VIRGINIA BEACH Joe Tennis dug into his roots again to create another book highlighting our area. "Along Virginia's Route 58: True Tales from Beach to Bluegrass" is an illustrated history and guide following Virginia Beach Boulevard (U.S. 58) spanning 500 miles from Virginia Beach to the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
I met this seasonal liqueur at an Old Dominion University tailgate event, where Allen Dean Gray poured ice cold Pumpkin Spice Shots from a tin shaker. He mixed them with equal parts Smirnoff Whipped Cream vodka and Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur, which is now available for a limited time, 750 ml for $9.99 at area ABC stores.
Antonio Caruana arrives for lunch wearing a black leather cap atop his shaved head and a Techni color neck tattoo, and looking more like a character on "Sons of Anarchy" than one of Tidewater's hottest chefs.
Move over Cow Tales and Charleston Chews. If I had to choose one Halloween indulgence, it would be this "Grand Finale" caramel apple. Granny Smith's thick candy cloak hides a little bit of everything - caramel. toffee, coconut, chocolate chips, cashews and a trifecta of dark, milk and white chocolate. Serves 4 to 6 as a dessert and lasts up to three weeks in the fridge.
One of America's premier chocolatiers hails from Virginia. Over in Charlottesville, Gearharts Fine Chocolates turns out elegant candied orange peel, miso caramels and more. The lastest creation, Virginia Malt Whisky Truffles, beckon with orbs of velvety dark chocolate ganache tinged with Virginia Distillery Company's Highland Malt Whisky and a dusting of Valrhona cocoa.
Fast sells food. The evidence lurks in the frozen food aisle. Chicken chow mein from bag to table in just five minutes! Beef pot roast in six! Shrimp scampi in - bam! - nine minutes flat. Over in Virginia Beach, Mark Taylor is buying none of that.
I recently received a phone call with great news from Kristine Caalim. She was raving about meeting celebrities at the recent Patient Advocate of the Year celebration in California. First featured in the Beacon in May 2013, Caalim is an advocate for people with rare genetic disorders. Her 5-year-old son Zeq can't eat most foods because of a condition called eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE.
VIRGINIA BEACH Fredericka Zappe and Bob Foster supported The Full Cup recently, in more ways than one. The duo from the global lingerie and swimwear company Wacoal Eveden came from New York to attend the bra boutique's trunk show, and to share some product knowledge. The Laskin Road salon not only sells bras, but educates women on why it's important to wear the correct-size bra.
Wycliff Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach held its first pet blessing on Sunday. About 20 dogs and one cat participated.
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