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This year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival included a parade that soared

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Nelson Eskey didn’t get a clear view of the parade below when he flew a World War II military aircraft above Princess Anne Road during the 35th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday, May… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: An agriculture economy on our scale

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — Pop quiz: Which of the following terms does not fit with the others? GDP, trade wars, tariffs, short-term profit calculations, quarterly reports, soil stewardship, derivatives, the Gaussian copula formula. The what? That last one is real,… Continue Reading

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Only at Renee’s, a taste of the Philippines, coming soon to Red Mill

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE RED MILL — When Emma Dizon was a child, she and her family pushed a metal shopping cart, loaded with food her father prepared in their Queens home, down the New York City sidewalks to a nearby… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: I learned to love the land, what it gives us — and sustaining it

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I can still remember the smells of my first garden back home in small town Indiana. I walked into the garden, saltshaker in hand. I was heading to the big boy tomatoes. My bare feet remember the… Continue Reading

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Creeds Cafe is back in business with a focus on fresh Southern fare

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — It may have been raw and blustery outside, but when customers walked into Creeds Café one recent day, they were greeted by the warm smells of homemade soup and mashed potatoes. Owner Angie Humphrey also had… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge: Pies aplenty at Virginia Beach spot known for seafood

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS SANDBRIDGE — A couple of days before Thanksgiving, Martha Gaione, co-owner of Simply Steamed in the Sandbridge Shoppes, gave the kitchen oven a workout, cranking out pies in time for the holiday. The phone was still ringing with pie… Continue Reading

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412Q BBQ opens a new, permanent home in ‘downtown’ Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Michael Heckman is on a mission to put Pungo on the map. “I want people from all over the world to come to Pungo for its barbecue,” said Heckman, the owner of 412Q BBQ in… Continue Reading

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At Monk’s Place in Virginia Beach, a goodbye at the start of a new saga

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — A couple years ago, Ashley Johnson had dollar bills taped up at Monk’s Place. For years, folks have written messages on money and taped them to the walls and ceiling. Back then, when she worked here,… Continue Reading

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Beach N’ Seafood brings seafood back to Virginia Beach Farmers Market

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE LANDSTOWN — When it comes to seafood, Eric Gamble puts the emphasis on local. Gamble, owner of Beach N’ Seafood Co. at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, stocks local favorites, including Eastern Shore oysters, Little Neck clams… Continue Reading

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At Blue, a home for fresh seafood and dining with local ingredients at Red Mill Commons in Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE RED MILL — Executive chef Charles Thain considers sweet potato biscuits to be one of his signature recipes. So how did a Virginia Beach native come to be identified with a dish that most people associate with… Continue Reading