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Surf’s up! Good Vibes at Hello Betty Restaurant

Hang loose! Hang ten! And surf’s up! 

Hello Betty is a nod to all things surf, skate, and snow “board” culture, bringing the ethos of these communities to the craft of food and beverage. 

Rocking a vibrant, live-out-loud mentality that’s reflected in everything from their menu to their design. Serving up regional, seafood-froward cuisine in a laid-back and positive environment with serious culinary and beverage chops. 

Born in Oceanside, CA in 2014, Hello Betty Bethesda is the second location, reflecting local influences with an irreverent, risk-taking approach to programming to pay-it-forward respect for their local communities. Hello Betty is a playful experience backed by responsibility- to sustainable fishing practices, support of the arts, impact on the environment, and commitment to guests. 

Perfection with positive vibes! Ride the wave! 

Make sure to check out all of the incredible menus

Hello Betty is open for lunch from Mondays – Thursdays from 11 am – 2 pm. Dinner Mondays – Thursdays from 5 pm – 10 

pm and Fridays – Sundays from 5 pm – 11 pm. Then, Brunch on Saturdays & Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm. Finally, Happy 

Hour every day from 3 pm – 6 pm. Located at 940 Rose Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Columbia Pike Wellness Festival

Social media is constantly bombarding everyone with healthy living tips and tricks. From diets, meal prep, gym routines, and so much more! It can be overwhelming and circle back around to being unhealthy. What really needs to be focused on is wellness. 

Wellness is the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health. One of the most important parts of that definition is the fact that wellness is not passive but active. 

Additionally, wellness is multidimensional. It is not just physical health. Wellness is the culmination of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental well-being. 

The Columbia Pike Wellness Festival aims to build community, foster new connections, support small businesses, and allow people to learn more about wellness. 

From gyms to fitness centers to pharmacies and physical therapists, Columbia Pike Wellness Festival promises to meet your wellness needs. Featuring live demos, free samples, live music, and more! 

The Columbia Pike Wellness Festival takes place on Saturday, September 10th from 2 pm until 6 pm. Located at Centro Arlington, 950 South George Mason Drive, Arlington, VA 22204.

Simple Summer-Inspired Recipes

This summer, everyone wants fun, refreshing, tasty, yet easy-to-make recipes! Spend less time in the kitchen, and more time relaxing with family and friends while enjoying some of these incredible recipes. 

Key Lime Cream Pie: This no-bake recipe is cool and refreshing, and the perfect thing to bring to a party or cookout! 

Grilled Chicken and Mango Skewers: Take advantage of mangos being in season with this simple recipe. 

Mint-Cucumber Tomato Sandwich: This quick go-to sandwich hits all the right spots during the summer season! 

Air-fried Radishes: Making for an easy and tasty side dish, wonderful for any meal. 

Hot Dog Sliders with Mango-Pineapple Salsa: Perfect for parties! Bite-sized hotdog sliders with fresh mango-pineapple salsa for a burst of fresh flavor. 

Chocolate Pudding Pizza: For any lovers of chocolate and peanut butter. An amazing and light dessert for a hot summer day! 

Dry Thai: A nonalcoholic twist on a Mai Tai made from almonds and orange flower water. 

Summer Mule: A citrusy, herbal twist on the classic summer mule drink! 

From easy dinners and simple side dishes to delicious desserts and mocktails, these delicious summer recipes are sure to be a huge success!

Jinya Ramen Bar’s Secret is in the Slow-Cooking

There’s something different about the piping-hot bowls of nourishment served at Jinya Ramen Bar. It’s the amount of time that goes into crafting the broth—more than 20 hours. To create a solid foundation for their signature Japanese ramen, the kitchen team slowly simmers each variety of broth for a least 20 hours, then spends as much time as it takes to meticulously craft the ingredients that swim in that broth.

Depending on your preferences, those ingredients could be spicy bean sprouts, chicken chashu, sauteed spinach, and thin rice noodles. If you prefer something a little more traditional, the ingredients might be pork chashu, a seasoned soft-boiled egg, and nori with extra-thick noodles, all artfully arranged atop a base of pork broth. Shrimp, tofu, and Impossible meat are a few of the other starring ingredients in Jinya Ramen’s main bowls. But even if you’re not a fan of the signature Japanese dish, you’ll still enjoy dining at Jinya thanks to alternatives like rice bowls, curry, and mini tacos. The tacos are a cross between Japanese and Mexican cuisine with sushi-inspired ingredients like spicy tuna or salmon poke.

Neighborhood Gem Screwtop Serves Memories, Wine, and Cheese

Screwtop, located at 1025 N Fillmore Street in Arlington, is the friendly neighborhood wine bar and cheese shop you won’t want to miss!

Screwtop is a casual wine bar and artisan cheese shop with more than 50 wines, all for you to enjoy by the glass, sip, or bottle. The cozy spot, open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., offers patio seating and serves wine tastings, cheese flights, meats, gourmet goodies, and craft beer. Also in Screwtop’s repertoire are wine classes and events, a retail wine shop with hundreds of wines to choose from, private wine tasting events, and a monthly wine and cheese club.

On Screwtop’s wine menu, choose between sparkling, white, rosé, pinot noir, and dessert wines, among many others. Also on the beverage menu are ciders, hard seltzers, beers, and cocktails. Alongside your sips, enjoy appetizers, small plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, and even brunch and dessert.

From the wine connoisseur to a newbie, Screwtop has something on the menu for every palate!

What is ASMR?

Have you heard of ASMR? Autonomic Sensory Meridian Response. It has been a trend that has grown and exploded all over the world of social media recently.

ASMR is a term for a sensation people experience, usually a tingling feeling, when exposed to particular types of auditory or visual stimuli such as whispering, tapping, or slow movements. 

Proponents of ASMR report physiological benefits such as relaxation and improved mood, as well as temporary relief of stress and pain. Many people who experience ASMR also report improvements to concentration and attention. 

ASMR has been a growing trend in social media, specifically on YouTube. Featuring a large and growing amount of channels focusing on ASMR. As with many other digital audio experiences, headphones are recommended for the best experience. Most ASMR videos are audio/visual but the audio portion is often sufficient to produce results. 

If ASMR seems interesting to you, if you want to learn more about it, come on out to ‘What is ASMR?’ At the Walter Reed Center, 2909 16th St S, 22203; on Tuesday, August 9th at 6:30 pm.  Center Director Jennifer Weber will go in-depth on what ASMR is and show examples of ASMR on YouTube.

Visit the Netherlands Carillon

“From the People of the Netherlands to the People of the United States.” 

This simple dedication of the Netherlands Carillon expresses the gratitude of the Dutch people for American aid received during and after World War II. The carillon itself symbolizes a friendship between the people of the two countries. A friendship rooted in a common allegiance to the principles of freedom, justice, and democracy, that can weather any temporary differences of opinion. 

To view a beautiful part of history, visit the Netherlands Carillon! The 53 bells hang in an open steel tower. The carillon’s peaceful setting, with its floral libraries and sculpted lions, is the perfect setting to listen to the music of the bells. 

The grounds of the Netherlands Carillon offer sweeping views of Washington D.C. A perfect place with grassy slopes and large shady trees that is a beautiful spot for a picnic, especially in this beautiful summer weather. 

Open daily from 6 am until midnight. 

Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier

Looking for the perfect place to take a special someone? The perfect place to celebrate a milestone? Or maybe, you are just ready to experience the finest meal of your entire life. Then, you are invited to come dine at Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier. 

Chef Robert Wiedmaier began as a dishwasher, only to rise through the ranks to now have earned a Michelin star and own and operate eleven restaurants in Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Atlantic City. 

Having grown up in Belgium, Wiedmaier is the son of a Holocaust survivor. At an early age, Wiedmaier gravitated toward the kitchen and started work as a dishwasher at the age of fourteen. Eventually, he attended culinary school in the Netherlands and had an apprenticeship at a two-star Michelin restaurant.

In 1999, Robert Wiedmaier opened Marcel’s. With a refined cuisine that never goes out of fashion, the restaurant is constantly ranked among the city’s best.

With delicious menus such as the Chef Tasting Menu and the Lounge Happy Hour Menu.  

Open from Wednesday-Thursday and Sunday, 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Friday and Saturday, 4:30 PM to 10 PM, with private dining available.