Posts Tagged ‘Arlington’

Rice and Bright Lights at SER

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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The Spanish-themed SER opens in Arlington.

Words by Stefanie Gans  Photos by Ray Lopez

SER announces itself with Hollywood lights. The name, Spanish for “to be,” and also standing for Simple Easy Real, is written in bright white bulbs on the exterior of a big brick building interrupted with floor-to-ceiling windows. Around the corner from a stretch of restaurants clustered in Ballston, it feels isolated with a huge patio destined for pitchers of sangria.

“We’re not tapas, but we have a lot of starters,” our waitress says, introducing the menu concept. The domination of small plates-themed restaurants now calls for restaurants to explain how they don’t require an onslaught of ordering multiple dishes. Though at a Spanish restaurant, where the tapas life originates, it is an important notation.

We start with a ton of bites from the kitchen nonetheless.

Croquetas reveal bits of chicken and ham in a creamed, mashed potato-like state. There’s no actual potato in these fried balls, explains chef Josu Zubikarai, who co-owns the restaurant with Javier Candon. Instead the kitchen constantly stirs bechamel sauce for up to an hour and a half to bring it to that thick consistency. Grilled sardines become a Mediterranean version of a tea sandwich with slim cuts of housemade bread, pan de cristal, adhered to each side. Porcini cream sits on the side for dipping, but it lacks a brightness, a completeness of pleasing flavors.

That’s what happens most of the time at SER. In this beautiful, airy, light-filled space with funky light fixtures and water glasses that, thankfully, aren’t Mason jars, the food doesn’t elicit the same promising vibrations.

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Catch the next indie classic at these 5 Northern Virginia movie theaters

Posted by Editorial / Friday, August 21st, 2015

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By Robyn Smith

It’s easy to find the blockbusters. We just can’t avoid them, and frankly couldn’t we all do without the seventh movie in a franchise? Nowadays, independent films are all the rage. No longer an acquired taste for film buffs and reviewers, everyone loves a good “Amélie” or “(500) Days of Summer.” You could watch them online, but Zooey Deschanel’s eyes deserve to be seen on the big screen. Alas, the problem with the indies: They don’t have the budget for a nationwide release, so the fans have to scramble or even occasionally trek out to see them. Well, trek no further. At these five local movie theaters, you can watch all the latest underground hits. You’re welcome.

Rave Cinemas Fairfax Corner 14 + Xtreme
Fairfax Corner South: 11900 Palace Way, Fairfax
Perfect for: Foreign films. This movie house has the most out of any on this list.

Cinema Arts Theatre
Fair City Mall: 9650 Main St., Fairfax
Perfect for: Indie buffs. It’s most likely to play something that no other theater in the area is.

AMC Loews Shirlington 7
The Village at Shirlington: 2772 S. Randolph St., Arlington
Perfect for: Crowd pleasers. It plays all the indies you keep seeing commercials for.

AMC Tysons Corner 16
7850 Tysons Corner Center, McLean
Perfect for: When the family is divided on what movie to see. While it’s known for its mainstream flicks, the theater also plays a few limited release films as well.

Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic
2911 District Ave., Fairfax
Perfect for: Those who like to snack on fancy pastries while watching documentaries or foreign films—this theater also sells treats.



Vienna in list of best places to live; Colorado theater shooter won’t get death penalty

By Raquel DeSouza

Vienna is listed No. 48 out of 50 best places to live in the country. 
(TIME Money)

Arlington and Alexandria consider constructing a shared 50-meter pool. 
(WTOP)

A “Little Free Library” with about 30 books opened in Old Town Manassas.
(Washington Post)

Andy Murray beats Djokovic and is now focusing on the upcoming U.S. Open in New York.
(Guardian

The Colorado theater shooter missed the death penalty by one juror vote. 
(Huffington Post)



Hungry for Linkage: Mookie’s BBQ hosts pop-up today and tomorrow

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Friday, August 14th, 2015

Mookie’s BBQ

Photos courtesy of Mookie’s BBQ

Arlington announces the date for its first beer festival: Backyard Beer Festival. [ARLnow]

With delays in construction, Mookie’s BBQ will hold a pop-up today (noon-8 p.m.) and tomorrow (noon-7 p.m.) at 1141 Walker Road, Great Falls. [FB] [More on barbecue]

Vegan food truck Randy Radish closes. [Loudoun Times]

“Where do I begin on what a terrible experience this was. How about paying over $15 for CHIPS AND SALSA – one of which salsas was not even edible!” says a Yelper on the new Pepita. [Eater]

Dine alone. Dine well alone. [New York]



Body of missing miner in Ashburn found; Virginia counties among happiest places in the U.S.

By Raquel DeSouza

The body of the missing teen under the Ashburn quarry silo was found
(FOX)

Virginia‘s demographics in 2060 will looks like the country’s 2006 demographics
(TIME)

A 29-year-old Arlington woman says an Uber driver sexually assaulted her
(The Washington Post)

A Maryland man is charged with the 2012 firebombing at a Leesburg corrections center
(WTOP)

Virginia counties top list of happiest places in the U.S.
(WTOP)



Shop Spotlight: Two the Moon

Two the Moon Arlington

Photo by Aaron Spicer.

Aesthetic: Owned by former nurse Johanna Braden, this neighborhood gift shop has a convivial atmosphere. “We’re fun; we’re functional,” says Braden.

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Hungry for Linkage: New owner for Lovettsville’s Mad Horse Brew Pub

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Friday, July 31st, 2015

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Photo by Mad Horse Brewery

New owners take over Lovettsville’s Mad Horse Brew Pub. [Loudoun Times-Mirror]

Whole Foods opens in Ashburn with barrel-aged cocktails and local absinthe. [Eater]

Trummer’s Coffee and Wine Bar hosts a grand opening party this weekend. [FB]

Old Bust Head Brewing Company celebrates a year in business with … yoga. [FB]

After bad reviews and legal trouble with his last Mexican restaurant, Mike Isabella tries it again with Pepita in Arlington. [WCP]



Rolling Stone editor resigns; Attempted rape in Arlington’s Courthouse leads to manhunt

By Cameron Mellin

Hunter who killed Cecil the Lion issues apology to dental practice patients, protests continue outside River Bluff Dental
(BBC)

University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in shooting of unarmed man during traffic stop
(The Washington Post)

Rare blue moon will come Friday evening, July 31, the first since August 2012
(CNN)

Editor who oversaw Rolling Stone’s UVA rape story resigns
(The Washington Post)

Attempted sexual assault in Arlington’s Courthouse neighborhood leads to manhunt
(WJLA)

 



5 extreme sporting events for the adrenaline junkie in you

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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Photo courtesy of Ammit Jack/shutterstock.com

By Grace Ann Brew

We’ve all fallen into the Netflix trap. 15 …14 …13 …The clock ticks as the play button lures your cursor in like a siren call. What started out as a 45-minute break turns into a sleepless night of watching the entire third season of “Orange is the New Black.”

While we all love catching up on the latest prison drama, it’s time to break the endless cycle of lethargy and make your summer one to remember. Press “pause” on your computer screens and “play” on your life to speed, shoot and soar your way through July and August with these local extreme sporting events.

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Social media scout: 3 food deals (plus one cooking contest) for this week

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Photo By Joshua Resnick / Shutterstock.com

Photo By Joshua Resnick / Shutterstock.com

By Mia Finley

We’re plugged in with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram updates, so why not take advantage of restaurants offering local deals via social media? 

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