Bay Bites - September 2014

Butter Bean Risotto

A creamy risotto is all I’m craving when the cooler weather creeps in. To blanket my fix I whipped up this risotto with summer's last batch of fresh butter beans from Stoney’s Produce in Virginia Beach. At first apprehensive, the…

The Stockpot

It’s time to get cozy. Pile on the sweaters, bury yourself in blankets, and bring on the soup! There’s really no other perfect time for a soup startup. As my husband and I wandered through Old Beach Farmer’s Market—a Saturday…

Supper Southern Morsels

It was 11 p.m., and I was on my second biscuit. My grandpa used to correct me when I was learning the difference between supper and dinner. “It's breakfast, supper, then dinner,” he instructed. At Norfolk's Supper Southern Morsels, it…

The Chef’s Garden at CIV

The Culinary Institute of Virginia is growing. No, I don’t mean another location, although they did extend their culinary reach to the Peninsula recently with the opening of a second campus in City Center at Oyster Point, Newport News. I…

Terrapin WineDown and Hors D'oeuvres

The backdrop of a hazy, misty mess didn’t stop my better half and me from enjoying our first WineDown on the new terrace at Virginia Beach’s Terrapin. WineDown events occur monthly at Terrapin, showcasing a handful of wines to let…

Lizard Cafe

Tucked inside Downtown Norfolk’s Prince Books bookstore lies Lizard Cafe, a sister eatery to Leaping Lizard Cafe in the Shore Drive area of Virginia Beach. You’ll find an assortment of wraps, hefty sandwiches on homemade bread, a daily soup, salads…

LeGrand Kitchen

We had front row seats to quite possibly the liveliest show in Norfolk on a Saturday night. Our bar-front view at LeGrand Kitchen invited us into the madness of chefs seasoning and sizzling with nonchalance in the midst of a…

The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Pacifica's Pan Roasted Lamb Chops

If you don’t already know, Pacifica Little Bar Bistro is a local’s spot. The oceanfront atmosphere translates to its hipster-surf vibe in that it’s laid back, dimly lit—sometimes via fireplace—with the music playing hushed beneath the chatter, at least if…

The Bakehouse at Chelsea

Trudging through the overcast Saturday morning, I was awakened by the bright storefront that The Bakehouse at Chelsea offers to the Ghent neighborhood. As we entered, the husband and I were entranced by all of the movement; a spread of…

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