When dining out there are a lot of options. Most people have a clear sense of the typical fast food or fine restaurant options, but now there is everything in between including “fast casual,” “fast-fine” and “fine-casual” dining. These all vary to some degree and are in no way related to your run-of-the-mill fast-food restaurants.
To clear things up a little: “Fast-casual” can include places we might typically call fast food, whereas “fine-casual” restaurants are more local affairs and even though they serve food quickly, that food is often more than the typical burger and fries and usually locally sourced. Think Xoco in Chicago courtesy of Frontera Grill founder Rick Bayless. Even Shake Shack has been named a “fine-casual” spot. The basic criteria of this designation involves a restaurant to serve quality food in a spot that offers an interesting atmosphere and a little food character as well. Gone are the days in which McDonalds provided that on-the-go treat. Not to knock a stalwart of most childhoods, but, as adults, you might want more from your food, even if it is fast.
One thing to expect from this dining experience is exactly the middle ground the name conjures — it is neither as convenient as a fast-food restaurant nor as leisurely as a fine-dining establishment. Do not expect a drive-thru or the ability to sit for more than 45 minutes to an hour. These restaurants rely on a steady stream of customers to keep their prices down and their quality up while still making a profit.
National Best Friend Day is June 8, so now’s the time to plan how to celebrate your bestie. The recently opened The Ven at Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., offers one option with its Celebrate Your Bestie package. The hotel boasts a stunning rooftop pool and a prime location in Dupont Circle, so gather your closest friends and plan a visit to the nation’s capital.
Move over mimosa: Spiked coffee from the Keurig is taking the spotlight at Sunday brunch. Cask & Kettle created the first ready-to-drink hot cocktails that brew with the perfect amount of booze for any special occasion.
With warmer weather coming and a lot of people bit by the travel bug, it’s time to start planning your trip to the beach! One of the most important accessories for a day at the beach is a towel. Whether you need it to lay out and catch a tan or to dry off after spending the day in the ocean, here are the five best beach towels for the perfect beach day.