Coastal Virginia Magazine - February-March 2015

4 Ways to Maintain Your Summer Glow Year-Round

Hampton Roads residents are fortunate enough to have year-round access to the beach, but even so, we’re not all 24-hour bronze goddesses. Without going to extreme or damaging measures, here are some tips and product ideas you can use to…

Mermaid Factory

Our mermaids and dolphins, handmade in Norfolk, are the ideal blank canvases to inspire your creativity. Paint your own today! We also have pre-made mermaids and dolphins that make great farewell gifts, gifts for visiting relatives or a memento of your time…

Virginia Arts Festival's Disney Fantasia

Mickey Mouse isn’t the only star of Disney Fantasia. From ballet-dancing hippos to synchronized-swimming flower petals, Fantasia’s monumental animation is brought to life on the big stage. The Virginia Symphony Orchestra astounded in their riveting Sunday performance of the Disney…

Breakfast 101

It’s called the most important meal of the day. It can be quick, grab-and-go, or it can be leisurely and sit-down. It can be healthy, or it can be decadent. It can be intimate and romantic with the one you…

Cape Henry Lighthouse is Finally Getting Fixed

A Certain Kind of Light By all accounts, John McComb made stuff to last. Born in 1753, the master bricklayer built New York’s City Hall and was also responsible for Gracie Mansion, the New York City Mayoral residence. During his…

West Elm at Virginia Beach Town Center

    We’re just getting over last week’s winter storm in Hampton Roads, but near the corner of Main Street and Constitution Drive in Virginia Beach’s Town Center, spring is already in full session. The welcomed shift in seasons comes…

Chef Mike Farrell’s New Orleans-Style Bread Pudding Recipe

Chef Mike Farrell’s restaurant, Still Worldly Eclectic Tapas in Portsmouth, was ranked Number 7 in the Platinum Plate awards, but there’s no ranking system worthy of justifying how good his bread pudding is. For years Farrell’s light, ethereal bread pudding,…

Two Top Chefs Depart Virginia Beach

Coastal Virginia has lost two top chefs. Both Scott Simpson, former executive chef at Swan Terrace at The Founders Inn and Spa, and Jerry Weihbrecht, former executive chef at Zoës Steak & Seafood, both in Virginia Beach, have moved out…

Lovely Bubbles

We don’t think it’s absence, but rather bubbles, that make the heart grow fonder. For Valentine’s Day, we asked three top sommeliers in Hampton Roads for their picks for sparkling wine, and here’s what they had to say: Adam Steely…

Farewell, Dave Scherr

Longtime friend to the region’s restaurant community Dave Scherr passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Dec. 5. Scherr—along with his wife, Dee—operated Dave & Dee’s Homegrown Mushrooms in Sedley, about 45 minutes west of Norfolk. They began mushroom farming in…

Madeira-Mushroom Sauce

Dave Scherr of Dave & Dee's Homegrown Mushrooms, passed away in December. We're honoring his impact on the culinary community with this recipe for Madeira-Mushroom Sauce, perfect for topping beef, pork or poultry, from my book Dishing Up Virginia.    Madeira-Mushroom Sauce…

Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Lower Shore The Eastern Shore begins—and ends—at the famed Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel at the southern tip where drivers face 20 plus miles of open water. Here, Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic waters meet, waves from both washing upon each other. Fishermen,…

Hampton Roads High School Rankings 2015

Does your child’s education make the grade? We’ve compiled all the facts and figures you need to determine which Coastal Virginia public high schools are at the head of the class. Click here to view as a PDF. About our…

2014 Top Teachers

Photos by Jim Pile Everyone remembers one special teacher who touched their lives and went above and beyond to inspire impressionable young minds. These teachers work tirelessly, both inside the classroom and during their “off time” at home. These teachers…

Taste Of the Beach 2015

Four full days of flavor await in the Outer Banks at the most anticipated culinary event of the year. On March 19, the 6th annual Outer Banks Taste of the Beach kicks off, and this year’s selection of events is…

Private School Open Houses

Much in the same way that you wouldn’t want to buy a car without taking it for a test drive or buy a house without doing a walk through and checking out the neighborhood, you won’t want to send your…

3 Ways to Increase Your SAT Score

Scholastic Aptitude Tests, or SATs, are an important factor to have on your side when applying for college. Even with a strong grade point average, an impressive plethora of extracurricular activities and community involvement under your belt and a stack…

Standout Schools in Hampton Roads

Based on the statistics in our high schools chart, and with academics (AP test taking percentages and SOL scores) weighted slightly more heavily than dropout rates and behavioral offences, we’d like to recognize the following schools for standing out as…

School Lunches Get a Makeover

Chipper kindergarteners bounce into the cafeteria at Portlock Primary School in Chesapeake, giddy at the opportunity to take a break from their lessons, chat with friends and, best of all, eat. What’s on the menu for today? Rest assured it’s…