Coastal Virginia Magazine - February 2018

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…

Historic Garden Week Returns to Hampton Roads This Spring

Beginning April 21, the Garden Club of Virginia's Historic Garden Week celebrates 85 years with the return of its annual, statewide home and garden tours. Of the 29 tours taking place over the eight-day showcase, five will be held throughout…

At Home with Virginia Beach Chef Alvin Williams

Photos by David Uhrin It wasn’t because he greeted me on a fall Sunday morning dressed in a “Lettuce Turnip the Beet” T-shirt that I felt so comfortable at the home of one of Coastal Virginia’s premier chefs. It wasn’t…

2018 Coastal Virginia Magazine Wine Fest

Celebrating good times with Virginia wines, the Coastal Virginia Magazine 2018 Wine Fest was held Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Vendors included 25 Virginia wineries and cideries, specialty foods and arts and crafts. The festival also included catering…

Left Side: NFL Players Kneeling During the National Anthem

In 2016, when NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled in protest during a pre-game playing of the National Anthem, he set off a firestorm of controversy that illuminated the deepest divisions in our society. On one side are super-patriots (or those…

Right Side: NFL Players Kneeling During the National Anthem

Have you ever been part of a conversation in which you can't figure out why people are complaining about the wrong thing? For example: Them: "Oh Lovey, I just don't understand how they could put that tile in the bathroom." You: "Um, what…

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…

8 Unique Uses for Ordinary Kitchen Utensils

Among the drawers overflowing with Tupperware containers, bakeware and other miscellaneous kitchen utensils, there are certain culinary devices that can be found in nearly every kitchen, each which can serve a variety of functions. From strainers turned into makeshift steamers to…

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…

Searching for God in the 7 Cities: Judaism

Rabbi Michael Panitz And if a stranger sojourns with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shall love him as…

Fruitive Launches 30-Day Intermittent Fasting Challenge

This week Fruitive launched their Intermittent Fasting Challenge, a 30-day health program that offers participants tailored organic meal plans, as well as discounted fitness options throughout Hampton Roads. The wellness program is spearheaded by Fruitive owner, Gregg Rozeboom, and monitored by…

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…

10 Locals with Fascinating Collections

We all know someone who collects something. Maybe you’re that person. It starts innocently enough—a couple ornate teacups here; several vintage cameras there. Soon enough, friends start to hear about the collection and want to contribute. And yes, sometimes it…

Top Lawyer of Health Care Law Patrick C. Devine, Jr.

When Patrick C. Devine, Jr. envisioned life after his undergraduate career at Hampden-Sydney College, a monotonous 9-to-5 job wasn’t in the cards. With a hunger for education, Devine presented himself with two options: pursue a Ph.D. in history or earn…

How to Prepare for Retirement

No matter what age you are, it’s only natural to wonder if you’re going to have enough money to live on when you retire. If you’re in your 20s or 30s and have been taking advantage of company perks like…

5 Healthy Ways to Start the New Year

Jumpstarting a healthy lifestyle is never easy. You must compromise on your wants and needs, limit your indulgences and set personal goals that may be challenging to obtain. Despite the hardships one may face while making New Year’s resolutions, the…

Get Ready For Restaurant Weeks

Be prepared to excite those palates and tempt those taste buds. Restaurant Weeks are coming to the Coastal Virginia cuisine scene, bringing a plethora of prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Here are some dates and dining destinations to…

9 New Restaurants To Try In Hampton Roads

Here in Coastal Virginia, we’re fortunate to have a plethora of restaurant options, from succulent seafood to Southern favorites to international eateries. But, even with the variety of choices available, it’s still undeniably exciting when a new restaurant opens its…