Coastal Virginia Magazine - February-March 2016

The Flavors of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was a world traveler, consuming his passion for exploration and adventure, along with some good eats along the way. Cuba one day, Africa, France, Key West or Spain the next. And Idaho. Yes, Idaho. The famed writer has…

Virginia Beach’s Sustainable Schools

What do butterflies and the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) sustainable building initiative have in common? The answer is The Butterfly Effect whereby a small action, e.g. the flutter of butterfly wings, magnifies over time into a huge, long-run…

Quirk Hotel, Richmond

Here we are—standing in the middle of Quirk, a snazzy boutique hotel in Virginia’s capital city. Marble steps line the staircase in the lobby, laced with limestone arches and eclectic light fixtures. This place is the bee’s knees. The charming…

Escape Room, Virginia Beach

When my husband and I first started dating during my senior year of high school, I never would have thought that 12 years later, we’d be stuck in detention together. But here we are, inside a classroom, with both our…

Live with Nicole Livas

Ever since reporting morning announcements at Kempsville High, Nicole Livas knew she wanted to work in her hometown. She graduated from George Mason University, worked as an anchor/reporter in Rhode Island and Ohio and eventually found her way back home…

Harpoon Larry’s Oyster Salad

If Cheers were set in a fish house and oyster bar, Sam Malone might have been slinging bivalves behind the bar. Comfortable. Convivial. That’s Harpoon Larry’s. From an extensive seafood-centric menu, we gravitate toward the oysters. An extensive list gives…

Topgolf, Virginia Beach

Who says a woman can’t play golf in heels? High-energy music roars down the open-air bays as the lights glare from the outfield while I take my first hit. Once one of Topgolf’s micro-chipped golf balls dispenses, I take my…

Quick-Healing Hip and Knee Replacements

As you consider a hip or knee replacement, you may be concerned about being sidelined for weeks from your job, golf game or grandkids. Not to worry. Thanks to new surgical techniques and pre-operation planning, today’s joint replacement patients are…

Join the Club

When most people think of school clubs, they envision the whiz kids of the Chess Club, the future lawyers of the Debate Club or the animated students of the Drama Club. Now area schools offer students a chance to explore…

Candy Land

You have to suck on a Peach Bud. Slowly. That’s the proper way to eat one, in my opinion. You have to work the candy nugget until the center pokes through. It is then, and only then, that you bite…

A Very Virginia Valentine’s Day

No doubt that you and your significant other are the perfect pair. (At least you’d better say that in public, amiright?) Here are a few ideas for a perfect pairing come Valentine’s Day dinner: The Dish: Rack of Lamb from…

Fig Jam Vinaigrette

Here’s a piquant Fig Jam Vinaigrette with just a bit of sweetness to make things interesting: you could make it with the fig jam you’ve put up this year, or grab a jar from a local farmers market (our pick…

Opting Out of the SOLs

Cailin Yates has six children currently enrolled in Williamsburg-James City County public schools. They span the grade range—from kindergarten to high school. The busy mom, who works at a SAP (Systems, Applications and Products) systems integration firm, DataXstream, says that,…

Todd Rosenlieb Celebrates 10 Years

If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to spend a day in Todd Rosenlieb’s shoes, you’ll need to eat your Wheaties first. And you'd better hope those shoes are comfortable because you’re going to be in them for…

Ten Top Teachers in Hampton Roads

Top Teacher Overall Amy D. Insley Number of Votes: 3,570 School: York High School, York County Years as an educator: 17 Grades and subjects taught: Elementary Music; Theater Arts 6–12, adjunct professor at Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University…

8 Meatless Meals We Love

It seems as if we’ve all been told by our mothers growing up to eat our vegetables. Turns out many of us are doing just that. For a number of reasons—including health, moral and religious concerns, folks are celebrating the…

Eastern Shore Artisan Trail

Four years ago, the seeds were planted, and with the help of a dedicated volunteer team and eager site participants, Virginia’s Eastern Shore Artisan Trail has blossomed into the largest such trail in Virginia. Officially launched last October, it now…

12 Volunteer Mentorship Programs in Hampton Roads

Looking to get involved with a local mentorship program to inspire the educational future of kids in Hampton Roads? Here are 12 organizations where you can get involved and make a positive difference. United for Children: Drive educational success for…

Breaking the Cycle

In Coastal Virginia, 21,000 children live in extreme poverty, which is defined as less than half the federal poverty level. Research shows that poverty has a major impact on education, meaning that thousands of local children are at risk of…