Monday, July 18, 2011

Cafe Mezze: Worth the wait?

This post originally appeared here.

Arlington residents have been patiently waiting for the newest installation of the Cava empire, now located in Clarendon. After much anticipation, Cava Mezze finally opened on July 10 - but was it worth the wait?
In short, yes. Cava's Greek-style small plates were just as consistent as their other outposts and are proving to be a great addition to the Arlington food scene already. The ambiance is great for groups, but be ready to speak up as the volume gets pretty loud.
Making a trip soon? Make sure to order the lamb chops, grilled octopus, lamb sliders and of course, their signature Crazy Feta.
For more information, visit Cava Mezze, 2940 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, (703) 276-9090.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Game: Utilizing the Freeze-Out Method

Our anonymous blogger friend, who recently played "The Game" at Ri Ra in Clarendon, sent his response to a recent blog post by @Fire_and_Nice. Enjoy:
Remember that girl you worked your game on all night?  The girl that asked you to dance and wondered what your “room” looked like?  Then, while making out in your bed, she utters the four words that stopped you from removing that last piece of clothing, “But we just met.”   You do all that work and nothing but a kiss while you cuddle with her for the rest of the night.  Starting to sound too familiar?
As I was reading Fire and Ice's blog, “Learning Your ABCs”, which refereed to one-liners she has heard over the “love glove,” a certain sentence caught my eye.  “You think you have tricks of the trade for bedding your evening conquest and/or securing repeat visits to Poundtown. You each have those go-to one-liners that you keep in your back pocket.”

Monday, June 27, 2011

Playing "The Game" in Arlington

Nightlife got an email from someone calling himself "aan0nym0us" -- and we originally thought it was a nerd hacker, but read what he said about playing "The Game" in Arlington:

Let me start off by what my weakness is when I meet women at bars. I am a twenty-one year old who has not finished college, as of yet. I was offered the opportunity to expand my career; while holding my degree off for the time. I don’t work out, and I am always asked to show my ID because I look as I may be seventeen years old.

These traits do not help in a community filled with older women, who are looking for an even older male to settle down with. These are not the days of my college years; however, when I first arrived, I was determined to not let that slow me down – it did.

So when I was refereed to a book called “The Game” by Neil Strauss – I laughed. I never had any difficulty with girls in high school or college. I decided to read the book from interest, but I would be lying if I wasn’t trying to improve my technique for the Arlington area. So I have decided to record my interactions of using the game in these next articles. My identity has been changed, names have been altered, but the locations will stay unedited. These are my stories – enjoy.

RiRa was just about empty when I entered just a few minutes before 10:00pm. I thought to myself that if this was going to be my first night of gaming then this was going to be a disappointment. The band was just setting up, and the talent of ladies was low. The crowed eventually poured in and the talent was good enough. I did what I do every night before I start, flirt with one bartender.

I learned that giving interest with one of the bartenders will leave to a more efficient night of drinking. When you come up to the bar, give her a reason to go out of her way to serve you, so that you’re not standing at the bar for fifteen minutes.

“Hey, what’s the prices?” I asked as if I didn’t care to remember. She paused, not expecting the question, and replied, “Depends on what you want.” “Well I want a beer” I said with a smart-ass grin. “Depends on what you want” she said again becoming a little frustrated. “I have a five dollar bill, what can that get me?” “I’ll get you a Yuengling, but you have to have enough for a tip.”

I had her hooked.

When she returned I gave her two fives and she gave me my change. She began to walk away when I yelled, “Wait! You worked so hard for this tip, and now you’re going to just walk away from me honey?” She smiled and took my two dollars. Her co-worker grinned at her and remarked, “Aren’t you two cute?” From that night on; she waited on me, and gave me free drinks.

I stood there with my friends looking for sets to open up. A set is a group of people socializing that you walk up to to locate your target. One of my rules is to never open to a girl alone at a bar. There was a three set waiting for my first open. I did what always gives me my confidence, the “Three-Second” method.

Something I learned is I will try to talk myself out of walking up to girls in the last minute. To fight that urge, I count to three and force myself to make a move before I’m done counting. It’s like a little voice in my head coaching me.

When I approached, I had to act as if I had no interest in any of the girls. “Hey, I need a woman’s perspective. My friends and I are debating and we’re wondering if Anthony Weiner’s wife should stay with him?” Of course, each of the girls said no and I agreed with them. I blamed my friend for saying that she should and I listen to their response. In those first thirty seconds; I found my target. She was a cute blonde, about twenty-four, and 5’8. Once you have shown you’re not a creeper and established a friendship – it’s time for the neg. I looked right at my target and said, “You look like a girl that would tweet with a congressman.”

Even though she was offended, she was still interested in talking, however; I added value to myself when I told her I had to hang with my friends instead. The entire night I would say a phrase or two to keep her interested but walk away instantly. The band threw a t-shirt out in the crowd that I happened to catch, and she expected me to give the shirt up easily. I refused to give her my t-shirt; even after the puppy dog face.

After the band ended, I walked up to her and said, “Jamie, I want to keep this conversation going. What’s your number?” After she gave me her number, I handed her the shirt. “It’s about time you gave me my t-shirt” she said thinking she had won. I interrupted her, “Don’t get any ideas. That shirt is still mine and when we see each other again, I want it back.” She nodded in approval and I kissed her on the cheek and walked away. I had been in Arlington for 6 months and never got a phone number. That night I left with two girls’ numbers and the confidence to do it again another night.

I knew, from that point, that this was going to be a fun summer for me in Arlington.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Margot MacDonald at IOTA Club 6/30

Margot MacDonald will be at IOTA Club in Clarendon next Thursday night at 8:30pm. Be sure to check the event out on Facebook.

The set also includes Bearshark, Sane Ivory, and Brian Glennon.

The show is 21+ and costs $10. IOTA Club is just a couple blocks east of the Clarendon Metro on Wilson Boulevard.

Nightlife is a huge fan of live music, so we think you should check it out. Listen to Margot on Facebook and on YouTube.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

You want some beats with that wine?

Clarendon's Northside Social will be hosting a special event this evening pouring vintage wines to the beats of DJ Illogic (a.k.a. Sean Lowder) who will be playing down-tempo dub and old school hip hop. 
Wine sommelier Alison Christ will be pouring a selection of wines by the glass.
The event starts at 9 p.m. and there is no cover.
For more information, visit Northside Social, 3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201.
Beatrice is a constantly hungry, constantly eating, food fanatic. A graduate of local Marymount University, she knows all facets of the Arlington food scene from cheap eats to fancy dinners. To read more about her food adventures, click here.

Monday, June 20, 2011

See Some, Get Some: Learning Your ABCs. (Probably NSFW)

Parental advisory: The following content may be construed by some as “risqué.” You’ve been warned.

This just in: girls gossip. I know, what a novel revelation; you all thought it was something that only happened in the movies, like retrograde amnesia or discovering a temple of devil worshipers deep beneath the earth. But we’re busybodies and blabber mouths.

We care far too much about what the rest of our gender thinks of us, so to stay fully absorbed we talk about any and everything. Yes, gentlemen, including sex. And often in a far more graphic manner than you’d think. We talk about how big you are, how much chest/back hair you have, how fast you move, what you say or grunt or if you exhale in a comical fashion.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

You've been warned...

Use your cell phone during a movie in this Texas theater, and you'll be kicked out. Enjoy: