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Amazing Avocados and Dreamy Greens

Grilled or sliced, savory or sweet—creamy avocados corner the fresh market in these summery salads and a cool treat Photos by David Uhrin Hipsters may have made them meme-worthy—$22 avocado toast, anyone?—but there’s a reason nutritionists and foodies alike sing…

Cooler Cocktails: Summer Drink Recipes

Photos by Janice Marshall-Pittman Like every local restaurant during the pandemic, Williamsburg’s The Hound’s Tale, “an English gastropub with international…

Elevated Experiences Aren’t a Mirage at Amiraj

Some restaurants are described as love letters, perhaps to a cuisine or a locale. But Amiraj, Nawab’s new incarnation in Williamsburg, is a thank-you note. Unveiled last fall, the sophisticated Indian restaurant reflects owner Ashok Arora and his team’s gratitude…

Return of Heritage Pork Farming at Cartwright Family Farms

Photos courtesy of Cartwright Family Farms In 1980, Virginia was home to about 4,000 hog farms. Most were family-owned and raised heritage pigs free-range. Prized breeds like Mulefoot, Red Wattle, Tamworth and Berkshire had been around for 200 years or more—and…

Wining and Dining in Phoebus

When you dream of opening a cozy, intimate wine bar with big international menu flavors to match, you can’t let a pandemic put the cork back in your unbottled enthusiasm. And, like many local restauranteurs, the owners of the new Fox…

Spring Pea and Asparagus Risotto Recipe

Spring is almost in the air, but it’s what’s in the ground at area farms that promises a fresh start on the plates of local cooks. As we wait patiently for our beloved strawberries to ripen to plump red perfection,…

Homemade Dog Food and Biscuits

Even during the pandemic, our local restaurants have been creative in coming up with new recipes and new ways to enjoy our old favorites. And the gourmets among us have been busy in the kitchen taking quarantine cooking to new…

New Restaurants to Try in 2021

Baby Izakaya Virginia Beach What the pub is to Ireland and the tapas bar is to Spain, so the izakaya is to Japan. Kevin Ordonez (already a star in our culinary firmament…

Spiced Cranberry Curd Tart Recipe

That eye-popping crimson color. That silky sweet-tart cranberry curd with just a hint of classic holiday spices. And last, but certainly not least, that delicate crunch of a blissfully buttery pistachio crust. Wow your family, your guests—or, hey, even just…

Next-Level Holiday Side Dishes

Photos by Jenna McKenney While very much beloved, those old faithful side dishes can often get the short end of the stick in terms of our creativity. As we prepare to gather around the table with friends or family this…

Main Street Morsels in Downtown Suffolk

You stroll past a rustic-chic restaurant whose founder cooked at the legendary James Beard House. Turn the corner, there’s a sushi bar whose chef-owner trained under Iron Chef Morimoto. Take several steps down the street, and chili-spiked watermelon and pineapple…

Requiem for a Foodie Friend: Jane Gardner

I’d love to be meeting Jane Gardner for lunch today. Alas, the extraordinary woman Coastal Virginia knew as an award-winning reporter and trailblazing female anchor (at a time when that gender-descriptor was requisite), died on July 11. That’s how I…

Apple Fritters Recipe for the Fall

Photos by Kathy Keeney | Recipe by Jacqui Renager European and early versions of apple fritters in the U.S. often called for whole apple slices dipped in batter and lightly fried. The all-American staple people have come to know and…

Summer in a Mason Jar Tomato Jam Recipe

Photos by Kathy Keeney | Recipe by Jacqui Renager As backyard gardens begin overflowing with sun-ripened beefsteaks and Coastal Virginia farm stands are boasting a rainbow crop of heirlooms and old favorites, tomatoes rightfully take center stage on summer plates.…

10 New Restaurants to Try in Coastal Virginia

Coastal Virginia is a place flourishing with flavor, thanks in part to some exceptional eateries that opened recently. From a raw bar and tiki bar to a gem for gluten-free fare, a waterside watering hole with views aplenty and that…

3 Great Holiday Baking Recipes

While I love spending time in the kitchen crafting creative, garden-to-table meals, I have a special passion for baking. Like most beginners, I started out “by the book.” But over the years, I started tweaking and adjusting my own recipes to bring…

Meal Planning with Food Sensitivities

Photos by Ashlee Glen Sometimes it feels like we live in a time of almost total food-confusion. Science keeps changing its mind about what is healthy—and what was good for you last year might very well kill you now. New…

A Parent’s Guide to Meal-Prepping

Five p.m. found me dashing from my home-office to the car, fumbling with the ignition switch as I told Google to call my 12-year-old son and glanced at the rearview mirror in hopes that, please Lord, I hadn’t (yet again)…

Restaurant Offerings to Taste at CoVa Best Of Party

Most would agree that there are three major elements required to host a fabulous party. A stunning venue? Check. Music made for dancing? Check. Mouthwatering cuisine? Oh, yeah. Plus, you’ll be in good company—the best company, in fact. You’re invited…

Coastal Cattle: Local Beef in Virginia Beach

In 2014, Reagan Vaughan decided to raise a show steer and compete in the Virginia Beach 4-H Livestock Show and Sale. The wiry 12-year-old had grown up on a working 400-acre farm and was no stranger to animals—she’d frequented the…

The Perfect Plate: Food Presentation Tips

Photography by Ashlee Glen One of the best parts about going out to a nice restaurant—aside from the fact that you just get to sit there and relax while your meal is prepared—is the way the dish looks when it…