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happy neW year! from all the staff and members at ZG I lost 80 lbs, I move better; have so much more energy!

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january + february 2013 Look good, feel good Features

12 New You for the New Year


Events to Train For in 2013 17 Fitness Q&A with Mark Reinke 19 Warm Up With Healthy Meals 14

County Connection 10 Happy New Year, Chesterfield County Resident!


25 Local, handcrafted candies are Delectable Delights

Flavor 27 Restaurant Highlights

Learn the scoop about Urban Farmhouse and Flyin’ Pig in Scoop du Jour 32 We Went In Search of Soups, Stews & Chilis 34 Richmond Navideals 37 The Secret’s in the Sauce at Chopstix 38 Places around town for Cozy Dining 28



40 Calendar of Events

What’s Cook In?

41 Steve Cook’s Doo Doo Diligence



44 Your children will love Family-Friendly Museums


46 Travel with your sweetheart to Romantic Suites


50 Tips for Aging Gracefully:

How We Spend

HOME 53 Ah! A Home Spa! 59 DIY Diversion: Chalkboard Paint

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Alaina Rauth




Jared Davis Ann Small CONTRIBUTORS

Vicki O’Neal, ASID, CID, VSLD Steve Cook Emily Jones Don Kappel Meagan Moore Kellie Murphy Jennifer Saunders Tammie Wersinger PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tim Hill Robert Thomas Liz Reese

Got Belly Fat?


by Dr. Klinton J. Kranski, DC, ACN






6301 Harbourside Drive, Suite 100 Midlothian, VA 23112. (804) 639-9994 • (804) 739-9549 Fax

weight-loss patients over the past ten years, I have found there are

multiple facets involved in being successful. Many who are struggling with weight loss may not have considered some important and organs that cause symptoms, such as

factors. Some of the main components of

fat storage. The fat surrounds organs in or-

weight loss involve hormones. Other com-

der to insulate and protect them until they

ponents—such as sleep, pain, constipation,

are healed. Once the stress and inflamma-

or medications—can stimulate one or more

tion are eliminated, the organ systems can

of the three fat-storing hormones. No mat-

start to repair—and the symptoms, such as

ter how you’re dieting or exercising, it can

weight gain, go away.

be difficult to reach your goals unless these issues are addressed.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise and diet. Therefore, we develop an

Learning the triggers of fat storing

individualized plan for each patient in order

and fat burning is one of the first concepts

to ensure success! For more information, call

that my patients need to grasp. It is the in-

804-897-0008 or visit www.drkranskiwork-

flammation of hormone-producing glands today. n

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A New Era of Cosmetic Surgery

Actual patient of Dr. Niamtu


s the New Year rings in, people around the world start striving for a fresh new look. The winter is a slow season that provides a great time for cosmetic surgery with more down time for an easy recovery. People are often put off by the word “facelift”, as memories of the procedure from our mother’s generation bring to mind several days in the hospital, a long recovery, and drastic changes in appearance. However, today’s facelift surgery has come a long way in subtlety and customization. The procedure can be performed with IV sedation instead of general anesthesia. At an average age of 52, many patients have received a minor procedure such as BOTOX or fillers in the past and are ready to move up to the next level. Because they have maintained a youthful appearance, the change after a facelift is much less dramatic. Friends often comment that they look more “rested”, but can’t identify what is different. Fully accredited surgery centers, such as Dr. Joe Niamtu’s, meet the same standards of a hospital, but with added privacy and convenience. The procedure only takes about two hours, allowing the patient to return home the same day. Depending on the patient and procedure, the recovery time can be as fast as two weeks. Many make use of the downtime and undergo multiple treatments at the same surgical appointment–such as a facelift, eyelid tuck, brow lift, and laser skin resurfacing. When choosing a facelift surgeon, experience is critical. Dr. Joe Niamtu has performed nearly 1,000 facelifts and treated patients from around the globe. “Even after performing this many procedures,” says Dr. Niamtu, “seeing the happiness and renewed confidence that is brought to the patient never gets old.” n

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Women as Investors – Are You Ready?


have had the pleasure of guiding many families toward achieving financial freedom, and while working with them I have observed something of a female financial paradox: an overwhelming per-

centage of women identify themselves as the chief bill-payer and shopper for the household, yet lag behind the men in actions crucial to managing wealth and gaining financial independence. In years past it wasn’t uncommon for the husband to be totally in charge of investing for retirement. In fact, many times only the husband came for our initial interview, saying “my wife isn’t interested.” Consider, however, some facts reported in Newsweek: 27% of women out-earn their husbands, own 89% of all US bank accounts, control 48% of estates worth more than $5 million, and will inherit 70% of the $41 trillion in wealth transfers expected over the next 40 years. According to Newsmax Magazine, 50% of all marriages end in divorce and women outlive men by 5-7 years. In fact, the average age at

which women become widowed is 56. All things considered, 90% of women will be solely responsible for their own finances at some point in their lives. So it makes much more sense to get involved early in the process rather than being thrust into it suddenly by death or divorce. That’s why we’ve made it mandatory for wives to accompany their husbands at every stage of an engagement with us. Additionally, I have a very bright and talented woman partner who works hand-in-hand with me taking care of all our clients’ needs. In my opinion, women are more amenable to outsourcing financial planning and investment management, but they want to be educated and to trust their advisor. Education helps us make better informed decisions. It empowers us. We’ve also learned that women make better investment decisions than men. Women tend to research more and are infinitely more patient. The job at hand is more daunting than ever, but together we can plan for your future. n

KEEP THE FAITH. FAITH IS THE SPIRIT. Written by G. Carl Mahler, Jr. CFP® from The Pinnacle Group An Independent Wealth Management Firm Your Wealth. Your Life. Our Focus. 3748 Winterfield Road Midlothian, VA 23113 • 378-1624 Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC.

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First Choice is a bi-monthly information column provided for the citizens of Chesterfield County

Happy New Year, Chesterfield County Resident! Let’s Stay in Touch in 2013 Don J. Kappel, Director of Public Affairs, Chesterfield County, Virginia


ou’ve resolved to diet and exercise more. That’s good, because nothing is more important than taking care of your health and your family’s health. That’s why this year you should make one more resolution—to stay in touch with your county government in 2013. Why? On a day-to-day basis, local government impacts your life more than does the federal or state government. Things like police, fire and emergency medical services, building code and zoning enforcement, animal control, restaurant inspections, libraries, parks and recreation, economic development and more affect your personal safety, health, employment opportunities, emotional and financial well being and overall quality of life. These all are county programs and services. Staying in touch is easy to do. You can stay aware of what’s happening where you live by visiting the county’s website at http://, by listening to the county’s public-information radio network at 1630 AM in your vehicle, or by visiting us at You also can subscribe to Currents, the county’s quarterly enewsletter, at You’ll receive regular updates on road projects, new commercial and residential development, scheduled public meetings and much more. All public meetings of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and other county bodies are advertised by local media outlets. We hope to see you if your schedule permits. Otherwise, you can watch Board of Supervisors or Planning Commission meetings live, or see the archived meetings, by visiting the website and clicking on the “CCTV” tab. Comcast and Verizon also broadcast the meetings. The county also sends information to the media almost daily about events, programs and services. We know that communications need to be two-way to be effective, and your feedback is crucial to the county’s decision-making process. You can provide your input by contacting any county department, or the county’s elected leaders or administration. All of the contact information is on the website, or you can call the county switchboard at (804) 748-1000 to be connected with any department or elected official. Parents: Visit this Positive Parenting link for April 11, 2013, regional kindergarten registration details, and for information about the Virginia Star Quality Initiative which you should know about in this New Year regarding early care and education programs (www. Remember, let’s stay in touch! And good luck with the diet and exercise! n

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If you have trouble getting motivated on your own, try group exercise. ACAC’s FitCamp offers personal training for groups of seven to fourteen. “It’s less than 20 percent of the cost of a normal one-on-one session with

a trainer,’’ says Wendy Greene of ACAC Fitness & Wellness Centers. You get the great benefits of a personal-trainer-led workout and the camaraderie and motivation of working out with a group. Instead of boring machines, participants interact with fun equipment like tires, sleds and battle ropes .

A New You for the New Year 12 Tips for Improving Your Health and Lifestyle By Emily Jones

It’s that time of the year when many reflect back on their lives and consider ways to improve their health and make positive changes to their beauty routines. There are several adjustments people can implement in order to take control of their well-being—from simple ideas like taking a walk, to more complex health overhauls, such as joining a fitness club. Here are 12 tips for improving your mental and physical health, as well as your overall appearance.


Integrate first-pressed quality olive oil into your diet. Shauna Wells, owner of Olive Oil Taproom, explains, “The oils are rich in polyphenols and oleic acids, which are anti-oxidants with anti-inflammatory properties.

Extra virgin olive oil is also associated with a lowered risk of breast cancer and coronary disease.” A good start is switching your highfat salad dressing with a dressing that mixes extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. Not only is it tasty, aged balsamic has also been proven to regulate blood sugar, reduce high blood pressure, and help with the absorption of calcium.


Get the benefits of acupuncture without the needles! The ancient wisdom of acupuncture is combined with Young Living™ Essential Oils and topical skin care in a no-fear, no-needle process that will bring back your

youthful glow, increase your energy, reduce stress, and improve sleep. Diane Lowry ( is excited to be one of the first in the area to offer the Second Chance Facial Rejuvenation® service. She says, “The results are much more noticeable than when I use acupuncture alone.”


Kick your sinus infection naturally with eighty minutes of pampering. Brooke Anderson, a Master Esthetician at Renewal Day Spa says, “A lymphatic drainage facial is one of my favorite facials, but not many people

know about it.” This facial is a highly relaxing service that uses an advanced massage technique in order to encourage lymphatic drainage of the face and neck. The results include increased immune system strength, relief of sinus pressure and headaches, as well as the healing of acne, rosacea, and inflammation.


Relieve your muscles with a different type of massage. If you are bashful about stripping down at the spa, consider Table Thai massage to relax, improve circulation, increase flexibility, increase range of motion, and

energize you while you stay fully dressed in comfortable clothing. The therapist uses different techniques with his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to stretch the client.

u 1. Instead of boring machines, interact with fun equipment like tires and sleds

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If you’re a spa veteran, try a new technique like “cupping” to find relief from pains such as muscle spasms, sciatica, arthritis, and rheumatic problems. By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping drains excess

fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions, lifts connective tissue, brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles, and stimulates the peripheral nervous system.


Soothe your dry scalp and brittle hair with a revitalizing scalp and hair treatment. “Our Davines Natural Tech line offers a soothing and calming nourishing scalp and hair treatment which is ideal for sensitive, dehydrated scalps,”

says Anna Parlanti of Ciao Bella Salon. “It also nourishes and restructures the hair shaft leaving it soft, shiny, and full-bodied.” Some salons such as Ciao Bella come with added perks such as a complimentary scalp and hand massage and shampoo and blow dry!


Switch to mineral makeup cosmetics for your skin’s health. Easy to apply and long-lasting, minerals can help to simplify your routine by combining a foundation, concealer, powder, and sunscreen all in one. “It’s important

to choose a mineral line with no dyes, chemical preservatives, artificial fillers, or synthetic fragrances,” says Sheri Polignone, co-owner of Rituals Salon and Spa. “Mineral cosmetics are especially great for sensitive skin and can even be applied shortly after certain cosmetic surgery procedures to help promote healthy healing.”


u 10. Spinal decompression is a safe procedure to heal any back problems

Ditch that boring old nail polish for a fashion-forward look. New York Fashion Week brought forth more than clothing trends for 2013. In addition to the more conservative nude-colored polishes, models sported

eye-catching metallic hues and funky geometric patterns. Find a nail artist locally who can turn your fingertips into an accessory—or pick up a DIY kit from any local beauty department.


Try spinal decompression for a nonsurgical, drug-free approach to healing herniated or degenerative discs. Dr. Mat Pastore of Breckenridge Chiropractic

( suggests this procedure for a safe and pain-free option to facilitate spinal disc healing, resulting in the retraction of bulging or herniated discs.


Relax with the new Facial Reflexology Sorensensistem™. By applying non-invasive pressure on specific reflex points, all of the organs, glands, and structures of the

body can be encouraged to heal, providing physiological and psychological benefits to all systems of the body. Kymberly Keniston-Pond (, a local Certified Integrative and Facial Reflexologist, says, “This noninvasive and soothing treatment has been likened by clients to ‘yoga for the face.’”


Renew your skin with a Micropeel. The Micropeel procedure is a relaxing three-step clinical treatment combining dermaplaning or exfoliation, a chemical

peel solution, and cryogenic therapy to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, loss of elasticity, dullness, and skin imperfections. Celeste Ross of Family Practice Specialists of Richmond says, “All peeling is done in-office, making this peel an affordable, no downtime u 5. Among many things, a Thai message improves circulation and energy levels

approach to improving your skin.”n

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Events to Train For in 2013 by Meagan Moore


hile the South may be best known for fried food and sweet tea, our Commonwealth’s capital city is also an ideal

place to burn off all those calories and get fit and happy with a few thousand of your closest friends. Whether you’re a rabid runner or a wild walker, prefer to sprint or simply mosey to the finish, there are organized events throughout the greater Richmond that are sure to whet your workout whistle while benefiting great causes. Looking to get involved? Keep these tips in mind as you train for the event you choose:

Find a plan. Consult with a trainer or doctor before committing to run, and work together to come up with a plan. If you know you’re in good health, think about exercising your clicking finger to Google some pointers before you lace up those running shoes. Experts often post their training suggestions and plans online for novice and experienced athletes alike.

Stay rested and hydrated. Take care of yourself as you train—if you don’t give yourself that initial advantage, it’ll be an uphill battle to reach your goals.

Use the buddy system. Training with a friend can make your workouts seem less like drudgery and more like fun. This will make you more likely to stick with your plan and meet your goals. Don’t have an athletic buddy? Join a training group, stat!

Have fun!

The Color Run 5K – September 14, 2013 – Billed as “the happiest 5k on the planet,” no one leaves this event with anything less than a grin, as they’re cheered on by fellow runners and coated with powdered paint at each kilometer.

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Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K April 13, 2013 – One of Richmond’s most notable races, this 10k draws thousands of competitors to pound some of our fair city’s most scenic pavement to a soundtrack of cheers and live music.

Henricus Dauber Dash

April 13, 2013 – 5- to12-year-olds may not be ready for a 10k yet, but this event is the perfect cure for little feet itching to get on the blocks.

June 29, 2013 – This 5-mile run starts and finishes on a historic settlement. As you wind through a scenic conservation area, challenge yourself to a bunch of intense obstacles to earn the reward of a rockin’ post-race festival. Plus, the kids can take part in a muddy one-miler.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Columbia Muddy Buddy Ride and Run

Anthem Moonlight Ride

Benefiting Autism Speaks September 28, 2013

Virginia 529 Kids Run

April 20, 2013 – Pairs encourage each other through a 3- to 4.5-mile run with military-style obstacles, or alternate running and biking through a 5- to7-mile course, leapfrogging all the way to the famous mud pit at the finish.

August 17, 2013 – Join 3,000 cyclists decked out in crazy lights and costumes for this fun 8- or 17-mile ride through Richmond’s Fan district. End the night by celebrating together with pizza, ice cream, and a Blue Moon.

Maymont X-Country Festival

5k Foam Fest

September 27-28, 2013 – Take in Maymont’s beautiful scenery in a wide array of running events open to everyone from students to advanced athletes.

May 11, 2013 – The excitement of a mud run is combined with lots of foam, huge inflated obstacles, army crawls, cargo-net climbs, a moon walk, slip’n slides, and water obstacles in this race that is new to Richmond.

Dominion Riverrock May 17-19, 2013 – 5ks, 10ks, trail runs, climbing – you can’t swing a running shoe without hitting a challenging fitness event during this 3-day extravaganza of sweat and achievement.

Anthem Richmond Marathon/ American Family Fitness Half Marathon/HCA VA 8k November 16, 2013 – Pick your pavement pounding poison from this upbeat racing medley and dash through downtown Richmond’s scenic streets.

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u A participant in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k.

Run with a Cause

Color Me Rad

Benefiting Special Olympics Virginia April 20, 2013

Komen Central Virginia Race for a Cure

Benefiting Susan G. Komen Foundation May 11, 2013

Run Like a Girl

Benefiting HERA Foundation June 2, 2013 and October 13, 2013

Ashland Harvest Run

Benefiting Hanover Habitat for Humanity and Hanover Interfaith Clinics October 2013

Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk for Arthritis

Benefiting the Arthritis Foundation December 7, 2013



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A fitness Q&A with

Mark Reinke

ACAC Department Head and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by Jennifer Norvell Saunders



eeling—and looking—your best. It’s something most of us

want, but getting there can be confusing. Many of us just

of time you rest in between activities will help you do more with less time. For most people, fat loss happens best

don’t know how to go about improving our health. Well,

when they do three strength sessions and

the experts do! That’s why we asked one of them, Mark Reinke, to

done back to back, or separated apart on the

four cardio sessions a week. These can be

answer some of the most frequently asked fitness questions.

same day if necessary. With careful program-

Mark, what is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health?

frustrated because they don’t see the results

and cardio within the same session for a more

they want. Or they do too much and get in-

efficient workout. Even though you’ll feel dif-

jured or burned out.

ferent, your heart and lungs don’t know the

Before anything else, you need to decide what fitness means to you. You have to ask yourself why you want to be more fit. It could be that you want to run a marathon. Or it could be that you want to be able to pick up your grandchild. Either way, you want to perform better in some capacity. Deciding exactly what being fit means in your life gives you a goal. It’s the place to start your journey to better fitness and better health. Then you can decide what steps are needed to move forward. Usually it’s improvement in one or more of three key areas: mobility, strength or endurance.

We’re all so busy these days. How can we get fit in the shortest amount of time? Improvement comes from the total work

ming you can even combine weight training

difference—work is work to them. Work done equals calories burned, period.

What is the best way to increase weights?

done. That means a combination of how hard

The biggest mistake that people make is

and how long you’re active. So if you’re short

not using the right amount of weight during

on time, work at a higher intensity level for

a workout. They often stay at the same weight

less time. Here’s an example: If you want to

for too long and don’t progress. Or they do

run two miles today, you could run a ten-min-

too much, progress too quickly, and cause in-

ute mile and run for a total of twenty minutes.

jury. You must progress little by little. There’s a

Or you could run a more intense five-minute

Greek parable that sums up how to increase

mile and run for only ten minutes. Either way,

weights so you progress appropriately. “Much to the amazement of the crowd,

you’ve run two miles. You can help increase your intensity lev-

Milo hoisted a full-grown bull onto his shoul-

el by adding interval training to your activi-

ders. Amidst the congratulations, people

Well that’s an easy one. The worst thing

ties. If you’re a jogger, you can jog from one

asked how he managed to do such a feat.

is not asking the first question, of course! Not

streetlight to the next. Then sprint from there

Milo told them that the day the calf was born,

knowing what fitness really means for them

to the next streetlight. Continue to repeat

he hoisted the baby to his shoulders. Then

can get folks into trouble. It prevents them

jog/sprint intervals throughout your work-

each day as the calf grew into a bull, Milo

from finding the right workout that’s geared

out. If you’re a walker, you can up the inten-

would lift him to his shoulders. His strength

to where they are right now. Often people

sity of your workout by adding hills to your

grew as the bull’s size grew.”

will end up doing what worked years before

routine. For strength and mobility, continuing

but might not work for them now. So they get

to do more each time or reducing the amount

Okay, so what’s the worst thing?

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Why do so many people give up their fitness programs? The two most common reasons people give up on fitness is either because they’re too conservative in their activity and don’t see results, or they’re too aggressive and injure themselves. Personal training can help you to develop an appropriate program which contains progress written into it. Once you have a program, many trainers offer you the option of working out on your own and then checking back in to correct your form and update the workout. For others, having a personal trainer meeting with you regularly during the week is a way to be motivated and build in accountability.

I’m getting a little older. Am I destined to gain weight now? No one is destined to gain weight. In fact, even a ninety-year-old person can reach his or her fitness goal, he or she just might need more time than someone younger. Strength training is especially beneficial as we get older in order to maintain or increase lean body mass and bone density. The more lean muscle, the more work a body can do and the easier it is to obtain fitness.

How will I know I’m done? We’re never really done striving for fitness. When you reach your desired fitness level—meaning you are able to do whatever it is you want to do and meet the demands you place on your body—then you maintain it by continuing with exercise. It’s always easier to maintain than start from the beginning. n

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From the kitchen of LAURA PAYNE, personal chef for Gourmet Your Way. 514-6812,

Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallots

Baked Pork Tenderloin

White Chicken Chili




cup(s) butternut squash, cubed and peeled


tablespoon(s) brown sugar, dark

1 1/2 1 1/2

tablespoon(s) olive oil, divided teaspoon(s) salt teaspoon(s) pepper


shallots, peeled and halved lengthwise


teaspoon(s) sage, dried


ounce(s) fettuccine


cup(s) Parmesan cheese

u Preheat oven to 475°. u Combine the squash, sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons oil, salt, pepper, and shallots in a jelly roll pan; toss well. Bake at 475° for 20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in sage. u While the squash mixture bakes, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Place cooked pasta in a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons oil; toss well. Serve the squash mixture over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese.


pound(s) pork tenderloins


tablespoon(s) onions, minced


cup(s) vinegar


cup(s) ketchup


cup(s) brown sugar


garlic cloves, minced


teaspoon(s) salt

1/2 2

1 1/4 1 1/4

teaspoon(s) ginger, ground 4 oz. peaches in juice, baby food peaches

u Combine all ingredients in a large zip-top bag. u Place the tenderloin in the bag and mari-


pound(s) chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, breasts, (1” cubes) pound(s) chicken boneless, skinless, (1" cubes) tablespoon(s) tablespoon(s) oil oil


medium jalapeno pepper, minced


medium onion, diced


green bell pepper, diced


small carrot


garlic clove, minced


tablespoon(s) flour


teaspoon(s) Mexican oregano


teaspoon(s) cumin


teaspoon(s) salt


teaspoon(s) white pepper

nate for 3-6 hours in the refrigerator. It can


14 oz. can(s) chicken broth, fat free

also be placed in the freezer at this point for


15 oz. can(s) navy beans


cup(s) cilantro, chopped

future use. u Bake in a 300 degree oven for 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 155

Pepper Jack cheese, if desired

degrees. Remove pork and let rest for 10

u In a large pot, saute cubed chicken in oil,

minutes. Slice and plate. While pork is rest-

until lightly browned.

ing, pour the sauce into a pot and heat to

u Add jalapeno, onion, bell pepper, carrot,

a low boil and cook until it thickens. Pour

and garlic. Cook approximately 3-5 minutes,

sauce over the sliced pork.

until vegetables soften.

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u Stir in flour, oregano, cumin, salt and white pepper. Continue to cook 1 minute longer. Stir in chicken broth. Simmer, covered 20 minutes. Stir in undrained beans and cilantro. n

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Put An End

To Dry Mouth


s your medication leaving you with that

• Frequent sips of water can help to keep

“cotton mouth” feeling? Dry mouth is a common side effect of many medica-

your mouth lubricated. • A piece of sugar-free hard candy can of-

tions such as antihistamines, decongestants, analgesics (pain relievers), and diuretics. Not only can this seemingly harmless nuisance cause constant sore throats, speak-

ten help to stimulate saliva. •

Brushing after every meal and flossing daily has obvious benefits.

• The use of a topical fluoride as part of

ing problems, hoarseness, and dry nasal pas-

your oral care routine can be helpful.

sages, but persistent dry mouth can actually

Ask your dentist about this, and have

damage your teeth. Without enough saliva to

frequent checkups and cleanings in or-

wash away food and dilute the acids formed

der to detect any problem in its earliest

from plaque, your teeth are subject to rapid


and often severe decay.

You may not completely eliminate dry

There are, however, steps one can take to

mouth, but you can do much to significantly

minimize the risks when medications cause

reduce the irritation and damage it can pro-

dry mouth:

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Chiropractic Offers Solutions to a Physically Declining Nation by Dr. Mathias M. Pastore, DC Breckenridge Chiropractic


s a nation, the United States is heading toward a sedentary, obese and very




sickness, unhealthy eating, pharmaceutical drug intake and personal disability are all on the rise. Lost time at work and even the costs for premature death add up to billions of dollars annually. The question of where to turn for a healthier lifestyle, one which is based on sound practices, together with the elimination of pain and reduced sickness eludes many, many people. Yet, the solution is staring Americans right in the face daily. The answer lies in Chiropractic. A chiropractor, by training and experience, offers a great deal more to the public than merely skeletal system adjustments and increased function of the nervous system of the body. This alone is a


tremendous service, but it is only part of a chiropractor’s many skills, which could help to put an entire nation back on the track to better health and fitness. Chiropractors, by training, know a great deal about physical fitness, in addition to a lifestyle enhanced by wellness and a more healthful living that is free of drugs. A chiropractor will act as a personal counselor on health and wellness. An overall exercise program that fits a person’s lifestyle and interest will be discovered and encouraged. Overall fitness is known to increase a person’s well-being and do wonders for a person’s back, which is often the source of pain for many people. Finally, improving fitness can help to impact a person’s life and society as well through reduced healthcare costs, visits to physicians, dependency on pharmaceutical drugs and even lost time from work. How do you turn the fitness of a nation around you ask? The answer is one person at a time. The solution starts with a low-cost Chiropractic consultation. It’s a visit that could add years to your life, increase your productivity, make living more fun and help out the physical fitness level of a declining nation – all at the same time. n

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Michelle Bethard Wins By Losing 85 Pounds and Eight Dress Sizes in Eighteen Weeks! By Emily Jones


n a plane ride home from visiting her grandfather who had just had a heart attack, Michelle Bethard, a Midlothian resident, realized that she had to get serious. Three weeks before she had joined the gym for casual workouts after finding out that she was a high risk in all areas and a borderline diabetic. Noticing her own struggle to fit in the airplane seat, she thought, “If I don’t make a lifestyle change, I am going to be the next one who has a heart attack!” Bethard had no idea where to begin until she met Noel Larsen, a personal trainer at Woodlake Swim & Racquet Club ( Larsen stepped in with a plan. Through daily assignments, a food journal, and a combination of strength and cardio training five days a week, Bethard started to see and feel the changes. Larsen comments, “When something in a workout was too difficult for Michelle, we didn’t take it out of the workout. We just kept trying and modifying it until she could do it. And when she did, we were both so excited!” In her first ten weeks, she lost 40 pounds and 18.23% of her body fat. In the next eight weeks, she lost another 31 pounds. Her progress was also shown when her sixteen minute mile turned into eight and half minutes! Her results were so impressive, she won Woodlake’s “Challenge You” fitness contests twice in a row. Was it easy? Bethard explains, “My biggest challenge was finding time to fit in all of my workouts as a mother of two and a district manager of seventeen retail stores across Virginia. I’ve learned how to change my lifestyle, instead of trying crazy diets and exercise routines that you cannot maintain once you reach your goal. Noel has taught me how to eat right and make working out a fun part of my everyday life. Now I feel so much better, and have so much more energy! I can run and play with my kids without getting winded, and I can shop in any store I want and find clothes that fit.” n

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16-Piece Assortment of Fine Chocolates Including Pistachio Toffee Orange, Malted Milk Hazelnut, Mint Julep, Earl Grey, Vanilla Bean Brulee, Tequila Lime and more. Gearharts | 306 B Libbie Avenue 282.1822 |

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It’s easy to be confused about Sedona...with all of our fresh and hand cut seafood and our Certified Black Angus Steaks. But make no mistake about it–with the largest craft beer collection in Virginia, we take craft beer VERY seriously.. Serious food and over 500 craft your new favorite today. WESTCHESTER COMMONS, MIDLOTHIAN | 804-379-0037 | SEDONATAPHOUSE.COM

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Flavor photo by Tim Hill

We went In Search Of Soups, Stews & Chilis!

See more of what we found starting on page 32. Pho Tai Bo Vien Traditional Vietnamese noodle soup served with fresh eye of round, meatballs, egg, Thai basil, bean sprouts, cilantro, peppers and lime (as shown). Pho Saigon 10190 West Broad Street | 217-7979

Restaurant Highlights: GENGHIS GRILL






11500 Midlothian Turnpike 420-8888 • Genghis Grill-The Mongolian Stir Fry is a build your own bowl,fast casual,asian stir-fry concept. Choose from a variety of ingredients to make a meal that’s right for you.

13126 Midlothian Tnpk. 379-7121 • Offering Latin and Caribbean inspired seafood, Pescados has been the recipient of many awards. Join them for their weekly specials or on Thursday nights with your special someone for their “Cheap Date Night.”

1795 South Creek One, Powhatan • 379-6569 Creekside offers American flavor with a Southern flair with dishes such as meatloaf, shrimp and grits, and homemade desserts. Plus, check their calendar for live music and Texas Hold’em.

2825 Hathaway Road, Richmond 560-9622 • Great food with a positive mission, featuring seafood, vegetarian, sandwiches and salads. Also offers catering and live music at Sunday Brunch. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special four course meal.

Breckenridge Shopping Center Chester • 796-9660. Find fresh soups, sandwiches, burgers, franks, and more all homemade daily! Fine meats and cheeses are available by the pound. Or take advantage of their box lunches and sandwich platters for your next event.

The Shoppes at Bellgrade 464-1476 • One of Downtown’s finest seafood restaurants joins the Chesterfield restaurant scene. Savor creatively prepared dishes for dinner or Sunday brunch.

Find more great places to dine at January / February 2013



Urban Goes Suburban

Urban Farmhouse’s new Chesterfield location at The Millworks at the Green.


hesterfield just got its own Urban Farmhouse Market and Café. The popular Shockoe Slip eatery has recently opened a second location at The Millworks at the Green, just off Midlothian Turnpike (13872 Coalfield Commons Place). Kathleen Richardson, founder of Urban Farmhouse, describes the restaurant’s concept as, “a casual market cafe and coffee and tea house featuring a simple menu of fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.” “No chef and no formal kitchen,” she says. “Everything is out in the open. Our fare is simple and straight-forward with fresh salads and sandwiches and delicious soups.” Elaborating a bit further on the fare you’ll find at Urban Farmhouse, Richardson says, “We change our menu seven times each year to reflect the seasons of Virginia. While some items stay the same, we tweak them to use fresh and seasonal herbs and produce when possible. For example, in the fall, we featured a grilled cheese sandwich with thinly sliced crisp Granny Smith apples atop a Vermont cheddar cheese. For the holidays, we are featuring a grilled cheese with creamy Brie and our homemade cranberry salsa, drizzled with local honey.” Explaining her expansion into Chesterfield, Richardson says, “Our intention from the

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beginning was to grow regionally. I grew up in Richmond, including near the Midlothian area, and felt with the growth over the last several years, it was a perfect area for an Urban Farmhouse.” According to Richardson, the Chesterfield location will be very similar in appearance to the original Urban Farmhouse, with an emphasis on being environmentally sensitive. “We used reclaimed wood for tables and cabinetry, and recycled materials for floor and wall coverings,” she says. “Overall, the effect should be light, airy and open with a warm feeling that encourages folks to meet or hang out.” She says the new location is centrally located and that the owners of the development have been very receptive to the concept. “With their support, we've already launched a Fall Farmers Market, which we hope to continue in the spring. The landscape is beautiful with nearby walking and running trails…another way to promote a healthy lifestyle!”

The Flyin’ Pig Takes Off in Brandermill


hesterfield residents, and long-time friends, Steve Rogge and Kevin McGrath have finally seen a dream come true…they’re the proud proprietors and operators of a new restaurant…the Flyin’ Pig Backyard Grill (13564 Waterford Place, Midlothian. While both men have long shared the dream of having their own restaurant, they have followed somewhat non-traditional routes that have brought them together in their Brandermill-area restaurant. “My background is in finance,” says Rogge, “and Kevin was in real estate.” Rogge says that their diverse backgrounds have proven valuable when it comes to the business end of restaurant management. “We levied the deal ourselves,” he says. “We budgeted for the unexpected. A lot of people don’t realize how much capital it takes to operate a restaurant.” It’s not that the two men don’t also have restaurant experience in their resume. “We’ve both worked in restaurants,” Rogge says. “I continued >


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worked as a waiter in (Washington) D.C. restaurants for ten years, just to get a feel for the business.” Rogge describes the concept of the Flyin Pig as not just a neighborhood barbecue place. “Our concept is that of a backyard grill, serving everything from grilled chicken to ribs and burgers. Everything is smoked on hickory wood.” He says that he and McGrath sat down in the kitchen and came up with their recipes for their special sauces. For starters, there are four sauces – an Alabama-style, a Low Country sauce, which captures the flavors popular in the Southeast, a sweet Kansas City sauce, and buffalo sauce, which Rogge says is especially created for barbecue. “We also have our own dry rub,” he says. Rogge describes the restaurant as a family place, “with a bunch of TVs” to watch all of your favorite sporting events. There’s even a private banquet room with its own large-screen TV. Catering is our next big push,” he says. n

Dining. Entertainment. Savings.

Fresh Seafood, Bison, Vegetarian and a variety of sandwiches and salads.

A collaboration of many of Richmond’s best chefs help to create the menu.

Also offering full catering services offsite, as well as private functions at The Cafe.

Live music at Sunday Brunch.

2825 Hathaway Road • 560-9622 • Located in The Stratford Hills Shopping Center off of Forest Hill Avenue

OPEN 11am–9pm, Tues–Fri, noon–9pm on Sat and 10am–8:30pm on Sunday. Closed Mondays.

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January / February 2013



In Search Of


Stews & Chilis photos by Tim Hill

Butternut Crab Bisque Butternut squash bisque with a hint of curry and fresh Virginia crabmeat. Crab Louieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1352 Sycamore Square | Midlothian 275.2722 |

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Texas Roadhouse Chili A combination of USDA choice sirloin ribeye and tenderloin ground fresh in house. Good Chili and cumin flavor with a slight hint of cayenne to warm you up on a cold winter day. Texas Roadhouse 1570 W. Koger Center Boulevard (by Chesterfield Towne Center) | 897.7427

Carbonnade a la Flamande Traditional Belgian dish, lightly sweet beef stew slowly cooked in Belgian ale. Belle Vie 1244 Alverser Plaza, Midlothian | 379.3338

Carrot Ginger Soup In addition to the two main ingredients, this soup combines the flavors of leeks, garlic, cream, and chicken broth. The garnish on the top is fried ginger. Poeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub 2706 East Main Street | 648-2120

French Onion Soup A traditional onion soup served with a crouton and smothered with melted Swiss cheese. Ruthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris 11500 W. Huguenot Road | 378.0600

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Chopstix Asian Bistro Sushi Lounge:


The Secret’s in the Sauce! by Diana LeGere


Photos by Tim Hill provides a relaxing and romantic ambience,

nary mastery … in everything? Unde-

perfect for families or special occasions. Teriya-

niably, “yes”, when epicurean genius Kai

ki and Hibachi Bento Boxes with chicken, fish and seafood, or steak are lunchtime favorites.

Pan inherited the love of cooking from his

Unlike most Asian restaurants, Chopstix serves

father, who ran a Chinese restaurant for thirty

thirty fine wines, draft and bottled beers, and

years. In 2009, Kai and his wife, Sandy, followed

martinis and hot sake, making it the perfect

suit and opened Chopstix Asian Bistro Sushi

place to unwind over a plate of sushi, sashimi,

Lounge, at 15801 City View Drive in Midlothi-

or other delectable entrees.

an, where they serve Asian cuisine unlike any other. Sandy, restaurant manager, says Chopstix offers a distinct dining experience—infusion

Seafood Basket Stir fried shrimp, scallop, crabmeat, lobster, and mixed vegetables, finished with a light garlic sauce, served in a noodle basket. Singapore Street Noodles Curry “street fare” rice noodles with shrimp and chicken.

Special Rolls

ing experience for young picky eaters, you’re in for a treat. Children can order smaller portions of any entree on the menu for just $5. Best of all, there really is something for

ity crafted from “the finest and freshest ingre-

everyone. Along with traditional selections,

dients,” purchased locally, and never frozen

health conscious diners can choose unique

or canned. She explains how they shell fresh

vegetarian meals, like customer favorite Coco-

walnuts for the Shrimp and Walnut entrée.

nut Curry Veggie, as well as “gluten free” made

“Everything is made from scratch,” says Sandy.

with a special soy sauce. Just let them know

To ensure flavor consistency, specialty chefs

your preference, and they’ll make it for you.

Angry Dragon Shrimp tempura base, spicy tuna, sliced papaya, topped with crabmeat salad, served with nuta sauce.

Regardless of your palette, Chopstix will

But that’s not all. The hallmark of Chopstix

serve up a beautiful dish almost too pretty to

food artistry is in the chef’s “secret” sauce. These

eat, but with mouthwatering taste that will

signature sauces bring out the harmony of fla-

keep you coming back for more. It’s no won-

vors, making each dish refreshingly different to

der word-of-mouth marketing works best for

the eye and palate. Chef inspired menu items

these passionate restaurateurs.

include traditional Asian favorites and specialty

Oh, you’ll want to know what’s in the

items with a Thai twist—noodles and rice, Hi-

sauce, but don’t ask. Chef Pan isn’t giving away

bachi favorites, tempura, and gigantic signature

his culinary secrets any time soon. Perhaps the

sushi rolls are among the Chef specialties.

motive behind every diner’s return just might

For lunch or dinner, contemporary décor


And if you’re looking for an affordable din-

of unique flavors, creativity, and upscale qual-

prepare each type of food.

Lamb Lollipops with Sesame BBQ Sauce Drizzled with sesame BBQ sauce.

Shrimp with Walnut Battered fried shrimp, topped with toasted walnuts and creamy melon sauce, garnished with honey dew melon balls.

an an eatery earn a reputation for culi-

Pan is head chef and owner.

Coconut Battered Shrimp with Thai Sauce Lightly fried shrimp with Thai sweet sauce.

be … to find out what’s in the secret sauce. n

Midlothian Roll Shrimp tempura, spicy crabmeat, and avocado topped with seaweed salad, spicy salmon meatball and baby spinach sewn with caviar.

January / February 2013



COZY DINING Nothing can beat the winter blues like warming up with a delicious meal fireside. Here are some of Richmondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best offerings for a cozy night out. BY EMILY JONES

Chez Max 10622 Patterson Avenue, Richmond 754-3464 â&#x20AC;˘ Chez Max proudly serves up classic French cuisine amidst the soft glow of a large stone fireplace that sits in the corner of the main dining room.

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Hondos h Shoppes at Innsbrook, Glen Allen 968-4323 • Hondos new location shows off a new look of style and elegance. Two ultra-chic fireplaces provide a gorgeous backdrop to the upscale dining experience.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Crab Louie’s i

11500 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian 378-0600 •

1352 Sycamore Square, Midlothian 275-2722 •

Wow your guests by having your next event in one of Ruth Chris’

Step back in time with a visit to Crab Louie’s Seafood Tavern, a

two private dining rooms that feature a toasty fireplace. Or, enjoy

historical landmark. Ambiance abound with two fireplaces in the

the fireside atmosphere in their parlor or bar area.

dining area and two in bar area.

The Hard Shell h 11400 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian 464-1476 • Dine on fresh fish and shellfish by one of two flickering fireplaces. If you go on Saturday nights, you can enjoy live music as well.

January / February 2013



january + february JANUARY


Hollywood Costume Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Nov. 2013 through Feb. 2014



The Magic Flute

Edgar Allan Poe’s 204th Birthday Bash

Willow Lawn Theater through February 10




Poe Museum



Chili Cook-Off Wine Trail Weekend

The Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion

Carpenter Theater




Umphrey’s McGee

Barefoot Puppets: Little Red and the Gingerbread Man

The National

Gottwald Playhouse FEBRUARY




Billy Elliot The Musical

Central Virginia’s Home & Garden Show

Landmark Theater

Greater Richmond Convention Center




Progressive Insurance

Orchids Galore!

Richmond Camping RV Expo

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden through March 31

An Evening of Jazz with Molly Ringwald

Richmond Raceway Complex






DIsney’s Mary Poppins

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

17 Pentatonix


19–24 Landmark Theater


RIchmond Coliseum

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what’s cook in

Doing My Doo Doo Diligence


By Steve Cook

s you may have guessed (or, possibly not), I am a writer. That’s my profession. To most of my friends and fam-

ily, that means that I am unemployed. When it comes to income and retirement benefits, there are many similarities between writing and unemployment. But, it is my job. So, as you might assume, when everyone else in the family has jobs with real offices they go to and real desks they sit at, and real paychecks they receive on a regular basis, if some (non-paying) chore has to be done, it usually devolves to me to do it. Just an aside, I used the word “devolve” to prove that I am a writer. Did it work? If a child has to be met at the bus stop, I’m the one doing the meeting. If someone (basically that includes anyone that we might have ever met) needs a ride somewhere, or someone to pick up something from the store, or a piece of furniture moved, again, that would be me who does it, since, as they all know, I don’t have a job. I don’t mind. Besides, if this weren’t the reality in my life, I wouldn’t have much to write about. So, I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m complaining. But, there’s one chore that I’ve recently taken on that I never would have thought I would enjoy. You’ve heard of “perp walks.” You know, when someone has been arrested and he or she has to parade through a gaggle of photographers and the perp(etrator) is trying to cover his (or her) head with a jacket or a purse, or whatever. Well, my job is to do what I lovingly refer to as the “poop walk.” And sometimes, I do feel like hiding my face when I’m down on my knees scooping. Ever since we moved from a home with a continued on page 42 > January / February 2013



continued from page 40 > big, fenced-in yard, to a condo, it’s my thricedaily job to take our dog on his poop walks. Dogs can be very fickle, at least Toby, our lab, definitely is. Some days he will go outside and do his dooty right away. But, on other days, generally when it’s very cold or very hot, or raining, Toby wants to take his time. I don’t understand this. If I have to use the facilities, I don’t snoop around every piece of furniture in every room of the house. I know exactly where to go to go. Not Toby. He’ll sniff every bush, every little patch of ground. He’ll even nibble at the grass before he makes a final decision. I know dogs are not that discriminating when it comes to where they’ll put their mouths, but I find it somewhat disgusting. These moments of waiting for Toby have given me a lot of time to meditate and reflect. I’ll often see our neighbors out with their dogs and their plastic bags in hand, just like me. When you think about it, this seems rather absurd. If some alien race were observing us, they’d bound to be thinking that dogs must be the most noble of earth’s inhabitants and that humans must be at the bottom of the caste system. “Look,” Gor from Anthron (I made that up) would say. “These four-legged life forms have those two-legged life forms trained so well that they will stoop and pick up their (use whatever word aliens might have for it). I feel so sorry for the two-legged creatures.” I know dogs are our best friends, or that’s what I’ve been told. But it seems to me that we humans are the servants in this relationship. Here’s something else interesting about having this job. …Oh, sorry.

I had so

much more to share about what my duties entail, but, I have to go. Toby is calling me. Yes master. Let me grab my plastic bags and I’ll be right there.

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he Virginia Living Museum, located in Newport News, is home to more than 250 species of animals and plants native to Virginia. Permanent exhibits explore life in a cypress swamp, in a mountain cove, under the Chesapeake Bay and

inside a limestone cave. Visitors can also enjoy hands-on activities, the observatory, planetarium, wildflower gardens and a boardwalk with animals in naturalized habitats. A traveling exhibit, Through the Eyes of the Eagle, opens February 23.


n addition to their permanent exhibits, the Children’s Museum of Richmond will celebrate winter with The Snow Days Festival (January 19). The festival will feature snow-related activities, art projects, and treats (all CMoR locations). Special performances and the crowning of the

Snow Queen will take place at the Central location only. In February, CMoR will celebrate Black History Month with performances (check the website for locations and times), fun facts, information, and special activities. The Central location will celebrate all things German when they host the Twilight Carniball (adults only) on March 2nd and the Kids Carniball on March 9th, a day-long event with music, food, and special activities.


troll through a tropical rainforest at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit, Orchids of Latin America (opening January 26). Also new to the museum is Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry, an

award-winning photojournalist who takes visitors on an underwater journey (opening March 5).

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While the winter months may bring cold and wind, these family friendly museums will warm and brighten your family’s day. By Kellie Murphy


hesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is where you will find rich history for the whole family. Take an interactive “then and now” tour at Magnolia Grange, a pre-civil war Virginia Historic Landmark, followed by a visit to a reproduction of

a country general store in the county museum, which also features a kids’ corner with hands-on activities. Children will also be fascinated by the 1892 Jail which features original jail cells and a pillory out front. 


he Virginia Air and Space Center features over 100 interactive exhibits detailing NASA’s most historic achievements. After more than three years of planning, a new exhibit, The Space Gallery, has opened its first phase, Space Quest: Explor-

ing the Moon, Mars, & Beyond. Kids can enjoy “paws-on” activities at the museum’s newest exhibit, Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog, which will run through April 21st. Also fun for kids are the simulated roller coaster and flight combat rides as well as the antique carrousel.


ids can bring their sleeping bags and “camp in” for overnight fun at The Science Museum of Virginia. Recommended for grades 3-6, guests will design and build structures and watch a movie at the IMAX®DOME. Reservations are required (Feb-

ruary 8, March 8). Middle School girls are invited to register early for the “Girls In Technology Camp In” sleepover where they will work with women in technology, gaining experience and problemsolving skills (March 1). Children of all ages will want to visit Raise the Roof (opens February 9), a hands-on introduction to the world of architecture. LiveSky is an interactive planetarium show that will take visitors to the stars and beyond (February 15, March 15). And for the math-minded, come out and celebrate Pi Day (March 14) to honor all things Pi.

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Love is in the air, every sight and every sound. And we’re not just reciting song lyrics. We’ve handpicked our suggestions for some of Virginia’s most romantic destinations (plus one in D.C.) for that very special weekend getaway. BY STEVE COOK

Love, Appalachian Style Inn at Riverbend 125 River Ridge Drive, Pearisburg (540) 921-5211,

The Inn “Our inn provides a retreat from the stresses and pressures of everyday life,” says Janet Burton, co-owner and innkeeper of the Inn at Riverbend, located 30 miles from Blacksburg.“Offering breathtaking views of the New River and the majestic Appalachian Range, Inn at Riverbend makes the

Dining “Wake up each morning to a sumptuous three-

perfect setting,” Burton says, “to take the time to relax and en-

course breakfast, and delight your palate with a selection

joy each other and to renew your passion.”

of foods that include fresh local produce and goods,” says Burton. With 72-hours notice, the inn offers a Monday night Dinner with a View, described by Burton as “a gourmet three-

Your Suite May we recommend The Palisade Suite,

course meal with candlelight and a view of the surrounding

which has been voted “most romantic.” Offering a corner view

mountains and the New River that can’t be beat—especially

that overlooks both the river and the mountains, The Pali-

at sundown.”

sades offers a queen-sized, hand-carved, four-poster bed; rich


textiles in lavender, sage and cream; a whirlpool tub/shower;

Getaway Special The Inn-Dulgence Package offers

plush robes; as well as cable TV complete with DVD player. The

couples an opportunity to indulge with a bottle of bubbly, six

semi-private deck has two rocking chairs and a small table,

roses, and the Riverbend Basket waiting for you in your room

which provides a great place for a picnic or a spot to share

on arrival. Relax and refresh with an in-room couples massage.

a bottle of champagne. “The remaining six rooms also offer a

Then explore all the outdoor pursuits close to the Inn, or just

grand panorama of the New River and the Appalachian Moun-

cuddle up and enjoy a DVD (a wide selection of DVDs is avail-

tains,” says Burton.

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A Capital Idea for a Romantic Getaway The Jefferson Hotel 1200 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC (202) 448-2300,

The Hotel Yes, Richmond, there is another Jefferson Hotel. This one—a small, elegant, boutique hotel—is in the nation’s capital, located just blocks from The White House. Rich in historic detail, tributes to the hotel’s namesake, Thomas Jefferson, and Monticello are found throughout. Your Suite Occupying 1,900 square feet on the top floor of The Jefferson, you’ll discover the Thomas Jefferson Suite, which, says Philip Wood, operating director at The Jefferson, “is designed with the finest modern amenities and the most thoughtful design features that are both elegant and playful. The Thomas Jefferson suite provides guests with five Juliet balconies that afford a spectacular city view of the White house and Washington Monument. The romantic grand living

Dining The hotel’s restaurant, Plume, has been voted as one of the nation’s most romantic. “The ultimate romantic dining table,” says Wood, “is the Bird’s Nest. Tucked away in a discreet corner, the prized seat is elegantly illuminated by a 110-year old multi-tiered chandelier, and encased in shimmering leather book spines that line the curved nook.” Be sure to reserve early, and, also, ask about their very exclusive dessert, The Nest.

room features a fireplace and walnut parquet floors, a discreetly hidden television,  and an oversized sofa. The master

Getaway Special The Room for Romance Package

bedroom features a King canopy bed with a hand-sewn cov-

includes hot breakfast for two in The Greenhouse or through

erlet designed specifically for the suite. A private sitting room,

room service, as well as a half bottle of champagne and choc-

chandeliers, and an elegantly designed master bathroom with

olate-covered strawberries. “The Room for Romance package,”

deep-soaking tubs define the suite with another level of ro-

Wood says,“is for those guests who prefer to spend the evening

mantic luxury. A kitchenette, formal dining room, study, and a

out on the town and then return to a perfect romantic ‘nest’ to

guest powder room complete the suite.”

end their evening.” n

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Low Maintenance Living Designed Around You


The main spaces flow into the lovely sunroom that floods the he home experts at Eagle Construction have opened the next section of Harvest Glen, Eagle Construction’s beautiful new whole house with light. A cozy bench tucked under the window is sure community off Courthouse Road. This new section includes to be the perfect spot for curling up with a good book or providing some of the most desirable lots in this maintenance-provided com- your pet with a favorite perch to peer out the windows. The expansive master suite is tucked away in the back of the home munity. Many of the home sites back up to woodlands, open spaces, for added privacy. Airy and roomy, it easily fits a king size bed and intior water, offering quiet views and peaceful privacy. Right now you’ll find a good selection of floorplans at Harvest mate seating area. Two walk-in closets, a double-vanity sink and large Glen starting at $220,900. And you can select your perfect home site shower with a bench add spa-like luxury to your private retreat. The Emory has two additional bedrooms, so there’s plenty of in the newly opened section and enjoy complete personalization. Harvest Glen combines the best of single-family and low main- room for guests. The front room, overlooking the patio, has been tenance living. So you can “stop and smell the roses” without having converted into a personal office or “Away Room.” The second bedto take care of them! These unique “Carriage Homes” are clustered to- room is accented with a painted brick wall that adds distinctive gether in neighborly cul-du-sacs, providing privacy and a strong sense warmth to the area. For added convenience, the mud/laundry room is a handy dropof community. The new model home — the Emory — offers all the comforts and off zone leading from the kitchen to the garage. A one or two car gaconveniences in a bright, airy layout. The exterior details are exquisite, rage is included in all homes at Harvest Glen, and there’s even more featuring a front porch and stone accents, perfect for socializing with storage space in the easily accessible attic. And don’t worry about rakneighbors. Inside this freshly-decorated model home, the designers at ing your leaves here, because at Harvest Glen all the exterior mainteEagle Construction have showcased all the latest products and trends. nance chores are done for you. Come see what the low-maintenance lifestyle is all about. Harvest As you step from the welcoming porch through the front door, you notice the openness of the living spaces. Nine-foot ceilings Glen and Eagle Construction cater to all types of lifestyles by offering throughout create a natural and bright environment for you to en- seven different floor plans, all with first-floor master suites. Priced from joy. The family room, with vaulted ceiling, flows into the dining room, the $220’s, these homes give you the convenience, combreakfast area and kitchen, making it perfect for entertaining or quiet fort, and easy-living lifestyle you’ve always imagined. n Ask abo ut times at home. For more information, contact Diane Houff, Eagle Realty of Virginia, LLC, at 804.404.9007 incentiv es! email: • website:


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How We Spend by Steve Cook


o many of us who have reached the retirement years, it may seem that our income is more broken than fixed. Many seniors lament the fact that their dreams and plans for life after retirement have had to be put on hold, or greatly downsized. While we might not be able to do much about the current state of the economy, with constantly rising prices for fuel, food, and just

about everything else, there are practical measures that can help us to squeeze those pennies for a little more mileage. Here are a few tips:

Food Shop store brands. Did you know that your typical savings can

the generic has not had to invest the millions of dollars that go into

average about 25 percent when you shop store brands? Often you’ll

research, development, and testing as has the pharmaceutical com-

find that the quality is very close to that of name brands. In a recent

pany producing the name brand. Most prescription medications have

test, conducted by Consumer Reports, twenty-one name-brand prod-

patents that expire in ten to fourteen years. That’s when the generics

ucts were matched up with similar store brands. In this test, seven of

are introduced. They may have a different shape, size, color, and name,

the name brands came out on top and three of the store brands did

but a generic will be the same medication. Most pharmacists can pro-

better. The rest were determined to be of similar quality. The Consum-

vide you with a list of generics that correspond to your prescription

er Reports organization concluded that it is really worthwhile to give


virtually any store brand a try. Use coupons – Don’t scoff. Even with modest use, the two to three dollars you may save can add up to a substantial sum when you

Mail-Order Prescription Plans. Check your personal health plan. Many offer substantial savings if you order your drugs through their approved, domestic mail-order provider.

consider annual savings. And, if you really get serious about coupons, you may be surprised at the results. One savvy shopper told me that


she saves 50 to 70 percent off of her family’s weekly grocery bill with

Internet Travel Suppliers. While it can be beneficial to take ad-

the use of coupons from her Sunday newspaper alone (although she

vantage of airline and hotel senior discounts, oftentimes you can real-

does admit that she may buy two or three newspapers a week to maxi-

ize much greater savings by shopping the Internet. Thanks to William

mize her savings). While this particular shopper does not often search

Shatner, we all are familiar with Don’t be afraid to take

the Web for coupons, she says that she has found www.couponclip-

advantage of the Negotiator, but keep in mind that there are some and to be valuable resources not just

disadvantages, as well, such as not knowing exactly what you will be

for food, but for everything from home improvement to health and

getting until you’ve already paid for it. In addition to checking prices

beauty supplies.

on Priceline, you may wish to use a site such as which allows you to compare the best offers from multiple travel sites

Medical and prescriptions

at once.

Generic Medicines. While you may think this is too obvious to

Online Dining Coupons. It’s a simple task to search for restau-

even be included, the fact is there are many who still have reserva-

rant coupons for virtually any travel destination. Such sites as www.

tions about the efficacy of generic medications. By law, all generics not only offer savings of 10 to 25 percent or more,

must have the same active ingredients as their name-brand counter-

but can also acquaint you with dining spots you may never have dis-

parts. Why are they so much cheaper? Because the manufacturer of

covered on your own.

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Banks and credit cards

around prior to calling. It could give you a

have done business with a particular retailer,


little leverage if they realize you are serious

drug store, or bank for many years, there is no

banks offer checking account options de-

about shopping for the best deal. Even if they

reason to maintain the status quo if making

signed especially for seniors. And even if you

don’t offer you any incentives to remain a cus-

a change can help you to realize savings. For

don’t consider yourself a senior…yet, shop

tomer, remember, it doesn’t cost you a cent

additional money savings tips, visit the Na-

around. Some banks offer such accounts to

to ask.

tional Council on Aging’s informative website




( and search under “Money

individuals who are 50 or older. Senior checking accounts often include free checks for life,

Real estate taxes

Saving Tips.” n

as well as a bunch of other perks. Also take

Chesterfield County, Powhatan County,

advantage of on-line checking and bill–pay

and the city of Richmond offer real-estate tax

options. Just the savings on gasoline and

relief for seniors who are 65 or older. There are

stamps can be a benefit.

other restrictions. See the following munici-

Credit Card Options. You’ve heard the

pality websites or details:

expression, “It doesn’t cost anything to ask.”

Chesterfield County:

That can be a money-saving philosophy

Powhatan County:

when it comes to your credit cards. Most card


companies have retention departments that

The bottom line is you can improve your

offer a variety of unadvertised cost–effec-

bottom line if you search for and, when ap-

tive options. For instance, you may be able to

propriate, ask for discounts or other money-

get them to waive your annual fee or reduce

saving options and benefits. Just because you

your interest rate. Generally, if the company values your business, they will transfer you to a retention specialist when you tell them you are calling to cancel. It doesn’t hurt to shop

Small changes can add up to big savings.

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Designing a private spa is easier than ever with innovative, cutting-edge products offering the gamut of basic to ultimate luxury bath experiences. Creating your retreat may involve a complete new bathroom design or renovation incorporating a multitude of special features. Alternatively, simply integrating pampering products into an existing space can provide a pleasing spa experience with a more budget-conscious focus.

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A spa bath retreat is in essence an extension of

locations for plumbing and electrical fixtures. This re-

your master bedroom. These two spaces together cre-

sults in a reduction of day-to-day disruption and helps

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with specialty products created for pampering regi-

The design should reflect your taste and style while

mens or beauty treatments.

blending seamlessly with the décor of your home.

An important privacy but space-hogging design is a wall-enclosed toilet room. Nothing else offers the


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To maximize design and construction dollars, it

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Check out space-saving combo fixtures. Dual sinks

careful selection of fixtures, hardware, lighting, colors,

are nice if the space is available and the plumbing is

and materials ensures longevity. Although not always

present. If not, perhaps a second counter and well-lit

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Especially in renovations where square footage is at a premium, choosing to convert an area into a spa-equipped, enlarged and enhanced shower is a great option. Although a soaking tub or whirlpool looks great and is instantly a visual cue for relaxation, the space may be better utilized for a more frequently used function. Larger showers, perhaps accommodating two, allow for features including rain heads, body sprays, and steam units. There are new electronic controls with customized settings to meet individual preferences. On a practical note, verify that available water velocity and pressure meet the performance requirements of the specific fixtures.

FIXTURES and FEATURES If you plan to include a bathing tub, designing space for a freestanding unit rather than a built-in is an intriguing option. Many of these bath designs are sculptural works of art in themselves. Floor-mounted faucets, although sometimes expensive, make an attractive pairing with the bathtub. If your preference is a jetted tub, air-driven pumps offer gentle effervescent bubbles for a calm, meditative feeling. They also provide a higher level of sanitation and lower maintenance. For a grand effect, consider hanging a small-scale chandelier above a beautiful bath. Confirm building code requirements for mounting heights. Sink options are recessed, semi-recessed, and artistic vessels and bowls of glass, stone, and porcelain materials. For a unique installation, consider wall-mounted rather than counter-attached faucets. New hardware finishes such as black and chocolate brown offer some fresh color options. I frequently suggest including one of my personal favorite items: a hand-held showerhead installed on a glide bar. This arrangement is great for changing the height of the showerhead in seconds, and allows you to lift the head off its mounting for rinsing, bathing the dog, and is a real convenience on cleaning day.

DETAILS THAT SHINE Color and materials in bathrooms can vary from a simple monochromatic palette to the bold, high contrast, deep, and dramatic. Lighting and fixture selection always play a major part in safety and function. Lighting should also be designed in layers so that a specific ambience or mood may be created for different functions and times of day. Floor and wall tile are the most significant material selections because they are the most permanent. Tile and stone offerings have made important shifts in recent years, with trends toward smaller, tiny tiles and, conversely, large-scale tile. Natural stone and textured porcelain tiles with finishes that mimic natural stone are great options for floors and counter surfaces, although you should consider maintenance when choosing natural stone. Border, medallion, and accent tile choices are endless.

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Your spa bathroom is the most intimate and personal space in your home, so enjoy the most relaxing, nurturing, and pleasant environment possible. CONSIDER… There is no other place in your home where a serious accident is more likely than in the bathroom. Planning to reduce potential hazards is paramount. Choices in finishes, hardware, lighting, and plumbing fixtures all affect safety. Along with building in safety considerations, incorporating elements of universal design enhances the future usability of the space. Surprisingly, universal design can actually enhance the aesthetics of a space rather than detract. Consider a shower with a curbless entry and no glass enclosure, a sleek solution disguising ease of access and use.

AH, SPA! What’s your definition of pampering? Could you fancy heated floors, towel bars, and toilet seats?! How about an inmirror flat screen TV, installed so that it is only visible when it is turned on? For the ultimate experience, consider inclusion of aromatherapy, chromatherapy (i.e., light and color therapy), a comforting fireplace, on-demand hot water, and, of course, your favorite music. How about room for a private massage? Your spa bathroom is the most intimate and personal space in your home, so enjoy the most relaxing, nurturing, and pleasant environment possible. Visit my FORM & FUNCTION Lifestyle blog for more ultimate spa bath tips: n

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eed an entertaining DIY project for a cold winter’s day? Play around with chalkboard paint! It’s an easy, creative and inexpensive way to add some style while you personalize and organize just about anything. Standard black and green chalkboard paint colors are available at most home improvement or paint stores, but there’s no need to limit yourself. You can up the DIY rush by making a custom color of your own. Simply mix any paint you like with a bit of non-sanded tile grout, and boom: chalkboard paint.

The recipe

area. Wipe the chalk off with a barely damp sponge, and dry.

The ideas • •

• •

Pour 1 cup of paint (any color or type) into a container. Add 2 Tablespoons of non-

sanded tile grout (found at home improvement stores). Mix well with a paint stirrer to remove all lumps. Easy! Keep your batches small and stir the paint often because it dries quickly.

The technique

For most projects you’ll need primer, chalkboard paint and foam paint rollers. Buy rollers labeled as “smooth finish” to get an even paint application. Start by cleaning, drying, and making any repairs to the piece you’ll paint. Prime the surface if needed. After the primer is very dry, mix your chalk paint and apply with the roller brush, working in small sections. Paint several coats and let each coat dry completely before recoating. After your final coat, let your project dry thoroughly, preferably for 24 hours. Lastly, before you begin using your chalkboard, condition the surface by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire

Paint a flower pot, label and give as a gift. Paint containers for the mudroom, playroom or garage to personalize, organize and identify the contents. Paint glass canisters, a wooden box, a tin, even a recycled food can. Fill and label. Erase and re-label whenever you change the contents. Paint the inside of a kitchen cabinet for your grocery list reminders Paint the outside of a cabinet as doodle space for kids…or adults. Create an art gallery wall and include a framed chalkboard for impromptu art. Or make the whole wall a chalkboard and hang empty frames to fill with doodles, quotes and notes. Paint an old door or frame and make a family message center or calendar. Paint a sheet of metal to make a chalk and magnetic memo board Put a chalkboard in the kitchen to welcome guests, post a menu or leave a love note. Turn a dull lamp into something charming by adding chalk paint. Put it in the guest room with a welcoming message. Paint the top of a table for fun dinner-time doodles, identifying party foods or marking seat assignments.

Paint the back of kitchen chairs to personalize seating. • Paint the base of a wine stem or the side of a tumbler so guests can monogram their glass. • Paint trays and use them to identify appetizers or cheeses • Make personalized greeting cards by taking pictures with creative chalkboard signs. If you love the idea of chalkboard décor but you’d rather skip the painting, head over to your local craft and fabric stores. You’ll find chalkboard decals of all sizes and even chalkboard fabric. Use the decals on walls, containers, even your refrigerator. The fabric is fun for a lighthearted pillow or playful t-shirt. n

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businesswatch Bank of McKenney—a True Hometown Financial Institution by Tammie Wersinger


ank of McKenney has spent more than a century building a reputation as a true hometown financial institution. Since opening its first location in 1906, the bank has

slowly grown by opening six more branches—all while staying small enough so customers feel a personal connection. “There’s nothing like the security of knowing you’re doing business with a hometown bank,”

mally spend their entire careers with us. That says a lot.”

said Bank of McKenney’s Marketing Director, Stacy Chisholm. “There’s

Bank President, Richard Liles, has been with the company for

something comforting about knowing who you’re talking to when

over twenty years, guiding the growth of the bank from one to seven

you call your local bank.”

branches, and overseeing its transition into a banking technology

That commitment to providing a personal touch is being carried


on with its newest location in Chester. The branch opened in a tempo-

“Coming to the Chester area just makes sense because it has that

rary location at the Rivers Bend Shopping Center in September 2010,

wonderful community niche - and that’s just the type of bank we strive

and is expected to move into its permanent home across the street

to be,” Chisholm said. “We hope local residents will learn that about

at 200 Johnson Creek Drive sometime in January. The state-of-the-art

our reputation and want to learn more about how we can help them.”

branch will be managed by Tanya Spiers, who has been with Bank of

For more information on Bank of McKenney’s newest branch, call the new location at 804-416-0370. n

McKenney for almost ten years. “We pride ourselves in bringing stability to our customers and being that quintessential hometown bank,’’ says Chisholm. “Our name has stayed the same since 1906, and our dedicated employees nor-

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