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


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


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


Catfish rodeo brings anglers, appetites, community to Pearl’s in Knotts Island

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS KNOTTS ISLAND, N.C. – People came to Pearl’s Bay-Villa, many with catfish in hand, for the Catfish Rodeo on Saturday, May 13. “Ths was the 14th year,” Paul McCoy of Pearl’s said. “It brings everybody together. I… Continue Reading


Strawberries: Prized local fruit stars in three dishes at The Whiskey Kitchen

  BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Southern Virginia Beach marks the arrival of spring by the ripening strawberries, and locals celebrate the season by hitting the fields with buckets and baskets in hand.   Many pick pounds at a… Continue Reading


2016: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that, with few exceptions, we ran in print or online during this past year. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow, and then navigate using controls or your arrow… Continue Reading


Summer means prime time for blueberry farm in Virginia Beach’s Pungo

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Blueberries and blackberries, those sweet harbingers of full summer, are ripening in the orchards at Pungo Blueberries, Etc. This year promises to be a good one, according to owner Juanita Burns. The winter was just… Continue Reading


Saying goodbye to Uncle Chuck’s Seafood at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — Early this month, just about everything was for sale at Uncle Chuck’s Seafood, and the people who came wanted to buy some of the seafood, of course, and possibly fridges and such, but some wanted signs… Continue Reading


Eggzilla, monster of an omelet, challenges many at Princess Anne County Grill

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN — The brave, having ventured to Princess Anne County Grill at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, tuck in to a giant meal called Eggzilla. It is a massive six-egg omelet stuffed with veggies, cheese, sausage links and patties… Continue Reading