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Celebrate National Sangria Day by Making Your Own

Celebrate National Sangria Day by Making Your Own

December 20th is considered to be National Sangria Day. It’s a day set aside to honor the great beverage that originated in Spain, yet appeals to people around the world. Sangria not only tastes great and pleases a crowd, but is easier to make than one may think. It’s also quite affordable!

“Many people in America are familiar with the concept of a spiked punch,” says Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge. “Sangria is like that, only better. It takes punch to a whole new, better level that people love.”

 

Best Brunch In Vienna? It's MARvelous!

Best Brunch In Vienna? It's MARvelous!

Two Saturdays ago was one of those days you just dream about. . . . where you wake up, you have no pressing business, and you think "Hmmm, maybe we should go out for a leisurely brunch." So that's just what we decided to do.

But where should we go?

Apples, Dogs & Frogs - It's What's For Dessert!

Apples, Dogs & Frogs - It's What's For Dessert!

Wasn't it great when the sun came out today?! After coming through three days of rain, "hunkering down" at home, and then picking up the debris today, it was really nice to see the sun peeking through the clouds.

And that's how I always feel when I go to Silva's.

Silva's Patisserie is another one of those small, local businesses in Vienna that I have grown to love. It's nestled in the same shopping center and right around the corner from another one of my favorite local places, Jammin Java.

When you go in, you are sure to find one of the owners there — either Silva herself or her son Harry. Harry is a pastry chef (formerly of the Kennedy Center) and he named the patisserie after his mother Silva. They will give you a friendly greeting and then wait patiently while you decide what to order.

And that's where the problem arises. What to order?!

5 Tips for Making Amazing Fall Soups

5 Tips for Making Amazing Fall Soups

One thing that most people can agree upon is that autumn is the perfect time for soup. Millions of people around the country eat soup in the fall, whether they make it at home or eat it while dining out. Those making soup at home are often in search of the perfect way to make theirs taste every bit as good as those they eat while dining out. With some attention paid to detail, they too can have amazing fall soups.

“People are often intimidated when it comes to making tasty soups, but it’s not nearly as challenging as it may seem,” explains Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Thunder Burger. “Great tasting soups are within reach for everyone to make. It may just take a few extra steps to make it happen.”

Here are 5 tips for making amazing fall soups:

Tips for Choosing Where to Hold Your Holiday Party

Tips for Choosing Where to Hold Your Holiday Party

The holiday season is just around the corner, making now the perfect time to start planning private events and parties. For those looking to find a great party atmosphere in a wonderful location it can be a difficult decision if they don’t know what to look for when choosing a party place to reserve.

“Sometimes people overlook the simple things when it comes to reserving a party,” says Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef at both the Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge and Thunder Burger & Bar. “Yet those are the ones that are usually what help to make it a great party.”

Here are a few tips for choosing where to hold your holiday party this year:

5 Ways to Create a Successful Family Business

5 Ways to Create a Successful Family Business

According to the National Restaurant Association, there are 970,000 restaurants in America. Further research indicates that the three-year failure rate for restaurants hovers around 60 percent. So just what is it that makes some restaurants fold, while others turn into gold? For two successful Washington D.C.-based restaurants, the answer to their success starts with family.

“When a team comes together that is made up of family, it creates a strong bond, with everyone after the same goal,” says Ben Kirane, co-owner of the Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge and Thunder Burger & Bar. “But there are still things that family members need to focus on, in order to make the restaurant, or any type of business, a success.”

Thunder Burger & Bar to Hold Halloween Costume Contest

Thunder Burger & Bar to Hold Halloween Costume Contest

 

Thunder Burger & Bar, located in the heart of Georgetown, will be holding a Halloween Costume Contest, giving adults the opportunity to show off their costumes. The contest will be held on October 31, 2012, with judging taking place at 10:00 p.m. There will be one Best Male Costume award and one Best Female Costume award, with each winning a $50 Thunder Burger & Bar gift certificate.

“Kids shouldn’t be the only ones to have some fun on Halloween. This is a great opportunity to strut your stuff and have some fun,” explains Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Thunder Burger. “Plus, if you have a great costume, you may even be the one to win the gift certificate – an added bonus to the fun you will have.”