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Find Better Balance for Family Meals This Year

This New Year, set a realistic resolution to take time to sit down with your family and eat balanced meals together. A few simple solutions and a dash of inspiration are all you need to set the tone for a year of health and wellness. Last year, Americans were only meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate recommendations for vegetables, …

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Something’s Brewing for the Inauguration

Provided by Brew Republic Bierwerks Brew Republic Bierwerks (brewrepublic.beer), a local craft brewery in Woodbridge, is brewing two limited release beers exclusively for two of the official inaugural events. The two beers, created for these historical events and approved by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, consist of the Inaugur-Ale (Winter Spiced Ale), a medium bodied and sweet finishing English brown ale …

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Five Tips to Tackle a Tasty Game Day Menu

Just like your favorite sports team, hosting a winning big-game party or tailgate takes planning, preparation and teamwork. To make your festivities fun-filled, remember these entertaining tips that are sure to score big with your fans. Scatter the refreshments. Help direct movement and traffic flow by setting up food stations. Using different rooms or areas helps prevent congestion and encourages …

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A Taste of Japan in Manassas

By Marianne E. Weaver | Photos by Rob Jinks Tucked in the Manassas Bull Run Plaza between Rainbow Apparel and Blue Chip Barber, Akasaka Japanese Steakhouse has built a loyal following of guests from western Prince William County. “We were looking for a place after we moved out here. We Googled ‘Japanese steakhouse,’ and Akasaka came up in the listing,” …

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The Secret is Out: Okra’s® to Expand to Gainesville

Winning Combination to “Spice Up” Virginia Oaks Golf Club Okra’s® Cajun/Creole restaurant, an Old Town Manassas anchor, will soon be opening a second location at the Virginia Oaks Golf Club in Gainesville. New owners of the property have taken assertive action to make the club a special place again by adding a proven golf management team and recruiting Okra’s, a …

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Narmada Winery Honored on Capitol Hill

Provided by Narmada Winery On Thursday, December 15, Pandit and Sudha Patil, owners of Narmada Winery in Amissville, VA, attended a gala awards ceremony at the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill. The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association®, in cooperation with the Congressional Wine Caucus, hosted this event to taste the gold medal-winning wines of the Twelfth Annual Atlantic Seaboard …

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A Complete Holiday Menu

When the holidays approach, it’s the perfect time to up your game in the kitchen with standout recipes. A knockout holiday meal starts with a main dish like filet mignon topped with Roasted Garlic Compound Butter for a rich treat, paired with cheesy a sidekick like these Crispy Cheddar Mashed Potato Puffs. Finally, top off the night with Honey and …

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Serving Up an Easy Holiday Brunch

Serving up brunch is never better than during the holidays, when friends and family gather together to celebrate the best moments of the season. You’ll have plenty of time to join in the merry-making and fun with these simple ideas for a sensational brunch menu. Keep things simple. A brunch spread doesn’t have to be elaborate or expansive. The key …

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Connect Kids with Food for Healthy Habits

More than nine in 10 millennial moms think it’s important for their kids to learn about where their food comes from, and more than three-quarters of those moms actively do things with their kids to help learn just that, according to recent findings. Building healthy habits is the top reason moms cite for encouraging more learning when it comes to …

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Pupuseria Dona Azucena Serves Authentic Salvadorian Dishes in Manassas and Woodbridge

By Marianne E. Weaver | Photos by Amanda Baity The Hernandez family didn’t plan to open a chain of restaurants scattered throughout the capital region—there are restaurants in Silver Spring and Laurel, Md., as well as Woodbridge, Manassas, Herndon, Arlington, Alexandria and Stafford, Va.—but their customers have guided them in growing their mother’s side job into a full-time family business. …

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