Have You Tried the Alligator Stew at Warehouse Bar & Grill?

Warehouse Bar & Grill is a go-to spot for fine dining in Alexandria. Located in the heart of Old Town, Warehouse specializes in prime-aged steaks and fresh seafood prepared with a Louisiana flair.

Kick off your meal with fresh oysters, shrimp and crawfish beignets, or Asian-style ribs with garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a hearty Creole alligator stew or seafood gumbo. For the main event, Warehouse offers meats and seafood dishes. Seafood favorites include the Maine salmon, Southern fried catfish, and the trout Orleans, which comes topped with spicy shrimp and lump crab. For meat lovers, try the filet mignon, perfectly cut and prepared. End on a sweet note with Creole bread pudding or a piece of bourbon pecan pie.

Visit the website for the full menu and to check out the lunch and weekend brunch menu.

Warehouse Bar and Grill
214 King St
Alexandria, VA
(703) 683-6868

Travel Back to 18th-Century Virginia with a Visit to the Carlyle House

Take a step back in time with a visit to the Carlyle House in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Built in the 1700s, this magnificently crafted stone mansion was home to John Carlyle, the founder of Alexandria.

Take a tour to see the mansion come to life. Docents and actors lead you through the home portraying scenes from its’ history, from John Carlyle himself to his slaves in the garden and the kitchen. This peek into daily life in the 1700s and 1800s is a real historical eye-opener for many visitors. The tour comes with rave reviews from locals and visitors alike.

A great perk is the affordable price tag for entry, so bring the whole family. Children under 5 visit free, ages 6-12 are $3, and over 13 is just $5. If you’re a history buff and think you’ll be visiting more than once, consider purchasing a membership, which provides free admission, discounts, and invites to members-only events and exhibits.

Carlyle House
121 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-2997

Sagging, Scratching and Tearing — Oh My! Don’t Let These Common Problems Ruin Your Furniture

Whether you recently invested in a brand-new sofa or you've had your furniture for years, everyone wants to keep their furniture in top condition. Here are some smart tips that will prevent sags, tears, and other common furniture issues in your home.

  • Flip your cushions frequently. To keep your cushions from getting too flat, make sure that you flip them frequently. You can use this trick on chairs, sofas, and anything else with a removable cushion.
  • Turn your mattress. Prolong the lifespan of your mattress by flipping it every six months or so. This will help to keep the springs in place and avoid placing weight on the same spot every night.
  • Keep wood furniture away from heat and sunlight. Wood is very durable, but when it comes to sunlight, things can start fading fast. Try to arrange your hardwood furniture so that it's not in the path of direct sunlight, and avoid placing wooden pieces near a heater to prevent warping.
  • Take coasters seriously. You may think of coasters as a bit of an annoyance, but when it comes to preserving the life of your wooden tables, they're actually very important. Keep a few coasters on hand so that your cold beverages don't make rings on wood surfaces.
  • Only use oil soap for wooden furniture. Cleaning your wooden tables and chairs with any old cleaner may damage their surfaces. Instead, always clean these pieces with oil soap diluted with equal parts water.
  • Dust frequently. It may look harmless, but dust can damage the inside of your rugs, sofa cushions, and on top of wooden shelves and tables. Make sure to take cushions outside and give them a good beating to shake out the dust, and frequently dust wooden pieces using a gentle feather duster or an old rag.

Caring for Furniture [HGTV]

New Facebook Sweepstakes! Enter to Win an iPad Mini!

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Have You Tried the Lobster Bisque at Fish Market Restaurant?

Where King and Union intersect in the heart of the Alexandria waterfront district, you’ll find the Fish Market. The Fish Market has an ambiance that welcomes all, whether you’re looking for a family dinner or a place to watch the game.

The menu at the Fish Market has one goal: to provide the freshest seafood around, and boy can you taste it! To start, try the rich lobster bisque or the hot and spicy shrimp. For your main course, options are endless. The seafood dishes show influence from every corner of the globe. Try the Jaco fish tacos, buttery New England Lobster rolls, jerk salmon salad, or seafood jambalaya among many more. If you’re more of a landlubber, try the ribeye or the fried chicken plates. You can’t leave without trying Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, which is hand crafted on-site and the perfect way to end any meal.

The Fish Market is no stranger to a good deal. Visit the website for a list of daily specials!

Fish Market Restaurant
105 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-5676

Happy Fourth of July!

Wishing you a Fourth of July filled with pride, honor, and lots of fun!

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Osprey and Beavers at Huntley Meadows Park

Enjoy the great outdoors at the beautiful Huntley Meadows Park in the heart of Alexandria. This wetland park is a hidden gem that you may be surprised to find amongst such a metropolitan area.

Boardwalk structures lead the way through this marshy eco-wonderland, with a variety of other trails connecting throughout the 1,500-acre reserve area. Among the wildlife you can spot on your stroll are beavers, blue herons, osprey, snakes, frogs, turtles, and many more. Be sure to have your camera ready, and don’t forget the bug spray. Stop by the visitor center before your walk to learn more about the ecosystems through a variety of exhibits and classrooms.

Do note that they don’t allow running, biking, or dogs as to not disturb the ecosystems and wildlife. Parking is easily accessible, and as the park is a nonprofit there is a $2 suggested parking donation.

Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Boulevard
Alexandria, VA 22306
(703) 768-2525

Union Street Public House: A Nice Spot by the Water

With a view of the Potomac, the Union Street Public House is the place to go for food and spirits with friends and family. Located across from Waterfront Park in a beautifully renovated colonial building, the Union Street Public House is even nicer when you walk inside. You’ll like the cool bar, comfortable seating and old school ambiance. There’s also a terrific view!

Come after work with friends and enjoy the selection of draught and bottled beers and wines by the glass. There are also some nice bar bites to share. The lunch and dinner menus features tasty sandwiches and entrees. But check out the oyster bar, where you can get fresh delights on the half shell.

Check out Union Street's website to find out more about this Alexandria pub.

Union Street Public House
121 South Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-1785


Happy Father’s Day!

Today is a chance for us to recognize some very important people in our lives. May this day bring you many reasons to smile!

Happy Father’s Day!

Cheese, Please! How to Make a Memorable Cheese Plate

For the avid foodie, there are few things in life more beautiful than a good cheese plate. If you want to create a truly gourmet quality cheese plate for your next dinner party or holiday gathering at The Asher, use these simple tips for assembling the perfect spread.

  1. Consider the basics. Before beginning, consider how many people you’ll be serving and what other types of food you’ll have. This will help you to determine how much cheese to buy.
  2. Determine quantity. For an hors d’oeuvre, your cheese plate should include one to two ounces of cheese per person. If you plan on serving it after the main meal, pare it down to just one ounce per person.
  3. Choose the perfect serving platter. Invest in a sturdy cutting board, a marble cheese platter, or an attractive slate slab.
  4. Choose the cheeses. Lighter options, like goat cheese and fresh mozzarella, are great options for before dinner, while fuller bodied cheeses include cheddar, aged gouda and bleu cheese.
  5. Create a theme. If you’re still unsure of which cheeses to choose, create a theme. Pick cheeses from one specific region of the world, or opt for cheeses that are all made from goat’s milk.
  6. Organize. Spread your cheeses out on the platter for easy cutting, and be sure to offer a different knife with each kind. You’ll also want to serve complementary breads and crackers alongside.

The Perfect Cheese Platter [Real Simple]
How to Set Up a Cheese Platter [Food Network]
Creating the Perfect Cheese Plate [Food and Wine]

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