Savor the Flavors of Spain at Barcelona Wine Bar

Posted on August 11, 2020 by Warren Duffie

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.

 

We All Scream For…Gelato

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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!

How to Make Your Apartment Feel Like a Summer Oasis

Posted on July 16, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Summer has arrived! That means fresh, local food at the farmers’ market, warm walks in the park, and maybe even a picnic or two. It also means you should start thinking about freshening up the decor in your apartment. Here are a few simple decorating ideas to help you welcome summer into your abode.

Fresh citrus fruits and herbs galore
Love the fresh produce that pops up locally every summer? You can actually incorporate it into your decor. For instance, a cute planter full of fresh basil or mint would make the perfect centerpiece for your dining room table. A bowl filled with lemons and limes would also make a colorful statement!

Printed pillows
One of the easiest things to change up at home are your throw pillows. For summer, consider going with bright, bold patterns in the shades you associate with summer. Yellow chevron; orange checks; bright green gingham. You can also play around with nature prints—maybe lemons to match the bowl on your table!

Nature-inspired materials
Take summer as an opportunity to bring different textures into your space. Maybe a jute rug, a few pieces of wicker furniture, or even just some new houseplants.

A framed map
Dreaming of all the places you’ll be traveling to next summer? For now, satisfy your wanderlust with a physical representation of your travel plans. Frame a map of your favorite vacation destination and hang it in the living room or dining room as a reminder of the fun times to come!

Nautical or beachy accents
In place of your seaside vacation this year, spruce up your space with natural objects and nautical-themed decor like seashells, coral, or throw pillows in lobster or anchor motifs.

Enjoy Alfresco Dining at Kalypso’s Sports Tavern

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Few outdoor dining options in Reston can rival the expansive space that Kalypso’s Sports Tavern offers. The lakefront patio seats about 75 people, and offers gorgeous views of the water while you take advantage of a safer, distanced dining experience. Plus, there is just something special about enjoying the restaurant’s Mediterranean fare while you’re sitting right on Lake Anne. Mixed grill platters, gyros, and kebabs taste so authentic that you could imagine you’re at a seaside resort for a mini getaway. Kalypso’s Sports Tavern is also known for a busy events calendar, with practically every day of the week booked with a karaoke session, trivia game night, or free dance lessons.

When you want to eat well and be thoroughly entertained, Kalypso’s Sports Tavern is the place to go. Carryout and curbside pick-up are also available if you’re not ready to dine in. Visit the website to preview the menu, make a reservation, or check the live music calendar.

Tee Off This Summer at The Reston National Golf Course

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Reston National Golf Course sure has everything you want in a championship course: expert design and hole placement courtesy of famed course architect Ed Ault. Quiet trails, challenging traps, and well-kept greens. An on-site driving range and practice facility, plus the grill to grab a quick bite to eat. Reston National Golf Course is practically the only course you need to golf this summer. It’s a favorite for all types of golfers, with its convenient location off the DC Beltway on the Dulles Loop, and a full 18 holes from the back tees.

If you like to treat a day of golfing like a mini escape from daily life, the Reston National Golf Course is for you. Book a tee time directly from the website, or learn more about how you can become a member of this prestigious facility. Or consider Reston National Golf Course for your next group or corporate outing this summer. The course has the expert staff and impressive greens to make your event a success.

Must-Haves for Your First Warm-Weather Run

Posted on May 23, 2020 by Warren Duffie

With the weather getting warmer and warmer every day, you might be starting to take your workout routine outside on a regular basis. Here’s what you need to stay safe and comfortable while you’re exercising outdoors.

  1. Lightweight, sweat-wicking layers. Since spring bridges the gap between winter and summer, its weather can be somewhat unpredictable in terms of temperature. Make sure you’re ready for whatever awaits you outside by dressing in breathable layers, including a lightweight spring jacket. That way you can simply shed layers if it ends up being a warmer run, but you won’t be left shivering if it’s a little chilly on any given morning. Make sure your layers are sweat-wicking to avoid skin irritation.

  2. A hat or sunglasses. You’ll probably want to enjoy as much of that spring sunshine as possible! But maybe not when it starts to make you squint. Keep the sun off your face by donning a sweat-wicking hat or tossing on a pair of athletic sunglasses. Make sure the glasses fit well so they don’t slide down your nose as you run.

  3. Waterproof sunscreen. Before you put on those glasses, make sure you apply a layer of sunscreen! Even when it’s not particularly hot, your skin can still be damaged by the sun—and who wants to deal with a sunburn before summer even hits? Find a waterproof sunscreen that can withstand sweating, and stick with SPF 30 or higher.

  4. A handheld water bottle or water belt. Staying hydrated is super important any time you exercise, but even more so as the temperatures begin to rise. Make sure you take along plenty of water for your journey! Opt for a handheld water bottle, a CamelBak you carry on your back, or a water belt outfitted with several smaller water flasks.

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Open for Business in Herndon: Green Lizard Cycling

Posted on May 20, 2020 by Warren Duffie

If you’re looking to get into biking this season, but want to go somewhere that provides you with a sense of community, not just a bike, try Green Lizard Cycling. Opened in 2013, the family has created something special. While the bike shop is at the forefront, they also have a cafe and serve icy cold brews in the summer months. According to them, nothing goes better with biking than an ice-cold beer with your friends after a great ride. We don’t think anyone can argue with that, especially when Green Lizard serves up a list of just over 10 stellar craft brews at any time. If coffee is more your jam, you can ride by any day and grab a perfectly brewed cup, with beans roasted by an Alaskan coffee company they discovered while living there. Pair your brew with one of their locally sourced baked goods for the ultimate post-ride pick-me-up.

Now, back to bikes. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for you can schedule a time for them to help fit you based upon your requirements. Their ultimate goal is your happiness, so don’t be afraid to ask questions to get that perfect ride!

Pups Can Roam and Romp at Baron Cameron Dog Park

Posted on May 13, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Has your dog had the zoomies being cooped up in the apartment for a while? Good news, there’s a solution. A trip to the Baron Cameron Dog Park! Bring your furry bestie on a ride and meet some new friends of both the dog and human variety.

The park is located at the intersection of Baron Cameron Drive and Wiehle Avenue with two areas for puppy playtime. One is open for all, whereas the other is for small dogs under 25 pounds who may not want to romp with the big dogs. Both areas are off-leash and have tons of space for running, playing and enjoying the great outdoors. One major perk of the park is how well-maintained it is. The town has dog park volunteers who report maintenance issues in a timely manner for ultimate upkeep, as well as clean up the space daily. It makes for a super enjoyable experience every time!

Open hours are 7:00 a.m. to just before sunset during the week and 8:00 a.m. to just before sunset on the weekends. Time to play!

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?