Monday, February 8, 2016

Make Any Morning Sweeter With a Frappuccino from Starbucks

Coffee lovers in the Suitland area frequent the local Starbucks for its delicious selection of seasonal lattes, strong brewed coffees, and fresh-baked pastries perfect for breakfast on the go. The Suitland location of the ubiquitous nationwide chain is rustic and modern inside, with Starbucks’ signature warm color scheme, wooden cafe tables, and comfortable, overstuffed chairs designed for spending the day with a good book.

Order sweet, blended Frappuccinos from the friendly baristas at the spacious counter, or grab a classic drip coffee, frothy cappuccino, or a warm, fragrant cup of tea. There is a great selection of La Boulangerie pastries displayed in the glass cases, as well as healthy breakfast sandwiches that make eating well easy, even when you’re on the go. On warm days, you’ll also find a crowd of caffeinated customers enjoying the sunshine and the tasty coffee drinks at the outdoor patio tables.

Starbucks
3450 Donnell Drive
District Heights, MD 20747
(301) 516-7100
www.yelp.com/biz/starbucks-district-heights-3

Experience Dinner and a Hibachi Show at Fuji Mountain Steakhouse

Anyone who has been to a hibachi restaurant knows how exciting it is to watch as the skilled chefs prepare each dish right in front of your eyes on a grill built into the table. At Fuji Mountain Steakhouse, the experience is almost like a dinner show, with chefs slicing, dicing, and flipping each ingredient in a fast-paced manner, even setting things on fire and interacting with the guests in a fun way.

Whether you’re craving something different for dinner or looking for a lively place to celebrate a special occasion, Fuji Mountain Steakhouse’s unique setup is an experience that just about anyone would enjoy. The menu includes hibachi platters of grilled steak, chicken, or seafood with flavorful fried rice and marinated vegetables, as well as a selection of sashimi and maki rolls for fans of sushi. Add a Flaming Volcano cocktail or a Japanese beer to your meal for the full Fuji Mountain Steakhouse experience!

Fuji Mountain Steakhouse
4237 Branch Ave
Temple Hills, MD 20748
(301) 899-8666
www.fujimountainsteakhouse.com

How to Lose Weight — Without Going Hungry!

Sure, a diet involves cutting back on fat and calories, but that doesn’t mean that you should ever feel hungry. Here are some tips for losing weight without going hungry.

  1. Don't fast. Trendy cleanse diets involve drinking only water, juice, or not eating anything at all in order to shed pounds. While you might lose a bit of weight at first, fasting actually slows your metabolism down and causes you to gain more weight once you start eating again.
  2. Always eat breakfast. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day because it fuels you for the rest of the day. Try something with whole grains, protein, and fresh fruits and veggies to stay full without adding unnecessary calories.
  3. Stay away from starches. While foods like potatoes and breads will make you feel full very quickly, these food are filled with little more than carbs. Opt for whole grains or sweet potatoes instead.
  4. Plan your meals. If you plan your meals ahead of time, you won’t have to choose what to eat once your hunger starts to set in (which can lead to overeating).

Diet Myth or Truth: Fasting Is Effective for Weight Loss [WebMD]
10 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Without Starving [Men’s Health]
Losing Weight [CDC]

Marshalls: A Must-Stop Shop for Savvy Shoppers

If you want to stay on top of the latest fashion trends but you don’t exactly have an unlimited budget, Marshalls is the solution to all of your shopping woes. The popular chain retailer offers discount prices on name-brand clothing that would be considered a major splurge at full price, making your favorite designer names much more affordable. The well-organized store also offers a large selection of handbags and accessories, and their shoe section includes high heels, leather boots, sneakers, and many others for men, women and children.

Marshalls isn’t limited to only clothing and accessories, however. Here, you’ll also find an equally stylish inventory of home décor items and small furnishings, and the kitchen supply section even includes gourmet snacks, oils, and coffees to help stock your pantry for a steal of a price.

Marshalls is open 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdaysand 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Marshalls
5562 Silver Hill Road
District Heights, MD 20747
(301) 669-1981
www.marshallsonline.com/tjx/locator.aspx

How to Design Your Own Floral Arrangement

Think that you have to visit a professional florist to find a magazine-worthy arrangement? Think again! With these simple tips for designing your own floral arrangements at home, you can fill your space at The Verona at Silver Hill Apartments with gorgeous flowers or even give them as affordable gifts to friends.

  1. Choose the perfect vase. Choose a vase that will fit the flowers that you have on hand, or if you don’t have a designated vase, use something like a mason jar, pitcher, or other household vessel.
  2. Using florist’s tape, create a grid across the top opening of the vase. Leave approximately one-inch squares in between the tape to keep the flowers separated and evenly spaced.
  3. Mix up textures by using a wide variety of different types of flowers. Contrast delicate baby’s breath with big, leafy blooms and eucalyptus branches.
  4. If you’re feeling a bit intimidated by the idea of mixing and matching, make a statement by using a large quantity of just one type of flower. Whether it’s classic red roses or purple hydrangeas, all flowers look beautiful when trimmed into layered lengths that eventually create a rounded arrangement in a short vase.

Flower Arranging 101 [Martha Stewart]
Elegant, Exquisite, Easy Flower Arrangements [Real Simple]
How to create perfect floral arrangements [Sunset]

Rosa Mexicano: Treat Yourself to a Tasty Meal of Mexican Fare

Rosa Mexicano has a reputation for friendly service and tasty food, and this National Harbor eatery consistently delivers on both counts. The restaurant's famous guacamole prepared fresh at the table is hugely popular, and the queso fondu served with chorizo and corn tortillas is also a big hit. Favorite entrees include tacos that come in varieties like slow braised carnitas and pineapple or grilled skirt steak marinated in guajillo chili and tequila. Yelp reviewers suggest the chicken pibil, which is flavored with a traditional Yucatan marinade before being grilled over an open flame.

Rosa Mexicano’s upscale atmosphere makes dining here a pleasure at a purely visual level, too. The dining room boasts rich jewel tones set against a golden background with dramatic lighting behind the bar, so you might enjoy the atmosphere as much as your food.

Rosa Mexicano
153 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 567-1005
www.rosamexicano.com/nationalharbor/index.php
www.yelp.com/biz/rosa-mexicano-national-harbor

These Luxury Websites Celebrate the Finer Things in Life

You prefer to live life beautifully and have a well-developed sense of style to show for it. We’ve found a few websites to help you acquire the finer things in life, whether it’s in your home, kitchen, closet, or office. Find out about style icons you admire, view galleries of beautiful places to travel, and discover ways to make your lifestyle a little more chic.

Pursuitist
Pursuitist is dedicated to bringing you only the best of the best when it comes to life and style. Browse articles and galleries pertaining to luxury fashion, auto, culinary, and travel.

Robb Report
Stay informed on the latest news of your favorite luxury brands at Robb Report. Bringing you the most current information about fashion, properties, and travel, you’ll never miss an opportunity to get the goods as soon as they're available.

Just Luxe
Just Luxe is a fabulous guide to living life with impeccable style. Find out where the best spots for luxury are in each city you visit with the City Guides feature, then read reviews of the hottest trends in autos, fashion, and home.

Luxury Design
Enjoy first class access to the luxury lifestyle at Luxury Design. Read suggestions on which private jet to fly, which high-end perfume to purchase, and what designer watches will make the passing of time a beautiful event.

Happy Winter!

As sweater weather approaches we hope you all stay warm and cozy this season! What are some of your favorite winter activities?

Skate, Bike and Play Along the River at Anacostia Park

Whether you’re looking for a place to walk for exercise, ride your bike, or go fishing near The Verona at Silver Hill Apartments, Anacostia Park is the perfect place to have fun outdoors without venturing too far from home. This popular park is situated right along the river, which makes it just as scenic as it is spacious.

There are paved walkways that go right along the riverbanks, as well as artistic bridges that take you from one side to the other. Tennis courts, outdoor skating rinks, and basketball courts offer hours of fun for active visitors, while the winding trails are the perfect places to get in some running or biking as your daily workout. There is even an indoor pool if you prefer to swim for exercise.

Fishing is permitted along the Anacostia River with the proper permits, while the little ones will enjoy spending the day climbing and swinging in the playground area.

Anacostia Park
Fairlawn Ave SE and Nicholson St SE
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 575-0306
www.nps.gov/anac/index.htm

Life Is Good: Where the Glass Is Always Half Full in National Harbor

Brothers Bert and John Jacobs designed their first t-shirt in 1989. They hawked their wares on Boston street corners and in college towns up and down the East Coast. It didn’t go well, and as they say, “chicks were not impressed.” Coming home from a dispiriting road trip in 1989, they looked to a drawing on their apartment wall: a joyous, beret-wearing beatnik named Jake who professed that "Life is Good." They printed 48 shirts with Jake’s face—and they sold out within hours.

A star was born and the Life is Good line now incorporates clothing for men, women, kids, and pets; accessories, housewares, mugs, toys, and many other goodies. They’re simple, attractive, durable, ethically produced, and aficionados say they speak to Jake’s spirit: little things make life sweet. Stop by the boutique in National Harbor to see for yourself.

Check the Life is Good website for hours, products, and more locations.

Life Is Good
140 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 839-1701
www.lifeisgood.com
www.yelp.com/biz/life-is-good-national-harbor

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