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It's a special Get Out of Town edition of TasteBudz. Read it and leave. But please come back. more

There are some rural communities that are very limited when it comes to offering great places to dine. Powhatan County is not one of them. There are several excellent dining destinations in the county offering virtually any cuisine your heart or... more

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Let's hear it for our Taste Buds. They've been scouring the region for some great dining ideas. more

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It’s 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning and your spouse has just handed you a honey-do list guaranteed to keep you busy all weekend. The only problem is, there are a number of items that you need to get from the hardware store in order to do the job... more

Business Spotlights

There’s nothing showy or pretentious about Vito Bellantuono or his Midlothian restaurant, La Cucina. Without making a big production of it, Vito simply continues to serve some of the most delicious Italian food in town. He describes the restaurant... more

Chef's Choice

In the market for a MacBook®, an iPad® or perhaps an iPhone®? Hold on! Before you make any decisions, pay a visit to Experimac Midlothian, located at 13614 Hull Street Road, next to the new Publix Grocery Store. “We can save you time and money by... more

Business Spotlights

“We met in Red Bank, New Jersey at Danny’s Steak House, I was a bartender and Tommy was the chef,” Ronnie Hussey recalls. She continues: “Tommy has 25 years experience as a chef. He has catered for as many as 1,000 people at a time. “ Tommy, she... more

Chef's Choice

Toulah Suleymanian was born into the restaurant business. From the mid-1970s to the early 90s, her family operated a popular Greek restaurant in the same location as the Greek Taverna, which she and her husband Gagek run today. “When she was in... more

Chef's Choice

Some good eating around town this week. Check out my smoked wings love story and we have some cool noodle news. Also a new Tex-Mex grill in the near West End more

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Though raised in Jalisco, Mexico, Eduardo “Lalo” Macias was born in California. “My parents were working in the fields there when I was born,” he says. Growing up in Mexico, Lalo says that from an early age he wanted to be in the restaurant... more

Chef's Choice

This week's stories will bowl you over. There are a few good bowls from which to select. Just keep reading and it will all become clear. more

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There are some article assignments that I enjoy more than others. And I have to admit that I was very happy to learn that we were doing a story on Robin Adolf Salzberg, co-owner of Lustre, a beautiful jewelry store that opened in the Ridge... more

My Town

Bristol is such an amazing “small town” that it takes two states to contain it. First a disclaimer for those of you who like to get technical. Bristol, Virginia isn’t a town at all. It’s an independent city. However, with a population of less than... more

TRAVEL

You have through Sunday (October 28) to catch an outstanding production of what may be (IMHO) the greatest stage play of all time. more

ENTERTAINMENT

It's a big weekend for food and fun enthusiasts, plus we have some new restaurants you may not know about. more

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The Inimitable Kari Smith joins TasteBudz. Plus all kinds of restaurant news and views to share. more

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“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” It was the best because I was heading home…to my hometown of Boones Mill, located in Franklin County in southwestern Virginia. It really wasn’t the worst of times. I’ve just always thought... more

TRAVEL

YOUR PIE

Have it your way at Your Pie

Something old, something new, something borrowed (from Roanoke) and something Blue. Wow, we have it all this week. more

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All kinds of news this week. Watch out. A new wave of new restaurants is heading out way. more

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Hold on Elizabeth. This is the big one. I'm talking, of course, about the Carytown Watermelon Festival. more

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