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Have You Tried the Rosemary Rolls at Best Buns Bread Company?

If there is one spot that can satisfy for an on-the-go breakfast, lunch, dinner, or sweet treat, it’s Best Buns Bread Company (BBBC)! This local fast-casual favorite is open early and into the evening for ultimate convenience any time of day

Early morning favorites are their rosemary rolls with raspberry jelly or a sweet honey wheat bagel with cream cheese, accompanied by a piping hot seasonal latte. The lunch boasts tasty sandwiches like the chicken salad sandwich and the traditional tomato mozzarella on baguette with rich basil olive oil. Not only can you get a caffeinated beverage, but BBBC is also serving up craft cocktails to-go. Pair with their penne pasta salad for an ideal dinner combo! If you have a sweet tooth, the famous BBBC cupcakes are calling your name. Flavors include everything from triple lemon to red velvet with cream cheese frosting. 

Right now BBBC is accepting takeout and delivery only, with a convenient online ordering platform you can find right on their homepage

How to Refresh Your Apartment Closet for Fall

Getting ready for a new season is always a process, one that should include cleaning out your closet. In order to prepare for the impending cooler weather, spend some time organizing your wardrobe. Follow these steps to make the process simple.

  1. Gather your materials. Before you get started, take stock of what you need. Maybe bins for your sweaters would be helpful, or perhaps a shoe organizer to hang over the back of the closet door would cut down on the chaos. Make sure you have everything on hand before the organization begins.

  2. Trim the excess. Next, sort through your clothing. Pack away anything you won’t need until spring, and donate items you don’t wear on a regular basis. A good trick to discern what is and isn’t essential in your wardrobe: turn all of your hangers in the same direction, and then when you wear something, place it back in the closet with the hanger pointing the opposite way. Then you’ll easily be able to suss out the obsolete pieces.

  3. Put together grab-and-go outfits. Now that you’ve either donated or packed away anything that won’t be an autumn essential, it should be easy to put together a few cool-weather outfits. Aim for a mix of styles so you always have something easy to throw on, regardless of the occasion—from a stroll in the park to a day at the home office. Having these outfits ready to go eliminates stress when you’re in a hurry.

  4. Organize everything else by category. Whatever doesn’t fit into your collection of fall ensembles should be stored in an organized fashion. For example, fold all sweatshirts and put them in bins next to each other. Do the same for jeans. Hang blouses or buttondowns together, corral skirts or suits in the same spot, and shuffle dresses to one side of the closet.

How to Get Your Closet Ready for Summer [Pottery Barn]

7 Simple Steps: How to Get Your Closet Ready for Summer [California Closets]

4 Tips to Get Your Closet Spring and Summer Ready [Creative Homekeeper]

Explore Rare and Unique Cheeses at Arrowine & Cheese

Arrowine & Cheese has a reputation for carrying one of the biggest wine selections in the mid-Atlantic, which makes it a popular choice for folks who are seeking out rare, unusual, or niche vintages, as well as folks who simply want to have plenty of different options at a variety of price points. But what makes this place truly unique is that it also offers a range of craft brews, as well as cheese and charcuterie boards. Right now the on-site tasting room is closed, but the shop is doing brisk curbside pick-up business. If you head to the website, you’ll see that ordering online is easy, thanks to the shop’s detailed registry of each and every bottle. You can search wines by country of origin, wine style, or maker, while the shop’s database allows you to search for beer by both brewery and style. Don’t forget to add a cheese and charcuterie board to your order, either. You can request a custom combination of meats and cheese, or you can leave the selection up to the shop’s on-staff cheesemonger. 

What to Stream When You Need a Break From the Everyday

The world is changing rapidly right now, and the constant onslaught of news might be making it hard for you to unwind—especially if your home has suddenly become your workspace, too. One surefire way to recharge is to watch some good, old-fashioned mindless TV. Here are a few solid options to stream.

Arrested Development
An oldie but a goodie, Arrested Development was one of the first TV shows to pioneer the faux-documentary style. It put the approach to good use with a cast of offbeat, reliably selfish characters and an all-knowing narrator who’s mastered the tongue-in-cheek commentary. Although the show only has three original seasons, Netflix recently revived it so you can keep the streaming going for a full five seasons.

Nailed It
You’ve never seen a baking show quite like this one. Instead of sourcing its talent from a pool of top pastry chefs, Nailed It invites amateur bakers to come and show off their skills. They’re tasked with impossibly complicated baking projects, which they need to recreate in absurdly short amounts of time, and the results are hilarious. The commentary from the panel—which includes professional comedian Nicole Byers, a famed French chef, and a rotating celeb guest—only makes the baking competition that much more enjoyable. 

Always Be My Maybe
This Netflix original comedy was released last year to acclaim from critics and audiences alike, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, now’s the time to tune it. It follows the story of a pair of childhood friends—one now a celebrity chef, the other content to live with his parents and pursue a floundering music career. Spoiler alert: they fall (back) in love, and Keanu Reeves also shows up.

17 Best Lighthearted Shows & Movies On Netflix When You’re Looking to Chill [Bustle]
The 25 Best Feelgood Movies on Netflix [Time Out]
The Funniest TV Shows to Watch on Netflix Right Now [Thrillist]

The Pinemoor Brings a Taste of the South to Arlington

If you’re a lover of Southern hospitality and culture, you have to check out The Pinemoor. This new spot oozes Southern charm with a life-size Willie Nelson mural on the patio wall, kind service, and an old saloon-style piano ready for sweet sounds to be played.

They offer dine-in options inside and on their charming outdoor patio area, as well as takeout. Lunch and dinner are served up all week long, with an epic brunch replacing lunch on the weekends. 

Let’s talk brunch first. To start, you have to try their cheesy cheddar jalapeno doughnuts. Entree decisions are tough, but they’re all delicious. Quick favorites are the short rib Benedict, shrimp and smoked gouda grits, and chicken and waffles. Pair your meal with a beef jerky bloody and your life will be complete.

For lunch and dinner, their signature fried green tomatoes are a great way to start. If you want to go all out at dinnertime, the 32-ounce Tomahawk steak with a red wine demi-glace is perfection.

What’s Your Favorite Treat at Buzz Bakeshop?

Chocolate cupcakes stuffed with cookies and cream and topped with a puff of buttercream. Dense, chewy brownies infused with rich chocolate and real sugar. Mini key lime pies tucked into gingersnap crusts with torched-meringue tops. It’s no wonder why The Washington Post has hailed Buzz Bakeshop’s creations as “downright outrageous pastries.”

And this is just a small snapshot of what Buzz Bakeshop has to offer. It’s currently offering delivery and takeout of its many goodies and coffee beverages right to local doorsteps via DoorDash—and they’re serving breakfast, too. Order some of the house-made granola to toss over yogurt or a slice of veggie quiche with ricotta, red bell pepper, spinach, and roasted mushrooms. Wash down your breakfast with an iced oat milk latte or a simple cup of drip coffee. The java will also pair well with any of the sweets, from the cupcakes and brownies to the cookies and cake pops.

Tuck Into a Hearty Brunch at Copperwood Tavern

Modern American fare and rustic ambiance come together for a warm dining experience at Copperwood Tavern. The interior of the restaurant is welcoming and comfortable, with lots of wood and industrial finishes. 

The menu focuses on locally sourced proteins, including rare game meats, alongside fresh, seasonal accompaniments. Enjoy rabbit or venison with vegetables, or more traditional cuts of beef like the filet with peppercorn sauce. Lighter options include pan seared fish or lobster lettuce wraps, along with entrée-worthy salads. The craft cocktails are also enough to warrant a visit, especially if you post up at the bar with a cool drink in one hand, and an order of oysters or shareable sides near the other. The weekend brings Copperwood Tavern’s near-famous brunch, with blueberry ricotta pancakes or fried green tomato Benedict topped with a perfectly poached egg. 

It’s been a long couple of months, and Copperwood Tavern is ready to welcome back hungry patrons for a well-deserved meal. Find the Arlington location on Campbell Avenue in the Village of Shirlington shopping mall.

How to Make Your Apartment Feel Like a Summer Oasis

Summer is in full swing! That means fresh, local food at the farmers’ market, warm walks in the park, and maybe even a picnic or two. It also means you should start thinking about freshening up the decor in your apartment. Here are a few simple decorating ideas to help you welcome summer into your abode.

  1. Fresh citrus fruits and herbs galore. Love the fresh produce that pops up locally every summer? You can actually incorporate it into your decor. For instance, a cute planter full of fresh basil or mint would make the perfect centerpiece for your dining room table. A bowl filled with lemons and limes would also make a colorful statement!

  2. Printed pillows. One of the easiest things to change up at home are your throw pillows. For summer, consider going with bright, bold patterns in the shades you associate with summer. Yellow chevron; orange checks; bright green gingham. You can also play around with nature prints—maybe lemons to match the bowl on your table!

  3. Nature-inspired materials. Take summer as an opportunity to bring different textures into your space. Maybe a jute rug, a few pieces of wicker furniture, or even just some new houseplants.

  4. A framed map. Dreaming of all the places you’ll be traveling to next summer? For now, satisfy your wanderlust with a physical representation of your travel plans. Frame a map of your favorite vacation destination and hang it in the living room or dining room as a reminder of the fun times to come!

  5. Nautical or beachy accents. In place of your shore vacation this year, spruce up your space with natural objects and nautical-themed decor like seashells, coral, or throw pillows in lobster or anchor motifs.