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Lake Anne Coffee House: Locally Roasted & Locally Sourced

Great news! You can enjoy a delicious locally roasted cup of coffee at the Lake Anne Coffee House in Reston and read the Summer/Fall issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living. The shop’s walls are adorned with art by locals and the owners are dedicated to a low carbon footprint. If you’re in the mood for lunch and wine, there is a wine bar upstairs with a gorgeous fire place to sit and chat beside.  No matter what mood you are in, Lake Anne Coffee House doesn’t disappoint.   Grab a bite to eat and settle in to get some work done or relax, or grab a coffee and take a stroll around Lake Anne.  It’s definitely one of the sweet spots in Northern Virginia.

Lake Anne Village Center | 1612 Washington Plaza N | Reston, VA 20190
Monday through Saturday, 8 AM – 10 PM, Sunday 8 AM -8 PM

Wegman’s Sushi Fest

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


Farmers Markets in Northern Virginia

Saturdays at the farmers markets in Northern Virginia continue to offer quite the bounty. And if you were enthusiastic about berries this year, we hope you are taking the time to freeze some to enjoy the rest of the season TIP: to keep berries from sticking together in the freezer, freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet before bagging.

Northern Virginia is home to many farmers who produce both berries and beets, as well as apiaries that produce beautiful, golden honey. Thanks to the mix of protein rich dairy and the fiber of beets and blueberries, this smoothie is incredibly satisfying and filling. While there are no NoVA banana producers, we couldn’t help but add this essential smoothie ingredient to the mix for an extra creamy consistency.


• 1/2 cup Greek/strained yogurt (we recommend Blue Ridge Dairy)

• 2 teaspoons honey

• 1 small beet, cooked and peeled

• 1 cup frozen blueberries

• 1/2 frozen banana

• 1/4-1/2 cup milk (as needed)

Photos and content by Carlene Thomas RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist



This article 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
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.  



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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