7 Things You Have To Know Before Going Bodybuilding As A Career!

Are you having problems gaining the serious muscle you want to? Are you working out a lot with little changes to your body? Want to get that ripped look men and women will envy and desire with a goal of becoming a pro bodybuilder? This article will reveal seven things you have to know if you are thinking about becoming a professional bodybuilder while on your way to building your ultimate physique.

1. Earning Your Pro Card

In order to become a professional bodybuilder, you must first earn your Pro Card. A bodybuilder looking to do this must first win a regional contest weight class.

When a bodybuilder wins or places they actually earn an invite to compete at their country's National Championships contest for that year. The winners of each weight class at the National Championships will then go head to head in a separate contest to see who is the overall champion for the year.

Depending on the federation, the overall Champion will be offered a pro card. Some federations offer pro cards to winners of individual weight class champions. This can mean that each year more than one bodybuilder may earn a Pro Card.

2. Membership

Qualification as a professional may require membership of a professional bodybuilding organization such as the IFBB (The International Federation of Bodybuilders). Many Natural Bodybuilding organizations such as the INBF (International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation), NPA (Natural Physique Association) and NANBF (North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation) also have professional ranks.

3. Income

It is possible, although difficult except at the highest level, to earn a reasonable income purely from competition winsnings. It is more likely that a particular athlete will be sponsored by local companies and supplement manufacturers. Many bodybuilders use their new found fame and knowledge to pursue business ventures such as higher level personal training, or opening their own fitness centers. Guest posing and appearance also support income.

4. Work Harder Than Anyone You Know

If you do, everything else that is meant to be will follow. If you focus is only on becoming a pro bodybuilder, then you are not approaching the sport properly. The core of bodybuilding is not about achievement in a public forum, such as on a bodybuilding stage. It is about the private sense of accomplishment you get in accomplishing your goals, whether you're in the gym or on a stage.

5. Learn To Be Smart

At the gym, learn to be smart about your training. Go there to work, not for recreational purposes. Determine ahead of time what your workout will be for that day and stick to it, making modifications only for logical reasons. Apply the same standards to your nutrition. Decide ahead of time what you will eat through the day and adhere to that plan.

Don t skip meals. Do not indulge in gluttonous behavior that will negatively affect your physique.

6. Do You Have The Necessary Genetics?

If you have the desire to compete, prepare for a competition as if you are a professional bodybuilder. Through perseverance and feedback from the judges, you will be able to determine if you are lucky enough to have the necessary genetics.

7. The Odds Of Attaining Professional Status

Above all, put as much effort into your education as you put into your training and nutrition. Too many young guys pursuit a pro career without having a backup plan. The odds of attaining professional status, let alone making a comfortable living at it, are remote at best. But if you want to be a professional bodybuilder, you have to approach bodybuilding with a professional attitude.

Although passion is important, you must also have the self-awareness and logic to accurately assess your own chances of success. If you do, you will be a professional.

Your ultimate body is within reach providing you with the proven principles in this article. Muscle building is not a pipe dream or only for those with the perfect genetic makeup. Use these strategies and very soon you will experience the private sense of accomplishment whether you're in the gym or on a stage.

How to choose the right diet

One look at a bookshelf or website and you’ll quickly learn that there are literally thousands of choices when it comes to diets.

Some are traditional, some are new, and some are a combination of both.

Which diet is right for you? How do you know that the diet you embark on will be healthy? Low-fat? Low-carb? Detoxification? Raw foods?

The first thing you will need to do is check with your doctor or a dietician to explore the options available to you. He or she will want to do a physical unless you’ve had a recent one, and will discuss your particular health needs as it relates to a diet.

One thing to keep in mind, regardless of which diet you pick, is the nutritional value. Dropping 30 or 40 pounds won’t matter if you aren’t eating healthy along the way. A crash diet only starves your body of needed nutrients. So eat healthy when you diet.

Don’t expect overnight miracles. Taking off weight takes time, commitment, and planning. It requires a change in lifestyle. You may not be accustomed to exercise or eating healthy foods, but it’s a must if you’re going to lose weight and keep it off. The idea isn’t to starve yourself—it’s to become healthy.

If you eat well, exercise, get rest, and eat moderate portions, weight loss should be the result. Keep a before-and-after log of the foods you eat. Compare. You’ll see a vast difference in the way you treated your body before your diet, and during.

Getting rest is another key issue. Our bodies aren’t machines that operate endlessly. We have to have rest in order to work and go about our daily lives. With a hectic, stressful schedule, rest is a crucial part of dieting. Resting isn’t being lazy. It’s what our bodies are meant to do when we’re tired and stressed. Even if you don’t want to sleep long hours or nap through the day, just sitting in a comfortable chair or lying down with closed eyes in a quiet room can do wonders for you.

Try to eat natural foods when you can. Try to eat healthy snacks. Drink more water. Cut out sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. If you lose weight but fill your body with poisons, you’ve defeated the purpose of trying to live a healthier life.

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Recipe: Gluten free tahini chocolate brownies | Community

Makes 8 large or 16 small squares

Who doesn’t love chocolate? I know I do, and I know my boys certainly do too. But when you bring in a little spice into the mix, you’re now talking mind-blowing, taste-tingling, Earth-shattering deliciousness all wrapped up in a velvety smooth envelope called a chocolate brownie. This recipe is gluten free as an added bonus.

Chocolate and tahini have health benefits for you and your family. Cocoa is full of compounds called flavonoids, which are found naturally in the plant kingdom. The health benefits of compounds like these are one of the reasons why I promote eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.

The particular class of flavonoids found in cocoa is called flavanols. These special flavonoids help the blood in the arteries from clogging, which reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The one thing you need to look for in your chocolate is a high cocoa content. Dark chocolate containing at least 70 percent cocoa or higher is better. Forget milk chocolate or white chocolate as they have virtually none of the health benefits associated with dark chocolate.

Tahini made from sesame seeds is a wonderful source of calcium, manganese, the amino acid methionine, and omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids. Tahini’s relatively high levels of calcium and protein make it a useful addition to vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as to raw food diets when eaten in its unroasted form. Compared to peanut butter, tahini has higher levels of fiber and calcium and lower levels of sugar and saturated fats.

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, grated

3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

3 tablespoons tahini, divided

1 tablespoon Thai chili sauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon bittersweet chocolate chips

Line an 8×8” baking dish and Pre-heat oven to 350’F

  1. Sieve the cornstarch and cocoa powder.
  2. Slowly melt the grated chocolate, oil, 1 tablespoon of tahini, chili sauce and honey in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering hot water, until smooth.
  3. Using an electric mixer on a medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until light, fluffy and double in volume, about 4 minutes.
  4. Reduce the speed and add the melted chocolate mixture, vanilla and salt, blend until smooth, then increase the speed to medium high and mix until the batter is thick and stiff, about 1 minute.
  5. Scape the brownie mixture into the prepared tin, dollop the remaining tahini and chocolate chips over the batter, then drag a skewer or toothpick through to swirl. Pop the tin in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, insert a skewer into the center of the brownie, if it comes out with a few moist crumbs then remove from the oven.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes then remove from the tin and cut the brownie into 8 or 16 even squares and enjoy.


Chef Mark Allison

Mark Allison, Executive is Chef of Culinary Innovation at the Cabarrus Health Alliance. Check out www.cabarrushealth.org/cookingclasses for more recipes and a list of upcoming cooking classes with Chef Allison.

Mark Allison is Executive Chef of Culinary Innovation at the Cabarrus Health Alliance. Check out www.cabarrushealth.org/cookingclasses for more recipes and a list of upcoming cooking classes with Chef Allison.

How To Get Rid of Your Vaginal Discharge

Vaginal discharge is probably one of the most common signs of a yeast infection. Of course not everyone suffering from a yeast infection has vaginal discharge but the possibilities you experienced them are quite good.

Vaginal discharge can have different aspects. They can range from foul smelling to odorless and barely noticeable. There are many different ways to deal with vaginal discharge. One of them would be homeopathic remedies.

First you might want to know what the discharge will be like before taking any medicine. They can be like:

– Foul smelling

– Odorless

– Thick white cottage cheese-like texture

– Thin consistency

– Milky egg white consistency

Sometimes you can women can also experience a yellowish vaginal discharge that is firm and that is acrid or pungent.

Of course these symptoms have an impact on every affected women day-to day lives. It is not uncommon for these symptoms to have an emotional impact. Vaginal discharge often leads to vaginal burning, itching and irritation. This is why homeopathy focuses of curing the vaginal discharge symptoms along with the emotional impact it can have on women.

If you are not comfortable with homeopathy to cure your vaginal yeast infection and vaginal discharge problems there are other treatments you can consider.

One of the things you might consider to help you get rid of your vaginal discharge is to change your diet. Changing your diet to reflect the fact that you suffer from a yeast infection can help you getting rid of it.

You may not know but there is some food that will help you get rid of a yeast infection while other might just encourages it. You should stay away from yeast containing foods such as:

– breads

– fermented food products and alcohols

– food rich in sugar and carbohydrates

– refined foods

– red meat

– mushrooms

Staying away from this kind of food should help you a long way getting rid of your vaginal discharge problems.

You should consider eating things like:

– brown rice

– millet

– citrus fruits like grapefruits and oranges

– lemons and limes

– unsweetened yogurt

– curd

– Cranberries

– garlic

– ons

– vinegar

– cinnamon

– Oregano

– vegetables

Also one of the most important elements that people often forget to include in their diet is water.

Drinking at least eight glass of water everyday will help you clean your system by clearing away unwanted toxin from your body. On top of that it will give you a refreshing feeling just when you need it the most.

One other important factor that can be responsible for your vaginal discharge and yeast infection problem is stress. Trying to eliminate stress and adopting a healthy lifestyle can help put your yeast infection and vaginal discharge problems in the past.

Street Savvy: Shelby Street – Indianapolis Monthly

Yes, Virginia, there are other avenues worth roaming in Fountain Square.

September 2018

New Day Craft was once all about honey wine, a nod to owner Tia Agnew’s passion for beekeeping. Today, the Fountain Square tasting room hustles to keep up with demand for that mead and, now, hard cider. It also hosts monthly art shows and offers an intimate space for sipping on a Johnny Chapman cider or a Breakfast Magpie (espresso-infused raspberry mead). 1102 Prospect St., 888-632-3379

The recent closing of the kitchen at Pioneer broke a few hearts. Happily, its entertainment scene is still going strong. Check out Low Pone, a queer dance party and drag show, the first Saturday of every month. Highlights of the intriguing cocktail list: the Double Paloma (tequila, mezcal, housemade salted falernum, and grapefruit-acid syrup) and the Movin’ Out (a Negroni variation with citrus peel, pink peppercorns, and Tinker coffee). 1110 Shelby St., 317-986-6761


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Once a whiskey-focused watering hole, Thunderbird has smartened up a bit in the last few years. Bourbon-heavy craft cocktails still pack a serious wallop, but now they are joined by lighter classics like caipirinhas and mai tais. And the Southern-inspired snacks the place has always been known for have shifted upscale ever since John Herndon, formerly chef at Plow & Anchor and 22nd Street Diner, took the reins in the kitchen this spring. His rotating chef’s burger and weekly fish specials sell out on Saturday nights, so slide into one of the wooden booths at a decent hour. 1127 Shelby St., 317-974-9580

There’s no shortage of chic, modern living options around this ’hood, with shops and restaurants just a few steps away. At Forte, for one, you can sit back and take it all in from the Deylen property’s private outdoor space. 1140 Shelby St., 317-638-2000

The inside is an art-lover’s dream for its expansive murals, but locals mostly head to Fountain Square Brewery for its consistently great pours, like the light, refreshing Hop for Teacher, a pale ale that we dare you to order with a straight face. These beers sprang from the same minds that once made beer at Alcatraz Brewery, the dearly departed downtown eatdrinkery. 1301 Barth Ave., 317-493-1410

Nine Lives Cat Café

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Sip on a cup of java from Greenwood’s Brick House Coffee in the lounge at Nine Live Cat Café while hanging with a roomful of furry felines, all adoptable through The Humane Society of Indianapolis. No reservation? You can still watch the mingling from the separate cafe area as you dig into a scone or blood orange–topped vegan bowl. Walls display Polaroids of Tiger, Miss Kitty, and nearly 300 other cats who have found homes through the cafe since it opened last year. 1315 Shelby St., 317-602-5287

Acceleration Art and Photography might be the most underappreciated First Friday stop around. It’s housed in a 1912 blacksmith shop turned garage turned gallery space. Owner Gary Lynn, a metal sculptor himself, offers space to new artists every month, along with a few in-house makers. Weave through stacks of vintage vinyl, Brownie cameras, lights, tin signs, and salvaged trunks, all for sale. 1336 Shelby St., 317-496-7887

When Brent Schindler moved Indy String Theory from Southport last year, he stocked the walls with everything from mandolins to guitar strings. The shop is a Strymon dealer, selling one of the best effect pedals money can buy. Schindler also builds instruments here, including jazz boxes and archtop guitars. 1354 Shelby St., 317-502-9184

My Pet Carnivore specializes in the provisions of a raw diet for man’s best friends. The store sells an abundant range of natural and seasonal meat, bones, and organs for cats and dogs. Pick up anything from beef and chicken to the exotic goose, muskrat, tripe, or emu. 1402 Shelby St., 317-694-4749

Visiting with Huell Howser: Raw Food

Huell visits with Zitari, an amazing raw food chef who assembles delicious dishes made entirely of raw, uncooked fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Zitari’s “Nutlicious Macaroons”

This unique and tangy raw food version of the traditional coconut macaroon is a finely chopped mixture of nuts and pineapple rolled into a ball and finished with a light dusting of coconut.

Dried Pineapple, unsweetened and unsulphered.
Nuts, unsalted, in any combination or alone (walnuts, pecans, cashews or pistachios work best.) 1-2 cups Coconut, very finely shredded and unsweetened.

Soften the dried pineapple in water for about 15-20 minutes, until fruit is pliable enough to be finely chopped. Put 1-2 cups of coconut into a bowl for coating and set aside.

Mix equal parts softened pineapple and nuts in food processor or blender until finely chopped. Form into 2 1/2 inch diameter balls. Roll each ball in the coconut, completely coating each one.

How to Lose Belly Fat Via the Fruits and Vegetables Diet

Fruits and vegetables may be the best thing to help you lose weight. To try to stop those hungry pangs from your stomach in the middle of the night, these fruits will be the best answer. And for those who do not take vegetables, how do you expect to lose your belly fat?

But I am not suggesting that you turn vegetarian straight away after reading this article, but I do hope that you will increase your intake of these powerhouse foods. Together, combined with other diet routines, you may lose weight naturally, and easily.

First of all, you should note that these plant foods are low-calorie, low-fat and extremely filling. And if you get them fresh from your supermarket or organic farm, you can be sure that you're not ingesting any processed ingredients or chemicals.

All of these foods contain unique phytonutrients that can significantly reduce the risk of cancer. These natural bioactive compounds are found only in plant foods, and work with nutrients and dietary fiber to protect against disease.

Secondly, you should take a wide variety of colorful fruits and veggies to reap these health benefits. Because these phytonutrients work better together, you can fight disease better by eating different kinds of vegetables than compared to eating only one kind.

In fact, different phytonutrients have protective effects on different parts of the body. Recent studies show that there is emerging evidence to suggest that these nutrients slow down the process of brain-aging, and can improve cognitive functions such as memory.

To keep track of which fruits and vegetables are better choices, separate them by colors of the edible portion. Just follow this simple list below to choose the right foods and boost your health!

Eat cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cage instead of radish, potatoes or bean sprouts.

Choose tomatoes, red peppers and strawberries more often than apples or watermelon.

Yellow / Orange
Select papayas, rock melons, mango, oranges, pineapples, starfruit, carrots and pumpkin instead of corn or bananas.

Go for darker green varieties such as spinach, broccoli and kiwifruit which are more nutrient-weak than lettuce or pear.

If you want to know how to lose your belly fat fast, then you must definitely know the type of fruits and vegetables that you should eat. Hopefully, with this article, you can change the way you look with what you eat!

North Jersey Chef’s Farm-To-Bowl Pet Food Company Has Dogs Eating Better Than Owners

What stood out most to Rupak Bhattacharya over the past three years owning a Bergen County dog-walking business was that the mass-produced food that most people were feeding their pets.

It couldn’t have been in the animals’ best interest, he felt. And besides, the parents seemed concerned, asking Bhattacharya of Westwood about nutrition, digestion issues and even the dog’s lack of interest in their usual food.

Bhattacharya realized that most people do care about their dog’s nutrition — but convenience would have to factor in as well.

Earlier this year, Bhattacharya opened Elixir Kitchens after teaming up with pet nutritionists and food-testing laboratories from across the U.S. to bring human-grade elements into pet food. Research indicates that there is a steady increase in the concept of feeding home-cooked meals to pets, the business owner said.

“Given my personal interest in old French cooking methods, where the goal is to preserve the quality and taste of the natural ingredients, we came up with unique ‘old school’ style of preparing our pet food, which focusses on keeping intact, the nutrient profile of a protein, a vegetable, or an ancient grain to it’s fullest extent,” Bhattacharya said.

“All meals are handcrafted, to ensure that we physically examine and use each ingredient, under very strict quality guidelines. This is not raw food. We slow cook our stews in very controlled temperatures that allow us to preserve the natural elements of every ingredient during the cooking process.

“Our long-term goal is to become a ‘Farm-to-Bowl’ pet food company that produce and use most of our ingredients in our own or contracted farms.”

The recipes at Elixir Kitchens are designed around thoughtfully-sourced ingredients and cook in small batches only. Sourcing is done in small quantities from local stores one day before producing a batch of food, Bhattacharya explained.

Proteins (beef, chicken, turkey) are USDA Choice graded. Vegetables (sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, green beans, peas and broccoli) and grains are farm-produced and harvested in the U.S.

All stews and treats from Elixir Kitchens are prepared in the company’s River Vale kitchen. Each chef is certified in food-handling, and were taught how to inspect and treat ingredients with respect.

Rosemary is also used in carefully-measured quantities, as the herb is known for promoting heart health, antimicrobial benefits and other beneficial properties. Elixir Kitchens also uses ancient spices like turmeric, which is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, the owner said.

“A complete and balanced diet is very essential to maintain your pet in good health,” Bhattacharya said. “Just like us humans, our pets need protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins. They need the nutrition for growth and maintenance, for energy, and perform vital physical functions.”

Elixir Kitchens’ pet food is available for purchase at Thomaston Feed in River Vale and soon other Bergen County pet stores.

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What Causes Acne Blackheads and How to Get Rid of Them

Acne is a persistent skin problem that is so prevalent today. Almost all people both adolescents and adults alike experience having acne. Dermatologists find it accounting 85% of all cases that they encounter everyday in their clinics. The most common is acne blackheads or acne whiteheads, while the other type of acne which is acne red bumps is the worst case.

Oftentimes, acne blackheads are the problem among adults and adolescents. Although, there are also those who suffer the pus-filled acne red bumps. Both acne problems usually appear when the skin is not properly cleaned everyday. By simply washing the face with soap and water, prevails the appearance of acne. However, there are people who still suffer from acne blackheads even if they really take good care of their skin. This is brought about by the oil that is trapped within the hair follicles that manages to bring about acne, despite the proper care that is given to the skin.

When the hair follicles of the skin are blocked, they still continue the formation of sebum or oily secret within the follicles. Oil should be released from the pores or else they become dense and sticky. When the oil is already in its weak state, it plugs the follicle and eventually results in the formation of acne blackheads, otherwise known as comedones.

At the acne, acne blackheads must be given the proper treatment or else it would worsen. When left unchecked, it would continue to harden, swell, and present a bulge which would have either a black or white color. There are acne blackheads sufferers who thought that pinching the blackheads would eradicate it, however, this method is not an assurance considering that some cells might get damaged in the process. Although there are some who successfully got rid of their acne blackheads by pinching alone.

There are some safe and natural means of removing acne blackheads, one of which can easily be done at home. A mixture of water and baking soda can be used to treat acne. Once the mixture is made, it can be applied on the area where acne is present. It should stay there for a bit of time to allow the mixture to settle on the acne. After some time, water can be used to rinse the mixture off the face. Acne actually sticks to the mixture and is washed away along with it. A soft cloth soaked in the mixture can also be rubbed on the face to remove acne.

Another method of removing acne is by mixing lime juice and cinnamon together. This can be applied before going to bed and could be left on the face until morning. One can also opt for honey and lemon juice. These concoctions are actually natural methods to peel off acne and are also known to restore the health of the skin.

Acne is a skin problem which can be cured, and there is no need to panic whenever it appears. Still, preventing it by regularly washing the face is far better than implementing the cures when acne appears.

Kingstowne Restaurant Violations: Tongs Hold Raw And Cooked Food

Every wonder how clean your local restaurants are? Fairfax County restaurants regularly undergo health inspections, with the frequency depending on the type of food served and how it is prepared. While violations like malfunctioning refrigerators and food that’s not warm or cold enough often pop up, health inspectors sometimes note more critical violations.

“In our experience, it is unrealistic to expect that a complex, full-service food operation can routinely avoid any violations,” notes the Virginia Department of Health.

Here are full results for the latest inspections around Kingstowne and Rose Hill, including restaurants that passed with no violations. Among these violations were tongs used for raw and cooked foods at Sampan Cafe. This violation was corrected during the inspection.

Click on the violations to see each restaurant’s results. Full reports are usually available five to seven days after the inspection on the health department’s website.


Dairy Queen: 5810 Kingstowne Ce, #150, ALEXANDRIA, VA 22315, last inspection: Aug. 27

violations: Food item(s) were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device: chocolate milk 47f, 49f in unit #3 and milk in unit #4 49f, 50f (corrected), refrigeration unit is not operating properly and is unable to maintain cold food at or below 41°F: Each of the two door stacked ice cream freezer/refrigerators (lower cabinets only 47f, 49f) which hold milk products, water heater AO Smith model ELJF 50 917 does not have the capacity to meet the hourly peak hot water demands of the food establishment, ceiling tile located in prep area of the kitchen is absorbent and not easily cleaned

Domino’s Pizza: 5960 Kingstowne Towne Center Blvd #110, Alexandria, VA 22315, last inspection: Sept. 11

violations: Observation was that two foodworkers were cutting a pizza in a box, for employee consumption, on unwrapped clean pizza boxes intended for consumers, no Certified Food Manager present at the beginning of the inspection (both corrected)

House of Dynasty: 7550 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310, last inspection: Aug. 27

violations: Observed seafood thawing at room temperature, food item(s) were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device: Raw Shrimp (48F), Raw Beef (50F), and Pooled Eggs (57F)–1, no labeling on food items where time is being used as a public health control, equipment/utensils were observed soiled to sight and touch: 1) Knives in storage, 2) Can opener, 3) Slicer (all corrected), nonfood-contact surface of the following equipment is not designed or constructed to be easily cleanable: 1) Observed peeling plastic on the exterior of the dishmachine (remove), door gaskets of the following unit(s) are (missing, damaged): 1) Prep cooler, 2) Reachin cooler, nonfood-contact surfaces of the following equipment had accumulations of grime and debris: 1) Interior of reachin/walkin units. 2) Gaskets on the reachin/walkin units, 3) Shelving, 4) Exterior of equipment, lack of an approved backflow prevention device on the water inlet line to the tea machine and ice machine, sign or poster that notifies food employees to wash their hands is not provided in the employee restroom, following is in need of cleaning: 1) Floor/wall junctures underneath and behind equipment and shelving

Katana Sushi: 7588 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22315, last inspection: Aug. 21

violations: The door gaskets of the following unit(s) are (missing, damaged): 1) Beverage Air reachin cooler, surfaces of ice bins, and enclosed components of equipment are not being cleaned as required, the following is in need of cleaning: 1) Walls

Rice and Spice Thai: 6466 Landsdowne Ctr, Alexandria, VA 22315, last inspection: Aug. 20

violations: Food item(s) were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device: corn (52F) and cooked mushrooms (53F) in prep (L) (corrected)

Sampan Cafe: 6116 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310, last inspection: Sept. 5

violations: The following visibly soiled or improperly cleaned equipment or utensils were observed being used during food preparation: tongs used for raw chicken are being used to scoop raw beef and raw shrimp, cooked shrimp, cooked vegetables and raw vegetables, dispensing and/or in-use utensils improperly stored between use as follows: rice scoop stored in 72f water (all corrected), nonfood-contact surface of the following equipment is not corrosion resistant, nonabsorbent, and/or smooth: The walk in refrigerator floor, the walk in freezer floor and the prep table shelf which are all observed with rust and pitting, cutting board(s) along the on prep tables are heavily scratched and scored, following utensil was observed in a state of repair and condition preventing effective maintenance and cleaning/sanitization: Cracked plastic containers and burnt/cracked utensils such as scoops, nonfood-contact surfaces of the following equipment were observed soiled with an accumulation of dust, dirt, food residue, and/or other debris: dishwashing racks, gaskets, outsides of bus tube, prep table shelves, etc., items that are unnecessary to the operation or maintenance of the establishment are being stored on the premises, floors, walls ceiling, sides of cookline equipment, gaskets, refrigeration/freezer interiors, are in need of cleaning

TopGolf: 6625 S Van Dorn Street, Alexandria, VA 22315, last inspection: Aug. 30

violations: Food item(s) were found hot holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device: Pulled pork in steam well 114f, food item(s) were observed cold holding at improper temperatures using a calibrated food temperature measuring device: Observed salsa 74f,per manager was left on counter prior to being placed into 1 door undercounter cooler. brisket 52f, cut chicken 54f, cut tomato 52f, cut tomato 52f, steak 53f in unit #2; deli turkey 50f, sour cream 52f, cut tomato 55f; Bavarian cream in the 1 door upright cooler in the side room 46f (both corrected), refrigeration unit is not operating properly and is unable to maintain cold food at or below 41°F: True prep cooler 50f, True prep cooler 49f, both along cookline

No violations

Burger King: 5890 Kingstowne Center 100, Alexandria, VA 22315, last inspection: Sept. 11

violations: none

East Moon Asian Bistro: 5920 Kingstowne Towne Center, Alexandria, VA 22315, last inspection: Aug. 29

violations: none

Matsui Sushi Restaurant: 6408 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria, VA 22315, last inspection: Aug. 20


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