Coastal Virginia Magazine - May-June 2015

Pump Up and Pedal On

If you like to bike, Norfolk is a good place to be. The Downtown Norfolk Council is working hard to help promote cycling, including recently installing the region’s first maintenance facility, funded by Traffix, adjacent to the MacArthur Center light…

Gadget: The French Gachette

A well-stocked kitchen requires more than a stove and a refrigerator; it requires gadgets. We love gadgets of all shapes and sizes. Recently we asked Deon Foster, proprietor of Kitchen Koop in Portsmouth, to pick a favorite of hers—the French…

Local Chefs Prepare a Farm-to-Table Meal

When chefs need inspiration, they take a field trip. Often it’s to a local farmers market, where they know they’ll find fresh, seasonal offerings as well as the opportunity to talk to the farmer, waterman or producer. We asked three…

The Man Behind the Mascot

“It’s like a switch. When you turn it on, you become somebody else.” It may be hard for the average person to understand “becoming somebody else” just by putting on a costume. We dress up for Halloween, after all. But…

Choco-co-berry Torte

“This is my dish for ending the cold early dark days and the beginning of the longer warmer days. The chocolate is symbolic of the dark cool days, and the berries are of the lighter and fresh days, so I…

Bruce Thompson Builds a Legacy in Coastal Virginia

The man who has been called the Donald Trump of Virginia Beach got his start as a snow ski instructor. As more and more people wanted to learn to ski, some of his clients expressed an interest in finding new…

A Weekend at Melrose at Georgetown

Back in our college days, my then-boyfriend (now husband) Patrick and I spent a weekend in D.C. We visited the free museums, tried some decent restaurants and enjoyed a bit of day drinking. (It’s OK—we were in our 20s.) It…

Creamed Vegetables Recipe from LeGrand Kitchen

“This recipe is a staple at Legrand that shifts with the season and utilizes whatever vegetables are available at the time. I like to think it’s a mix between a succotash, carbonara and a good old-fashioned hash. The rustic vegetables…

Coastal Virginia Scholarships

If you have a graduating high school student under your roof, now is the time to start looking into financing the next step of their road to higher education. Obviously, the first course of action is to look into securing…

Educational Summer Camps in Hampton Roads

If you’ve been thinking of museums as rainy-day places, think again. They may have serious missions, but Coastal Virginia’s museums are also committed to serious fun. And they’re rolling out inventive summer programs for kids in everything from art to…

9 Road Trips You Should Take This Summer

Summertime means road trips—weekends, overnights and daytrip excursions. Close to home, we have a variety of vacations. Be it beaches, mountains or soaking up the sun at a large lake, all kinds of getaways are within a half-day’s drive of…

Stuft, Not Your Average Street Food

The first thing you notice is the shiny stainless steel trailer emblazoned with stylized writing on the end proclaiming: Stuft, Not Your Average Street Food. The second thing you see are smiles—big, broad smiles from Casey or Alex Haas—truck proprietors.…

3 Ways to Prepare for College

High school students who are getting ready to make the leap from being at home to being out on their own have some exciting but difficult challenges ahead. Apart from being in a new learning environment that will probably be…

5 Ways to Improve Eyesight Without Glasses or Contact Lenses

If you’re not a candidate for Lasik corrective eye surgery, you may have resigned yourself to a lifetime of fumbling for glasses or contact lenses every morning. But there are options that can help you see clearly without corrective lenses. …

9 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Hampton Roads

With the winter months behind us, it’s easy to carry that Netflix-binging, hibernating sort of mindset into summer. However, the sun is working overtime, prolonging the days to gallivant around Coastal Virginia. Here are 9 ways to make the most…

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar and Mint

Because of Virginia Beach’s affinity with the beloved strawberry (a depiction of it is even on the city seal) the fruit is celebrated Memorial Day weekend annually at the Pungo Strawberry Festival. The event started in 1983 and draws an…

5 Things to Consider If You’re Considering Grad School

People go to graduate school for various reasons. For some professions, like medicine, law and academia, a higher degree is required. For others, the question of whether or not to go is not so cut and dried. Factors like knowledge,…

Sacroiliac Joint Pain Relief

After years of back pain, some people finally go to their physician. They’re not sure where the pain is coming from—but they are sure that they’re ready for a fix. Often the cause is the sacroiliac joint, says Dr. John…

Waterman’s Orange Crush: The Unofficial Sip of Summer

With Memorial Day comes the unofficial start of summer, and, arguably, one of Hampton Roads’ unofficial drinks of the season is the Orange Crush at Waterman’s Surfside Grille (featured in our Summer Bucket List here) But this isn’t a fizzy-lifting…

Things to Do On the Water in Hampton Roads

It occurred to me more than once: Every day, we make our way around the water, over the water and under the water. But how often do we get on the water? Think about it. The Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay…

History of The Tides

When the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals faced off in the 2014 World Series, buried amidst the pile of fielding stats, batting percentages and dugout second-guessing was a piece of baseball trivia that may have been missed:…