Monday, January 23, 2017

Five Aphrodisiac Foods to Know for Valentine’s Day

From our friends at Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar...

According to the National Restaurant Association, around a quarter of Americans will dine out for Valentine’s Day, making it the second most popular day to dine out on throughout the year (beat out only by Mother’s Day). As people are deciding where to dine, they may want to keep some of the most popular aphrodisiac foods in mind, just to help make it an extra special evening.

Robeks Fitness Resolution Smoothies Are Here to Help You Meet Fitness Goals

From our friends at Robeks...

Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies Helps You Get Ahead of Your Goals with Three Special New Smoothies

Now is a great time for making important choices to improve or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Robeks Fresh Juices & Smoothies is here to make those choices easier with three new nutritious and delicious Fitness Resolution Smoothies, each focused around helping guests with their fitness goals. The new offerings are only available through March 19, so hurry in and enjoy them while they last!

Newcomer Tredici Enoteca Debuts Weekday Lunch Service & a New Happy Hour

Israeli Couscous Salad at Tredici Enoteca

From our friends at Tredici Enoteca...

Partners Laurence Saul, Greg Dodge & Jay Overcash of Zavino Hospitality Group in partnership with Pennsylvania-based REIT Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT) are pleased to announce the debut of lunch service at Tredici Enoteca at The St. Gregory Hotel (Tredici DC), located at 2033 M Street, NW. Lunch will debut Monday, January 16th and will be available Monday through Friday, from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM in the intimate 60-seat dining room. Happy Hour is now available Monday through Friday, from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Contest: Win Passes to See an Advanced Screening of Rings

We're giving away 40 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of Paramount Pictures' Rings, starring Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D'Onofrio. The screening takes place on Thursday, February 2nd at AMC Mazza Gallerie: It starts at 7:00 PM, but seats are first-come, first-served; so winners are encouraged to show up sooner than later (between 5:45 and 6:15 PM.) Seating is not guaranteed. Fill in the entry form below, and we'll select 40 winners to receive a pass for two. Winners will be notified by e-mail. All entries must be received before Saturday, January 28th at 11:59 PM EST, so act fast. Good luck!

Contest: Win 1 of 5 Admit-2 ROE Passes to Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Win a chance to see Sony Pictures Entertainment's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy, and Iain Glen for FREE. Fill in the entry form below, and we'll select five winners to receive a run-of-engagement (ROE) pass for two to see Resident Evil: The Final Chapter at any DC-area Regal Cinemas.

Friday, January 20, 2017

xXx: Return of Xander Cage Movie Review

Vin Diesel & Deepika Padukone (r) star in xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Rebels and Tyrants

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series' signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film. Directed by D. J. Caruso.

Tips to Set Your Restaurant Apart

by Jenna Brown (Contributing Editor)

Restaurants are notoriously risky ventures. Business history is littered with countless examples of restaurants that had many positive traits, but ultimately failed. Poor management can be blamed for many of these, of course; but sometimes the establishments never managed to get and retain a consistent customer base. What are the weaknesses that take down restaurants that should otherwise be profitable? Why do people never come back, or never come to begin with, when the operation looks like it should be a winner? Let's examine some of the common places where restaurants fall short.

Before I Fall Sundance Movie Trailer

Before I Fall

IMDb Plot: February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's in danger of losing. Opens March 3, 2017

Split Movie Review

James McAvoy stars in Split

Behave Yourself

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley) there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him - as well as everyone around him - as the walls between his compartments shatter apart. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (1/20/17)

Michael Keaton stars in The Founder

From our friend, Arch Campbell...

La La Land - 4 Stars. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling fall in love with each other & Los Angeles in an optimistic fantasy musical.

Manchester by the Sea - 4 Stars. Casey Affleck delivers one of the best performances in years as a janitor forced to return to the scene of a profound loss. The story never goes where you expect, in the name of stark real truth.

Jackie - 4 Stars. Natalie Portman gives the performance of the year as Jackie Kennedy in the days after the Kennedy assassination, as she manages her grief and crafts the Kennedy "myth."

Lion - 4 Stars. Emotional story of a young boy who falls asleep on a train and is carried a thousand miles from home. Growing up, he feels the tug of home, and follows his instincts. One of the year's best.

Paterson - 4 Stars. The great Adam Driver plays a Paterson, New Jersey bus driver named Paterson who writes poetry.  Quirky, moving and great fun.

Logan Red Band Trailer


IMDb Plot: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. Opens March 3, 2017

Men's Basketball: George Washington 65 Duquesne 63

GW's Yuta Watanabe (#12) led all scorers with 15 points

From our friends at GW Athletics...

GW Men's Basketball Takes Down Duquesne, 65-63

Watanabe scores 15, Sina adds 14​

On Wednesday night at the Charles E. Smith Center, the George Washington men's basketball team hosted Duquesne and emerged victorious at the buzzer in a 65-63 nail-biter. With the victory, GW pulled back above .500 overall at 10-9 and matched Duquesne in-conference with a 2-4 A-10 mark. The Dukes dropped a game below .500 at 9-10.