“Pastoral” isn’t anyone’s go-to adjective for a brewery, but Virginia Beach’s in-the-works Farmhouse Brewery is gonna change that. The Pilot reports that plans have been set to renovate the 104-year-old Wood family farmhouse into “something the whole community can enjoy,” versus razing it to make condos. More history here.
If visting Virginia Beach’s Ocean Side Inn was on your bucket list, you’re a little SOL. The Pilot reports the 46-year-old hotel on Rudee Loop hosted its last guest Sunday and is now on the chopping block. Demolition is set for November.
We here in Hampton Roads have a plethora of places to grab some good sushi, but according to the Pilot, Virginia Beach’s Nara Sushi separates itself with its octopus, deep-fried tofu and its mango wanton nachos. Hook yourself up with these delicacies for lunch at 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or when Nara reopens for dinner at 4:30 p.m.
Sweet Sundays, a blog out of Virginia, shared a menu of 2016 food trends that she can’t get enough of and, yeah, they do sound just as good as they are. S’mores are taking form in the classic sandwiches, cheese balls, dip, and milkshakes. Speaking of milkshakes, over-the-top milkshakes are a thing. If you’re feeling daring, try a burrata followed by a frosé!
Packing lunch for a toddler can be a hassle, but Ann +Jane Living has some food ideas that are sure to satisfy both your parental instincts and your child’s tummy. Try making a roasted turkey sandwich on a whole wheat English muffin, or making nutty strawberries and cream delight. Chicken veggie lettuce wraps, chicken pasta, and barbecue lunches are also great for your kids at daycare, according to the blog.
The Virginia Dept. of Health is warning Tropical Smoothie patrons that strawberries used in Tro Smo’s smoothies may have been contaminated with Hepatitis A over the last 50 days. Unlike the contagion of every zombie movie ever, symptoms don’t occur until at least two weeks (and up to almost two months) after infection, according to NBC 12.
This Seussical-sounding brewery is set to open at Fort Monroe on Sept. 3. Daily Press says Oozlefinch takes its name from the mascot of the original Fort Monroe officers’ club. The opening will debut Sergeant Patches, a pineapple-grapefruit IPA, and Stuft food truck will be in attendance. More details here.
Denbigh, dubbed by Daily Press as part of the “melting pot of Newport News,” is a clandestine cultural haven. A quick foray up from Oyster Point yields Jamaican, Chinese, Greek, Korean, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Vietnamese and Italian restaurants and food retailers. Check out this DP list for an international food crawl.
It’s never too early to start dreaming about Girl Scout cookies, and the Girl Scouts know this all too well, having just added the divine gift of centennial s’mores cookies to their normal lineup. Come January, you can purchase two kinds of s’mores, now free of several unhealthy artificial supplements.
If you love beer and quick road trips, then you NEED this guide. Created by Jeff Maisey of Veer Magazine and Jennifer McDonald of Virginia Craft Beer Magazine, the Cova Beer Trail has all the information on all 17-plus craft breweries in the #HRVA. They recommend breaking your adventure into three full days.
You can get into the Olympic spirit with a taste of Rio here in the 757. Tucanos Brazilian Grill is offering special deals throughout the games. And Tucanos’ Brazilian flair isn’t its only connection to the games: bartender and Hampton University grad Brandon Jones is also competing for Belize.
Will and Renee Cury of began roasting coffee back in 2004, and they’ve shared their passion with #HRVA ever since. The locals’ delicious coffee is available at different spots on both the Peninsula and Southside, including Newport News, Hampton, Smithfield, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. To support their business and get a cup of Curry coffee, visit any of the following venues:
Smithfield Farmers Market, 319 Main St., Smithfield. 757-375-3031.
Glazed Doughnuts, 24 Wine St., Hampton. 757-325-8860.
Primrose, Hilton Village, 10345 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. 757-369-4697.
Five Points Community Farm Market, 2500 Church St., Norfolk. 757-640-0300.
Westside Produce and Provisions, 5015 Colley Ave., Norfolk. 757-962-1961.
We already love Fin for their fish, but you might wanna stop by for a quick cocktail, too. Daily Press just highlighted the Newport News’ seafood spot’s mixologist Robert Gregory. Stop by Fin on Mixology Mondays for brave beverages that involve things like walnut liqueur, passion fruit and blowtorches.
No need to be crabby: This Poquoson eatery has finally reopened, serving up a side of nostalgia with those cakes. Daily Press calls the restaurant “iconic and embraced by the communtiy.” Indeed, customers have come from as far as NoVa, so get in line for these crustacean creations.
Why bar crawl when you can brewery crawl? And why blunder to said breweries when you can use this handy-dandy map handcrafted by the Daily Press? Most, if not all, brewing companys in the 757 are on this baby, including the ones that are still in their *fermentation* phase.
Rather than waste your time with cheesy puns, we’ll bring you this piece of gouda news: Melting Pot is back open! Daily Press reports that the Newport News fondue joint reopened today after closing its doors for a year. Also to come: happy hour, ladies’ nights and weekly specials.
You have got to hit up this Norfolk watering hole sometime. Cracker’s is known for its drinks, appetizers and late-night kitchen that dishes tapas like it’s nobody’s business. Oh, and it’s classy. I’m talking mousse, goat cheese salmon crepes … And yes, they probably do have crackers, but we’re sure it’d come with fancy-schmancy cheese — not that we’re complaining.
Looks like summer just got a little hotter. Turns out Chipotle will be giving out “Chiptopia” reward cards starting July 1, which can be picked up at any location (check this map for Hampton Roads locations.) With the card, customers can upgrade to different status levels that each will give them special perks. You can get free entrees, such as the fast-casual joint’s famed burritos, when you purchase food with your Chiptopia card! Yum!
Bob-Bob hasn’t been in Newport News very long, but with its range of bulgagi dishes, it could be around a while. According to the Daily Press, customers should expect traditional Korean sides (rice, noodles) and a few surprises (tater tots! Decently cooked tofu!) And for around $8, it’s a lunchtime steal.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to throw your rehearsal dinner, look no further than Café Provençal in Williamsburg. The iron-and-lavendar decor is unique, and the ravioli and vegetable quiche come highly recommended, but so does making a reservation.