To hear Sri, owner of Agni South Indian Cuisine in Sterling, VA, tell the dramatic story of her restaurant’s birthing, is to hear first-hand the agony, ecstasy and eye opening education that supercharged a passionate endeavor into the challenging food industry. Consider Sri’s grand idea to create a neighborhood flyer announcing a friendly sale from […]

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Just Outside Loudoun… If you like to dabble in donuts and you live in Loudoun County, you might want to put Texas Donuts in Centreville on your agenda. Two years ago, the owner, a Korean from Texas, opened this small shop in a small strip shopping center and began serving up a variety of delicious, ginormous […]

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She got off to a sweet start baking luxury treats for friends, neighbors and other folks here and there. Then came her creation of a wedding cake for a friend. That cake changed everything because it compelled Helen Dunn, owner of Dunn From Scratch Bakery, to take her ample skills to the next level. In […]

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The Vietnamese restaurant Xuan Saigon isn’t out of the way but I managed to drive by twice before trusting that Waze knew what I didn’t, that this delightful Leesburg restaurant bears a discreet facade that belies its friendly, bright and delicious heart. Alberto Santos owns Xuan Saigon. Prior to purchasing the business two years ago, […]

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When Angela Marsh was in college, she worked at restaurants and in catering. Her friends called her “Cool Mama” which was ironic since at the time, she didn’t see children in her future. Still, she liked the nickname enough to decide that if down the road she ever went into business for herself she would […]

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Hunter’s Head Tavern is in Upperville, Virginia. The restaurant is housed in an historic log cabin built in 1750 and was later purchased by the grandson of Irishman John Carr, founder of Upperville, Virginia. Today the Tavern is rustic and lovely, unpretentious and welcoming. Though the now stucco exterior belies its preserved secret, Hunter’s Head […]

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When it’s too chilly for an impromptu stroll along the main avenue at Village at Leesburg, forget the stroll. Wrap up in your warmest outerwear and make Vino Bistro your designated destination where you’ll find a full bar and tempting pairings of a huge selection of wines with delicious, handcrafted and creatively contrived meals. The […]

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The Mantra: “Eat Your Drink” because all dishes from Lamb to Popcorn are infused with alcohol like the Knock Twice Wings that are bathed in reduced rum spiced with Caribbean jerked flavors. The Decor and the Crew: Contemporary play on the 1920’s with a choice of themed rooms and Chris Lynch original artwork all evolving […]

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Santa has been visiting the children of Leesburg atop a truck from the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company (Station #1) for thirty years. Since 1988, the year of Santa’s first surprise trek, children have peered out of windows in their pjs, stood waving from the sidewalks and ridden high on the shoulders of their fathers and […]

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Back in the 70’s, I lived in the Connecticut suburbs. Standard stuff. But my house was 180 years old, heated with two wood stoves, kitchen on the basement level. I canned and pickled from my quarter acre garden, collected morning eggs from three chickens, baked my bread, sewed my clothes and shopped from bins of […]

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