Pizza Party!!

Come to the Io Piazza Lobby tomorrow, Thursday October 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 for pizza and drinks, hosted by community Comcast representative, Monica Moran! Have a bite, mingle with your neighbors, and hear about the newest services offered by Comcast. We hope to see you there!

Oktoberfest in Shirlington Village

The 15th Annual Oktoberfest is happening this Saturday, October 4th between 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. Join the festivities for food, beer, music and fun! Go to www.capcitybrew.com for complete festival details.

4 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Tea

Whether you prefer a soothing green or an English breakfast with a splash of milk, tea is a delicious treat that can be enjoyed a number of different ways. Even the most experienced tea drinker may not know everything about this steaming beverage, so here are a few fascinating tea facts.

  1. The word “tea” comes from the Chinese word “t’e,” which refers to the plant from which tea leaves are sourced. It's believed that tea was first discovered in China around 2737 B.C., when emperor Shen Nong found that a few leaves fell from the tree into water that his servants were boiling.
  2. All teas, from black to green to oolong, come from the same camellia sinensis plant. Their leaves are plucked from the same bush, but the fermenting process gives them their unique styles. Interestingly enough, herbal teas do not come from this plant because they are not true “teas” at all.
  3. Tea wasn’t grown in countries outside of China until the 19th century. Today, China still supplies around 29 percent of the world’s total tea, although its residents are not the biggest consumers. The United Arab Emirates takes that title, with each individual citizen consuming an average of 14 pounds per year.
  4. Green tea is considered the healthiest of all teas, and some even call it a “superfood.” Studies show that regularly drinking green tea may prevent against heart disease, certain forms of cancer, and diabetes!

Tea Facts [UK Tea & Infusions Association]
10 Interesting Facts About Tea [Food Network]
Tea Fact Sheet – 2013 [Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc.]
26 Things You Didn't Know About Tea [Fine Dining Lovers]

Sam Beckett’s Celtic Festival Tomorrow!!

Join your neighbors for an afternoon of food and fun! Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub will be hosting a Celtic Festival from noon to 7 PM tomorrow. There will be Irish music and dancers, traditional food and drinks, and arts and crafts. The weather should be beautiful, so get out and enjoy your neighborhood activities!

4 Health Benefits of Napping

Sure, everyone loves napping, but did you know that it might actually improve your health? Your favorite rainy afternoon activity could be just as beneficial for your body as eating your vegetables, and that’s something that we can really get on board with.

  1. It improves your mental state. Although you probably know this based on personal experience, napping has a number of psychological benefits. It improves your mood, decreases anxiety, and makes you feel happier overall.
  2. It improves performance. Studies have shown that napping for just 40 minutes can improve your performance by 34% and your alertness but an impressive 100%. The next time you feel like you simply can’t concentrate, try taking a short nap.
  3. It improves your memory. Naps improve your brain’s performance when it comes to long-term memory and working memory. Your brain transfers recent memories to the neocortex while you sleep, which stores long-term memories and helps you to recall them.
  4. It improves your physical health. While napping is very good for your mind, it’s beneficial for your physical health as well. Sleep deprivation causes added stress from too much of the hormone cortisol, and it leads to abdominal fat, weakened muscles, and a shoddy immune system. Napping encourages the production of growth hormone, the natural antidote to cortisol.

How to Power Nap – And Why You Should [Real Simple]
Napping [National Sleep Foundation]
Unleash the Power of the Nap [The Art of Manliness]

Cassatt’s: An Artful Arlington Cafe

A bistro-style restaurant serving tasty dishes in a cozy environment, Cassatt's is a cafe and gallery well worth a visit. Named after impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, it embraces artists from the community and always has work on display. The food is presented in an equally artful way.

The Flat White coffee here is a big hit, with numerous visitors saying it's among the best that they've ever had. Gourmet sandwiches and salads make up the bulk of the lunch menu. If you're visiting for dinner, you'll be able to choose from composed dishes ranging from sea scallops with a corn and black bean cake to a succulent lamb steak in a marsala and fig sauce.

Cassatt's
4536 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 527-3330
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cassatts-cafe-and-gallery-arlington

Need Weekend Plans? How About Wine Tasting at Bull Run in Centreville!

If you're looking for something new to do this weekend, you should consider wine tasting at Bull Run in Centreville. On Saturday, September 20th they will be hosting the Taste of Eastern Europe Food Truck. While you are enjoying some Bulgarian food and sipping wine you can listen to a live performance from Tony Bernardo.

For more details visit the website at wineryatbullrun.com.

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20120
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Hours: Open 11am- 7pm daily
Thursday until 8pm
Friday until 10pm

The Most Popular Dog Breeds In Washington D.C.

Have you ever wondered what's the most popular dog in D.C.? We have the top five breeds along with the average cost and local breeders. Can you guess #1?

1. Labrador Retriever
Average Cost: $2,000
Local breeders: Blackamoor Labradors in Mason Neck, VA

2. Yorkshire Terrier
Average Cost: $1200
Local breeders: Preston Country Club for Pets in Columbia

3. Poodle (Standard or Miniature)
Average Cost: $1500
Local breeders: Luminary Standard Poodles in Fredericksburg

4. Boxer
Average Cost: $1000
Local breeder: Amity Hall Boxers in Stevensville, MD

5. Golden Retriever
Average Cost: $1500
Local breeder: Goldridge Golden Retrievers in Street, MD

For more fun facts visit Washingtonian.com.

Curious Grape Event

Join IO Piazza for Happy Hour at the Curious Grape!
Where: 2900 S. Quincy Street (across from the bus station)
When: Wednesday, September 10th from 5-7pm

For more information about The Curious Grape, please visit their website at curiousgrape.com

Natural Cafe: An Arlington Deli

A grocer and deli serving up high quality goods, Natural Cafe is a friendly and convenient place for food. These gourmet goods range from fruit and produce to high end treats like gelato and specialty teas. There's also a really impressive selection of beer, with a number of craft and microbrews available.

Many people, however, come here exclusively for the sandwiches. These tasty creations are stacked high with Boar's Head meat and customizable with any number of delicious ingredients. The panini here also get a lot of praise, cooked so that the exterior is nice and crispy and the inside is warm and tender. The friendly staff round out the experience at this Arlington deli.

Visit Natural Cafe's website to find out more!

Natural Cafe
850 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 528-2223
http://www.yelp.com/biz/natural-cafe-arlington