After founding small bistros and caf?s throughout Nice, Paris, and St. Tropez, Frederick Bouka?a decided to bring his passion for rustic French cooking to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The result is La Ni?oise Caf?. "I want people to be comfortable in my place," Bouka?a recently explained to the Northern Virginia Daily. "Nothing fancy. Nothing pretentious.?
Indeed, it's hard to feel alienated by the caf?'s cozy, homespun ambiance and approachable menu of French comfort foods. It helps that you can't go wrong with any order, whether it's the grilled duck breast with crispy polenta or the mussels steamed in white wine with parsley, garlic, and shallots. To complement this cuisine, the caf? offers a curated selection of wines from regions throughout France, although the list also includes bottles from Australian, Italian, Californian, Algerian, and Virginian producers.
An experienced wedding planner, Blue Jay Events owner Jessica Leatch helps set clients at ease with a laid-back approach and a suitcase full of stress balls. She also has an attention to detail that infuses weddings with vivacity, from multihued floral arrangements to live entertainment in the form of DJs and local bands.
The flavors of the Southwest add a spicy touch to all the dishes at Poblanos Southwest Grill. Guests stroll up to the counter to order jalapeño poppers, chile rellenos, steak fajitas topped with peppers and onions. With the build-your-own option, they can customize tacos, burritos, and taco salads to their personal tastes using a choice of three marinated Mexican-style meats, shrimp, or vegetables. For a slightly fancier meal, guests can opt to order the pan-seared cod atop a bed of cilantro lime rice, hand cut flank steak with chimichurri, or a half peruvian chicken in a casero sauce, paired with a hot cup of coffee.