Author: Ryan Miller

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…

Garden to Table: Local Restaurants that Grow

‘Farm to table’ and ‘eat local’ are admittedly buzzwords for cuisine nowadays, but for what could be considered a culinary trend should be viewed in the bigger picture as part of a growing food movement. Local restaurants are taking the…

Pucker Up for these Local Sour Beers

They’re tart and fruity, bright yellow, plum purple and ruby red. Sour beers have spontaneously come on to the beer scene here in Coastal Virginia, with their mouth-puckering popularity and even offering a quirky way to quench a thirst on a…

5th Annual Gettin’ Frisky on the Wisky

Docked at Nauticus in Norfolk, the massive Battleship Wisconsin was host to an evening full of seafaring fun during the 5th Annual Gettin’ Frisky on the Wisky waterfront party on May 12. Aboard the ship, guests dressed in nautical chic…

5 Best Bike Paths in Coastal Virginia

Elizabeth River Trail, Norfolk As spring arrives with blooming bouquets of flowers and bright rays of sunshine, clean and convenient, stylish and swift bikes make for a nice way to get outdoors and get around. Many Coastal Virginia cities are…

Williamsburg's Kid Food Critic

“Ambiance, flavor, presentation and service,” are the qualities food critic Leo Ruiz-Torres considers when he reviews his experience at a restaurant. “And if it’s kid-friendly or not,” Leo urgently adds. He’s a phenom as a foodie, a culinary connoisseur, a…

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week: Tupelo Honey

Restaurant Week is here in Virginia Beach, with irresistible prix fixe breakfast, lunch and dinner specials creatively curated by chefs at excellent eateries. Our Director of Marketing Lisa Davenport and I were delighted to dine out for a lavish lunch…

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…

Spirit Cruises Debuts Virginia Elite

Making a prestigious premier last fall when it was christened by Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander, the new Virginia Elite docked at Town Point Park is an impressive inclusion to the downtown waterfront. Alongside the Waterside District and Hilton Norfolk…

Sam The Lasagna Lady

For Samantha A. Peavy, life, like lasagna, has many layers to it, each with lessons in resilience, endurance, loving again and victory. As the author of Life Through Lasagna Eyes: The Recipes for Life and award-winning owner and chef of…

Giving Back Awards: Peninsula READS

Those who come to Peninsula READS come from all walks of life, each with aspirations for making a better life for themselves by achieving their goals and seeing their dreams come true. For many of us in Coastal Virginia—and the…

Restaurants To Visit On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has long been known as a holiday meant to be spent at home, gobbling turkey and stuffing yourself with—well, stuffing—at the dinner table while giving thanks for being with the loving company of family and friends. There are some…

India Fest Preview at Saffron Indian Bistro

Now in its 22nd year, India Fest will celebrate the prosperous exchange of Indian culture in our community with a free, full day of events at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Saturday, Nov. 11. Organized by the Asian Indians…

Virginia Zoo Lead Reptile Keeper Dennis McNamara

Virginia Zoo's Lead Reptile Keeper Dennis McNamara with AJ, an 85-year-old, 507- pound Aldabra tortoise. Photo by David Uhrin With wild animals of all shapes and sizes, scales and feathers, the Virginia Zoo is considered home for a distinctive collection…

Vegetable Beers at Benchtop Brewing

Mom always said to eat your veggies, and now Norfolk’s Benchtop Brewing is making sure you drink them too. Bringing homegrown flavor to city dwellers, the Chelsea neighborhood brewery is on point with some off-kilter vegetable brews. Benchtop’s beers have…

Hampton Roads VegFest at Chesapeake City Park

Planting the seed for a food movement, the second annual Hampton Roads VegFest returns for another year of vivacious vegan dishes from local restaurants. This year’s event will be held Oct. 8 at Chesapeake City Park. Presented by the Smithfield…

Back Bay Heritage Festival

Back Bay Brewing Co. and the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum hosted the first ever Back Bay Heritage Festival at historic de Witt Cottage at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Saturday, Sept. 30. The community fundraising event featured tastings from seven…