Author: Angela Blue

Global Eats Part II

Photos by Jim Pile, David Uhrin and Ryan Miller We’re exploring Global Eats in Part I, Part II and Part III with 101 enticing international restaurants that put Coastal Virginia’s culinary culture on the map.   English and Irish  …

Global Eats Part I

Photos by Jim Pile, David Uhrin and Ryan Miller At a time when cultural diversity sets us apart, there’s one thing that brings us all together: food. Our food scene is rich with flavors representing a variety of experiences and…

9 New Restaurants To Try In Hampton Roads

Here in Coastal Virginia, we’re fortunate to have a plethora of restaurant options, from succulent seafood to Southern favorites to international eateries. But, even with the variety of choices available, it’s still undeniably exciting when a new restaurant opens its…

Giving Back Awards: H.E.R. Shelter

“One third of Virginia deaths are due to domestic violence,” says Beth Cross, executive director for H.E.R. Shelter. “That’s 33 percent.” Looking at those statistics, Cross explains how the shelter is more than “a nice program to help people. It’s…

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Williamsburg 2017

On Nov. 5, food lovers and top chefs from Peninsula restaurants gathered at Doubletree by Hilton, Williamsburg for the annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction to support an important cause—to end premature birth and other problems that threaten babies.…

Save And Savor These Dates For Oyster Roasts

Oysters, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. We love thee served raw or roasted, dressed with mignonette or cocktail sauce—or simply a splash of lemon. We love thee consumed with tiny forks but mostly slurped right…

A Weekend At Graduate Charlottesville Hotel

Some of our greatest lessons were learned in college. Certainly through classes and textbooks but also through the overall college experience: sharing a dorm room with a person you’ve never met before, making lifelong friends and memories, experiencing moments and…

Top Shelf Tailgating

As fall fills the air, leaves blissfully transform, and pumpkin-flavored everything hits the shelves, we’ve got our minds on one thing: football season—and, more specifically, tailgating. While we love loading up the truck with all the fundamental Bs (burgers, brats,…

Kennedy’s Angel Gowns Helps Heal Bereaved Families

Photo courtesy of LaKaye Mbah Photography Eight years ago, Virginia Beach resident Heather Wilson was preparing for the birth of her first daughter, Kennedy Milan Wilson. She had set up the baby’s nursery, decorating with a theme of butterflies in…

Surf and Turf, Mexican-Style at Jessy’s Taco Bistro in Ghent

We’ve long cherished Jessy’s Taqueria in Ocean View, known for their authentic Mexican cuisine, superb guacamole and genuine Mexican tienda and bakery next door. This adoration inspired us to try Jessy’s Taco Bistro in Ghent, open for just under two…

Brunch Part III

We've rounded up some of the best brunch spots in Coastal Virginia in Part I, Part II and Part III. In Part III, we cover Healthy Brunches, Most Outlandish Bloody Marys, The Most Expensive Brunch in Coastal Virginia, Southern Charm,…

Brunch Part II

We've rounded up some of the best brunch spots in Coastal Virginia in Part I, Part II and Part III. In Part II, we cover Hangover Cures, Shrimp and Grits, Best Benedicts, Pancakes, Omelets, Global Brunch and Top Spots To…

Brunch Part I

Here in Coastal Virginia, brunch options come as varied as garnishes for Bloody Marys. From bountiful buffets to beautiful benedicts, greasy spoons to gorgeous grits, fantastic French toast, a marvelous mimosa selection and everything in between, we've rounded up some…

Foodbank’s Summer Feeding Initiative

While many families fill their summers with camp, vacation or other fun activities, a lot of families in Coastal Virginia are trying to fill a void of hunger. “It can be too easy to forget that there are hungry kids…

Peninsula Fine Arts Center's Artini

Peninsula Fine Arts Center held their 6th Annual Artini on Feb. 10 at Ella’s Place, a pop-up jazz club located at the former Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in City Center, Newport News. The event serves as…

Inside and Outside at Waterside

The question on many minds for years, “What are they doing to do with Waterside?” has since been changed to, “When can we do something at Waterside?” and the answer will soon be, “Right now.” The long-awaited, much-anticipated Waterside District…

2017 Samoa Soiree

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast presented the 9th Annual Samoa Soiree on March 25 at Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk. Guests sampled recipes created by top local chefs who were tasked with creating scrumptious appetizers and…

Restaurants at Hilton Norfolk The Main

Seated at tables blanketed with chic, grey tablecloths, creative sheet music menus and spring tulip centerpieces, a crowd of approximately 300 enjoyed lunch inside Hilton Norfolk The Main’s stately Granby Ballroom in early February. Music from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra…

Something to Stout About

We look forward to St. Patrick’s Day each year, both for the opportunity to break out that random article of green clothing or accessory that we almost never get to wear, and for the chance to participate in a number…

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Coastal Virginia

When you become a parent, your dining out experiences change instantly and drastically. Pre-children dinners consisted of quiet, intimate evenings where you relished each and every morsel of multiple courses, from the amuse bouche to the exquisite dessert. Each selection…

Beer My Valentine

Everyone knows that chocolate and wine is a match made in perfect palate heaven. However, with all the breweries popping up in Coastal Virginia, we’re feeling a little hoppy this Valentine’s Day and decided to go a deliciously different route.…

2017 Dish Of Coastal Virginia

Serving local, sustainable cuisine isn’t just something a restaurateur chooses to do from time to time; it’s one of many commitments that come with owning a restaurant. Others include dedicating much time and money to the business, working late hours…