Cafe Caturra: Raise a Glass

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
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-caturra-arlington

Shirlala Tonight!

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.

Cooking 101: Fail-Proof Recipes for Pasta Sauce

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.

Shirlala Tonight!

Join your neighbors in Shirlington for Shirlala!! Tonight, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, pop-rock cover band Down Wilson, will be performing out front of the Shirlington Library. The weather is supposed to be beautiful, so get out and enjoy it!

Artisphere: Horizons of Art

Open up your artistic horizons at Artisphere, an arts center boasting four performance spaces, three visual art galleries and a 4,000 square foot ballroom. The space is open and light-filled, with lots of comfy seating spaces when you want to take a break.

Creative expression at this Arlington art space includes visual art shows, Shakespeare performances, film festivals, poetry readings, dance performances, and chamber music concerts. Many events are free or pay-what-you-can and fixed ticket prices average only about $15. Art classes for adults, teens, and kids are also on the roster.

Visit Artisphere's website to learn more!

Artisphere
1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 875-1100

Happy 4th of July

We hope everyone has a safe and happy day as we celebrate America's Independence. Happy 4th of July!

Celebrate the 4th with Your Favorite Cook Out Foods!

I know everyone is looking forward to this Fourth of July weekend! Spending time with friends and family and watching the fireworks is fun, but we all know what really makes the 4th memorable is the great cook out food we all love! I know our grill space is limited, but you can always contribute a tasty side dish. Better Homes and Gardens has a fantastic slide show of delicious cook out sides. Visit them here (click here) to get some great ideas for a knock-your-socks-off side dish to take to your Fourth of July BBQ.

Shirlala Tonight!

Join your neighbors in Shirlington for Shirlala!! Tonight, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, swing band King Teddy will be performing out front of the Shirlington Library. The weather is supposed to be beautiful, so get out and enjoy it!

Three Tart and Sweet Lemonade Recipes

The combination of tart and sweet is what gives lemonade its beloved flavor, and this classic beverage is a cool, refreshing staple all summer long. If you want to make your lemonade taste great from June to August, it’s best to incorporate some other unexpected flavors as well. Here are three great lemonade recipes to try on the next hot day.

Raspberry Lemonade [Martha Stewart]
This recipe takes the plumpest, juiciest raspberries you can find and blends them with traditional lemonade to give the beverage a lovely pink color and a bright, fruity flavor. Garnishing with mint is a wonderful addition, as is a splash of tequila if you’re feeling extra bold!

Roasted Peach Lemonade [The Naptime Chef]
This down-home lemonade is best sipped on a big front porch, but since that’s not in the cards for most people, near a breezy window will also do. Roasted peaches give this drink a sweet Southern flair, and they take just 25 minutes in the oven and a reliable blender to make.

Refreshing Watermelon Lemonade [Babble]
To round out the fruity lemonade trifecta, this watermelon option is one that even the little ones are sure to love. Simply puree a seedless watermelon with some fresh lemon juice, sugar, and water and pour it all over ice for an cold treat at the end of a long day.

Happy Hour Tonight!

Join us on the terrace tonight from 6-8 PM for a happy hour hosted by our Concierge Team! Enjoy drinks, snacks, and great conversation with your neighbors. We look forward to seeing you there!