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Shirlington Village Trick ‘N Treatin’ on Saturday!

October 24, 2014 3:21 pm

Something for everyone!

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS

Aroma Indian Cuisine
Blue Sea Seafood & Bar
The Bungalow
Busboys & Poets
Café Pizzaiolo
CakeLove
Capitol City Brewing Company
Copperwood Tavern
The Delancey
Diana Nails
Dogma Bakery & Boutique
Guapo's
Hardwood Artisans
Harris Teeter
Hilton Garden Inn
Illusions
Johnny Rockets
Le Village Marche
Luna Grill & Diner
One Two Kangaroo Toys
Periwinkle
PING
Shirlington Branch Library
Signature Theatre
Studio Salon & Spa
T.H.A.I. Shirlington
The UPS Store
VisualEyes Optical Boutique

FREE SHIRLIE HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES
The Bungalow
Mason jar pumpkin lanterns

Busboys and Poets
Recycled milk jug Jack-o-lanterns

Cafe Pizzaiolo
Miniature pumpkin painting

SPECIAL MERCHANT PROMOTIONS
Blue Sea Seafood & Bar: One free kids meal per one adult meal purchased. Please mention offer to your server.
The Bungalow: Kids crafts and adult craft drafts from 2-6 pm. One free kids entrée with the purchase of a full-price adult entrée (must be an entrée, and only one per entrée).
Cafe Pizzaiolo: Receive a FREE slice of cheese pizza for kids under 12. $4.00 drafts and $4.50 per glass of house wine for adults.
Capitol City Brewing Company: Free kids meal with the purchase of an entrée. Only during event hours.
Copperwood Tavern: Trick or treat for adults only. Receive gift cards!
Dogma Bakery & Boutique: 20% off all children's stuffed animals.
Luna Grill & Diner: Costume contest for children only. The winner receives a free kids meal!
PING: Children in costume eat free. All day event.
Signature Theatre: Ticket discounts for future Elmer Gantry and Sex with Strangers shows for parents.

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La Tasca: Small Plates for Lunch or Dinner

October 22, 2014 4:04 pm

La Tasca occupies an expansive space with upstairs and downstairs dining, patio seating, and a kitchen that whips up Spanish tapas. Happy Hour is a great time to stop by for discounts on wine, beer, and the small plates.

However, the lunchtime unlimited tapas menu means you can partake of a delicious array of dishes like ensalada de spinacas – spinach salad, tortilla de patatas – potato and onion omelet, or empanadas de carne – pastries stuffed with ground beef and cheese. Individual tapas can be ordered off the menu, or you can get the La Tasca tasting menu for a sampling of tastes to share at table, with dishes like buey a la plancha – grilled angus sirloin steak, chuletitas de cordero – grilled lamb chops, rulada de salmón – salmon stuffed with shrimp mousse, or brocheta de marisco – marinated seafood skewers.

La Tasca is open every day in Arlington.

La Tasca
2900 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 812-9120
www.latascausa.com/site/locations/arlington-va/
www.yelp.com/biz/la-tasca-arlington

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Three Cookware Essentials for Every Kitchen

October 16, 2014 5:04 pm

Whether you're a trained chef or your cooking experience is limited to burning a piece of toast, these are the cookware essentials to have in your kitchen arsenal.

1) 10-inch skillet
This particular piece will likely become your go-to piece of cookware. When shopping for the skillet, look for medium- or heavy-weight pans, and opt for pans with a non-stick finish. A well-seasoned cast iron skillet in the same size is another good tool to have; it'll enable you to create a nice sear on steak, chicken, and other proteins.

2) Two- to three-quart saucepan with lid
You'll use this pan for boiling pasta and rice, steaming veggies, heating soups, making sauces, and much more. If you regularly prepare large-batch soups and stews for freezing, consider also purchasing an eight-quart stockpot, or, for stove-to-table dining, a four-quart dutch oven.

3) Eight- or nine-inch chef's knife
Spring for the most high quality knife that your budget will allow, and note that this is one piece you'll want to shop in person. Head to a kitchen supply store to "try out" a few knives; that is, hold a few and decide which one feels the most comfortable.

The Well-Equipped Kitchen [Good Housekeeping]
Essential Kitchen Tools Checklist [Real Simple]
The Kitchn's Guide to Essential Cookware [The Kitchn]
Equipment: 9 Essential Pots and Pans [Serious Eats]

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