Coastal Virginia Magazine - July 2015

Grab-And-Go Gourmet Goodies for a Summer Soiree

Summer is meant to be fun—a time to unwind with family and friends. In Hampton Roads that often means at the beach; scores of folks flock to vacation homes, beach cottage rentals and time shares for long weekends throughout the…

Classic Southern Slaw

Here’s a recipe for Classic Southern Slaw, from Patrick Evans-Hylton’s book, Dishing Up Virginia. Ingredients   For the dressing 1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 tsp celery seed 1/4 teaspoon dry…

The Makeup School by Sarah Rillon

Photography by Glenn Fajota Makeup and I have never had a strong relationship. I started wearing it in high school with a few staples: blue eyeliner, silver eye shadow and concealer that didn’t come close to matching my skin color.…

Getting Saucy with Sydney Meers

Anyone that knows Sydney Meers knows he can get saucy. Now’s the proof’s in the bottle. Meers is one of the region’s best-known chefs, noted for his wonderfully crafted ‘neo-southern’ cuisine, eclectic personality, and equally eclectic dining rooms. We’ve followed…

Elizabeth City’s Harbor of Hospitality

Lee Gutman’s pontoon boat churned through coffee-colored waters as it cruised south, passing mystical marsh and pines that could have told a thousand tales of war, famine, feasts and fowl. This ride marked the start of an overnight escape to…

The Real Famous Uncle Al

His name is ubiquitous with the frankfurter around here, but who knew there really is a Famous Uncle Al? Alan Stein is the Weenie Man, and he’s in his 31st year of dishing up dogs. The New York native still…

It’s Fun To Reopen The YMCA

After being closed for nearly four years after Fort Monroe was deactivated as a U.S. Army installation in Sept. 2011, the Fort Monroe Authority has reached an agreement with the YMCA to reopen its fun-filled fitness center location on the…

Ghost Towns in Hampton Roads

Ghosts inhabit the landscape of Virginia, but not the walk-through-the-walls specters you may be thinking of. Virginia teems with the physical remnants of communities where no one has lived for decades. Here are a few of the places erased from…

Charcuteries from Saint Germain

Goth-esque and urban chic, Norfolk’s Saint Germain invited us in with its sexy, city décor and kept us with daring, sophisticated, well-executed flavors—many that we’ve not seen in these parts before. The menu is filled with bites of this and…

Chesapeake Weightlifter Caine Wilkes

Caine Wilkes plants his feet firmly on the gym floor, adjusts his glasses and gives a mighty shout. He picks up the bar, loaded with three weights on either side, and brings it to his chin in a precise motion.…

Trends in Dentistry

A generation or two ago, one of the rites of passage into middle age was a full set of dentures. Thankfully, that has changed, and more people are keeping their own teeth beyond middle age and into their golden years.…

Sushi 101

Because sushi is so much more than raw fish wrapped in rice, here are some common terms you may encounter: American-Style Sushi: adapting to American palates, this type of sushi began in the early 1960s with the California Roll. Typical…

7 Tips for Retirement Happiness

Retirees have a message for people still working but wondering what life might be like once they retire: “Come on in; the water’s warm.” But they also say that it pays to plan, the earlier the better, because retirement might…

Sushi School in Session

Eating sushi at your favorite Japanese restaurant, and you keep getting evil glares from the sushi chef? Perhaps you're not doing it right. Here are some basic tips to move from Sushi Fool to Sushi Cool: 1.  Be patient: at restaurants,…

How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Overall Health

That missing molar or other tooth means more than a gap in your smile. Vanity aside, replacing that tooth can improve your overall health. Consider any boost in your appearance to be a bonus. When a tooth is lost, the…

Body Contouring at The Hague Center

After people do the hard work before, during and after weight-loss surgery, they’re not finished reshaping their bodies. They may have lost 100 pounds or more of fat, but they’re left with sagging skin from head to toe. That’s where…

Eight to Eat: Our Best Sushi Picks

Sushi, when done correctly, is one of the more elegant of the culinary arts. Far beyond a bit of seafood encased in a roll of rice and seaweed, sushi is an ancient dish that mixes tastes, textures and tradition. Great…

Major and the Monbacks

To tell the story of Major and the Monbacks, you have to go back to before the eight members of the Norfolk-based rock group were even born—to the earliest days of fraternity rock, Stax records, West Coast sunshine pop, East…