Monday, August 31, 2015

Bangkok Golden: A Fort Washington Favorite for Thai Cuisine

Since 1999, Bangkok Thai has been delighting taste buds in Fort Washington. This popular restaurant is unassuming from the outside, but once you bite into your meal, you'll likely understand why it's a local favorite.

Start your meal with an appetizer of crispy spring rolls stuffed with chicken, shrimp, and sauteed onions, carrots, and mushrooms, accompanied by a sweet and sour dipping sauce. Main dishes include the ever-popular pad Thai, which Yelpers say is especially well prepared at Bangkok Golden. This signature dish offers thin rice noodles stir fried with an egg, chili powder, crushed peanut, and your choice of meat. Adventurous diners might enjoy the fiery massaman curry made with a creamy, coconut-based red chili sauce, slowly simmered with potatoes, onions, and your choice of meat. Value-minded customers will appreciate the lunch specials, which offer portions of the restaurant's most popular dishes at a reduced price.

Bangkok Golden
9503 Livingston Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
(301) 248-8810

Check Out These Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas on Pinterest

You love to cook, but sometimes making an elaborate dinner just isn’t an option. With some careful planning and a bit of creativity, you can make things like Greek chicken pasta, Thai noodle dishes, and decadent burgers in just a few minutes each night. Here are three Pinterest boards filled with ideas for quick and easy weeknight meals.

Taste of Home’s Quick Dinners
If a lack of time is what's standing between you and a nutritious, flavorful meal, this Pinterest board can help. The majority of these meals take just 20 minutes or less to prepare, and many of them even make enough food to feed the whole family. All of these recipes are proven reliable because they come from the Taste of Home cookbooks, and they contain wholesome ingredients like meats, vegetables, and whole grains.

Quick Dinners
The main Pinterest board dedicated to Quick Dinners is curated by Coryanne Etienne and contains recipes from some of the top food bloggers from around the web. A Family Feast’s Korean beef barbecue and The First Year’s vegetable calzones are just two of the recipes that certainly sound much more elaborate than they actually are.

Land O’ Lakes’ Easy and Quick Dinners
The beloved butter company’s Pinterest board features simple recipes that you can make using ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen. From Cheesy Dill Tortellini Salad to a portable Bento box filled with tacos, this board offers suggestions for meals at home or on the go.

Art Whino Gallery: Inspire Your Creative Side

Art Whino Gallery offers a unique opportunity for creative types in the National Harbor area: it showcases new and emerging art forms, like street stenciling, wheat pasted posters, and other DIY art forms that are perhaps deemed low-brow. But at Art Whino Gallery, this art is recognized for its creativity, political passion, and skill.

Exhibits at Art Whino often include urban mural paintings on nearby streetscapes and DJ-style musical performances in addition to more conventional painting, photography, and mixed media exhibits in the building's gallery space. Art Whino also hosts innovative and eclectic social events designed to bring creative individuals together, including masquerade balls, wrestling tournaments, and street festival-like launch parties.

Yelp reviewers say Art Whino is a must-see destination for anyone who is interested in hip, emerging, and avant garde forms of artistic expression.

Art Whino Gallery
120 American Way
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 567-8210

Southern Cooking Lives Up to the Hype at Simply Delightful

Chef and founder Russell L. Morgan had some help devising the name for Simply Delightful Soul Food & Catering: "Simply delightful!" is the exclamation that leaps from most customers' lips upon trying his traditional Southern soul food. And that's just the way Chef Morgan likes it, since his goal at Simply Delightful isn't just to serve the highest quality home-style cooking around, but also to cultivate a warm atmosphere where customers immediately feel at ease.

According to satisfied customers, he and his staff do just that. Many patrons stop in for breakfast when Chef Morgan and his kitchen team flip dense, tasty pancakes and fold fluffy, cheesy omelets. Many diners report that the chicken and waffles and the chicken tender sub are both recipes for satisfied taste buds.

Simply Delightful Soul Food & Catering
5685 Suitland Road
Suitland, MD 20746
(301) 735-7467

Corduroy: Seasonal American Cuisine

The fabric corduroy is made for warmth and comfort, perfectly named for Corduroy Restaurant. Located in Northwest Washington, Corduroy offers classic American cuisine in an equally classic setting. The dining room is made to be cozy, but don’t even think about coming in jeans, shorts or sneakers – this is a dressy casual place!

For dinner, try the prix fixe menu, made special by the chef, and changing with the seasons. You can’t go wrong with the dinner menu, which includes tasty first and second courses. You know that everything you get is fresh because Corduroy makes it a point to use products from nearby farms and suppliers. It’s not a big menu, but the choices are well worth it, with delicious soups, salads and apps, followed by interesting entrees. A tasting menu lets you sample some of the chef's latest creations.

Check out Corduroy's website to find out more about this DC eatery!

1122 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 589-0699

Watching Your Waistline? Check Out These Weight Loss Tips for Women

Just about every website and magazine today claims to offer miracle diet tips, but the only real way to lose weight is by exercising regularly and watching what you eat. These smart (and realistic!) tips can help keep women on track to shedding those extra pounds.

  1. Determine your individual calorie intake. Sure, counting calories is important for everyone, but not every woman’s body requires the same amount of calories each day. Work with a doctor to determine your recommended daily amount based on your weight loss goals.
  2. Practice portion control. Even if your diet already consists of mainly lean meats, fruits, and veggies, many people go overboard when it comes to portion control. Measure out your portions beforehand to stay on track.
  3. Forgo diet treats. Every American supermarket is filled with “diet” versions of unhealthy treats, but in most cases, you’re better off opting for a smaller serving size of the real deal. That way, you won’t be tempted to overindulge.
  4. Balance cardio and strength workouts. Most people prefer one or the other when it comes to their gym habits, but it’s important to balance both types of exercise if you really want to lose weight.
  5. Amp up your workouts. Practice short bursts of intense activity, which burn far more calories and help you to lose weight faster.

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Capitol Hill Books: Browsing for Bibliophiles

Capitol Hill Books, a Washington D.C. institution, has a huge selection of used volumes and specializes in first edition and rare books. The store is composed of two labyrinth-like, floors that are packed with books. Even the closets and bathrooms have shelves filled with titles!

Capitol Hill Books is best utilized for browsing, specific title seekers could easily get overwhelmed by the miles of books. If you're looking for something specific, it's probably better to call ahead of time and give the staff plenty of time to locate your item.

Capitol Hill Books
657 C Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-1621

Red Lobster: Dine On Cheddar Biscuits and Seafood

Red Lobster is one of the most popular seafood restaurant chains in the country, and the Suitland location brings the chain eatery's signature flavors to the area. Local lobster lovers frequent Red Lobster for its extensive seafood menu, which includes a variety of standard favorites and ever-changing special items from which to choose.

Red Lobster offers fish, lobster, shrimp, and other seafood items prepared in a variety of different ways, as well as healthy side dishes to accompany any meal. The highlight of any meal is the complimentary cheddar biscuits, however, which are some of the restaurant’s most popular items. Red Lobster’s menu also includes a children’s menu for the little ones and a few chicken and steak options for landlubber guests.

There is a spacious bar area that is ideal for weekday happy hours, and it offers a number of festive cocktails that are unique to the chain.

Red Lobster
5051 Auth Road
Suitland, MD 20746
(301) 423-3715

Happy Independence Day!

We hope everyone enjoys a fun and relaxing time with family and friends as we celebrate America's freedom.

You’ll Need a Stack of Napkins at Smokeshack Ribs Restaurant

Smokeshack Ribs Restaurant says it serves "the best barbecue ribs in Maryland," and that just might be true, considering that this popular eatery started as a pick-up truck with a trailer and smoker on the back end and has since grown into a bustling brick-and-mortar store. Today, this Fort Washington barbecue joint grills its ribs over a wood burning grill with a secret blend of spices to produce its signature smoky flavor, and people come from miles around to feast on Smokeshack ribs.

You can order a full slab of pork ribs and slowly work your way through the entire thing, or you can scale back on the meat and add a couple of sides for a more balanced meal. Try a pork rib sandwich with a side of sweet baked beans and creamy potato salad, or dig into a plate of barbecued chicken with slow-simmered collard greens and candied yams on the side. Whatever you order, you can expect it to be tasty and filling.

Smokeshack Ribs Restaurant
9119 Livingston Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
(301) 248-8200

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