Sunday, April 26, 2015

Don’t Skip the Fried Fish Nuggets at Food for Life in Suitland

Boasting a fish-centric menu, Food for Life strives to use fresh, organic ingredients with no added preservatives, according to its website. This Suitland restaurant’s specialty is its fish nuggets—fried morsels of whiting fish. Order them plain or tossed in a spicy or sweet sauce. Yelp reviewers love the fresh dill sauce, which is the restaurant’s version of tartar sauce. It's reportedly the idea accompaniment to the plain fish nuggets.

If fish is not what you prefer, Food for Life serves two chicken dishes: a wrap and chicken fingers. There is also one vegetarian option: a fried portabella mushroom in honey barbecue sauce with other veggie toppings.

Because Food for Life is a popular dining destination, you might encounter a wait here. Yelpers suggest calling ahead to order. Food for Life is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Food For Life
4929 Suitland Road
Suitland, MD 20746

How to Make Your Own Play Dough

If your kids love to play with play dough, you might consider making your own version at home instead of purchasing store-bought brands. Whether you’re concerned with your child’s health or you simply want to save a few bucks, both you and your child are sure to love these three play dough recipes.

Colored Play Dough []
If you’re most concerned with achieving bright, vibrant colors in your play dough, this is the recipe to use. It uses less than 10 common household ingredients to make, and you can use whichever types of food coloring you prefer to create a rainbow of bold colors.

No-Cook Play Dough []
This recipe makes moldable, smooth play dough that your children will love, and it requires absolutely no cooking to do it. If you’re in a hurry or already have dinner in the oven, this recipe is quick and convenient.

Edible Play Dough []
No matter how much you try, you child just won’t stop putting the play dough in his or her mouth. Luckily, this completely edible play dough recipe is the answer to your problems. It’s completely safe for human consumption, and although it doesn’t taste great to adults, kids seem to love it.

There’s Way More Than Just Books in the Catalog at Spauldings Library

More than 60 public computers. Two study rooms and one conference room. One whimsically decorated children's area and a teen zone. A cafe, free Wi-Fi, and countless books.

These are just a few of the amenities on offer at the Spauldings Library. It's not surprising, then, that this public library in District Heights attracts countless locals through its doors every day. Some arrive to browse the stacks in search of new, undiscovered books, while others come to the Spauldings Library for its rich and varied community programming. Catering to residents of all ages, programming runs the gamut from homework help and toddler storytime to computer classes and poetry workshops. Social clubs meet here, too, converging due to a shared interest in certain literary genres, chess, and foreign languages.

The Spauldings Library is open daily. Check the library's online calendar to keep tabs on upcoming events.

Spauldings Library
5811 Old Silver Hill Road
District Heights, MD 20747
(301) 817-3750

Get Into the Swing of Things at Henson Creek Golf Course

Henson Creek Golf Course may be a public course, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in amenities. To the contrary, this nine-hole, par 33 golf course in Fort Washington is equipped with an 18-station driving range, a pro shop, and its own club house, which frequently plays host to duffers refueling with a post-game brew and a bite.

As for the course itself, you can expect to encounter well-maintained fairways over its 50-plus acres. Many golfers opt to zip around on electric golf carts, which are available for rent at Henson Creek Golf Course for $7 to $11. Golf clubs may also be rented, and if you'd like to practice your swing at the driving range, you can grab a bucket of balls for no more than $6.

Perhaps best of all, Henson Creek Golf Course is open year-round.

Henson Creek Golf Course
1641 Tucker Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
(301) 567-4646

Happy Spring!

Everything is starting to bud and bloom! What are you doing to enjoy this lovely change in weather?

Silvestre Chicken: Rotisserie Chicken

Silvestre Chicken serves tasty rotisserie chicken in a number of DC-area locations, including several in Suitland, Maryland. The chicken's available in whole, half, or quarter chicken sizes. They all come with a side of salsa and tasty side dishes that include Salad, Coleslaw, Rice, Yuca, Black Beans and Fried Plantains. You can also have Fajitas with chicken, steak or shrimp, or mix and match all of the above.

Other dishes include Carnitas Entomadas – steak strips, tomato sauce, peppers, tomatoes & onions, Camarones ala Plancha – shrimp grilled with green pepper, onions & tomatoes, Whole Deep Fried Tilapia, Carne Asada – grilled New York steak, and Whole Grilled Red Snapper. Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Tacos and Sub Sandwiches are also on the menu.

Silvestre Chicken is open every day.

Silvestre Chicken
4812 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
(301) 568-0192

Must-Read Tips for Becoming a Better Public Speaker

Public speaking is a dreaded task that many people hate, and if you’re faced with speaking in public at work or at school, it can put a great deal of stress on your shoulders. These four smart tips will help you to shake your fear of public speaking—and maybe even become quite skilled at it in the process.

  1. Start from the ending. Though this may seem counterproductive, it’s very important to keep your end goal in mind before speaking in public. How do you want your audience to feel when your speech is over? What is your main idea? Once you decide on these things, it will be much easier to stay focused during your presentation.
  2. Simplify. Don’t use big words or elaborate phrases in your speech in an attempt to sound smarter; it will only make you sound flustered and, most likely, make you more nervous. Deliver concise, clear thoughts using basic language.
  3. Tone down your visuals. If you use PowerPoint or another visual aid in your presentation, keep it minimal. You don’t want to rely on reading off of your slides, and neither does your audience.
  4. Practice, practice, practice. The only real way to prepare for public speaking is to get a bit of experience under your belt. Don’t just read your speech in front of the mirror, give a mock presentation to friends, family or close coworkers. This will help you to shake the nerves once the real thing comes around.

Want to Be a Better Public Speaker? Do What the Pros Do. [Forbes]
Seven Principles of Effective Public Speaking [AMA]
5 Ways to Become a Better Public Speaker [The VAR Guy]
10 Tips to Be a Better Public Speaker [CBS News]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May the luck of the Irish be with you! How will you be celebrating today?

The Courses at Andrews: Golf With a View

While there are countless golf courses in the country, not many of them offer the elegance and class that you’ll find from a military base. The Courses at Andrews does just that, as it is located on Maryland's scenic Andrews Air Force Base and military resort.

The course itself consists of three immaculately maintained championship courses boasting 18 holes each, and they each provide their own set of challenges and beautiful views. There are also three practice putting greens where you can work on your swing, two chipping areas, and a driving range right near the course itself. Professional golfers lead the course’s respected golf instructions, and annual tournaments held at the course allow more seasoned golfers a chance to show off their skills.

After you’re done playing, the Courses at Andrews’s club house offers a delicious daily lunch menu to help you refuel.

The Courses at Andrews
4442 West Perimeter Road
Andrews AFB, MD 20762
(301) 736-4595

Have Fun With Your Android With These Funky Apps

Even if you purchased your Android phone for practical reasons, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take advantage of the fun-filled apps that it offers as well. There are quite a few creative, exciting and even downright silly apps for your Android device, but these two are some of the most popular.

Emoji Keyboard
Have you ever wondered how a tech-savvy friend always sends you those colorful faces and animal icons in each of your text conversations? Those high tech emoticons come courtesy of the Emoji Keyboard, an app that adds hundreds of fun stickers to your current Android keyboard. Insert a pizza slice emoji when you’re making dinner plans with a friend, or even show your significant other how you’re really feeling with any of the many face emojis on the Emoji Keyboard.

Disco Lights
Start a part anywhere that you have your Android phone when you download the rocking Disco Lights app. This app offers a number of colorful lights, patterns and swirls of color on the front screen of the phone, and it plays upbeat dance music to go along with them. Prop your phone up at your next house party, turn on Disco Lights and watch as your living room is transformed into a bright, noisy dance floor.

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