Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone. With increased attention comes an ever-exploding culinary scene and, despite its size, Alexandria already overflows with excellent options. These five will give you the best representation of the city’s diverse scene.
For now, you can only find Meggrolls in Alexandria, but don’t expect that to last. These oversized crispy wonton rolls are stuffed with incarnations of every imaginable meal and snack from chicken Parm and broccoli mac to lamb gyro and Buffalo wings. What started as a food truck is now a beloved restaurant with a rotating menu of whatever creator and owner Meghan Baroody is currently dreaming up.
For the ice cream lover, The Creamery is a top shop among Alexandria’s inexplicably massive ice cream selection. This is the city’s oldest, continuously operating ice cream shop and it serves small-batch ice creams, specializing in flavors with Southern flair (try banana pudding).
A can’t-miss dinner in Alexandria, reserve a table at Vermillion for an unforgettable meal of modern American fare created from seasonal ingredients sourced locally and farm-raised whenever possible, and served in the warm ambiance of Vermillion’s dark woods, exposed brick walls and seductive red accents.
Fresh tortillas and Oaxaca corn are just two examples of Urbano 116’s devotion to authentic Mexican cuisine. New this year, Urbano 116’s modern interior combined with updated takes on traditional Mexican dishes brings a decidedly vibrant edge to King Street’s restaurant scene.
Breakfast anywhere else would be unforgivable. Stomping Ground’s famous buttermilk biscuits get top billing at this casual Del Ray eatery featuring primarily organic ingredients that are seasonal and local whenever possible.
Asian countries are known for street food. From pad Thai in Bangkok to pho and dumplings in Vietnam, it wouldn’t be a trip to Asia without sampling some of the food cooked right outside your hotel’s doors. Before sampling this world-famous style of cuisine, brush up on the following tips to ensure you don’t commit a culinary faux pas.
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Celebrated as a rich, historical and cultural center, Rome attracts scores of visitors every year. However, the capital of Italy isn’t known for its cheap price tag and budget accommodations. Luxury accommodations and upscale boutique hotels are the norm, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find your own secret budget stays in and around the city. Here’s where to start your search.
My husband and I arrived to Kenwood Inn & Spa about an hour before check-in time and luckily our room was ready. The front desk attendant asked if we need assistance with our luggage, then escorted us to our room. Along the way, she pointed out the rooms past the lobby where the daily complimentary breakfast is served, as well as complimentary wine tastings. I enjoyed a glass of welcome Champagne as we made our way to the room.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
TritonWear is an innovative IoT product that’s bringing elite sport analytics to everyday swimmers. The affordable and user-friendly technology was created by a Toronto startup and is aimed at swimmers looking to increase their speed and overall skill. The TritonWear platform, which includes both the wearable and the app, helps swimmers pinpoint weaknesses and reduce injury risk.