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Postcards from the Beach 2020

17 Jun

Postcards from the Beach: Restaurants around Sandbridge with Outdoor Seating! 

Restaurants around Sandbridge with Outdoor Seating! 

As we begin to kick off our summer season at Siebert Realty we are getting excited to have all our visitors come down to Sandbridge! To help you start planning some things to make your trip special we want to share some of our favorite things around the area! To start off this series we wanted to share some of our favorite places to dine outside! 

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Sage Kitchen at Andersons

Sage is opening up for the summer season with their outdoor patio in full swing! Located in Anderson’s right on Sandbridge Road it is our go-to for fresh farm to table goodness. Everything they serve is made from scratch and incorporates the freshest local ingredients, including herbs from their own greenhouse. Whether you’re a foodie or not you have to come check it out. They will also have a list of local musicians playing the night away! For more information check out Sage Kitchen here. 


The Baja 

One of our favorite places to unwind in the summer! Baja has been a Sandbridge staple for years and years! With a large outdoor seating area with incredible sunset views it’s a must for anyone visiting Sandbridge. Their menu focuses on the best seafood to delicious pizzas to the AMAZING appetizers (the she-fries are a must!). They also have so many fun things for families including live music, corn-hole, giant Jenga, and more! Also their coffee shop will be opening for the season on May 15th from 7am to 11am, so bring your towel and chairs and enjoy a cup of Joe and a breakfast wrap on the Bayview lawn!


Bandidos Taco Stand

Making their seasonal appearance once again, Bandidos taco truck is back! Located in the parking lot right before Siebert Realty is the tiny but mighty food truck that dishes out some of the best tacos, nachos, burritos, and quesadillas around. With a great menu that ranges from $1 to $9 it is a great option when feeding a crowd! They also have vegetarian options so everyone is happy! So grab your beach chairs or blankets because its time for a parking lot party at Bandidos!  


Sugar Shack

Sugar shack has been a beloved part of sandbridge for a long time! Located right below Simply Steamed, this little ice-cream shack has every flavor and all the toppings you could imagine. Unlike other ice cream shops here you pay what your ice cream weighs! They also have other options which include milkshakes and scoops in freshly made cones. This year Sugar Shack has added something new to their menu, breakfast! They are cooking up breakfast sandwiches, coffee, bagels, waffles, lattes and more! To make it even sweeter they offer FREE breakfast delivery! 


Sandbridge Island

Want a delicious meal without having to leave Sandbridge? Well this should be your go to, located near the entrance to sandbridge, Sandbridge Island is the perfect place to grab a pizza or fill up on some crab legs. Located right outside of the restaurant are a few tables with views of the Atlantic Ocean. They also have various local wines, beer, and desserts available.

21 May

Pick Local: Strawberries Edition

Where to pick? 

Two of the biggest farms in our area are the Flanagan Family Farm and the Brookdale Farm! Below you will be able to find a little more about each of them! 

Flanagan Farm is located ½ mile south of the Pungo stoplight in southern Virginia Beach, on what is commonly called Pungo Ridge. Pungo Ridge is home to some of the most prime soils for vegetable farming in Virginia Beach. The farm where Flanagan Farm is located is currently farmed by the fourth and fifth generations to consecutively produce crops on this farm. They have two acres of you-pick strawberries grown utilizing plasticulture to enhance the plant growth and keep the berries clean for harvest. Available late April through early June. They also grow a variety of fruits and vegetables starting in the Spring and going all the way through fall. 

Brookdale Farm grows the Chandler variety strawberries which are known for their great taste and forgiveness for not being picked totally ripe. They also grow the Camerosa variety which is known for it’s lasting berries and great taste if picked totally ripe. Lastly they also have Ruby Junes again this year, which are a great size and taste amazing.  Please note that weather can always affect varieties differently! On their website they also explain that they have made some changes to picking this year.  They are allowed to have picking within State guidelines.Keeping everyone healthy is the driving force behind their changes. They want to keep their fields open so compliance is necessary. For more information about how they are compiling with the ever-changing guidelines check out their website here.

Why pick?

Picking your own strawberries is great for so many reasons! The first is that it is an opportunity to get out of the house and get outside!  Just outside of Sandbridge there are many different farms which are offering a U-pick system and have place strict guidelines in order to accommodate for coronavirus concerns. Another great reason is by picking at our local farms, you will be helping support small business! Many of these farms also have delicious baked goods and fresh vegetables pre-picked and ready for pick up! The last reason we at Siebert Reality love picking our own strawberries is they taste so much sweeter after all your hard work! 

Bucket on buckets of strawberries… What to do now?

So now that you’ve done all of the hard work what now.. you could just eat them straight out of the bucket or you can start cooking! Below I’ve shared some of our staff’s favorite strawberry-based recipes! 

Try one of these delicious recipes!

Breakfast!

Classic Strawberry pancakes

Fancy up your classic Sunday morning pancakes with strawberries! This is a simple but delicious recipe, just make your favorite pancake batter. Following dice up some of your fresh strawberries and place them in a bowl. Pour your batter like normal and sprinkle a few diced berries on top before flipping! We like to finish them off with butter and powder sugar! 


Main dish! 

Substitute strawberries for tomatoes in the delicious Strawberry Caprese

Toast some sourdough bread lightly. While the bread is toasting, slice some fresh mozzarella and strawberries and place to the side. On one piece of sourdough spread some pest. Then top with strawberries and a couple piece of mozzarella. To finish it drizzle a balsamic glaze and top with your other piece of sourdough! And enjoy!this dish was inspired by one of Virginia Beach’s local coffee shops: Sawdust! 


Side dish!

Strawberry Salsa is the perfect summer dish to serve with chips or a fun way to top fresh tacos! For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 cups strawberries slice and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced small
  • 2 Tbsp jalapeno pepper seeded and diced small
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Blend it all together & refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Dessert! 

Fresh strawberry bundt cake served with vanilla ice cream…might be heaven. We don’t need to talk this one up, here’s the recipe!

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice divided
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 12 ounces fresh strawberries diced
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan (10-15 cup pan). In a large bowl, sift together 2 1/4 cups of flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the lemon zest and set aside.
    2. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Alternate beating in the flour mixture and the yogurt, mixing just until incorporated.
    3. Toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/4 cup of flour. Gently mix them into the batter. Pour the batter into the Bundt pan. Place in the oven and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
    4. Allow to cool at least 20 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Once cooled whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and the powdered sugar. Drizzle over the top of the cake.

Drinks! 

Strawberry mojitos the perfect way to cool off after a long summer day! For two servings you will
need
: 

  • 1 cup of sliced strawberries 
  • 12 fresh mint leaves 
  • 1/8 cup of simple syrup 
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime 
  • 4 ounces of light rum
  • Club soda
  • strawberries, lime wedges and/or mint sprig to garnish 

Instructions: 

    1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries, mint leaves, simple syrup and lime juice with a muddler (use the back of a wooden spoon if you don’t have a muddler).
    2. Pour in two glasses over ice (equal amounts). Add 2 ounces of rum to each glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a strawberry, lime wedge and/or mint sprig if desired.

Recipe Sources: 
https://theblondcook.com/strawberry-mojitos/#tasty-recipes-18127
https://www.aspicyperspective.com/farmstand-fresh/
https://cookieandkate.com/strawberry-salsa-recipe/
21 May

Pick Local: Strawberries Edition

Where to pick? 

Two of the biggest farms in our area are the Flanagan Family Farm and the Brookdale Farm! Below you will be able to find a little more about each of them! 

Flanagan Farm is located ½ mile south of the Pungo stoplight in southern Virginia Beach, on what is commonly called Pungo Ridge. Pungo Ridge is home to some of the most prime soils for vegetable farming in Virginia Beach. The farm where Flanagan Farm is located is currently farmed by the fourth and fifth generations to consecutively produce crops on this farm. They have two acres of you-pick strawberries grown utilizing plasticulture to enhance the plant growth and keep the berries clean for harvest. Available late April through early June. They also grow a variety of fruits and vegetables starting in the Spring and going all the way through fall. 

Brookdale Farm grows the Chandler variety strawberries which are known for their great taste and forgiveness for not being picked totally ripe. They also grow the Camerosa variety which is known for it’s lasting berries and great taste if picked totally ripe. Lastly they also have Ruby Junes again this year, which are a great size and taste amazing.  Please note that weather can always affect varieties differently! On their website they also explain that they have made some changes to picking this year.  They are allowed to have picking within State guidelines.Keeping everyone healthy is the driving force behind their changes. They want to keep their fields open so compliance is necessary. For more information about how they are compiling with the ever-changing guidelines check out their website here.

Why pick?

Picking your own strawberries is great for so many reasons! The first is that it is an opportunity to get out of the house and get outside!  Just outside of Sandbridge there are many different farms which are offering a U-pick system and have place strict guidelines in order to accommodate for coronavirus concerns. Another great reason is by picking at our local farms, you will be helping support small business! Many of these farms also have delicious baked goods and fresh vegetables pre-picked and ready for pick up! The last reason we at Siebert Reality love picking our own strawberries is they taste so much sweeter after all your hard work! 

Bucket on buckets of strawberries… What to do now?

So now that you’ve done all of the hard work what now.. you could just eat them straight out of the bucket or you can start cooking! Below I’ve shared some of our staff’s favorite strawberry-based recipes! 

Try one of these delicious recipes!

Breakfast!

Classic Strawberry pancakes

Fancy up your classic Sunday morning pancakes with strawberries! This is a simple but delicious recipe, just make your favorite pancake batter. Following dice up some of your fresh strawberries and place them in a bowl. Pour your batter like normal and sprinkle a few diced berries on top before flipping! We like to finish them off with butter and powder sugar! 


Main dish! 

Substitute strawberries for tomatoes in the delicious Strawberry Caprese

Toast some sourdough bread lightly. While the bread is toasting, slice some fresh mozzarella and strawberries and place to the side. On one piece of sourdough spread some pest. Then top with strawberries and a couple piece of mozzarella. To finish it drizzle a balsamic glaze and top with your other piece of sourdough! And enjoy!this dish was inspired by one of Virginia Beach’s local coffee shops: Sawdust! 


Side dish!

Strawberry Salsa is the perfect summer dish to serve with chips or a fun way to top fresh tacos! For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 cups strawberries slice and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced small
  • 2 Tbsp jalapeno pepper seeded and diced small
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Blend it all together & refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Dessert! 

Fresh strawberry bundt cake served with vanilla ice cream…might be heaven. We don’t need to talk this one up, here’s the recipe!

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice divided
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 12 ounces fresh strawberries diced
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan (10-15 cup pan). In a large bowl, sift together 2 1/4 cups of flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the lemon zest and set aside.
    2. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Alternate beating in the flour mixture and the yogurt, mixing just until incorporated.
    3. Toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/4 cup of flour. Gently mix them into the batter. Pour the batter into the Bundt pan. Place in the oven and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
    4. Allow to cool at least 20 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Once cooled whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and the powdered sugar. Drizzle over the top of the cake.

Drinks! 

Strawberry mojitos the perfect way to cool off after a long summer day! For two servings you will
need
: 

  • 1 cup of sliced strawberries 
  • 12 fresh mint leaves 
  • 1/8 cup of simple syrup 
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime 
  • 4 ounces of light rum
  • Club soda
  • strawberries, lime wedges and/or mint sprig to garnish 

Instructions: 

    1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries, mint leaves, simple syrup and lime juice with a muddler (use the back of a wooden spoon if you don’t have a muddler).
    2. Pour in two glasses over ice (equal amounts). Add 2 ounces of rum to each glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a strawberry, lime wedge and/or mint sprig if desired.

Recipe Sources: 
https://theblondcook.com/strawberry-mojitos/#tasty-recipes-18127
https://www.aspicyperspective.com/farmstand-fresh/
https://cookieandkate.com/strawberry-salsa-recipe/