Dizzy Fest is Back

Dizzy Fest
October 9, 2021
10AM to 4PM (ish)
Dizzy Pig BBQ Supply Store
11301 Braden Dr
Manassas, VA 20109

2020 passed without one of Virginia’s premiere BBQ events. Back this year and better than ever, tickets (Dizzy Pig calls them memberships) are going fast.  Memberships are $60 each and get you access to sample multiple courses of hot-off-the-grill food creations from over 20 cook teams. The food is prepared on Big Green Eggs and is amazing.

The teams set up early and are cranking out breakfast items by 10am. Here are some examples of the imaginative dishes you can sample.


Smoked Deviled Eggs

Pastrami Breakfast Sandwich





You will learn some great ways to use an array of Dizzy Pig’s world famous seasonings. Dizzy Fest usually sells out so don’t wait, get your membership now.

Homestead Farm Market

Homestead Farm Market at Fruit Hill Orchard
2502 N. Frederick Pike
Winchester, VA 22603


DSC_2162Just west of Winchester, VA on Route 522 is the wonderful Homestead Farm Market. It is just a few miles past the large, pricy, market drawing customers from the Northern Virginia suburbs.




DSC_2141There is a nice selection of high-quality fresh vegetables.


They offer many local jams, honey, jellies, and wines.

You can’t find any fresher than “while you wait harvesting.”


They have a nice selection ice creams and baked goods prepared at the market. The bad news is the pies and breads are usually gone by the weekend.

Upstairs is a mixtures of antiques and modern-day accent pieces.


September is a great time to visit and get a glimpse of their sunflower field. If you are making that fall trip to any of the orchards in the Winchester area be sure to stop by the Homestead Farm Market. You won’t be disappointed.

Another Reason to Shop at the International Grocery Store

Need another reason to find an international grocery store to shop? Each of these bags of Thyme and Rosemary were $1.99. They also had large packs of Basil and Thai Basil for the same price. Bunches of Basil can be hard to find in traditional grocery stores and you’re certainly not going to get it for less than 2 bucks.

If you haven’t found an international grocer near you yet don’t wait, you’re missing out on great ingredients and deals.

Great Food When You Least Expect It

Taqueria Yazmin2
9540 Liberia Ave
Manassas, VA 20111
Located inside Fresh World grocery store.

Mexican | $

Walking through one of my favorite local international grocery stores recently I noticed a small Mexican sandwich shop in the back of the store. Since it was lunch time I thought I would take a chance and try something.

They have an extensive menu of authentic Mexican dishes.

I ordered the steak, cheese, onion, and cilantro Quesadilla. Not sure why they spell it with a z on their large menu board but it was definitely one of the best  quesadillas I have had. Simple, but packed with flavor and only $6.50. The fries were cooked in vegetable oil and a dead ringer for McDonalds fries with less salt.

They have a limited drink selection but it was fun having a Coke that brought back childhood memories.

Like the old adage don’t judge a book by it’s cover, don’t judge a restaurant  by it’s location. People tell me all the time about hole in the wall places that have amazing food. Most of the time I find these small out of the way places when I am not hungry. I’ve started to take a picture, do a little online research, and make a point to return later. Sure you’ll be served prison food in a few places but if you find a gem like Taqueria Yazmin2 it will be worth it.

White’s Wayside a Virginia Institution

White’s Wayside
2175 Hanky Mountain Hwy (Rt. 250)
Churchville, VA 24421
(540) 337-8004

American |  $



Just inside the George Washington National Forrest on Rt. 250 West of Staunton, VA is a wonderful little restaurant known as White’s Wayside. Open since the late 1920s this quaint little gem probably seats no more that 25. We arrived around 2pm on a Saturday afternoon and had to wait a bit.


The sweet tea was perfect. Not overly sweet, just how you would imagine it was served when they first opened in 1929.



For starters we went with the pimento cheese on thin sliced toasted bread. My wife and I both agree, hands down the best pimento cheese we have had.  The combination of cheese, Dukes Mayo, and pimentos was perfect. Don’t skip this dish.


I had hoped for a Roast Beef Sandwich but a power problem earlier in the week kept them from offering it the day we visited. I went with a Bacon Cheeseburger that comes with their signature WhiteWay Bread and some pinto beans cooked with bacon they call Brown Beans. The beans were great and the cheeseburger sourced from 2 local farms in the county was good.


My wife chose the House-made Chicken Salad Sandwich and loved it. She can crave tomatoes and the ones here were perfect. The fries are hand cut and seasoned nicely.


For dessert we both had a slice of their awesome peanut butter pie. It looks deceptively like a banana pudding pie because of it’s light color, but you quickly find the great peanut butter crunch between the creamy top and thin crust.


The décor was unique. The wait staff was super friendly and attentive. The noise level was next to nothing and the food arrived without delay. Visiting Whites Wayside makes you think about what travel must have been like before the interstates and chain restaurants. A time when everyone traveling ate in small family owned restaurants turning out wholesome fresh food like you were at a table in their dinning room.


One of the things you notice while waiting is the owner’s commitment to the environment and sustainable agriculture. The back of the menu lists local farms and businesses supplying the bulk of their ingredients. There is an impressive array of solar panels next to the restaurant, and they have there own bee colony visible from a display in the checkout area. A trip to White’s Wayside reminds you that farm-to-table didn’t start with a bunch of celebrity chefs in New York or LA, White’s Wayside and their neighbor farms have been practicing it for decades.

I know most of my readers who may be heading to Staunton have their cars pointed at The Shack or Zynodoa. Have that dinner both places are amazing, but treat yourself and stay over night at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel then head out in the morning for breakfast or lunch at White’s Wayside. You won’t be disappointed.

A note for travelers from the north, don’t trust your GPS. Google Maps, in an effort to find us the quickest route, took us down a single lane dirt road for 2 miles. Your best bet is to take 81 to Staunton and pick up Rt. 250 West from there.