Posted on August 11, 2020 by Warren Duffie
The world is changing rapidly right now, and the constant onslaught of news might be making it hard for you to unwind—especially if your home has suddenly become your workspace, too. One surefire way to recharge is to watch some good, old-fashioned mindless TV. Here are a few solid options to stream.
An oldie but a goodie, Arrested Development was one of the first TV shows to pioneer the faux-documentary style. It put the approach to good use with a cast of offbeat, reliably selfish characters and an all-knowing narrator who’s mastered the tongue-in-cheek commentary. Although the show only has three original seasons, Netflix recently revived it so you can keep the streaming going for a full five seasons.
You’ve never seen a baking show quite like this one. Instead of sourcing its talent from a pool of top pastry chefs, Nailed It invites amateur bakers to come and show off their skills. They’re tasked with impossibly complicated baking projects, which they need to recreate in absurdly short amounts of time, and the results are hilarious. The commentary from the panel—which includes professional comedian Nicole Byers, a famed French chef, and a rotating celeb guest—only makes the baking competition that much more enjoyable.
Always Be My Maybe
This Netflix original comedy was released last year to acclaim from critics and audiences alike, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, now’s the time to tune it. It follows the story of a pair of childhood friends—one now a celebrity chef, the other content to live with his parents and pursue a floundering music career. Spoiler alert: they fall (back) in love, and Keanu Reeves also shows up.
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This summer, consider making time to enjoy the flavors of Spain at Reston’s own Barcelona Wine Bar. This popular restaurant specializes in shareable tapas dishes, like eggplant caponata, spiced beef empanadas, and chorizo with sweet and sour figs. Choose several for everyone to share, as well as a larger main dish (chicken pimientos with lemon and hot cherry peppers is a popular option, as is the spicy seafood paella mariscos).
Want to keep it simple? Go for the chef’s choice charcuterie platter with a whole roasted branzino. Looking to feed the whole family? Keep in mind that Barcelona Wine Bar also has a kids’ menu, so the little ones can enjoy an order of crispy chicken fingers while you savor a bowl of mussels in white wine sauce. And, of course, be sure that you chose a bottle of one of the Spanish wines this place is best known for (see the full list online). Take-out and delivery are both available.
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‘Tis the season for all the cold treats, and that means it’s time for gelato! This creamy, Italian version of ice cream is served up fresh and close to home at Pitango Gelato in Reston Town Center. Locally owned and family-operated, this spot was inspired by the owner’s childhood in Italy, where his days were spent sampling all the gelato in the town of Trieste.
The real highlight and difference between Pitango Gelato and any other shop is the freshness. The shop doesn’t use any artificial ingredients or preservatives, and you can taste the difference in every bite. Serving up both gelato and sorbet, they use a partnership with a farm in Pennsylvania to get fresh grass-fed milk, eggs, and fruit that are used to craft each batch.
Another unique feature? The creative flavors! They don’t stop at the standard chocolate or vanilla. Gelato flavor features that are loved by all the regulars include cardamom, black tea, and black sesame. Sorbet favorites are minty mojito and sur del lago, which is made from cacao beans. Each batch they make is uniquely crafted with the customer experience (and taste buds) in mind. It’s a delightful way to ring in the summer season. Head to the shop for your contactless pickup this weekend!
Held Saturday, September 14, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the event is open to professional artists, amateur artists, businesses, families, and kids of all ages.
ChalkFest is one of the area’s most unique and fun events, attracting a diverse, motivated audience and promoting public art in Reston. Participants are invited to show off their creativity and craft chalk drawings on Market Street, in the heart of the Reston Town Center.
The festival draws a wide range of participants and even larger group of visitors to witness their amazing talent.
ChalkFest will be held rain or shine. Learn more at https://publicartreston.org/engage/events/chalkfest-at-reston-town-center/categories-and-participation-sign-up/.
Start your Thursdays by breaking a sweat and crushing goals! Meet outside of Lululemon at Reston Town Center, at 6 a.m., to join up with a running group.
There will be a run for you, no matter your fitness level or goal—whether you want to train with friends or spice up your current regimen. Come out and get your workout on!
Every Thursday, 6 a.m.
Lululemon at Reston Town Center
11957 Market Street
Looking for a unique, vibrant shopping experience where you can buy fresh seasonal produce and mingle with creative artists and artisans? Then experience the Reston Farmers and Makers Market!
Open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the market features an ever-changing selection of fruits, vegetables, and other products. Indulgences include meats, cheeses, olive oil, honey, and assorted baked goods.
But the market is more than just groceries. It’s also home to dynamic artists creating handmade, vintage, and one-of-a-kind items.
Why not plan an excursion to the Reston Farmers and Makers Market? Enjoy the fine products, bring home some thought-provoking artwork, and possibly make some new friends!
Reston Farmers and Makers Market
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reston Town Center
Who doesn’t love a good pizza? Now, Reston has a new option for pizza fans – &pizza, an “anti-establishment establishment” built on the renown of its creative, oblong-shaped pies and craft beverages.
Select from a tasty menu of signature favorites or craft your own design. No matter what you choose, you’ll love the quick service, great prices, and incredible ingredients. Stop by today!
1826 Library Street
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
(Photo: Reston Museum/Facebook/DavidMadisonPhotography.com)
Today, Reston is celebrated as one of the D.C. area’s most exciting communities – a vibrant hub of technology, commerce, and culture.
However, Reston was a trailblazing locale even when it was created in 1965. As a “New Town” experiment, it was one of America’s first master-planned communities, a haven of equality open to all races, ages, and incomes. Pay tribute to this inspiring legacy and spend some time at the Reston Museum!
Operated by the Reston Historic Trust, the museum is a charming showcase in the Lake Anne Plaza. It offers walking tours, community exhibits, children’s workshops, and displays featuring photos, articles, manuscripts, maps, and architectural models. Local students even compiled an extensive series of oral histories from long-time residents – which have been transcribed, bound, and exhibited in the museum.
The Reston Museum also boasts colorful works for sale by local artists and artisans, including pottery, watercolors, photos, and prints. Be sure to check out this little local gem soon!
Reston Historic Trust & Museum
1639 Washington Plaza
Reston Town Center is a great place to walk your dog – or let your pooch walk you!
Enjoy summertime fun during the Dog Days of Summer, held every Wednesday through September 26. Canines and their humans can frolic in the Pavilion as it is transformed into an off-leash play area. You and your doggie can enjoy treats, toys, areas to cool off, pet-friendly giveaways, and more!
The Dog Days of Summer is free and sponsored by Healthy Hound Playground and Grooming Salon & Spa.
Dog Days of Summer
Every Wednesday through September 26
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Are you a cycling enthusiast? Then you’ll love the 35th Annual Reston Century Bike Tour, held August 27 from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.!
Riders can select 33-, 66-, or 105-mile routes. There also will be a post-ride party with food and music for participating cyclists. The race starting point will be at the Pavilion & W&OD Trail. Rain or shine. Learn more or register at https://restonbikeclub.org/page-1860707.