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I rarely return to a restaurant more than once unless I need to for a review. One exception? Ordering in from Pizza 360. The desi-style pizzeria has my go-to butter chicken pizza, a spicy innovation that I keep returning to when I need a taste of comfort at home after a long day of, well, eating. Find me there at some point during this workweek. -Alice Levitt, Food Editor/Critic // 21760 Beaumeade Circle, Suite 130, Ashburn
At least we still have movies
This year, as a collective, we’ve all sacrificed a lot in the name of public health and safety. But one thing we still have is movies, thanks to the resurgence of the drive-in. Add this one to your list: Alamo Drafthouse’s One Loudoun location launched its drive-in movie series last week, and will run the program through November. The drive-in has one showing per day, with the movie starting around 8:45 p.m. and the lot opening to ticket holders 90 minutes before showtime, with parking locations being first-come, first-served. This Friday, I’ll celebrate the end of the workweek by pulling up to the theater, putting my car in park and simply feeling grateful that even in hard times, humans still find ways to entertain ourselves and come together as a community. -Holly Gambrell, Digital Editor // 20575 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn; $30 per car with two people, with an additional fee per guest after the first two
Not so endless summer
I remember thinking on Memorial Day that an endless summer stretched before us. Despite it being impacted by the corona quarantine, I was determined to make sure my children got in plenty of summer fun. We bought a swing set. We filled up the baby pool. We blew bubbles nearly every day. We also left the backyard for a few socially distanced field trips (like Burnside Farms for sunflowers and Westmoreland State Park for shark-teeth hunting), but just like every summer before, we’re on the cusp of fall much too fast. With a few weeks left (and plenty of warm weather into at least September), I’m still determined to keep the summer fun going. I’ll be turning to this end-of-summer bucket list that ran in our August issue. I’ve already checked off a few, but I’m confident we can get to them all before the last days of summer (making ice cream from scratch, I’m looking at you.) -Katie Bianco, Editor
Let’s get down to business
After months of waiting and rescheduling, the live animated remake of Mulan is finally making its anticipated premiere. To say I’m excited is an understatement. Mulan was the first movie I saw at the theaters and, according to my mom, I stood for the entire movie, latched to the seat in front of me watching the film unfold. Still to this day, Mulan is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. So, when I heard Disney was releasing the film on Disney+, I immediately marked the date on the calendar and canceled any future plans. This Friday night I’ll be situated on the couch with a bowl of snacks watching the Niki Caro remake of this legendary story come to life. -Michele Kettner, Editorial Assistant // $29.99 for premier access