Mama J’s Kitchen The Soul of Richmond, Virginia A tiny restaurant in the Historic Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia gets a James Beard nomination! Story by Ginger Warder For more than a decade, Mama J’s Kitchen has been a local favorite in the Richmond culinary community. Known for its authentic
Summer is here and it’s time to get those bicycles out of the garage and hit the trails! Designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as the only silver-level ride center on the East Coast—and one of only 15 in the world—Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a perfect choice for riders of all levels. From family-friendly greenways in the city of Roanoke to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and more than 300 miles of mountain trails, America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital is a cyclist’s bucket list destination.
There are two places to find authentic and memorable Balkan cuisine: One is in Belgrade, Serbia, and the other is in Washington DC.My hometown, The Nation’s Capital, is an American melting pot, thanks to the hundreds of embassies and international agencies headquartered here. Expats settle in the city and suburbs, some opening up restaurants to quench cravings for the flavors of their homeland. “Open it, and they will come,” is a common refrain among our global restauranteurs.
What’s an American picnic, holiday gathering or family reunion without deviled eggs? The dish of boiled eggs sliced in half and stuffed with a yolk/mayonnaise filling has been an American staple for decades.But our love affair with deviled eggs wasn’t born in the New World. The dish’s origin dates back centuries to ancient Rome, Spain and other parts of Europe. Around the first century A.D., Romans enjoyed boiled eggs enhanced with spices, oil and wine. Spain began stuffing its eggs in the 13th century, adding flavors such as cilantro, pepper and a fermented fish sauce. Over the next few centuries stuffed egg fever spread across Europe, and what filled the boiled eggs ran the gamut from raisins to herbs.
While many of Virginia’s more than 280 wineries are dog-friendly to some degree, there are a handful of vintners that roll out the red carpet—and the swimming pools and the doggie ice cream truck—for Fido! Most of the Old Dominion’s pet-friendly vineyards offer water bowls and doggie treats, but these five that go above and beyond to welcome your furry friend.
Plan a culinary getaway to the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. It’s where you can find fresh-catch shellfish and farm-fresh agricultural products, food & drink trails, festivals, farmers markets, signature dishes, and other scrumptious goodies.Whether savoring seafood by the shoreline or expanding your palate at themed festivals dedicated to local favorites, great food and original takes on classic dishes are waiting to be celebrated across the Mid-Atlantic.Here are just some of the stops to tempt foodies.
I had one mission in Wilmington, Delaware: Track down a sandwich shop called Capriotti’s and get “The Bobbie.” Though he now lives in Atlanta, Ga., Michael, one of my best friends, grew up in Wilmington. If I had a dollar for every time he’s mentioned that sandwich and described it in elaborate detail, his mouth watering and eyelids lowering at its delicious memory, I could afford to buy us both first-class tickets to his hometown to jump into a huge pile of those sandwiches.
The spirits industry is booming and the number of distilleries across the U.S. is growing. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States reported record spirits sales in 2017, with a four percent increase for a total of $26.2 billion. While the majority of American distilleries are male-owned, the number of women helming the stills is on the rise. Since March is National Women’s Month, we’re featuring seven women who are shaking up the status quo. Here, they share some of the highs and lows of their work.
Winding through more than 300 miles of southwestern Virginia, the Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail dishes up authentic gospel and bluegrass music along side a mouth watering selection of local pit stops. The trail features nine major venues and more than 60 affiliated venues where you can listen to bluegrass pickers, a capella gospel singers, fiery fiddlers,and old-time string bands, plus lots of spots to explore the region’s rich musical traditions at museums and educational exhibits along the way.
Peak-of-the-season flavor isn’t a one-of-a-kind experience in Virginia’s Shenandoah County, it’s a way of life. Here, farm-to-table isn’t an elite experience reserved for white tablecloth dining. You can simply rip open a bag of potato chips. Farms dot the Shenandoah County landscape, a breathtakingly beautiful area in northwestern Virginia nestled between the Allegheny and Massanutten Mountains and lapped by the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Rich soil, fresh air, clean water and farmers’ skillful traditions help make this the state’s fifth most productive agricultural region.