One cupcake looks much like another, which is why Red Velvet Cupcakery's pastry chefs pay such careful attention to what makes them different: the ingredients. Even before a Red Velvet customer takes a bite, they'll probably smell the presence of European butter, Valrhona chocolate, Maldon sea salt, local dairy products, French-style buttercream, and accents made from 24K gold leaf.
That difference was tasted by Washington Post Express, which concluded that Red Velvet's devil's-food cupcake "is sinfully satisfying" with its rich buttermilk cake topped with Valrhona bittersweet-chocolate ganache. It likewise hailed the red-velvet Southern Belle's whipped cream-cheese frosting as "simple, elegant, and too scrumptious for words." To ensure fresh cupcakes?and to keep their wastebaskets available for crumpled-up paper during "writer's block" montages?Red Velvet donates each day's remainders to local shelters and nonprofit organizations.
Enthusiastic baker Nefertiti Angelini hand-picks 97 percent organic ingredients such as tahitian and bourbon vanilla beans to shape cupcakes inspired by such iconic treats as s'mores, peanut butter and jelly, and key-lime pie. The confections pop out of the oven several dozen at a time before donning crunchy or juicy toppings, letting an expansive and ever-changing array of flavor combinations press their noses to the hand-labeled display case. Beyond their eye-catching exteriors, most cakelets harbor gooey centers overstuffed with cream cheese, ganache, peanut butter, or caramel matryoshka dolls. Aromas drift past the storefront's crystal chandelier and bright bouquets into its Reston neighborhood. The CupCake Ladi often expands her energies into charitable works as well: as the Orange County Register has reported, Nefertiti donates hundreds of cupcakes a week to fund ventures including German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County and the March of Dimes.
Bejeweled with gem-like skewered grapes, Edible Arrangements' Delicious Fruit Design bouquets pop with a starburst of chocolate-drenched and undrenched strawberries rocketing past honeydew slices. Skillfully shaped cantaloupe daisies sport glistening pineapple petals, communicating love to significant others or appreciation to favorite limbo dancers. Alternatively, a dozen ripe strawberries hand-dipped in semisweet chocolate peek out of their package, tempting onlookers with finger-staining juiciness. Whether drizzled in chocolate or served au naturel, each bite remains free of preservatives and lower-back tattoos.
Snack on tasty pub fare at Reston's Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub, a local favorite.
For those tired of trendy diets, Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub s lack of low-fat food is sure to make your stomach smile.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub won't disappoint.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub's outdoor patio.
Take your pet pooch along when you visit Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub — dogs are more than welcome to join their humans at the restaurant.
Can't get enough of Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Or, take your food to go.
Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub offers complimentary parking at a lot close by.
Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub offers various parking options, including bike parking.
You'll like your bill almost as much as your meal at Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub, with meals usually costing less than $15.
For a tasty mix of Asian flavors and a laid-back vibe, Reston's Big Bowl is the place to go.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Big Bowl, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Gather the whole family for a trip to Big Bowl — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Big Bowl, perfect for large groups of revelers.
On warmer days, take advantage of Big Bowl's outdoor seating.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Big Bowl, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Put the suit away when heading to Big Bowl — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Catering services are also available.
Big Bowl will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
At Big Bowl, diners will receive complimentary parking at the lot next door.
Big Bowl provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15.
Reston's Busara Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Foods low in fat are not on hand here, though, so get ready to loosen your belt buckle.
Busara Restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Got kids? No problem at Busara Restaurant! The restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Busara Restaurant.
Busara Restaurant's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Delivery and carry out are easy options for those interested in staying home.
Throwing a big party? Count on Busara Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
A mid-priced establishment, Busara Restaurant offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Busara Restaurant has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.