After being trapped in the house for 3 days, we were so excited to get out of the house on Monday night for a date night. Is there a better place to go than The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner? Not many folks braved the roads, so there were only a few people in Entyse that night... it was a romantic, private dining experience for the two of us!
We started off with the calamari while we browsed the menu for an entree. There were so many great options that we couldn't narrow down to one choice. Our server recommended that we go with the chef's special of surf and turf -- perfect choice! We each had a small filet with lobster, grilled shrimp, and salmon served with whipped potatoes and grilled asparagus.
I had hardly finished my meal when I started thinking about dessert. Instead of ordering a rich, heavy item off of the dessert menu, I opted for their signature Key Lime martini. Actually, I opted for 2 of these delicious drinks. OK - call me a lush because I also decided to have the creme brulee and fresh berries. Because who doesn't love creme brulee?
If you're getting ready to plan your Valentine's Day date night in Northern Virginia - definitely check out the special packages that The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner is offering. You can set up a fancy afternoon tea, romantic dinner for two, a relaxing massage, or one of their overnight packages with rose petals and champagne.
Check out their calendar of events for specials and packages. And don't forget, there's live music every Friday and Saturday night!
It's Washington Auto Show week! On Tuesday night, I was invited by to "Caucus with Ford Motor Company" as we "race" to election day. Basically, it was a really fancy reception with great people, flowing drinks, and of course, top notch eats. (I feel like lately, I've become a professional eater. and I think my scale will confirm that!). I went with my friend Melanie from Be Car Chic as we made our rounds at the event. I ran into quite a few old friends and connected with a few new folks. There was a super sexy new mustang parked outside - but none of my photos turned out. womp womp. However, I did snag a pic of the awesome centerpieces that would make any truck-lover happy!
I don't post recipes often, because the truth is - I rarely follow them. I cook almost daily, but I never measure or follow a recipe step-by-step. While we were trapped in the house this past weekend, I started using whatever I had on hand to feed my family and created this healthy, fresh avocado salad with cucumber, homemade pickled onions, cilantro and lime.
Here's what it takes:
2 ripe avocados, sliced and diced
4 cucumbers, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, pickled (quick pickling recipe: 1 large red onion finely sliced, 1/2c vinegar, 3T sugar, pinch of salt. let sit covered for 20min at room temp)
6 packs of True Lime (this is my new obsession - perfect for everything from salads to Bloody Marys
1 bunch of chopped cilantro
pinch of salt (to taste)
To assemble: toss together cucumbers, pickled onions, cilantro, lime, and salt. Add avocados and fold in so that they don't smash. When you serve, you can top with Siracha if you dare!
We ate it as a side the first time I made it - and then later topped our beef brisket tacos with it. Delicious and no added fats - just flavor!
The Washington Auto Show is back in DC - and last week I got a sneak peek before the show opened to the public. I join the girls from SheBuysCars and the Chevrolet team in DC for a 2 day adventure, vehicle test drive, and of course -- a wonderful private dinner.
What's cool about the Auto Show for women? I personally think it's great because you get to check out all of the vehicles, ask questions, see new features, and get comfortable inside the car without any pressure from a salesman to buy the vehicle or sign on the dotted line.
Chevrolet had a great lineup at the Washington Auto Show - and it's hard to miss the sexy 2016 Motor Trend Car of the Year, the Chevy Camaro. I used to have a Tahoe and loved it... but if I ever went back to Chevy, it'd have to be for the Corvette z06 convertible.
Technology is really the focal point of the show. With vehicles coming standard with everything from On-Star to BlueTooth, and DVD players to wifi-capable vehicles, you'll definitely find technology that will fit your family's needs. Of course, while you're at the show, you're going to want to stop by and check out the technology and MPG of the new all electric 2017 Chevy Bolt.
You can find details about tickets and schedule for the Washington Auto Show on their website: www.washingtonautoshow.com. Thank you to Chevrolet and SheBuysCars for inviting me to join them at the Washington Auto Show again this year!
We're in total cabin-fever mode right now with this blizzard going on (we measured 27 inches on our back deck!), so when I saw my friend Megan post a photo of snow ice cream on her Facebook page, I had to try it out.
Discover endless riches when an extraordinary lineup of stories from the Disney animated film vault comes to life right in your hometown in Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt!
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Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards. Set a playdate with Woody and Buzz Lightyear because the toys are back in town. Relive magical moments in this ultimate Disney animation celebration coming to Washington, DC!
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Whenever we walk through Fair Oaks Mall at this time of year, my son is always pointing out the big red dragons that look like they're floating from the ceiling. If you're looking for a family adventure or eager to learn about another culture, I definitely recommend that you check out the celebration of Lunar New Year at Fair Oaks Mall. The celebration showcases traditional Chinese dragon dances, music, Chinese knotting, calligraphy, painting, martial arts, arts and crafts for children -- and of course, the special lantern festival!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February 7th as Fair Oaks Mall hosts its 13th annual Lunar New Year Festival and ushers in the Year of the Monkey. This year's event is presented by the Washington Hai Hua Community Center and features free, family-friendly performances, ceremonies and exhibitions each day in the Grand Court from 1-5pm. More than 200 performers representing numerous countries and regions, including China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Polynesia, Tibet, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam will participate. You can check out more information at www.shopfairoaksmall.com.
Do you know a local mom who deserves recognition? Whether she's giving back to the community, running her own business, or managing a busy household - consider submitting a nomination for Washington Family Magazine's "Mom of the Year" contest!
The winner will receive a feature article in their print magazine, a spot as the guest of honor at our Mom of the Year banquet, and will be frequently featured on their website and social media. The link to the web page about the contest is here and the link to the actual nomination is here.
I hope to see some of my readers nominated!
When I turned 30 in November, I vowed to do a few things differently to take care of myself and my health. I promised myself I'd eat better, go to bed earlier, and take care of my skin + wear sunscreen. When Dr. Nicole Hayre and the Cosmetic Dermatology Center in McLean asked if I'd like to check out their new line of Schön Skincare products, it couldn't have been more perfect timing!
I visited the office in early December for a consult and to find the Schön Skincare products that would best care for my skin. I actually have very, very dry skin that is super red on my cheeks! I'm telling you, the picture below is my "natural" glow so that you can see how red I really get -- no tinted filter on that!
Dr. Hayre evaluated my skin and I immediately trusted her analysis. As a graduate of MIT and a board-certified Dermatologist, she used her background to develop Schön (meaning beautiful in German) Skincare which is paraben and fragrance-free in most of the products. Within just a few minutes, she had put together a routine of Calming Cream Cleanser to reduce the redness (no soap!), a moisturizing Crème, and the Sheer Signature BB Cream. I also grabbed a custom brightening blend to use as needed. I had an in-office "Red Carpet" treatment before I was sent home.
I've been using her treatment plan for the past 30 days and I have to say -- I'm amazed at the results. I actually look forward to washing my face at night and applying my treatments in the morning. If you want the most amazing product that feels super luxurious and silky on your skin - plus has SPF 30 - definitely stop and in try the Sheer Signature BB Cream. I actually get sad every time I use a pump of it because I know I'm getting closer and closer to the end of the bottle!
Truth be told, I have not worn foundation or make-up on my skin since I started using the Schön Skincare products - I haven't even used my go-to mascara and eyeliner. Having calm, clear and hydrated skin gives me so much confidence - I always feel like I'm glowing! Take a peek at a few pics of me over the past few weeks with no filters and no make-up.
Hi! 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 double shots at 5pm.
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