Now, that's-a-meatball-a. The Italian deli at La Bella Italia near the Oceanfront makes savory, fist-sized meatballs perfect for subs or nestling into a tangle of pasta. $2.99 for beef; $3.50 for chicken. Both come slathered in marinara. 1065 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. 422-8536 or www.labellaitalia.com
Just like that, the $6.50 cooking lesson had ended.
The lickety-split takeaway: In the time it takes to buy a jar of sauerkraut at the grocery store, you can make it yourself.
Really, it's that fast.
"And it's better for you," said Lyndsay Gutierrez, extolling the virtues of home-cured krauts and the vast and varied family of fermented foods.
With each successive nor'easter, more and more birds, from tiny warblers to big hawks, will migrate through the area. They funnel down the Eastern Shore, wait for favorable winds to help them make the Chesapeake Bay crossing, then travel down the Virginia Beach coast. The beauties will show up at bird feeders and in natural areas all over the beach in the next weeks.
VIRGINIA BEACH Keith White has been working maintenance at The Belvedere Beach Resort since 1972, two years after it opened. The owners are tearing down the Oceanfront landmark near 35th Street to make way for a Home2 Suites by Hilton. White came across some old photo albums while cleaning out storage units in preparation for a liquidation sale of hotel furnishings.
VIRGINIA BEACH In his job as a war-games fighter pilot, John Burch represented the enemy for 13 years. But the retired Navy aviator, whose call sign is "Market," is one of the good guys, said his former boss Scott Stacy, president of Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, or ATAC.
Take a page from the paleo people and ditch those candylike protein bars for these filling snacks. EPIC protein bars are made from grass-fed animals and plenty of culinary creativity. Think lamb flavored with currant and mint, or habanero cherry beef. $3.99 each at area Taste Unlimited stores.
There was no way we were going to divulge these winning Dream Team cake recipes before last week's competition at the State Fair of Virginia. Now that crumbs have settled - and The Pilot's Dream Team of bakers bested cooks statewide and earned a dozen ribbons - we're making the recipes public. Enjoy! Division: Pound cake, iced Donna Brown, Chesapeake Cold Oven Almond Pound Cake
Nature is returning with a little help from her friends, the pine trees, to Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve in Portsmouth. The 142-acre preserve is a great example of land, once home to a treeless farm and a huge borrow pit, that is returning to a natural habitat.
Virginia Beach Drishti Fest, a four-day national yoga festival, will be coming to Virginia Beach Oct. 8 through 11 at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. The festival will bring in 10 internationally known instructors as well as more than 25 from the area. The classes will range from novice to advanced, and cover various types of yoga.
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