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Meet One of The Maxwell’s ‘Largest’ Amenities for a Sushi Making Party

Here at The Maxwell, residents have full access to all of our on-site amenities intended to really take their lifestyle here in Ballston to the next level.  The Maxwell offers a meeting room for working or studying, a billiards table for play, reading nooks and more, all designed to enhance our residents overall living experience during their time here with us (We call it The Dwelling).

When you come visit us, one of their first things you might notice is the large table in our first floor common area.  The table seats 10 comfortably and there’s so many different ways that our residents can use this large table top space; like crafting, happy hours, and business meetings, to name a few.

Recently, we invited some of our favorite local area bloggers in to give it a test drive.  Together with local sushi restaurant owner and head chef of Sushi Rock, the team here at the Maxwell and the bloggers learned how to roll their own sushi from the masters and each took home their own sushi-making kit from Whole Foods, courtesy of The Maxwell.


Our residents are pretty awesome and we can’t wait to see what other ideas they come up with for the Maxwell table.  But for now, we leave you with some tips for making your own sushi, straight from the expert himself:



1. You must cook your rice in a special Rice Vinegar to get that sticky consistency.  You can either buy Sushi Rice Vinegar at your local Asian supermarket. Or, you can simply combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a pot and bring it to a boil until all of the sugar and salt has dissolved.  Also when buying your rice, you want a medium size thickness in your rice (called ‘Shari’ at the grocery store). 

2. When you roll your sushi, you should put the shiny side of the seaweed paper facing down.  Then, use a tennis ball size of rice to make a 6-piece roll. 

3. Wrap your sushi-rolling device in plastic wrap to ensure that your sushi doesn’t stick to it and you get a nice, clean roll.  You can wipe down the plastic wrap and your knife (that you’re going to use to cut up your roll) with cold water to ensure it really doesn’t stick.


4. Presentation is key!  Don’t forget to garnish your roll with freshly sliced ginger and wasabi. 


What would you use the Maxwell table for?  #LiveWellMaxwell

Where to Eat in Arlington During DC Restaurant Week

Calling all foodie’s!  DC Restaurant Week is almost here!

While we love a home cooked meal, prepared in our own kitchen, Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try some of the area’s best restaurants at affordable prices.  With pre-fixed menus and special pricing, over 200 of DC’s best restaurants will be participating this year.  From January 19-25th, diners can enjoy a three-course lunch for only $20.15 and a three-course dinner for only $35.15 during DC’s Winter Restaurant Week.  And while a good amount of the participating restaurants are located in the district, there are many great ones right here in our neighborhood in Ballston as well!  Here at The Maxwell, we’re located right in the center of it all, so we wanted to share some of our favorite participating restaurants.

Il Forno Restaurant: Located at 900 N. Glebe Road, you can enjoy classic Italian cuisine with a modern twist. Learn More: myilforno.com

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Water & Wall: Located at 3811 Fairfax Drive, Chef Tim Ma promises to deliver an innovative dining experience with an elevated menu featuring contemporary French, Asian and American inspired dishes.  Learn More: waterandwall.com

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Willow Restaurant: Located at 4301 N. Fairfax Drive, Willow Restaurant offers a sophisticated atmosphere and ‘Modern European Continental’ cuisine. Learn More: willowva.com

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The Liberty Tavern: Located at 3195 Wilson Boulevard, The Liberty Tavern has a rustic vibe, a long beer and wine list and a modern take on classic, American favorites. Learn More: thelibertytavern.com 

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If you’re planning to visit any of these restaurants, you’ll want to be sure to make a reservation as spots will fill up quickly over the upcoming weeks.  You can read more about Washington DC Restaurant Week here.