How to Get the Most Out of Your Winter Workouts

Posted on January 14, 2021 by Warren Duffie

Working out in the warm months was pretty easy, even with gym closures and other restrictions. The great outdoors always beckoned with sunshine and balmy breezes, inviting you to go for a run or maybe join an outdoor fitness class. But with the colder temperatures moving in, staying active has become more challenging. Here are a few ways you can do it anyway—and keep those resolutions.

  1. Head outside (just bundle up first). Fresh-air workouts are still an option, you’ll just have to spend a little extra time getting ready. Bundle up in weather-appropriate, reflective gear before you head out, like these top-rated items. Don’t forget sweat-wicking pants and layered tops in synthetic or wool materials, a warm hat, and gloves, and sunscreen!
  2. Stay hydrated. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you don’t need to stay hydrated. In fact, dehydration is harder to notice when it’s colder out. Be sure to drink water or a sports drink before, during, and after your workout, even if you’re not particularly sweaty or thirsty.
  3. Try online workouts. Online fitness routines are having a real moment right now, and for good reason. With everyone staying at home more, virtual workouts provide a convenient alternative to in-person sweat sessions. Pay a monthly fee to access a large library of workout videos, like BeachBody On Demand, or see if any of your local fitness studios are streaming classes. YouTube also has lots of options for free.
  4. Get into at-home cycling. By now, you’ve probably heard of Peloton and its pricey in-home spin bikes. But did you know that you don’t need to splurge on one in order to access its library of pre-recorded and live-streaming classes? Snag one of these more affordable spin bikes and then subscribe to Peloton’s classes ($39/month) for a full-fledged fitness studio at home.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Over Chocolate Fondue at The Melting Pot in Reston

Posted on by Warren Duffie

Indulge in a delicious, romantic meal this Valentine’s Day at The Melting Pot in Reston. If you’ve never been before, the Melting Pot offers an interactive dining experience. You’ll cook your food right at your table and the dinner offers the chance for you to treat your special someone to a fancy, fun meal.

The pre-fixe, five-course menu is varied and offers something for everyone. The cheese fondue is one of the highlights of the meal — you’ll have the choice between loaded baked potato cheddar cheese fondue and sparkling gruyere fondue, and will receive bread, vegetables, and fruits for dipping.

The cupid’s feast entrée includes high-quality, tender meat like filet mignon, lobster tail, and strip steak that you’ll cook right at your table. For dessert, you’ll receive a champagne toast and your choice of chocolate fondue.

The meal is $80 per person. An ultimate romance package is available for $245 and includes a bottle of champagne, a dozen roses, and rose petals on your table.

Reservations are being accepted from 3 to 11 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Bring a Hearty Appetite to Chi McKorean Fried Chicken, Now Open in Vienna

Posted on by Warren Duffie

KFC should only stand for one thing in your vocabulary, and that should be Korean Fried Chicken. And the place to get it in Vienna is at newly opened Chi McKorean Fried Chicken on Branch Road. This recent location follows popular spots in Alexandria, Annandale, and Chantilly, and offers the same perfectly crispy chicken with soy garlic or spicy sauce. Order your favorite pieces, and have the kitchen give you half and half of each sauce so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Other options on the menu include pork belly buns, bulgogi, and sticky ribs, but no matter what you order, the Korean fried chicken should be what you start with. Get your KFC in a lunch special with kimchi slaw, or on a signature sandwich for under $9.

Even though this location is relatively new, the folks on Yelp have consistently praised the restaurant for its consistent product and great service. Give it a try for yourself to see what all the buzz is about.

Simple Tips to Help You Follow Through on a New Year’s Resolution

Posted on January 21, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Making a New Year’s resolution is easy—sticking to it is a whole lot harder! But with a little perseverance and a whole lot of planning, you can be on your way to making your goals for 2020 a reality, whether you’ve resolved to be more mindful of your budget, you’re seeking to stay active, or something else altogether. Now that January is almost behind us, read on for three tips to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions.

Start small. By breaking your resolution down into smaller, more actionable goals, you can make your overall objective a little less daunting. For instance, if you’ve resolved to save $1,000 by December 2020, consider putting away $83/month or $19.23/week into a savings account. Your weekly successes will help keep you motivated, especially as you see your bank account balance grow.

Buddy up. If you’ve made a resolution to get active this year, enlist a friend or coworker to join you in your goal. Partnering with another person helps keep you accountable; you’ll be less likely to throw in the towel when you know someone else is counting on you for moral support and companionship.

Make a realistic goal. It’s okay for your resolutions to be ambitious, but they shouldn’t be so lofty that you’re setting yourself up for failure. Think of 2020 as the first year of the rest of your life. This year, you’ll be making positive changes that will set the groundwork for your future successes. Making changes to one’s lifestyle or habits should be seen as a marathon, not a sprint!

Introduction to Cobu at The Avant!

Posted on January 17, 2020 by Warren Duffie

We have exciting news for you! We recently partnered with Cobu, a Boston-based real estate tech company that will be customizing a resident app exclusively for our community.  Here’s a quick hello from their team with more news to follow soon.


The Avant Team


Hi there, new friends – we’re Cobu and it’s great to meet you!

It’s our passion and mission to power genuine community in apartment buildings like yours. We love it so much that it’s part of our name; Cobu is short for “Community Builders!” We believe that life is about making meaningful and lasting connections, especially in the places we call home. Potential friendships are all around us, though sometimes we need a little nudge to get the connections started. That’s where Cobu – and our app – comes in!

Explore your passions and discover new interests through our interest groups. Then get to know fellow neighbors who love what you love through online discussions and in-person gatherings. Most importantly, you can become a community champion by creating gatherings – casual and unique in-person experiences – that empower your neighbors to gather.

Stay tuned for more emails including more about our app as well as a quick survey on how we can help you make those connections with your neighbors, building community, and neighborhood. We’re excited to share more soon!

Enjoy a Taste of France at Mon Ami Gabi in Reston

Posted on January 16, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Locals know that Mon Ami Gabi is more than just a spot to enjoy gourmet French fare; it’s a destination for fun events! Spanning cooking classes to happy hour specials, these events are listed on the bistro’s events page, so you can always add something new and fun to your calendar. Case in point: the Big Game Brunch on Super Bowl Sunday, which invites diners to arrive in their favorite football team’s gear. In exchange, you’ll score a gift card good toward a future meal!

Circling back to Mon Ami Gabi’s French-inspired fare, the menus offer a delicious array of food for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Highlights include the roasted salmon, the root vegetable salad, and for dessert, the creme brulee.

Chow Down during DC Restaurant Week!

Posted on January 12, 2019 by

Are you an aspiring gourmet? Does your palate run toward the exotic or innovative? Perhaps you’re looking to expand your culinary horizons. Whether you prefer comfort food or inventive creations, Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week promises an unforgettable gastronomic adventure!

Held January 14-20, and sponsored by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, this delicious event is among the region’s most popular celebrations. More than 250 of the DMV’s finest restaurants offer $22 brunch, three-course lunches for $22, and three-course dinners for $35.

Four of the participating restaurants are located in Reston. These include:

Founding Farmers — As a farmer-owned restaurant, almost all of its delicious food and drink – from freshly baked bread and house-churned butter to craft cocktails with proprietary spirits – are made from scratch, using high-quality ingredients from American family farms. 1904 Reston Metro Plaza Drive;

McCormick & Schmick’s — Located in the Reston Town Center, this popular restaurant features fish and seafood from around the world, served in a traditional decor. 11920 Democracy Drive;

The Melting Pot – Discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and cocktails, and fabulous four-course fondue dinners. 11730 Plaza America Drive;

PassionFish – PassionFish is devoted entirely to the freshest bounty of the world’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and waterways, serving everything from ceviches and cioppino to lobster rolls and crispy whole fish. 11960 Democracy Drive;

Hungry yet? What are you waiting for? Get more information at

See Sharp, Provocative Artwork at CUT Exhibition!

Posted on January 13, 2017 by

Interested in seeing artwork that will make you think and may even challenge your view of society? Then visit the Greater Reston Arts Center to see CUT, which will be held through Saturday, February 18.

CUT is a free exhibit by six artists that explores scientific themes, the balance of civilization and nature, and spirituality through delicate and precisely crafted paper-cut pieces, animations, immersive installations, and transformative sculpture.

CUT is the final exhibition in a trilogy of shows organized by the center to spotlight labor-intensive, hand-manipulated contemporary artworks made from humble materials traditionally associated with domestic craft. To learn more, call (703) 471-9242 or visit

Be Generous and Donate a Winter Coat!

Posted on January 6, 2017 by

Give yourself a warm, rewarding feeling and help someone less fortunate stay warm this winter!

From January 9-20, the Reston Town Center will accept new or gently used winter coats (in good condition and cleaned) and new hats, gloves, and scarves. The donated items will benefit Cornerstones – a Reston nonprofit organization that provides support and advocacy to those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.

Items will be collected in boxes located in various building lobbies throughout the Reston Town Center, including the lobby of The Avant! For more information about the coat drive, call (703) 579-6720. To learn about Cornerstones and its mission, visit

Experience Aviation Nirvana at the Udvar-Hazy Center!

Posted on January 28, 2016 by

(Photo: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center/Facebook)

Are you an aviation buff? Do you thrill to the roar of a jet engine, or are you fascinated by space travel? Then you’ll adore the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an easy drive from The Avant at Reston Town Center!

Udvar-Hazy is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s annex near Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly. The center boasts two huge hangars (the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar) displaying thousands of captivating aviation and space artifacts — including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the space shuttle Discovery. If you close your eyes, you can imagine these impressive technological wonders taking flight!

The center also showcases the Airbus IMAX® Theater, a popular spot to see big-screen blockbusters like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Other features include the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, which provides a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the surrounding area; the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, where preservation of the National Air and Space Museum’s collections takes place; and a glassed-in mezzanine with an up-close view of restoration projects in progress.

The Udvar-Hazy Center offers daily tours and educational activities for both children and adults — as well as scheduled lectures and events throughout the year. For more information, click here.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
(703) 572-4118