Friday, February 27, 2015

Rosebud’s BBQ: Capitol Heights Barbecue

Fans of Rosebud’s BBQ have praise for this tasty little carry-out place in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

Hickory smoked ribs, beef, pork, turkey, chicken and fish are what’s on the menu, along with some flavorful sides. The menu is divided into Chicken, Fish, Turkey, Burgers, Pork, and Beef. Get yours in a sandwich, platter with sides, by the pound, or by the slab. Yummy sides are the hallmark of a good barbeque joint and theirs are no different. Choose from Macaroni & Cheese, Collard Greens, Burger Beans – with beef, Potato Salad, and Green Beans. Having a party? You can even have Rosebud's BBQ cater it!

Rosebud's BBQ is open Fridays and Saturdays. Visit its website to learn more.

Rosebud's BBQ
5915 Central Avenue
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
(301) 336-2009

Resources for Entrepreneurs from the Small Business Administration

You’ve always dreamed of owning your own business, but becoming an entrepreneur is a huge undertaking! These helpful articles from the U.S. Small Business Administration can help you figure out whether and how to start your own business.

Is Entrepreneurship for You?
This SBA article discusses both the benefits and pitfalls of becoming your own boss, and it paints a realistic picture of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. Read the list of character traits necessary to become a successful entrepreneur, like independence, risk taking and creativity, to determine whether or not you would make a good business owner.

20 Questions Before Starting
These 20 questions will help you decide if you have all of the necessary tools to get your new enterprise up and running. On topics ranging from market research and customer service to sales, pricing, and financing strategies, this list of questions can help you think about the realities of running a business.

10 Steps to Starting a Business
A great deal of planning goes into starting a successful business, and the Small Business Association offers these 10 important steps to take to get your new company off the ground. Including everything from choosing a location to writing a business plan, these informative steps will help you become more prepared.

Happy Presidents Day

Today we take the time to honor our courageous leaders and how their visions have shaped our great country.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing you a sweet day with your loved ones!

Chocolate City Beer: Fill a Growler at This Popular Brewery

Chocolate City Beer is a D.C. brewery with a distinct personality, offering unique beers like the Cornerstone Copper Ale out of a tiny brick building right off of the Rhode Island Metro. Although the interior is small, it only adds to the charm of this urban microbrewery, and the delicious beers more than make up for the lack of space.

Chocolate City Beer is often busy on the weekends when the brewery hosts its weekly free beer tastings and tours, and the knowledgeable owners and staff members are always enthusiastic about explaining a beer’s ingredients or the brewing process. Growlers of beer are also available for $16 during Chocolate City Beer’s weekend tastings, and if you bring the growler back again, the brewery will refill it for just $10.

Although Chocolate City Beer doesn’t serve food, there is usually a food truck parked outside to satisfy hungry beer tasters.

Chocolate City Beer
2801 8th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 351-6197

Five Guys: Tasty Burgers

Just who are the Five Guys, anyway? The ‘guys’ are five family members who opened their first burger place in Arlington, Virginia in 1986. Today, the franchise has over a thousand locations including one near The Verona at Silver Hill Apartments. The secret to the success is the fact that nothing is frozen, everything is fresh and all is cooked in 100% peanut oil.

The menu is simple, but if you add everything up, you can get your burger over 250,000 ways, according to their website. The menu offers a Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Bacon Burger, and a Bacon Cheeseburger in small and large sizes, plus you get a plethora of toppings at no extra charge. You can also get a Kosher Hot Dog, Veggie Sandwich, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or BLT. Fries come in regular or Cajun-style.

Five Guys is open every day.

Five Guys
3238 Donnell Drive
District Heights, MD 20747
(301) 516-5555

McCormick & Schmick’s: Seafood Classics on the Waterfront

McCormick & Schmick’s is your grandfather's oyster house reborn as national chain. They do a pretty good job of recreating the plush, timeless, metropolitan vibe, with dark woods, leather banquettes, and antique prints on the walls.

The menu changes based on the daily catch, and waiters know the difference between Newfoundland and Long Island oysters. Don’t look for flash or fusion here: McCormick & Schmick’s is the place for seafood classics done right. Non-seafood options are available, yes—but would you order fish at a burger joint?

The wine list is extensive, and cocktails are made with freshly squeezed juice. It’s as expensive as you imagine; come here for a big date, business meal, or special celebration.

Offering a view of the Potomac River, McCormick & Schmick’s is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

McCormick & Schmick’s
145 National Plaza
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(301) 567-6224

How to Help Preserve the Health of Your Eyes

You lift weights for your muscles and use fancy creams for your skin, but what do you do to protect your eyes? The eyes are often overlooked, but they are some of the most important parts of the body. Here are a few simple things that you can do to help ensure good eye health for years to come.

  1. Have a comprehensive exam. If you don’t wear glasses or contacts, you might go for years between eye exams. The only real way to know how healthy your eyes are is by having a comprehensive dilated exam administered by an eye care professional, so be sure to schedule an appointment.
  2. Eat the right foods. Yes, it’s common knowledge that carrots are good for your eyes, but other foods that can help improve the health of your eyes, as well. Dark, leafy vegetables, fruits, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids have all been linked to improving eye health.
  3. Keep them protected. Sunglasses don’t just look cool, they also serve a very important purpose. Wearing sunglasses helps to shield your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun, so be sure to choose ones that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.

Eye Health Tips [Information for Healthy Vision]
10 Eye Health Tips to Protect Your Vision [Real Simple]
Five Tips For Eye Health [Eating Well]

Ultra Zone Laser Tag: Arcade Fun in Alexandria

Fun is the name of the game at Ultra Zone in Bailey's Crossroads. This entertainment venue, which doubles as a laser tag arena and family amusement center, hosts arcade games, air hockey tables, and a pizza cafe for some between-game sustenance. However, the real highlight of Ultra Zone is, unsurprisingly, the laser tag. The multi-level arena can hold up to 66 players, each vying to become the victor of this high-tech version of "capture the flag."

Never played laser tag before? Here's what to expect: First, you don a vest that's equipped with blinking LED sensors, then you grab a laser gun. After a debriefing from the staff, you'll be set free to roam the arena's dark, labyrinth-like corridors, hiding in the cover of fog as you strategize a shot against one of the members of the opposing team. Games typically last 30 action-packed minutes, proving laser tag to be a popular choice for birthday parties, corporate outings, and other group events.

Ultra Zone Laser Tag is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Free Wi-Fi is offered.

Ultra Zone Laser Tag
3447 Carlin Springs Road
Bailey's Crossroads, VA 22041
(703) 578-6000

Love to Snowboard? These 3 Apps Are for You!

Before you head out to the slopes with your snowboard, you need to check up on the snowfall, wind chill, lift openings, and other important information. Stay up-to-date with valuable snowboarding stats right from your smartphone with one of these helpful, affordable apps.

Ski Tracks
Ski Tracks is one of the most detailed snowboarding apps available today, offering complex graphs and charts to track each of your runs down the mountain. Simply press the record button when you first set out on the trail and the Ski Tracks app will record your altitude, speed, number of runs, and even the distance you traveled throughout the day.

Check up on the conditions at your resort before you leave the house with the SkiResort app. The app provides more than 3,000 trail maps for 4,800 ski resorts worldwide, as well as information about open trails and lifts, test reports, and snow depths in your area. Livestreams and webcams from the resort also enable you to get a feel for the outdoor conditions right from your phone.

Ski & Snow Report
If you’re looking for an incredibly simple, accurate app simply for checking the weather conditions, this is a great option. The app offers basic weather information for just about any resort in the country, as well as stats regarding the types of trails that the resort has to offer.