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Fill your diffuser with plant-based essential oils for a true Aromatherapy experience. (Associated Press/File)

For true aromatherapy, the right oil is essential

- The Washington Times

That lavender-scented lotion, bubble bath or candle you find in your Christmas stocking this year might smell wonderful, but don’t mistake it for aromatherapy. It’s probably filled with synthetic ingredients that won’t give you true physical and psychological benefits.

Time to refresh as Spa Week rolls out in D.C.

- The Washington Times

Spa Week is back again, the semi-annual event where nationwide houses of relaxation offer special deals for their best treatments at bargain prices. And right here in the nation’s capital, District-area house of unwinding are rolling out deals for the stressed among us.

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Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner offers ‘Gentlemen’s Tea’ for National Bourbon Month

- The Washington Times

The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in Tysons Corner, Virginia, is celebrating National Bourbon Month with a “Gentlemen’s Tea” menu at the property’s Entyse Wine Bar & Lounge. The Gentleman’s Tea menu includes bourbon-infused tea cocktails that are paired with both sweet and savory menu items for the fall, including maple smoked bacon, roasted apples and toasty pecan pie.

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Brush your way to better health and beauty

- The Washington Times

The news was shocking and disappointing to those of us who care for our bodies and skin: Microbeads, those tiny plastic scrubbing components used in exfoliators, were polluting our waterways. An even better alternative has emerged on the market in the form of the dry brush.

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Lost Distillery produces scotch of impressive complexity

- The Washington Times

In the southwest Scottish town of Cumnock sits a business that calls itself the Lost Distillery, whose website claims they aim to “rescue” from the dustbin of history even just some of the many, many whisky recipes that have been lost to time as Scotland distilleries inevitably turn over, go out or business or simply stop producing.

Spirit guide: Craft-distilled offerings to seek out this autumn

- The Washington Times

More distillers than ever before are trying their hand at craft whiskeys, vodkas and other spirits, which is great as you too can drink “hyper-locally” thanks to new products being concocted everywhere from Florida to, incredibly, Alaska. When next you’re at the liquor store, bypass the big brands in favor of some craft spirits, such as the ones highlighted here.

Bourbon products made by Cleveland Whiskey in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Eric Althoff / The Washington Times)

Cleveland Whiskey of Ohio makes bourbon in less than 24 hours

- The Washington Times

The common wisdom I’d heard was that bourbon must — simply must — be aged in barrels for at least five years to in fact be considered “bourbon.” But at Cleveland Whiskey in Ohio, founder and CEO Tom Lix is a firm believer that technology can accomplish in days what a barrel stashed underground would take a half-decade to do.

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Rum makers donate proceeds for World Sea Turtle Day

- The Washington Times

Friday is World Sea Turtle Day, which was founded as a way to raise awareness of and respect for the world's endangered sea turtles. To honor the special day -- and the creatures it aims to save -- the Sea Turtle Conservancy has teamed up with Naked Turtle Rum to benefit the world's endangered sea turtles.

Siren, located in The Darcy hotel in Northwest.  (Eater DC)

Siren, located at Darcy hotel in Northwest, offers seafood worthy of Austen's hero

- The Washington Times

On the ground floor of The Darcy is the latest restaurant venture from chef extraordinaire Robert Weidemaier, called Siren. The motif of Siren can't help but bring to mind a nautical motif, with seafaring touches and mermaid murals that evoke that legendary creature of Greek myth who lured hapless men to her island for a feast of her own.

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Westend Bistro at Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. offers Friday rose flights

- The Washington Times

With the warm season upon us, perhaps it's little wonder that The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. is opening up the doors -- literally -- of its Westend Bistro. The power spot in Northwest is welcoming afterwork crowds to experience its Rose Garden, which extends outwards from the Westend Bistro's bar on the ground floor of the prestigious hotel.

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Devils Backbone names new beers in philanthropy series

- The Washington Times

Craft brewer Devils Backbone, based in Roseland, Virginia, announced their Heartland Initiative and Heartland Series, a new program the brewer is fostering in order to support philanthropy, partnerships and sustainability efforts.

The interior of Blackwall Hitch.  (Blackwall Hitch)

On the waterfront: Alexandria's Blackwall Hitch unveils 'Beauty' oyster

- The Washington Times

Alexandria, Virginia's waterfront has benefited from a riverside restaurant renaissance, and one of the crown jewels in that rejuvenation is Blackwall Hitch, an oyster and seafood boutique on the docks that has gone one step further in the oyster game with the recent addition to its offerings of the Blackwall Beauty oyster.

Dessert course at District restaurant The Palm.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

D.C.'s The Palm offers a prime spot for a capital 'power lunch'

- The Washington Times

The Palm may be D.C.'s most iconic spot for a power lunch. Since 1926 politicians, power-brokers change-makers, journalists, the elite, the locals and the intrepid visitors intent on finding the cuisine for which the capital has become lauded have come to this singular Italian spot in Northwest to break bread and enjoy recipes that Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi brought over from the Old Country.

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Pepsi's 1893 soda blended into cocktails by 'Veep' actor Scheer

- The Washington Times

Comedian Paul Scheer, who is appearing on the political comedy "Veep" this season, recently teamed up with award-winning bartender Pam Wiznitzer for a special event in New York to celebrate the unveiling of two new Pepsi-Cola 1893 flavors, Black Currant Cola and Citrus Cola.

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Bourbon: It's not just from the South anymore

- The Washington Times

While, yes, Bourbon County, Kentucky, is the birthplace of America's favorite whiskey, the "rules" dictate that bourbon can be made anywhere, so long as it is 51 percent corn and distilled in virgin charred oak barrels (typically of white oak). Not far from New York City, Hudson Whiskey -- named for the Dutch explorer who lent his name to the river separating Gotham from New Jersey -- has been getting in on the action, with both a Yankee take on traditional bourbon as well as a rye whiskey.

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Distillery near Tampa puts St. Petersburg artisanal spirit culture back on the map

- The Washington Times

As hard as it may be to fathom, Florida still had Prohibition-era laws on the books until but a few years ago, which allowed distilling to return to the Sunshine State for the first time in nearly a century. In the northeastern sector of the state, I recently visited the St. Augustine Distillery, with its excellent gin. And on a recent visit to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, I popped by the St. Petersburg Distillery to see what magical elixirs are being concocted along Florida's central Gulf Coast region.

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To your health: World of Beer unveils new menu options

- The Washington Times

As the food and drinks menu of the World of Beer have gone so far beyond the hoppy entries as to be, in fact, a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the franchise, which began in Tampa, Florida, in 2007 as a beer lover's emporium.

The Delmonico steak (foreground) offered as a spring special at Longhorn Steakhouse.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

District outposts of Longhorn Steakhouse unveil spring specials

- The Washington Times

Just in time for spring -- even though, with the snow this week, it's somewhat delayed -- Longhorn Steakhouse is unveiling some new menu items at its various locations around the DMV. Get ready for limited-time offerings such as the 14 oz. Delmonico steak, as well as Grilled Lamb Chops, Seasoned Steakhouse Wings and Strawberries & Cream Shortcake.