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/.

Spring is here!

Posted on March 28, 2016 by

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Spring has Sprung at Reston Town Center

Reston Town Center is beautiful year round but nothing beats the town center during the spring and summer months. Reston Town Center just finished sodding the park in front of The Avant and are prepping for summer. Check out this view from the Penthouse floor at The Avant!

 

 

 

 

Come Out to the Reston Zoo!

Posted on March 18, 2016 by

Now that the nice weather is here, it’s time to take the family to the Reston Zoo, which opens on Saturday, March 19! Spanning 30 scenic acres, the zoo showcases a thrilling variety of family- and kid-friendly activities.

Go on a safari wagon ride for a majestic view of animals such as antelopes, zebras, buffalo, watusi, ostriches, and camels. Enjoy feeding and petting sheep, goats, pigs, llamas, and rabbits at the petting zoo. Get eye to eye with snakes, frogs, turtles, baby alligators, and even a spider or two at the reptile house. Or check out the zoo’s whimsical budgie aviary or take a spin on a classic carousel.

You’re sure to have an unforgettable day filled with fun and delightful animals!

Reston Zoo

1228 Hunter Mill Rd.

Vienna, Virginia 22182

(703) 757-6222

http://www.restonzoo.com/

Bozzuto Management Awards

Posted on March 15, 2016 by

 

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The 2016 Bozzuto Management Awards

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, The Avant team attended the 2016 Bozzuto Management Awards. It was a great evening of celebration! The Avant was nominated for the following awards: “Mixed Use Property of the Year,” our property manager, Catie Roberts, was nominated for “Property Manager of the Year” and our assistant property manager, Peter Brosnan, was nominated for the “Rising Star Award.” 

Congratulations to all of the Bozzuto properties on their nominations and awards!