Archive for 'Food'

A weekend in the Shenandoah Valley

A weekend in the Shenandoah Valley

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Jordan Wright) After G. Freeman Pollock founded Skyland Resort in 1894 he went in and out of bankruptcy so frequently it is hard to imagine it ever becoming the popular tourist destination it [...]

Soak up a bit of Chesapeake culture

Soak up a bit of Chesapeake culture

By Jordan Wright (File photo) In an area where watermen, their history and culture have customarily been the prime subject of literary interest, it was “Chesapeake” author James Michener who noted the architecture of Cambridge’s High [...]

Bartenders from Port City and Paris mix it up together

Bartenders from Port City and Paris mix it up together

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) Behind an unremarkable door in an otherwise unexceptional part of Old Town, two men brought Alexandria and France a little bit closer together over drinks one evening last week. For more [...]

We are bringing a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s culinary scene

We are bringing a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s culinary scene

Catherine and 
Margaret Portner 
Co-founders, Portner 
Brewhouse (File Photo) To the editor: Thank you, Michael Ford, for sharing your thoughts regarding the lack of German cuisine and opportunities for “utepils” in Alexandria (“Bring a touch of [...]

Christmas on the Potomac

Christmas on the Potomac

By Jordan Wright (Courtesy photo) Santa won’t get a moment’s rest this holiday season at the Gaylord National Resort. And neither, it seems certain, will his merry elves. If you haven’t gotten in the Christmas spirit [...]

Spice up travel plans with a trip to Culpeper

Spice up travel plans with a trip to Culpeper

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Jordan Wright) Culpeper is renowned for its history and aeronautic acrobats, but don’t let that fool you: The town has more to offer than meets the eye. Historians have expounded on Culpeper’s role [...]

Wining and dining in Idaho

Wining and dining in Idaho

By Frederica Dunn (Courtesy photo) If potatoes are the first thing to come to mind when you think of Idaho, you don’t know how wrong you are. The Basque people from Spain settled the western state, [...]

From Agua Viva to Flat Iron

From Agua Viva to Flat Iron

By Derrick Perkins Restaurateur Scott Parker is staking his reputation on Old Town’s demand for a traditional steakhouse. Parker has teamed up with Jon Rennich to launch chef Michael Cordero’s latest venture in Alexandria — Flat Iron [...]

Booming sales prompts Port City Brewing’s expansion

Booming sales prompts Port City Brewing’s expansion

By Derrick Perkins Port City Brewing’s line of local craft beers has got tongues wagging, so much so the West End brewery is expanding capacity — again. Owner Bill Butcher, a native of the city, is [...]

Sushi with a twist on The Avenue

Sushi with a twist on The Avenue

By Melissa Quinn For restaurateurs Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn, a sushi restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood was a long time coming. But it wasn’t until they saw another niche — for an adults-only venue [...]