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Bite Into Make-From-Scratch Treats at Village Sweet

Baked from scratch daily, only delicious, gourmet treats are on offer at Village Sweet Bakery! Each item is created in small batches, ensuring a quality product every single time. They serve cookies, cakes, breads, pastries, and scones with fresh and local ingredients. For beverages, they feature Trickling Springs Creamery dairy, Counter Culture coffee, and Rishi tea.

If you need something specific for a certain occasion, Village Sweet provides custom orders as well. They promise to assist and work closely with each client to create unique designs that will fit every occasion and can accommodate those with nut allergies and gluten sensitivities. 

Satisfy your sugar cravings and stop by soon. Visit their website and Instagram page before heading over.  

Fun and Creative Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home

While St. Patrick’s Day usually involves a visit to your favorite pub followed by a parade, celebrations will likely look a little different in 2021. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t enjoy the camaraderie, delicious food, and the Irish spirit that make March 17 so special. Here are three ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at home this year.

Get Crafty. There are countless St. Paddy’s Day craft projects on Pinterest that will allow you to channel your creativity—and your Irish spirit. Some ideas include glitter shamrock bunting, leprechaun finger puppets, and DIY signage, all of which will add festive charm to your apartment.

Go Green. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t complete without wearing emerald green! If you don’t have any green apparel, see if you can find some budget-friendly green finds at a thrift shop or eBay. Rather see your green in a glass? Try adding a few drops of green food coloring to your favorite beer or other light-colored beverage.

Whip Up an Irish Recipe. You can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without some delicious Irish fare, so why not experiment with some Irish-inspired recipes? In addition to a pint of Guinness, your feast on March 17 could include Irish soda bread, shamrock-shaped sugar cookies, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and Irish stew. Sláinte!

Parade Canceled? 5 Exciting Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home Instead [BHG]
31 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts That You Can Make [Country Living]
17 Best St. Patrick’s Day Activities for a Day Full of Magical Fun [Good Housekeeping]

Have a Shamrockin’ Good Time at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub

When you picture the quintessential Irish Pub, O’Sullivan’s is the place you see in your head. Family owned and operated, O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub marries the best of Ireland’s food and drink with the warm hospitality that the country is known for. Come to sip on a whisky, enjoy a classic beef and Guinness stew, or take advantage of the weekly events. O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub features trivia on Wednesdays, the occasional comedy night, and Live 6 Nations Rugby whenever there is a game on. No wonder O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub prides itself on being the bar where locals hang out. They are also big on variety at O’Sullivan’s, with a huge menu of over 130 whiskeys to choose from. Check out the weekday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a $6 Tullamore Dew, and see where the evening takes you. 

O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub is located right on Washington Boulevard, and also offers delivery for your at-home St. Paddy’s Day celebrations this year. Don’t miss a chance to support this local business!

EAST WEST Coffee + Wine: A Must-Stop Spot for Java Near The Maxwell

Coffee and wine: Is there a more delightful pairing? At EAST WEST Coffee + Wine Clarendon you’ll get just that and so much more. This delightful little cafe is set up with plenty of social distancing methods and enhanced cleaning, making it the perfect spot to mix up your work routine and log in remotely for the day. It’s got such a fun and inspiring vibe, it could provide you with the creativity you’ve been lacking after months and months of working from home. A change of scenery is never a bad thing! They have outdoor seating too if you prefer.

Now, if you do head there, you’re in for a treat when it comes to food and beverage too, not just the cool ambiance. Coffee drinks are definitely their specialty with tasty options like nitro oat lattes, honey cinnamon lattes, cortados, and more. Pair your cup o’ joe with a tasty breakfast, the only difficulty will be deciding what to pick from on the menu! They serve up acai bowls, avocado toast, breakfast sandwiches on croissants or bagels, omelets, and more. Another perfect pairing if coffee isn’t your thing—a tasty mimosa!

Expect Cuisine With a European Twist at Green Pig Bistro

Apart from a butcher, the culinary team at the Green Pig Bistro probably knows more about meat than pretty much anyone. They make it their mission to use even obscure cuts of meat, wasting nothing, to craft European and American cuisine that’s heavily influenced by the French countryside.

Even the appetizers are heavy on the meat, such as the warm lobster with hearts of palm gratin dip and the Brussels sprouts with bacon and mushrooms. Prefer to skip the meat? Try the crispy goat cheese quinoa cakes or the roasted red and yellow beets to start. For the main course, the chefs carefully craft an array of (you guessed it) meat and seafood dishes, from diver scallops with house-made mushroom ravioli to steak frites with house-made steak butter and bearnaise sauce.

How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

A lot has changed in the past year. For one thing, staying home became the new going out. That theme is going to hold through this month, at least, which is why you should start planning for an at-home Valentine’s Day. Begin with these creative ideas.

  • Plan a picnic in the living room. It may be too cold to head outside for a picnic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the romantic experience indoors. Lay out your picnic blanket on the living room floor, light a few candles, and serve up a beautiful charcuterie platter and some other simple finger foods.
  • Make a meal together. In the mood for something more gourmet? Make the date about the process of cooking instead of just enjoying the meal. Pick a new recipe, gather the ingredients, and set up your cook station with everything you need to get going (and maybe a glass of wine or two).
  • Have a movie marathon. Do you and your significant other love romcoms? Pick your faves and set up the living room for a romantic movie marathon! Make sure you have plenty of cozy throw pillows and blankets, your favorite snacks and drinks, and your top films all queued up and ready to go.
  • Set up a spa night. One way to show that you care is by pampering that special someone. If you’re not comfortable going to the spa for a couples’ massage, bring the spa to you! Diffuse a calming scent, like lavender, and dote on your significant other with a neck or foot massage.

16 Stay-at-Home Valentine’s Day Date Ideas [The Spruce]
Celebrate Valentine’s Day With a Stay-at-home Date Night [HGTV]
Stay-at-Home Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day [Organized Mom]

Enjoy a Mild Winter Day at Bon Air Park & Memorial Rose Garden

While the air is getting chillier, that’s no reason to stay indoors all winter long! While we all love the coziness of our apartments at The Maxwell, the area surrounding is waiting to be explored. This weekend, pencil in a visit to Bon Air Park & Memorial Rose Garden to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Many locals will use the park to run along the river on the trail adjacent to the park, while others may pack a picnic and a blanket to soak up some sun and enjoy. If you have kiddos there’s a play area and tennis courts that will allow them to get some of that pent-up energy out, which is much needed right now. While now isn’t a peak time for blooms, that doesn’t negate the beauty that will surround you! Are you ready to explore?

Have Brunch This Weekend Near The Maxwell at World of Beer

World of Beer has arrived in Arlington! A beer lover’s paradise, this beloved national restaurant chain is here to stay. They’re serving up brews and bites outdoors on a nice patio area with outdoor seating, as well as limited indoor seating, as well as takeout easily ordered on their website. 

If you’ve ever been to World of Beer before, you know you’re welcomed by walls filled with taps. They offer hundreds of brews, from hoppy IPAs to smooth lagers to complex stouts and ciders. As World of Beer says, “Beer tastes better with food,” and the menu offerings here are made for sharing, snacking, and indulging. They serve up everything from small plates and tasty bar bite to full-on entrees like IPA salmon and baby back ribs. A favorite is also their weekend brunch, which features all the menu favorites in addition to options like avocado toast, warm doughnut bites, steak and egg breakfast bowls, and more—everything pairs perfectly with a beermosa! Check it out for yourself.