Foody Newz by Debby Critchley

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For your holiday feasting, Let’s Meat on the Avenue, 2403 Mt Vernon Ave., is offering several varieties of turkeys including Murray’s natural, D’Artgnan organic, and Kelly Bronze heritage breed fresh turkeys. They will also be providing lots of other choices for your meal including hams, roasts, duck, geese, and ducks by special order. Place your orders for Christmas by Dec. 18, New Year’s by Dec. 22.   They will be featuring Mishima Reserve NY Strips, a highly prized Wagyu beef.

Harris Teeter closes at 6 pm on Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day. The New Year’s Eve and Day schedules have not been confirmed but they were open on New Year’s Day last year. Giant did not have current information as of press time so give your store a call before you go out. Giant closed at 5pm on Christmas Eve last year and was open on Christmas Day. Safeway closes at 7 pm on Christmas Eve, closes at 5 pm on Christmas Day, and is open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Wegmans will be part of real estate developer Stonebridge’s mixed-use project. The developer anticipates Wegmans construction will begin in early 2019 have part completed by 2021. The 84,000 square-foot store will be on the second floor at the corner of Stovall and Mandeville Streets. The development will also include other retail space and a 775,000 square-foot residential building with about 30 condos, 400 apartments and 200 senior units.

Mia’s Italian Kitchen, 100 King St., from Alexandria Restaurant Partners is looking to open in January, 2018. They will feature Sicilian style pizza’s and home style Italian pasta dishes to the waterfront.  Also hoping to be opened by early January is Whiskey and Oyster, 301 John Carlyle St. Mango Mike Anderson is adding his final touches and should have everything ready to go.  Have you been to Café 44, 44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 401, for lunch or happy hour?  This lovely upscale café serves healthy and satisfying breakfast and lunch choices in the underserved north end of Old Town. They are open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4 pm, and Wednesday through Friday happy hour from 4 pm to 7 pm. Per their motto, Come for the food. Stay for the view

If you are looking for just the right gift for friends and family, you need to stop by Dolce & Bean, 2003a Mt Vernon Ave. Open since April 2017, Cookie and Petros Seifu have been providing both beautiful and delicious sweet treats to the neighborhood. “The Gourmet Sweet Spot in Del Ray” has display cases filled with love. Among the candy confections are selections from Neuhaus, a chocolatier from Brussels, Belgium. Another gourmet chocolate comes from Moonstruck Co. on the West Coast and are only available here. Pastries and more chocolates come from a French chef. New for the holidays are Dolce Artisanal Truffles made for them by a celebrity favorite custom chocolatier, Sugarfina on the West Coast. There are also gluten-free varieties so everyone can feel included in the celebration. There have lots of gift choices for the holidays too. There are adorable chocolate Santas, Christmas trees, and penguins. Also featured are large and small assortments of Neuhaus items for any chocolate lover as well as a beautiful Advent calendar.

Foody DB Petros: Petros would be happy to show you all the amazing chocolate gift items available.
Each mini provides two bites of heaven!
These trees, Santas, penguins, and other chocolate gifts will fit any gift requirement you may have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consider Dolce & Bean when you need a caterer for your next event at home or at your office.  They will create a customized array to suit the occasion with pictures, logos, or whatever you need of chocolates, cakes, customized mini-cupcakes, and macarons. They can provide amazing mini two-bite pastries including eclairs, choco puffs, macchiatos, and napoleons. It was difficult but I tried all four and can heartily recommend all of them! A platter of these minis will satisfy your fussiest guests at any party or meeting.

Dolce & Bean will customize their cupcakes for your event.
These cakes taste as yummy as they look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a happy and healthy holiday season! See you in January. Until next time, eat well and enjoy!