by February 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


Healthy Snacks for the Game Day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]

Just because it’s January doesn’t mean you can’t still eat seasonally! Celebrate the winter’s best by shopping at the farmers market. Many farms keep refrigerated rooms or grow in greenhouses so that they can sell fresh produce all winter long. Not only will you get fresh food this Sunday at the market, but you’ll also avoid long lines at Whole Foods, let alone the fact that I’m sure Safeway’s shelves will be entirely cleared by Friday.

Here are a few healthy recipes that feature winter’s best, plus a few other snacks that will tide you over through halftime and beyond. Have that extra beer and relax knowing that you can enjoy without overdoing it!

  • Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges are super easy and better than the frozen and fried kind you’ll find at the bar. Wash two or three large sweet potatoes and cut into 2 inch-long, half-inch thick wedges with the skins on. Toss in two tbsp. olive oil, one tsp. salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper and arrange on a baking sheet. If you like, also add two cloves chopped garlic (or one tsp. garlic powder) and/or fresh rosemary. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes or until crispy.
  • While you’ve got the oven on, make some Spicy Kale Chips for 15 minutes at the same heat. It’s best if you have the patience to strip the kale leaves from the stems and massage them individually with olive oil. Arrange on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and chili powder on top and place on the top rack of the oven. No kale?  You can use broccoli instead and I am sure nobody will complain.
  • Chop up carrots for a Pumpkin Hummus Dip recipe that I love for parties. Roast a fresh sunshine or kabocha squash and a head of garlic in the over for an hour at 375. You want to make sure you can pierce the squash with a fork easily. Cool before scooping out two cups of the squash into a blender. Carefully peel four to five heads of garlic and add to the blender, as well as one can of rinsed chickpeas, ¼ cup of tahini or smooth peanut butter and a half cup of olive oil. I’ll add warm water as needed and blend on high until the mixture forms a smooth, orange puree. Blend in a dash of salt, a dash of pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper.

Lots of vendors at the market have already prepared other delicious game-day snacks too! Go for the fresh smoked fish dips at Chris’ Marketplace, the Chipotle Ketchup and Salsas at Toigo and Twin Springs Farms or splurge on low fat quark or pimento cheese if you MUST have nachos (no judgement).

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by January 31, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

"Super Bowl"

Super Bowl 2013 in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Kent Barnes. Follow him on Twitter @KentBarnes, email him at kent[AT]

It’s that time of year again when more than 100 million Americans gather round the television with family and friends to watch the greatest sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl.

This year’s game brings added intrigue for local fans, as the Baltimore Ravens are one of the two teams vying for football glory.

Here’s everything you need to know to guarantee yourself an exciting Super Bowl Sunday:

Game Day Info

  • The AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens take on the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers
  • Sunday, February 3 with kick-off around 6:30 pm.
  • Watch the game on CBS (channel 29 in standard definition, 212 or 809 in high definition) with halftime entertainment by Beyonce.  

Where You Can Watch

  • Lucky Bar – Enjoy Bud Light pints for $3.50 or pitchers for $14, Yuengling pints for $4 or pitchers for $15, and a variety of food specials.
  • Buffalo Billiards – Offering Miller Lite and Coors Light pints for $3.50, buckets of the same for $15, $4 bottles of Redds Apple Ale, and a chance to win a flat screen TV.
  • The Front Page – Looking for variety? Partake in $21 beer towers, $3 Miller Lite and Yuengling pints, $5 Stoli & Fireballs, $7 Red Bull Vodkas, $6 food specials, and a raffle for a flat screen TV.
  • Stoney’s – The perfect neighborhood bar on P Street.
  • Judy’s Bar & Restaurant – Offering Happy Hour  all night long starting at 6 pm. $3 beers, $5 rail drinks and $15 for Margarita pitchers. “Wear your jersey supporting your team in Super Bowl XLVII and the bartender will buy you a shot! (And remembering that Ethan is from California and a Niners fan, if you wear a Niners jersey you might even get a second shot out of him!)”
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub – Gonna need a pitcher?  Duffy’s is offering $12 Miller Lite pitchers, and $20 Blue Moon, Heineken, Ranger IPA, Loose Cannon IPA, and Yuengling pitchers.
  • The Mad Hatter – Enjoy $5 food specials, $3 Bud Lights, and $5 fireball whiskey shots.
  • Public Bar – Offering $3 Miller Lites and Coors Lights, $5 Redbull Vodkas, and other exciting giveaways.
  • Touchdown – With a selection of selection of local, domestic, and imported beers.
  • Nelly’s Sports Bar – The always fun crowd at the bar with multiple screens and the party starting at 6 pm.
  • Solly’s Tavern – Enjoy $3 PBR, Budweiser, Bud Light and Miller Lites, $5 Ya-Hooo Shandies (half Bud Light, half Mountain Dew), “pit beef sammiches” for ravens fans and “mission style burritos” for 49er fans.  More importantly, Solly’s will hold a raffle to benefit a friend of the bar who recently lost his mother and sister, and all his belongings in a Falls Church house fire.  The raffle will include gift certificates, a gift basket, Wizards tickets, Capitals tickets, and more.

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