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Living Legends: Patricia S. Ticer

Posted on | August 7, 2017 | No Comments

[Editor’s Note: Today, August 7, 2017, we learned of the passing of the Honorable Patsy Ticer. With permission, we reprint this original Living Legends profile, which first ran in the Alexandria Gazette in 2007 when Patsy Ticer was an inaugural member of the Living Legends Project.]

By Christa Watters

Patsy Ticer was an affable, memorable and effective community leader who will be sorely missed. Photo by Nina Tisara.

State Senator Patricia S. Ticer (D-30th) came to politics naturally, she said. “I majored in government in college, so I always had the interest,” said the Sweet Briar College graduate. “And when I married Jack Ticer in 1956, he was in his first term on City Council. My parents had worked on his election campaign.”

Patsy and Jack went on to have four children – three daughters and a son.

Patsy was active in PTA, a warden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, an Alexandria Hospital Board member and president of its junior auxiliary affiliate, the TWIG. “I had done every sort of volunteer work in the City, and had worked in real estate for 12 years,” she recalled when asked how she first came to run for office. Her youngest child, Virginia, had started school, and her husband suggested she try politics. Then one day she ran into Mayor Chuck Beatley on the street, and he asked her to run for City Council. Read more

Foodie Newz by Debby Critchley

Posted on | August 16, 2017 | No Comments

August 18-27 is Alexandria Restaurant Week. You can find the complete listing of restaurants in the center of this issue or at I usually round up the usual cast of characters to eat our way through the Restaurant Week. The great feature of this week is you can spend a small amount of money for lunch or dinner at any one of some 60 restaurants in Alexandria. Read more

Foodie Newz by Debby Critchley

Posted on | August 16, 2017 | No Comments

It’s crab season and there are three places close by where you can get crabs by the dozen, all-you-can-eat options, or crabs by the bushel. Ernie’s Crabhouse, 1743 King St., started out across the street from Lindsey Cadillac. They are still providing delicious crabs by the dozen or all-you-can-eat crab feasts. The Quarterdeck, 1200 Fort Myer Dr., also offer crabs by the dozen or all-you-can-eat crab option on Quarterdeck’s outdoor patio. Just over the 14th Street Bridge is the Maine Avenue Fish Market, 1100 Maine Ave. SW. This is a low frills option offering several vendors on floating barges in an open air seafood market. You can by cooked or raw crabs by the dozen or bushel.

It’s crab season and there are lots of choices for crabs nearby.

Foodie Newz by Debby Critchley

Posted on | August 16, 2017 | No Comments

You won’t believe how much lobster they stuff into the roll from Harris Teeter!

Alexandria is home to some great restaurants. In a best restaurant contest across VA, DC, and Md., seven choices are in Alexandria: Taqueria el Poblano, 2400 Mt Vernon Ave.-Best Tacos; Los Tios Grill, 2615 Mt Vernon Ave.-Best Tacos; Buzz Bakeshop, 901 Slaters Ln.-Best Coffee Shop; Dairy Godmother, 2310 Mt Vernon Ave.-Best Ice Cream/Gelato; Pork Barrel BBQ, 2312 Mt Vernon Ave.-Best Barbecue; Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, 25 S Quaker Ln.; and Sweet Fire Donna’s, 510 John Carlyle St. Here’s another award winner – have you tried the lobster rolls available at many Harris-Teeter grocery stores? The split top roll is filled with lots and lots of lobster salad. Makes a great lunch or dinner.

Foodie Newz by Debby Critchley

Posted on | August 16, 2017 | No Comments

Here are just a few of the many beverages you can order at Monster Tea.

Monster Tea, 6231 Little River Turnpike, opened up inside Heebeen, the Korean BBQ restaurant. Their menu offers slushes in a variety of usual and unusual flavors like lychee, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, peach, and strawberry. They also feature yogurt punch in lychee, mango, watermelon, strawberry, green apple, pineapple, and other fruits, iced coffees, espresso, fruit teas, basic teas, milk teas such as coconut, honey dew, taro, matcha green tea, and Thai, chai, ‘smootea’ (a smoothie-like concoction with flavors such as coconut, honeydew, taro, Thai, and matcha green tea, and other house creations. If all these flavors aren’t enough, you can choose a variety of toppings such as boba.

Foodie Newz by Debby Critchley

Posted on | August 16, 2017 | No Comments

This is the famous steak sandwich you can only get at Al’s Steakhouse.

Al’s Steakhouse, 1504 Mt. Vernon, is open! If you are one of the few people who didn’t know, Al’s reopened around a year ago and suffered a devastating fire on its opening day. With the help of a local fundraiser, the Breedings have reopened to standing room crowds. I stopped by on a Saturday afternoon and found a happy group waiting for their sandwiches. The cheesesteak sandwiches are better than ever. Just be prepared for a wait.

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