Coastal Virginia Magazine - July 2013

Equality To Change Society? - Left Side

I can see merit in both sides of the debate on most social and political issues. Not so when it comes to gay marriage. To my mind, there is absolutely no justification for banning it. That should become clear to…

Coasting Away

The shorelines of Hampton Roads are constantly in flux. Waves pummel exposed stretches of beach, carting off a little sand or mud each time. That earth has to go somewhere, and it often doesn’t travel very far. The sediment is…

How to CYA

Email disclaimers and signatures often catch my attention, partially because I don’t use either, but mostly because I often find them cumbersome and silly. For example: • My husband used to work for a company that handled multi-million dollar deals.…

War On Whiskey

Shortly after Prohibition began in Virginia in 1916, stills to manufacture now-illegal alcohol popped up from Chesapeake to North Carolina. “Moonshine Meadow” in present-day Northwest River Park, Chesapeake, was home to several stills. Cape Henry was home to the “Desert,”…

The Greening of Hampton Roads

Although the proliferation of farmers markets over the past few years—as America embraces the farm-to-fork concept—seems new, it isn’t. Open-air markets have long been part of Virginia tradition. When plans were made to move the Virginia colonial capital from Jamestown…

To Dine For - Mouthful of Magic

For years we’ve enjoyed the culinary magic of Chef David Watts. At Captain Groovy’s, a fabulous casual, seafood-centric restaurant in Norfolk’s East Ocean View, Watts’ creativity shines in many dishes, including the Voodoo Wings, shown. Large, meaty, perfectly cooked chicken…

One Cool Soup

It’s farmers market season (see our Dish feature on page 102), and an abundance of garden-fresh veggies make this a perfect time to make gazpacho. And many folks may be surprised to know this delightful chilled soup——wonderful in the summertime—has…

The Upper Crust

Pizza, as we generally know it—a thin, hand-tossed crust topped with tomato sauce, melting cheese and often other ingredients—didn’t exist until the mid- to late-19th century, although it had been around in some form or the other, mostly as a…

Scenes from a Train

When I arrive at the Norfolk Amtrak Station around 4:30 in the morning on an April Thursday, it’s still dark, but I feel excitement in the air. For the first time in 35 years, passenger service originates from downtown, right…

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