Add These Apartment-Friendly Houseplants to Your Must-Grow List

Posted on March 5, 2021 by Warren Duffie

Thinking about welcoming a new addition to your household—one with roots and leaves? Plant parenthood can certainly be rewarding, especially when you’re staying home most of the time. If you’re just getting started, here are a few plants that can thrive in your apartment.

 

Jade. This simple succulent with scarlet-tinged leaves barely needs to be watered, which is a big plus, and can weather direct sunlight. So, if you have a sunny spot in your home and the time to water them once every two weeks, chances are you’ll be able to keep a jade plant happy.

Spider plant. Named for the branches that web out like the legs of a spider, this variegated plant is easy to hang. That’s why apartment-dwellers tend to love it—in addition to the fact that it doesn’t require frequent watering, and it grows well in low light. And one more bonus: it also cleans the air!

Bird’s nest fern. Whereas most ferns can only thrive in high levels of humidity, the bird’s nest fern is different. It’s happy in an average amount of humidity and very little light, so it’s much easier to grow in an apartment than some of its counterparts.

 

Best Indoor Plants for the Smallest of Spaces [Apartment Therapy]

The 30 Best Indoor Plants for Apartments to Buy Online [Elle Decor]

The 11 Best Houseplants for Apartments [The Spruce]

Chow Down on Fusion-Inspired Tacos at Tiki Thai’s

Posted on by Warren Duffie

Tiki Thai’s Thai-style tacos are now easier to get your hands on than ever before. Although the restaurant has reopened for dine-in, you can also get anything on the menu delivered or brought out to you for curbside pickup. That includes, of course, the signature fusion tacos!

 

If you like spicy food, order the Thai steak taco. The chef embellishes grilled flank steak with a mix of fiery Thai herbs and then tucks it inside of a roti pastry with guacamole and lime crema. Another spicy option is the larb gai taco, which features the same ingredients, but with chicken in place of steak. You can also order the tacos with tofu or crispy shrimp—the latter version features Sriracha mayo. The tacos represent just a small portion of the menu, however, which showcases a full slate of Thai cuisine, from lamb lollipops to spicy stir-fry. You can even grab a specialty cocktail to-go!

What’s Your Favorite Find at the Trader Joe’s in Reston?

Posted on by Warren Duffie

If you haven’t changed up your grocery shopping at least once a month to stock up on all the fun Trader Joe’s finds, you’re missing out. Not only is their frozen food delicious, but their snacks are next-level tasty, and you won’t find them in just your average grocery store.

 

Let’s start off with the must-try frozen eats. For the vegetarians in the group, the cauliflower gnocchi is a game changer when you want something indulgent but should eat healthy. Add a little sauce and you’ll feel like you’re at an Italian bistro. If you love Indian food, but have been spending a little bit too much on takeout recently, their frozen chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo, and channa masala frozen entrees are the next best thing to restaurants around town. Pair your meal with the garlic naan for a real Indian food feast. As for snacks, the dill pickle hummus is a treat for your tastebuds. If you prefer sweet treats, try the peanut butter cups or chocolate bars filled with speculoos cookie butter. 

 

We could go on for days, but we will let you discover your favorite items! If you’re lucky, you’ll visit on a day where they’re doing a wine or snack tasting.

Say Farewell to Winter With These Slow-Cooker Recipes

Posted on March 23, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Warmer weather is on the way! And chances are, you’re probably already enjoying the spring sunshine. But there are some good things about winter—like its hearty comfort food. Close out the cold season with these warming dishes.

Crock Pot Chili [Dinners, Dishes and Desserts]
There’s nothing like a big bowl of chili to bring the cozy vibes on a chilly evening. This slow-cooker chili makes use of pantry staples like canned beans and crushed tomatoes, combined with ground beef (or turkey, if you have that on hand). Add everything to the crockpot with spices such as cumin, coriander, and, of course, chili powder, and then simply wait for dinner to be done!

Winter Vegetable Soup [A Beautiful Plate]
Spring may be known for its bounty, but the winter months also bring their fair share of fresh veggies. This colorful soup showcases a medley of them! Carrots, Yukon gold potatoes, and zucchini join forces with celery, onion, and tomatoes to create a hearty soup. Split red lentils add a punch of protein.

Beef and Vegetable Stew [Simple Seasonal]
When all else fails, this classic never will. Tender pieces of beef chuck star in the comfort food dish, alongside supporting players like potatoes, carrots, button mushrooms, and sweet onion. Combine these ingredients with beef broth and a few herbs and spices from your pantry, set the slow cooker, and go about your day until dinnertime.

Fun Facts About the Spring Equinox

Posted on March 18, 2020 by Warren Duffie

If you’ve been looking forward to spring for months, great news: it’s finally here. Or at least, it’s almost here. The Spring Equinox falls tomorrow—earlier than it has in more than 100 years! In the northern part of the world, the equinox can fall any time from March 19th to the 21st, but it’s typically on the 20th or 21st.

What does this mean? Simply that we will start to enjoy longer days even earlier this year. The Spring Equinox is the longest day of the year, when the day and night are just about “equal.” And this happens all across the globe. To celebrate the Spring Equinox, consider rising with the sun tomorrow or push back dinner a bit so you can enjoy the sunset. What are you looking forward to the most about the spring season?

See You at the Starting Line for Reston’s Lucky Leprechaun 5K

Posted on March 1, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Taking place Sunday, March 15, Reston’s Lucky Leprechaun 5K is an activity the whole family can enjoy together. There will be a short kids’ fun run (about 100 yards) at 9 a.m. directly following the 5K race, which begins at 8 a.m. and loops around the Reston Town Center area. All runners will be timed and times will be posted on the race’s website immediately after the race concludes. All participants will receive a Lucky Leprechaun tee shirt and all finishers receive medals. Special awards will be given to several participants in different categories.

After the race music, entertainment and refreshments will be offered to help the runners unwind. There will also be a professional photographer present capturing the event. Runners will be emailed when the photos are posted and they will be able to search their bib numbers for pictures they are featured in. Head to the website now to register, view bib pickup times and locations, and take a look at the course map!

Come Out for the Lucky Leprechaun 5K!

Posted on March 16, 2019 by

Run like you’ve got the luck of the Irish on your side!

On Sunday, March 17, at 8 a.m., participate in the Lucky Leprechaun 5K in the Reston Town Center. The course is on the road and loops around the Town Center area. Runners must complete the 5K within 60 minutes or maintain approximately 19-minute miles.

After the race, enjoy a fun-filled celebration at the finish line. There will be tasty refreshments, great music, and awards.

There also will be a free short (about 100 yards) kids’ fun run at 9 a.m. Registration will take place that morning near the finish line.

The cost to participate in the Lucky Leprechaun 5K is $45. Learn more at http://www.prraces.com/luckyleprechaun/.

A Taste of Northern Virginia Restaurant Week!

Posted on March 14, 2018 by

For yet another year, the culinary excellence of the D.C. outskirts is on full display during Northern Virginia Restaurant Week, held March 19-26! This fun gastronomic event is presented by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association and the Greater Reston, Loudoun, Arlington, and Prince William chambers of commerce.

All you foodies out there will be dazzled by the variety, quality, and creativity of the participating chefs and restaurants. Sample the special Restaurant Week menus of 55 renowned dining spots, including Reston favorites like Mon Ami Gabi and Clyde’s. From casual and international fare to fine dining and innovative cuisine, get ready to enjoy attractive prices for lunch, dinner, and an assortment of specialty food.

To see the full list of participating restaurants, visit http://novarestaurantweek.com/.

Trivia Night at World of Beer!

Posted on March 23, 2017 by

Do you pride yourself on your knowledge of both obscure and obvious facts? Do you know all the answers to Alex’s questions while watching “Jeopardy?” Put your noggin to good use and come out to World of Beer Reston for Trivia Night!

Scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Trivia Night is free to play, with the purchase of drinks or food. Why not show off your mental skills and enjoy good times and people? You might even find some new trivia buddies.

World of Beer Reston

1888 Explorer St.

Reston, Virginia

(571) 375-0847

https://worldofbeer.com/Locations/Reston

A Taste of Northern Virginia Restaurant Week!

Posted on March 17, 2017 by

For yet another year, the culinary excellence of the D.C. outskirts is on full display during Northern Virginia Restaurant Week, held March 20-27! This fun gastronomic event is presented by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association and the Greater Reston, Loudoun, Arlington, and Prince William chambers of commerce.

All you foodies out there will be dazzled by the variety, quality, and creativity of the participating chefs and restaurants. Sample the special Restaurant Week menus of 68 renowned dining spots, including Reston favorites like Mon Ami Gabi and Il Fornaio. From casual and international fare to fine dining and innovative cuisine, get ready to enjoy attractive prices for lunch, dinner, and an assortment of specialty food.

To see the full list of participating restaurants, visit http://novarestaurantweek.com/.