12 New Restaurants to Try in Coastal Virginia

What an exciting time to dine in Coastal Virginia. Throughout 2018 we’ve witnessed and experienced some truly remarkable restaurants joining the local cuisine scene—from a permanent place to stuff your face with those pillowy soft Belgian waffles to a cozy spot ready to host your walk on the raw side, plus Commune’s doughy counterpart and [...]

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Full Belly Delights’ Gourmet Bacon Treats

We’re not exactly sure how chocolate and bacon first became an item. Maybe it was a case of, “Hey, you put your bacon in my chocolate!” “You got chocolate on my bacon!” Perhaps we’ll never know the origin, but one thing that is for certain is that it’s a stellar combination. Local resident Janay Brown [...]

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A Fantastic Fauquier Getaway

Winter blues? How about winter reds and whites instead? Make plans to attend the 5th Annual Fauquier County People’s Choice Wine Competition at Airlie—a hotel, conference center and event venue located in Warrenton—on March 2. More than 15 Fauquier County wineries will be showcasing their finest red, white and sweet wines to be judged by [...]

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Making Key Lime Creme Brulee on ‘Cooking from the Heart’

I’m admittedly someone who enjoys eating delicious meals more than making them. I used to spend hours in the kitchen creating and baking, but mom life has changed my priorities, and these days, I haven’t been feeling inspired in my own kitchen. But, when presented with the opportunity to assist a professional chef in whipping [...]

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What It’s Like to Survive a Plane Crash

Bill Brown has a winner of an icebreaker story. But it’s one he doesn’t tell often. Imagine a brand-new pencil eraser being worn down to a nub in a matter of seconds. That’s how the Kentucky native describes watching the front end of a single-engine Piper Cherokee disintegrate before his eyes when he was 16 [...]

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Amber Ox Takes Top Prize at Williamsburg Chefs Auction

Photos by Ilsy Serrano His idea came to a head with cauliflower. When Chef Troy Buckley was deciding on a dish that would wow the guests at March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, you might expect he would first ponder his protein, but Buckley cautions to never slight the sides. "Proteins are easy to highlight, but [...]

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7 Healthy Meal Prepping Services

We all know the importance of eating healthy. Nutrition affects not only our physical appearance, but also our overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy for everyone to eat healthy throughout the week. Packed schedules, odd working shifts and busy lifestyles can make it difficult for many people to be able to prepare healthy meals for [...]

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Coastal Virginia Magazine WineFest 2019

A celebration of good times with Virginia wines, the sixth annual Coastal Virginia Magazine WineFest was held on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26–27 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Nineteen wineries and cideries provided tastings while specialty vendors offered gourmet foods, arts and crafts and other unique goods. WineFest featured a craft beer garden with [...]

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Final Feasts: Foodies and Local Celebs’ Picks for Their Last Meal in CoVa

Tamales from Luna Maya, Norfolk. Photo by Ilsy Serrano. Compiled by Angela Blue If you knew that you had one day left to dine in Coastal Virginia, where would you go, and what would you order? This is the question we asked some of our favorite food writers and bloggers, media personalities, politicians and local [...]

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Depression: Stopping the Stigma and Starting the Conversation

"The pain of severe depression is quite unimaginable to those who have not suffered it, and it kills in many instances because its anguish can no longer be borne.” ~ William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness   When I began my research for this article, I posted a notice on Facebook, inviting anyone [...]

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Mental Health in Teens

As a high school art teacher who had been noticing, anecdotally but with alarm, increased instances of teen anxiety and depression, I conducted some of my own research and then sought out Anne Russell, a licensed clinical social worker and mental health program lead at CHKD, and Dr. Charles Parker of Parker, Schlichter & Associates [...]

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Steps You Can Take to Help Someone with Mental Illness

When someone you know is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, it can be challenging to know the best ways to help. After all, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for making someone feel better and showing that you care, and the level of support needed differs, depending on what kind of mental illness someone is struggling with. [...]

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Food Drink Fun: Outer Banks Taste of the Beach

For more than 30 years now, Outer Banks restaurants have joined forces in the spring to showcase the area’s diverse culinary talent as part of the Dare County Restaurant Association’s annual Taste of the Beach celebration. Held this year from March 28­–­31, this four-day weekend festival features everything from wine tastings to tapas crawls and [...]

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Top Lawyer of Wills, Trusts and Estates John T. Midgett

On New Year’s Day 1999, Top Lawyer John T. Midgett opened his own boutique estate planning firm, The Trust & Estates Law Firm, with a specialty in planning for the protection and efficient transfer of family wealth. Now known as Midgett Preti Olansen, the Virginia Beach firm has expanded with eight attorneys providing the region’s [...]

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5 Common Mistakes in Will Writing

Our daily lives are fixated on a series of ifs. These ifs help us to avoid conflicts in our schedules and carve out time for the people and pastimes we love. We often say if we leave work early, we can make it to soccer practice or school plays. Or, if we tackle our to-do [...]

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S’mores Amore Makes Delicious Desserts at Selden Market

When would a person ever spend $20 on s’mores? When the s’mores are compiled of a buttery graham cracker cookie crust, followed by a homemade brownie or blondie, topped with a made-from-scratch marshmallow and toasted right on the spot—that’s when. At S’mores Amore, you can find creations that hold just the right amount of salty [...]

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4 Delicious and Nutritious Plant-Based Recipes

We live in a culture of labels: old labels, new labels and old labels with new meanings. All of these labels, with their nuanced—and changing—connotations, try valiantly to give us some footholds in this fluid world in which we live. The dynamic realm of food and dietary choices is no different. Just as some people were [...]

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