Smoking the Competition: Southern Grit Magazine BBQ Wars

Smoking the Competition: Southern Grit Magazine BBQ Wars

Although temps were in the 100's, I trekked over to Wasserhund Brewing Company in Virginia Beach for the 1st (and hopefully annual) BBQ Wars competition put on by Southern Grit Magazine.  4 Chefs from Restaurants and Food Trucks around Hampton Roads came together and presented a plate of their best BBQ, while the general public voted for who they thought was the best.

Highlights from the 2016 Coastal Virginia Magazine Best of Party

Highlights from the 2016 Coastal Virginia Magazine Best of Party

Last year, in the midst of my 60 pound weight loss, I stumbled upon the COVA Best of Party. COVA = Coastal Virginia Magazine, and every year we vote on what business we consider to be the Best in their respective category (Insert Restaurant, Salon, Any Random Business Here). The Winners participate in the Best of Party, and although its not a food festival it can easily be considered one by the amount of food samples available. 

The Best of Norfolk Harborfest and Bayou Boogaloo: Making Norfolk Cool for 41 Years

The Best of Norfolk Harborfest and Bayou Boogaloo: Making Norfolk Cool for 41 Years

Norfolk has always been fun, and as the hipster saying goes, I loved it before it was cool. Of all the events that are held in Norfolk (specifically Downtown), Harborfest and Bayou Boogaloo are my personal favorites. Although Harborfests' focus is on the tall ships, the inclusion of Nathans Hot Dog Eating contest, beer and wine tents, shopping, and of course the food vendors have made it into a weekend long festival that I always get excited to attend. 

Rocking and Rolling: Eat the Streets 757 Food Truck Rodeo at MacArthur Center

Rocking and Rolling: Eat the Streets 757 Food Truck Rodeo at MacArthur Center

Every Friday for the next two months, the areas best food trucks will be out at MacArthur Center in Norfolk, serving up food, while people like me can eat, play games, listen to music, and roller skate (because who doesn't love a good 90's era activity?). I went out last Friday evening as a part of the Eat the Streets, Chew Crew. 

Losing Weight, Staying Fit, and Treating Yourself: The Struggle of Finding Balance

Losing Weight, Staying Fit, and Treating Yourself: The Struggle of Finding Balance

As someone who eats out frequently and has lost over 50 pounds since June of last year, I am often asked what my secret is to staying fit and maintaining my weight loss. To the outside world, it appears that I have mastered the impossible. My secrets are fairly simple: 

True to Our Roots Virginia Wine Dinner at Williamsburg Winery

True to Our Roots Virginia Wine Dinner at Williamsburg Winery

During a recent dinner at Williamsburg Winery with Virginia Tourism, I got to hear first hand by some of the best winemakers and purveyors in Virginia, about the 400 years of history, passion and innovation behind the things I love the most. Patrick Duffeler, Founder and Chairman of the Winery started the evening off with a personal motto that he addresses to his customers; "Is there anything better in life than enjoying it?" 

Sunday Funday at the Harbor Club inside the New Waterside District in Norfolk

Sunday Funday at the Harbor Club inside the New Waterside District in Norfolk

After years of vacancy, another few years of waiting for construction to finish, and the increased anticipation of what businesses would occupy the space, Norfolk's Waterside District is officially open. Growing up in this area, I remember the "old waterside", a place filled with specialty shops, restaurants, and activities for people of all ages. I was hoping that the new Waterside would offer a little taste of the past, some local favorites, and bring in things that the area hadn't seen before. 

Battle of the Triple Crown Races: 5 Reasons Why you should attend the Preakness Stakes

Battle of the Triple Crown Races: 5 Reasons Why you should attend the Preakness Stakes

I attended the 141st Preakness in Baltimore last year and despite the 100% chance of rain, me having difficulty finding a cute hat and dress, and my favorite contender (Exaggerator) not being the winner of the Kentucky Derby, I was excited for the experience. While you may have missed your chance to attend the 2017 Kentucky Derby (spoiler alert: Always Dreaming won), you still have time to attend the Preakness. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should attend.