What’s on your wish list this year?
“The top gift that I’ve shared with so many friends over the years is the book The Flavor Bible by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page. Last year I added a chef’s knife from Misen to the mix and told my friends, ‘There’s no excuse not to be able to properly execute the dishes the book will help inspire.’”
What’s your favorite NoVA holiday tradition?
“The Middleburg Christmas Parade won me over the first year I moved to Loudoun County. What I thought would be a small-town parade really showed me the incredible strength of a community with such a rich heritage and now I look forward to the first Saturday of December every year.”
This post originally appeared in our December 2019 issue. For similar content, subscribe to our weekly newsletter and for more holiday stories, head to our Holiday Headquarters page.
Sarpaneva Cast Iron Pot: Equally as beautiful on the stove or on the shelf, it’s a piece that will last generations. ($300)
The Flavor Bible: Aspiring and accomplished cooks will both benefit from this book ($25); Misen Chef’s Knife: Pair the cookbook with a chef-recommended knife ($65).
Original Black Chai: Hand-blended with just a slight pinch of spice, add honey and cream for a luxe cup. ($3)
Sprinkle Black Enamel Bowl: Seen in all the cool-kid restaurants, the speckled enamel look is far from over. ($25)
Locavore Fermentation Crock: Are you even a foodie if you don’t make your own kimchi? Plus, it doubles as decor. ($160)
JIA Steamer Set-Rice Cooker: Perfect rice is nice, but did you know steaming is the new roasting? ($169)