Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day in Hampton Roads

Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day in Hampton Roads

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! If you haven’t started preparing or looking for things to do in Hampton Roads this weekend, check out the full blog post. We hope it makes your life a little easier… and more festive!



“March 17 commemorates the patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (who, interestingly, wasn’t Irish). It also honors Irish culture by encouraging folks to wear Ireland’s colors (green, white and orange), listen to Irish music and feast on traditional Irish meals. It’s also a day filled with parades and special events, usually with friends and family, where lots of photos are being taken.”

Source: Good Housekeeping


Hampton Roads is a very family-centric region, where many small businesses and venues host events that are totally kid-friendly. If you are looking to take the family out for some festivities, here is a list of events from Enjoy, be safe, and honor Irish culture with your little ones!



We didn’t forget about you adults! The 757 is home to many festivities for almost any holiday you could imagine, including St. Patrick’s Day. We pulled the list of bar crawls and other events local to you. From the Shack to Blue Pete’s Restaurant, to Waterside District – the options are endless! CLICK HERE to search all local events.



“St. Patrick’s Day is finally here — which means it’s time to cook up a delicious Irish feast! Sure, any green food can pass as festive on March 17, but how could a St. Paddy’s celebration be complete without some tasty Irish-inspired meals? Luckily, if you’re craving a taste of the Emerald Isle, these St. Patrick’s Day food ideas are as satisfying as they are festive — and best of all, they might just bring you the luck of the Irish.”

Source: Good Housekeeping



Ella Higginson once said, “If you work, if you wait, you will find the place where the four-leaf clovers grow.” Go out and find your four-leaf clovers this weekend! And if you’re feeling extra lucky, maybe it’s time to tackle today’s market with our help.


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Holiday Prep | Recipes, Events, Activities, And More

Holiday Prep | Recipes, Events, Activities, And More

Wow, we cannot believe that Hanukkah has already come and gone. The Holiday Season is in full swing! If you haven’t started preparing already, the time is now. Take a look at these articles we’ve gathered to make this Holiday Season a little easier.


If you prefer to freshen up your holiday decor with new pieces every year, you likely appreciate a good budget-friendly find. Luckily, Amazon’s holiday decor section has plenty of festive options for under $50 that you can easily incorporate into your existing displays.

The Best Budget Finds From Amazon’s Holiday Decor Section | Good Housekeeping



With the holidays fast approaching, we’ve got travel plans, menu planning, and gift lists on the brain. With everything else going on, it’s easy to overlook eating well throughout the season. Fueling your body during this busy time of year can be tough, which is why we tapped Good Housekeeping’s Food Director Kate Merker to help us out by sharing a few ways to stay powered up with delicious, healthy snacks.

3 Simple Ways To Eat Better Throughout The Holidays | Good Housekeeping


Preparing for Christmas early is a savvy way of avoiding stress and chaos in the December holiday frenzy. It can be difficult to know exactly when you should start preparing for Christmas 2021 and in what order you should complete tasks. If you are feeling stressed, spend a few minutes reading through our tips on how to beat holiday stress to put you back on the right track.

Best 2021 Christmas Checklist | Minted


The excitement of the holiday season is building, especially with many traditional local events returning after they were canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

With the holidays just around the corner, Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina are gearing up with a series of events aimed at bringing the holiday spirit. has compiled a list of some of the bigger local events planned for the 2021 holiday season. You can view additional holiday offerings on our Living Local events calendar.

Hampton Roads Holiday Guide 2021 | Living Local


What are you looking forward to this Holiday Season?

Sipping Around The World | International Coffee Day

Sipping Around The World | International Coffee Day

We know National Coffee Day was earlier this week but being a part of a vast network of Sotheby’s International Realty offices, we wanted to celebrate with everyone across the globe. What better way than to take a look at places to enjoy coffee in all corners of the world. We only have one question… where is your dream coffee spot?




















You all know we had to end on a familiar face/place. Whether you’re enjoying a cup of coffee here in Hampton Roads or abroad, happy International Coffee Day! | 757.777.9870

Celebrating National Banana Split Day in Hampton Roads

Celebrating National Banana Split Day in Hampton Roads

National Banana Split Day is upon us, August 25th to be exact! We do not want you to miss out on any ice cream opportunities, so here is a list of some places to enjoy some sweets here in Hampton Roads. Grab the family,  loved ones, even pets – calories don’t count, we promise.


Lolly’s Creamery | Virginia Beach, VA

“Lolly’s exists to share joy with the Hampton Roads community through our delicious food products and our Joy Squad. Read more about how we got started and why we are so passionate about serving our local community.” VIEW MORE

Urban Ice | Norfolk, VA

“Urban Ice is excited to announce it has started it’s opening process. We will be offering from custom 3D Lattes all the way to Build-Your-Own Sweet Crepes!” VIEW MORE


The Yard Milkshake Bar | Virginia Beach, VA

“The Yard Milkshake Bar was created by husband-and-wife team Logan and Chelsea Green. They both came from families of entrepreneurs and spent their early years working for their parents. Logan as an electrician and Chelsea at her parents convenience store.” VIEW MORE


Bergey’s Breadbasket | Chesapeake, VA

“We offer fresh, made from scratch pies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, breads and more! Come in and try our creamy ice cream and milkshakes or one of our delicious sandwiches.” VIEW NOW


Farmer Frank’s Ice Cream | Suffolk, Virginia

“Welcome to Farmer Frank’s Farm Market, a family owned and operated business for more than 30 years. We will take you back to the good ol’ days where we grow our own produce and peanuts. We can sell by the pound and even by the bushel. Many other items are also available. Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Preserves, Meats, Candies, Crafts, Gifts, Candles, Nuts, Boiled Peanuts, Antiques, Hoop Cheese and much more!” VIEW MORE


BONUS | Salty Paws Virginia Beach – Dog Friendly

“Salty Paws is the first Doggie Ice Cream Shop in the country. Some may say its a dog restaurant so pet friendly that our customers can actually sit at tables while enjoying their treats! At Salty Paws we have created an unique interactive ice cream and retail experience. Customers can enjoy spoiling their pets while they shop for antlers, CBD, toys and so much more!

Kick back and watch your dog enjoy cones, waffle bowls or dishes full of dog friendly ice cream with a topping bar that is undeniably a must for the pickiest of dogs! From dehydrated chicken to sweet potato fries sprinkled on top or something absolutely delicious from our bakery section, it doesn’t really matter because Salty Paws keeps your dogs wagging for more!” VIEW MORE


Kitchens Fit For A Feast

Kitchens Fit For A Feast

Some would argue that the kitchen is the most important room of the home. We think it’s pretty up there! From cozy kitchens, to modern, to open & airy – we have quite a few to share with you today. This one goes out to all those foodies who spend their days in the kitchen.



Cherrie Point | 8936 Bar Harbor Ln, Gloucester County, VA 23072

“Your gourmet kitchen has built-in seating with stunning views of the water and nature, custom cabinets, granite countertops, pantry with wine cooler, custom tile backsplash, polished wood floors and much more.” Offered at $2,275,000. 


Western Branch | 3812 Bruce Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23321

“This gorgeous kitchen is full of light and unique design. Complete with a large and functional island, wet bar, and plenty of countertop for cooking  & hosting – this kitchen is perfect for the entertainer.” Offered at $1,799,900.


Croatan | 539 S Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

“This house is to be built. Construction to start March of 2021. Simple and modern, this kitchen has a 48-inch commercial range in addition to all new stainless steel appliances. Complete with a large island with farmhouse sink, this kitchen has it all.” Offered at $1,629,000.


King & Queen County | 2066 Byrds Mill Rd, King & Queen County, VA 23126

“Pride of ownership and attention to detail is shown throughout the home which offers gleaming hardwood floors, breathtaking stone fireplace and a retractable chandelier. Kitchen is adorned with custom built cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, double ovens and a gas range.” Offered at $1,350,000.


Historic Boxwood Inn | 10 Elmhurst St, Newport News, VA 23603

“Preservation and modern business make this a totally unique estate. Original millwork and tables from general store still in use, hardwood floors, covered porches, verandas add to the charm. Commercial kitchen, full size owners kitchen, 5 beautiful areas on first floor. Interior decor and furnishings included.” Offered at $799,000.


See, we told you that we had kitchens of all types! Which one is your dream kitchen?

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4 Ways To Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day

4 Ways To Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day
Adrienne Cook once said, “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” This St. Patrick’s Day is different for sure, but there are still some ways to celebrate. If you need some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place.


Step One | Brunch

Nothing says good morning (or afternoon) quite like brunch, but did you know there is a plethora of recipes to make it a true St. Patrick’s Day feast? Get cooking, Rachael Ray has a whole lineup for you here!


Step Two | Drink Green Beer

Fun and festive, this is always a good way to get your day started. Need to figure our how to obtain green beer? Try this recipe! It is super simple. (thank goodness)


Step Three | Head Out For Festivities (or stay in)

There are a few things you can do safely around the Hampton Roads. There are some pop up markets, virtual comedy shows, and even virtual concerts. Take a look at all your options thanks to The Virginian-Pilot.


Step Four | Bake Some Goodies

We cannot forget about the last step. One of the perks of any holiday, is baked goods. From festive cookies, to cupcakes, to dessert pizzas – yes, dessert pizzas – there are almost too many options. Sort through all the recipes and suggestions from Good Housekeeping. Thank us later!


We hope everyone has a magical St. Patrick’s Day, no matter how you choose to celebrate.

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SIRcle The Globe | Christmas Day Food Traditions

SIRcle The Globe | Christmas Day Food Traditions

Every family has their own traditions when it comes to Christmas Day, but did you know that different countries have their own specific food traditions for a Christmas Day feast? From the Feast of the Seven Fishes in Italy, to KFC in Japan – we wanted to share some of our favorites.


SOUTHERN ITALY | Check Out This Destinations Finest Homes

“Traditional Christmas feasts in Italy vary depending on the region, but one that you may be familiar with (especially if you grew up in an Italian-American family) is the Feast of the Seven Fishes. This is a tradition that came from Southern Italy, but that has become even more popular for Italian-Americans. It consists of seven seafood dishes, symbolic of the number seven, which is the most repeated number in the bible. Some popular dishes are baccala (salt cod), baked cod, fried calamari, fried shrimp, linguine with clam or lobster sauce, octopus salad, and shrimp cocktail.”


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“Interestingly enough, the Japanese love to indulge in some KFC on Christmas. The fast food restaurant becomes so popular that Christmas orders are placed up to two months in advance. The tradition started in the 1970s, after the first KFC opened in Japan, and the owner decided to sell a Christmas “party barrel” inspired by the classic American turkey dinner. Because Japan didn’t really have any Christmas traditions previously, this one blew up, with some KFC locations even featuring Colonel Sanders dressed as Santa Claus.”


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“At Christmastime, the most important food tradition in Puerto Rico is lechon, or roast suckling pig. It’s a regional speciality that takes a very long time to prepare — in fact, it usually leads to a whole weekend gathering. The menu features other typical dishes, including tembleque, a coconut-based pudding; pasteles, a meat pastry similar to tamales made with green banana or plantain leaves; and coquito, which is the Puerto Rican version of eggnog, infused with coconut.”


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“By contrast, Christmas dinner in France is a very elaborate affair. Two very popular dishes include oysters and foie gras. The main dish is usually meat, like capon, turkey, guinea fowl, or pheasant, all usually roasted and stuffed with chestnuts. The biggest treat of the night, though, is the Bûche de Noël, the French version of a Yule Log. This is a rich cake often decorated with tiny meringue “mushrooms” and other treats made to look like items found in a forrest. Chestnut is a popular flavor, but you can get this cake in any flavor.”


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“Weihnachtsgans, or Christmas goose, is perhaps the most important Christmas tradition in Germany. There are two theories as to where it came from. Some believe it was an English tradition that made its way to Germany, while others think it comes from a tradition of fasting. Medieval Christians would fast between St. Martin’s Day and Christmas, and their dinner after was said to be goose. It is always roasted, and served with other typical German foods, like SpätzleKnödel, and red cabbage. For dessert, you can expect Lebkuchen, a soft gingerbread cookie.”


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“A popular British Christmas tradition you may have heard of is the mince pie. According to BBC, this is a tradition that can be dated all the way back to the 13th century. When knights returned from the Crusades with new spices like nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, they were made into a big pie with a dried fruit mixture called “mincemeat.” It became known as Christmas pie and was once banned by Puritans for being unholy. Christmas pudding, a brown pudding with raisins, nuts, and cherries (similar to fruitcake), is another tradition.”


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“Christmas in Australia is very different than what we’re used to, mainly because it’s summer during the holidays for Australians. This means that there is a lot more grilling and eating outside than sitting around a cozy fire with a roast. Australians usually include ham as a main dish, but seafood is also very popular, especially “shrimp on the barbie,” which is basically grilled shrimp made on the barbecue. Another popular tradition is White Christmas, a sweet dessert similar to torrone, made with desiccated coconut, dried fruit, and rice bubbles breakfast cereal. They also share British traditions like Christmas pudding and mince pies.”


We had a blast taking a look at all 30 countries featured in this article. If you want more, check it out at the original source:


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A Successful Thanksgiving | Pin With Us

A Successful Thanksgiving | Pin With Us

When searching for ideas, recipes, and more – where do you go first? Pinterest was your answer right… well we are pretty active on Pinterest and would love to share our Thanksgiving “Inspo” with you all! Here are just a few of our fav pins… pin with us + get inspired. 


Thanksgiving just might be the best day of the year. Sitting around with friends and family with delectable dishes and desserts as far as the eye can see — it doesn’t get better than that! HGTV on Pinterest


5 hours · Serves 12 · This is seriously the Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe ever! It packs tons of flavor and makes a juicy Thanksgiving turkey slathered with garlic herb butter and browned to perfection. No brining needed in this easy, no-fuss turkey recipe! Joyful Healthy Eats on Pinterest


Margaritas are not just for taco Tuesday and vacation. This fall margarita recipe, for example, is perfect for chilly nights by the fire pit. Aspiring Winos on Pinterest


15 minutes · Vegetarian · Serves 1 · This Thanksgiving Snack Board gives you savory and sweet all in one. Variety of cheeses, fruit, dip and more. Serve this food platter for your Thanksgiving entertaining. Passion For Savings on Pinterest


Family Gratitude Pumpkin! A fun family tradition for Fall and Thanksgiving! Celebrate the things you’re thankful for by writing them down where you can see them! After the season is over, take a picture of your pumpkin so you have it forever! Family memories for Thanksgiving and a new Holiday tradition! Passion For Savings on Pinterest


Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.” Germany Kent

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Hampton Roads Holiday Favs

Hampton Roads Holiday Favs

Looking for some (safe) Holiday Fun around the Hampton Roads? We have some lined up for you thanks to The Virginian-Pilot. There are still some activities for you, friends, and family to enjoy. Just make sure you don’t forget your masks and hand sanitizer!


Winter Wonderland at the Shack

“The Shack at the Oceanfront has been nothing if not flexible during the pandemic, with a market providing much-needed essentials during the lowest months of the crisis in Hampton Roads, when many grocery shelves were empty. Now, their market is a bit more festive, with fresh seafood, produce and grab-and-go meals, and handmade art and crafts…” MORE


Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration

“Does Christmas for you mean strapping yourself in for brief moments of free falling terror? Busch Gardens has your back, with roller coasters, a Christmas treat trail, Santa photo ops and a gingerbread character village for the tots. Capacity will be limited during these strange times, so reservations in advance are a must…” MORE


Farmhouse Brewing Market

“Along with a produce market from heir house farmer, Farmer John, the vast lawn of Farmhouse Brewing will play host to a whole bunch of local craft vendors, not to mention a whole bunch of beer…” MORE


Holiday Movie Food and Drink Week

“OK, this isn’t a market. But it takes place while a lot of markets are happening nearby. So while you’re out shopping in downtown Norfolk from Dec. 4 to 11, or just following the locals’ lead and blasting scooters down Granby Street, the whole street worth of restaurants will be serving food and drink specials themed for holiday movies…” MORE 


This is just a small sample of the different offerings the Hampton Roads has for this 2020 holiday Season. Kick off your festivities safely with your loved ones. Let us know if you made it out to any of these events…. enjoy!


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Home Pairings, We’re On Board

Home Pairings, We’re On Board

We can all agree that Wednesdays can be classified as “Wine Wednesday” but what kind of snacks go well wine? Charcuterie is one of the latest trends in the Hampton Roads (and beyond) and we are totally on board, literally. Here are some local companies paired with a glass of wine and house EACH. Get inspired and get hungry… we know we are.

First let’s define charcuterie: charcuterie is a French term for a branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit, primarily from pork. Charcuterie is part of the garde manger chef’s repertoire. Now… let’s put it all together!


A Chardonnay Kind Of Day On Spice Quay

Absolutely stunning 5 bedroom 2 1/2 bath in the highly sought after Riverwalk neighborhood. A fully renovated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and soft closing cabinets, luxury master bath, all new windows, and newer roof, siding… paired with this gorgeous board from on Instagram and glass of Chardonnay.


Showstopping Rosé + A Board On Linkhorn Bay

Premiere Linkhorn Bay waterfront property offering 1.4 Acres and unobstructed views of Linkhorn Bay. Maximize your love for deep water access with the 10Klb boat lift, dock, and slip, equipped with water and electric. Riprap bulkhead – low… paired with this “Bachelorette” themed, delicious board from @thehoneybrieco on Instagram and a glass of Rosé Brut.


Nothing But Surfing And Refreshing Riesling

2236 Sandfiddler Road Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456 “Bali Ha’i Resort” Life is special…The love of the ocean, creating memories rich in lifestyle, enriching your soul to last a lifetime. Aloha from “Bali Ha’i Resort” simply stated, inspired… paired with this yummy beachy board from @longboardcharcuterie on Instagram and glass of Riesling.

Which of these speak to you? We want it all!

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