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Cafe Caturra: Raise a Glass

July 23, 2014 12:01 pm

You'll find fine wine and a tasty assortment of dishes at Arlington's Cafe Caturra. Located just a short trip from IO Piazza, this wine bar and bistro brings good food and drink together in a hip, welcoming ambiance. The interior's rustic, with touches of reclaimed wood, and there's an outdoor patio where you can dine al fresco when the weather's nice.

On the menu you'll find a variety of small plates and appetizers to go with larger entrees like pizza and pasta dishes. Popular starters include stuff like chips and guac, beef and vegetable skewers, a cheese and charcuterie plate, and even deviled eggs. Sandwiches include chicken curry salad, a classic club, and sliders. Heartier appetites might prefer something from Cafe Catura's menu of entrees, like lasagna, lamb chops, scallops with risotto, or prosciutto pizza. The restaurant's extensive wine list includes options served by the glass or the bottle, and the friendly wait staff is happy to suggest a perfect pairing.

Visit Cafe Caturra's website to learn more!

Cafe Caturra
2931 South Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 535-5480

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Shirlala Tonight!

July 17, 2014 10:01 am

Enjoy a night out on the town with this week's installment of Shirlala! Tonight, from 6:30-8:30pm, jazz musician Scott Paddock will be playing a free concert out front of the Shirlington Library. Glasses of wine will be available for $5 with all proceeds going to AFAC.

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Cooking 101: Fail-Proof Recipes for Pasta Sauce

July 16, 2014 12:01 pm

Making your own pasta sauce may seem like something reserved for only the most skilled chefs, but you’d be surprised to know how simple it really is. Forgoing the store-bought sauces in favor of making your own is also beneficial to your health, as it eliminates the added sugars and preservatives that are often found in jarred pasta sauces. If you want to try your hand at preparing a zesty, flavorful sauce at home, here are three fail-proof recipes.

World’s Best Pasta Sauce!
This traditional pasta sauce is a versatile option that you can use for years to come. It includes the staple ingredients like tomato paste and a variety of Italian meats, plus flavorful spices ranging from dried basil to fennel seed. Once the ingredients are blended together, everything gets cooked slowly in a large Dutch oven.

Great Grandma’s Pasta Sauce
If your own grandmother wasn’t much of a sauce maker, feel free to adopt this tasty recipe as your own. It uses simple ground beef, tomatoes, and Italian spices to give it a hearty texture that tastes straight out of the old country.

Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce
If you want to create a sauce that tastes like gourmet without the gourmet cooking skills, this recipe is the one to use. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse shares his unique recipe that includes unexpected ingredients like hot sauce, balsamic vinegar, and an impressive amount of garlic.

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