Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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

Classic Comfort Food at TGI Friday’s

TGI Friday’s offers a casual, lively dining experience replete with traditional American fare. The menu at this national chain restaurant spans bar bites (loaded potato skins, buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks) to burgers, barbecue fare, "sizzling" chicken entrees, and hot sandwiches. Lighter appetites can opt for a gourmet-inspired salad or a cup of soup.

Desserts include a rich toffee cake soaked in a Jack Daniel’s sauce and a Ghirardelli chocolate Oreo cake. Speaking of dessert, TGI Friday's signature cocktails are sweet enough to finish any meal. The Peppermint Mudslide, for example, is a decadent concoction of Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua, vodka, and vanilla ice cream. The cocktail—if you can call it that!—is garnished with a peppermint pinwheel candy and a dollop of whipped cream.

Drink specials can be found most weeknights: Thursdays are $3 beer nights and Wednesdays offer deals on martinis. Friday’s also offers gluten-sensitive meal options and free Wi-Fi. The restaurant is open for lunch, and take-out is available.

TGI Friday’s
5740 Silver Hill Road
Forestville, MD 20747

Happy Memorial Day!

Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day as we remember the many heroes who have served our country.

Think You Know Your Geography? These Online Quizzes Put Your Knowledge to the Test!

Do you think that you’re pretty well versed in the world’s geography? Can name all 50 states and their corresponding capitals? Put your geography skills to the test with these fun and educational online games—you just may find yourself stumped somewhere around Eastern Europe!

Shepard Software’s U.S.A. Capitals
This challenging game combines both the state capitals and the state’s physical location in the country to test your geography skills all at once. Players are given a state capital and then asked to choose the corresponding state from a blank map of the U.S., which means that even if you know the right state, you still might not get the answer right.

Capitals of the World
Expand your horizons outside of the country as you attempt to identify all of the countries in the world. Begin by clicking a continent from the game’s colorful world map, and then answer questions based on countries within that continent.

Shepard Software’s U.S.A. States
Once you tire of the state capitals, move on to testing your knowledge of their geographical locations. This game from Shepard Software features a blank map of the U.S., and players must click on the proper location of each state presented.

Did You Know That Movie Tickets Are Discounted on Tuesdays at Marlow 6 Theatre?

If you arrive at Marlow Cinema 6 on a Tuesday, you may just encounter a crowd. That's because every Tuesday at this Temple Hills movie theater is "Bargain Tuesday," when movie tickets are discounted to just $6 all day long.

Of course, there's more on offer at Marlow Cinema 6 than just discounts. This state-of-the-art theater comes equipped with all the amenities you'd expect from a modern movie theater: all-digital projection, digital surround sound, 3D capabilities, comfortable seats, and — because no movie is complete without snacks — a fully-loaded concessions stand. (Be sure to order a snack bundle to get the best deals on soft drinks, buttery popcorn, and candy!)

Check out Marlow Cinema 6 on Facebook to keep tabs on special discounts and advanced ticket sales.

Phoenix Big Cinemas Marlow Cinema 6
Marlow Heights Shopping Center
3899 Branch Ave #1
Temple Hills, MD 20748
(301) 702-2829

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