Author: Anne Leonard

Norfolk's Bonchon Restaurant Review

I tend to think my tolerance for spice can withstand most restaurants’ ideas of spicy, but my recent visit to Bonchon is one that had me beat. Bonchon, Korean for ‘hometown,’ is a franchise known for their fried chicken and…

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…

Five Fish Tacos to Try

There’s something about rising temperatures that lures us to our favorite Mexican restaurant for a round of fish tacos. But when we set out in pursuit of five fish tacos that we could recommend to our readers, one thing became…

Long Live Leesburg

Every time I traverse a new locale in Virginia, I’m in awe at the natural beauty, history and, frankly, good eats that our commonwealth has to offer. Welcomed by a winding road with weeping willows, this is the scene for…

10 To Taste: New Restaurants In Coastal Virginia

It seems that Coastal Virginia has boomed with new business this year, and, luckily for us lovers of good food, much of that business has been in the form of restaurants. We’ve also noticed a wonderful trend in the types…

A Blowing And Glowing Glass Act

Glistening glass reflects much of Hannah Kirkpatrick's resume. Her shameless wonder for the way light and neon bends between is evident in her work, much of which has been displayed in the NEON District of Norfolk.

Local Pumpkin Beer Roundup

Sure, pumpkin spice is nice in my coffee and pies, but autumnal brewed beer puts more of a spring in my step this time of year. Luckily we have a handful of breweries in our backyard that put their own…

Online Farmers Market In Coastal Virginia

As Richmond-based company Seasonal Roots heads into their sixth season, they’re digging their roots deeper and making their online farmers market services accessible to Coastal Virginia residents.

Park Place Gets A Perk

Tucked within a Norfolk neighborhood lies The Coffee Tree, a new charming shop to get caffeinated. The husband-and-wife-owned coffee spot made its debut in June, offering its visitors some of the finest java around.

Book 'Em, Brides

From tribute bands to photographers, GigSalad is a hub for more than 480 categories of services including hair and makeup artists, caterers and performers—every component you need to plan your magical wedding. While GigSalad provides services for other types of…

Living Decor

Love grows that much more when you invite gorgeous, living terrariums and succulents into your wedding décor plan. If terrariums are unfamiliar territory for you, they’re essentially a combination of succulents, moss, rocks and other small plants arranged in a…

Culliphers Open Second Farm Market on First Colonial

The summer season welcomes new beginnings for the Cullipher family as they plant their feet on First Colonial Road soil, the former location of Stoney’s Produce. Nearly 200-year-old roots of farming heritage in northeastern North Carolina and Coastal Virginia continue…

Monkee's at Virginia Beach Town Center

Glimmering baubles, tassels and lush fabrics adorn Monkee's pearly-white shelves. Monkee’s of Virginia Beach is in town, and Coastal Virginia’s fashionistas are well pleased. On February 5, the North Carolina-based chain opened its doors in the Town Center of Virginia…

First in Flight—For Sure

“Have you ever been on an airplane?” The park ranger at Wright Brothers National Memorial stared back at a room of raised hands, myself included. The ranger then held up a monumental photo of Orville and Wilbur’s first flight. “Now…

25 Hidden Gems in Coastal Virginia

Feel like you’ve seen everything Coastal Virginia has to offer? Chances are there’s a few places you’ve missed. Look a little closer, and you’ll find a whole world of hidden happenings, little-known activities, secret gardens, unexposed stores and under-the-radar eats…

Quirk Hotel, Richmond

Here we are—standing in the middle of Quirk, a snazzy boutique hotel in Virginia’s capital city. Marble steps line the staircase in the lobby, laced with limestone arches and eclectic light fixtures. This place is the bee’s knees. The charming…

Topgolf, Virginia Beach

Who says a woman can’t play golf in heels? High-energy music roars down the open-air bays as the lights glare from the outfield while I take my first hit. Once one of Topgolf’s micro-chipped golf balls dispenses, I take my…

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week: Terrapin

If you haven’t taken a bite out of Virginia Beach Restaurant Week yet, you’re missing out on some fine fare. During restaurant week, participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Lunch features two courses for $12, and depending…

Jade Villa's Dim Sum Brunch

Last weekend I had my first brush with dim sum brunch. You'd think as a twenty-something-year-old and my, ahem, heritage that I would've met this prized dining experience years ago. My mother swears she introduced me to dim sum when…