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Cava Mezze Serves Traditional Greek with a Modern Twist

With locations in Rockville, Clarendon, and Olney, Cava Mezze is making a splash in the Greek cuisine landscape!

With shared plates, an expansive wine and beer list, and handcrafted cocktails, Cava Mezze serves a modern take on traditional Greek recipes. Established in Rockville, Maryland, in the summer of 2006, Cava Mezze is a full-service restaurant with food carefully designed by Chef and co-founder Dimitri Moshovitis. Since opening, the Mediterranean hangout has grown into five restaurants, with a fast-casual spinoff, Cava Grill, now in 95 locations across the country.

On Cava Mezze’s menu, peruse fresh and flavorful Mediterranean classics like Hummus, Lamb Bolognese, Opa Opa Shrimp, Tzatziki, Gyros, and more. Vegetarian options are also available, as well as carryout and catering if you’d rather take your meal to go.

Enjoy Greek cuisine to remember in Cava Mezze’s casual neighborhood setting!

Experience the Splendor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival This Spring

After a few years off, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is returning in 2022 with its traditional four weeks of beauty and fun! The festival has come back just in time for the 110th anniversary of the gift that started it all. It’s now been more than a hundred years since the then-mayor of Tokyo presented the city of Washington, D.C. with a collection of stunning cherry trees that explode with their signature pink blooms every spring.

The peak bloom always happens sometime during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, though you’ll have to check back on its website for the exact dates as they near! The festival itself will run from March 20th to April 17th with a calendar of events along the way. You can come at any point to check out the pretty pink cherry blossoms, but you also might want to snag tickets to the opening ceremony (complete with live music) at the Warner Theater on Sunday, March 20th, or the swanky Pink Tie Dinner Party at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Make sure you don’t miss the massive National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 9th!

Get Ready to Laugh With Comedian Julie Kim

Two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee, Julie Kim is constantly headlining major comedy clubs across both Canada and the United States. She has been featured on radio and national television on several occasions. After releasing her debut comedy album in 2018, her online comedy videos went viral and currently have over 20 million views. Julie Kim is on a mission with her comedy to spread happiness, lighten hearts, and unity through laughter.

Currently touring the United States with Ronny Chieng, whose credits include The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Crazy Rich Asians, Julie Kim is soon coming to Arlington. 

On March 13 at 7 pm, Kim will be taking her United States tour to the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Tickets are currently available. This event is for those 21+ unless otherwise accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Find The Most Beautiful Valentine’s Bouquet at Twin Flowers Florist!

Open since the early 1980s, Twin Flowers Florist is a must-stop for those who need a sweet-smelling gift to get their significant other this upcoming holiday, Valentine’s Day! Choose from red roses to sunflowers, tulips, and more, with all kinds of pretty flowers to pick and choose from. You can view all the bouquets right on their website! Some bouquets options you’ll see on the site are Premium Be My Love, Lyon Park in Red, Rendezvous in Paris, and Signature Dozen Premium long-stemmed roses. Whether you want to get a beautiful bouquet of fresh red roses or another arrangement you think your loved one would appreciate, be sure to order from Twin Flowers Florist soon! They also sell additional gift items to purchase with the flowers, like teddy bears, balloons, and boxes of chocolate. 

You can shop in person at the quaint-sized, cozy store or order right on their website. The choice is yours! And for same-day delivery of the flowers, be sure to order by 2 p.m. Monday – Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. 

Tap Into Your Creative Side at Muse Paintbar

Free your artistic side at Muse Paintbar, a premier paint-and-sip experience serving a robust bar and food menu, pairing top-notch painting instruction with a bar and restaurant. Established in 2012 and with locations in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia, Muse Paintbar is a female-led business with 240 employees, trained to give you a fun experience and all the tools necessary to leave with a masterpiece of your own. 

No artistic experience is required for you to enjoy Muse Paintbar’s fun step-by-step art courses. From virtual classes so you can paint at home to holiday parties, birthday parties, corporate events, and more, you’ll laugh with friends as staff guide you through painting landscapes, seasonal paintings, themed scenes, and more. From private events to a night out with friends, make memories and masterpieces with your loved ones at Muse Paintbar, Arlington’s favorite paint-and-sip experience!

New Year, New Hobby: Learn Something New at the Arlington Arts Center

Looking to adopt new passions in 2022? Whether you want to soak up artistic experiences or create art of your own, visit Arlington Arts Center to spark your passion for the arts. This community hub is part museum, part educational center whose mission is to connect the public with contemporary art. 

If you’re one of the ones who just wants to soak up all the art you can, visit the center to view one of their exhibitions. The center is home to nine separate galleries, which makes it one of the most expansive non-federal galleries in the area. What they have in store for 2022 is still being organized, but check back on their website for an up to date list of exhibitions.

Want to exercise a little creativity? Register for a private art class. Pre-COVID, they were offering in-person adult art classes, so hopefully, they’ll bring those back soon as well. Keep checking back as things get back to normal in the city. They’re sure to have lots of fun opportunities in 2022.

How to Refresh and Reorganize Your Apartment for 2022

The new year offers an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with a newly calibrated outlook and freshly minted goals. And while many people use the changing year as a chance to improve upon their physical self, why stop there? Now is the perfect time to reevaluate your living space, as well, to ensure that it’s up to the task of serving as the backdrop for your daily to-dos and triumphs. Read on for a few easy ways to refresh and reorganize your apartment for 2022.

Declutter and de-stress. Curb clutter in your apartment by getting rid of outdated paperwork, unnecessary collectibles, and other items that tend to collect on surfaces, paying special attention to your desk, kitchen counters, and nightstands. Do this one room at a time so that you won’t feel overwhelmed by the process, and don’t forget to add in some mood-boosting houseplants!

Whittle your wardrobe. Try this trick to help you whittle down your wardrobe to the essentials: Pick one day in the near future to turn all of the clothes hangers in your closet in the same direction. After wearing an item, turn the hanger the opposite direction. If after six months, any of the hangers are still in their initial position, donate or consign the item of clothing.

Redecorate to rejuvenate. In with the new; out with the old! Retire worn, unwanted furnishings and breathe life into your space by trying out a new decorating trend. In 2022, some interior design trends include touchable textures, Parisian-inspired interiors, curved furnishings, and colorful window treatments! 

Linger Over a Honey Matcha Latte at RĀKO Coffee Roasters

Arlington’s new RĀKO Coffee Roasters is a branch of its women-owned roaster namesake, founded in 2019 by sisters Melissa and Lisa Gerben. Dedicated to thoughtful coffee creations and seasonal dishes, RĀKO is designed to be a neighborhood gathering place, with a curated evening cocktail and wine program.

Located at 2016 Wilson Boulevard, RĀKO Coffee Roasters focuses on sustainably sourced single-origin coffees, environmentally friendly roasting practices, and advanced brewing methods. On the menu are classic coffee drinks, like the macchiato, latte, pourover, and more, along with more unique drinks, such as the volcanic black salt vanilla latte. If tea is more your style, choose between the honey matcha latte, masala chai latte, and more. Also on the menu are pastries, small bites, cocktails, and wine.

With a beautiful interior and cozy patio space, along with a delicious drink menu, the cafe will give you an experience to remember. This new Arlington cafe is open Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.