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Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is fast approaching – what do you get the guy who has everything? Here are a few ideas that are fun and available close to home.

A six pack of craft beer from Market 2 Market (116 Del Ray Ave.) will hit the spot on a hot day. They have over 150 craft beers including IPAs, porters, brown ales, and lagers. We suggest a mix! He will love it!

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Or how about a chunk of fancy cheese and some meat for your guy from Cheesetique (2411 Mt. Vernon Ave.)? Our favorite is the Goat’s Milk Gouda with a slice pepperoni on any cracker or bread.

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You could also grab a bottle of wine from their wine wall – each wine is categorized for easier selection. And don’t forget to pick up some of their chocolate chips – you know the ones they put on the table after dinner and lunch! Yum!

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You could also stop by Let’s Meat on the Avenue (2403 Mt. Vernon Ave.) for a selection of their four most popular seasonings boxed together as the Dizzy Pig. Add these to their filet mignon along with some specialty olive oil from their organic olive oil bar. Your guy will be in heaven at the grill!

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Another thought is a group ukulele or acoustic guitar lesson package from Del Ray School of Music (2405 Mt. Vernon Ave.) The summer classes have already started but contact the school for information about joining in.

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The Dad in your life works hard and deserves something special this weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

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Free Things to Do With the Kids (and Almost Free)

The days are finally warm and sunny!  Here are a few ideas for free things to do with the kids around Alexandria.

 

Feed the ducks in Old Town

 

There are plenty of ducks and other birds at the Waterfront looking for a little snack.  We did a little research and instead of bread you should feed them:

  • Corn (canned, frozen or fresh)
  • Duck pellets (sold online and at pet stores)
  • Lettuce, other greens (torn into small pieces)
  • Frozen peas (defrosted)
  • Oats (rolled or instant)
  • Seeds (including birdseed or other varieties)

 

 

Go to the Masonic Temple

 

 

You can climb the stairs and check out the view with a snack.  Counting the planes is a fun way to pass the time!  For a small fee you can take a tour of the temple and go outside of the top for an even better view.

 

 

Walk the Dogs in Monticello Park

 

 

Walk the dog, get some fresh air, and probably meet a new friend.  There are so many downed trees to climb and explore!  A gem of a spot in the city.

 

Enjoy!!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is this Sunday.  If you are still looking for a gift that will make you Mom’s favorite, look no further than Del Ray. Here are some shops that have treasures that will make Mom smile!

 

Top It Off (1906 Mt. Vernon Avenue).  Anything in this store will be a hit but this Ladies Embroidered Tunic in orange is the perfect piece for lunch or a night on the town.

 

Kiskadee (2205 Mt. Vernon Avenue)  Again, you can’t lose in this store. Choose an accessory like a bangle that she will wear again and again.  Or these monogrammed rain boots would be a hit.

 

 

Greenstreet Gardens (1503 Mount Vernon Avenue)  A potted plant is always a winner! Choose one in your loved-one’s favorite flowers and colors! You will be a hero!

 

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Any of these gifts will show your Mom just how much you care! Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s out there!

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Let’s Go Eat on the Patio!

Spring is here which means it is time to eat outside!  Here is a list of some of our favorite spots that have outdoor seating.

Live Oak Restaurant
1603 Commonwealth Ave
Southern

Evening Star Cafe
2000 Mount Vernon Ave
American (New), Breakfast & Brunch

Del Ray Cafe
205 E Howell Ave
French

Rosemarino d’Italia
1905 Mount Vernon Ave
Italian

Stomping Ground
2309 Mount Vernon Ave
Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch, American (New)

Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap
401 E Braddock Rd
Pizza, Italian

Junction Bakery & Bistro
1508 Mt Vernon Ave
Bakeries, Cafes, Sandwiches

Kaizen Tavern
1909 Mount Vernon Ave
Japanese, Sushi Bars

FireFlies Restaurant
1501 Mt Vernon Ave
Breakfast & Brunch, Pizza, American (Traditional)

South Block
3051 Mount Vernon Ave
Smoothies, Acai Bowls, and Juice

Front Porch
2006 Mount Vernon Ave
American (Traditional)

St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub
2300 Mount Vernon Ave
Coffee & Tea, Breakfast & Brunch

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Emma’s Espresso and Wine Bar

A new place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat!

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Experience Del Ray’s
Hottest New Gathering Place

Come connect, work and enjoy good conversation!  Check out the menu here!

106 Hume Avenue

Alexandria, Virginia 22301

p. 571-431-6150

e. info@emmascoffee.com

Complimentary WiFi

Sunday-Monday   7am-4pm

Tuesday–Saturday  7am-10pm

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A Great Burger Battle: Holy Cow vs. Five Guys

Two heavyweights go bun to bun.  Who does a messy, delicious burger best: Holy Cow with the Lonestar (left) or Five Guys double cheeseburger (right)?

 

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Take a Look Inside Mason Social – Alexandria’s Newest Gastropub

 

 

Alexandria’s Parker-Gray neighborhood is attracting more dining options with the recent additions of Richmond’s Sugar Shack doughnut shop and a new home for French bistro Bastille. The newest face: Mason Social, a neighborhood restaurant and bar opening Wednesday from locals Chad and Justin Sparrow, Larry Walston, and Teddy Kim. Here’s what to look for at the seasonal American eatery.

The food: Farm-to-pub. Chef Joseph Lennon, most recently a sous chef at Bourbon Steak, creates dishes that often draw from local ingredients and cooking traditions, though in a subtle fashion—the menus aren’t filled with farmers’ names and “house-made” descriptors. Keeping with the casual neighborhood vibe, you’ll find a section of “hold-me-overs” like lamb meatballs and beer-steamed mussels swirled with bone-marrow butter, as well as entrée salads and sandwiches at lunch and dinner—we like the sound of a local beef patty blended with more bone-marrow butter, topped with jack cheese and grilled onions. Diners can also go fancier with entrée like rockfish with winter citrus. A kids’ menu, all under $10, caters to the young’uns with chicken fingers or grilled fish.

Gastropub fare like a bone-marrow burger and beer-steamed mussels fill the menu.

The drinks: Punchy. Barman Tony Burke came from Clyde’s Restaurant Group, and created a lineup of what co-owner Teddy Kim “creeper drinks” (“you don’t taste any alcohol but you’re definitely feeling it”). Think along the lines of a house vodka-grapefruit punch—served in a Mason jar, natch—or gin and Fever Tree ginger ale with mint and lemongrass syrup. The bar also pours six craft brews, including Alexandria’s Port City and a beer from Burke’s native Cincinnati.

The name fun fact: The eatery takes its title from Thomson Mason, who was mayor of Alexandria in the early 19th century, back when the town was still an agrarian community. Design cues also come from the surrounding neighborhood and its industrial roots, so exposed brick and pipes aren’t just trendy touches.

The space can stay open until 2 on weekend nights.

New to the neighborhood: Late hours. The Parker-Gray area isn’t known for its late-night hangouts, but the Mason team is hoping to draw a crowd of night owls. The bar can stay open until 2 AM, Thursday through Saturday, and until midnight Sunday through Wednesday. The kitchen could remain open after dinner, serving a limited bar menu with burgers or chili-spiked fries. Also look for weekend brunch to start soon.

728 N. Henry St., Alexandria; 703-548-8800. Open Sunday through Wednesday, 11 to midnight; Thursday through Saturday, 11 to 2.

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