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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!

Plan Your New Year’s Eve at One Loudoun!

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and while we are all excited to start fresh in 2017, there is still one more celebration left – your New Year’s Eve! Maybe you want to go out with some friends for a few cocktails, or maybe you’d rather entertain guests at home. No matter what your ideal New Year’s Eve celebration looks like, let us guide you with some suggestions that are sure to make your New Year’s Eve totally carefree!

If you’re throwing a party at home:

Some of you may be brave this year and host a New Year’s Eve shindig at your home, and hats off to you! For a successful celebration, remember to prepare accordingly, including food, decorations, and any refreshments. If you’re stumped on what food to put out, pay a visit to The Fresh Market right here at One Loudoun! With premade platters and even an online ordering service, providing yummy treats for all of your guests could not be easier. Taking the decorations up a notch this year? Be sure to stop by Great Gatherings for all of your festive tableware, décor and accessories. After all, what is New Year’s Eve without a bit of glitz and shine?

If you want to amp up your look:

At One Loudoun, adding sparkle to your New Year’s Eve look has never been easier! Pamper yourself with an amazing blowout or up-do at Flow Blow Dry Bar, some festive holiday makeup by the professionals at Evolve Salon and Spa, or opt for a relaxing massage to get rid of your holiday stresses! Our three brand new women’s boutiques also have amazing holiday inspired pieces to add that little something extra to your New Year’s Eve style! Stop by Scout and Molly’s Boutique for some edgy New Year’s Eve looks, or Boho Blanco and Boho Nation for a more casual, yet sparkly, ensemble.

If you’re going out for New Years Eve:

Loudoun County’s premier destination for nightlife is right here in One Loudoun! In addition to many popular bar and restaurant choices to ring in the New Year, some of them are even hosting New Year’s Eve parties! Check out a list of special events happening here at One Loudoun, and remember to reserve your spot before time runs out!

  • Copperwood Tavern is offering a $55 prix fixe three-course dinner with options including maple leaf duck breast, Surf and Turf, filet mignon, and more! Ticket price also includes a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Make reservations here.
  • Matchbox One Loudoun is offering a 4-course prix-fixe menu for their New Year’s Eve celebration! Visit their website for more information: http://bit.ly/2hgkODz
  • Bar Louie is hosting a New Year’s Eve party and VIP tickets are $50. The tickets include party favors, a breakfast buffet, live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, and more! Visit the event on our website for more information: http://www.oneloudoun.com
  • World of Beer One Loudoun is hosting their own New Year’s Eve bash with music from DJ John Coulter and a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight! More info here: https://www.facebook.com
  • Sense of Thai St. also has their own version of a New Year’s Eve celebration with DJ Snow spinning Classic Motown, Funk, Disco, R&B, and Hip Hop from 10pm-2am and a dance party to go along with it. There is no cover or dress code! Visit http://www.senseofthai.com

If you’re keeping it low key:

Sometimes a low key New Year’s Eve is just what you need after the crazy holiday season that you and your family have already experienced! For a more relaxed evening with your family, take the kids to a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, where you can immerse yourself in one of the latest movies to hit the theater. For a tasty treat afterwards, there is never a bad time for frozen custard or a shake at The Meadows Original Frozen Custard. Just be sure to warm up before going back outside!

For more things to do at One Loudoun, explore our website at oneloudoun.com!

7 Ways to Make the Most Out of the Fall Season at One Loudoun

 

Even though the summer has come and gone, there are still several fall activities to experience here at One Loudoun! Whether you are looking for a great outdoor activity for the whole family, just the kids, or the older crowd, here are 8 ways to make the most out of the fall season here at One Loudoun!

 

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Watch football on The Plaza – With football season in full swing and the gorgeous weather here in Ashburn, VA, it’s the perfect time to join friends and family on The Plaza at One Loudoun to watch the big game on the big screens!

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Create a fall scavenger hunt – If you’re looking for an easy afternoon activity to enjoy with your family, create a fall scavenger hunt throughout Central Park at One Loudoun! See who can find the prettiest or most unique leaves and bring them home for fall themed crafts.

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Prepare for the holiday season – It’s never too early to take advantage of the conveniences that are right here in One Loudoun to help you prepare for the holidays! Order your Thanksgiving turkey at the One Loudoun farmer’s market, or get a head start on your holiday shopping at Scout & Molly’s Boutique!

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Go apple picking or visit a winery – Because of One Loudoun’s unique location, we are in close proximity to a long list of area amenities including local Loudoun County wineries and farms. Winery tours on a crisp fall day make for the perfect adult outing, and apple picking is a great activity for the kids!

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Take advantage of the Dog Park – Now that the temperatures have cooled off from the heat of the summertime, it is the perfect time to bring your pups over to the One Loudoun Dog Park!

Grab some comfort food – The chilly fall air can only by soothed by a warm atmosphere and comfort food! At One Loudoun, you have so many amazing choices for some of the best dining options around. From our brand new Copperwood Tavern and Aggio restaurants, to all time favorites like Matchbox and Uncle Julio’s, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Admire the foliage in Central Park – Whether or not fall is your favorite season, you can’t deny the beautiful fall foliage that we see here in Ashburn, VA. A perfect way to enjoy the foliage is to have a picnic in Central Park or sit on a bench swing with a good book!

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4 Upcoming Events You Won’t Want to Miss at One Loudoun

Looking to fill your February calendar with a few fun, festive events? Be sure to check out a few of these upcoming events at One Loudoun:

 

“Wine Down” & Late Night Specials

5ense of Thai

Every Monday

Looking for a delicious dining experience? Stop by 5ense of Thai Monday evenings for Wine Down & Late Night Specials. Enjoy half price bottles of wine and more!

 

Blues & Brews

Bar Louie

Every Thursday, 9 pm to Close

Are you a fan of local brews and blues? Stop by Bar Louie any Thursday night for bourbon, beer, and of course, live blues music. This weekly series is one you surely won’t want to miss!

 

Titanic: Feast

The Alamo Drafhouse Cinema

February 14th, 6:00 pm

This Valentine’s Day, enjoy in a screening of everyone’s favorite romantic film — Titanic! The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is hosting Titanic Feast, yet another installment of their Food & Film Series, on Februrary 14th and it’s sure to be a star-studded success! Titanic Feast will feature culinary creations inspired by a romantic evening meal aboard the Titanic itself. Why not spend the most romantic day of the year watching the most romantic film of the century? Buy your ticket today!

 

Clueless: Quote-Along

The Alamo Drafhouse Cinema

February 21st & 22nd, 6:30 pm

Travel back to the 90’s with everyone’s favorite Beverly Hills teen Cher Horowtiz in a special, quote-along edition of Clueless this February at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Think you can pass up this blockbuster sensation? As if! For more on upcoming blockbusters and signature movie series, be sure to check out the Alamo’s February Calendar.

 

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Sources: drafthouse.combarlouieamerica.com