With Dr. Kara Coe Party With a Purpose: A Charitable Reason this Fall Season As the summer heat dissipates in Coastal Virginia, late August ushers in our annual Fall customs. For many of us, the frenzy of school supplies, anticipation of cool crisp weather, and pumpkin-flavored everything, will also bring a sense of togetherness. Kids return from camp, fathers get out their football jerseys, and mothers start making plans for Thanksgiving and holiday travel. In Hampton Roads, we are blessed with the good fortune of warm Autumn evenings well into October, as well as, brilliant foliage and harvested crops; the perfect conditions for both indoor and outdoor entertaining at home. Do I ever need an excuse to host an event? No! I just need friends, food, and plentiful cockt...
Bobo’s Fine Chicken: Food So Good It’ll Make You “Wanna Smack Your Mama” By Connie Meyer If you are an old-school southern food lover, then you may have heard this saying: “food so good it’ll make you wanna smack your mamma”. If the southern food you’re eating is over-the-top-exceptional, then the superlative version of this is: “food so good it’ll make you wanna smack your mama’s mama”! At the peril of all of our “mamas” cheeks, Bobo’s Fine Chicken Restaurant on Shore Drive is just something you have to experience for yourself, it’s just that good. For chef/owner Bo Midgett, it is all about the two F’s-food and family-Bobo’s Chicken encompasses both. Most of Bo’s recipes come directly from generations of treasured family members, perfecting the
By Connie Meyer Vietnam Garden is such a treasured, hidden-gem of a restaurant in Virginia Beach, I almost hesitated to write and tell the world about it. A knowledgeable foodie friend of mine, Lisa Richmon, co-owner of Roast Rider Coffee and Tea at Hilltop, clued me in about 15 years ago, and it never disappoints! It’s the kind of family-owned, cozy restaurant that lives in an unassuming shopping center off Virginia Beach Boulevard just west of TJ Maxx. You’d likely never find it, or even venture in, if someone didn’t let you know about it. Vietnam Garden teases the most flavor out of the freshest food imaginable. The menu is authentic and traditional but the dish explanations are in English and the friendly staff is always there to help. Here are some of our family’s favo
The Biological Impact of the Quintessential Christmas Cookie: How Warming Your Oven Will Warm Hearts. by Dr. Kara Coe No matter your ethnic lineage – baking holiday cookies is in your blood. Mankind, from Africa to Antarctica, has been celebrating the winter solstice for eons, marking the change of season and possible first frost with preparation, fermented drinks, and sweet eats that often could not be grown during winter. Back then, cookies were made with drops of grain paste baked on hot stones around a fire. Enter the Persian Empire of the 7th Century that stretched across Eurasia, discovering sugar in South East Asia and combining it with dried fruits in an unleavened sweet bread. By the later centuries of the Middle Ages (8th-14th), Christianity swept present-day Europe a