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Sterling Restaurant Supply: A Real Life #KitchenGoals Pinterest Board

You know the feeling of culinary inspiration to get your dinner game on point after watching an episode (or entire season) of Top Chef? Yes, you know — the one that prompted you to put on your chef’s hat that you haven’t worn in years and try a new recipe that Gordon Ramsey would LOVE! That feeling. Even if your meal ended up being surprisingly delicious based on your history in the kitchen, we would guess that it did not look anything like what you saw on TV.

Enter: Sterling Restaurant Supply. But be warned, you may need supervision from a friend when you enter the store because it will feel like you’re in a real life Pinterest board labeled “#kitchengoals”.

The SRS showroom floor was giving us all of the #fallfeels.

 

Before we go into our time at Sterling Restaurant Supply, let’s set the record straight with a few important points. Sterling Restaurant Supply is a company of Fortessa Tableware Solutions and has a storefront that is open to the public right here in One Loudoun. The space next door is a Fortessa Tableware Solutions showroom just for commercial customers to shop by appointment only. Now, let’s move into our experience at SRS and why we wish we could say, “Four of everything please!”

(Check out the photo for a peek into the Fortessa Tableware Solutions Commercial Showroom!)

We think the most effective way of giving you the important stuff without giving everything away is to tell you 3 reasons why Sterling Restaurant Supply is the coolest tableware store we have ever been to.

Building Exterior and A Peek Into the Commercial Showroom

 

Reason #1: There is something for everyone

As we learned from our time speaking with Fortessa Tableware Solutions CEO Scott Hamberger and the SRS team, the store rarely sees a customer walk in and walk out without purchasing at least one item. Because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love food? Whether it is an entertainer who finally found the perfect wine glasses to impress their weekend guests or someone who has been looking for a wedding gift to give to a sushi connoisseur, you will find something here, and you will love it.

Nothing stole our hearts faster than these tiny leaf-shaped plates. Is it just us or is this table setting bringing some serious Thanksgiving vibes to your Next Level Home?

Leaf Shaped Plates - Fall Festive table Setting

This chic dinner party setting doesn’t need any other reason to exist besides the fact that it makes us feel fancy and sophisticated.

Black & White Setting with Heart-Shaped Bowl

 

Reason #2: There are unique pieces that you can’t find anywhere else.

Want a variety of taco stands to choose from for Taco Tuesday just like Uncle Julio’s? They have it. If you want to serve your coffee creamer out of a cow (because who wouldn’t?), they have that too. If you’re really interested to see how one-of-a-kind some of these pieces are, slink around the corner of the FTS showroom and if you look inside the large glass windows, you might just see someone sitting at a pottery wheel. Note: this person can also see you, so don’t do anything weird.

Cloud Terre Studio is a pottery design studio, also a Fortessa Tableware Solutions company, where Scott introduced us to founder Amber Kendrick who creates exquisitely designed tableware collections for global clients like The Ritz-Carlton. But lucky for you, anyone can purchase some amazing pieces from Cloud Terre in the SRS store here at One Loudoun!

 

Reason #3: You can buy the same tools as gourmet chefs, but use them in your everyday life.

As fate would have it, Copperwood Tavern’s Executive Chef, James Duke, arrived at SRS before an appointment in the showroom next door, and we asked him to accompany us to the “Chefs Essentials” section for proof that he uses the exact tools sold in the store. It went something like this:

“What products in this section do you use?”, we asked, hoping that we would uncover a new truth like the end of every Game of Thrones episode.

Chef first pointed to a hand grater and said, “We can never have enough of these because we always lose them,” leading us to wonder how a kitchen constantly loses hand graters (the jury is still out on this one).

Okay, he got us there, but moving on. “It’s funny, I told my sous chef to pick up one of these today, but I could have just bought it here,” he said about another item.

Then came the big one when he said, “We have about 50 of these. Really… everything here!” MYTH. BUSTED.

The same chefs who make us salivate over a mere Instagram photo of their gourmet dishes (we’re talking to you Copperwood), come here to hand pick each tableware piece to provide unforgettable dining experiences. Where the front of the house meets the back of the house, you will find the same exact tools that culinary experts use around the world!


SRS “Back of the House” section

 

I can tell you that after our visit, the next time we enter SRS, I will be running, not walking, to purchase a few items that I can’t stop thinking about (Cough, cough, a tilted wine carafe and matte-pink plates). Fortessa Tableware Solutions also has a really cool story attached it, but we won’t discuss right now since it would take a full hour, which is why Scott told us that they had to turn it into a video for new hires to watch. But as we know from hearing many a story, if it takes an hour to tell, it has got to be a good one!

So head on over to Sterling Restaurant Supply and get to know this wonderful company who have moved their way into the One Loudoun family! And finally, we raise you a royal blue Cloud Terre plate to your first-apartment thrift shop dining set! Bon appetit One Loudouners!

The One Loudoun Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair: The ONE Way to Start Every Weekend

The One Loudoun Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair got the best of us on a crisp fall Saturday morning, where “I’m just going to look around” turned into “Will I be able to fit everything into the car?” Like a dog seeing a squirrel, each step provided a new distraction and more things we needed to take home. Wow that granola looks amaz- OOH pumpkins! I can’t wait to carve – OMG they have fresh cut flowers! Wait… is that a real baby cow?

There were so many questions and warm and fuzzy feelings going on at once it was difficult to contain the excitement. Spoiler: we weren’t the only ones who were excited to be there.

 

Hello friends, and welcome to the one thing you will be looking forward to every single weekend from now on. When was the last time you went somewhere and thought that was how you wanted every weekend to start off? If your answer is “not in a while”, you probably have not been to the One Loudoun Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair. Together, they are like a miniature fall festival, sans apple-bobbing and hayrides (but don’t be shocked if they have those also). These markets run YEAR ROUND, but we just happened to visit during our favorite season.

If you have children, be sure to bring them with you on your visit because it’s the perfect place for an Insta-worthy family outing, and to keep them entertained for at least an hour or so. The energetic atmosphere of live music, sweet smells of baked goods, live animals (see photos) and chatter of neighbors is enough to brighten anyones day, even if they’re going through the terrible twos!

Baby Cow, Toddler and Chickens

 

Of all of the weekends we could have chosen to visit this playground of produce, today was the pie baking contest. We tried about 15 different types of pies before 10:30am and even got to vote for our favorites. If this is what Saturday mornings were like for the rest of time, we would be okay with it. Breakfast of champions!

 

Baby Cow, Toddler and Chickens

Put some heart and soul back into your home-cooked meals by picking up locally grown seasonal produce. 10/10, we would highly recommend getting some kind of squash (tis the season) and whipping up a nice hearty soup, or even a roasted veggie spread on top of your favorite protein. Just looking back at this rainbow of vegetables makes us want to grow our own, but we will leave that to the pros.

 

Not only is there produce at the markets, there are also a large assortment of sweet treats, meats, snacks, baked goods, artisanal gifts and more! Here are just a few that sparked our fancy:

 

In the middle of the farmer’s market, we could not help but stop in awe at a large wooden stand of glittery homemade soaps and an entire stack of shelves filled with bath bombs. These handmade products make the perfect guest bathroom accent or a gift that says, “I love you and also want you to smell great.”

If you are feeling like you don’t know where to begin for your holiday shopping, this is a holiday-lovers paradise. At this one stop shop, you can order your Thanksgiving turkey from a local farm, pick up one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for everyone on your list, and begin to plan out the entire menu for your annual holiday dinner party. Plus, there is something new every week at the Artisan Fair, like these adorable Halloween wreaths.

Glittery Soaps, Homemade Wreaths and Bathroom Accents

 

One of the most delightful parts about the One Loudoun markets was that it felt like a big family reunion – like Oprah was there saying, “You get a hug and you get a hug!” Within minutes of being there, we heard hellos and how are yous left and right. Although it felt like everyone there already knew each other, people started coming up to us too, curious about the camera we had in tow and asking if we had tried a specific type of pie yet. First timers will not feel left out for a second.

One of the reasons there is so much hype around farmer’s markets to begin with is that they are inspiring. Exploring a market featuring vendors and people who live where you do truly makes a community feel like a home. So, before you even think about sleeping in too late this Saturday, get out of bed, bring your favorite coffee or tea from Starbucks, and meet us at the One Loudoun Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair. For all the market details and hours, visit Loudoun Farmer’s Markets Website.

NOVA Plastic Surgery Just Got an Upgrade… and We Look Fabulous!

NOVA Plastic Surgery is passionate about delivering a memorable experience, while helping you become your best self through our clinical excellence and knowledge. On August 28th, 2017, NOVA Plastic Surgery became its best self! We have officially relocated into our new office in One Loudoun with a considerable upgrade.

While we updated our look, we retained our dedicated team that is passionate in supporting our clients. Among the team is our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Fadi Nukta and Dr. Khalique Zahir, Physician Assistant, Michele Gittings, Master Aesthetician and Laser Technician, Dareen Azar, Medical Assistant Frank Drew, and our amazing administrative team. Your experience when you first walk through the doors is as important to us as you achieving the results you desire. With the move to our new office, we have elevated that experience!

Fostered on the idea of a global approach, the NOVA Plastic Surgery experience combines office procedures, advanced homecare, and professional treatments in one. Your experience with us is a journey, and we’re with you every step of the way. First, we start with a consultation, where we address your skin care and cosmetic concerns and provide you with the education and information you need to move forward. Second, we will provide you with a treatment plan and maintenance strategically tailored to you, using our state-of-the art tools and procedures. Lastly, we will ensure that your evolving skin care needs are met and that you are supported by a team who lives and breathes excellent skin care.

What’s New

We have added many features and services with our new location. A new feature that we’re very excited to debut is our VIP Rewards Membership! We want you to be as passionate about enhancing your natural beauty as we are, so with our rewards membership you can achieve this while also receiving rewards and membership benefits.

Skin care isn’t just achieved in our office, it’s also achieved at home with a regular skin care regimen. In the new location, we are introducing our SkinCeuticals Skin Bar. With our Skin Bar, you can test products with one of our providers and receive a skin care regimen specifically tailored to you.

If you’re in a hurry, but still want to rejuvenate and refresh your skin, an express treatment might be just what you’re looking for. Our express treatments are another new feature we’ve added, with a range of signature treatments, our aesthetician Dareen will have you feeling like a better you!

Please come and join us in our new state of the art location and see what we can provide for you. Through the month of October, we are offering a complimentary gift (while supplies last) with every new consultation. Book a consultation with us by calling (703) 574-2588.

5 Things That Happen When You Go to The Carnival at One Loudoun

As we approached the front entrance to what would be our playground for the next few hours, sensory overdrive ensued as we crossed through the threshold of ticket booths and a rush of adrenaline followed. Lights, laughter, and that familiar carousel tune. This is it. We were finally here and about to enjoy (hopefully) one of the great American pastimes right here in One Loudoun: The Carnival.

Because we want to prepare you for your time at The Carnival, here are 5 things that are sure to happen during an evening under the hotdog signs.

 

1. You will look absolutely ridiculous on the rides

The hair will be flying everywhere, you will laugh uncontrollably, and you might even lose a flip-flop if you aren’t careful. With your besties by your side, it won’t even matter until you see the photos that your friend, who is “not a ride person,” took from the ground. But trust us; throwing your inhibitions to the wind are necessary to fully engulf yourself in the carnival ride experience.

Group on a Ride

2. It will shakeup your date night

Smiling? Laughing? What is this craziness?! Do yourself a favor and skip the weekly Netflix date and opt for something more, well, FUN. Whether crushing your significant other in a game of mini-hoops or hanging onto their arm for dear life at the top of the ferris wheel, there’s no doubting that the carnival will make you feel as carefree and playful as when you were kids. Come on over to The Carnival and have a date Danny and Sandy style. Ah, summer lovin’.

Couple on Date Night eating Funnel Cake and Riding Bumper Cars

3. #TreatYoself is an all day motto

Fried Oreos? Sure. Corn dogs the size of your arm? Why not. Be prepared to indulge in the finest carnival cuisine you’ve ever laid eyes on. Pro tip: have each of your friends get something different so you can have a taste of each without getting full to the point of no return(ing to the rides).

Collage of friends eating carnival food

4. You’ll make memories to last a lifetime

It’s the moment of truth. Your little one gets on a carnival ride for the first time ever. The uncertain expression on their face fades as the ride starts to move and there it is: a smile finally forms as they feel the pure bliss of flying for the first time. You can’t help but take about 234 photos during the next minute of cuteness overload, and immediately realize you’re going to need more photo storage on your phone this summer.

Bumper cars and Rides with Friends

5. You realize you’ll be back

When the kids hop back into the minivan to go home, faces covered in chocolate sauce and limbs hanging heavy from exhaustion, you will surely hear them plotting their itinerary for the next visit… which they innocently expect will be tomorrow. If you came with your significant other or gaggle of girlfriends, you now have a foolproof destination for a summer evening of letting loose and having fun.

Friends on Merry-go-round

Take it from us; the carnival is a ONE of a kind experience, and will be one of the best days of your summer. As you can see, it also makes for some amazing photo ops. The Carnival is coming back from August 16-27 by popular demand, so schedule your next night out right here at One Loudoun.

Group Photo of Friends

One Loudoun Restaurants: Redefining the Pati-OH! Experience

While we bet the pool, park and Plaza are already on your watch list this summer; on the top of ours is delicious food and sunshine! Let’s face it, food is the cure-all for hanger (among other woes), and Vitamin-D is your best summer accessory. Live your best life this summer by combining the two on the 14 or so patios here at One Loudoun. Luckily, we have the scoop on which ones reign supreme, so find out who made our patio superlatives list for this summer!

 

Most Family-friendly:
Uncle Julio’s

If you’re looking for a patio where you can contain the clan during a meal, Uncle Julio’s has built up quite a family-friendly rep. The entire patio is under coverings to shade the little ones from getting too hot, or worse, sunburned. There are also railings to keep them from running over to The Plaza fountains in the middle of chewin’ on some delicious Kidsadillas.

The Unbeatable View:
Hail + Hog

Why drive into the city for a rooftop view, when you can enjoy one right here at One Loudoun? If we are talking about prime real estate to sit your beautiful self for a scenic evening with some cocktails and lite fare, The Roof at Hail + Hog is most definitely it. Chic couches, fire pits, and a bar will make you feel like you’re at a swanky uptown hotel with a million dollar sunset view.

The Summer Escape:
5ense of Thai St.

If you’ve been streaming your summer anthems playlist on repeat, we can bet that it’s time for a little getaway. 5ense of Thai St. has just launched their Summer Tiki Pop-Up, which makes their patio the perfect place to send your mind on a little vacation! The Thai beach inspired cocktail menu will send your taste buds for a ride (on a wave that is) and the sunshine will feel just a bit sweeter.

PATIOver-achiever:
Matchbox

While you thought having one just one patio was cool, Matchbox has 4 different outdoor spaces to scarf down their famed mini burgers. Our favorite of the four patio sections is where patio meets bar for a cohesive indoor/outdoor space, but the upper level decks make for some pretty good views too!

Best for Date Night:
Eddie Merlot’s

The only thing that could make a gorgeous steak and seafood dinner more spectacular is a seat outside watching the sun set across The Plaza with the one you love. Now THAT’S amore. If you’re treated to a first date here, then dare we say it, that person has excellent taste and is definitely a keeper.

Most Likely To Throw Shade:
Bar Louie

Double sided and ready for those summer evenings, the patio at Bar Louie extends into the entire restaurant when the weather is nice via walls that open up. This means there are a lot of shady spots to pick from if you don’t want the rays. Even better, Bar Louie is open late night, meaning you can patio chill well into the evening.

Best Patio for Watching the Game: World of Beer

Big screens, lounge chairs, and iPads, OH MY! Get a front row seat to the game on the WOB patio. Sip a cold one in the sunshine and peruse every single beer description using one of their menus – which also happens to be an iPad. No need to wait at the bar for a drink, their knowledgeable servers will be able to answer any questions and keep your glass nice and frosty out on the patio.

The Front ROW Seat:
Quick Bite Row (Nandos, Spinfire, Firehouse)

If you’re someone who loves to people watch, grab some grub at our Quick Bite Row. You’ll have a front row seat to Acoustic Wednesdays, our Summer Concert Series, and other several sounds of summer on The Plaza.

Best-kept Secret:
Zoë’s Kitchen

Tucked back in a nice littler corner off the main drag, you’re going to want to eat here when you need to zip in and out quickly. Did we mention that the Mediterranean cuisine at Zoe’s is also a great choice for summertime? Light. Crisp. Fresh. SUMMER. You’ll be planning your next visit faster than you can say tzatziki.

The Ultimate Hearth:
Copperwood Tavern

This cozy patio spot, on the corner of farm and table, is where you want to go for a more relaxed dining experience. The fire pits spread throughout this patio create a super hearth experience that is the definition of lit. Nothing says “perfect meal” like the flicker of a flame in the background of your crab cake dinner.

Best Spot for an Extended Lunch Break: b One Loudoun

Grab your work spouse and head on over to grab a delicious burger at b One Loudoun. Wondering why this famed burger joint earned the best lunch spot title? Just walk by at lunchtime, and you’ll see the 9-5ers and weekend warriors gathering here for a little brain recharge and some fries. You know what they say: “Suns out buns out!”… hamburger buns that is.

Now class, when your always-down-for-dinner friend asks, “Where can we go to sit outside?” you won’t hesitate to answer, “One Loudoun, duh.”

Your Summer Entertainment Lineup is Here!

Nothing says “summer is here” like the sweet sound of music filling The Plaza, and we are thrilled to announce all of the performances for Summer 2017!

Let us help you kick off your dog days with SIX performances at Downtown Fest on May 6th. Ease into the week and make your Mondays a breeze by bringing the kids to Rocknoceros every week at 11AM. Starting in June, the soothing sounds of Acoustic Wednesdays will cure your weekday slump and continue to rock out on the weekend with exclusive concerts from our Summer Concert Series.

Forget those over-the-top music festivals in the desert, and join us for a summer of amazing performances right here at One Loudoun! Grab your friends, your kids, or even your dog, and plan your summer around good tunes and good times.

The One Loudoun Happy Hour Guide: The Quest for The Best

There she goes again. Your co-worker Felicia posts a weekly Instagram photo of her happy hour drink. You pretend to be annoyed, but can’t help wishing you were there. The only solution to your feelings about her using the completely wrong filter is to post an even better photo.

In addition to having an amazingly enviable time with your friends after a long day at work, the happy hours at One Loudoun provide some of the BEST deals around. Give your coworker a rum for her money and post that gorgeous photo of your favorite cocktail. BYE FELICIA.

Let’s cut to the chase. Happy Hour is about great company. Great company and great deals that is. With that being said, wine not stop at a One Loudoun happy hour destination guaranteed to make your week? Only because we want you to have the most epic happy hour ever, we set out on a quest for the best. You’re welcome in advance. Just a heads up, state requirements prevent us from mentioning specific drink names and prices, so it’s time to unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes.

Where: Hail + Hog

When: Monday-Friday 4pm-7pm

Bringing back a classic happy hour, head on over to Hail + Hog for drink specials on your favorites made from wheat, grapes, and grains, in addition to select half-priced apps. We went for a classic fruit juice and spirit combo and the fan favorite app: the Chesapeake Bay Pretzels. It’s not easy to perfect a crab appetizer, but alas there we were eating every last one of those pretzels and covering them in a tasty béchamel sauce.

If you’re like us and tend to stray from just the food on the happy hour list, we highly advise the grown up grilled cheese. Even though it’s not part of the happy hour specials, you can count us in for anything with bacon and cheese; plus, the sundried tomato aioli dipping sauce is a smaller version of a tomato bisque.

 

Where: matchbox

When: Monday-Friday 3-7pm

Three drinks walked into a bar. Okay, they were actually served on a tray to our table, BUT you could say that they all slayed the cocktail game.

First, we found ourselves mesmerized by a certain southern inspired cocktail as the black pepper-ginger syrup cascaded down the side of the glass (see cascading syrup below). After staring at the drink for way too long, we finally took a sip of what was a well-crafted blend of the ginger syrup, bourbon, and peach nectar. This drink took us for a (bull)ride because it was fiesty ya’ll!

Some people hate change, but Matchbox’s seasonal selection of a fruity favorite will have them welcoming it with open arms. Each season you can expect a new flavor, and we were lucky enough to get to try the pomegranate variety. I mean holy moly, who doesn’t like juicy pomegranate flavored drinks? The answer: no one.

If a flamingo were a drink, this next one would be it. We don’t like to pick favorites, but THIS was absolutely our favorite. Described perfectly in the name, we imagined ourselves sipping this on the Matchbox porch on a hot summer evening. The fresh watermelon and lemonade combination was so original and refreshing, we immediately agreed that this was a real winner.

Just when you thought Matchbox’s extensive happy hour drink list was unreal, they also have some amazing apps on the menu. Enter spicy mini meatballs, short rib minis, and the shrimp diablo skillet. All delicious and all a great way to start your post-workday celebrations; how could we pick just one? The sliders were a juicy spin on the usual favorite and featured matchbox’s iconic crispy onion strings. The spicy mini meatballs were just that, cute little balls of goodness drenched in melted mozzarella and tomato sauce. Never have we ever seen anything quite like the diablo skillet, where large, fresh shrimp meet a fiery red sauce to create a delicious party of flavor.

 

 Where: 5ense of Thai

When: Monday-Friday 4-7pm

As any sensible happy hour goer would do, we opted for their signature happy hour option, where you tell the bartender what you like and they whip up an original cocktail. Today, Ross was infusing rum with strawberry and basil using a sous vide (seriously, what kind of genius comes up with this idea?), so he decided to use the rum to create a lovely cocktail for us. When we say lovely, we do mean lovely. This strawberry, basil, maple, lime, and peppery cocktail was served to us in a TEACUP, complete with 5ense of Thai’s famous hand-cut artisan ice. Pinkies up!

For lovers of sweet and sour, the zaab wings are for you. These wings give a real zing to the taste buds and are the perfect combination of glazed, yet crispy. Did we mention that zaab means yummy?! Makes perfect sense to us.

 

 Where: Nandos

When: Sunday-Thursday 4-6pm

You and some friends. At Nandos. With a pitcher during happy hour. We have finally solved the mystery of your hump day woes. Seeing the specials on the happy hour menu was all it took for us to know that happy hour at Nandos was the real deal.

Made with a variety of fresh fruit and other tasty ingredients, their signature sweet and fruity beverage is so good that soon you’ll be telling all of your friends. In the summertime, you can also look forward to the same drink with a peachy twist. If you’re not into fruity goodness, that’s your prerogative, but the joint also has a few Portuguese brews on their happy hour menu, along with snacks like wings, hummus, and spicy olives. Although not a traditional happy hour spot, Nando’s is definitely worth a try!

 

 Where: Eddie Merlot’s

When: Monday-Friday 4pm-7pm

At a place called Eddie Merlot’s, you know their happy hour is bound to deliver. At Eddie Merlot’s happy hour, get Eddie’s Favorite Cocktails and other drinks by the glass. The refreshing beverage pictured below was nothing short of a masterpiece, and possibly one of the best. The fresh fruit looks great in a fancy glass, and this is a top choice for a relaxed evening at the bar. Don’t be surprised if you see us sipping one of these on a Friday evening while listening to live acoustic music. We see why these drinks are called Eddie’s Favorites, because sure enough, they’re becoming our favorites too.

As much as it was a challenge for us to experience these spots all in one day, we hope that our experiences will give you better insight into just a few of the best happy hours here at One Loudoun. Please remember to drink responsibly.

Cheers!

 

About the team:

Together, Brittany, Andria, and Jayme make up the One Loudoun Experience Team. They set out to experience something new located right here in One Loudoun. Their mission is to provide honest, first hand accounts of the things they see, hear, do, and feel while being introduced to a new restaurant, shop, or activity, like discovering the best happy hour spots!

 

 

Get to Know the One Loudoun Parking Garage [Infographic]

You may have seen the new parking garage here at One Loudoun, but we can bet that you don’t know how many spots there are, or all of the cool technology incorporated into the structure. Check out the infographic below to get to know the One Loudoun Parking Garage a little bit better!

The Story Behind Our New Look & #TheONEThingYouNeed Contest

If you frequent our website or any of our social media profiles, you may have noticed some changes in the past few months. Along with new photos and a new tagline, we have incorporated hashtags to create a campaign that mirrors real life experiences that happen right here at One Loudoun! As a highly engaged community, we love the feedback we get on social media, so we have used YOU as our inspiration for the new campaign.

Recently voted as “The Place to Be Seen” by the Loudoun Times Mirror, we are honored that patrons choose to spend their time here. We truly appreciate all of your comments, responses, and opinions, and are excited to continue growing as the ONE thing you need!

 

#TheONEThingYouNeed CONTEST AND RULES 

We had so much fun creating hashtags for the new campaign that we thought, who better to hear from than the people who know One Loudoun best – YOU! So, we decided to create a contest that will celebrate our fans and show how much we love to engage with them.

During our #TheONEThingYouNeed Contest, a new photo will be posted to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every Monday. When a photo is posted, we invite our followers to comment on the photo with an original hashtag describing or relating to the photo. On the Friday of each week that a photo is posted, our team will choose a winner to receive a special prize. At the end of the entire contest run, all  winners will be entered to win a Grand Prize.

Please read all of the rules below before participating to make sure your entry is valid!

  1. An individual user can only post one hashtag per contest post, per platform.
  2. Limit of one hashtag win per participant.
  3. For an entry to be considered to win, the user must “like” or be following One Loudoun’s profile on the platform where the entry is submitted.
  4. At the end of each 5-day timeframe after a contest photo is posted, winners will be notified via the platform where their entry was submitted.
  5. At the end of the entire contest run, a Grand Prize winner will be notified via the platform in which their previous winning entry was submitted.
  6. Any inappropriate or offensive hashtags will be deleted from the comments of the post. Additionally, the user’s activity may be reported or banned from One Loudoun social media platforms.
  7. Submitted hashtags are subject to use by One Loudoun for future branding and advertising purposes.

Keep an eye out for posts going up across our social media profiles, and make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

The One Loudoun Salad Guide – Spoiler Alert: #TOTSONASALAD

 

It’s 2017 and we’re here to tell you that salads are the new sushi burrito. That’s right trendsetters, salads are back and in a big way. Thankfully, there’s no need to wait in line around the block to get the most delicious salad in town because One Loudoun has all of the salads. Yes, all of them. From a burger joint to a farm to table eatery, we set out on an epic salad quest and are delighted to report that our findings did not leave us disappointed.

 

 

The Steak + Greens salad at matchbox

One of life’s greatest questions: appetizer or entrée size? If you love food as much as us, the answer is always entrée. It was like the chef at matchbox read our minds when he recommended we order the steak + greens entrée salad. A plate full of pepper-crusted steak, blue cheese, fresh greens, and red wine vinaigrette? Sign us up immediately. We haven’t even mentioned the best part of the salad, because it deserves its own introduction. Homemade tater tots. No, you didn’t read that wrong. TOTS ON A SALAD. Needless to say this salad was devoured at a record pace and we will be heading back to matchbox in the very near future for an encore.

 

The Pear and Blue Cheese Salad at Bar Louie

If you’re thinking that Bar Louie taps out at just wings and flatbreads, you couldn’t be more wrong. Their pear and blue cheese salad delivers a one-two punch with the perfect blend of sweetness from the pear and dried cranberries and the savory flavor of the grilled chicken. The awesome staff at Bar Louie agreed that this was one of their favorites, and our taste buds happen to think they’re right. Not to mention, this salad would look great on Instagram. #saladgoals.

 

The Burger Salad at b One Loudoun

Relax, carnivores. We are not telling you to forsake your precious burgers. The genius people at b One Loudoun thought that as if serving you a zillion burger choices wasn’t enough, they decided to make one into a salad. What do you get when you throw a delicious burger on top of a giant bed of lettuce, surrounded by a ring of pickles and topped with fried onions and, again, TOTS? The most delicious deconstructed burger ever. Shame on us for ever thinking that burgers are one size fits all, because this salad just blew our minds.

 

Farm-to-Table Salads at Copperwood Tavern 

At Copperwood Tavern, we felt like we were tasting the rainbow, as they gave us FOUR beautiful salads to try. The colors of the fresh vegetables were so vibrant, we couldn’t wait to dig in, even though we were already quite full of veggies. Not only are their farm-to-table salads pretty, but they also taste amazing. The Farmer’s Salad had a little bit of everything, from poached pears to pomegranate seeds to a bomb pomegranate balsamic dressing. Speaking of bomb, the dressings on all of the salads really stood out, and come to find out, they’re all homemade. We see you, overachievers. For those veg heads out there, try their Baby Kale Romaine Caesar salad or the Red Quinoa salad. If you really want to pile on the goodies, add chicken, steak, or shrimp to any salad.

Farmers Salad, Red Quinoa Salad, Baby Kale Romaine Caesar Salad, Tavern Salad

Like your parents who say they don’t *really* have a favorite, we would also be lying if we said we didn’t have our favorites on that day. Who knew a salad tour would get so competitive? We’ll definitely be back soon for more salads, but for now we can’t really move. Everywhere else be warned, because One Loudoun’s salad game is strong and delicious.

Don’t be fooled, these are not the only delicious salads you will find at One Loudoun, with many other fan favorites featured at Sense of Thai, World of Beer, Spinfire and more! Visit oneloudoun.com for more information on all of the restaurants in One Loudoun, and make sure to visit the restaurant websites for more information about menus and offerings.

About the team:

Together, Brittany, Jayme, and Andria make up the One Loudoun Experience Team. Each month, they set out to experience something new located right here in One Loudoun. Their mission is to provide honest, first hand accounts of the things they see, hear, do, and feel while being introduced to a new restaurant, shop, or activity, like discovering great salads!