Coastal Virginia Magazine - November-December 2011

The Big Chill(i)

Complex with several layers of flavor, as well as creative with multiple local ingredients, Virginia Pork Chili Verde was named the Dish of Hampton Roads at the 2011 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. The rich, flavorful stew, served over…

OBX Taste of the Beach Weekend 2012

Many people from Hampton Roads think of an Outer Banks trip as a way to quickly escape and find some serenity in the sun, sand and maybe an elaborate beach house. But when they visit during Taste of the Beach…

Coping with Arthritis

Many of us remember our grandparents wincing with pain and joking about ‘Uncle Arthur’ (arthritis) coming to visit. Surprise: Uncle Arthur visits young people too. “Most people are surprised to learn they have arthritis,” says Dr. Jeffrey Carlson of The…

The Face of Taste

Last June, after a brief battle with cancer, Peter Coe passed away at age 70, leaving a legacy of being one of Hampton Roads’ great tastemakers. Coe embraced the region almost four decades ago, having moved here from the Northeast.…

Getting Real

I wish I watched only the History Channel, Discovery and C-SPAN on television and was so high brow and well educated that I clicked right past every reality show. But it is mighty embarrassing and sad how many of those…

Thank you, Mr. Gutenberg

In my column in the October issue—an essay about a local stained-glass artist—I noted that I am fascinated by practitioners of traditional crafts of all kinds. They remind us of the value of slowing down, paying attention to aesthetics and…

Historic Footsteps

  Just as numerous as all the historically notable places in Hampton Roads are an equal amount of opportunities to get and stay fit. An added bonus of our region is that so many of these resources are one and…

State of Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads lost some representation due to population shifts and gerrymandering in 2011. This Upfront was going to be a letter to the newly elected Virginia House and Senate, reminding its members of the importance of Hampton Roads to the…

Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center—

By the end of the afternoon, a line of trawlers, catamarans, and other sailboats are docking along the 150-foot pier at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center. Most captains put out their boat bumpers as they approach, signaling to the…

Harold in Italy, Baker in Hampton Roads

A Virginia Symphony Orchestra concert that VSO Music Director JoAnn Falletta calls a “non-Italian, Italian night,” of music about Italy written by non-Italian composers, features the rarely heard Harold in Italy by the great 19th Century French composer Hector Berlioz,…

How To Help Your Parents Get Their Affairs In Order

If both your parents are still living, count yourself fortunate. Give each of them an extra hug or phone call. Now imagine yourself walking into their home after a car crash that killed one and left the other in unconscious…

Getting a Lift

Whether you’re looking for implants after a mastectomy or have decided to improve what you were born with, you have more options for plastic surgery for the girls, thanks to innovations and new research. “We’ve made tremendous strides in reconstructive…

Live Longer, Stronger: Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

The facts are scary: Blindness. Kidney disease. Nerve damage. Infections that won’t heal. Heart disease. Stroke. Amputations. Those are just some of the health risks associated with diabetes, says Dr. Jo Anne Guzman-Lee of Amelia Medical Associates in Norfolk. One…

Some of the Best Burgers From Local Restaurants

Although there have been ground/minced beef dishes since at least the 12th century, it wasn’t until the 19th century that someone put raw meat to flame (and later, still, nestled it between two slices of bread) to create the predecessor…

Locks, Logs and Lingering

The Pasquotank River churns and foams as the South Mills, N.C. lockmaster calls down to us and then opens the gate to allow our small boat inside. The Dismal Swamp Canal and another world await eight feet higher on the…

Help From Friends

Stepping into the spotlight can be a scary thing, especially when you’re a child. All eyes are on you, and there’s nowhere to hide. You might just make a fool of yourself and get laughed at. Or worse. About 300…

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

When I was in graduate school, I wrote a paper about the role of white “liberals” in the Civil Rights movement. The gist of my argument was that in some respects they were a greater hindrance to the advancement of…

Have No Fear, Hampton Roads Is Here!

When Hurricane Irene was bearing down on Hampton Roads this past August, I, like everyone else, prepared for the worst. When the storm was over the open sea and gaining strength, many of us seriously considered making a run for…

Nutcracker Opera Torte From Chef Rhys Lewis of The Williamsburg Lodge

DESSERT: NUTCRACKER OPERA TORTEFrom Executive Chef Rhys LewisThe Williamsburg Lodge, Colonial Williamsburg www.colonialwilliamsburg.com Ingredients –For the Chocolate Cake Layer 1 Cup Butter2 Cups Sugar4 Eggs2 Cups All Purpose flour¼ tsp Salt1 ½ tsp Baking Soda2/3 Cup Buttermilk1 tsp Vanilla3 oz…

Crumble Holiday Pie from Chef Rhys Lewis of The Williamsburg Lodge

DESSERT: COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG CRUMBLE TOP HOLIDAY PIE From Executive Chef Rhys Lewis The Williamsburg Lodge, Colonial Williamsburg www.colonialwilliamsburg.com MINCEMEAT LAYER INGREDIENTS 1 cup mincemeat* (see note) APPLE LAYER INGREDIENTS 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into small dice 1…

Duck Confit and Cherry Stuffing from Chef Kenny Sloan of Fin Seafood

SIDE DISH: DUCK CONFIT AND CHERRY STUFFINGFrom Executive Chef Kenny SloanFin Seafood, Newport News www.finseafood.com Ingredients 4 each duck or chicken leg confitCherries1 teaspoon oregano1 teaspoon sage1 teaspoon Italian parsley6 cups turkey stock2 ponds organic bread, dried3 each organic celery…

Organic Risotto with Brussel Sprouts from Kenny Sloan of Fin Seafood

SIDE DISH: CREAMY ORGANIC RISOTTO WITH ORGANIC BRUSSEL SPROUTS AND BACON LARDONS WITH SHAVED TRUFFLE PECORINO CHEESEFrom Executive Chef Kenny SloanFin Seafood, Newport News www.finseafood.com Ingredients 1 box organic Arborio rice1 pound organic Brussels sprouts1 applewood smoked bacon slab, cut…