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29238_110508948992175_7067045_nA restaurant review. First a disclaimer: I am not qualified to be a food critic. I can’t even cook-I just end up burning things. But I did grow up working in fine dining restaurants and high end resorts, so I love good food. I guess that’s my only qualification!

Delivering magazines in Middleburg last week, and had lunch at Julien’s Restaurant. An authentic french restaurant-my daughter’s french class went there on a field trip to experience french cuisine, which was a big hit.

The lunch: it simply is not possible to go wrong with a slab of country pate on french bread. Awesome. It did, however, have spicy mustard on it, which I thought overpowered the taste of the pate a bit, but my husband loved it, so I guess it’s a matter of preference. Complemented by a nice red wine, a yummy lunch.

But…the dessert. I was chatting with the waitress about how I love bread pudding, but hesitate to order it in restaurants because it can tend to be dry and stale when not done properly. I like it fluffy, with big juicy raisins, but mostly, it has to be served warm and absolutely swimming in custard. The waitress encouraged me to try it, and ordered it with extra creme anglaise. And they delivered. Excellent. Although it had a good amount of custard-certainly enough to enjoy the dish, I could even have done with more. When I say swimming, I mean like milk in cereal, that kind of swimming :)  But again, a matter of preference.

There was an interesting (in a delicious way) subtle taste to the bread pudding which I couldn’t identify at first, and my husband thought it perhaps was a slight whiff of cornbread. I thought, what an interesting southern take on a classic. But when asked, via the waitress, the chef said there were no corn ingredients used. When pressed, he clammed up, and said he wouldn’t even give his recipe to his grandmother!

So, I’d be interested to hear if others have tasted their bread pudding, and if they found the same distinctive taste that we did. Very interesting!

3 West Washington St., Middleburg.

New Autumn Issue Available

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Pick up a copy of the Fall 2014 issue, on newsstands now! Click the following link to find the closest location to you:

Our newest issue includes our annual fall art guide with artwork from around the Piedmont.

Featured stories include Virginia’s Moonshiners, Hot Air Ballooning in the Blue Ridge, lamb recipes, two local art clubs: The Loudoun Sketch Club and Firnew Farm’s Artists’ Circle, photo contest winners and more!

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A First Birthday Bash at Salamander

Middleburg – Salamander Resort & Spa is celebrating its first anniversary with a fun-filled Birthday Bash over Labor Day Weekend featuring numerous activities, contests and packages.


On Friday, August 29, exactly one year after it opened its highly anticipated doors, the resort will host a Birthday Bubbles celebration from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Filled with bottomless sparkling wine, birthday sweets and live entertainment, the event will take place on the Grand Terrace and Lawn. Admission is $30 per person.

On Saturday, August 30, there will be numerous activities taking place throughout the day, including Carriage Rides, an Ice Cream Social and a Middleburg Scavenger Hunt, while the resort’s new Tree Top Zip Tour by Empower is offering special birthday pricing of $123 per tour. The day winds down with a Family Movie on the Grand Lawn beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The resort’s birthday weekend culminates on Sunday, August 31, with an Epicurience Brunch Spectacular from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy numerous culinary selections, including bountiful breakfast choices, carving stations, a seafood display and decadent desserts. There will also be live musical entertainment, bottomless mimosas, Virginia wine tastings and classic family lawn games. Admission is $75 per adult and $18 per child; reservations are required.


Salamander Resort & Spa is also giving away a spectacular Grand Birthday Getaway to one lucky winner valued at $11,111. Everyone in the resort’s e-mail database as of Sunday, August 31 will automatically be entered to win this ultimate getaway for two that includes a two-night stay in the Owner’s Suite, a three-hour private session with Pastry Chef and Food Network Winner Jason Reaves, a horse-drawn carriage ride around the 340-acre property and a 10-course, delicious tasting menu. Both guests will receive 80-minute spa and rasul treatments, as well as a Tree Top Zip Tour and a private Equi-Spective experience. Visit to enter the contest.


Salamander is offering a two-night Birthday Bash Weekend Package that includes luxurious accommodations and two adult tickets to the Epicurience Brunch Spectacular. Package pricing starts at $600 per night, while the resort is also offering a three-day package.

Throughout the weekend, there will be additional birthday specials in the resort’s spa, restaurants and equestrian center – all of which are open to the public year round.

To make event or overnight inquiries about guest room availability and reservations, please call 866-938-7370, visit or email


Farm-to-Fork Loudoun Begins with Farm, Fork & Art Event this Wednesday

Jason Lage, chef/owner of Market Table Bistro and Market Burger & Fries with Andrew Crush of Spring House Farm kneeling by one of Crush’s large, black heritage breed sows. Photo by Andrew Crush of Spring House Farm. 

On Wednesday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m., Farm-to-Fork Loudoun kicks off with a Farm, Fork & Art event.

Attendees may sample dishes made by four outstanding chefs using ingredients from local farmers, meet chefs and farmers, and enjoy local art.

Chefs at the event include Kiet Ly of Garden of Eatin’, Christopher Edwards of Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill at Salamander Resort & Spa, the team trained under Chef Jason Lage of Market Table Bistro and Market Burger & Fries, and Ian Dieter of Palio Ristorante Italiano.

Farm-to-Fork Loudoun officially kicks off on Thursday, July 24th and runs through Sunday, August 3rd.

The award winning culinary celebration brings together local chefs and restaurant owners with local farmers and wineries

“Farm -to-Fork, an exciting 11-day culinary celebration, presents the lush bounty of locally-sourced foods and beverages to dozens off fine and casual dining establishments this summer,” Heidi Baumstark, contributor for the Piedmont Virginian magazine said in a current article.

This year’s Farm-to- Fork Loudoun will showcase chefs and restaurant owners from 23 restaurants, 14 farmers and eight wineries.

This event provides the opportunity for local chefs to demonstrate their culinary talents, and spotlights the locally grown products Loudoun County has to offer.

Held at the Aloft Hotel, 22390 Flagstaff Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20148

For more about Farm-to-Fork Loudoun, pick up a copy of the summer issue of the Piedmont Virginian magazine:

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On newsstands now—the Summer 2014 issue! The Castleton Festival, history, hiking and more.

Pick up a copy of the Summer 2014 issue, on newsstands now!

Our newest issue highlights the sixth annual Castleton Festival with the full program published in the back of the magazine.

Featured stories include the Alvictus Spy House, the history of Hurricane Camille, five great hikes in the Piedmont, beautiful summer landscape paintings, poetry, photo contest semi-finalists and much more!

Take a peak at other featured articles on our homepage.

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