Coastal Virginia Magazine - January 2014

Those Pearly Whites

If a whiter smile is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you’re in the right place. Depending on your budget and your teeth, you have a variety of options. Whitening Toothpaste The least expensive option is whitening toothpaste, says Dr.…

The Outer Banks Allure…

For about as long as there has been an Outer Banks—the modern form didn’t appear until about 4,000 or 5,000 years ago—visitors have been coming from Coastal Virginia. That’s how Monkey Island, a gem of an island in Currituck Sound,…

Caring For The Caregivers

Linda Walsh of Poquoson was once a highly successful real estate agent, but all that changed when her father died. Her mother had both multiple sclerosis and a brain disease with symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s, requiring around-the-clock care and attention.…

Right Side Deadly Decisions

There are practices and traditions that we as a society have moved beyond for which we should congratulate ourselves. Scarlet letters, bloodletting, banishment, pantsuits, etc. The separation from such antiquated contrivances shows human progression in thought, science and the cherished…

Left Side Deadly Decisions

Whenever I think about the death penalty I think of Michael Dukakis. Remember him? In the 1988 presidential debates, he was asked how he would feel about the death penalty if his wife were brutally raped and murdered. Dukakis responded…

A Smorgasbord of CoVa Food Happenings

There are a number of new restaurants to try in Coastal Virginia, including a new food truck on the horizon. Here is a rundown of new and upcoming restaurants:   Blue Seafood & Spirits Eastern Shore-style Seafood 2181 Upton Dr.,…

Put Some South in Your Mouth

There are several branches in the cornbread family, including corn mush, spoonbread and fried offerings like corn pones, hushpuppies and journey or johnnycakes. The most common version is baked, either plain or with additions such as cheese, herbs, onion or…

Running The Show

Although most athletes take running very seriously, there’s something unarguably carefree about sprinting in a large group of people dressed in costume, followed by the clinking of plastic cups of beer with fellow participants at the end of a race.…

The Big (Grilled) Cheese

Sure, you’ve had grilled cheese sandwiches before, but you’ve not had one quite like the Award Winning Grilled Cheese at Press 626 in Norfolk. Picture this: golden, grilled sourdough bread stuffed with Vermont cheddar, Swiss, pepper jack and goat cheese…

Rock Of Ages

At an age when most buildings are getting torn down or argued over by preservationists, The NorVa theatre has been reborn as “the best live music venue in America.” Not bad for a 96-year-old brick old-timer with a wraparound balcony,…

Raising a Fork

Food is a very special thing. Nations have gone to war over it—or specifically—over its supply. Nations also spar over it, claiming their cuisine to be superior in some way to other countries. Folks pass down family recipes in secret,…

The President’s Analyst

It’s always been hard to tell if Bill Schneider is a Republican or a Democrat. The veteran TV personality, author and educator likes it that way. “I take pride in the fact that people are always saying to me that…

Our Loss

Donald Hamilton “Don” Clark Whether one knew him as “Protector of the Sand,” “Cowboy Don” or the first name on the masthead of the Clark & Stant letterhead, Don Clark was a civic and legal visionary in Coastal Virginia.  …

Good to the Bone

There wasn’t a lot being said around the table. “Mmm” was the closest word uttered for a bit. In front of each judge was a plate featuring a dish with multiple components, each beautiful on their own but together creating…