Virginia Beach

ECSC: The Longest Ride

  By Hannah Serrano While most of us missed the beach entirely last summer, an extremely scaled-down version of the East Coast Surfing Championships barreled ahead under stringent safety precautions, making it the oldest continuously running surfing competition in the…

Best of the Blocks: CoVa's Coolest Neighborhoods

What gives a neighborhood its character? Is it the homes, the people, the location? Sure. But then there’s the vibe, the energy, the golf carts, the dog parks, the corner cafes. There’s the history and comradery. The theaters, restaurants, churches…

Outer Banks Boil Company Makes Virginia Beach Debut

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This statement certainly rings true for the founding trio of Virginia Beach’s Outer Banks Boil Company. The concept behind this alternative dining experience is a signature take-home boil prepped by the…

A Conversation with Owner of Aloha Snacks Jesse Wykle

Jesse Wykle is a man on a mission. He officially opened his own restaurant, Aloha Snacks, in Virginia Beach in early 2018. Shortly after, he was contacted by the Food Network to compete on their popular cooking show Beat Bobby…

The Beauty of Bread at Angie's Bakery

By Hannah Serrano As both a fine art painter and an artisan baker/small business owner, Ken Garcia Olaes is having his proverbial cake and eating it too. But instead of cake, it’s ensaymada—a fluffy, swirly cloud of Filipino-style brioche slathered…

New Restaurants to Try in 2021

Baby Izakaya Virginia Beach What the pub is to Ireland and the tapas bar is to Spain, so the izakaya is to Japan. Kevin Ordonez (already a star in our culinary firmament…

New Restaurants to Try in 2021: A Taste of Texas

Texas native Tim Dodd satisfied a local legion of barbecue enthusiasts in September when he opened a brick-and-mortar version of his A Taste of Texas food truck and catering business. The new space is located in an eclectic and hidden…

New Restaurants to Try in 2021: The Pink Dinghy

Listening to the story of The Pink Dinghy’s opening is a lesson in perseverance. Construction delays, an elderly woman crashing her Nissan into the side of the building…and then COVID, of course. It sounds unbelievable, but despite all of these…

New Restaurants to Try in 2021: Orion's Roof

While there are many eateries in Coastal Virginia boasting beautiful waterfront views, even seagulls might envy the nearly 360-degree vista of the Atlantic Ocean and the restored Cavalier Hotel that greets diners…

New Restaurants to Try in 2021: Coach House

You can’t be all things to all people. And yet, Coach House comes close, checking every box from “grabbing a sandwich” to “hanging with buds” to “indulging in romantic three-course dinners.” It’s…

New Restaurants to Try in 2021: Callicoon Kitchen

What began as a humble food blog managed from a riverside farmhouse in upstate New York is now a rustic, full-service plant-based kitchen in Virginia Beach. The Hilltop market, dubbed Callicoon Kitchen,…

Apex Entertainment Brings Family Fun to Town Center

The former Dick’s Sporting Goods location at Virginia Beach Town Center will soon be sporting in a whole new way. Apex Entertainment, a family entertainment company that originated in Marlborough, Mass., is scheduled to open its fourth U.S. location there,…

Bucket List Boat Trip

When you think of bucket list adventures, your mind might gravitate to experiences like summiting Mount Everest, or maybe hiking the Appalachian Trail. But there’s a rarer quest, completed by only about 150 people per year—and for Coastal Virginians, you…

Chesapeake Bay Academy

The only K-12 independent school in Southeastern VA dedicated to serving students with a variety of learning differences. Who we serve: – dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia – ADD/ADHD – language-based learning disabilities – auditory processing deficits – fine motor dysfunction…