New Mexican Restaurant Coming to the DC Wharf

The Wharf in DC offers a variety of spectacular attractions including restaurants, cafes, taverns, and shopping. In November, a new Mexican restaurant, Mi Vida, will be entering the scene of The Wharf. Headed by the renowned Chef Roberto Santibanez, Mi Vida is aspiring to be the next ‘it’ restaurant of the area. Chef Santibanez will be bringing a more modern feel to the traditional Mexican cuisine and style.

Mi Vida will be designed to provide a contemporary atmosphere that will feature an elegant and historical design. The restaurant will provide plenty of space including private dining rooms and outdoor seating with a waterfront view. Mi Vida is the perfect setting for a night out experiencing The Wharf’s spirit at its best.

The Wharf district is a beautiful location on the waterfront with countless shops and activities to engage in while visiting. Music lovers can find concert halls, such as the Athens, and plenty of opportunities for live music. Water activities are popular in the area, including kayaking and sailing. Another popular attraction is the fish market which offers fresh seafood, great for making the perfect meal. The Wharf is rich with culture and there are many museums and monuments to visit and explore. While shopping you can find a variety of boutiques and shops with unique items and souvenirs.

Mi Vida is being developed by Madison Marquette. Under Chairman Amer Hammour, they have been creating and transforming successful and efficient projects including entertainment areas, office spaces, and community properties since 1992. They are now the leader in development and redevelopment of The Wharf and other marquee projects. Their streamline, yet vibrant visions have created quality results that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Madison Marquette has partnered up with KNEAD Hospitality and Design to create the vision for Mi Vida. Their grand, contemporary style gives a clean, airy flow with flourishing features. The design is sure to provide a relaxing yet lively atmosphere that will draw in visitors. Be sure to stop by and check out this exciting new restaurant in November at The Wharf.


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Sustainability is Key at the UAE Embassy

With the devastation that scientists predict will come as a result of man-made climate change, the need for sustainable buildings for the future is at an all-time high. One country, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has set a positive example by redesigning their embassy in Washington, D.C.

The embassy was given the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold award by the US Green Building Council. It has also been awarded Energy Star certification by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The modifications that the UAE has made to its facility will reduce its carbon emissions by 400 tons of CO2 per year. The UAE’s dedication to sustainability is shown in their goal to diversify the economy of their country, with an emphasis on Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, and make it a leader in the growing new sector of alternative energy production.

While happy with their accomplishment spokesmen for the embassy remain humble and grateful towards all of the people who made the awards possible. Yousef Al Otaiba, an ambassador for the UAE, was quoted as saying “Thanks to the dedication of the UAE Embassy employees that led and supported the retrofit the UAE Embassy now stands as one of the most sustainable buildings in the United States.”

Thankfully the UAE is not the only embassy in D.C. to get involved in becoming eco-friendlier. The D.C. Greening Embassies Forum has recently been formed to encourage other countries to reduce carbon emissions and make their embassies more sustainable. Their goal is to make the District of Columbia the greenest city on the planet. Some notable countries who are getting behind the green energy movement with regards to retrofitting their embassies are the Netherlands and Finland. The Finnish embassy received LEED Gold certification in 2010. The Dutch embassy received LEED Silver certification in 2012. There were also a total of 47 different countries who came together to sign the Neighbors in Sustainability pledge, which is a promise by the nation’s embassies to reduce waste, save energy, reduce fossil fuel emissions, and teach their employees conservation techniques.

With the UAE stepping up to become a leader in adopting green technologies it is their hope that the word will take notice and do their part to adopt the clean energy that we can all be proud to use.

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Supporting Those Who Care for Our Heroes

In a time of medical advancements, particularly on the battlefield, people living longer, and persistent, complex military conflicts around the world, a silent tribe of Americans is bearing the fallout. They are hidden heroes caring for those who have been the guardians of our nation and our freedom but are returning home with serious injuries.

More than 5.5 million people have been turned into the caretakers of our military and veterans who suffer physical, mental and emotional wounds. These military caregivers are spouses, parents and friends. Most are young women with small children.

In an effort to raise awareness of and increase resources for these hidden heroes, a new effort is underway, led by Sen. Elizabeth Dole and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The Hidden Heroes Campaign officially launched in late September to acknowledge the importance and complexities of being a military caregiver; to connect caregivers and create a network of support and information sharing; and to inform and engage communities, companies and individuals to join in the effort to support military caregivers.

The campaign’s website,, officially launched and which will provide a directory of resources, a national caregiver registry and a private community enabling the sharing of questions and advice among military caregivers.

The Hidden Heroes Campaign has already gained support from critical allies. Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks is chairing the campaign and is the face and voice of public service announcements.

Other early and prominent campaign supporters include newscaster Tom Brokaw, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba ( and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald.

Key support also announced at the launch includes $1 million from Colonel Jennifer Pritzker, Army National Guard (Retired), and founder of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, who will serve as campaign Vice Chairman; $1 million from the United Arab Emirates; and campaign sponsorship from USAA including providing financial education and advice for caretakers.

Comcast NBC Universal was named the official media partner and will leverage all of its communication channels. NBC Universal’s high profile newscasters—Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw are personally supporting the campaign as Hidden Heroes Ambassadors.

The campaign has also led to the creation of Hidden Heroes Cities that commit to getting organized and helping caregivers access resources in their communities. San Diego was identified as the first Hidden Heroes City among an additional 50+ cities that have joined the campaign.

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