Author: Anne Leonard

Super Bowl Party Recipes

Game day is upon on us, and I’ve got one thing on my mind: the food.  While I know that the Super Bowl is a big deal, what keeps this gal happy during the big game is a bodacious snack…

Picture Perfect Proposal

Photo by Amanda Hedgepeth He’s down on one knee, you’re in tears, and he slips on the ring you’ve been dreaming about. Wishing you could capture this unforgettable moment of pre-wedding bliss? Don’t worry; your groom is looking out for…

Best Feet Forward

From Converse kicks to boat shoes, grooms have been getting creative with their footwear, adding individual flair without sacrificing elegance. Shoes are quickly becoming a way for grooms to complement the scenery, elevate a theme or even express their own…

The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Gershwins' Mousse

Once I stepped through Gershwin’s doors, I was immediately transported back to the swingin’ ‘40s, surrounded by a whirlpool of black and gold and one swanky bar. My husband and I were seated upstairs right above the stage where a…

The Salad I Can't Stop Eating

I know I know, it’s the New Year, so I’m talking salads. If you’re like anyone else, you’re probably trying to get more greens in your diet. I love my veggies, but if I’m choosing between dessert and getting in…

North End Bag Company

From a love of two North Ends—of Boston and the North End of Virginia Beach—Aaron McLellan and his wife, Sarah, started North End Bag Company with just one sewing machine. A North Boston native, Aaron moved to Virginia to attend…

The Best Things I Ate in 2015

Ah, here we are. It’s been a fantastically tasty year, and I’ve eaten my fair share from our local restaurants. But among all the eating, there are those dishes that just stand out, the ones I dream about and the ones I…

Play With Your Food: Holiday Table Decor

Do not play with your food. Ah, the age-old saying that we’ve all heard as a wee one. Something you don’t hear as a kid is that when you grow up, rules are meant to be broken. In this case,…

Journey to The Oyster Farm

Tradition is a term that’s tossed around a little more often during the holiday season. I guess you could say it’s become a bit of a tradition of mine and my husband’s to go on a trip with our friends…

Real Life Heroes: CoVa Giving Back Awards 2015

Coastal Virginia Magazine is proud to reveal the fourth annual Giving Back Awards winners. The awards aim to highlight the real superheroes of our region that tirelessly work to address the many needs of our community and the people in…

Prayers For Pets

Feline friends relaxed in their hammocks beneath desks, slept on shelves and steps built along the walls or cozily wedged themselves underneath a filing cabinet. “Here at Hope for Life Rescue, animals can be animals, cats can be cats and…

Esoteric

Squiggly gold lamps unraveled in the kitchen window. A white marble bar with a honeycomb print was etched on its side. This place was chic.    Now that Esoteric had won me over in the aesthetics department, it was time…

Commune Opens

It was Sunday. And I was hungry. My two favorite things about Sundays are church and the brunch plans that ensue. While I’m perfectly content with some avocado toast, bacon or some impressive poached eggs I can make at home,…

ContraVan Mobile Boutique

Goldie is her name. And a boutique on wheels is her game. Mobile boutique ContraVan all started with a daydream. After more than 10 years in retail, ContraVan co-owner Tommi Long began dreaming up how she’d run her own boutique.…

Mulled Hard Cider

Picture yourself around a campfire, roasting ‘mallows while a wool blanket drapes around you. The fire crackles against the night sky, but there’s one thing missing: a mug of mulled hard cider. This mulled hard cider truly adds an extra dose…

Event Recap: 28th Annual Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival

Though the chilly October weather was certainly making itself known this past weekend, that didn’t stop Hampton Roads’ wine lovers from heading to Downtown Norfolk for the 28th Annual Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival held along the dazzling Elizabeth River. …

Event Recap: Green Flash's Annual Treasure Chest Fest

Photos by David Uhrin  Rare brews were poured and local eats were served—what more could you want at an October festival? On Sunday it all went down at the 2nd Annual Treasure Chest Fest held in Virginia Beach across from…

The Stockpot Opens

After much anticipation I made it to The Stockpot for lunch at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront last weekend. Armed with soup and more items to boot, Anne Galante and Patrick Edwards officially opened their doors September 28. Light gray shelving…

Special Guest Jet Tila at Westminster Canterbury

Photos by George Culver of I Heart Food “Everyone raise your right hands, and repeat after me. ‘I will not shake the coconut milk can,’” Chef Jet Tila said. Last week, cooking lessons were learned and palates were satiated by…

Restaurant Preview: Commune

“It's an authentic building in which we will serve authentic food.” I park my car off of 17th and Baltic on a finally breezy September afternoon. I pop into the propped open door where I discover a long-haired fellow in…

Camping in Charlottesville

Since my husband and I had already taken most of our Charlottesville itinerary on a test drive, our friends looked to us to make the day’s plans for our autumn camping adventure: meet at the campsite around 11 a.m., set…

The New Bella Monte

Reclaimed wood from a farm in Back Bay lines Bella Monte’s new wine lounge. Their wine tasting table is made from part of a sequoia tree that fell on the Eastern Shore. Add the Old World-style wines and new menu…

Metro's Happy Hour

"It's fruity, but it's also dangerous because you might have to have another one.” Our waitress left me warned, and I decided on their Bangarang cocktail. During the my last visit to Metropolitan Oyster Exchange, no oysters were exchanged. For…

The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Press 626's Benedict

If you’ve been following my food journey via Bay Bites for long enough, you’ll have learned a little something about me: I’m a brunchin’ woman! I suppose what I love about brunch the most is the diversity it offers. Brunch…