Top Three “Must Sees” at Great Tastes of Tysons

This weekend is the Great Taste of Tysons, a food and wine festival from Drink.Eat.Relax. We went and checked out the sights, sounds and tastes on the first day of the festival. We picked out three “must sees” that today’s attendees can’t miss out on:

Whole Hog Butchering Session: Head to the workshop area one at 1 p.m. [...]

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Great Bites and Sips at the Great Taste of Tysons

The fun and sun of Memorial Day may be a memory, but the summer festival season is just beginning. Start things off right with a brand new festival premiering this weekend in Virginia. Head to Lerner Town Square at Tysons II this Saturday and Sunday for the Great Taste of Tysons, a food and wine festival [...]

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Picking Lucky for St. Patrick’s Day 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on March 17th. Every year, one can expect to find legions of green-clad revelers taking to the streets in search of beer, whiskey and merriment. However since St. Patrick’s Day will follow on a Monday, those celebrations will extend all weekend long and into [...]

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District of Hops: Cranberry and Stuffing Edition

Happy November everyone. Welcome to the month of turkey, stuffing, and endless family drama. While that last bit should be reason enough to drink, this month has plenty of fantastic reasons to throw back a pint or four.

Here are the best beer events for November:
Flying Dog Vineyard Blonde Release Party – November 5: Head up to Frederick [...]

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District of Hops: Shutdown Suds Edition

The government has shut down. Crazy us thinking that a legislative body elected to responsibly govern would actually do their jobs. I’m at the point where I officially have more faith in Miley Cyrus keeping her clothes on than I do in my leaders. Surely that qualifies as reason enough for having a drink (or [...]


District of Hops: September’s Best Beer Events

So long and farewell to Summer 2013. Outside of the twerkings of an overrated “musician” and Vin Diesel driving cars for the sixth time, it was a truly fantastic summer. While the long days and warm sun are on their way out, there are plenty of autumn events to get excited about. September in particular [...]


Discover Mosaic District Giveaway

Living in the suburbs of NoVa became a lot more cool with the addition of the Mosaic District, an innovative urban retail & entertainment community located between Merrifeld, Vienna, and Fairfax, Virginia. If you haven't been, then you're seriously behind the (foodie) times. A lot of major food and retail companies have set up shop at Mosaic, [...]


District of Hops: July's Best Beer Events

During one hot July D.C. summer, George Washington remarked that he “would gladly chop down a cherry tree for a nice cold brewski.” All right fine, so he didn't actually say that. Unlike our first President, I can tell a lie. I can also tell you that July is a great month for beer. The days [...]

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District of Hops: June’s Best Beer Events

Washington, D.C. has rapidly become a city of beer aficionados. Though domestic light and “lite” beers still dominate the beer world, it is becoming increasingly rare to find a bar that doesn’t devote a fair share of tap handles or refrigerator space to craft beers. Fortunately for your palate, but unfortunately for your schedule and your liver, [...]


Argia’s: buon appetito!

Growing up, my favorite day of the week was Wednesday. Why? Because Wednesday was spaghetti night where my mom would make her classic marinara sauce with onion, mushrooms, and ground beef. Although simple, it was satisfying, comforting and, most importantly, soulful.
Satisfaction, comfort and soul can also be found in authentic, family-style Italian restaurants like Argia’s [...]


Fall for Virginia Wine

October is a month of many things, beginning of Fall, breast cancer awareness month, Halloween! and even Virginia Wine Month! With many notable wineries in our backyard, it’s a great time to celebrate this up and coming wine region. Virginia is gaining ground in the wine world as producing well-crafted wines with gorgeous wineries and [...]


Enjoying DC Wine Country: Loudoun County, Virginia

With so many good options for Virginia wine outside our back door, they all deserve their own post! This time, we’ll focus on Loudoun County. Nearly the same distance as Fauquier (previous post), Loudoun is just a short drive on Route 7 from the District. Enjoy gorgeous picturesque views of rolling hillsides, paired with refreshing, [...]


Last Chance for Chile Relleno Festival at La Sandia

August is coming to a close. September is on the horizon. While we’re getting in the back-to-school mindset,  La Sandia offers us all one last chance (literally) for some hot and spicy good times. For the entire month of August (the last few days of it anyway), Chef Richard Sandoval offers a culinary festival of Mexico’s most [...]


Chile Relleno Festival at La Sandia

How do you like your chile peppers? Stuffed of course! Well you’re in luck! As Chef Richard Sandoval embarks on his third culinary festival at La Sandia this year, he revisits one of Mexico’s most signature dishes, Chile Relleno, or “stuffed chile.” This August, for a limited time, guests can taste four bold, new preparations [...]