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All the new stuff happening in Old Town, Alexandria, VA.
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Brunch at Teasim

I’m happy to report that Teaism in North Old Town is officially open. I took the family with me over the weekend and as you can see, I ordered some flavorful tempeh with kale, mixed fruit, and an amazing carrot scone that you’ll want to order more of. Top that all off with a delicious pot of Chai tea and you’ve got yourself a pretty good start to a Sunday.

I love the fact that yummy, healthy, and inexpensive food is literally right around the corner.

Photo by OTNT.

In the Mood for Pho?

Josh and I had a hankering for some Vietnamese so we headed over to the newish Vietnamese eatery in Old Town, Caphe Banh Mi. It didn’t disappoint.

In the spirit of the beautiful weather we’ve been having, we ordered summer rolls, classic banh mi sandwiches, and frozen Yogiberry yogurt with mango. The ingredients were so fresh and every bite was light but packed with flavor.  

Caphe Banh Mi, located on 407 Cameron Street, offers several other vietnamese specialties, including pho and vermicelli bowls. We were surprised to see almost everyone around us eating pho, despite the summer-like weather.

Caphe Banh Mi is not overly decorated and the size is perfect, making it feel like a true cafe. We can’t wait to come back and try the pho.

Photo by OTNT.

Calling All Yogis: 532YOGA
As a new mom, it’s been extremely tough finding time to work out. You get home from a long day at work and the first thing you want to do is spend some QT with your baby. Then you have to go through the whole rigmarole of getting the baby to go down—bathe, read, feed, etc. Of course, you have to find time to cook for yourself or make a dent in your laundry list of errands. And after all that, you’re ready to pass out. Whew.
The one pre-baby activity I miss most: Yoga. I pine for the days I used to practice Jivamukti yoga (my fav) every. single. day. It was always a rigorous workout coupled with intense meditation. So perhaps the opening of a yoga studio right around the corner from my home is just what I need to get me back to those downward dog, plank, and handstand days.
532YOGA, located on North Washington Street, is “coming soon” to the nabe, right across from the Starbucks, Teaism, and Trader Joe’s. I’ll circle back with details and let you know when it’s about to open. I’m crossing my fingers they offer a Jivamukti class.
Namaste.
Photo via @wholemeprograms.

Calling All Yogis: 532YOGA

As a new mom, it’s been extremely tough finding time to work out. You get home from a long day at work and the first thing you want to do is spend some QT with your baby. Then you have to go through the whole rigmarole of getting the baby to go down—bathe, read, feed, etc. Of course, you have to find time to cook for yourself or make a dent in your laundry list of errands. And after all that, you’re ready to pass out. Whew.

The one pre-baby activity I miss most: Yoga. I pine for the days I used to practice Jivamukti yoga (my fav) every. single. day. It was always a rigorous workout coupled with intense meditation. So perhaps the opening of a yoga studio right around the corner from my home is just what I need to get me back to those downward dog, plank, and handstand days.

532YOGA, located on North Washington Street, is “coming soon” to the nabe, right across from the Starbucks, Teaism, and Trader Joe’s. I’ll circle back with details and let you know when it’s about to open. I’m crossing my fingers they offer a Jivamukti class.

Namaste.

Photo via @wholemeprograms.

Teaism and We’re Back (In Full Effect)!

I know, I know. Like a bad friend, I haven’t written or called. I hope you’ll eventually forgive me. But I’m happy to report that my mini hiatus from OTNT has officially ended and you’ll be seeing lots more posts going forward. The dust is finally settling on some fantastic developments in my personal life, but I promise not to let that get in the way of giving you the latest and greatest news from the hood.

And on that note, I mentioned back in January that the mouthwatering restaurant and tea house Teasim is set to open in North Old Town. Apparently that’s some time this week! Hopefully it opens this weekend so I can report back to you on their yummy brunch options, like cilantro scrambled eggs with ginger, cilantro and jalapenos…

Photo via Graduate Gourmet.

Pork Barrel BBQ

After a long day running around D.C., the hubby and I randomly craved some barbecue. We’ve always been surprised that there aren’t more BBQ joints around Northern Virginia, especially since we’re below the Mason-Dixon line. With that said, it’s so nice that newish Pork Barrel BBQ—despite so-so reviews on Yelp—is just a few minutes from Old Town, smack dab in the heart of Del Ray.

We ordered a tender pulled-pork sandwich, St. Louis ribs, and sides of Monster Mac n’ Cheese (delightfully spicy!) and collard greens. If you’ve got a hankering for BBQ, definitely visit Pork Barrel. Next time we plan on getting the brisket.

Photo by OTNT.

Cherry Blossoms by Bike River Tour
The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is right around the corner (March 20-April 27).  Instead of attempting to find parking around the mall or walking among roving packs headed to the Tidal Basin, why not ride your bike on the Mount Vernon Trail from Old Town to DC and take in the cherry blossoms along the Potomac River?
Bike and Roll is offering a bike tour that will do just that.
This 3-hour tour (not to mention great workout) will take you all the way to the Tidal Basin where you’ll see the blossoms up close and learn about its history before heading back to Old Town.
When: Tours held Fridays - Sundays, 1 – 4 p.m. Where: Departs from One Wales Alley, Alexandria, VA 22314 (map) How much: $42/adult; not recommended for children 12 & under Tickets can be purchased at the Bike and Roll website
Photo via the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Cherry Blossoms by Bike River Tour

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is right around the corner (March 20-April 27).  Instead of attempting to find parking around the mall or walking among roving packs headed to the Tidal Basin, why not ride your bike on the Mount Vernon Trail from Old Town to DC and take in the cherry blossoms along the Potomac River?

Bike and Roll is offering a bike tour that will do just that.

This 3-hour tour (not to mention great workout) will take you all the way to the Tidal Basin where you’ll see the blossoms up close and learn about its history before heading back to Old Town.

When: Tours held Fridays - Sundays, 1 – 4 p.m.
Where: Departs from One Wales Alley, Alexandria, VA 22314 (map)
How much: $42/adult; not recommended for children 12 & under
Tickets can be purchased at the Bike and Roll website

Photo via the National Cherry Blossom Festival.


Apple Store Coming to Old Town?
I recently heard a delicious rumor that an Apple retail store could replace the shuttered Restoration Hardware on 614 King Street. I went to the source to see if it’s true and Apple wouldn’t comment. Hmmm…
Has anyone heard something similar? Local Apple stores are currently in Georgetown, Clarendon, and Pentagon City. But the King Street location would be ideal for Apple fangirls such as myself. I’ll keep digging, but let me know if you know this rumor is actually fact!
Photo via Protocol Snow.

Apple Store Coming to Old Town?

I recently heard a delicious rumor that an Apple retail store could replace the shuttered Restoration Hardware on 614 King Street. I went to the source to see if it’s true and Apple wouldn’t comment. Hmmm…

Has anyone heard something similar? Local Apple stores are currently in Georgetown, Clarendon, and Pentagon City. But the King Street location would be ideal for Apple fangirls such as myself. I’ll keep digging, but let me know if you know this rumor is actually fact!

Photo via Protocol Snow.

Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday
Celebrate the 280th birthday of our country’s first president by taking a “Walk with Washington” tour around Old Town, Alexandria—George Washington’s hometown.
Date: Every Sunday in February (5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th)Time:  1 p.m. (tour lasts about 90 minutes)Location:  Meet at the Ramsay House Visitors Center (near the intersection of King & Fairfax Streets)Ticket Price:  Free! Advance reservations not required.Status:  Call  (703) 829-6640.
Image via The People’s Cube.

Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday

Celebrate the 280th birthday of our country’s first president by taking a “Walk with Washington” tour around Old Town, Alexandria—George Washington’s hometown.

Date: Every Sunday in February (5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th)
Time:  1 p.m.
(tour lasts about 90 minutes)
Location:
  Meet at the Ramsay House Visitors Center (near the intersection of King & Fairfax Streets)
Ticket Price:
  Free! Advance reservations not required.
Status:
  Call (703) 829-6640.

Image via The People’s Cube.

Putting the “Art” in “Heart”

The Torpedo Factory Art Center holds a free Art Night every 2nd Thursday of each month, from 6-9 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to browse the galleries and studios, and interact with the artists.

February’s Art Night event is sure to set all of you romantic’s hearts aflutter, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Here are the sweet deets courtesy of The Torpedo Factory:

Fall in love with a unique work of art or find a gift for that special someone as you browse open studios and galleries! Sample sweets at our candy buffet and enjoy live music by guitarist Gregg Hammond. Flowers will be given to the first 200 guests in honor of the upcoming lover’s holiday.

Love Notes Opening
Visit Studio 9 from 6-8pm for the opening of the Love Notes exhibit, featuring handmade valentines by Torpedo Factory artists.

Community Heart Sculpture
Participate in a community heart sculpture by donating $1 to write your own love note which will be used to fill in the heart sculpture. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.

Artist of the Year Announcement
The Friends of the Torpedo Factory will announce the 2012 Artist of the Year in Target Gallery at 6:30pm. The winner of this annual competition, open to all Torpedo Factory artists, will be awarded a cash prize and a month-long exhibition in Target Gallery during the summer.

DIY Valentines & Kissing Photobooth
Create a keepsake for a loved one just in time for Valentine’s Day at our Do-It-Yourself Valentine Station, and steal a smooch at our Kissing Photobooth. Enjoy fun activities throughout the evening!

Photo via cpoldtownalexandria.

Grape + Bean Coming Soon to Rosemont

The hubby and I frequent Grape + Bean in Old Town for lunch. Of course the quaint wine bar and specialty coffee shop offers incredible wines and cheeses, but we’re partial to their sandwiches. I highly suggest the Spanish Bocadillo—Spanish Bonito del Norte tuna, lightly seasoned with fresh celery and smoked paprika on a toasted sourdough roll, topped with melted Baby Swiss cheese. Yum!

If you live in the Rosemont area, another Grape and Bean is set to open on 2 E. Walnut Street sometime over the next four to six weeks, according to DelRay Patch. Sweet!

Photo via DelRay Patch.

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