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Bite Into a Maple-Bacon Doughnut at Good Company Doughnuts & Cafe

A fluffy yeast doughnut stuffed with apple pie filling and capped with caramel frosting and cinnamon streusel. A yeast-raised ring doughnut smothered with maple frosting and flecked with crispy bacon. A classic cake doughnut smothered with caramel and dusted with flakes of sea salt. These are a few of the autumn-inspired treats on the menu at Good Company Doughnuts & Cafe.

The bakery updates its menu regularly to include new and exciting confections, but you can always expect to see the classics on the menu, too. That includes the old-fashioned blueberry cake doughnut drenched in a honey glaze; the chocolate-covered, strawberry-stuffed doughnut; and the chocolate-frosted cake doughnut. You’ll even find a few non-doughnut treats on the menu, such as the blueberry scone and the cinnamon buns. Complement your chosen sweet with something from the coffee menu, perhaps a drip-brewed cup of joe or a cafe au lait. If you stop by for a treat later in the day, you can actually pair your doughnut with a craft beer or cocktail—and they’re available to go! Options range from an Old Fashioned to an espresso martini.

Clever No-Carve Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

If the mess of carving a jack-o’-lantern doesn’t really appeal to you, but having some fall fun does, try one of these alternatives to your traditional Halloween decoration. 

  • Nail polish pumpkins. Don’t have a fully stocked craft cabinet? No problem! Nail polish pumpkins make use of beauty supplies you have stowed in the bathroom. Use your favorite shades to paint swirls on your pumpkin.
  • Studded pumpkins. You might need to make a trip to the craft store for this one, but it will be well worth it. Pick up a package of silver or gold studs and use a hot glue gun to arrange them in vertical stripes along the ridges of your pumpkin.
  • Succulent planter pumpkins. Want to add some greenery with your pumpkin project? Hollow out a few small pumpkins and replace the gooey innards with tiny succulents. They make for the perfect windowsill ornament or table centerpiece.
  • Paint-streaked pumpkins. If you have kids helping out, this is the perfect messy craft. After laying down some newspaper or a plastic tablecloth, place your pumpkins in the middle and arrange an array of different paints nearby. Then use small Dixie cups to slowly drizzle paint down and around the sides of the pumpkins.

75 Bootiful No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas to Add Fun to Your Halloween Decor [Good Housekeeping]
80 Best Pumpkin Decorations for an Easy, No-Carve Halloween Display [The Pioneer Woman]
Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids [Parents]

Palette 22: Savor a Culinary Exploration Across the Globe

When it comes to travel, everyone has a different aspect they consider best. Maybe it’s meeting new people. It could be spending time with your travel companions. Picking out souvenirs is plenty fun, as is trying new foods or simply experiencing different cultures. In reality, though, you don’t need a plane, train, or bus ticket to embrace these moments that make travel so special—you can have the same sort of experience right here in Arlington. 

At Palette 22, food, art, and fun “are what [they’re] all about.” Each of those is certainly a staple of travel, but that isn’t where the similarities end. If you love to be social while vacationing, take some time to chat with the artists practicing throughout the restaurant or strike up a conversation with the staff. Prefer to stick with people you already know? Bring a friend and catch up over a tapas-style meal. 

If souvenirs are a big selling point, you’ll be excited to purchase art from the local artists working at Palette 22, while foodies will be drawn to the most crucial aspect of any restaurant: its menu. With small plates and bottomless dining options, you can try new flavors to your heart’s content. 

Don’t Miss Friday Night Flights at New District Brewery

Love local brews? If you’re new to town and haven’t hit up New District Brewery yet, you’re going to want to give it a taste. New District Brewing Co. is the first production brewery in Arlington that started as a way for owner Mike Katrivanos to challenge himself by starting a brewing system in his backyard. When it worked, he asked his brewmaster friend, Dan Murray, to help him brew a batch every weekend. The two started the brewery in 2014 after a few years of successful home brews, and the rest is history!

They’re not brewing your average beers at New District Brewery. Favorites include the Ginger Saison, Raspberry Lemon Beret Sour, and Green Valley Dry-Hopped Pilsner. They also have rich porters, hoppy IPAs, light hefes, and more. There’s something for every palate! 

If you love a good flight, head there for Friday Night Flights which is a weekly event that features special deals on flights so you can taste a few and decide which one is your favorite!

How to Make Your Apartment Extra Cozy for Autumn

With its shorter days and dipping temperatures, the fall season reinvigorates our desire for cozy, welcoming spaces. Here are a few tips to help you bring autumn into your apartment—in the snuggliest, comfiest way possible.

  1. Toss up some twinkle lights. Twinkle lights instantly create a cozy vibe within your home, transforming a simple space into something almost magical. String up a strand above your bed or your favorite reading chair to illuminate the area in a warm, ambient glow.
  2. Let it glow. Nothing evokes a cozy feeling quite like the flicker of candlelight. Luckily for apartment dwellers, there are many realistic battery-powered candles that recreate the flicker of flame while still being safe to use in an apartment. Arrange them throughout your space (alongside some mini pumpkins and dried flowers) for instant autumn vibes.
  3. Switch up your textiles. The autumn season calls for touchable textiles that encourage maximum snuggling. When switching out your pillow covers, throw blankets, and bedroom comforter, opt for heavier-knit fabrics in extra-soft finishes—think velvet, faux fur, and nubby fleece.
  4. Create a “get cozy” station. Keep all of your cozy essentials close at hand by giving them a dedicated space within your apartment. Fold one or more blankets and place them in a floor basket beside your couch, along with your favorite robe and slippers. 

The Ultimate Fall Decorating Guide: 30 Ideas to Try This Weekend [Apartment Therapy]
8 Fall DIY Decor Ideas [Noelle’s Favorite Things]
DIY Fall Home Decor We’re Dreaming About [Southern Living]

What’s Your Favorite Sandwich at Chelsea Market & Deli?

Chelsea Market & Deli has all sorts of food and beverages to enjoy when you visit, with a little something for everyone. They sell breakfast, burgers, subs, pizzas, salads, along with coffees, smoothies, and alcoholic drinks.  It makes for a great place to grab a quick bite to eat or sit for a while and enjoy a meal in a relaxed setting. If you do dine in, you have the option of eating inside or outdoors in their courtyard. 

Not sure what to order? Try one of their popular dishes. Three of their most-liked entrees on the menu are their buffalo chicken sandwich, Italian sandwich, and pepperoni calzone. Or, keep it simple and order a slice of their cheese pizza or taco salad. While you’re at it, get yourself a caffe latte or mango smoothie to pair with your meal. Your taste buds will thank you later for the savory and sweet combination. 

Before you go, don’t forget to check out the rest of the market, where you can purchase yourself a bottle of wine and take home a few groceries to your apartment. 

Pupatella Serves Authentic Neapolitan-Style Pizzas in Arlington

Pupatella was founded in 2007 by Enzo Algarme, a native of Naples, Italy, and lover of Neapolitan pizza. During his studies to become a doctor in the U.S., his late nights were often fueled by pizza deliveries. It was then that he realized authentic Neapolitan-style pizza was almost impossible to find in the U.S., and he set out to change that with a pizzeria of his very own.

With various locations throughout the DMV, Pupatella is home to some of the best authentic Neapolitan style pizza around. The pizzas and paninis allow you to customize your meal with options like tomato and truffle oil sauces, various types of authentic Italian cheeses, and toppings like spinach, pine nuts, basil, and eggplant.

The kids’ menu is similarly appetizing with fresh fried mozzarella balls, buttered pasta, and Nona’s meatballs appealing to picky palates. Finally, finish off your meal with decadent desserts and a cup of freshly brewed coffee. 

Need-to-Know Tips for a Successful Summer Camping Trip

Planning a camping trip this summer? Getting outdoors is a fun and safe option for a couples’ or a family vacation, but you’ll fare better if you’re prepared! Here are a few tips for newbies.

• Know your options. You don’t have to dive right into tent camping if you’re a novice! Many campsites offer alternatives like car camping or RV camping. You can even rent a cabin and try a bit of glamping instead.

• Practice pitching your tent. Never pitched a tent before? Do yourself a favor and practice at home. Having a trial run will better prepare you for the real deal, so you can spend more time roasting s’mores and less time wrestling with complicated instructions and uncooperative stakes.

• Use a garbage bag to avoid damp clothes. If you plan to hike to your camping destination, it’s important that you’re prepared for summer showers. Make sure your spare clothes stay dry by lining your backpack with a garbage bag and sealing it tight.

• Do some food prep at home. If you’re planning to do most of your cooking over a campfire, getting the ingredients ready at home can make the experience quicker and more enjoyable. For instance, chop up some veggies and toss them in a cooler so you have kabobs practically ready to go. Don’t forget to bring your favorite coffee!

• Game on. Make the most out of your time in the great outdoors and swap your usual screens for entertainment of the wireless variety—think board games, card games, and books. Bring smaller, more compact games that won’t take up a lot of space in your backpack or the trunk of your car. 

10 Tips for Tent Camping [KOA]
22 Camping Hacks from REI Experts [REI]
58 Insanely Useful Camping Tips for Beginners [Well Planned Journey]