Author: CovaMag

CoVa Battle of the Burgers is Back

Coastal Virginia Magazine is thrilled to share that the CoVa Battle of the Burgers will be returning to the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 12, 2021, from noon-5 p.m.* The CoVa Burger Battle brings together some…

The Beauty of Bread at Angie's Bakery

By Hannah Serrano As both a fine art painter and an artisan baker/small business owner, Ken Garcia Olaes is having his proverbial cake and eating it too. But instead of cake, it’s ensaymada—a fluffy, swirly cloud of Filipino-style brioche slathered…

Hunger for Change

By Clayton Singleton Too often, I scroll food delivery apps on my phone, begrudge which grocery to visit or stare into my fridge indecisively like the cereal aisle scene in the film The Hurt Locker. I commonly refer to these…

Coastal Virginia Spring Arts Preview

By Hannah Serrano To say it’s been a tough year for the arts is, of course, a vast understatement. Arts organizations and venues are fighting hard to survive. Some remain shuttered through the fall; some are streaming digital performances in…

Gardening from Scratch

By Ashleigh Meyer The most difficult time of year for me as a gardener is the window between winter and spring, when the planting season is tantalizingly close, but the ground is still too frozen, and the last frost of…

Learn How to Get Your Virginia Medical Marijuana Card

Did you know that Virginia doctors can recommend medical marijuana for any condition they feel will benefit the patient, including anxiety, cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy, glaucoma and PTSD? Read on to learn more! Use Code COVA21 for $20 off your…

Transform Your Backyard into a Staycation Retreat

Images courtesy of Visionscapes Land Design Inc. SPONSORED CONTENT It goes without saying that we’ve certainly been spending a lot of time at home, particularly in the chilly winter months. The warmer spring weather invites you to return to your…

Culinary Delights, Inspired

Delicious delicacies and excellent libations abound in the crown jewel of coastal Virginia — Hampton! Whether you’re a sophisticated foodie, Southern comfort food fan, craft beer aficionado, libation lover, seafood connoisseur, or simply someone who loves enjoying a delicious meal,…

Visit Suffolk, Virginia

To capture the full flavor that is Suffolk, Virginia, one must blend a rich agricultural foundation, the historic charm of repurposed landmarks, the delicious creations of local chefs, the thrum of live bands setting the mood for street festivals, and…

A New Life for Gus and Stella

By Kimberly Sherlaw Huddled in wire crates, siblings Gus and Stella arrived at the Norfolk SPCA unable even to look in the direction of a…

Getaway to Smithfield

Nothing has that “hey, y’all” small town charm more than an old-fashioned, family-owned country store. Yet, the legendary Darden’s Country Store in rural Smithfield, Virginia is something more. A working farm and locals’ landmark, Darden’s has been curing Virginia hams…

Pet Issue Profiles

As anyone who has loved a dog, cat or other animal companion knows, our four-legged friends are so much more than that. During the pandemic, the special bond we share with our pets seemed all the more meaningful when the…

Pet Issue Profiles: Dave Piatak

Dave Piatak Aerospace Engineer with NASA Langley Research Center Pet: Alistair, 8, Labrador-Blue Heeler Is being a real rocket scientist as cool as it sounds? Well, yes, according Dave Piatak. “What’s there not…

Pet Issue Profiles: Nicholas S. Ilchyshyn

Nicholas S. Ilchyshyn Firefighter, Advanced EMT with Norfolk Fire-Rescue Pet: Dexter, 10, Husky-Akita-Cattle Dog and Scully, 8, Husky-Australian Shepherd “Wrestling with each other, wrestling with me, heck, they'd probably wrestle with Hulk Hogan if…

Pet Issue Profiles: Jen Lewis

Jen Lewis Radio/TV Personality with 92.9 The Wave Pet: Billy Baroo, 2, Petite Goldendoodle Coastal Virginia residents know Jen Lewis from her work in local radio and television for more than 20 years.…

Pet Issue Profiles: Ricky Rahne

Ricky Rahne Head Football Coach for Old Dominion University Pet: Kodiak, 3, Saint Bernard It’s a big move for a big dog. But Kodiak the Saint Bernard is finally getting adjusted to his new…

Pet Issue Profiles: Tina Banks-Gray

Tina Banks-Gray School Board Member with the City of Hampton Pet: Tigger, 17, Bichon Frise Since leaving a breeder in Missouri to “live his best life” in Hampton 17 long years ago, Tigger…

Pet Issue Profiles: Kara Friend

Kara Friend Breast Surgeon with Riverside Health System Pets: Emma, 4, Boxer Mix; Jon Snow, 2, Boxer Mix and Mina Barker, 7, Mixed Breed A house full of three fulltime pups—not to mention occasional fosters—is…

Pet Issue Profiles: Lian Mosher

Lian Mosher Yoga Teacher, Manager with Full Circle Yoga + Pilates Pets: Boba T. Fett, 6, Domestic Short Hair; Mango Sticky Rice, 3, Tabby and Kimbap, 6, Munchkin A self-described entrepreneurial spirit, Lian Mosher wears many professional hats—from certified yoga teacher and therapist…

Pet Issue Profiles: Laura Seay

Laura Seay Violist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Pets: Blue, 11, Dark Weimaraner and Dax, 3, German Shorthaired Pointer As a professional musician, Laura Seay has had the privilege of traveling the world to…

Pet Issue Profiles: Betsy DiJulio

Betsy DiJulio Art Teacher with Norfolk Academy Pets: Patsy, 6, Shepherd Black Mouth Cur and Urban, 6, Pit Bull-Catahoula Leopard Dog After the heartbreaking loss in rapid succession of her adored husband, Joe, her…

Pet Issue Profiles: Jon Wehner

Jon Wehner Winemaker, Owner of Chatham Vineyards Pet: Tucker, 3, Yellow Lab If the idea of living on a vineyard seems romantic to us humans, it must be paradise for a dog.…

Pet Issue Profiles: Terry O'Quinn

Terry O’Quinn Actor, Star of TV’s Lost Pet: Momo, 4, Tabby Terry O’Quinn may be an Emmy-winning actor, but it’s Momo the Tabby who prefers to take center stage at his home in…

DuCard Vineyards

Nestled in the shadow of Old Rag Mountain, with the Shenandoah National Park boundary out the back door and a LOVE sculpture greeting visitors upon arrival, DuCard Vineyards is a drop-dead gorgeous boutique winery tucked away on the back roads…