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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…

5 to Try at Yendidi Restaurant

Images courtesy of Yendidi Restaurant Coastal Virginia has become a melting pot for international fare. Adding some spice to our regional restaurant offerings is Yendidi Restaurant, serving flavorful, authentic Ghanaian and West African cuisine. Yendidi opened for takeout back in…

5 Fall Beers from Coastal Virginia Breweries

Fall ushers in cooler temperatures, amber-colored landscapes and a new season of craft beers. The light, citrusy flavors of summer IPAs transition into richer, spiced autumnal offerings from Coastal Virginia breweries. Here are five fall brews that are perfect for…

5 Local Hot Sauces to Spice Up Your Summer

Mayo, mustard, ketchup and relish—all popular condiments, but none kick up a dish quite like hot sauce does. Over the last few years, hot sauce has undergone a revolution, and companies…

5 Must-Try Mocktails from Local Restaurants

Civil Libation Purple Rain Dry January is a thing. And if it’s your thing, we’ve got you covered. When your old alcohol acquaintance be forgot—at least for 31 days—you can still enjoy the craftiest of cocktails in the 757. And…

5 Go-To Gazpachos at Local Restaurants

Gazpacho at The Stockpot. Photo by David Uhrin When it comes to chilled soup, gazpacho is our go-to. We love you, borscht, but hot in winter is our preferred delivery method, and sorry vichyssoise, you pale in comparison. Vivid and…

5 Favorite Fries in Coastal Virginia

We began this article intent on finding the five best fries in Coastal Virginia, only to realize that when it comes to fries, considering “best” is asking for an argument. There are places and occasions for slender shoestring fries and…

Full Belly Delights’ Gourmet Bacon Treats

We’re not exactly sure how chocolate and bacon first became an item. Maybe it was a case of, “Hey, you put your bacon in my chocolate!” “You got chocolate on my bacon!” Perhaps we’ll never know the origin, but one…

Coastal Cidery Arrives in Hampton

Late this summer, Sly Clyde Ciderworks was introduced as Virginia’s first coastal cidery. The Hampton-based ciderhouse was founded by local brothers Tim and Doug Smith and was established in the home of the Smith brothers’ late grandfather, H. Clyde Smith.…

Prosperity Bakery Introduces Fresh Pastries and Roman-Style Pizzas

The highly esteemed Commune recently expanded its collection of farm-to-table eateries to include a stand-alone bakery and pizzeria in Virginia Beach’s ViBe District. The bakery dubbed Prosperity has allowed Commune owner Kevin Jamison to enhance his team’s production of baked goods…

Lolly’s Creamery & Soup Co. Delivers Frozen Treats by Bike

Inspired by his favorite Harrisonburg ice cream shop, former James Madison Duke, Joey Launi, longed to bring his own creamy creations to the beach. His passion for ice cream combined with his father’s 40-plus years in the food industry led…

Bro’s Fish Tacos Expands to Full-Service Restaurant

Serving up seriously delicious tacos to Virginia Beach residents since 2013, Bro’s Fish Tacos recently expanded its culinary operations beyond its famed mobile food trucks to a full-service restaurant. The brick and mortar taco shop on North Lynnhaven Road will…

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…

Eat The Streets 757 Introduces The Boardroom

Eat The Streets 757, the leader in food truck booking services, is bringing you their first brick and mortar concept—The Boardroom. The Boardroom will serve only Virginia craft beer and wine, and specialty release local beer and top-notch Virginia wines…

Arts + Eats Walking Tour in ViBe Creative District

While simultaneous eating and talking almost always gets a bad rap, a new Virginia Beach tour proves eating and walking can be a most favorable—and flavorful—activity. The ViBe Creative District nonprofit, in partnership with Taste Virginia Food, Wine, Brewery &…

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…

Melo Lion Mead

Zeb Johnston is minding his own beeswax. Literally. The Yorktown beekeeper began his beekeeping business, Zeb’s Bees, both as a new hobby and a means to help with his own pollen allergies growing up. He learned the way of the…

A Bite of Maine Food Truck

A crowd of local folks, young and old, gathers at Marina Shores Shoppes off North Great Neck in Virginia Beach on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in April. Each person gets in line, patiently awaiting the item in which they’ve been…

CIV Celebrates 10 Years

If you think culinary school is just a way to learn how to cook, Andy Gladstein, Campus President for the Culinary Institute of Virginia, has a message for you. “We always tell people that the biggest misconception about culinary school—at…

Something to Stout About

We look forward to St. Patrick’s Day each year, both for the opportunity to break out that random article of green clothing or accessory that we almost never get to wear, and for the chance to participate in a number…

Beer My Valentine

Everyone knows that chocolate and wine is a match made in perfect palate heaven. However, with all the breweries popping up in Coastal Virginia, we’re feeling a little hoppy this Valentine’s Day and decided to go a deliciously different route.…