Beautiful Apple Pie from Seasons Best Bakery at the VB Farmers Market. Had the Greek hand pies, they were delicious. #bakery #pie #applepie #hrva #757 #instagramhub #picoftheday #photooftheday #delicious #farmersmarket #virginia #vabeach #fresh #handmadeva #handmade #distinctionhr
Got the tree set up today, getting ready for the holidays! #christmas #christmastree #tree #hrva #757 #holiday #holidays #virginia #distinctionhr #trimming #ornaments #follow #instagramhub #picoftheday #photooftheday
Enjoying The Richmond Ballet presentation of the Nutcracker at Chrysler Hall #Norfolk #downtownnorfolk #virginia #ballet #christmas #holiday #nutcracker #chryslerhall #hrva #757 #swan #distinctionhr
Sometimes the right pocket square makes all the difference.
Head over to The Field Guide, a new restaurant in Norfolk on Granby St. Our publisher John went and said it was awesome and the decor was amazing.
Victorian house in Arcata, Ca
What a beautiful home. They just don’t make them how they used to.
Love this men’s look!
Classic menswear is instyle! What a great look!
Bike from the 90’s!
Throw back Saturday night…came across this photo of my old 1995 Harley Davidson Badboy!
Our publisher John Fall’s old bike. So sweet.
What a beautiful photograph. Absolutely stunning.
Town Center Pop Up Shop!
Just in time for the season! Towne Center in Virginia Beach has opened a Pop Up Shop, through December 31st, highlighting 9 local vendors! They will also be hosting trunk shows, classes, and much more. Take a look; #pressplae!
What a great way to reuse old bottles
“For if the modern mind is whimsical and discursive, the classical mind is narrow, unhesitating, relentless. It is not a quality of intelligence that one encounters frequently these days. But though I can digress with the best of them, I am nothing in my soul if not obsessive. ”
― Donna Tartt, The Secret History
(This is…. so true for me).
We want this library. Absolutely stunning.
Dapper gentleman outfit
What a beautiful overcoat. Stylish menswear for the cold temps we’ve been having.
Test shot of The Hill-side scarf and tie photo for the Bob The Weaver article in our new issue. Check it out on Distinctionhr.com #weaver #scarf #tie #thehillside #thehill-side #instagramhub #picoftheday #photooftheday #photoshoot #behindthescenes #hrva #virginia #757 #woven
Just in time for the holidays! Our culinary gift guide. Our picks on what to get the baker and chef in you life. Www.distionctionhr.com
Mobile & Amundson Presents: !&@#%?!
Come to the Monticello Arcade December 7th- Jan 23rd to view the exhibition from the Dearraindrop collection. Check the flyer for more deets!
Here is an art show to check out!
Bob Harman, aka Bob The Weaver, is a truly interesting man with a great story. Read about him running moonshine and weaving the old way in our latest issue. See it here online: www.Distinctionhr.com
Not one but two issues of Distinction found at a design space in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond! We love to see it when we go in places. #greatfind #picoftheday #photooftheday #instagramhub #rva #shockoe #interiordesign #distinctionhr #magazine #virginia #hrva #757 #magspy
When out scouting its nice to have the time to stop and take a quick picture of something interesting we see. Like this old barn for instance.
We meet lots of little new friends when out scouting locations. #cat #kitten #instagramhub #picoftheday #photooftheday #distinctionhr #pet #scout #hrva #757
Local Blog to check out.
Check out the IHeart Foods Tumblr blog Hampton Roads. http://i-heart-foods.tumblr.com/
Salt Herring – a Tidewater Delicacy
For years my father and his brothers ran a seasonal herring fishery on the Meherrin River, near the town of Murfreesboro in eastern North Carolina. It was the last haul seine fishery to operate in the state. Now only a few fisheries are able to obtain permits to harvest a strictly controlled catch.
My father often told stories of days when the river was so clotted with fish that a bushel basket could be filled with herring just by drawing it through the water. The herring fishery today is cautiously managed. In some years North Carolina has imposed a complete moratorium on the inland herring catch, in order to protect a diminished fish population that was once so plentiful most of the harvest was ground up to be used as fertilizer.
In the coastal south herring was a poor man’s food, transformed today into a rare delicacy because of scarcity of supply.
As a food fish herring were valued because they could be easily preserved. Cleaned and scaled fish are packed in plain table salt to corn. They will keep for many months preserved in this fashion. After soaking in water overnight the corned fish can be breaded and fried. Fried corned herring was common breakfast fare when I was growing up. The herring roe are eaten fresh – dredged in white cornmeal and crisply fried.
The Meherrin is a tidal, fresh-water tributary of the Chowan River, which debouches into the Albemarle Sound. The herring run peaks during high spring tides, from late February through early May each year.
I mostly recall pulling the net as a very cold, uncomfortable business. Catching fish required stretching the net upriver the length of the seining beach - not a true beach, but the shallow water on the deposition side of a bend in the river - then using a shallow-draft bateau to form a purse across the deep water of the river channel. The net would then be tied off, and the purse slowly closed by walking the net back to land the fish downriver. Because the river is tidal, flows alternate direction during the course of the day. Fish were netted as they moved upstream on rising tides.
At top: Illustration of a blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis) by Hugh Chrisp, from the online collection of the Cornell University Department of Natural Resouces. Chrisp joined the State of New York Conservation Department Watershed Survey to paint fish when his architecture practice failed during the great depression. Center left: Photo from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, showing a pull seine being hauled at a fishery on the Roanoke River in 1939. Center right: Scaled and cleaned herring in salt for corning. Bottom photo: Aunt Maggie Parrish preparing herring roe for frying.
These photos and text were originally posted in April, 2010, and are reposted today for #americanguideweek.
We are busy bees! The Distinction Booth at the VA-1 Conference. Come say hello!
The Fall Fashion spread in our new issue was shot at The Wells Theatre in Norfolk. Check out “BEHIND THE SCENES.” Because not every star needs a stage. And because the best style might even be a bit … unexpected. http://bit.ly/1gYIGFK
Plus check out the behind-the-scenes video at the end of the article!
Behind-the-scenes at Virginia Scenic Co in Portsmouth. Check out our article on them at Distinctionhr.com entitled Setting The Stage. #hrva #distinctionhr #stage #scenery #stagescenery #portsmouth #portnorfolk #757 #theatre #theater #carpentry