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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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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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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Mokomandy, is an award-winning restaurant repeatedly among Washingtonian’s Top 100, #9 in 2018, and #4 of Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top 50 in 2017. Widely noted for its Cajun and Korean “duet of cuisines”, Mokomandy’s married owners draw their menu offerings from his five generations of Korean history and her French influenced Cajun meals, ingredients and […]

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We gathered with friends for another one of Inside Loudoun’s Cocktail Convo Series at Side Saddle Cafe in the heart of historic Middleburg. Elaine Boland, businesswoman, mother, grandmother, activist and more, oversees Side Saddle Cafe, Deli and Fields of Athenry, the family farm sourcing operation in nearby Purcellville. Stepping down through a large wooden door, […]

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It’s fall in Loudoun – the leaves are changing, football is dominating, and the smell of PSL (aka Pumpkin Spiced Latte) is in the air! To kick off the season, here is a Roundup of All Things Pumpkin Spice in Loudoun County: LIBATIONS Pumpkin Ale Old 690 brewery in Hillsboro is offering Wicked Old Lady […]

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Traveling 21st Street North, just 3/10 of a mile from Purcellville central is Monk’s BBQ. Hitch your car, click your boots and roll on toward the door. The moment you exit your vehicle, you will breathe barbeque and note a smoky haze that rises above an open attached area. You are entering the domain of […]

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