Visit Ray’s The Steaks for a Delicious, Quality Meal

If there's one thing Ray's The Steaks knows, it's how to prepare a fresh, premium cut of meat. All the steaks at this Arlington steak house are selected by the chef and hand-carved to order. The beef is aged in-house to achieve the best flavor and tenderness and grilled over an ultra-hot open flame. You should know that the kitchen at this restaurant definitely prefers not to cook steaks to doneness levels above medium, though they will do so if you specifically request it.

More generally, Ray's The Steaks commitment to serving fresh, locally sourced ingredients means that many menu items at Ray's change with the season. You'll always find great steaks, of course, but depending on the time of year, you might also find a creamy crab bisque, fresh grilled asparagus, or earthy wild mushrooms roasted with herbs and butter.

Ray's The Steaks
2300 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 841-7297
www.raysthesteaks.com
www.yelp.com/biz/rays-the-steaks-arlington

Filibuster Bourbon Tasting and Small Bites

Filibuster Bourbon Tasting and Small Bites
Dec. 2nd, 6:30pm and 7:30pm
Limited space available
email: info@copperwoodtavern.com

703-552-8010
4021 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206

Surgarloaf Craft Festival This Weekend!

Start your holiday shopping early and visit the Surgarloaf Craft Festival this Friday through Sunday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The first Sugarloaf Craft Festival was held in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 1976. Over 10,000 people came out to see 200 artists. Today, artists from across the nation compete for the 300-500 spaces available in each show. For advance ticket sales or other information, visit their website at www.sugarloafcrafts.com.

ICE! At Gaylord National Resort Opens Tonight!

Spend time with loved ones this holiday season at ICE! This award wining holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created from over 1.5 million pounds of ice!! This hand sculpted, interactive attraction is one you won't want to miss. Opening today, ICE will open for visits through January 4th.

Shows At Signature Theatre

Sex with Strangers

Grab your tickets to see the DC premiere of Laura Eason’s sexy exposé about what happens when private lives become public domain. Co-starring Holly Twyford and Luigi Sottile, The Washington Post called it “an evening of bona fide pleasure.”

About the Show:

A raging snowstorm traps strangers Olivia, an unsuccessful, yet gifted, thirty-nine-year-old writer, and Ethan, a tech-addicted and wildly successful young blogger, in a secluded cabin. Opposites instantly attract, undeniable chemistry ignites and sex is imminent. As the dawn rises, however, what could have just been a one-night-stand transforms into something more complicated when online exploits interfere with their real-life connection.

Playing now through December 7, 2014. Click here for tickets.

Get Your Holiday Tickets before it’s too Late!
Tickets are selling fast to Sheryl Crow, Barry Levinson and Kathleen Marshall’s Diner, a musical adaptation based on the 1982 movie. Some performances are almost sold out two months in advance!

About the Show:

Christmas, Baltimore: 1959. A circle of childhood friends reunite for the upcoming wedding of one of them. Well, only if his fiancée passes a football trivia test. From the comfort of their all-night diner, the men, now in their early-twenties, confront the realities of adulthood: marriage, careers, money and the ever-mysterious opposite sex. But no matter where life takes them, they know they’re welcome back at the diner, the one place they’ll always belong.

December 9, 2014 – January 25, 2015. Click here for tickets.

Special Offer Just for You!
Use code SHIRL for 50% off Elmer Gantry and Sex with Strangers tickets (not valid on Diner) that we only give to our neighbors. You can also stop by the Box Office at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206 or call 703 820 9771 to redeem your special offer and purchase your tickets.

See you at the Theatre!

Thanksgiving Dessert Alternatives to Your Basic Pumpkin Pie

Sure, everyone loves pumpkin pie, but the old standby dessert may start to feel a bit tired over the years. If it sounds like blasphemy to write off your annual Thanksgiving pie, you’ll quickly forget your guilt once you read about these equally sweet, mouthwatering dessert alternatives.

Cranberry Orange Parfait [foodnetwork.com]
Add a tangy, zesty flavor to your holiday dinner table with mini parfaits that are just as pretty as they are delicious. A combination of heavy cream, rich vanilla, and orange marmalade creates a thick, pudding-like base, while chopped pecans add a bit of flavorful crunch that makes this dessert truly decadent.

Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake [smittenkitchen.com]
If you simply can’t bear to part with your pumpkin dessert, breathe new life into it with a cheesecake base and a bit of bourbon. This cheesecake features a graham cracker crust, pumpkin cheesecake filling, and bourbon-infused sour cream topping that's equally creamy and sweet.

Apple Blueberry Crumble [dinnerwithjulie.com]
For your guests who are die-hard pie fans, this traditional fruit pie topped with a thick, flavorful crumble is the perfect ending to the Thanksgiving meal.

Fig Tart [chezpim.com]
Figs may traditionally be a Christmas treat, but this fig tart is so good that your guests won’t even notice. It only takes five ingredients for the filling and three ingredients for the crust, so it’s also incredibly simple to make.

4 Party Dips Your Guests Will Love to Scoop

Dips make the perfect party snack because they’re easy to make, easy to serve and easy to eat. From fresh, spicy salsas to creamy guacamoles, there are a number of different types of dips that just about any guest will love. Here are four tasty party recipes that pair perfectly with chips, crackers and more.

Feta, Honey and Date Spread
If you’re tired of the usual dips and you’re looking for something with a more unique flavor, this Mediterranean-inspired dip is sure to impress. It takes just 20 minutes to make and is best served with warm pita chips.

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip
You simply can’t go wrong with a gooey, cheesy spinach artichoke dip. A mix of Parmesan and pepper jack cheeses combine to make this one extra flavorful.

Cheesesteak Dip
Ideal for football games or for those looking for to bring a taste of Philadelphia to a party, this recipe turns the meaty flavor of a classic cheesesteak into dip form.

Creamy Cobb Salad Dip
Bring this one to a summer barbecue or picnic and you’ll be met with compliments all day long. Bleu cheese, avocado and bacon incorporate the traditional salad’s flavors, while chopped tomatoes on top add a fresh taste that’s tasty on crackers, toast points and much more.

Arlington Turkey Trot- 5K Fun Run!

Earn that hearty Thanksgiving dinner this year by participating in the 9th Annual Arlington Turkey Trot. This 5K event is great for the whole family, and proceeds benefit three worthy charities- Doorways for Women and Families, Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, and the Arlington Food Assistance Center. For more details or to register for the run, visit www.ArlingtonVATurkeyTrot.org.

Waste Knot Needlepoint: Knot Your Average Craft Store

Waste Knot Needlepoint is a full-service needlepoint shop that sells everything that you need to get into the art of needlepoint. The shop encourages its customers to learn needlepoint themselves, so it carries a wide selection of high quality needles, canvases, and specialty threads that you can’t find at many other stores. If you’re looking for something pre-made, Waste Knot stocks stunning works of needlepoint on large canvases by some of the most prominent artists in the field.

Whether you’re a novice stitcher or someone who is already experienced with needlepoint, the shop's classes and events are fun for hobbyists of all skill levels. The weekly Sit and Stitch is one of the most popular events, as it enables area needlepoint lovers to work on projects in a social setting.

Start a new hobby or pick up some art for your home at this quirky craft shop.

Waste Knot Needlepoint
4502 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 807-1828
www.wasteknotneedlepoint.com
www.yelp.com/biz/waste-knot-needlepoint-arlington

Alexandria Film Festival THIS WEEK!!

The 8th annual Alexandria Film Festival will be taking place this week, Thursday the 6th through Sunday the 9th. Sixty new and rare feature-length films, documentaries, animation, and shorts will be shown at the Lyceum, the United Way, the Beatley Central Library, and the Old Town Theaters. Visit www.AlexandriaFilm.org for more information and to purchase tickets.