Living in a tiny apartment (or a big one that just feels tiny) is a challenge nearly all city dwellers are familiar with. Where to put the Christmas decorations your grandmother gave you, where to keep the tennis rackets until the summer . . . and what about that kayak?
CubeSmart—a kind of enhanced self-storage company—gives you, well, space, along with all the advice and tools you need. (more…)
Admit it. Sometimes you find yourself in a fancy grocery store, staring at a fruit you can’t name or a sauce you can’t pronounce. You think to yourself, What would I even do with this? Will I ever be the kind of person that knows how to use star anise in a recipe?
Blue Apron makes learning about new (and delicious) ingredients fun. Their weekly recipes are designed to introduce you to new flavors while gently showing you your way around the kitchen. Best of all, these fresh ingredients from small farms and specialty vendors are shipped to you without a grocery store mark-up. That means the ingredients are more affordable, you don’t buy more than you need, and you won’t spend an hour trying to find them in your local gourmet supermarkets. And if you sign up now, you’ll receive two free meals on your first order.
Following are six of the more fun ingredients to be featured in recent Blue Apron recipes. There are a lot more where they came from!
Epazote Done with kale? Let us introduce epazote. Traditionally used in a range of Mexican dishes, epazote has a pungent fragrance often compared to citrus, savory herbs, or mint.
The walls of your home need some love. Those photos on your phone, those unframed posters, a piece of art you’ve been eyeing on Etsy… they’re all too nice to be hidden away. But the thought of getting everything ready, driving to a frame store, and shelling out all that money for custom framing is daunting.
Framebridge is an affordable, online custom framing service based right here in D.C. that makes the whole process easy. You can upload your digital files from your computer or through their iPhone app. If you have a stack of physical art and photos you’ve been meaning to get framed, they’ll send you a pre-paid mailer so you don’t even need to go to the post office.
Framebridge has a wide selection of frame styles, from clean to classic to funky. If you need a little help deciding which one to go with, Framebridge’s design consultants can help you choose the right frame styles and mattes for your art. You can even send pictures of your home so they can match the decor of your house, or design something fancy like a gallery wall. When it’s all done, your framed art will arrive at your doorstep, ready to hang.
This should help get you started: Enter our giveaway below for a chance to win $750 of complimentary framingand design consultation. Even if you don’t win, you’ll want to take advantage of Framebridge’s clear pricing, which is 70% cheaper than in most traditional frame stores. (And the shipping is free!)
Let the frames begin! Your walls have been blank long enough.
Starting yesterday — Monday, April 27 — a smarter mass transit system called Bridj quietly introduced its service in the District. Bridj wants to make your commute to work — and everywhere else you go — quicker, more comfortable, and more efficient. Cozier than the Metro or a city bus, and less expensive than a cab, Bridj delivers a fundamentally different way to travel through the city. It takes you and your neighbors from where you are to where you’re going, with a guaranteed seat, Wi-Fi, and no transfers.
This “smarter transit” is possible because Bridj predicts how the city moves. Its algorithms crunch millions of data points to see how residents of DC are traveling, and conforms to meet their needs. Because Bridj is demand-responsive, the best pick-up and drop-off locations are flexible and change to serve those who need a ride.
“As more people ride, the smarter Bridj gets,” says Ryan Kelly, Marketing Manager at Bridj. They’ve been operating in Boston for over a year, and have changed the way thousands of Bostonians get around their city. (more…)
Maybe, when your first child came along, you thought, I am going to teach my child to appreciate healthy food, not the garbage I grew up eating.
And maybe, just maybe, after countless trips to fancy grocery stores and farmer markets, hours spent trying out recipes, and endless dinner table showdowns with your tiny, finicky roommate, you revised your strategy. You thought, Screw it. Just give him the frozen chicken nuggets and white rice, if that’s what he wants so much.
You may be happy to know there’s a solution to healthy family eating that falls between these two extremes.
Blue Apron’s family plan makes cooking at home fun again. Once a week, fresh ingredients are delivered to your door for meals you and your family can prepare together, eat together, and enjoy together. Read on to see how Blue Apron can get your kids interested in eating healthy, and if you sign up now you can get two meals free with your first order. (more…)
Cooking at home is a great way to reconnect with your loved ones after a busy day, but it can be a challenge for city dwellers who don’t have the time to shop for or plan a meal. Blue Apron offers a solution. The food delivery service sends fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and original recipes to your door every week. Blue Apron focuses on seasonal ingredients from artisanal purveyors, so all of your meals are healthy. Each easy-to-follow recipe takes about 40 minutes to prepare, and since the ingredients are pre-portioned, there is no waste.
Blue Apron offers flexible meal plans designed to fit your dietary needs or restrictions, and there is no commitment–you can skip a week or cancel at any time. You can choose from the Family Plan, with portions to feed a family of four, or the 2-Person Plan. Recipes include tomato-baked cod, roasted chicken & root vegetables, poblano chilaquiles with eggs and avocado, roasted butternut squash, and many others. All Blue Apron recipes are shipped in a refrigerated box so your ingredients stay fresh.
Blue Apron helps you learn how to make new recipes from a variety of regional cuisines so you can get out of your dinner rut of making the same old dishes or relying on take out. The first 100 PoPville readers to sign up for a new Blue Apron subscription get a credit equal to the cost of two meals on their first order (a $20 value).
This post has been updated to be more clear about the deal offer.
Have you been meaning to check out that new Ethiopian Restaurant on H Street? Dying to be the first to try Rose’s Luxury? Unfortunately, it can be difficult to plan a date night when you’ve got kids running around. Finding a sitter takes time, and it’s important to find someone that you trust. UrbanSitter, an online and mobile service for parents and sitters, makes booking a trusted babysitter as easy as making dinner reservations. And, if you enter below, you could win a $50 babysitting gift card.
UrbanSitter was founded by a group of parents who had the idea of using technology to facilitate sitter searches. UrbanSitter uses your social profiles to connect you with sitters through people that you know. You can either search for sitters by date and time or you can post a specific job and then choose from your results. Each sitter has his/her own performance marketplace, where you can see reviews from parents, their number of repeat customers, video clips, response time to requests, skills, and more. UrbanSitter harnesses the power of social recommendations in a space where a friend’s recommendation is critical.
Here’s how it works: If you buy a discounted LED bulb at a participating online retailer, the DCSEU will donate a bulb to So Others Might Eat (SOME), a community-based organization that works to help the District’s poor and homeless. SOME plans to distribute the LED bulbs with holiday food baskets to their clients in need. Using an LED light is one of the most effective ways to save energy, requiring the least amount of time, effort and money. The bulbs use 15 percent less electricity than CFLs and 85 percent less electricity than incandescent light bulbs.
You can buy your bulbs at either TechniArt.com, Costco.com, or 1000bulbs.com between now and January 1. So give yourself, and someone in need, the simple gift of comfort and energy savings — best yet, it’s a gift that’ll keep on giving for up to 20 years, the estimated life span of an LED bulb.
As you’ve seen in previous PoPville posts, 460 New York Avenue (a.k.a. 460NYA) is a brand-new, 11-story condominium tower being built on the site of a vacant warehouse in the Mount Vernon Triangle. Construction of the tower has now “topped out,” with the concrete frame finished, and work on the steel and glass façade and interiors are set to begin.
To celebrate this milestone, 460NYA will be throwing a “Live Elevated” celebration on Thursday, October 23, 5:30–7:30 p.m. — and you’re invited. Held at the McWilliams|Ballard D.C. Sales Center, 1402 14th Street NW, the celebration will serve up hors d’oeuvres and beverages, along with the chance to get a sneak peek at the amenities available to residents of this one-of-a-kind building going up in the heart of the district. (more…)
Courtney Snowden, running for D.C. Council At-Large, has established herself as a community activist, strategist, and most importantly — a working mom who understands the challenge of juggling both family and work. Born and raised in Washington, Courtney now lives in Ward 7 with her son Malik. As well as being a mother, she is a principal at The Raben Group, a progressive public policy and government relations firm. Her job immerses her in public policy through direct lobbying, strategic planning, and coalition building, but if you ask her, her most important role is that of a mom. That’s why, along with such issues as spurring the economy, better public transportation, and more affordable housing, she is a fighter for better public schools.
A product of the D.C. public school system herself, as well as a board member for a Ward 7 charter school, Courtney is dedicated to ensuring that taxpayer dollars will be allocated to fund schools sufficiently, ensuring quality educational opportunities throughout D.C.
“This city is, and has always been, full of promise and opportunity,” says Snowden. “I believe there is a place for all of our city’s residents, but we need a fighter willing to roll up her sleeves, and do the hard work of bringing the diverse people of this city together.”
Snowden boasts 15 years of advocacy work, walking the halls of U.S. Congress to fight especially for high-quality education for children throughout the city, safer neighborhoods, and equality and increased opportunities for underserved communities. She has served on the board of SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League), the Richard Wright Public Charter School, and the Rockson Community Development Corporation, and she was the first female board chair of D.C. Black Pride. Her D.C. Council campaign is based on the idea that every resident of the city, no matter where they live or what job they hold, should benefit from the promise and prosperity that makes D.C. great.