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Wegman’s Sushi Fest

One weekend only! Experience the excitement of Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji Fish Market

 

Castaneda Cigars: Flavor and Enjoyment

Master Roller, or torcedor, Mr. Arian Castaneda is a Cuban with more than 10 years of cigar rolling experience in Cuba. Castaneda promotes the history and culture of cigars, from Hoplantation, curing, to rolling, packaging, storage, and smoking.

In the Summer/Fall issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living, Castaneda shares his tips to better enjoy hand crafted and high quality cigars.  Cigar smoking begins with how you light it; he recommends  the cigar be toasted all the way around in a circular movement.

“Smoke outdoors in open space, ideally with a breeze.  Drink coffee to clear your palate.  The length of your cigar affects its flavor; shorter cigars are more concentrated.”  Castaneda says, “A cigar is about time and enjoyment.  Your cigar should be about its flavor and not its strength.”  To read more about Castaneda’s tips for cigar and spirit pairings, subscribe to Northern Virginia Style & Living.

Interview by JESSICA MONTE & WILLA CAHIR.

Cigars by CASTANEDA CIGARS, Photo by JESSICA MONTE

This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living.

Farm to Table Smoothie

Basil is a key ingredient for summer and fall recipes as it grows in abundance this time of year. Sweet savory basil provides excellent nutrition as well. Basil is an excellent source of Vitamin K, which promotes strong bones, a healthy heart, and proper brain function. The aroma of basil helps to reduce feelings of tension and anxiousness. Cucumber, lime and chia seeds provide hydration and lime and chia are also great source of electrolytes, all very important for those hot summer and fall days.

Berry Basil Smoothie

1 cup water
1 cup almond or coconut milk
5-8 Strawberries
Handful Blueberries (about ¼ cup)
5-7 Basil Leaves (use to your liking; You
can also use 2 drops of doTerra Basil Essential Oil)
¼ Cucumber
Juice of ½ Lime
½ tsp Chia Seeds
Optional: Vanilla Protein Powder

Directions: Add liquid ingredients to your blender followed by all other ingredients. Blend on high. Add ice to taste. Any berry will taste delicious with this recipe.

Recipe by Leigh Schoener
Edited by JESSICA MONTE.
This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living
Photography by Jessica Monte and Vincent Sales

Farm Fresh Real Ice Cream

Farm Fresh Real Ice Cream

Delicious Real Ice Cream Worth the Drive to Hillsboro and Remington, Virginia

Fresh milk and hand dipped ice cream available in over 20 flavors make a beautiful drive out to western Loudoun or  Fauquier County well worth it.  Fresh milk is pasteurized and available for purchase in glass bottles, pints and quarts.  

Edited by JESSICA MONTE.

 

This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

 

5 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Northern Virginia

5 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Northern Virginia in 2017

Word is out that new dining establishments are opening all around Northern Virginia. And they can’t come soon enough.

Northern Virginian foodies are in for a treats of all kinds this spring and summer with the arrival of new venues serving fine cuisine.

• Rick Allison is said to be opening a second outpost of his Oyster Bar inside the original Middleburg Bank building at the center of Middleburg • Also rumored to be opening in Middleburg is Bue, an Italian restaurant developed by Derek and Amanda Luhowiak the owners of The Whole Ox, a high end butcher emporium in Marshall, Virginia  • After a successful start with Clarity, Sterling native Jason Maddens is seeking the perfect space to open his restaurant Ah-So, his answer to wine and wine pairings as well as something he calls micro-wine dinners.  In March, he hosted his first pop-up dinner at Stone Tower Winer  •      Myron Mixon, a four-time World Barbeque Champion, television host, and bestselling author is bringing his coveted barbeque to Old Town Alexandria with Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque.   Head Pitmaster John Bennet has cooked with Myron Mixon on several occasions and has trained with Myron at his Georgia BBQ School.  • Eddie Merlot’s a fine American steakhouse features prime aged steaks and an extensive selection of wines. Gorgeous decor throughout.

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