Visit this page for a roundup of recommendations on all things Rosslyn! With neighborhood favorites from community members, staff, and more, we'll share new recs on Wednesdays in the Rosslyn BID e-blast.
11/23/2022: Shop Local and Save with Open Rewards
Earn cash back while supporting small businesses in Arlington
A new cash-saving app is here just in time for Small Business Saturday! Arlington residents can save money while showing some love to their favorite local businesses with the new Open Rewards
program. This customer rewards program, launched as a partnership between Arlington Economic Development (AED)’s BizLaunch and technology company BluDot, encourages shoppers to earn cash back rewards while spending at local small businesses.
You can enroll in the program by downloading the Open Rewards app on your smartphone and adding payment cards to your account, or uploading receipts from small business merchants.
There is no cost for businesses or consumers to participate in Open Rewards, and Arlington local businesses in the personal service, restaurant, and retail sectors are automatically enrolled. Each transaction earns 5% in rewards, which then can be used to support more small businesses. Small businesses that would like to be added to the program can do so by visiting BluDot's website.
11/9/2022: Thanksgiving Meals
Take the stress out of your holiday dinner with ready-made options!
Looking to make your Thanksgiving Day meal prep quick and simple? You’re in luck, because many Rosslyn restaurants are ready to help you take the stress out of the holiday.
Assembly | Pickup available through Nov. 24 at 11 a.m.
Made in-house from scratch using locally sourced ingredients, Assembly’s Thanksgiving Menu will be sure to please all of your dinner guests with an all-inclusive lineup of eight dishes to serve six people, including organic, free-range, non-GMO turkey from Fisher Boy Farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. And, if you’re not looking for the full spread, side dishes and pies are available for to-go ordering as well.
Open Road | Order by Nov. 16 for pickup by Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.
If you’re having a more intimate Thanksgiving gathering, Open Road has the perfect portions to serve your Turkey Day meal! Their special takeout menu has options for two or four people, including a variety of a half-dozen sides, two choices of roast turkey, roast beef, or ham, and a pumpkin or pecan pie to finish the meal. A la carte dishes, wine and bottled cocktails are also available.
Sfoglina | Dine-in, reservations recommended
For those looking to dine in this holiday, Sfoglina will be open from 2-8 p.m. with a special Thanksgiving menu alongside its standard full menu. Enjoy the tastes of autumn with their butternut squash caramelle, roasted turkey, and fall tartufo. Sommelier pairings are also offered, as well as the Grato (Thankful) cocktail, featuring Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Amaro Nonino, and hot mulled cider.
11/2/2022: Sandwiches around Rosslyn
Try a new neighborhood bite next lunch hour!
While Rosslyn is filled with tons of dining choices for your midday meal, sometimes it’s nice to take advantage of the classic and reliable lunch staple, a sandwich. But don’t confuse reliable with boring – from homemade bread to hand-carved meats, delicious sauces and tasty toppings, the flavors most definitely aren’t lacking with the variety of sandwich options in our neighborhood.
In honor of National Sandwich Day (Nov. 3), the Rosslyn BID staff is sharing its top sandwich picks in the neighborhood! Events manager Allison Doherty’s top pick is The Jive from Sammy Pickles at Assembly, packed with turkey, avocado, bacon, pickled onion, muenster cheese, romaine, and tomato on sourdough bread. Executive assistant Ayeshah Bashir goes for Inca Social’s Inca Burger, including an 8 oz patty, mozzarella, avocado lime sauce, onions, tomato, lettuce and Inca sauce. And if you’re searching for some spice, look no further than Hot Lola’s Sando, which is digital experience manager Justin Bensan’s choice (at level 5 heat “Get Lit!”). Try one of these or any delicious sandwiches from our Rosslyn restaurants!
10/26/2022: Loving Heart Holistic Wellness Workshop
Learn to breathe better and manage stress in this 60-minute guided class
Join Kara Simon of Loving Heart Holistic Wellness for an evening of self-care as part of “And Breathe: A Guided Workshop for Better Breathing and Stress Management” Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6-7 p.m.
"Stress can negatively impact the body by causing high blood pressure, poor sleep, increased anxiety and depression, headaches, weight loss or weight gain, heart problems, and cause many more lasting physical and mental issues if not managed,” Kara says. "Everyone can benefit from breathwork, but this workshop will be great for those who are looking for ways to manage daily stress and navigate high stress situations, suffer from anxiety, or struggle with poor sleep."
During this 60-minute workshop, you will learn the importance of deep breathing and explore basic breathing techniques that can help you overcome the stresses of daily life. This will be a virtual, interactive workshop through Zoom, can be practiced in a chair or on a mat, and will be accessible for all!
10/19/2022: Rosslyn Community Blood Drive
Give back with a donation on Nov. 1!
Roll up your sleeve and give back by donating at the Rosslyn Community Blood Drive hosted by The Health Management Academy! On Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Inova Blood Donor Services Bloodmobile will be stationed at 1100 Wilson Blvd. Please reserve your appointment ahead of time at the link below and bring a valid photo ID and face mask to your appointment.
Nisha Patel, Rosslyn BID marketing and communications director, has been regularly donating blood for 10 years in honor of her mother who passed away from leukemia, a cancer of the blood.
“Seeing what she went through day in, day out and how strong she continued to be encouraged me to take action. It’s the least I can do,” she says. “Even if you personally don’t know someone who is in the hospital, every blood donation goes directly to someone in need, so you CAN make a difference.”
If you’re thinking about giving for the first time, Nisha also has a few tips to prepare you for the best donation experience possible.
“Eat healthy the week leading up to your donation, including iron-rich foods (You’ll need to pass an iron test before donating!). And of course, stay hydrated and drink extra water. Don’t worry – there are lots of sweet and savory snacks in the cards after you’re done donating!”
Sign up here!
10/12/2022: Fall Menu Items
Find pumpkin spice and everything nice at Rosslyn restaurants
The cooler autumn weather is finally here, and we’re not wasting any time waiting to get a taste of our favorite fall menu items! Try South Block Juice’s Fall on the Block menu featuring organic pumpkin and local apples! From the Pumpkin Smash Smoothie to the Apple Crisp Bowl, these items are packed full of fall flavors and healthy ingredients.
And of course, it’s not fall without a pumpkin spice latte! Compass Coffee has this staple plus over a half-dozen other fall-infused drinks, including the iced maple latte, pumpkin cream cold brew, pear apple sweet tea, and more.
For a happy hour treat, check out Salt’s seasonal cocktails, including Bobbin’ For Apples, which features Appleton Estate Signature Blend rum, Laird’s Old Apple brandy, cinnamon-apple demerara, and fresh lemon.
10/5/2022: Fire Prevention Week
Learn about do’s and don'ts from Rosslyn-based Fire Station No. 10
Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 9-15, and 2022 marks 100 years of the annual week recognized by the National Fire Protection Association. Here in Rosslyn, we’re also celebrating one year since Fire Station No. 10 opened in The Highlands at 1535 Wilson Blvd., and the amazing work our fire department does every day to keep our community safe.
To ensure your home is fire-safe and you are prepared, check out these recommendations from Arlington County firefighter Drew Gilbert, who works at Station No. 10. Read on at the link above to learn more about where you can find tons of great resources including how to request a free smoke alarm, a free home safety check, and tips on how to protect your home and your family in case of a fire emergency.
9/28/2022: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Inca Social’s Fito Garcia shares fun food, events, and more!
Hispanic Heritage Month runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, and in celebration, we’re highlighting one of Rosslyn’s newest Latino-owned businesses and neighborhood favorite, Inca Social! Owner Fito Garcia was born in Puerto Rico, but has also lived in Peru, Mexico, and now the United States. He says his experience across many countries has shown him the beauty of variety across Latin cultures.
“There are many things that make the various cultures similar, but many that also make them different, and show how diverse Latin culture is. This month reminds me of my family and my background. Latin people treat you like family, and when you come into Inca, we’ll treat you like family.”
Inca Social will also treat you to an incredible menu of Peruvian dishes from brunch to lunch and dinner!
“The lomo saltado is my go-to dish – veggies, shrimp, steak, or chicken, and you can make it spicy or sweet to change it how you like. I could eat that dish every day just by switching it up,” he says. “Aji de gallina (Peruvian chicken stew) is also one of my favorite dishes of all time – so delicious! And of course, you can’t go wrong with ceviche.”
Join Fito at Inca Social for Latin Heritage Happy Hours on Saturdays Oct. 1, Oct. 8, and Oct. 15, and next Wednesday, Oct. 5, for a special chef-crafted Peruvian fusionsix-course dinner.
9/21/2022: Oktoberfest at Assembly
Celebrate the classic German beer festival in Rosslyn!
Sept. 22 marks the Autumnal Equinox and we’re not wasting any time waiting to get a taste of a fall favorite tradition – Oktoberfest! Next Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29, celebrate this classic beer festival at Assembly, complete with local brews, live music, and authentic German food.
From 4-8 p.m. both days, try out beers from your favorite Virginia breweries: Aslin Beer Co., Solace Brewing Co., Mustang Sally Brewing, and Port City Brewing. Lederhosen is optional, but tons of fun is guaranteed!
9/14/2022: Visit the Rosslyn Parklet
Celebrate PARKing Day!
If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor spot to enjoy your lunch or just need a break from the office, check out the Rosslyn Parklet (Arlington’s first parklet!) on N. Oak Street between Wilson Blvd. and 18th Street.
Mary Dallao, director of active transportation programs for Arlington County Commuter Services, works on Oak Street and eats her lunch in the parklet whenever possible.
“If I find myself stuck inside for a day of meetings, I love ducking out, even if it’s just for 15 minutes, to take a break there,” she says. “It’s such a welcoming space and it always provides me with the perfect dose of fresh air and sunlight so I can stay focused for the rest of the day.”
Mary and the team from BikeArlington, WalkArlington, and Capital Bikeshare will be celebrating PARK(ing) Day near the parklet Friday, September 16, from 12-2 p.m. Drop by to say hi and test ride an e-bike or e-cargo bike!
9/6/22: What to Know Before Rosslyn Jazz Fest
Check out the go-to guide before heading to the festival!
You got questions? The Rosslyn BID has answers! Learn more about the do's, don'ts, tips, and tricks to make your Rosslyn Jazz Fest experience great Saturday, Sept. 10. From transportation to dining options and more, we’ve got you covered to ensure you feel ready to get jazzed! Find the guide here.
8/31/22: Back-to-School Study Spots
Hit the books and find your focus!
School is back in session, so that means it’s time to get back in the swing of studying! But sometimes, you need a change of scenery to spark your motivation. This week’s Rosslyn Recs cover some of the best study spots in the neighborhood!
If you’re in search of some fresh air, visit the O2 Outdoor Office at Gateway Park! Equipped with free Wi-Fi and table seating, O2 is the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors while racking up your study hours. And if you’ve hit that afternoon slump, stop by Compass Coffee, located at 1201 Wilson Blvd., for a caffeinated pick-me-up, and plenty of two-level seating to choose from.
8/24/22: BASH Boxing
Have a blast while breaking a sweat at this dynamic, high-energy studio!
This week’s recommendation comes from our staff members Justin, Raeley, and Isabella, who attended classes at BASH Boxing to switch up their fitness routines!
In these 45-minute classes, they loved the combination of boxing, HIIT, and strength training to keep the workout engaging and fun. BASH Boxing offers a buy-one-get-one class deal to all first timers for only $29, which is a great option to try it out for yourself!