were attributed to sushi. Every now and then, a menu would feature exciting, uncooked offerings:…

Restaurant Offerings to Taste at CoVa Best Of Party

Most would agree that there are three major elements required to host a fabulous party. A stunning venue? Check. Music made for dancing? Check. Mouthwatering cuisine? Oh, yeah. Plus, you’ll be in good company—the best company, in fact. You’re invited…

Kate Mulgrew’s Book How to Forget Released

Kate Mulgrew’s fan base is varied and widespread. From her start as Mary Ryan, the lead role on the popular soap opera “Ryan's Hope” to the groundbreaking first female starship captain on “Star Trek: Voyager” to her acclaimed performance as Galina "Red" Reznikov on…

New Realm Brewing’s New Restaurant

Spanish-Style Tomato Braised Pork Meatballs over Ashland Mill Grits with basil and mozzarella The beloved Atlanta-based brewery that joined the Virginia Beach brew scene last August has added a new and very tasty component to its offerings. In mid-April, New…

Peninsula Fine Arts Center Artini

What does an art organization do when it’s undergoing construction but still hosting a fabulous event? Spin it into the theme, that’s what. Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) hosted their annual Artini fundraiser on Friday, March 8 at Christopher Newport…

ECMC Aims to Make Coastal Virginia the Indie Music Capital

Dreadnot, performer at ECMC 2019 The East Coast Music Conference (ECMC) is being held May 9­–12 at various venues in Downtown Norfolk. The four-day event is comprised of sessions geared to musicians and industry professionals and will feature live performances…

Wegmans Opens in Virginia Beach

Wegmans’ Virginia Beach store officially opens its doors on Sunday, April 28. The 113,000-square-foot store at 4721 Virginia Beach Blvd. is Wegmans’ 99th store (and 12th in Virginia) and will offer over 60,000 products, including more than 4,000 organic items,…

S’mores Amore Makes Delicious Desserts at Selden Market

When would a person ever spend $20 on s’mores? When the s’mores are compiled of a buttery graham cracker cookie crust, followed by a homemade brownie or blondie, topped with a made-from-scratch marshmallow and toasted right on the spot—that’s when.…

Full Belly Delights’ Gourmet Bacon Treats

We’re not exactly sure how chocolate and bacon first became an item. Maybe it was a case of, “Hey, you put your bacon in my chocolate!” “You got chocolate on my bacon!” Perhaps we’ll never know the origin, but one…

12 New Restaurants to Try in Coastal Virginia

What an exciting time to dine in Coastal Virginia. Throughout 2018 we’ve witnessed and experienced some truly remarkable restaurants joining the local cuisine scene—from a permanent place to stuff your face with those pillowy soft Belgian waffles to a cozy…

Giving Back Awards: Fear 2 Freedom

The Shadow Event gives an opportunity for anonymous survivors silhouetted behind a screen to share their stories with audience members. I’d prepared for my visit to the nonprofit Fear 2 Freedom. I’d done background research on the organization and understood…

Back Bay Farmhouse Brewing Co. Opens in Virginia Beach

The highly anticipated Back Bay Farmhouse Brewing Co. has officially opened in Virginia Beach, and while it’s the newest brewery in town, it feels far from actually being in town. Set in a renovated 1912 farmhouse, the brewery eschews the…

What It's Like to Adopt a Baby

It’s a typical Tuesday evening in the Waldens’ home in Norfolk. Husband and wife Zach and Kearsten prepare dinner together while their 8-month-old son, Maverick, delivers some enthusiastic coos and cackles to his favorite TV show, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” Through…

Flour Power: Coastal Virginia’s Best Bakeries Part II

We've whipped up a list of some of our favorite Coastal Virginia bakeries in Flour Power Part I and Part II as well as beloved bakeries with great gluten-free options.   Confectionery + Café ​ Café Stella Stella and Mariusz Pomianek…

Flour Power: Coastal Virginia’s Best Bakeries Part I

There’s a certain fondness of baked goods that extends far beyond the palate or penchant for gluten. It’s the special occasion cake your family has been buying from the same beloved bakery year after year. It’s the first bite of…

Helpful Hints for Home Chefs

Being a home chef means something different to everyone, and the definition often varies by how much time we can commit to spending in the kitchen. Some days it may entail planning and executing an elaborate, four-course meal (with wine…

Photographer Adds Artful Vision to Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Brazil-born photographer Andrezza Haddaway has always used her photography to express emotions, whether shooting seascapes, portraits, still life or nature. Photography has played a major role in her life, leading her to meet her husband, Matt Haddaway, and moving from…

Virginia Women's Monument Coming to Richmond

March is Women’s History Month, and with each new year comes new milestones and movements. This March we can look forward to a new Virginia Women’s Monument coming to Richmond in 2019, while looking back at some of Virginia’s most…

Global Eats Part III

Photos by Jim Pile and David Uhrin In Global Eats Part I, Part II and Part III, we explore 101 enticing international restaurants that put Coastal Virginia's culinary scene on the map.   Japanese   Zushi Japanese Bistro If CoVa…