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Kirsten Obadal

Kirsten Obadal

Kiki Obadal writes from Old Town Alexandria on a variety of lifestyle subjects in her column, "Meanderings". She has written for community media for several years, including the Old Town Crier and the Alexandria Times, and most recently for Local Kicks. On Local Kicks, watch for "Meanderings" and Kiki's articles about local leaders and events.

Articles By Kirsten Obadal

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Alexandria Businesses Suffer, Strive through Recession
Jul 29,2009

A stroll down King Street these days reveals the ugly signs of a severe recession that has hit close to home: Empty retail spaces shuttered up and available for lease to anyone who has the intestinal fortitude to open a business during this trying time

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The Wine Wench/Finally, a Wine to Go with my Cigar
Jul 27,2009

The buzz over Mendoza’s fine Malbecs continues with a local winemaking/importing family, the Chavarrias of Mendoza, Argentina, and Indian Head, MD., whom the Wine Wench found modestly promoting their wines at the National Harbor

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When Bernie McGinn Talks, People Listen
Jul 15,2009

To paraphrase the once-famous E.F. Hutton ad of some years ago, when Bernie McGinn talks, people listen. And these days, a cratering economy and a stock market which moves in violent swings is on just about everyone’s mind.

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HOME DECOR/Fine Lines Discovers the Bounceback with the Virtual Showroom
Jul 08,2009

With scores of brick and mortar furniture galleries in the area going out of business, interior designer Lauren Simmons of Alexandria decided last month to go the e-commerce route, shuttering her small showroom in McLean

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Meanderings/A Celebrated Chef Brings his Fusion Cuisine to Zen Tan
Jun 24,2009

"Iron Chef" Susur Lee and his black-clad staff serve up an eclectic menu with an Asian twist in the chic, candlelit venue of Zen Tan. Opened last week, the Asian fusion restaurant is tucked just off the lobby at the newly renovated

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Catching up with a Tea Sommelier
Jun 15,2009

Elise E. Scott, owner—or “Chief Leaf”—of the online tea merchant Pearl Fine Teas recently completed the Specialty Tea Institute's two year program and is now the first Certified Tea Professional in the Washington area.

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Red Cross Waterfront Festival This Weekend
Jun 13,2009

In what has surely become an Alexandria tradition, on the weekend of June 20 and 21 the Alexandria Red Cross will be hosting its annual waterfront festival in Old Town Alexandria.

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FROM THE CELLAR/Sampling the Vino (and Cupcakes) at the Food and Wine Fest
Jun 10,2009

Festivalgoers ambled about the docks on one of the first days of warm summer sun to enjoy the samples at last weekend's Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor. The second annual event offered food and wine from around the region and beyond, including Caribbean rums mixed with juices

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