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DIY Halloween Decor

Let’s cut to the chase, Halloween is peaking its head around the corner. Well, it’s a headless horseman head! With that, there is nothing more exciting than decorating for Halloween. Here are some DIY decorations you can make to get in the spooky spirit! 

Delightful Devilish Handsoap- Buy some hand soap from the Dollar Store, and fill it with a few plastic spiders or festive confetti for an ominous touch.

Make A Pumpkin Vase- Turn your pumpkin into a vase for a Halloween-chic centerpiece. 

Whip Up A Scary Dessert- Your desserts can double as decor, too. Try making some Halloween dirt cups; chocolate pudding topped with Oreos, chocolate chips, and Belvita cookies. 

Send Test Tubes Invitations- Don’t limit Halloween party decor to the big event itself. Make sure your invitations are just as spirited and fun. 

Make A Googly Eye Wreath- You’ll need a lot of ping pong balls, but the scary mass of watching eyes will be so worth it.

Paper Bats- Frame a doorway with flying paper bats for a super simple but fun Halloween vibe at home. 

Decorate your entire space with these terrifyingly terrific DIYs!

Honoring Mexican Cuisine at Santa Rosa Taqueria

Legend has it that in the 18th century, the Convent of Santa Rosa was home to 29 Dominican nuns who, upon hearing that the Archbishop was coming for a visit, decided to mark the occasion by decorating their kitchen in beautiful Talavera tile and preparing a feast with what little they had. They put together spices, peppers, and chocolate, cooked an old turkey in it, and served it to a very satisfied Archbishop. When he asked what they called the dish, a nun replied, "I made a mole." or a “mix” in English.

Today, the Convent of Santa Rosa is considered the culinary Mecca of Mexico and we honor it at Santa Rosa Taqueria by serving meats braised for hours, char-grilled Mexican Street Corn, amazing margaritas, and the best freshly made guacamole. 

Make sure to check out the entire menu of the incredible Santa Rosa Taqueria! Featuring everything you could want from Loaded Shrimp Nachos to a Santa Caesar Salad. Then with tons of different tacos like Pork Belly to Crispy Fried Spicy Shrimp to Short Rib Barbacoa! 

Santa Rosa Taqueria is open Monday through Sunday from 11 am through 10 pm. Located at 301 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003. 

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.

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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.