Brunch Part I

Here in Coastal Virginia, brunch options come as varied as garnishes for Bloody Marys. From bountiful buffets to beautiful benedicts, greasy spoons to gorgeous grits, fantastic French toast, a marvelous mimosa selection and everything in between, we've rounded up some of the best brunch spots in our region in Part I, Part II and Part [...]

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Brunch Part II

We've rounded up some of the best brunch spots in Coastal Virginia in Part I, Part II and Part III. In Part II, we cover Hangover Cures, Shrimp and Grits, Best Benedicts, Pancakes, Omelets, Global Brunch and Top Spots To Get Caffeinated.   Hangover Cure Hair of the Dog Eatery Photo by Jim Pile The [...]

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Brunch Part III

We've rounded up some of the best brunch spots in Coastal Virginia in Part I, Part II and Part III. In Part III, we cover Healthy Brunches, Most Outlandish Bloody Marys, The Most Expensive Brunch in Coastal Virginia, Southern Charm, Breakfast Sandwiches, Farm To Table Offerings and Marvelous Mimosa Selections.   Healthy Brunch The Egg [...]

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Your Better Beach

An ideal collection of beach treasures should consist of seashells and sand dollars, not shards of glass, cigarette butts or pieces of plastic. Even though the latter items aren’t nearly as fun to find, there’s now some reward in discovering them, thanks to a new initiative called Your Better Beach. Kick-started by husband and wife [...]

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Searching for God in the 7 Cities: Muslims

All mankind is from Adam and Eve: an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab … over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black … over a white, except by piety and good action. ~ from The Last Sermon of the Prophet Muhammad.   Coastal [...]

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46th Annual Glass Art Society Conference

A thousand glass artists, experts and collectors swarmed Norfolk in early June for the Glass Art Society’s (GAS) 46th annual conference, hosted by the Chrysler Museum of Art and Perry Glass Studio. The conference partly focused on a specialty being pioneered here—performance art utilizing glass. GAS attendees came from as far as Japan to see presentations [...]

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Favorite Vegan Brunch Spots

If you’re a meat-lover or even an egg-eating vegetarian, the brunch world is your oyster, so to speak. However, when you’re vegan, your dine-out brunch choices contract considerably. Thankfully, some Coastal Virginia proprietors and chefs are working to change that. Following are just a handful of our favorites.   Deli Brunch  Yorgo’s Bageldashery Order: They’ve [...]

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Savory Slice of Summer Tart Vegan Brunch Recipe

You might think of eggless brunch options being limited to smoothies and salads. While we can’t get enough of either, sometimes we just need a little savory substance to go along with our mimosas and Bloody Marys. If you’re dining in, try my quick and simple recipe for vegan Savory Slice of Summer Tart.   [...]

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Knee Replacement Surgery Offers New Life to Worn Joints

The human body is much like a machine in many ways. It needs fuel to run. It needs fluids for cooling. And occasionally, some of the moving parts wear out and need fixing or replacing. As the largest joint in your body, your knees take on a tremendous amount of stress on a regular basis. [...]

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CoVa Best Of Party 2017

Coastal Virginia Magazine's annual Best Of Party was held on Thursday, July 27 at Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Downtown Norfolk. Guests gathered on the red carpet for a vintage Hollywood-inspired evening celebrating the magazine's Best Of Readers' Choice Awards with live music from Bachelor Boys Band, delicious food and fun with ticket sales benefiting [...]

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Performance Painter Gerome Meminger

You might say the art of local painter Gerome Meminger encompasses two sides. One is his fine arts side, where he’ll use small brushes to incorporate intricate detail to his pieces, sometimes spending weeks completing a single painting inside his Art By Gerome Galleria in Downtown Hampton. The other side is his performance painting, where [...]

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Grilled Soft-Shell Crab Scampi Recipe

Each summer, we look forward to the time when soft shell crabs start appearing on restaurant menus and specials boards. Local eateries feature the sweet and tender blue crabs in an array of feasts and fashions, from dredged in flour, fried and sandwiched between two slices of bread, to stunning appetizer creations, and even as [...]

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Virginia Beach Realtor Appears on HGTV’s “Beachfront Bargain Hunt”

Living on or near the water is a pipe dream for many. The hefty price of beachfront living seems burdensome on top of life’s already overwhelming laundry list of costs. From quick trips to the grocery store to budgeting the annual family vacation, an extra million dollars is rarely available to spend on prime waterfront [...]

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The Longest Day 2017 Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

This June, Coastal Virginia Magazine and The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium teamed together for The Longest Day®, an annual event raising funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Team members from the Coastal Virginia Magazine staff climbed and zip lined from high above in the trees at The Adventure Park in Virginia Beach from sunrise-to-sunset [...]

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Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival

Coastal Virginia residents who want to rub elbows with authors and learn more about the craft of writing can do so at the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival, taking place Saturday, Aug. 12. What started out as a book signing request to Richmond mystery writer Ellery Adams mushroomed into a day-long festival that includes writers from [...]

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Regenerative Medicine Heals Without Extensive Surgery

Modern medicine has made some amazing strides over the past few decades. But perhaps one of the most incredible breakthroughs is in the form of regenerative medicine. “When we talk about regenerative medicine, the big buzz word people think about are stem cells,” says Dr. Mark McFarland at Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News. [...]

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Right Side: First Amendment Rights

There's one phrase that's often in the beginning of every class, be it about firearms, childbirth or cranial tattoos: "Let's start with the basics." I will follow tradition. As we opine on this issue's topic of free speech, let's start with those basics. Free speech, as defined in the First Amendment, stems from the wording, [...]

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Left Side: First Amendment Rights

Abraham Lincoln—arguably the wisest president we’ve ever had—once said that America will never be destroyed from the outside. “If we falter and lose our freedoms,” he added, “it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Today, in the wake of Donald Trump’s ascendance to the highest office in the land, that statement seems truer than ever. [...]

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Surf and Turf, Mexican-Style at Jessy’s Taco Bistro in Ghent

We’ve long cherished Jessy’s Taqueria in Ocean View, known for their authentic Mexican cuisine, superb guacamole and genuine Mexican tienda and bakery next door. This adoration inspired us to try Jessy’s Taco Bistro in Ghent, open for just under two years. Although many of the menu options are the same for both restaurants, Jessy’s Taco [...]

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Healthy and Active Living at Westminster-Canterbury

What is the key to longevity? Some believe it’s purely genetics—that your fate and your destiny are sealed at birth, passed down from the generations before you. Some believe it’s the purity of your thoughts and actions when dealing with everything that life throws at you. And some believe that a healthy lifestyle combined with [...]

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