Sponsored By Blue Apron.

Blue Apron offers fresh ingredients and great recipes delivered weekly to your home.

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Stuck in a summer cooking rut? You’re not alone. Summer socializing can make it hard to get your culinary act together. (We’ve barely been home since Memorial Day).

At the moment it may feel too hot to turn on the stove, but autumn is only a few weeks away. Once cooler temperatures arrive, your kitchen will no longer feel like a sauna. Which means you can finally reacquaint your hot dog-addicted kids to vegetables. Or if you’re still a student, back-to-school season is the ideal time for a Seamless intervention.

September is a great time to take stock of what’s on your plate. If your cooking skills are a little rusty, Blue Apron is an easy way to get back in the game. And if you sign up now, you’ll get two meals free on your first order.


Sponsored By Getaround.

Rent great cars nearby from $5/hr, instantly from your phone. Sign up for Getaround and get $50 off your first trip.

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Summer will be over before you know it, so now’s the time to plan a weekend getaway. After all, the best revenge is coming to work on Monday morning with a huge smile on your face.

To get yourself outside the belt, all you need is a jazzy ride from the peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround. Rent a car from one of your neighbors for as little as $5 an hour (or $40 a day), using your phone to reserve and unlock it. Plus you get a $50 credit just for signing up.

Of course, there’s no shortage of great destinations within driving range in the DC area. Here are five that we recommend, and the Getaround cars we recommend for them.

The Chesapeake Bay
The Chesapeake Bay is one of the DC area’s favorite weekend getaways, famous for fishing, crabbing, swimming, kayaking, and sailing. It’s also a great place to take in nearly 200 miles of shoreline, eat amazing seafood, and hole up in a cute bed and breakfast for the night. Start in Annapolis and take route 50 across the bay to historic St. Michaels. You’ll enjoy the ride there and back a lot more in a powerful black Tesla Model S. (more…)


Sponsored By New Belgium Brewing.

New Belgium Brewing regularly hosts events in the DC Metro Area. Visit our website for our summer line-up!

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Want to enjoy a Sunday afternoon, get some exercise, tour some new neighborhoods and help deserving young people learn a trade and earn a bike? You can do all of the above a few days from now.

On July 19, New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Ale — along with its partners Gearin’ Up Bicycles and Phoenix Bikes — present the DC Sunshine Ride. It’s a unique opportunity to ride through NoMa and Brookland while benefiting some great causes. Riders will be treated to a tour, public art happenings, and pop-up food sellers showcasing what’s best in Northeast DC. (more…)


Sponsored By CubeSmart.

CubeSmart helps create the room you need to live your life.

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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…)


Sponsored By Blue Apron.

Blue Apron offers fresh ingredients and great recipes delivered weekly to your home.

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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!

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.



Sponsored By Framebridge.

Framebridge makes it easy and affordable to get your favorite art and photographs custom framed online. Let the frames begin!

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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 framing and 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.


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Sponsored By Bridj.

Bridj is your everyday transportation system that adapts in real-time to where you live, work, and play.

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It’s official: Bridj has rolled into DC.

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…)


Sponsored By Blue Apron.

Blue Apron offers fresh ingredients and great recipes delivered weekly to your home.

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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…)


Sponsored By Blue Apron.

Blue Apron offers fresh ingredients and great recipes delivered weekly to your home.

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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).


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Sponsored By UrbanSitter.

UrbanSitter is an online and mobile service for parents and sitters to connect through people they know.

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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.

Don’t wait around for the next holiday to go out. Sign up for a free UrbanSitter account or download the UrbanSitter app — and soon you can start enjoying impromptu date nights. Make sure to enter the contest below, new UrbanSitter members have a chance to win a $50 UrbanSitter gift card.

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