Coastal Virginia Magazine - January 2015

Yard House

When the craft beer revolution began nearly 20 years ago, Yard House was there pioneering the way. Taking its vast experience with brews and breweries and coupling it with a kitchen that prepares over 100 items from scratch daily, Yard…

Local Love: Black Tie Elegance at Harrison Opera House

Photography by Amanda Hedgepeth Photography Who: Brittney Williams, law student, and Malcolm Marbley, project manager engineer. When: Aug. 2, 2014 Where: Harrison Opera House, Norfolk.  Where They Met: Malcolm and Brittney met at a party through mutual friend and groomsmen,…

Fried Chicken Worth Crossing the Road For

Fried chicken is a staple in the South and particularly in Virginia. Before the Colonel made “Kentucky” synonymous with fried chicken, Virginian cook Mary Randolph penned the first written recipe for it in her book, The Virginian Housewife in 1824:…

Local Love: Beachy Bliss at The Yacht Club at Marina Shores in Virginia Beach

Photography by Elizabeth Henson Photos Who: Kallen Harcourt, account executive, and Kyle Carlson, career firefighter. When: Sept. 6, 2014. Where: The Yacht Club at Marina Shores, Virginia Beach. The couple chose their venue for its beautiful deck overlooking the yachts during the ceremony. The marina was…

One Gutsy Grandma

If you spotted kayaker Dr. Deb Walters paddling her way through Hampton Roads in mid-November, you probably didn’t think much about it. Little did you know that she was traveling our waterways (in Yorktown, Poquoson and Norfolk) on days 60 and…

Three Inspiring Lunch Courses at Le Yaca

We recently shed some luscious light on Le Yaca's four-course brunch menu. Now we’re here to tempt your palate further with Le Yaca's three-course lunch—and at a bargain. From chef/owner Daniel Abid’s kitchen comes an amazing array of dishes to sate the…

New Virginia Beach Golfing Facility Up To Par

Get ready to swing in style. TopGolf International, Inc. began construction on a 65,000-square-foot facility in December off Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach. The entertainment center, slated to open in fall 2015, will offer competitive golfing games for all ages…

Little Libraries

Coastal Virginia’s latest “little free library” opened recently in James City County (4601 Minutemen Way in Liberty Crossing), the first one of its kind in this area. Little libraries are a national movement that encourages patrons to a take a…

Virginia Fried Chicken

Frying chicken was a technique known to Europeans before the first settlers came to Virginia, but it was here that the highly seasoned, golden, and crispy-crusted fried chicken that we know today was developed with the use of herbs and…

Strange Brew

Climbing out onto a sixth-story window ledge at the Cavalier Hotel, Adolph Coors felt cheated. For the past two months, Coors, the founder of the Adolph Coors Company, had gazed out at the Atlantic Ocean, contemplating the 61 years that…

Pan-Roasted Sheepshead Fish

Virginia-caught Sheepshead fish prepared by Executive Chef Peter Stine of Steinhilber’s Restaurant in Virginia Beach was recently named the Dish of Coastal Virginia at the 2014 March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction. Chef Stine shares a delicious recipe for pan-roasting…

A Fish By Any Other Name

For 21 years, food critics from across Hampton Roads have sampled plate after plate of tempting dishes at the March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction. This year’s event was held Oct. 12 at The Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia…

Speedy No-Bake Granola Bars

We all have those mornings. The alarm didn’t go off. You spill coffee all over your clothes. Your dog decides to roll himself in the mud minutes before you have to leave. All of these morning mishaps of course keep…

Paint Nite Hampton Roads

There are several ways artists gain inspiration when preparing to paint: observe their surroundings, reflect in the beauty of nature, look inside themselves for a new sense of creative purpose ... and when all else fails—drink. Tonight I’m skipping the…

Coastal Virginia Restaurant Weeks

The post-holiday letdown doesn’t last long when Restaurant Week rolls around each January. Restaurant Week is an effort to entice diners to come out during some of the historically slower seasons (not all are held in the winter) for restaurants…

2015 OBX Taste of the Beach

The annual Taste of the Beach, sponsored by the Outer Banks Restaurant Association, runs March 19–22 and is a vibrant playground overflowing with local flavors showcased during wine tastings, brew tours, brunches, dinners and more than 70 culinary activities.  View…

Luxury Amenities for Outer Banks Vacation Rentals

Imagine a magical place that combines the best memories of summer camp with a grown-up wish list—a place infused with a whimsical spirit that beckons you to come and play and carries you back to those carefree days of childhood.…

Construction Is Still Under Way

Construction is still under way, but soon we will be complete and ready for these exciting events.  Each weekly event will be ticketed $20 per tour with a portion of the proceeds benefiting one of the charities. Culinary tastings/samples from local businesses will be offered to attendees.  …

Relief from Back Pain

You’ve already lived with the pain in your back, neck or other joints for months. Now that you’ve decided to seek treatment, you’re ready to start making progress. You’ve got a marathon to run, a baby to take care of,…

Where to Eat Now

Eighty-six years after Capt. Christopher Newport landed at present day Cape Henry in Virginia Beach, the Virginia colony that he and other settlers helped establish was growing. An urban area began to take root, the tiny Norfolk Town, and it…

5 Questions with Stephen Marsh of LeGrand Kitchen

Named after the 1960s Norfolk record label that kickstarted musicians such as Gary “U.S.” Bonds and Jimmy Soul, LeGrand Kitchen’s chef/owner Stephen Marsh is also making simple, approachable food that makes Coastal Virginians sing. The diminutive 16-seat casual neighborhood diner…

Lily Liqueur of Norfolk’s Focus Fox Burlesque Troupe

“I like to think I’m a mix between Bettie Page and Marilyn Monroe—a little cheese-cakey with a little sex appeal.” She sits at a mirror, dabbing a brush into a small jar of Martha Stewart red craft glitter, then carefully…

The Reality of Rape

When you hear the word rapist, what comes to mind? A wild-eyed stranger lurking in the shadows? That’s a common perception. But it’s at odds with reality. The fact is, most sexual assaults—approximately two-thirds, according to national studies—are committed by…