Each year, the Washington Automotive Press Association hosts an annual gala -- and this year, the location was picture perfect! We took a Reston Limo downtown for a night out at The Hay Adams hotel -- or, the "Top of the Hay". How GORGEOUS! We had perfect weather and beautiful sunshine for picture perfect photo opps of the Washington Monument and the White House just before the sun set over DC.
Spring out of winter with Capitol City Brewing Co. and many other regional breweries as they tap new springtime brews in Shirlington village! On Saturday, April 30 at The Village at Shirlington, Capitol City Brewing Company will host its third annual Spring Beer Festival. The springtime beer-tasting event will include a line-up of 35 regional breweries. This year’s participating craft brewers include: This year’s participating local breweries include: Capitol City Brewing Company, DC Brau, Pleasure House Brewing, Starr Hill, Flying Dog, Adroit Theory, Hellbender, Fair Winds, Bold Rock, Caboose and Union.
A Variety of Shirlington Village restaurants and local eateries will feature their favorite springtime fare, which include: Busboys & Poets, Café Pizzaiolo, Luna and Blue Sea. Music is provided by the popular local DJ Julius Talvik. Festivities begin at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m. (ticket sales begin at 11:30 a.m. and all beer taps close at 6:00 p.m.). Patrons are welcome to RSVP to this event at: www.facebook.com/capcityspringbeerfest.
Admission for beer drinkers is $30 (one general admission pass per person), which includes a wristband, official tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets can be purchased for $1 each with a five-ticket minimum. The event is free for non-drinkers and children. Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival 2015 will be held rain or shine with tickets sold at the event.
For more information on Capitol City Brewing Company, please visit www.capcitybrew.com. Find Capitol City Brewing Company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CapCityBrew and on Twitter: @CapCityBrewers.
Last night, I hosted an advanced screening of Sony Pictures new Jennifer Garner Movie: Miracles from Heaven. We had an awesome turn out! Can't give away any spoilers, but the movie was really really good. However, I do not recommend wearing eyeliner or mascara to this movie. It will be released in theaters on March 16.
Since I gave away the tickets for free, I asked that everyone bring a donation to support a local non-profit who serves DC area foster children. We collected over 100 items for Comfort Cases!
Thank you to everyone who came out! If you don't want to miss out on events, you can subscribe for our upcoming events on my Facebook event page.
Bobby's in town! Yesterday afternoon, I popped into Bobby's Burger Palace in Woodbridge to meet him and grab a burger to check out his restaurant at Potomac Mills. I highly recommend the kale salad with a medium burger on top + cactus pear frozen margarita. And, I might have snuck in a few bacon and cheese fries....
I didn't have any great interview questions for him about his cooking skills or influences... but I did have one real life question: "Since the key to a man's heart is through his stomach, what's the one recipe you'd recommend to replace Engagement Chicken if your boyfriend prefers red meat?"
Bobby's answer: "Perfect Porterhouse Steak that I did for Bon Appetit Magazine - it sounds complicated, but it's simple and it's served in the cast iron skillet. It's perfect for a man who loves protein!"
I told Bobby that I'll make his steak and then tweet him when I get a ring!
On Saturday, I was invited downtown to check out one of DC's biggest charity events of the year - Chance For Life Benefit that raises money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and pediatric cancer research. The mission of Alex’s Lemonade Stand is to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily for research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.
The event starts at 12noon with a poker tournament, followed by a Chef's dinner and wine tasting by Mike Isabella Concepts, and an all-out after party that goes until 1am. I was traveling this weekend, so I invited my parents to attend in my place -- and they had a blast! Not only was the event a great time for all involved -- it was a record-breaker with the 11th Annual Poker Tournament raising a record of $350,000!
Chance for Life was a who’s who of DC’s elite, welcoming regulars like NBC4’s Doug Kammerer, The Sports Junkies of 106.7 The Fan, and Congressman Don Beyer, among others. First-time special guests included former Washington Redskins, Shawn Springs, Fred Smoot, Rocky McIntosh, and current Redskins’ Offensive Coordinator, Sean McVay. You can follow the event on social media with #CFL2016.
Congrats to Red Peg Marketing for hosting another great event! For more information, visit www.chanceforlife.net.
Spring Break is right around the corner and I've been itching to book a trip to somewhere warmer with beautiful beaches and oceanfront rooms -- bonus of an all-inclusive package wouldn't hurt. It doesn't help that I'm addicted to the CostcoTravel website and they have some pretty amazing deals to Mexico. So I'm like YAY! BOOK IT! and my other half says, "If we go to Mexico, make sure you pack DEET... haven't you heard about Zika?"
Oh, you mean that virus that has no cure and is spread through mosquitos? Right, that. After booking this wonderful vacation, I do some Googling and find out that the CDC put a travel alert on trips to Mexico due to Zika and Google just gave engineers a $1million grant to find a cure.
Well, yes, now I have. But I don't really know the facts. Luckily, I have a friend who is an expert when it comes to mosquitoes, so I asked Patty Pierleonardi from PMSI to give me the rundown on what I need to know before I travel to Mexico for Spring Break:
Patty's Fast Facts about Zika Virus:
-No vaccine exists to prevent Zika Virus.
-Prevent the Zika virus by avoiding mosquito bites.
-Mosquitoes that spread Zika bite mostly during the daytime.
-There has been no signs of the virus in animals.
- The Zika virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water.
- Symptom of Zika include: Fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis. They could last for several days.
Tips for traveling: "Please check to see if you are traveling in an area where the Zika virus has been found. If so, wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. Stay in air-conditioned rooms with window and door screens and use EPA registered insect repellants."
We're still going on our trip -- just going to have to prep ourselves to be aware before we get there. I guess I'll have to spend the extra $25 to check a bag full of bug spray this time around!
If you want more information about Zika and travel alerts, check our the CDC to see where the virus has been found: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/. You can also find out more info: www.mypmsi.com.
I love my house, but I always have my eye on new construction. Every time I step into a Miller and Smith build, I immediately want to put an offer on it. So when they asked me to partner to host a happy hour with my friends, I could hardly say no! Miller and Smith has built new townhouses at Signal Hill Station in Manassas. The location is perfect for families and commuters as it's just steps from the VRE and backs to Signal Hill Park. I had no trouble finding it just off Manassas Drive and Route 28 - in the section where they are redeveloping retail, residential and commercial properties.
The kitchen is always my favorite room in the house. Whether we are eating, doing homework, or playing Texas Hold 'Em, the kitchen is where my family spends most of our time. I think Miller and Smith calls their design an aptly named "connoisseur kitchen" as they are planned with every feature you could imagine. We easily fit 15+ around the island for a fun happy hour and wine party... later followed by cheesecake stuffed strawberries for dessert!
The Miller and Smith townhomes all are three level with two car garages - and start at the mid 300s! At that price, you can own for less than what you'd pay to rent! You can view the homes and floorplans to see which model would best fit your family. I personally liked the Union Station model. Although it was smaller and cozy (at almost 2000 sq ft), the kitchen and living space was very open and welcoming.
If you're interested in more information or finding out about their incentive programs, you can join the Miller and Smith VIP List to receive updates and invitations: http://millerandsmith.com/virginia/manassas/signal-hill-station/
I am hosting a VIP advanced screening of MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN on Monday, March 7 at 7pm at Regal Fairfax Town Center 10. Starring Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, with Eugenio Derbez and Queen Latifah. Opens in theaters on March 16.
Join the Facebook event page + invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/103239206737474/
Seating is limited. YOU MUST REGISTER YOUR TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE TO ATTEND:
Miracles from Heaven is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution.
After Anna has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.
guest post by Sara Walker
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my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced doubleshots at 5pm.
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