Last week, I was invited into the new Bonefish Grill to check out their new location in Woodbridge. I took my mom and B and we just happened to show up on #TuesdayTales. The award-winning, polished casual restaurant brings its wood-grilled fish, seafood and steaks, innovative sauces and indulgent desserts to the area’s top dining and shopping destination. Coupling great-tasting food with a welcoming bar that features an array of “bar-fresh” cocktails, extensive craft beer selections, and an adventurous wine list.
About Bonefish Grill Woodbridge:
Lunch will be served in the Potomac Mills restaurant and will be offered from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, featuring a variety of mix and match entrée salads and soup & salad lunch combinations, starting at $6.90. Additional new lunch menu items like the Lily’s chicken wrap with goat cheese and artichoke pesto, will appear alongside Bonefish Grill tried and true favorites like the American Kobe Burger and the Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos.
Potomac Mills will serve Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., when diners can decide between the beloved Traditional Eggs Benedict and other new menu additions including Surf and Turf Eggs Benedict, Huevos Benedictos with crispy corn tortillas and chorizo, and Spinach and Mushroom Eggs Benedict. Other new dishes include the “American Style” Kobe Beef and Egg Burger as well as the Cajun Shrimp Omelet, Garden Fresh Omelet, and Organic Whole Grain Oatmeal. For health-conscious guests, all omelets can be prepared with egg white substitute upon request.
The “fresh fish experts” will tantalize taste buds with signature appetizers and handhelds including Bonefish Grill’s famous Bang Bang Shrimp, Ahi Tuna Sashimi, PEI Mussels Josephine and “American style” Kobe beef burgers.
Guests can choose simply-grilled fish with a choice of four signature sauces or truly indulge with market-fresh specials to offer guests a variety of seasonal flavors and selections from around the world. Happy Hour drink and food specials run Sunday – Thursday from 4 – 6:30 p.m.
The restaurant is open for dinner seven nights a week: Monday through Thursday, from 4 – 10:30 p.m., 4 – 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Now available in Potomac Mills, guests can conveniently make a reservation through Bonefish Grill’s new online reservation system. With a few simple clicks, guests can book their polished-casual experience online at www.bonefishgrill.com/PotomacMills
or by calling (703) 490-3693
. Reservations are recommended but not required, and walk-in guests are always welcome.
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Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to be invited to The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner to participate in their Stay, Play and Write campaign. My mom and her girlfriends were already planning a trip to Tysons Corner Galleria to do some holiday shopping - so I figured it'd be the perfect time to coordinate with them and have a girls getaway. My mom and her friends arrived from Richmond early to get their shop on, so I wasn't surprised when she called to tell me that they had already checked into the room. I was surprised, however, when she said that we had THE RITZ-CARLTON SUITE... like... all 1800+ square feet!
All I could think is that I might be sleeping in the same bed that Harry Styles
The suite greeted us with double doors, a foyer, three bathrooms, king bed, formal dining room with seating for 8, kitchen, and a spacious living room with fireplace. Also -- the suite offers club access to the concierge lounge with 5 food and beverage presentations each day.
I was treated to a seat at the last class in the Fall Epicurean Series on Saturday with the Executive Pastry Chef, Fred. I posted this before, but each Saturday in October, The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner offered opportunities to cook with their team. I actually ran into a nice lady at the cooking lesson who said she was there because she read it on my blog... pretty cool! If they start this series up again in the future, I'll be sure to post the schedule. For now, you can check their calendar of events
for more happenings.
Anyways, the class was 3-4:30... and I probably would have a lot more to say, but they paired three of the four desserts with cocktails in those 90 minutes and I was just happy I didn't fall off of my bar stool. Chef Fred was pretty amazing and he made everything look SO easy. I am inspired enough to try to make creme brulee at home - his tip was to go straight to home depot and get a blow torch. I think I can handle that! Check out the sweet potato bread pudding, milk chocolate and caramel rounds, sweet potato pie, and pumpkin spice creme brulee:
Aside from enjoying the complimentary food and beverages in the club lounge, we also dined in ENTYSE Wine Bar & Bistro. Since there were 5 of us, we went ahead and made a reservation for 8pm. Good thing we did because it got packed. There was an awesome Latin trio performing - and I've been told that it's one of the only upscale places in the area with live music on the weekends.
For dinner, everyone in our party ordered surf and turf or the filet... you can't go wrong with either option. For breakfast at ENTYSE Bistro on Sunday morning, I had their famous eggs benedict with jumbo lump crab cakes. It was supposed to be a "shopping weekend" in Tysons... but I think we did way more dining then shopping.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway - so close to home, but so far removed from the busy hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia.
I was provided with a complimentary stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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!
Final Cut: Petite Filet
Between my dad being quite the poker player and my brother being the luckiest man on Earth, there was no better destination to celebrate their birthdays (50 and 25, respectively) than Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
. To make the night special, we made a reservation at Final Cut
. The high end, contemporary steakhouse was hidden like a gem inside the flashy casino.
Before we even made it to the casino, we all gave my mom hell about wasting her time on the nickel slots. They are her absolute favorite. Of course, she had to play "just $20" before dinner. This time, my mom sat right down and won FOURTEEN THOUSAND nickels. That's quite the return on a $2 bet!
We headed over to Final Cut and sat in the lounge until our table was ready. After being greeted and seated, we were directed to the iPad on the table to preview the drink menu and place our orders. The wine list
was extensive -- over 9 pages long and 300 selections. I was a little overwhelmed... so I ordered Grey Goose Martinis and domestic beers from the iPad and awaited their arrival. Insider Tip: All Martinis are $5 Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-7pm at the bar.
For appetizers, we selected the Shrimp Cocktail and the Seasonal Oysters. The oysters at this time of year are from the Choptank River (what a coincidence as I've vacationed on the Choptank twice already this summer!). They were very fresh and paired perfectly with the bold horseradish in the cocktail sauce.
For our meats, we went with the traditional Filets and Prime Rib. At Final Cut
, all of the steaks are hand cut to order, seasoned with kosher salt and tri color peppercorns, then broiled at 1600 degrees to create a thin charred crust that seals in the natural beef juices.
Our waiter suggested a few sides to pair with our main courses: Truffle Mac and Cheese, Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, and Creamed Spinach. All items were a la carte.Insider Tip: Every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, Final Cut is offers a special three course Chef's menu that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert for just $39.99 per person.As we enjoyed our meals, we had a chance to meet the chef who explained to us his philosophy behind the restaurant. The best part -- he took a piece of the land at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and reserved the space for an on-site garden. The staff at Final Cut takes turns tending to the garden and many of the ingredients in the menu items come directly from farm to fork compliments of the green thumbs of the staff!
We hardly had room to finish our meals when we realized we still had to check out the desserts. We slowed down with a cup of French press coffee before completely enjoying Tahitian Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee with Fresh Berries and Sweet Cream & Chocolate Lava Cake with White Chocolate Grand Marnier Mousse. We were so full (and some of us were pretty broke after losing a large amount of coin at the roulette tables) that walking back to our cars was almost like a chore. Insider Tip: Complimentary Valet is offered for guests at Final Cut.
While we weren't so lucky at the table games, we definitely hit the jackpot with the family birthday celebration at Final Cut. Our pockets may have been empty, but our tummies were very full!
*special thanks to Final Cut for inviting me out to dine at their restaurant and providing dinner for my family.
all thoughts and opinions are my own.
We were outside running through the sprinklers with the neighbors on Monday afternoon when one of B's favorite people pulled up in front of the house: The FedEx Delivery Guy. For B, it's like reliving Christmas all over again each time he comes. This week, he dropped off a neat little package from Build-A-Bear Workshop
with one of their newest friends: Hackus from The Smurfs.
Surprisingly, he even let Hackus take over his prized mini-recliner in the living room while he took a break and ate dinner. Hackus also received the royal treatment as he came out on the town with us last night when we hit up Ozzie's at Fairfax Corner for a family dinner. We are yet to see the movie, but B already loves the guy! Want to snag a $25 Gift Card from Build-A-Bear Workshop to make your own Smurf? Enter below via rafflecopter to win!
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Smurfette dress ($10.50), Smurfette & Vexy pajamas ($12.50), Smurf BFF slippers ($6.50), Vexy Skirt outfit ($13.50), Smurf Hoodie ($8.50), Smurfs theme song (La La Song) ($7.00).
*I received a complimentary product from Build-A-Bear Workshop. Giveaway is provided by Build-A-Bear Workshop. All opinions are my own.
I know that for the health of my child (and my sanity), I need to get him outside playing, running, biking -- just MOVING -- every day. Sometimes we struggle on those days when it's rainy, or more recently, code red/orange with excessive heat and humidity. We decided to check out Adventure to Fitness
after they sent us some of their DVDs.
The program kept B engaged and moving for the entire 30 minutes as he ran through the jungle, climbed mountains, and was chased through a crocodile river. I even joined in on the fun and did it with him... and I was out of breath - ha! Who knew jogging/running in place could be so exhausting? Meanwhile, (you can see in the bottom right corner) dad enouraged us while playing Wreck-It Ralph on the iPad.
B actually added the Adventure to Fitness to his DVD collection and requests to "watch" it all the time now. I think it's a great program to have around -- happy to have him watch a show that gets him moving rather than just sitting and snacking! Why can't Oprah or Andy Cohen do that for me?
Adventure to Fitness is an award-winning children's fitness program that is designed to keep kids healthy, active, and learning in a fun and easy way. The program is currently used in over 75,000 classrooms and over 11,000 homes, making it the #1 educational fitness program of any kind in America. It is a winner of the Family Choice Award and is Parents’ Choice Approved.
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*Sponsored content provided by Adventure to Fitness. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
We woke up early Saturday morning and headed out to Mosaic District
to check out the boutiques, noshables, and specialty stores that I've been seeing all over my news feed. I had a Visa gift card to spend (compliments of Mosaic) - and I'm giving away a $100 gift card so that you can #DiscoverMosaic
I was ready to get my shop on, but upon pulling into the parking garage, I caught a glimpse of a Jumbotron on the side of the Angelika Film Center
playing Scooby Doo cartoons. B, my four year old, immediately insisted that we go check it out - and I agreed. There were families planted in Strawberry Park laid out with blankets, picnic breakfasts and coffee while the kids ran through the fountain/sprayground area. Each Saturday morning at 9:00am, Mosaic District hosts this fabulous kid and family-friend event: Cartoons and Coffee
. I happily put my shopping trip on the back burner for B & Scooby.
My first stop after Cartoons and Coffee was to Alex and Ani
. I had heard great things about this store from my friend, Jenn, who had been desperately awaiting their opening at Mosaic District earlier this year. Once inside, I loved the vibe and fell in love with their stackable bracelets! Think charm bracelets, but instead of adding beads to a single bracelet, you can stack bracelets that have cute (or meaningful) charms, colors, birthstones, symbols, etc. To top it off, Alex and Ani is an eco-friendly company with their products made in the USA. Alex and Ani
Next stop was Ah Love Oil and Vinegar
. The Italian in me could hardly wait until 11am for their doors to open.
Two perfectly aligned rows of polished metal dispensers filled with specialty oilve oils and vinegars lined the entire length of the store. After sampling the selection, two of my favorites were the oils infused with Bacon and then a hot hot hot habanero. In addition to their namesake, they also carry pastas, cook books, and even a line of olive oil-based skin care products that smoothly glazed my hands. Ah Love Oil and Vinegar
B had been such a sweet helper at the first two stops (he even sampled the Habanero olive oil!) that when we walked past Dawn Price Baby
, there was no way I could say "no". Everything inside the store looked like it could be made into a board on Pinterest
. If I had a daughter, this store would bankrupt me with theirTea Collection
summer dresses. They carry everything you need for kids - from strollers to name blocks. This will be my new go-to spot for baby shower gifts. We may have grown out of the baby stages - but toys are always a hit! B picked up a fancy airplane to carry around for the next 2 hours. Dawn Price Baby
You may know that I have a fancy for South Moon Under
. I've worked with them on a few events
in the past and absolutely love their summer beach style. At the last event
, I was so busy playing host that I only had a few minutes at the end to shop. With B and his new airplane to keep him busy, I had a chance to check out their shoes (boots for the fall are now coming out) and chat with the store manager, Marie, about the new fall arrivals and trends. Marie also shared that she's just recently started ablog about bikini fashion
- perfectly fitting for her! South Moon Under
Our last stop was lunch. With lots of options, I chose our destination after spotting one familiar word on some marketing collateral beyond the glass window: HOAGIE. I'm from Central Pennsylvania where hoagies run wild - and it's rare to see an eatery "down here" with a hoagie on the menu. Our lunch at Taylor Gourmet
was fresh, minimally processed, and worth every calorie.
Afterwards, we zipped around the corner for some artisanal Italian gelato at Dolcezza
. We both picked out Lemon Ricotta Cardamom and people-watched while customers in the store actually spoke Italian. Buono!
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After scoring a pretty good deal through Certifikid
, my neighbor and I took our kids to check out Atlantis Waterpark
and see what all the fuss was about. I couldn't believe that I live SO close and had never been before. The kids absolutely loved it. I felt very comfortable (aka safe) letting B play in the sprayground area and kids pool. He was not tall enough to ride the large slides (I think 48inches) - maybe next year.
When we got in the large activity pool -- the lifeguard immediately asked me to put a life jacket on B. They offer life jackets to everyone who enters and they don't mess around -- for good reason. Within an hour of being there, the life guards had to pull two kids from the pool who had snuck out of the spray ground and into the large activity pool. On a positive note, there are several smaller slides in the activity pools that kids can play on if they don't meet the height requirement for the large water slides.
I would definitely go back. There is a snack bar, sand play area fenced in with the baby pool, picnic tables, and tons of great shade! Note: It gets very busy - not a place for mommy to bring a magazine while the kids play. Insider tip: Visit after 4pm any weekday (non-holiday) for $5 per person!
For more information, visit http://www.atlantisbullrun.com/.
On Wednesday night we hit up the AMC @ Tysons Corner to catch a pre-screening of Disney's new prequel Monsters University. I ended up running into some of my blogger girlfriends JJ
, and Jen (who was covering for PWC Moms
) - and all our kids sat together at the other end of our row. It was a win-win all around.
The movie was so much fun! I have to admit that I was completely exhausted from the longest day EVER at work. And, being the highly organized professional that I am, I forgot to add the screening to my calendar - so when Micaela texted me at 2pm asking if I would be at Tysons later that night, my response was "for what?" HA!
I wore high heels to work all day, I was emotionally and physically exhausted, but I pulled through for my sweet little B. Luckily for me, the movie was in 3D and within 2 minutes I was thrown into the fun and forgot about my awful day. Funny how Disney can do that to you, eh?
So, since I'm not a movie critic, I'm going to give you my TOP THREE REASONS you'll enjoy the movie:
1. You will have flashbacks of college. And if you were greek like me, you'll be reminded of your sleepless nights through greek week aka THE SCARE GAMES.
2. The 3D is pretty darn cool.
3. Your kiddos will love it - and you will get 2 hours of summer enjoyment in the AC.
Disney's Monsters University is in theaters TODAY.
*Disney provided me with complimentary tickets to see the movie. All opinions are my own.
This past Monday night, I hosted a VIP tasting party at Chick-fil-A Chantilly Place
to check out their new, healthier menu items. I gathered a mixed group of 10 women - friends, sorority sisters, bloggers, and readers of this blog - and let Chick-fil-A plan the rest. What I didn't tell everyone is that Chick-fil-A's corporate office would be having a camera crew there to videotape the entire party for internal purposes. I am kinda camera-shy myself, so I thought if I shared that tid-bit, my guests just might not show up!
I have to say that Rebekah, the Marketing Director @ Chick-fil-A Chantilly Place totally stole the show with her super cute, pinterest-inspired farmer's market table decor (even the stuffed cows had farmer's hats!).
We were greeted by Peter Kim, the operator of Chick-fil-A Chantilly Place before being served 4 new menu items: Grilled Market Salad, Cobb Salad, Asian Salad, and the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap
. Unfortunately, I was too busy hosting/chatting/eating that I didn't get a chance to take many pictures during the event.
My favorite salad was the Grilled Market Salad with blue cheese, red and green apples, strawberries, blueberries and a new dressing: Zesty Apple Cider Vinagerette. I also liked the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap - but preferred it with the Honey Sesame dressing rather than the suggested Avocado Lime Ranch.
After the tasting, we were treated to dessert that consisted of mini hot fudge sundaes, peach milkshakes, and warm chocolate chip cookies. Then, put on paper hats and headed into the kitchen to get a tour of "how it's made" - no cameras were allowed on this part of the tour. I was suprised to see fresh chicken being hand-battered just as the orders came in - nothing was processed. I knew there was a reason I loved Chick-fil-A :)
Special thanks to Peter Kim + Team for hosting such a wonderful event!
VIP Johannah showing off her guns!
VIPs with Peter Kim & Cow
obligatory selfie in CFA hat :)
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About Chick-fil-A, Inc. Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately-held restaurant company dedicated to serving the communities in which its restaurants operate. Credited with inventing the chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves nutritious, freshly prepared food in more than 1,700 restaurants in 38 states and Washington, D.C. Founded by S. Truett Cathy in 1967, Chick-fil-A produced sales of $4.6 billion in 2012. Chick-fil-A was recognized in 2012 as one of America’s “Most Inspiring Companies” by Forbes and “Most Popular Large Chain” by Zagat Survey®, among other honors. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website, located at www.chick-fil-a.com.