White boots. Little knives. Cheap beer but it's good because it's so cold. Thousands and thousands of oysters and clams. The smell of fire. The taste of barbecue on mustaches and lips.
Years ago when I lived in Boston I took my boyfriend out to a five star Italian restaurant. While I had an amazing dining experience taking in the cozy atmosphere, raving about how it was walking distance from my apartment so we wouldn’t have to hop on the T to get home, reveling in the fact that it was a mom and pop establishment and we were supporting local business; Ian was having the worst dining experience of his life.
On Saturday, September 12, my husband and I attended the Virginia Craft Beer and Wine Festival at NTelos Wireless Pavilion in downtown Portsmouth. We are home brewers and serious craft beer lovers, and have been several times to beer and wine festivals at Town Point Park in Norfolk. Gathering tastes and badges on the app Untappd is big for us- we're always looking for new favorites.
The craft beer landscape is a lot like the wine landscape. Think of when you walk into Total Wine. You are presented with 100's of wine brands and varietals. How many times have we bought a bottle of wine, or a beer for that matter, based on the label or maybe the rating, only to bring it home and be disappointed?
The best Mexican food in Norfolk--far and away, in my opinion--is quite possibly adding a new location in Ghent. Jessy's is moving forward with plans to take over 328 Tequila on W. 20th Street.
I have a confession: I have been known to spend hours (HOURS) at the farmers market. Why? Because the farmer’s market (at least our Williamsburg Farmers Market) is THE BEST place to spend a Saturday morning ever. Here’s why:
Chef Chris Hill has been a staple in the Hampton Roads food business for many years, with his frequent appearances on The Hampton Roads Show, opening the 3 Way Cafe in Norfolk and founding The Bachelor Kitchen. But he is now saying goodbye to the area as he returns home to Atlanta to explore new experiences and horizons.
The pinch isn’t whether you can plan a culinary tour of Denbigh, but whether you can work every delicious spot into your jaunt and whether the cops will treat you kindly when you're passed out in the middle of Warwick Boulevard with a belly full of food.
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