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LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD 11 16 19 21

12 Services for Health and Beauty Events to Train for in 2013 Q&A with a Nutritionist Warm Up: Healthy Meals


TurnUp Taxi: Greasing the Wheels of Ingenuity

FLAVOR 26 30 33 35

Scoop Du Jour In Search Of Soups, Stews, and Chili Saladworks Delectable Delights Chocolate



Cozy Dining: Fireside Hotspots


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Calendar of Events Family Friendly Museums Romantic Suites


What's Cookin'? Tips for Aging Gracefully How We Spend


Ah, A Home Spa! Turn an extra room into your own spa DIY: Chalkboard Paint

LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD! Turn to page 11 for tips on how to look and feel your very best this new year! JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013


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ABOUT OUR COVER With the new year already here, enjoy our Look Good, Feel Good section starting on page 11, complete with a list of events to train for and tips on how to look and feel your best!



Contributors & Editors Behind the publisher’s desk

Publisher It’s hard to believe that we began

in addition to the great stories you’ve come to love, you’ll also find our

publishing West End’s Best ten years ago.

River City section devoted to helping you to discover all the goings-on

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

inside the city limits. Not only do we feel that this change will be wel-

It has been a joy to not only discover for

comed by our readers, but we also anticipate that our advertisers will

ourselves how great the West End is, but

feel a very positive impact. In addition, the West End offers fabulous

to share our discoveries with you. Through

restaurants, shopping opportunities, personal service providers, and

the years you have allowed us to pass

other great businesses that many of the inner city’s affluent residents

along the great stories of the West End’s

and tourists know nothing about. West End’s Best – Featuring River City,

people, places, and events. We’ve just had

with an increased circulation, will be replacing River City Magazine in

such a great relationship with our many fine advertisers and readers. We’re so appreciative that we have been trying to come up with a way to thank you by making West End’s Best Magazine even better.

the hotels, tourist centers, and other distribution points. Of course, if you are receiving West End’s Best Magazine now, nothing will change…except you’ll be getting an even better magazine. If

What you may not know is that over the past five years, we have

you don’t want to miss another issue of our positive, complimentary

also published River City Magazine, which has been distributed primarily

lifestyle publication, please visit to find

throughout the downtown area. River City Magazine was created to show-

the pick-up location most convenient to you. I would like to take this

case the best of the city, which is continuously becoming a very vibrant

opportunity to thank our many loyal advertisers and readers, who have

hub of the entire metro area.

been with us for all or part of the past decade. We look forward to

So here’s what we are going to do to show our appreciation to all of

continuing to “have fun” as we move forward.

you: beginning with our March/April 2013 issue, you’ll see a few changes in West End’s Best. We’re becoming West End’s Best – Featuring River City.

Best Regards,

Don’t worry. We’re still going to be devoted to covering the best of the West. We’re still going to be the West End’s only true full-color, lifestyle magazine. We’re just going to be better than ever. In every issue,


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contributes to magazines in

education, practice, and passion.

is a personal chef who can take

been featured in several area

the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Her work includes an expansive

care of your meal planning, shop-

magazines and is the author of

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ping, preparation, and clean-up.

the psychological suspense, A

appeared in literary journals.

residential interior and landscape

Laura can help customize a menu

Guilty Mind (September 2012). She

Her novel, Fish-Eye Lens, has

design projects, from the opulent

of healthy dishes for any family,

lives in the West End with


to the practical. She shares her

even if there are special dietary


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knowledge and enthusiasm in

needs. In this issue, she will help


Books. Her author

her writing, illuminating design

you cook up healthy winter meals

and two dogs.

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with fabulous recipes on page 21.

and techniques.




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If you have trouble getting motivated on your own, try group exercise. For instance, ACAC’s FitCamp

offers personal training for groups of seven to four-

teen. “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 .


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 as-

sociated with a lowered risk of breast cancer and coronary

disease.” A good start is switching your high-fat salad dress-

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 twelve ways to improve your health, appearance in 2013.

ing 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 pres-

sure and headaches, as well as the healing of acne, rosacea, and inflammation.


Relieve your muscles with a different type of mas-

sage. If you are bashful about stripping down at the spa, consider Table Thai massage to relax, improve

circulation, increase flexibility, increase range of mo-

tion, and energize you while you stay fully dressed in comfort-

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

able clothing. The therapist uses different techniques with his

or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to stretch the client. (con't) u 11


If you’re a spa veteran, try a new technique like cup-

ping 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 nour-

ishing 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, mineral

makeup 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 fra-

grances,” 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.”


Ditch that boring old nail polish for a fashion-for-

ward 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.

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


Try spinal decompression for a non-

surgical, 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 So-

rensensistem™. 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

non-invasive 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 approach to improving your skin.” n u 5. Among many things, a Thai message improves circulation and energy levels



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A New Era

Of Cosmetic Surgery

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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 sur-

gery 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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Put An End

To Dry Mouth


s your medication leaving you with that “cotton mouth” feeling? Dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications such as antihistamines, decongestants,

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Events to Train For 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

The Color Run 5K – September 14, 2013 – Billed as “the

likely to stick with your plan and meet your goals. Don’t

happiest 5k on the planet,” no one leaves this event with

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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.

Virginia 529 Kids Run April 13, 2013 – five- to twelve-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.

Henricus Dauber Dash June 29, 2013 – This five 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.

Columbia Muddy Buddy Ride and Run April 20, 2013 – Pairs encourage each other through a three to four and a half mile run with military-style obstacles, or alternate running and biking through a five to seven mile course, leapfrogging all the way to the famous mud pit at the finish.

Anthem Moonlight Ride August 17, 2013 – Join 3,000 cyclists decked out in crazy lights and costumes for this fun eight or seventeen 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 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.

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 three-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.

Run with a Cause Walk Now for Autism Speaks Benefiting Autism Speaks September 28, 2013

Color Me Rad Benefiting Special Olympics Virginia April 20, 2013

Komen Central Virginia Race for a Cure Benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation May 11, 2013

5k Foam Fest 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.

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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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Q&A With Nutritionist

Donna Wheeler of ACAC

Feeling—and looking!—your best. It’s something most of us want, but getting there can be confusing. Many of us just don’t know how to go about improving our health. Well, the experts do! That’s why we asked one of them, Donna Wheeler, to answer some of the most frequently asked nutrition questions.


West End’s Best: Donna, what is one of the

If we don’t eat every three to four hours, our

most important things people can do to

energy and blood sugar drops. So healthy

improve their health?

snacks are important because they help us

People need to get away from a diet

avoid these energy dips and we function more

mentality because it’s a short-term view.

efficiently. But snacking is very unhealthy if

Instead, they need to think in terms of

it’s done incorrectly. Grabbing a candy bar or

making lifestyle changes. Learn what’s in

chips from the vending machine when you’re

your food. Don’t buy, prepare and eat certain

feeling tired in the afternoon isn’t healthy.

foods just from habit. Instead, organize your

Neither is mindless snacking while you watch

meal planning and learn how to shop. For

TV, drive, or sit in front of the computer.

example, once a week sit down and plan

Instead, carry a small cooler bag in your car

your system through an all-liquid diet is

the week’s dinners. If that’s not practical for

with water and some healthy snacks, such as

really not necessary, as our bodies naturally

your lifestyle, try planning three dinners.

a Kashi granola bar, fruit with string cheese or

move toxins out. It’s more important to eat

When you go to the grocery store, avoid

nuts, or some raw vegetables with hummus.

nutritious foods, eliminate fast foods and

distractions by using a list and shopping by

u Donna Wheeler, ACAC Nutritionist

increase fiber. You should also drink plenty of

yourself, without the kids. Be sure to read

WEB: Should we take vitamins and

water to help your body to flush toxins and

labels—even foods that seem similar can


absorb nutrients and fiber.

have very different nutritional elements.

It’s best to get vitamins from eating nutritious food. But if you’re not getting all you need,

WEB: How important is it to count calories?

WEB: Okay, so what’s one of the worst

supplements can be helpful. Talk with

Having an idea of how many calories you


your doctor about your blood work levels,

should eat is fine, but don’t obsess over

Weekends! I find that weekends cause

especially vitamin D and calcium, to be sure

counting calories or you’ll fall back into a

people the most trouble because they’re

you’re taking what’s right for you.

diet mode. People need to eat to lose weight.

less scheduled and planned than during

Skipping meals causes us to lose out on

the week. We tend to eat out more on the

WEB: What are some things we can limit in

nutrients and it slows our metabolism down,

weekends and, like on holidays, we often

our diets?

which actually slows weight loss. Not to

give ourselves a freebie. You know—when

I suggest that people limit artificial

mention it can make us cranky!

you say “ok” to dessert because “it’s the

sweeteners. Stevia is made from a plant, so

It’s more important to control portions, know

weekend.” Instead, add some consistency.

it’s okay, but use caution with the others.

what you’re eating, and make healthy choices.

If you’re going out to eat, look at the menu

And certainly skip the diet sodas. I also hope

When we do, our metabolism stays powered

online ahead of time and make a healthy

people will stay away from processed foods

up. Try counting fiber grams instead. If you’re

plan for your meal. Don’t go into a restaurant

and foods high in saturated fat or sodium.

getting thirty to thirty-five grams of fiber a

starving. It’ll be harder to resist temptation

Finally, it’s a good idea to read labels and

day, you’re probably making healthy food

if you do.

choose foods without chemicals, colorings or

choices. And start out your day with a healthy


breakfast. Eat twenty grams of protein for

WEB: What about snacking? Is it good or

energy. Try Greek yogurt, a fruit and yogurt


WEB: I heard that detoxing is healthy. Is it?

smoothie, nuts, grains or eggs. Stay hydrated

It depends on what you mean by snacking.

Doing a diet detox where you “cleanse”

with water, not sweet tea or soda n


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Warm Up Healthy Meals

Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallots TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES | SERVES 4 3

cups butternut squash, cubed and peeled


Tablespoon brown sugar, dark

Tablespoon(s) olive oil, divided

Baked Pork Tenderloin

White Chicken Chili




pounds pork tenderloins


Tablespoons onions, minced


cup vinegar


cup ketchup


cupbrown sugar


garlic cloves, minced


medium jalapeno pepper, minced


medium onion, diced


green bell pepper, diced


small carrot


garlic clove, minced


Tablespoons flour


teaspoon Mexican oregano


teaspoon cumin


teaspoon salt

u Place the tenderloin in the bag and


teaspoon white pepper

marinate for 3-6 hours in the refrigerator.


14 oz. can chicken broth, fat free

It can also be placed in the freezer at this


15 oz. cans navy beans


cup cilantro, chopped





teaspoon salt

shallots, peeled and halved lengthwise


teaspoon ginger, ground


teaspoon sage, dried


4 oz. peaches in juice, baby food peaches


ounces fettuccine


cup Parmesan cheese

teaspoons oil, salt, pepper, and shallots in a jelly roll pan; toss well. Bake at 475°

u Combine all ingredients in a large zip-top bag.

point for future use.

for 20 minutes or until tender, stirring

u Bake in a 300 degree oven for 1 hour

occasionally. Stir in sage.

or until internal temperature reaches 155

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.

pounds chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, (1" cubes) Tablespoons oil


u Combine the squash, sugar, 2 1/2

1¼ 2


u Preheat oven to 475°.

From the kitchen of Laura Payne, personal chef for Gourmet Your Way. 514-6812,

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

until lightly browned.

resting, pour the sauce into a pot and heat

u Add jalapeno, onion, bell pepper, carrot,

to a low boil and cook until it thickens. Pour sauce over the sliced pork.

and garlic. Cook approximately 3-5 minutes, until vegetables soften. 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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p Greasing the Wheels of Eco Ingenuity BY TAMMIE BRACKETT

he world’s raw fuel sources are rapidly dwindling. Authors, historians and futurists predict that some time this century, the supply of raw fossil

Do-It-Yourself Diesel

fuels used to make oil and gasoline may be on its way to depletion.

A conversation about alternative energy

New sources of energy take decades to develop and utilize. But one Richmond

with Albany, NY, resident Mike Cioffi was

ecopreneur has devised a sustainable, reasonable, local solution to this global dilemma by reusing grease from his restaurants to fuel a taxi service for his patrons.

a mini tutorial in the finer points of making your own fuel. Cioffi, an engineer with local Richmond ties, has been distilling his own brand of diesel for five years.


“Rudolph Diesel designed his engine to run on peanut oil. I’ve always been interested in machinery, and I figured I could come up with

ake Crocker owns Lady N’awlins, F.W.

Our customers could be riding home in a taxi

Sullivan’s Fan Bar & Grille, Uptown Mar-

that runs on gas created from recycled oil

ket & Deli, and Overture Event Cater-

that we used to prepare their dinners. It was

ing in Richmond. In Fredericksburg, he

like a light bulb went off.” Crocker’s excite-

Cioffi picks up his raw oil from a local

owns F.W. Sullivan’s Old Town Bar & Grille and

ment over the project was embraced by his

supermarket seafood department. “They fry

two additional restaurants. As the owner of

partners.“We’ve just purchased a Volkswagon

fish. They’re careful about not reusing their

several eateries, Crocker had a greasy prob-

Jetta that will run on kitchen grease, Crocker

lem on his hands.

says. “We’re having the car wrapped within

“We were looking for environmentally friendly options to pick up our spent kitchen

a system to create a functional diesel fuel. I needed raw product and I found that locally.”

product over and over, which makes the distilling process easier for me.”

the next couple of weeks and it’ll be on the

Cioffi spent time reading about different

road by early 2013.”

methods of distilling diesel from used cooking

grease in Fredericksburg, as we had been

And the name? “TurnUp Taxi just fit,”

oil before arriving at his own recipe. “We live

donating our grease to BioTaxi in Richmond,”

explains Crocker. “It’s a basic, from-the-

in a cold climate. I had to find ways of adding

says Crocker. “And with several restaurants,

ground-up marketing idea. It’s a green

used grease becomes a big issue if we cannot

concept with a fun play off Turnips, and it

get rid of it in a responsible manner.”

a few chemicals to keep my mixture from coagulating.”

fits with the landscape of sustainability we’re

“With a bit of research and trial and error,

Crocker began researching processes that

seeing so much of in our daily lives. Plus,

I can now run two personal Mercedes

he could use to turn his restaurant’s kitchen

people can just turn up to be taken to and

vehicles on forty gallons of homemade fuel

grease into fuel. “This is not a simple process.

from our restaurants.”

a week. My winter mix costs me fifty-seven

It involves heating and filtering the oil and a

Eventually Crocker hopes to see TurnUp

bunch of other steps. But I was very commit-

Taxis in other major cities. “We’re creating a

ted to reusing a resource from our kitchens.”

template here in Richmond for something

Crocker then took the grease-to-gas concept

that we hope to duplicate in other places. It’s

further. “Our patrons often need transporta-

a way to focus on two issues that restaurants

tion to and from our establishments. Taxis are

typically navigate on a daily basis. We all need

ubiquitous, but a taxi that runs on eco-friend-

to make sure our patrons arrive and depart

ly, sustainable fuel is still unique. The idea of

safely from our venues. And we are all

providing a taxi vehicle and fueling it with

inundated with kitchen grease in the

our own resources was too intriguing to not

preparing of food. TurnUp


Taxi is an all-around

“We have used grease going out the

win for customers,

backdoors of our restaurants. Our custom-

restaurateurs and the

ers who need a cab come out the front door.

environment.” n

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Introduce yourself to real Mexican cuisine. All of Casa Grande’s dishes are meticulously prepared with provincial flavors to make you come back for more. For those who like it hot, they put a dish of hot sauce on the table. But be careful! This is an authentic restaurant! 10921 Midlothian Tnpk | 378-8177

The Vino Market offers a large variety of wines, including small production and hard-to-find items. Let them select for you or choose from their extensive inventory for yourself. Also available is a selection of the area’s best gourmet cheeses, fresh seafood, and customcut all-natural meats. 3730 Winterfield Road, Suite 300 594-0044 |

Buckhead’s Chop House

Peacock’s Pantry

“Extra-aged” steaks, fresh seafood, and an award-winning wine list have made this Richmond’s premier dining location since 1994. Try the steak tenderloin medallions with Vermouth Demi-Glace topped with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, finished with Béarnaise Sauce. 8510 Patterson Avenue | 750-2000

Mexico Restaurant

Part of the community for 23 years, Mexico Restaurant offers a great menu selection with something for everyone in your family. Using the freshest ingredients to cook your favorite dishes so you can experience great food, it’s no wonder this is Richmond’s award-winning Mexican restaurant. 10321 West Broad Street |559-8126

A brightly-colored, elegantly inviting American gourmet bistro in the Fan District offering up a unique continental menu of steaks, seafood, lamb and burgers. The small plate menu offers dishes such as cheese slaw, petite crab cakes, and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. 1731 W. Main Street | 732-3333

The Wine Loft

An exciting wine bar, The Wine Loft offers over 75 wines by the glass and over 200 wines by the bottle, as well as a full compliment of beer and mixed drinks. The Wine Loft also serves an extensive cuisine designed to compliment its selection of wines. 4035 Whittall Way | 368-1768





ere’s some great news for barbecue lovers out in the West End. Paul Hubbard, original executive chef and

pitmaster at Alamo BBQ, located in Church Hill, is putting the finishing touches on his latest project, Deep Run Roadhouse, located at 12379 Gayton Road. “This wont’ be your typical roadhouse,” Hubbard explains on the website (, “Patrick Swayze won’t be breaking up fights.” Although based on the success of Alamo, you might find yourself fighting over who gets the last rib. Hubbard says his new venture, in addition to offering Carolina pulled pork, Texas-style beef brisket, and the ribs, will also feature smoked fried chicken, with waffles; fresh fish, fried or blackened; bone-in pork chops, smoked leg of lamb, bison burgers, and more. “This will be a modern roadhouse serving comfort food, highlighting the best dishes in the South, he says. The “comfort food” includes such sides as jalapeno mac & cheese, collard greens, candied yams, corn bread, and hush puppies, and fresh-made desserts. Having enjoyed Hubbard’s fare from the Alamo, I asked how the Roadhouse product will stack up. “I have perfected my technique and tweaked some recipes,” he says. “Our brisket will be true Texas style with a heavy crusty rub and sliced thick and tender with a spice heavy sauce.” Hubbard explains his move to the West End. “I grew up in the West End, and attended Godwin, Byrd, and Pemberton (schools). I’m excited to be bringing the Roadhouse ‘back home.’” With so many West Enders on an evergoing prowl for exceptional barbecue, February just better hurry up and get here.






emember the long-popular (and, for a while, not-so-popular) Byram’s Restaurant (3215 W. Broad Street)? Then you proba-

bly remember how it underwent a not-so-genius name change to Tower Seafood or something equally as memorable. It lasted about a week under that moniker. Well, the restaurant is back in business. Yes, the Byram’s lobster is gone. So is the rather non descript “Tower” sign. Gurjeet Singh is the new owner. He’s done a beautiful remodeling job in creating Lemon Cuisine of India (www, featuring the delicacies of Northern India. Singh says he decided upon the old Byram’s Restaurant because he considered it a great location. The 24-year old chef/owner, a native of India, has lived in Richmond for the past four years, and in the United States since he was fourteen. “I was working as a chef in another (Indian) restaurant,” he says. “It was doing so well, I wanted to open my own restaurant.” Singh says he honed his culinary skills by working in other restaurants, and he also took classes from a chef in California. “The cuisine at his new place features, he says, “a variety of Indian dishes. Everything is fresh and made from scratch.” “It is very different than what you might find in other Indian restaurants,” he says. Instead of the typical lunch buffet, Singh is offering a variety of lunch specials, in the $9.00 to $11.00 range, that feature, in addition to the entrée, soup, salad, rice, a side dish, and dessert. Some of the menu highlights suggested by Singh are the Tandoori Lamb Mango and the Chicken Tikka Masala, of which he says, “It’s a common dish, but with some slight differences.” The desserts are also homemade and, says Singh, changed daily. The restaurant also offers a full bar, including Indian beers as well as craft beers. n






Three-Meat Chili TD’s Smokehouse A perfect combination of ground beef, spicy pork sausage, smoked brisket, chili peppers and just the right amount of spice. 8919 Patterson Ave. | 741-9804



Gumbo Pho Tai Bo Vien Pho Saigon Traditional Vietnamese noodle soup served with fresh eye of round, meatballs, egg, Thai basil, bean sprouts, cilantro, peppers and lime (as shown). 10190 West Broad Street | 217-7979

Hogshead Café Made from scratch and simmered all day, the slight heat of this gumbo’s andouille sausage is complimented by chicken, shrimp, peppers, onions, and more. 9503 West Broad Street | 308-0281

French Onion Soup

She Crab Soup


Ruth’s Chris

Classic preparation finished with dry sack sherry and crab roe. 2416 West Cary Sreet | 358-2229

This traditional favorite is served with a crouton and smothered with melted Swiss cheese. 11500 West Huguenot Road | 378-0600





of the Menu STARTERS LOADED BAKED POTATO SOUP A proprietary recipe from the kitchen of CEO and founder, John Scardapane

VEGETARIAN VEGGIE SOUP A warming blend of hearty vegetables

Tennis Partners Serving Up Healthy Meals


guaranteed to put a smile on your face


At Saladworks

Made with a tasty blend of romaine and


iceberg lettuce, radiatorre pasta, roasted


turkey, crispy bacon and fresh tomatoes;

he word “serve” has taken on

healthy, quickly accessible and delicious

a different meaning for former

meals. Over past twenty-five years, the com-

childhood tennis partners, Kevin

pany’s emphasis on serving the freshest,

Long and Travis Miller. Instead of

healthiest entrée-sized salads, soups and

serving on the tennis courts, the duo is now

sandwiches has helped it grow into the na-

crumbled bleu cheese and zesty tortilla

serving food as the owners of Richmond’s

tion’s largest fresh-salad franchise.


first Saladworks in Short Pump Town Center. The two, who met when they were twelve years old, eventually went their separate

“Short Pump was our first choice, and it’s


admitted to not having picked up a racket

They met up again years later while play-

since opening the restaurant’s doors in Au-

ing for the United States Tennis Association.

gust. “Next, we’re interested in the South-

That’s when Long and Miller both realized


they wanted to team up to pursue another

No matter where their business grows, Long and Miller will continue to make customer satisfaction and healthy and tasty food

TURKEY RANCH FOCACCIA FUSION A grilled sandwich fused with red peppers, turkey, swiss cheese, romaine lettuce and our special focaccia bread

their priorities.

it was something we both really believed in.”

“I have always loved food and providing

After researching different business oppor-

good customer service,” Long said. “This al-

tunities, Long was introduced to Saladworks

lows me to combine both of those things and

when he and his wife ate out with friends at a

have the confidence of knowing I’m provid-

franchise in New Jersey. He came back to Rich-

ing the freshest and tastiest fast casual meals.

mond and talked it over with Miller, and they

Saladworks, located at W. 11845 Broad

decided to go for it.

sauce, grape tomatoes, banana peppers,

more in the Richmond market. meeting our expectations,’’ said Long, who

do,” Long said. “But, we wanted to make sure

A wrap served with chicken, spicy buffalo

Long and Miller would like to add several

pursue careers in the financial and healthcare

“This is something we both wanted to


There are more than 100 locations, and

ways to play tennis for different colleges and

interest – owning and running a restaurant.

served with a fresh and hot wheat roll

Street in Henrico, is open from 11 a.m. to 9


p.m. Monday through

A playful twist on the chef salad created

chise because we wanted to be guided in our

Saturday and from 11

with signature hearthstone-baked ham,

first restaurant venture,’’ Long said. “And we

a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

roasted turkey and swiss, chopped eggs

just liked everything about Saladworks…the

For more information,

business concept, the menu and the overall



“We knew we wanted to go with a fran-

They also liked the longevity and popularity of the nationwide chain. Founder John Scardapane opened the first one in 1986



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COZY DINING Nothing can beat the winter blues like warming up with a delicious meal fireside. Here are some of Richmond’s best offerings for a cozy night out. BY EMILY JONES

Chez Max 10622 Patterson Avenue, Richmond 754-3464 • 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.



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 h

Crab Louie’s i

11500 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian

1352 Sycamore Square, Midlothian

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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.




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Calendar of Events Gumenick Family Gallery: Message in Mosaics January 17–March 17. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

Going green takes on brand new meaning

Jeff Dunham: Disorderly Conduct Tour

when paper, glass, ceramic tile, and more

January 23 Richmond Coliseum

unusual materials are mixed and matched to create unlikely works of art. This exhibit showcases the talents of paper mosaic artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold, Lorraine Meade (who works mainly with glass and ceramic


Billy Elliot The Musical

tile), and Virginia Gardner, whose work interprets personal aspects of reality and nature. Free admission. Open Monday– Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

February 1-3

Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous celebration come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing

Lyric Opera Presents Camelot

ring and into a ballet class, discovering a

January 27 Landmark Theater

surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community.

Hollywood Costume November 2013 to February 2014 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Vmfa.musuem Bringing together more than 100 of the most iconic costumes from across a century of filmmaking, this will be a rare opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable characters from films such as The Wizard of Oz, The Birds, My Fair Lady, Superman, Titanic, and The Dark Knight Rises. This exhibition




unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand new breathtaking dance numbers, Mary Poppins is everything you could ever want in a Broadway show!


February 8-10 Carpenter Theatre

Richmond Kids Expo and Babies Too February 23 Richmond Raceway Complex

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey February 20-24 Richmond Coliseum

contains costumes that have never left



Richmond Ballet: Swan Lake Featuring

The Robert King Experience presents All About Love: The Hits of Tony Bennett

January 26 Gottwald Playhouse

of one boy’s journey to make his dreams

Landmark Theater

January 24 Carpenter Theatre

Barefoot Puppets: Little Red and the Gingerbread Man

February 19-24

The Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion

January 25 Gottwald Playhouse

Landmark Theater

Disney’s Mary Poppins

Chili Cook Off Wine Trail Weekend January 20-21 Heart of Virginia Wine Trail

private and archival collections, and most

Lewis Black: The Rant is Due

have never been publicly displayed.

February 21 Carpenter Theatre

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Thunder Nationals March 1-2 Richmond Coliseum

Richmond Home and Garden Show March 1-3 Richmond Raceway Complex






The Parke at Saddlecreek: A Community Designed for Neighborliness

Immerse yourself in the quiet and beauty of the Goochland countryside with Short Pump only a short drive away.


he Parke at Saddlecreek, by Eagle

Street and Manakin Road in Goochland. View

Construction, LLC, offers a wonderful

the Stoneycreek III model, and discover the

selection of first floor master homes

beautifully designed Arts & Crafts, European and

to perfectly fit the low maintenance lifestyle.

Craftsman style homes, each enhanced by the

Residents will be just a few miles west from the

timeless beauty of brick and stone.

area’s best shopping centers and office parks.

Learn about the peace-of-mind benefits

And Innsbrook and Downtown Richmond, state-

of knowing theses homes are built to Eagle’s

of-the-art healthcare, and convenient interstates

energy efficient standards, which means year-

are all at hand.

round comfort because each home has been

This park like setting, offers plenty of room for outdoor living spaces, including beautiful wood decking and gracious front porches.

specially designed to help lower heating and cooling costs. Stop by the model and ask about new year

There’s lots of wonderful living space inside

incentives such as first choice on home sites

these distinctive residences as well with

and exterior materials, as well as the best prices

versatile floor plans, including spacious first floor

available. Or go to www.parkeatsaddlecreek.

master suites and second floor lofts, bedrooms,

com for more information.

and home office or “Man Cave.” And you’ll have lots of time to enjoy your new neighborhood because all the yard maintenance is provided. With the lush landscaping and beautiful street-scapes, your home at Saddlecreek will truly be a personal retreat for you and your family. Priced from the upper $340’s, every detail of the Parke at Saddlecreek is available for exploration. Guests are encouraged to visit the new model located just a short drive from

Visit The New Decorated Model Today! Located at 1909 Camberley Lane, Manakin Sabot, 23103 Model Open: Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00-5:00 p.m. For more information: 804.419.6558 or Directions: In Goochland, from Rt.250 (West Broad Street), turn left onto Manakin Rd. State Route 621. Community will be on left about 1/4 mile.

Short Pump near the junction of West Broad





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.


While the winter months may bring cold and wind, these family friendly museums will warm and brighten your family’s day. BY KELLIE MURPHY


amilies can come face to face with the people and stories of our past when they visit The Museum of the Confederacy and The White House of the Confederacy (located next door). In addition to daily guided tours at The White House (a National

Historic Landmark), the museum offers exhibits rich in artifacts, stories, and all things confederate.

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 (Also pictured above).


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).




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: Exploring 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 carousel.


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

(February 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, owner and innkeeper at Inn at Riverbend, located 30 miles from Blacksburg. “ Offering breathtaking views of the New River, as well as the majestic Appalachian Range, Inn at Riverbend makes the perfect setting, as Burton says, “to take the time to relax and enjoy each other and to renew your passion.” Your Suite May we recommend The Palisade Suite, which has been

inn offers a Monday night “Dinner with a View,” which, says Burton,

voted “most romantic.” Offering a corner view, which overlooks both

“is a gourmet three-course meal with candle-light and a view of

the river and the mountains, The Palisades offers a queen-sized, hand-

the surrounding mountains and the New River that can’t be beat –

carved four poster bed, rich textiles in lavender, sage and cream, a

especially at sundown.”

whirlpool tub/shower, plush robes, as well as cable TV with a DVD player. The semi-private deck has two rocking chairs and a small table,

Getaway Special The Inn-Dulgence Package offers couples an

which makes for a great place for a picnic or for sharing a bottle of

opportunity to indulge with a bottle of bubbly, six roses, and the

champagne. “The remaining six rooms also offer a grand panorama of

Riverbend Basket in your room on arrival. Relax and refresh with an

the New River and the Appalachian Mountains,” says Burton.

in-room couples massage. Then enjoy all the outdoor pursuits close to the Inn or just cuddle up and enjoy a DVD (wide selection of DVDs

Dining “Wake up each morning to a sumptuous three course

available at the Inn).

breakfast and delight your palate with a selection of foods using fresh local produce and goods,” says Burton. With 72 hours notice, the



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

Dining The hotel’s restaurant, Plume, has been voted as one of the

Wood, operating director at The Jefferson, “is designed with the finest

nation’s most romantic. “The ultimate romantic dining table,” says

modern amenities and the most thoughtful design features that

Wood, “is the Bird’s Nest. Tucked away in a discreet corner, the prized

are both elegant and playful. The Thomas Jefferson suite provides

seat is elegantly illuminated by a 110-year old multi-tiered chandelier,

guests with five Juliet balconies that afford a spectacular city

and encased in shimmering leather book spines that line the curved

view of the White house and Washington Monument. The romantic

nook.” Be sure to reserve early, and also, to ask about their very

grand living room features a fireplace and walnut parquet floors,

exclusive dessert, The Nest.

a discreetly hidden television and an oversized sofa.  The master bedroom features a King canopy bed with a hand sewn coverlet

Getaway Special The Room for Romance Package includes hot

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

breakfast for two in The Greenhouse or through room service,

and an elegantly designed master bathroom with deep soaking tubs

as well as a half bottle of champagne and chocolate covered

define the suite with another level of romantic luxury. A kitchenette,

strawberries. “The Room for Romance package,” Wood says, “is for

formal dining room, study, and a guest powder room complete the

those guests who prefer to spend the evening out on the town and


then return to a perfect romantic ‘nest’ to end their evening.” n


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 family, 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 photog50


raphers 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.

for what was good 10 years ago?

Ever since we moved from a home with a 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 mouth, 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

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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

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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. n



Aging Gracefully 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.

FOOD Shop store brands. Did you know that your typical savings can average about 25% when you shop store brands? Often

vest the millions of dollars that go into research, development,

you’ll find that the quality is very close to that of name brands.

and testing as has the pharmaceutical company producing the

In a recent test conducted by Consumer Reports, twenty-one

name brand. Most prescription medications have patents that

name-brand products were matched up with similar store

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

brands. In this test, seven of the name brands came out on top

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

and three of the store brands did better. The rest were deter-

name, but a generic will be the same medication. Most phar-

mined to be of similar quality. The Consumer Reports organi-

macists can provide you with a list of generics that correspond

zation concluded that it is really worthwhile to give virtually

to your prescription medications.

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

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.


savvy shopper told me she saves 50 to 70% off of her family’s

Internet Travel Suppliers. While it can be beneficial to

weekly grocery bill with the use of coupons from her Sunday

take advantage of airline and hotel senior discounts, oftentimes

newspaper alone (although she does admit that she may buy

you can realize much greater savings by shopping the Internet.

two or three newspapers a week to maximize her savings).

Thanks to William Shatner, we all are familiar with Priceline

While this particular shopper does not often search the Web

.com. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the Negotiator, but

for coupons, she says that she has found www.couponclipper.

keep in mind that there are some disadvantages as well, such

com and to be valuable resources, not

as not knowing exactly what you will be getting until you’ve

just for food, but for everything from home improvement to

already paid for it. In addition to checking prices on Priceline,

health and beauty supplies.

you may wish to use sites such as, which

MEDICAL AND PRESCRIPTIONS Generic Medicines. While you may think this is too obvi-


er? Because the manufacturer of the generic has not had to in-

allows you to compare the best offers from multiple travel sites at once. Online Dining Coupons. It’s a simple task to search for

ous to even be included, the truth is there are many who still

restaurant coupons for virtually any travel destination. Such

have reservations about the efficacy of generic medications.

sites as not only offer savings of 10 to

By law, all generics must have the same active ingredients as

25% or more, but they can also acquaint you with dining spots

their name-brand counterparts. Why are they so much cheap-

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BANKS AND CREDIT CARDS Senior Checking Accounts. Many banks offer checking account options designed especially for seniors. And even if you don’t consider yourself a senior… but shop around. Some banks offer such accounts to individuals who are 50 or older. Senior checking accounts often include free checks for life, as well as a bunch of other perks. Also take advantage of online checking and bill–pay options. Just the savings on gasoline and stamps can be a benefit. Credit Card Options. You’ve heard the expression, “It doesn’t cost anything to ask.” That can be a money-saving philosophy when it comes to your credit cards. Most card companies have retention departments that offer a variety of unadvertised cost–effective options. For instance, you may be able to get them to waive your annual fee or reduce 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 around prior to calling. It could give you a little leverage if they realize you are serious about shopping for the best deal. Even if they don’t offer you any incentives to remain a customer, remember, it doesn’t cost you a cent to ask.

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Ah, A Home Spa!


By Vicki O’Neal, ASID, CID, VSLD

Vicki O'Neal, owner of FORM & FUNCTION, provides commercial and residential interior and landscape design. She is a professional member of ASID, VA Certified Interior Designer (CID), Master Gardener, and a VA Certified Landscape Designer (VSLD) and a Horticulturist. 804.897.8558 Information in articles written by Vicki O’Neal is intended for general reference only.

othing conveys and inspires thoughts of relaxation like the anticipation of a rejuvenating spa experience. The appeal of spa environments and treatments is timeless and universal. Both women and men enjoy the benefits and restorative effects of treating oneself to a little pampering and down time. Instead of going out to a professional spa, why not create a space for the ultimate spa retreat in the privacy of your own home? 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.

Unique cabinetry and lighting, sculptural lines, and mini iridescent glass tiles combine to create a dramatic look for this striking bathroom. Design by Vicki O’Neal, ASID, CID, VSLD. Inset: Stunning finishes and unusual clear glass sink vessels create dazzling details.

A spa bath retreat is in essence an extension of

cations for plumbing and electrical fixtures. This results

your master bedroom. These two spaces together cre-

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

ate a personal enclave, and represent the most intimate

mize costly rework. If a new design is not on your ho-

of areas in your home. The experience should be one of

rizon, many spa-like experiences can be enjoyed with

sanctuary and private retreat from the world. The de-

specialty products created for pampering regimens or

sign should reflect your taste and style while blending

beauty treatments.

seamlessly with the décor of your home.

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


same sense of privacy solitude, but a low wall can offer

To maximize design and construction dollars, it

a moderate sense of seclusion and not impact the space

is essential to create a bathroom design that is an en-

plan so dramatically. Would you like a bidet? Check out

during and ageless solution. Trends come and go, so

space-saving combo fixtures. Dual sinks are nice if the

careful selection of fixtures, hardware, lighting, colors,

space is available and the plumbing is present. If not,

and materials ensures longevity. Although not always

perhaps a second counter and well-lit mirror area will

possible, the most efficient designs utilize existing lo-

suit the need and save space and cost. 55

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. 56


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

OPPOSITE PAGE, UPPER LEFT: Clear glass sink vessels, wall mounted faucets, beautiful glass tile, and faux finished walls complete the look for this distinctive bathroom. Interior design and photo by Vicki O’Neal, ASID, CID, VSLD. Faux finish by John Young, New Projét, UPPER RIGHT*: Wood cabinets resembling furniture are a handsome look for a vanity in small spaces. CENTER*: Don’t miss out on the latest news or sports with Robern’s medicine cabinet offering a TV integrated into the mirror door. The TV is only visible when it is turned on. BOTTOM*: Kohler’s sleek Numi “smart toilet”/ bidet is the ultimate marriage of advanced design and technology. Features include heated seat/ foot warmers, built-in music and an LED touch-screen. *Photos courtesy of Ferguson Enterprises: THIS page, TOP: A sculptural freestanding bath is a powerful design statement and a work of art in itself. Photo courtesy of Victoria + Albert, bottom: The channel shower drain is a unique product that transforms the look of any shower. A curbless, accessible shower with a contiguous floor tile pattern creates a beautiful homogeneous design. Photo courtesy of Quick Drain USA,

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t n i a P d r a o b k l C ha by Jennifer Norvell Saunders

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

the side of a piece of chalk over the entire area. Wipe the chalk off with a barely damp sponge, and dry.

The ideas • •

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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 58

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 dinnertime doodles, identifying party foods or

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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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