Bay Bites - July 2014

Blackberry Basil Honey Ice Cream

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a whole lot of basil on my hands. Whether it’s tossed in my eggs with some feta crumbles or in a cocktail, basil is everywhere at our table...and there’s still more to go…

Hair of the Dog Eatery

Sunday’s chatter and the clatter of forks battling plates filled the room—necessities to ease into the beginning of the work week. The brunch crowd was in full swing, and what better spot to refuel after a late night? Virginia Beach’s…

Chowing Down at the CoVa "Best Of" Party

Our readers voted, and we’re so glad they did! To commemorate Coastal Virginia’s “Best Of” winners, we hosted a party complete with live music, caricatures, a silent auction, casino games and, of course, food! It all went down at the…

The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Bumbleberry Pie

The blue-hued mountains of Charlottesville curtained a blissful weekend of wine tasting and much splurging and indulging. On our way back home to the beach, my husband and I took a quick stop at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Famished after…

Bouillabaisse French Seafood Stew

Bony fish leftover from a fisherman’s day out to sea were what sparked the beauty of what we now know as bouillabaisse. Bouillabaisse is a traditional French gumbo-like stew that's characterized by a complex, aromatic saffron and fennel broth overflowing…

Crispy Gnocchi Summer Salad

We’re right in the thick of summer, the humid July evenings where the grill is always lit and watermelon is expected. Pasta salads are one of those summer staples that are a fun departure from the traditional chips and dip.…

Bread Pudding with Bing Cherry Syrup

First things first: I love bread. I adore croissants, French toast, foccacia and sourdough. But when it becomes the foundation of a dessert, my love for bread reaches an unrivaled grandiosity. Bread pudding first swept me away during my junior…

The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Bay Local's Banging Balls

Eclectic beach decor was at its finest. Enamored at the bedazzled bits hung around us, vintage fishing pictures and mismatched mirrors strung about Shore Drive's newest eatery, Bay Local. My friend and I arrived at the peak of brunch, so…

Sweet Peach and Savory Beet Jam Galette

My relationship with baking is pretty limited, which is why I was relieved when I found this no-nonsense recipe for a galette. Galettes are simply beautiful, free-form, rustic French tarts that call for little effort but become the highlight of…

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