Posts Tagged ‘Arlington’

2015 Best of Family: Get outside and get into nature centers

Photo courtesy of panco971/

Photo courtesy of panco971/

By Micaela Williamson

Summer might be over, but there are always options for outdoor play in NoVA. Now is the time to take advantage of the great outdoors before days get short. With trails, animal encounters and environmental-focused family programs, budding naturalists will enjoy spending time at these nature centers.

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Northern Virginia in the raw

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Beef tartare at Restaurant Eve

Beef tartare at Restaurant Eve (photo by Laura Hayes)

Northern Virginia’s cornucopia of ethnic cuisine means opportunities to try food from far corners of the globe with just a few minutes spent behind the wheel. Take raw beef dishes, for example. Nearly ever culture embraces their inner carnivore and serves beef (or lamb) rare. Here’s where to try takes from France, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Vietnam and Korea.

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Republican candidate coming to Sterling; Speaker John Boehner to resign from Congress

By Nelia Dashiell

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson appearance in Sterling Sunday.
[Loudoun Times]

Speaker John Boehner will resign from Congress at the end of October.
[New York Times]

Seattle college students killed in duck-boat crash.
[Washington Post]

More trailer classrooms to be used in North Arlington middle schools.

Shop Spotlight: La Maison Home & Gifts

Photo by Aaron Spicer

Photo by Aaron Spicer

Aesthetic:  Your nose is greeted by the scent of French lavender pouches and burning rosemary and fennel candles by Paddywax, one of the store’s best-selling brands. The narrow shop, softly lit by the display window and a few lamps, is both cozy and neat. Owner Jeeun Friel hopes to make guests feel at home. “Instead of ‘hi,’ we say ‘welcome,’” she explains.


Photo by Aaron Spicer

Product spread:  Necklaces and bracelets by local vendors such as Ruth Barzel drape vintage furniture pieces, which Friel refurbishes herself and coats with homemade chalk paint for a modern touch. Nearly everything in the shop is for sale, including wall art by Arlington-based Martine Graff and Nancy Carter.

Extra services:  In addition to curating housewares, Friel finds joy in helping others. The shop boasts Bows for Bridget, with proceeds going to the Autism Foundation, and Chavez for Charity, a colorful bracelet line which donates to a different cause for each hue. Friel also hosted a benefit auction for the Key School in spring of 2013 and hopes to have more events like these in the future.

Clientele:  The shop mainly sees women in their 30s and 40s looking to revamp their decor, as well as holiday shoppers looking for gifts for their wives, mothers and friends. Friel aims to make her furniture pieces affordable for young couples who may be moving into their first home. “I only pick things I would want for myself,” she says.

Wallet wonders:  One-of-a-kind furniture pieces range from $189 for ottomans and end tables to $1,459 for large china cabinets. Jewelry ranges from $13 to $165, with most pieces between $19 and $49. Prices for vintage housewares vary. Some of the best steals include Pré de Provence quadruple-milled soaps for $7 and Paddywax Mixology candles for $25, $6 cheaper than retail price for some styles.

Photo by Aaron Spicer

Photo by Aaron Spicer

La Maison Home & Gifts
3510 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207

(September 2015)

Willow Restaurant is closing on Sept. 19 after 10 years

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Willow Restaurant

Willow Restaurant will close Sept. 19. / Photo courtesy Willow Restaurant

By Laura Hayes

Willow Restaurant opened its doors in Ballston 10 years ago in September 2005 with the wedding of then business manager now director of operations, Brian Wolken, and its chef and co-owner, Tracy O’Grady. The wedding was even captured in the New York Times. Wolken says his nuptials will remain his most treasured memory because it set the tone. “I just keep coming back to it because of what it represents,” he says. “Willow became a starting point for a lot of people’s biggest moments in life: We’ve hosted weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, and I can’t help but think that’s why we became who we are.”

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Get outside and get into nature centers

Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 4th, 2015

Photo courtesy of panco971/

Photo courtesy of panco971/

By Micaela Williamson

Summer might be over, but there are always options for outdoor play in NoVA. Now is the time to take advantage of the great outdoors before days get short. With trails, animal encounters and environmental-focused family programs, budding naturalists will enjoy spending time at these nature centers.

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Rice and Bright Lights at SER

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


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


Photo courtesy of bhathaway/

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. 

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.

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]

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