Author: Barrett Baker

Cancer in the Time of COVID

Battling cancer is difficult enough without extraneous circumstances or complications. Trying to do it while there is an international pandemic going on makes the fight that much more difficult. But that’s exactly where Deanna McRae King found herself after doing…

Local Team Fat Kid Appearing on “Great Food Truck Race”

On Thursday, March 19 at 9 p.m., the Food Network premiered The Great Food Truck Race: Gold Coast in which seven teams of aspiring food truck owners from across the country compete for a $50,000 grand prize. Joining them are local chefs Jason…

Top Lawyer of Real Estate: James Lonergan

James “JB” Lonergan began his career with Pender & Coward more than 35 years ago. At the time, the firm didn’t have nearly the 40-plus attorneys that are on staff today, but they wanted to be able to represent their…

Rising Sea Levels Cause Major Problems for Homeowners

According to a 2017 federal climate report, sea levels have risen 8 inches since 1900. That might not sound too apocalyptic until you realize that the last three inches have occurred since 1993. Models are predicting that number could go…

Top Dentist 2019: Dr. Shaun Rai

Dr. Shaun Rai truly loves being an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. A typical day for Dr. Rai is primarily filled with office-based oral surgery, which includes removal of wisdom teeth, surgical management of impacted teeth, dental implant surgery, bone grafting and…

Top Doc of Urology: Dr. John S. Liu

There’s a lot to be said for environmental influences. Dr. John S. Liu is keenly aware of this. He comes from a family that is in the medical profession and, as a result, grew up in a setting where he was…

Battle of the Burgers: 24 Burgers Paired with Craft Beers

2018 CoVa Battle of the Burgers Champ Repeal Bourbon and Burgers. Photo by David Uhrin When you consider the standard components that make up a burger, individually, they’re not that riveting. A patty. Cheese. Lettuce. Tomato. Condiments. Two buns. But…

CoVa Mom Role Models: Theresa Ceniccola

Qualifying as a CoVa Mom Role Model candidate takes hard work, a challenge Theresa Ceniccola accepts every single day. She is a marketing strategist and writer, president and founder of the International Christian Mompreneur Network, vice president/chief operating officer at Red…

Top Doc of Geriatric Medicine: Dr. Robert Palmer

Dr. Robert Palmer didn’t realize he wanted to go into geriatric medicine until he was already well established in his medical career. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, then left for Los Angeles after graduating.…

Top Doc of Geriatric Medicine: Dr. Jacob Almeida

Dr. Jacob Almeida of Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) has been interested in life sciences, like biology, all his life, and he’s always had an interest in helping other people. With those two things going for him, it’s no wonder…

The Vanguard: Virginia's First Brewpub and Distillery

Serendipity. That’s how The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery Owner Randy Thomas describes a series of events that almost begged him to create and operate the first brewpub in Virginia that also houses a distillery owned by the same group. In…

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…

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…

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…

10 Locals with Fascinating Collections

We all know someone who collects something. Maybe you’re that person. It starts innocently enough—a couple ornate teacups here; several vintage cameras there. Soon enough, friends start to hear about the collection and want to contribute. And yes, sometimes it…

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…

Feeding The Wild At Virginia Living Museum

Interested in trying something wild? Amber Warren has just the thing for you. As Animal Room volunteer manager for the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, she can find all kinds of ways to get you up close and personal…