Wine Mixolology: Making Cocktails with Virginia Wines

Linda Barrett Taste of Tysons

Although Virginia wines are fabulous on their own, we’re enjoying them in new and creative ways, with wine slushies, Frozés, and wine cocktails making their way onto the scene.  Wine-based cocktails have been gaining in popularity—especially among the millennial crowd. They can act as an introduction to wine in younger (but of legal drinking age) consumers and because of their …

The Tents of Tysons’ Cool New Culinary Scene: Nostos

Allison Chase Sutherland Taste of Tysons

An Epicurean Experience Just outside the entrance to Nostos, you will encounter a spacious and elegant tent with faux Palladian windows punctuated with strands of white lights, a continuation of the sleek and stylish interior. White tablecloths and black napkins adorn comfortably distanced tables illuminated by dimmable, rechargeable lamps—the latest find from Greece by charming owner Peter Pagonis. Scan the …

COVID Holidays

Michael Evans Taste of Tysons

You know it’s 2020 when every day feels like Groundhog Day, face coverings are becoming a fashion statement, and “social distancing,” “online learning,” and “Zoom” seem to be the buzzwords of the year. With all the days, weeks and months running together, it’s hard to believe that this year is (finally) coming to an end! But what does that mean …

The Tents of Tysons’ Cool New Culinary Scene: Ristorante Bonaroti 

Allison Chase Sutherland Taste of Tysons

Ristorante Bonaroti has held a place in the culinary landscape of Vienna since 1982, providing classic Italian cuisine in a romantic atmosphere for the last 38 years. Recently they added a tented area adjacent to their outdoor patio, where one can enjoy a sunny al fresco lunch or candlelit dinner. “I want to thank the town of Vienna for supporting …

The Tents of Tysons’ Cool New Culinary Scene: L’Auberge Chez François and Jacques’ Brasserie

Allison Chase Sutherland Features, Taste of Tysons

Long-loved local restauranteurs are doing everything conceivable to respect social distancing guidelines and safety protocols so that they can continue to welcome guests and allow them to feel confident about dining – especially outdoors. Their creativity has been unleashed. Their imaginations are on fire. Peggy James, Executive Director of the Vienna Business Association (and the Greater Merrifield Business Association) expresses …

Field & Main Backyard Cabanas: Doable Distance Dining

Allison Chase Sutherland Taste of Tysons, Travel

September 1 marks a big milestone. The celebrated Field & Main restaurant in quaint nearby Marshall, Virginia turns four years old. Owners Neil and Star Wavra have brought forth their considerable combined experience and have continued to hone every aspect of their creation of a rustic-chic casual fine-dining establishment nestled in a newly renovated authentic 200-year-old home. This professional team …

A Tour Through Shenandoah County’s Wine Country

Linda Barrett Taste of Tysons

The beauty of the Shenandoah Valley can only be matched by the quality of its wineries. Combine the two and you have an ideal getaway to the quiet, peaceful retreat of Shenandoah County, Virginia where you’ll find the largest concentration of wineries in the Shenandoah Valley. The climate and the soil here is unique, which enables the terroir to influence …

Lucky to Have Four Sisters

Renee Sklarew Taste of Tysons

The Lai Family’s Vietnamese Food is a Northern Virginia Tradition It’s tough time to be a restauranteur, but well-established favorites like Four Sisters are successfully weathering this pandemic. Of course, it’s not been easy. But thanks to support from devoted diners, and a system that protects both staff and clientele, Four Sisters has maintained their longstanding tradition of serving high-quality …

Partying Through a Pandemic

Michael Evans Taste of Tysons

There’s no question that 2020 has been an unprecedented year. While the better part of this year has been turned upside down by the Coronavirus pandemic, hope remains for making up for lost time with friends and families as things continue to open and we head into the fall and the holiday season. Currently, Virginia is open for gatherings of …

Your Guide to Coffee in Fairfax County

Ali Morris | Visit Fairfax Taste of Tysons

From Visit FairfaxAuthor Ali Morris There are dozens of places to get your caffeine fix in Northern Virginia, from locally-owned coffee shops to hip and modern coffee houses to quaint mom and pop cafés to popular national chains. There are even several shops that roast their coffee beans right on site! Warm up with a delicious cup of joe in …