A Break, Giving Back, and Some Love

I don’t know about you all, but I’m burned out; more importantly, my staff is burned out. It’s no secret that 2020 was one of the hardest for restaurants (as well as many […]

Street Style: Nakia Carter

There is only one word I would use to describe Nakia: magic. In hospitality, you can always tell when someone is “putting on a voice.” That’s not the case with Nakia. Her warmth […]

Clasp Your Pearls, Ladies. I’m Coming to Old Town

When COVID first hit, I never thought I would open another restaurant again. The stress and hurt it caused (and is still causing) restaurants and restaurant employees is difficult to come to terms […]

New Year’s Eve & Day at Stomping Ground

This post is by Emma Ratpojanakul, Social Media Manager at Stomping Ground & Bagel Uprising. Thank you, Emma!  It’s almost time to say “goodbye and good riddance” to the year 2020; to say we’re all […]

Stomp at Home this Winter

This post is by Emma Ratpojanakul, Social Media Manager at Stomping Ground & Bagel Uprising. Thank you Emma!  Shared meals: one of the few things that remains wholesome and comforting among households through COVID, even […]

Second Act: Revive Thanksgiving Leftovers Without Two Slices of Bread

For those of us with the honor of cooking for our families on the big day, I find that leftovers are the whole point of Thanksgiving. As this holiday will be a smaller […]

Your Secret Thanksgiving Sous Chef

Thanksgiving this year will be — unusual. I don’t have to tell you that after the exhausting election, the deep divide in our citizenry is palpable and disheartening. Coupled with the doom, gloom, […]

A Southern Delicacy 

This year has turned us all upside down for myriad reasons. As winter approaches, restaurants are yet again negotiating the daunting task of changing service models to stay open for business with the […]

Stomping Ground Dinners are Changing (Yes, Again)

If you have spent any amount of time with us, or if you have been kind enough to read Stomping Ground articles here in Alexandria Stylebook, you know that we have been trying […]

The Cookie That Changed My Life

Before I moved to Alexandria, I worked for the NPR affiliate in Atlanta in arts and fundraising. I enjoyed my job, but I didn’t have a passion for it. My thirtieth birthday was […]

Send Some Love to our Teachers

For the past two weeks, I have been listening to my friends, family, and guests cry, lament, and worry about their kids and the start of our strange school year. I have been […]

Seafood Specials

Three weeks ago I went with Andy and his family on their annual beach vacation. The change in the current climate meant no restaurants or activities beyond hanging on the beach and dining at […]

Answering All of Your Food (and other) Questions…

What salt should I buy? I use Diamond Krystal Kosher Salt in all of my cooking. Some people use gray salt, pink salt, etc. When cooking, what is of greater importance is that […]

Why I Don’t Go Out to Eat 

A few weeks ago I attended my very first socially distanced gathering of more than two people. Ten women together, outside, at a distance in celebration of a friend’s birthday. I realized just […]

Stop Putting Produce in the Fridge!

During lockdown my boyfriend and I decided we would cohabitate and support one another after a paltry year dating. We negotiated who would manage dishes and laundry, how we would spend time together […]

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