Breakfast places are exciting for me. For too long there had been a gap in Loudoun breakfast options. On one hand you had Anitas… and on the other you had high-end brunches. Weekday options were limited to coffee and a scone. And then came Famous Toastery. Filling the spot in my heart, not to mention […]

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Introducing our new series on Loudoun HomeBakers: Folks who bake amazing things in their homes and have created a business from it. Our first of the HomeBaker series features Lainie Walsh with Cupcake Therapy. Imagine getting an invitation to spend an evening sampling gourmet cupcakes. Bliss, right? That event was the launch of Cupcake Therapy. […]

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Explore the cuisine of India…from Sterling. Voted the Best of the Best by Northern Virginia Magazine last year and lauded by big-name reviewers as well as Yelpers, 1947 now-called Tamarind is the real deal. The little-known secret? New owners, Venkatramchandra Aella and Shruthi Reddy, an experienced restaurateur and a food blogger, quietly took over this […]

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Gaaaaah, I love this place! When owner Olivia Schnibbe first walked me through the historic buildings and courtyard that would become SideBar, I knew that Loudouners would be drawn to the cozy carriage house and the outdoor seating. Weeks later nibbling sweet potato fries topped with melted brie and candied bacon drizzled with a zippy […]

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Colada Shop is a social experience. While you can pop in to grab a Cuban Crema on the run (the espresso, dark chocolate and evaporated milk, made Miami sweet, is highly cravable) be sure to return with friends in tow for the full Havana window shop experience. Share a Colada pot, which serves four, and […]

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The inaugural Battle of the Bartenders showcased Loudoun’s sophisticated bar scene while pushing foodie boundaries. Hosted at Catoctin Creek Distillery, the throw-down pitted five of the top bartenders in Loudoun against each other through three rounds of competition. Each new round featured a secret ingredient from a local producer. Bartenders were given 15 minutes to […]

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The burger is a culinary icon. It’s a staple by which restaurants are judged, friends are made, and lines are drawn. Type the words “best burger” on social media to start a list… and maybe a war. We’ve been talking burgers since Inside Loudoun was founded but we simply couldn’t agree on what makes a […]

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Lately I’ve been seeking out mom-and-pop grocery stores. There’s something special about walking in to do your shopping and being greeted by the owner, assisted with your selections, and chatted up as if time were free. No where in Loudoun is that truer than Sauson International Grocery in Sterling. Rashid Soldozy is your guide to […]

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As it turns out, doing a beer roundup is hard work! We gathered a big group of Inside Loudoun friends and set out for a night on the town in Historic Leesburg. Our goal was to find the best places to grab a beer. We know we missed a few, but we couldn’t hit them […]

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In the movie Frozen, Elsa ice skates and builds snowmen and rides around on a sleigh when her world freezes over. But for your own cooler-than-cool grown up treat look no further than a wine glass. Yup, we worked hard on ranking the area’s top places for wine slushies. Fresh-Fruit Forward Head to beautiful Bluemont […]

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