Events, Restaurants

Happy Tart Grand Re-Opening

Happy Tart Bakery is having their Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, October 14th and you won’t want to miss it!  The bakery (2307 Mt Vernon Avenue) has recently reopened after closing for renovations last December.

Happy Tart is known as THE place to go for gluten-free baked goods.  It was named a top gluten-free bakery in the U.S. for good reason.  The owner and executive chef Emma Cech, who has two kids with Celiac disease, has found a way to bring tasty treats to everyone!

There’s lots of changes to the bakery.  You will now find bright red paint on the walls, a mural leading up to the entrance, indoor seating and outdoor seating with patio heaters for the cold days.

The shop is hoping you will give their crepe offerings a try. During brunch hours, the bakery now offers a crepe/omelet combination called a “crepelet.”  Another exciting new addition will be alcoholic beverages which should be available in a couple of months.

Grand re-opening festivities are scheduled for Saturday, October 14.  On this day, customers can come in and enter for a chance at multiple $10 gift cards (must be present for this drawing).  And they can also enter for a $50 gift card drawing (do not need to be present for this drawing).

For more information visit Happy Tart Bakery‘s website.

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Events, Lifestyle

King Street Art Festival

When: September 17–18, 2016

Every year, Alexandria’s main street transforms into a wonderful, eclectic outdoor art gallery at the King Street Art Festival.  This great event brings more than 165 international artists to Alexandria.  You will find sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photography and more.

Six blocks along King Street will be lined with festival booths.  You can also partake in the Art League’s annual Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser.  There you can enjoy artisanal ice cream from bowls handmade by local artists. Win/win!  You can also participate in hands-on art activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center on the waterfront.

It was named one America’s Best Small Art Festivals by Fodor.com.

Come for the art and the shops and the fun!  How can you resist?

 

Restaurants

Department of Beer and Wine Opens

Well, we love the name!

As you may have guessed, they will serve craft beer and wine at their Potomac Yard location at 2724 Jefferson Davis Highway.  Co-owners Jeff Sapsford and Steve Treichel, both Northern Virginians, will offer 22 taps of big names and small local brews.

 

Their Department Mission Statement:

The Department’s mission is to shape and sustain a fun, unique, informative, and community-oriented retail environment, as well as to foster conditions for customers, brewers, makers, growers, artisans, and vendors alike to come together for the benefit of the people of Alexandria, VA, the greater DMV area, and craft enthusiasts everywhere.  This mission, one of heartfelt commitment, is shared by this Administration and all staff members, ensuring a common path forward as we invest in our mutual love of the craft beer, wine, and gourmet food industries.  As we join the establishments that came before us, we pledge to become a positive force in this industry, a strong supporter of arts and music, and a leader in the community.

 

We can’t wait to try it out.

 

Events, Lifestyle, Restaurants

Restaurant Week 2017

Foodies celebrate – it’s that time of year again!  Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week is set for August 18-27, and over 60 restaurants from around the city are participating this year.

For 10 days, participating restaurants will be serving up special menus. Over 50 restaurants will offer a $35 three-course dinner or dinner for two, and over 20 will have lunch specials for $10, $15 and $20.

Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week started in 2009 and celebrates the diversity of local restaurants. Restaurants are located in all areas of the city: waterfront Old Town, Mt. Vernon Avenue, West End and more.

 

New participants include: Hummingbird, Meggrolls, and Junction Bakery & Bistro.  Other returning favorites are Bastille, Restaurant Eve, Vermilion. For a full list of restaurants click here.

Reservations are available through Open Table.

New this year, select shops of the Old Town Boutique District will stay open until 9:00PM (Sunday hours vary) during the week.

Bon Appetit!