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Discover the flavors of Alexandria, Va.

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I’m Hope Nelson, and I’m always on the lookout for the next tasty meal – and the stories behind them. As the author of "Classic Restaurants of Alexandria" and the "Appetite" columnist for the Alexandria Gazette Packet, I love sharing stories of our city’s restaurant scene – both past and present – with friends old and new. 

Whether you’re visiting Alexandria and want to soak in some culinary culture or whether you’re a local looking for a fun way to pick up some tips about your neighborhood, I’ve got a food tour for you! Scroll down to scope out our tours – or sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on all our latest offerings!

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Hope Nelson

Hope Nelson is an award-winning food writer and restaurant columnist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. A native of Tallahassee, Fla., she has a master’s degree in American and Florida Studies from Florida State University. In her free time, she volunteers at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and races in long-distance triathlons and marathons.


Michael Pope

Michael Lee Pope is an award-winning journalist and podcaster who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for NPR, the New York Times and Northern Virginia Magazine. He has a master’s degree in American studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. 

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