First Annual ‘Stache Dash!

Register now for Shirlington's first annual 'Stache Dash sponsored by Samuel Beckett's Irish Pub and Pacers. The inaugural 5K will take place on November 2 and kicks off Movember, men's health month. For more information, or to register for the run, visit www.runpacers.com.

Happy Hour at Copperwood Tavern

Please join us for Happy Hour at Copperwood Tavern on Wednesday, October 22nd from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Appetizers and gift cards for drinks will be provided.

Your Ió Piazza by Windsor Team is looking forward to seeing you!

Tips for Hosting a Successful Dinner Party

Inviting friends over for a home cooked meal sounds like a great idea—until it comes time for the meal planning, cooking, and house cleaning that go into hosting a dinner party. Don’t fret, because these simple tips will show you how to host a stress-free gathering and even have enough time to relax for a moment before your guests arrive.

  1. Be realistic about the guest list. Before planning a dinner party, ask yourself whom you really want to invite. Limit your list to only a few people if you live in a smaller place, and try to invite people whom you think would get along well.
  2. Plan the meal in advance. Never leave meal planning and shopping until the day before. Browse recipes about a week in advance, and go shopping a few days before. This leaves the day of the party for you to cook and prepare your home.
  3. Set a comfortable table. Make sure that your guests have plenty of napkins, water, and other necessities to limit the time you spend running to the kitchen.
  4. Enlist some help. There’s nothing wrong with asking a friend to help you host your party—in fact, this could even make it more fun.

How to Prep a Flawless Cocktail Party [My Home Ideas]
101 Party Do's & Don'ts [House Beautiful]
How to Host a Dinner Party so Everyone Enjoys It [Lettuce Eat Kale]
Do’s and Don’ts of Hosting a Dinner Party [Rue Daily]

Fall Decorating Contest

Show us your creative side! Please email a picture of your apartment Fall/Halloween decorations to piazzamkt@windsorcommunities.com by October 27th. Voting on Facebook will start that week and the winner will receive a $50 gift card to a restaurant of their choice.

Decorations can be fun and festive or freaky and frightening.

Best Buns Bread Company: An Arlington Bakery

Is there anything more satisfying than the smell of fresh-baked bread? The owners of this Arlington staple don’t think so. The Best Buns Bread Company is the house bakery for all of the restaurants owned by the Great American Restaurants group, and it also offers tasty treats to appreciative Arlington diners.

This may be one of the best local places to grab a quick breakfast, like a sausage, egg, and cheese croissant. The place also offers a number of tasty sandwiches for lunch, each served on the bakery's fresh bread. Desserts available here include a variety of cookies, tarts, cakes, and more, and the cupcakes are held in especially high esteem by regular visitors!

Visit the Best Buns website to find out more about this Arlington bakery.

Best Buns Bread Company
4010 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 578-1500
http://www.greatamericanrestaurants.com/bestbuns/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/best-buns-bread-company-arlington

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]