Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Superman is meant to fly. Spider-man is meant to spew cobwebs from his hand. Don Draper is meant to look infuriatingly handsome. And dares are meant to be met, even if the challenge is outrageous, especially for a week night.
My co-worker Mike, the designer of Relish, the food section’s print pages, came with my husband and me to Guajillo Grill in Arlington. In the middle of the menu, boxed in red, we stared at the description for El Cachudo:
“We challenge you to take on the BIGGEST, BADDEST & HOTTEST burro de la casa. Get 4 types of meat, rice, beans & yummy voo-doo salsa. If you finish it, it’s on us!”
Mike looked at the menu. He saw his calling.
He tore through the flour tortilla pulling it to the side of the plate. He dug right into the shredded, identifiable meat. With every bite, the voo-doo salsa became hotter. Mike ate tortilla chips in between bites to cool his burning tongue.
Mike did not finish the burrito. El Cachudo won.
Posted by Ryan Cornell / Monday, May 20th, 2013
What do kids know about issues like homophobia or capitalism? Apparently enough to write plays about them. These themes are just two of the 30 featured in “Write to Dream,” a collection of plays written by elementary, middle and high school students—including four from Arlington—and published by the non-profit Young Playwrights’ Theater. The theater’s first book in its 17 years of serving the metro area, “Write to Dream” retails on Amazon for $16.99.
Leesburg Town Council Doubles its Pay; Homeless Shelter Removed in Arlington County; Terrorist-Funding Cigarettes Smuggled from Virginia to New York; Crash Closes I-95 South in Stafford; Residents, National Groups Discuss Gun Laws in McClean
Friday, May 17, 2013
Leesburg Council Unanimously Approves Doubling Its Pay
Homeless Shelter Removed in Arlington County
Authorities Bust 16 in Cigarette Smuggling Ring with Terrorist Ties
Crash Closes I-95 South in Stafford
All Fired up Over Gun Laws
Getting Simon on my sleep schedule is a priority. The first few nights he woke up two to three times during the early morning hours. Now that he is more familiar and comfortable with his surroundings he’s sleeping throughout the night. Next, keeping him in my sister’s spacious bathroom while we’re away works for all of us; he has natural light and plenty of space to roam. Thankfully, his bathroom habits have also improved (with a little help from the newspaper)!
Simon and I met up with a group of friends who brought their dog, Bella, on Wednesday for happy hour at Fire Works Pizza and Velocity Five in Arlington. Since I am spontaneous and social, it’s nice to know that he is adaptable and can handle social events.
I often wonder about his former owners and the environment in which he previously lived since I would like to understand him better. (Sounds like a relationship.) He has much more personality and energy than the dog I met at the adoption event. Simon is a leaper, jumper and a tireless stair-climber. I can only guess he was in a loveless relationship at one time and is ready for stability and consistency. Final Analysis: We are compatible as we navigate our way through the unknown, one paw at a time.
Posted by Octavia Silva / Thursday, May 16th, 2013
There’s a new sandwich shop coming to Arlington and it’ll have you asking yourself a very important culinary question: “Which Wich?” The options are vast and the combinations endless, but no matter what you pick, the quality ingredients and pleasant atmosphere will leave a lasting impression on more than just your taste buds.
Dominion Virginia Power Considers Rate Increase; Arlington Cemetery, Manassas Battlefield Among Virginia Endangered Sites; Green Card Lottery, a Ticket to Hope for Many, Could Be Eliminated; Virginia Promoting Farmers’ Markets with New Punch Cards; Veterans Honored at Hillsboro Cemetery; Bob McDonnell to Sign Transportation Tax Hikes with Fanfare
May 13, 2013
Dominion Virginia Power Considers Rate Increase
Arlington Cemetery, Manassas Battlefield Among Virginia Endangered Sites
Green Card Lottery, a Ticket to Hope for Many, Could Be Eliminated
Virginia Promoting Farmers’ Markets with New Punch Cards
Veterans Honored at Hillsboro Cemetery
Bob McDonnell to Sign Transportation Tax Hikes with Fanfare
(Compiled by David Schuller)
Lightning Strike House Fire; Fairfax Plans Buses to Silver Line; Argument Between Neighbors Turns to Stabbing; Active Shooter Exercise at Quantico; Assault Charges Dropped Against Former Miss Virginia
May 10, 2013
Lightning Strike Causes Aldie House Fire
In Lieu of Parking, Fairfax Plans Buses to Silver Line
Argument Between Arlington Neighbors Turns to Stabbing
Active Shooter to Test Quantico Emergency Responders
Assault Charges Dropped Against Former Miss Virginia
Posted by Octavia Silva / Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Arlington County is offering a FREE three day weekend Firefighting Camp for girls. It includes physical training, fire and EMS simulations. The idea is for young girls to get a taste of what firefighters and EMT’s regularly experience on their journeys to protect their community. Camp includes overnight stays at Marymount University. Applications will be accepted until May 17. All application details can be found on the website.
D.C. Council Member Wants Redskins to Change Name; Virginia Considers Raising Speed Limit on Beltway Express Lanes; Va. Man Faces June Sentencing in Rail Wire Thefts; Arlington Fires One Worker, Disciplines Others for Opening Bank Accounts for Program; Northern Virginia Golf Courses Offer Discount to Furloughed Workers
May 1, 2013
D.C. Council Member Wants Redskins to Change Name
Virginia Considers Raising Speed Limit on Beltway Express Lanes
Va. Man Faces June Sentencing in Rail Wire Thefts
Arlington Fires One Worker, Disciplines Others for Opening Bank Accounts for Program
Northern Virginia Golf Courses Offer Discount to Furloughed Workers
(Complied by David Schuller)
Posted by Jasmine Lee / Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Arlington native and acclaimed soprano Alyson Cambridge discovered her voice by imitating opera singers as a child. Now in her early 30s, the self-proclaimed “hometown girl” returns to NoVA for the Washington National Opera’s production of the racially charged musical “Show Boat.” Cambridge, who stars as mixed-race singer Julie LaVerne, talks opera, community and how to make it in the demanding world of show business.
By Jasmine Lee
Q: How did growing up in NoVA influence your passion for the arts?
A: “The Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area has an extremely rich cultural, musical and artistic scene that I was able to take advantage of from a very early age. I went to my first opera when I was 12. … I had wonderful [voice] teachers at the Levine School [in Georgetown]. … There’s so much talent in [the area], so as a young student, there are a lot of people to learn from.”