Friday, July 31, 2015

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.

Our 75 Best Tips for Losing Weight [Women’s Day]
7 Weight Loss Mistakes Even Healthy Women Make [Prevention]
7 Weight Loss Challenges and Tips for Women [ShareCare]

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

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father's Day! We hope all of the Dads out there have a great day with loved ones! Let us know how you plan to help Dad relax today!

How to Manage Your Weight With Fruits and Veggies

Few foods are better to help manage your weight than nutritious fruits and vegetables. If you want to learn more about using fruits and veggies to achieve your goal weight and stay healthy, these tips from the CDC can help:

1) Prepare them properly.
To get the most nutrition value, it's best to consume many fruits and vegetables raw or steamed. Steaming cooks them without causing valuable nutrients to dissipate. Avoid adding high calorie, high fat dressings.

2) Replace snacks with fruits and veggies.
The basic idea behind dieting is math: burn more calories than you consume. Fruits and vegetables can help because they're nutritious without being high in empty calories.

3) Add fruits and vegetables to recipes.
For a sneaky way to start eating more of these healthy foods, simply add them to foods you already eat. If you’re making soup, add some vegetables. When you eat your morning cereal, top it with some berries or a cut banana.

How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight [CDC]

Coco Blanca: Shop Like Audrey Hepburn

“Imagine that Papa Hemingway and Audrey Hepburn had a love child born in a Paris flea market.”

That’s how Coco Blanca greets you on their website. A bit cute perhaps but definitely a statement of intent for this fashion and home goods boutique. The look is rugged and refined, a balance between European couture and Cape Cod leisure. Come here for a scarf from the Isle of Capri, a vintage Sage dining table that’s straight from a Provencal farmhouse, or a sleek, timeless Le Marais lamp that’s the picture of city living. Nothing is cheap, but locals love the selection and call it a perfect way to leave big box stores behind.

Coco Blanca will leave you with an apartment that looks like you. And isn’t that priceless?

Check the website for a catalogue, hours, events, and more information.

Coco Blanca
122 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 567-2002

Try the Catfish Nuggets at Food for Life

Fight your way past the drab, colorless surroundings of Food for Life's shopping-center home and you'll be greeted by the warmth that waits inside this Suitland eatery.

That warmth emanates not only from the flowery decor, but also from the fresh vegetarian platters and seafood served here. According to reviews, a perfect meal here would probably consist of catfish nuggets with a side of green beans and a piña colada cookie for dessert.

But the fast-casual restaurant also offers many meat- and fish-free dishes to accommodate special diets. Vegetarian eaters can sink their forks into piles of perfectly seasoned veggies atop a bed of rice or go fingers-first into a pile of crispy carrot fries—a nutritious alternative to potato fries.

Food for Life
4929 Suitland Road
Suitland, MD 20746
(301) 735-4007

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