Check Out These Interesting Facts About Chocolate

September 12, 2014 12:02 pm

You know that you love the way that chocolate tastes, but aside from that there’s probably not much else that you know about this sweet treat. Here are two interesting chocolate facts that every chocolate lover should know.

  1. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate differ because of their amount of cacoa, or the beans that chocolate is made from. Dark chocolate also doesn’t have as much milk or sugar, which makes it much healthier but also gives its signature bitter bite.
  2. Some chocolate is actually good for you. Very dark chocolates contain a large number of antioxidants that reduce blood pressure and improve your entire cardiovascular system. They also widen your arteries, promote healthy blood flow, and prevent the buildup of plaque that can block the arteries.

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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: Read, Eat and Drink

September 9, 2014 3:43 pm

If a combination independent bookstore, cafe, and bar sounds intriguing, head on over to Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe. This unique Bethesda-area icon is just off Dupont Circle and is bustling with students and locals at all hours.

If you're in the mood for brunch on the patio, put your name on the list and then have fun casually browsing the bookstore until your party is seated. If you're seriously in the market for something new to read, take your time because customers say it's easy to spend several hours working your way through the store's massive stock. In fact, the bookstore's floor-to-ceiling inventory can be overwhelming, so try stopping by the shelf of employee-recommended books for direction. Kramerbooks employees personally write descriptions of the books they've chosen so you can get some genuine recommendations from serious readers.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is also a favorite spot for late-night dessert and drinks, so try stopping by after a movie to indulge in a slice of cake and a glass of wine before heading home.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
1517 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 387-1400

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Two of Washington, D.C.’s Must-See Museums

September 5, 2014 12:03 pm

Our nation's capital is home to some the most visited museums and attractions in the world. Take advantage of D.C.'s diverse cultural scene with a visit to these fascinating museums, which are two of the city's very best.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Marvel at more than 126 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Some of the must-see attractions include the Hope Diamond, an incredibly old, mummified cat, and the Neanderthal exhibit. Take a journey through the past at this fine American institution and see with your own eyes why it's the most visited natural history museum in the world.

International Spy Museum
Since 2002, the International Spy Museum has engaged the public with the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever to be on display. Attempt to stay as stealthy as a spy when you participate in the exhibits and learn the important role of espionage throughout history.

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