Author: Leona Baker

Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Campaign Highlights Local Cuisine

The long-running “Virginia is for Lovers” marketing campaign just got a little more flavorful. In early October, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA) partnered with the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) to launch “Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers” to shine a spotlight on…

New Food Upgrades for Fans at ODU Football Games

Courtesy of ODU Whether you’re a season-ticket-holding, expert tailgater or a casual observer, by now you’ve probably heard the hoopla about ODU’s recent $67.5 million reconstruction of Ballard Stadium, home of ODU Football, with its vastly improved seating, technology and…

Virginia Arts Festival 2019 Features Powerhouse Performances

Olga Kern “I am just encouraging them not to be afraid of anything and just to enjoy performing and enjoy music,” says celebrated Russian-American pianist, educator and Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern of her young female piano students. “They…

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…

What It's Like to Survive a Plane Crash

Bill Brown has a winner of an icebreaker story. But it’s one he doesn’t tell often. Imagine a brand-new pencil eraser being worn down to a nub in a matter of seconds. That’s how the Kentucky native describes watching the…

Battle of the Burgers: 11 Burgers Paired with Craft Beers

There are several key components that make up a luscious burger. First, there’s the bun: two pillows of tender or toasted bread (waffles work too), substantial enough to hold the juicy contents layered between but not so bready as to…

3 Local Teachers Go Above and Beyond for Their Students

Sarah Kleinman On a bright January afternoon, students noisily file into a warm classroom at historic Crittenden Middle School in Newport News. Their backpacks and faux fur-trimmed hoodies may be those of typical American middle schoolers, but the noise they…

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…

Just Breathe

If the onslaught of tourist season in Hampton Roads—and all the vehicular immobilization that goes along with it—makes you want to go running for the hills, take heart. Our fair state happens to be home to some of the most…