Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Friday, August 12, 2011
Last Thursday, I was invited by BlackFinn to come in and try their new menu. It has new appetizers, entrees and desserts, ranging from a crab flatbread pizza to steak frites.
BlackFinn is one of the most popular nightspots in Bethesda. Earlier in the day, it is also a good place to have lunch or to go for Happy Hour.
Since they opened a few years ago, my impression has been that their menu is more upscale than the typical bar fare. But the new menu is an attempt to go further than that, and - as you will see in this exclusive video - it aspires to fine dining standards, in both the recipes and the presentation.
The service was great, and my cocktail and food arrived very soon after they were ordered. I started with a bowl of French Onion soup fresh out of the oven. Watch the steam rising out of it in the video!
For the main course, I chose Shrimp and Grits. This had a gravy with Tasso ham (similar to Boston Butt but Cajun-style with cayenne pepper and garlic). Shrimp and grits is one of my favorite entrees, so the bar was set high. They're usually great when I order them in the South. But I've had some disappointing ones here in the Washington area. The best I've had around here in the past were at the now-closed PGA Grill in Congressional Plaza on Rockville Pike.
How did BlackFinn's shrimp and grits rate? Watch the video and find out!
You'll also see the detail in the presentation of the Peach Cobbler I ordered for dessert. The ice cream was rich, not just an afterthought.
Stop in and try the new menu today. The Bethesda location is the only BlackFinn that has this new menu. If the feedback is positive, it will become the standard menu at all of the BlackFinn locations in America. So we in Bethesda are going to determine the future menu for a whole chain.
I'm looking forward to going back and trying some of the other new menu items soon.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
What is most important to you in life, the Washington Redskins or FREE beer? Why not both tonight at Hard Times Cafe in Bethesda!
Hogs Haven, a popular website for Redskins fans is having an event there tonight at 7 PM. There will be a special Redskins-related guest, a Q & A panel, and that aforementioned FREE Budweiser.
The economy is crumbling away, and that FREE price point is just what you need at a time like this!
Mostly the event is going to be a celebration of the soon-to-begin season - even if the Redskins don't know who the quarterback is yet!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tonight the mechanical bull returns to Union Jack's at 9 PM! Can you last 8 seconds? That's the challenge Union Jack's and the bull are offering tonight.
They're also offering 50 cent wings, $2 Bud Lights and $2 Coronas from 4pm-close! But the bull rides are FREE!
If you survive the bull, don't forget that this British Pub will have half-price Fish and Chips for lunch on Friday!
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Is there really a chance of rain tonight? Let's hope not!
Tonight is Week 2 of Movies Under the Stars outdoors on Bethesda Lane at Bethesda Row!
Toy Story 3 will be the feature presentation on the big outdoor screen, and Redwood Bethesda is not only providing a theme menu, but is pulling out all the stops this time.
Who is your favorite character - Woody or Buzz Lightyear? Be prepared to order accordingly!
That's right, Redwood has a meal fit for a cowboy: marinated Cowboy Steak sliced up with a side of roasted potatoes and finished off with a garlic-chili aioli.
Well, hold it right there, pilgrim. Wait, you say you're a spacefaring adventurer and man (or woman) of action? Pass that Redwood Rocket Greens Salad over there, then.
This salad has greens, crispy prosciutto, grilled peaches, and feta cheese, refreshing for a summer evening.
Since Toy Story is a movie for the whole family, Redwood is offering the kids menu, with standards like chicken fingers and mac and cheese. Kid's Lemonade is $3, but Kid's Popcorn is FREE! Now that's a stock-market-collapsing price point!
What about the adults whose portfolios may have taken another hit by showtime tonight? They may be ready for the Adult "Bethesda Lemonade" Redwood's bartenders will be mixing up tonight: lemon, mint, sugar, citrus vodka, and soda water.
Why "Bring Your Own Chair" when Redwood has the best seat in the house?
Until next time, the balcony is closed.
The Barking Dog is offering Salsa dance lessons tonight: 7:30 for beginners, 8:15 for intermediate level. Put your new or existing skills to work at 9:00 with DJ Mike "El Sonero" Morales.
Monday, August 08, 2011
Friday, August 05, 2011
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Enjoy 2 new Tuna sandwiches at Dunkin' Donuts on Bethesda Avenue! The Tuna Sandwich comes with mayonnaise, celery, herbs and spices on a fresh bagel. The Tuna Melt adds melted American cheese, and is served on a fresh croissant.
You can see the posters for the new sandwiches around the store, and on the counter, in my Dunkin' Donuts video:
Stop by Dunkin' Donuts on Bethesda Row for a tuna sandwich today!
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Shark Week is being celebrated around Bethesda, which is appropriate given that the Discovery Channel used to be located here.
Did you save your shark hat from California Tortilla last week? If so, wear it at California Tortilla today, and receive a FREE Taco with any purchase! What if you don't have a shark hat? You can still get a FREE Taco by saying the password, "shark," to the cashier.
Meanwhile, Olazzo is offering a Shark Attack Martini.
The Lobster Truck is coming back to Bethesda for lunch today around 11:30am! This time, the Carmen's Italian Ice cart will be tagging along with frozen desserts while you wait in line!
Spend your morning at the office productively, by pondering which type of lobster roll you will order. To help you out, here is the link to the menu:
Here is the link to the Carmen's website, as well:
The Lobster Truck usually stops somewhere around Bethesda Row, but the exact location will be given closer to lunchtime. Check their website and you will find live updates of the truck's whereabouts.
Speaking of lobster, there is some sad news: the neon lobster in the first floor window of the Newlands Building is no more! McCormick and Schmick's has closed, and the lobster has vanished. Let's hope another great restaurant can fill this prime space on Woodmont Avenue!
By the way, it's Wednesday again, and that means a FREE glass of wine in the Hyatt Bethesda lobby after 5pm for Welcome Wednesday!
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Just when you thought the outdoor movies were over in downtown Bethesda... A month of outdoor movies begins tonight at Bethesda Row!
Bethesda Row's "movies under the stars" starts off tonight with Vicky Cristina Barcelona, on the big screen on Bethesda Lane. You know the drill: there's "limited seating provided," and, otherwise, you should BYOC = Bring Your Own Chair. I'm never sure what that means. People duke it out for the "limited seats," and the losers run home and bring back chairs?
I've got a better idea - watch the movie from one of the best seats in the house - at Redwood, right on Bethesda Lane!
Not only is it better than lugging a chair from the parking garage (?!) but you also get to enjoy the food and drinks Redwood has to offer.
For each movie, Redwood will be offering special menu items.
The Spanish setting of tonight's movie has inspired a menu of paella ($20) and a refreshing white sangria ($8).
But wait, if you're a cinema purist, Redwood is also setting up an outdoor popcorn machine! That's right, fresh-popped popcorn for $3! Filling your expensive handbag you purchased earlier at one of the boutiques around Bethesda Row with the popcorn (as suggested by the photo of the fashionista Federal Realty is promoting the series with) is strictly optional!
So make plans for movies under the stars tonight at dusk on Bethesda Lane.
I'm not really the target audience for tonight's movie. I'm more of an Iron Man man (which, coincidentally, is on the Bethesda Row schedule for August 30!!). Scarlett Johansson was great in The Island, and very good in a small part in Iron Man 2, but Vicky Cristina Barcelona never really came across my radar. Sorry.
That's where Redwood comes in! With outstanding food and drinks, the great setting of a summer night on Bethesda Lane (forecast: Partly cloudy, low 70s), and the ticket price (FREE!), you will have an enjoyable evening, even if the particular film is not your genre of choice.
P.S. I'm looking forward to the August 30 menu Redwood will create, inspired by Iron Man! Contemplating a cocktail inspired by Tony Stark! And a Redwood version of his "American cheeseburger" from the movie?
Monday, August 01, 2011
I visited Dunkin' Donuts on Bethesda Avenue last week in search of the Captain America Donut and Captain America collectible Tri-Cup Coolatta drink.
Was my mission successful?
Watch the video and find out! You'll also get the grand tour of Dunkin' Donuts.
Captain America was definitely the best movie of the summer, and may end up being the best of the year. Just make sure you wait through the credits at the end, or you will miss out on something!
The Perfect Pita at 4520 East West Hwy. in Bethesda has its Grand Opening today!
Visit their website to see the menu:
They also offer a number of vegan items.
Breakfast is served, so I'm assuming you can head over right now for that. In addition to pitas, they also have two kinds of pizza.
Many more grand openings to come, and Jiffy Shoppes has already had a semi-opening over the weekend on St. Elmo Avenue (across from Union Jack's). Expect the full menu and hours at Jiffy Shoppes to be in place as early as today!