Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bethesda : 2015 VIPiNK Weekend Celebration

If you live near Bethesda - check out these events and support a great cause!!! 

Westfield Montgomery Hosts 2015 VIPiNK Weekend Celebration and Events in Support of Bright Pink® April 30 – May 3
VIPink Weekend Brings Shoppers Together to Encourage Healthy Lifestyles and Join the Fight Against Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Bethesda, Md. – April 24, 2015 ­– Westfield Montgomery, Bethesda’s premier destination for food, film and fashion, today announced that it has teamed up with Bright Pink®, a national non-profit organization that supports breast and ovarian health in young women, for its second annual VIPink Weekend,Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3. This year’s VIPink Weekend activities include a line-up of events centered on film, fitness and beauty.

Westfield Montgomery will bring back Pink Central, the official hub for all events, activations and sweepstakes throughout the weekend. Bright Pink ambassadors and center representatives will be on-site at Pink Central to provide guests with Brighten Up® informational kits, as well as sign them up for helpful Breast Health Reminders™, monthly text message reminders to be breast self-aware and speak up if something has changed or feels abnormal. Westfield will donate up to $10,000 to Bright Pink, by committing a $1 donation for every guest signing up for the text message reminder program.

“Westfield Montgomery is committed to raising awareness and encouraging prevention through VIPink Weekend, while providing the local community with opportunities to come together for a worthwhile cause,” said Patti Green, senior marketing director at Westfield Montgomery. “Breast cancer affects one in eight women, so we are honored to support Bright Pink as it aims to lower this statistic and help eradicate this disease.”

On Thursday, April 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m.Westfield Montgomery will host the VIPink Preview Party starting with a reception at Pink Central – a dedicated space in the lower level Nordstrom wing – where guests can learn about preventive measures against breast and ovarian cancer, while enjoying light food and beverages from CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, MET Bethesda Lobster ME and Cleo’s Oil Bar. Immediately following the reception at 8:15 p.m., guests will enjoy an opening night movie screening of the blockbuster movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at ArcLight Cinemas. Tickets for the reception and event are $35 and all proceeds benefit Bright Pink.

Other VIPink Weekend’s events include:

·         Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.: Exclusive Zengo cycling classes hosted in partnership with lululemon athletica
·         Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3Hair blowouts and make-up consultations in partnership with Eric Alexander Salon and Nordstrom
·         Sunday, May 3 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.: A series of special yoga classes hosted in partnership with lululemon athletica 

Tickets for the weekend’s events can be purchased through Bright Pink, where all proceeds will support the organization’s mission to educate young women nationwide about early detection and risk reduction, empower the medical professionals that take care of them, and offer support and resources to women at high risk. 

In addition to events, activities and Bright Pink educational tools, every $10 event ticket purchased provides guests with an automatic entry into a sweepstakes online for a chance to win fabulous prizes, including: an Under Armour gift pack, a custom Lilly Pulitzer artwork piece, a Nordstrom beauty package, and Westfield’s national grand prize, which is a trip to London. The prize package includes roundtrip coach airfare for two, hotel stay and a shopping spree at Westfield London or Westfield Stratford.

For more information on the event, visit us on Facebook: facebook.com/WestfieldMontgomery.

For more information on Bright Pink, go to BrightPink.org.

To purchase tickets and access additional information about VIPink Weekend, please visit:https://fundraise.brightpink.org/bethesda/events/westfield-montgomery-vipink-weekend/e45677.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Washington DC: Bobby's Burger Palace

I was recently invited to a tweet & eat at Bobby's Burger Palace. Yes that's Bobby, as in Bobby 'freakin' Flay. Anyone seen Beat Bobby Flay? I love that show. 

Anyways, BBP is really awesome, and they hire students as interns from the near by university, GW, to be a campus ambassador - using social media/etc. to promote BBP. Can I go back to school and get this job please?  
Almost immediately after joining the table, the BBP red and BBP white were brought out. They were both decent wines that I would drink - they also have beer and a frozen cactus pair margarita available. 
Then a selection of regular fries, sweet potato fries and onion rings were brought out. The normal fries and onion rings were everything they should be - the sweet potato fries were crispy but I don't do sweet potatoes. 
Before you continue to scroll down and read, I must warn you the photos you see below may cause hunger and the need to get a burger. You've been warned. 

The first burger that popped out at me was the LA Burger avocado relish | watercress | cheddar cheese | tomato. Give me anything with avocado and I will pretty much be in love with it. The creamy cool, avocado paired extremely well with the slight pepperiness of the watercress. This burger was fresh and flavorful and didn't weigh you down. One of the interns loves this burger with the grilled chicken, which would go perfectly with the toppings. 
The Miami Burger pressed with ham | swiss cheese | pickles | mustard | mayonnaise. This was Rosie's favorite burger. I loved that this burger was pressed and made it a lot easier to eat, but I am not a fan of mayo/mustard so this was not my favorite. 
We had to try a burger with the signature "crunchify" - which is potato chips added to the top of any burger. We had it on a basic cheeseburger and it was AH-MAY-ZING. The simplicity of the melted cheese with the salty potato chips really was perfect. I'm not sure if I could handle the crunchification of a burger with a bunch of toppings, simple really is better for this combo. 
The last "burger" we tried was the New Mexico queso sauce | roasted green chiles | pickled red onions. The pickled onions balanced out the queso nicely and added a good crunch. I wanted to make sure we tried a burger switched out with chicken so we did it with this burger. The chicken was good, not rubbery - and went well with toppings. Enough to tempt me to switch out other burgers with chicken. 
As well as burgers, they also have two grilled cheeses. A Griddled Pimento Cheese & Bacon pimento cheese | bacon | tomato and the Griddled Cheese american | swiss | cheddar | monterey jack | tomato. While both were delicious, the Griddled Cheese (bottom) was my favorite - the tomato helped cut the richness of the cheeses. 
What burger experience is complete without milkshakes? We tried the Coconut and the Vanilla Caramel Bourbon. I very obviously was in love with the vanilla, caramel bourbon one. A perfect, boozy milkshake. 
So I am not going to lie, I have been to BBP before, and it was kind of disappointing. This visit has totally converted me. Before I had an issue with flavor (presentation was great both times) and this visit that wasn't the case at all. The burgers and the toppings packed a flavor punch and I was sad my stomach couldn't fit more food in. In fact, my only complaint right now is their lack of a vegetarian burger option. 

It's also important to note if you are being low carb, you can get any of the burger/chicken combos served on a bed of lettuce. 

Would I come back? Yes, I do love a good burger. 

2121 K Street NW
Washington DC
Golden Triangle
Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Old Town Alexandria: Lunch at the Majestic Restaurant

I work in Old Town Alexandria and am always on the lookout for a good lunch deal for when I forget (am too lazy to pack) my lunch. Instead of sticking to my usual (Nando's and Bittersweet), I decided to check out and see if the Majestic has a lunch special and they do...if you sit at the bar. They offer three options of different combos for $12 (check the photo below). 

*Update 6/24/15 - they no longer do the $12 lunch special...sad face - however I tried the steak tacos...OMG - order them (fish ones were just ok)*

Carrie and I both went with the Ceaser Salad & Pot Roast Sliders - combo #3. The salad was good, better then your average ceaser. I rarely eat croutons but made an exception for these, they tasted like real bread made into croutons as opposed to the kind you get out of a box. The pot-roast sandwich pickled onion| washington tavern porter sauce | fresh horseradish cream was the star of the show. The potroast was moist, flavorful and not too fatty. I chose to leave the horseradish cream off my sandwich and everything still worked out extremely well with each other. The only thing about this meal that lacked were the pommes frites - they were not fried enough, but I didn't need to be eating all that you see below so I wasn't too bummed about it. 
The bartender was attentive without being overwhelming and the food was quick and delicious. We were in and out in about 40 minutes which is perfect if you only have an hour for lunch. I asked about the veggie sandwich, and the bartender says he normally turns up his nose at veggie sandwiches, but the combo of roasted veggies and the aioli gets him. 

Would I come back? Yes, now that I know their food is good, I will venture off their special lunch menu to their normal menu - Duck Confit Salad anyone?

Has anyone tried any of their dishes? Let me know - I want to try half their menu!! 

911 King Street
Alexandria, VA
The Majestic on Urbanspoon

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Old Town Alexandria: Caphe Banh Mi

While the weather is still flip-flopping, Carrie and I thought it would be good to enjoy a bowl of pho before the weather gets too warm (fingers crossed it's soon). There are two  Vietnamese/pho restaurants in Old Town Alexandria, one at each end. Our destination - Caphe Banh Mi, is towards the waterfront, while Pho 33 is in the John Carylye area, past the Kings Street metro. 

The inside of Caphe Banh Mi is a very tight, yet quaint fit. Even at 1:30 the place was pretty packed so be prepared to wait some. 

I ordered the House Pho - which is a beef broth pho, while Carrie ordered the Chicken Pho. Hands down the chicken pho/broth was the winner. It was so much more flavorful and comforting then the beef. The chicken was white meat and looked pretty tasty, while the beef was pretty bland and unflavorful. However, when I get pho, I'm in it for the noodles and just added a ridiculous amount or srirachi and lime to make it taste good. 

In addition to pho, we ordered an assortment of drinks. First up was the Lotus Tea (unsweetened), refreshing and a great balance to the hot pho. Next we tried both the Hot and Iced Coffee that is made with sweetened condensed milk. Carrie, the coffee expert, declared their coffee pretty darn tasty, and I found that I like coffee when it is mixed with sweetened condensed milk.   
Service was fine, what to be expected at your typical hole in the wall pho restaurant. Avoid the House Pho unless bland food is your thing, and stick to the Chicken Pho + whatever meats you like. 

Would I come back? Yes, Carrie and I both want to try their Banh Mi and a couple of other things - I think next time we will get an order to go and enjoy it on the waterfront with an iced coffee! 

407 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA
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