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Alexandra Greeley

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Dining in Vienna: International Food Scene

Restaurants Review: Plaka Grill and Istanbul Blue.


Dining: Indian Dishes with Contemporary Edge in Fairfax

Restaurant Review: Bollywood Bistro.


Dining: A Must Destination at Reston Town Center

Restaurant Review: Clyde’s of Reston


Dining: What’s Brewing at Dogfish Ale?

Restaurant Review: Dogfish Head Alehouse offers extensive menu.


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Dining: Tacos, Tacos, and More Tacos in Reston

Restaurant Review: Chef on Wheels Tacos & More


Dining: Another Reston Go-To Place

Restaurant Review: Not Your Average Joe’s.


Dining: Fiery and so Delicious in Tysons

Restaurant Review: Asian Origin

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Dining: Charming, Chic and Inviting in Herndon

Restaurant Review: Nunu’s Thai Dishes

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Beef-lovers’ Must Destination in Vienna

Restaurant Review: Elevation Burger.

Dining: A Welcome Addition to Reston Food Scene

Willard’s Real Pit BBQ: A perfect setting for a super-casual meal.

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Dining: Sunflower Offers Tempting Treats in Vienna

Review: Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant

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Dining: Enjoyable Changes at Red’s Table

New chef has dug into his creativity and come up with new dishes that absolutely shine.

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Dining Out: Vienna Restaurant Brings Taste of Delhi

Punjabi by Nature offers compelling Indian dishes.

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A Taste of Napa Valley in Reston

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants offering upscale dining experience.


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Middle East Food, Culture on Display in McLean

Middle Eastern Food Festival to be Held on Labor Day weekend.

Middle East Food, Culture on Display in McLean

Enjoying ‘Patriotic Food’ in Fairfax

Review: Dogfish Head Alehouse

Exploring Exotic Thai Food in McLean

Review: Esaan Thai Restaurant

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Foods and Flavors of India

Choolaah Indian BBQ opens at Mosaic District.

Choolaah Indian BBQ opens at Mosaic District.

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Visiting Our Mom Eugenia

New Greek restaurant in Great Falls attracts area diners.

Our Mom Eugenia, a Greek restaurant

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Pioneering Change For Autism

University of Virginia seminar studies tension between “The Science & Lived Experience of Autism.”

Despite a recent surge in attention and research over the past decade about autism, controversy exists.

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Wildfire’s Chef Enjoys Creativity Part of His Job at Tysons Galleria

Meet Wildfire’s new sous chef Jeffrey Katz.

Seriously ready to tackle just about any cooking challenge or recipe calamity, Wildfire’s new sous chef Jeffrey Katz comes to this Tysons Galleria hot destination, Wildfire.

Vienna's Red Galanga Serves ‘Modern Asian’ Cuisine

Restaurant owners get three cheers.

A restaurant bombshell has struck the decorous town of Vienna, and its name is Red Galanga.

Baking Variations of the Pasty in Chantilly

What a lucky find in a local farmers’ market in Chantilly: Nyall Meredith of Celtic Pasties, a one-man operation making and baking several variations of the pasty.

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Meet young chef Ryan Spicknell.

McLean: Fabulous Offers at Earls Kitchen + Bar

Spicknell had dinner at the Vancouver location of the Earls group, and learned that management was looking for summer help. So he jumped at the chance, and from dishwasher to kitchen help, the youngster, perhaps unintentionally, launched his culinary career.

Vienna, McLean, Great Falls: Cooking with Passion

Meet the executive chef at McLean’s Saint Germain Catering.

How many Northern Virginia foodies know that executive chef Jeff Witte, formerly at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, has become the executive chef at McLean’s Saint Germain Catering?

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Great Falls: Finding His Comfort Zone

Steven Kurtz, 14, of Great Falls becomes an accomplished baker.

very so often a youngster finds his passion in life, long before adulthood captures his time and energy. That is the case with 14-year-old Steven Kurtz, who has garnered a reputation as an accomplished baker in the Great Falls community.

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McLean: Science of Baking Sweets

Middle Eastern Food Festival offers food, food, food.

Labor Day weekend brings summer to an end, and is a major time to enjoy some relaxation and fun before fall’s chill. And for locals—especially those who love food—the major event of the weekend is the Middle Eastern Food Festival at McLean’s Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Often rated as the Number 1 family event, this two-day festival is now celebrating its 23rd year of bringing various cultures together for fun and food.

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Reston: Meet Joanna and Janelle

Twin sisters, Joanna and Janelle Grove, of Reston, share enormous passion: baking bread.

Watching these two running their stand at a recent farmers’ market was a bit like seeing double. Well, the Reston-based Grove twins, Joanna and Janelle, are identical twins, after all, and deciding which is which is a bit challenging.

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Food Truck Full of Temptations: Ed Hardy

Ed Hardy’s truck has recently been parked in Reston at lunchtimes, but often travels around Fairfax County to feed the hungry.

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Cooling Off at Great Falls Creamery

Family-owned and family-run shop features 22 different ice cream flavors.

Chantilly: Pastry Chef Arnaud Herdot Sells from a Food Truck

To be his own boss.

When a fancy French pastry chef takes to selling his baked goods from a food truck, you know that American food shopping habits have changed. Especially startling is that this pastry chef, Arnaud Herodet of Chantilly, worked as the pastry chef at the French Embassy in Washington for 18 years.

Arno’s Pastries Come to Reston

Meet pastry chef Arnaud Herodet.

Try Sweetbites of McLean

Owner-baker Sandra Panetta, from food truck to a fabulous bakery.

From a successful food truck to a fabulous bakery in McLean, owner and baker Sandra Panetta has taken sweet eats to a new and yummy level at Sweetbites.

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Promoting Tea Culture in Great Falls

Meet Laurie Bell, the owner of the Great Falls Tea Garden.

Tea-lovers may enjoy their morning brew, but maybe few know the history of the steaming cup that awakens the palate and starts their day. Historians quibble: was it the Indian prophet Prince Bodhi-Dharma in the early 500s AD?

Philippine Oriental Market: Food Lover’s Dream

A profile of Chef Evelyn Bunoan.

Most people drive by the Philippine Oriental Market on Lee Highway in Arlington and don’t recognize it as the go-to place for the local Filipino community. Why?

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Fairfax: Learning from Superchefs

Meet the chefs at 21 Great American Bistro.

When two talented and energetic friends plan a venture, success is the likely outcome.

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Culinary Passion: A Taste of Hawaii

Profile: Mikala Brennan

When you think of the tropics and of Hawaii, your visions probably include palm trees, sandy beaches with crashing waves, and a whole lot of sunshine. But you probably don’t even know about Hawaiian food, which is both tropical and somewhat Mainlandish. To learn about the real deal, head to Arlington’s Hula Girl restaurant, owned and cooked for by a Hawaiian native, Mikala Brennan.

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McLean: Culinary Cultures Explored

Profile: Bertrand Chemel, executive chef, 2941 and Pizzeria Orso in Falls Church.

Whether you crave a whole Neapolitan pizza from Pizzeria Orso or an upscale dish with house-made fresh potato gnocchi from 2941, you must thank the mastermind—and master chef—behind these very diverse Falls Church restaurants.

Love for Cooking Brought to Great Falls

Profile: Mookie’s BBQ new on restaurant scene.

When Mookie’s BBQ opened in Great Falls recently, barbecue fans must have gone wild. Really wild, for Northern Virginia does not boast many smoky, barbecue restaurants.

McLean: Tasting Pleasures of the härth

Profile: Meet Luc Dendievel, the executive chef at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner härth restaurant.

When you first enter Hilton McLean Tysons Corner restaurant, härth, you are greeted by cordial staff and an upscale casual setting, marked off by a glass wine cellar, a tapas bar and a large dining area skirted by an outdoor patio.

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Herndon: The Taste of Mom’s Soup

Profile: Katharine Mardirosian of 100 Bowls of Soup.

When you first enter Herndon’s iconic store, 100 Bowls of Soup, herbal fragrances surround you and they may even transform your ideas of soup.

Profile: Jean Janssen, Force Behind Area’s Smart Markets

Food shoppers should take their collective hats off to Jean Janssen. She is the motivating spirit behind the area’s Smart Markets, a collection of farmers’ markets that showcase locally grown and raised produce and meats, plus a few temptations, such as hand-made sausages, popcorn, and baked goods (as in divine French pastries).

Eating Smart

Profile: Jean Janssen, force behind area’s Smart Markets.

Food shoppers should take their collective hats off to Jean Janssen. She is the motivating spirit behind the area’s Smart Markets

Reston: Inspired by Cooking Shows, Grandma’s Baking

Profile: Adam Stein, executive chef at Reston’s Red’s Table.

Husky, tattooed, and obviously driven, Adam Stein, executive chef at Reston’s newish Red’s Table, is all about food and cooking.

Serving Creative Wine Dinners

Profiles: Edwin Amaya and Moreno Espinoza of Wildfire.

Sometimes in life, two heads are better than one.

Vienna: Elegant Temptations

Sweet secrets of Silva’s Patisserie in Vienna.

Probably the most delightful gift comes wrapped in sugar, or chocolate or a sweet glaze.