Join Ruckus DC
on September 28 at the Prince William County Fair Grounds for an obstacle race which has been described as everything from "the ultimate family adventure," to "the #1 obstacle race under 10k." Experience an environment that is challenging, rewarding and fun. Come run Ruckus DC
for yourself or enjoy the kids obstacle race! Mini Ruckus is an awesome way to get your kids involved in obstacle race fun.
The perfect family event and obstacle race for kids: "The kids loved the Mini Ruckus obstacle race and can't wait to do it again!"
Wildly popular and unparalleled in the industry, the Mini Ruckus is a hit with kids as young as 2 and built for up to age 10. Kids 11-13 are welcome to participate.
With parents participating in the adult course and kids running the mini obstacle race, families can have a shared experience.
All Kids Mini Ruckus obstacle race participants receive a T-shirt, Race Bib and Medal. The Mini Ruckus is $20 for unlimited waves.
DONATE YOUR SHOES POST-RACE Ruckus Sports is excited to partner with Barrel Aid to provide shoes to children and teens in need. Barrel Aid will collect your muddy shoes post-event, clean them and ship them to Mission-Haiti’s schools in the mountains around Ti-Rivier, Haiti with all of the remaining shoes going to children and teens in need in the Dakota area. Barrel Aid supplies clean shoes, fresh water, food, schooling and hope for over 1,600 children in Southern Haiti where no other groups are serving and the need is extremely urgent.
RUCKUS DC TEAM CHALLENGE
Think your team has what it takes? Check out our new team challenges:
The three teams with the most members get to show off their team size with a 10' x 10' space at the event to set up their own tent or rent a tent.Best Team Spirit:
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and/or tag Ruckus on Instagram @RuckusSports
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Pisco Sour: Pisco, lime, and egg whites.
Saturday night we made plans to have a dinner date at Don Churro Cafe in Chantilly
. I had heard really great things about this little Peruvian/Ecuadorian/Bolivian-inspired spot, so I was thrilled when the Don Churro team invited me out to sample the menu.
When I think of food from Latin-American countries, I automatically assume that everything will be covered in enchilada sauce and cheese - served with a dish of sour cream, pico de gallo, and guac on the side... was I ever wrong. I didn't actually order anything off of the menu because I wasn't sure what to try first. I let the chef send out some items that best represented the menu. Good thing I did, because I doubt that I would have tried any of the items outside of my comfort zone. Check out some of our dishes in the pictures below.
There is obviously a reason this family-run restaurant was named 2013 Diner's Choice by OpenTable.com
- the food was outstanding and the presentation was beautiful. And the drinks... YUM. Definitely go for the Pisco Sour and let your mouth be happy.
Ceviche de Pescado Preuano: white fish marinated in lime juice. served with sweet potato, corn and red onions.
Empanada Chilena: filled with seasoned ground beef mixed with olives, raisins, onions, and eggs.
Causa de Pollo: Peruvian appetizers made with layers of mashed potatoes mixed with aji amarillo, chicken mixed with mayo, and avacado.
Silpancho: Breaded steak served over white rice and french fries with two eggs over easy. Topped with fresh diced onions, tomatoes, and jalapenos.
Maracuya Sour: perfect blend of Pisco, passion fruit and egg whites.
Churros Rellenos: Churros filled with Dulce de Leche.
*Thank you to the Don Churro team for inviting me out for a complimentary sampling of the menu!
To celebrate the start of Redskin’s season, BGR
is hosting a family-friendly tailgate party on Monday, August 19. Guests will enjoy live music, outdoor games, half-priced beer and BGR-branded giveaways during tailgate hours from 5 to 8 p.m.
As no tailgate is complete without great food, attendees will get a variety of complimentary gourmet toppings to customize their very own LEGEND burger. All guests wearing Redskins gear will receive a $5 gift card and have a chance to win tickets to an upcoming Redskins game.
Event Details: Monday, August 19 from 5:00-8:00 pm @ BGR Outdoor Patio
, Cascades Marketplace Shopping Center, 46230 Cranston Street Sterling, VA 20165. Call for more info: 703-444-4646.
1. Enjoy a Brewery Beer Tasting: Capitol City Brewing Company
, Mad Fox Brewing Company
, Sweetwater Tavern
, Dogfish Head Alehouse
, Lost Rhino Brewery
, Gordon Biersch
2. A macho guy's dream date: Blue Ridge Arsenal
followed by a steakhouse with Guinness on tap.
3. Grab charcuterie/cheeses to go from Red Apron Butcher
and relax in Strawberry Park
while watching the Epic Mosaic concert of the week
– you could even cap it off with a unique movie experience in Angelika
4. Split the mussels and an entree at Cock & Bowl
& try a new Belgian beer. Then have a Belgian waffle for dessert.
5. Let him be a pilot for a day and arrange a flight lesson at Freeway Aviation
. Pack a picnic to share afterwards. (We did this for Father’s Day – it was awesome!)
6. Monuments by Moonlight Tour
7. From Old Town Alexandria, take a boat ride across the river to catch a Nationals Game.
8. Walk through Clifton and read the historical markers along Main St. Have dinner at the Clifton General Store
followed by drinks at Trummer’s on Main
9. Dinner at J&G Steakhouse
at the W Hotel in DC followed by dancing and drinks at the rooftop POV Lounge and Terrace
10. Join the weekly New Balance run together
on Thursday night or hike Great Falls National Park
11. Taste and tour the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition: Catocin Creek Distillers
12. Get your swing on at Top Golf
13. Comedy club and then Czech pilsner and sandwiches at Lost Dog in McLean
14. Dinner at Iron Bridge Wine Company
in Old Town Warrenton. Afterwards, walk over to Molly's Irish Pub
for beer and listen to the band play. And then walk down to Claire's at the Depot
for coffee and dessert.
15. Visit Old Town Alexandria for a walk along the river followed by cocktails at Chart House
16. Arlington Drafthouse
for dinner, drinks, and a movie.
17. Adult Go Karting
– no kids allowed!
18. Take a short trip over to Shepherdstown, WV. Stay the night and have dinner at the Bavarian Inn
where the meals are hearty and the wine and beer list robust!
19. Dinner at District Chophouse and Brewery
...then a midnight tour at the Crime and Punishment Museum
in DC. The best way to experience a museum with your date: handcuffs!
20. Metro down to the Verizon Center to catch a sports game. Afterwards, take a quiet walk to either Fogo de Chao
21. Take a trip over to The Organic Butcher
in McLean and then prepare a meal at home together.
22. Pack a picnic and walking shoes, and head to the base of Reagan National Airport to Gravelly Point Park
. Lay on a blanket by the Potomac River and watch the planes take off/land right above you.
23. Atlas Arcade in DC
: Old school arcade games, 80s music and movies playing, and a bar.
24. One word: Chima
25. Nosh on the Fried Chicken while enjoying the art and poetry at Busboys and Poets
26. Hop on his motorcycle and take a ride through the countryside to Middleburg, VA. Enjoy drinks outside at the Red Horse Tavern
or a fancy meal at Red Fox Inn
27. Cozy up at the Illy Espresso Bar
or at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Or, stop by on Thursdays for the fresh sushi bar at Entyse Wine Bar and Lounge
28. Take a CulinAerie
cooking class together.
29. If he’s the outdoor type, surprise him with a daytrip to Bass Pro Shop
in Ashland, VA. Have lunch at Islamorada Fishing Company
. For dessert, enjoy a treat from the fudge shop.
30. Go fishing at Riverbend Park
. You can rent a fishing pole and a row boat right at the park. All you have to do is show up!This list was compiled with the help of some of my lovely readers. If you have a date night idea for him that's not on this list, please share in the comments below!
I always give away goodies for the ladies -- but this time, it's for him
(or, for you to give to him!). Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club
- just minutes from Interstate 66 at Route 29 in Gainesville, Virginia - boasts an 18-hole championship private golf course surrounded by 750 acres of peaceful rolling hills and natural landscape.
Designed by the renowned architect Arthur Hills, the distinctive layout offers members and their guests an experience like none other in Northern Virginia. For more information, visit: www.heritagehuntgolf.com. Enter to win below!
Whenever it's my birthday, Christmas or Mother's Day and someone asks me "What do you want?" I never, EVER have a good answer. And when I do give an answer, it's usually not something that I actually want. I almost feel hopeless when I go on the search for Father's Day gifts. If I can't think of something that I want to gift to myself - my ideas to gift others are pretty much hopeless. I do way better at finding things to do
rather than things to give.
While browsing the internet for gift ideas, I was recently introduced to the "Discover Button
" on the Sweet Relish
web site. By clicking the Discover Button, Sweet Relish will help you find easy gift ideas to add to your shopping list. In one click, you can learn about a new company, brand, and product and then click the Discover button and a new brand will appear.
I found some really neat products that I probably would have never discovered before (pun intended). What's really cool is that I acutally found things that were not Made in China - like this Baberaham Lincoln beer/beverage insulator from Freaker.
Made in the Freakin' USA and shipped with a personalized love note - who can beat that? Plus, I'm a sucker for clever marketing.
Check out the Discover button and let me know what you find. You might find something for him - but even better, for yourself! :)
*sponsored content provided by Sweet Relish. All opinions are my own.
I have a lot of things to say in this post - so just one title doesn't seem to do it justice.
Last weekend, I was quite envious of one of my neighbors' smoked chicken BBQ. So my other neighbor, Justin, and I decided we'd try our own luck at smoking some proteins since we're both pretty enamored by food.
We made smoked chicken drumsticks, beef brisket, and a pork shoulder. I had the chicken drumsticks in a brine overnight. I gave all three meats a generous coating of the Pork Barrell BBQ Dry Rub
that I found at Costco.
I have never actually brined anything myself. Hell, I've never even cooked meat with a bone in it until Saturday's drumsticks. I googled every single recipe for the "best chicken brine" ever - and I couldn't quite figure out what would work for me. So what did I do? Made it up, of course.
What you'll need:
1 gallon cold water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup kosher salt
10 gallon ziploc bag
1. Whisk salt and sugar into water until it starts to dissolve.
2. Pour brine into ziploc bag. I also added a good helping of my dry rub into the bag.
3. Add chicken (I always rinse my chicken first before cooking - you don't need to wash the chicken with soap as seen on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 2
).4. Leave in brine overnight - or at least a minimum of 2 hours.
After letting the chicken smoke for 2.5 hours, it was the most tender, juicy, flavorful deliciousness that I've ever made. The skin gets kinda rubbery in the smoker, so we dipped them in the deep fryer for 3 minutes afterwards. PERFECTION.
I seriously don't know why I don't brine every time I cook chicken - it made a world of difference.
Check out the final product:
And here's the BBQ Beef Brisket after 8 hours in the smoker:
Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the finished pork shoulder. It took about 12 hours - and by the time it was done - I had enjoyed a few drinks with the neighbors and forgot about taking pics.
If you have any great BBQ recipes, tips, or tricks - please share in the comments below!
Is there anything better than celebrating your parents' 30th wedding anniversary? How about celebrating it with roulette, exotic cuisine, and dragon fire in your martini glass? That's what I call a celebration!
My brother, parents, and I hit up Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
on Friday for a night out on the town. Only 50ish miles away, the drive was not too bad on a typically-horrendous Friday rush hour. I kinda-sorta wasn't feeling so lucky. My brother, on the other hand, is eternally lucky. He wins, and he wins often. He spent the entire car ride psyching me up and trying to get the luck flowing through my veins.
I was a rookie at roulette. My brother's enthusiasm worked... for a short while. Before I knew it, he was up $700 and I was still placing $15 bets just trying to break even. In my non-casino life, I live by the motto "go big or go home" - so I figured "why change now?" and I started playing like a high roller and betting $100 chips. That worked three times until I was wiped out - completely. I'm not sure if he felt sorry for me (or just because he loves me so much), but my sweet sweet father then let me play with his chips - which I also promptly lost to the house. And I hadn't even started drinking yet... Meanwhile, my mom was playing a PENNY slot machine and somehow managed to turn $5 into $75.
We decided it was time to eat and headed over to 9 Dragons
- the space is newly renovated and boasts an updated menu of authentic Hong Kong-style cuisine and a selection of fresh sushi. The decor of the restaurant was so beautiful with deep reds and dark woods. Honestly, and I don't mean this in a bad way, it didn't even feel like we were in West Virginia.
If you go to check out 9 Dragons - you'd probably be set ordering from their specialty cocktails (I suggest the Drunken Dragon) and sushi menu. Since we were out celebrating a special occasion, we went ALL out. The service, presentation, and quality was extraordinary. I recommend the Wonton Soup, Hot Mama (spciy tuna, jalepeno) roll, and... well, everything else. Our waitress, Li Ling, took excellent care of us. Although 9 Dragons didn't offer dessert, we mentioned my parents' 30th and she said she'd get us a special surprise. Her surprise came in the form of a jumbo slice of fresh cheesecake made at The Final Cut Steakhouse. She literally walked across the casino to another restaurant to get us the best dessert in the building! Totally blew my expectations - and kinda made me forget that I had just lost $250 on the tables down the hall! Win or lose, it was a fantastic night out with the family! Happy anniversary, Mom & Dad!
*Special thanks to 9 Dragons for inviting us in to taste the menu!
Featuring our own Barleywines as well as the best barleywines brewed by our favorite breweries. Beers will rotate through the festival on draught and cask, while they last. Serving sizes are 4 oz. sample glasses. No admission cost, price per serving.
February 23rd 11AM-Midnight
February 24th 10AM-11PM
Beer List updated with 30 Barleywines already on hand! More information on sessions and tasting notes, when available, on our Mad Fox Barleywine Festival 2013 Session page
Watch the Har-Bowl at Capitol City Brewing Company! On Super Bowl Sunday, join Capitol City Brewing Company as the world watches the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers for the National Football League’s Vince Lombardi Trophy. Both locations will host a festive Super Bowl Party that’s fit for any fan base or champion team. Watch the AFC and NFC champions duke it out for the title on the multiple large flat screen TVs placed throughout the bar and restaurant areas. In addition, Capitol City’s Shirlington Village location in Arlington, VA will extend happy hour prices until the final snap is taken that includes $3.50 beer pints and $5 on select appetizers.
Food and drink specials begin at 4:00 p.m. and are available until the end of the game. If a customer dons a Ravens or 49ers jersey, they will receive a free order of six-piece wings along with the purchase of an entrée of $12 or more.
For more information on Capitol City Brewing Company please visit: www.capcitybrew.com