Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The now-famous Taste of Bethesda is this Saturday, October 1, 2011!!!
Prepare to sample delicious foods from the restaurant capital of the world, Bethesda, Maryland.
First time attending? Not to worry, it's very simple. The event runs from 11 AM to 4 PM. Park in any of the nearby public garages along Woodmont Avenue and the Woodmont Triangle, and walk or take the free Bethesda Circulator to the blocked-off area - you can't miss it!
At the ticket booth, you pay $5 and receive 4 tickets. Each food item you exchange tickets for at any restaurant's tent will cost 1 to 4 tickets - an appetizer will obviously be less than a steak, for example. There's no limit to the number of tickets you can buy.
In between meals, burn off calories by walking across Wisconsin Avenue to the Chevy Chase Cars dealership, where the Back to Bethesda car show is always fascinating for muscle car buffs. (Like me!) Or, head down to Battery Lane to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad's Rescue Day, that will entertain kids of all ages. Did I mention that a real helicopter will land at the squad?
Ladies, you haven't been forgotten - Taste of Bethesda just happens to coincide with Bethesda Row Boutique Week, which starts this Friday! Visit the boutiques of Bethesda Row for big savings, trunk shows, and bonus gifts with purchases.
But wait! There's more! The Bethesda Row fountain is reopening after its renovation on Saturday, too! And between 1-3 PM, you can get FREE Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream by the fountain!
There's lots to do, and even more to eat, at Taste of Bethesda, with many sponsors including Bethesda Urban Partnership and WJLA 7.
To prepare your strategy, here is an advance copy of the menu:
American Tap Room - Cilantro-lime hummus, MD crab soup
Bangkok Garden - Egg roll, curry puff, pad thai, chicken curry
Bangkok One Thai - Spring roll, pad thai, chicken fried rice
The Barking Dog - Sliders, BBQ, variety hot dogs
Bethesda Crab House - Crabcakes, shrimp, slaw
BGR The Burger Joint - Wellington burger, tuna burger, fries
Bistro LaZeez - Babba ghanouj, fattoush salad, chicken kabob
BlackFinn - Crab sliders, ying-yang shrimp, tomato feta dip
Bold Bite - Bold hot dog, NY hot dog, chorizo, choripan, fries
Brasserie Monte Carlo - Lamb stew, onion tart, cannolis
Bundles of Cookies - Whoopie pies, brownies, cookies
California Tortilla - Ceasar tacos, turkey chili
Caribou Coffee - Coffee, tea, lemon blueberry scones, cookies
Chef Tony's - Seared scallops, filet mingon, crab pasta, tiramisu
Daily Grill - TBD
Divino Lounge - Sausage, skirt steak, empanadas, paella
Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle - Steak jameson, guiness beef
Fresh Grill - Mini beef & fish sandwiches, fries
Georgetown Cupcake - Assorted cupcakes
Haagen Dazs - Ice cream, bottled water
Haandi Indian Cuisine - Murgh makhani, palak paneer, samosa
Hanaro Sushi - California & spicy tuna roll, teriyaki, tempura
Hard Times Café - Chili, dogs, fries, soda, water
Honest Tea - Honest tea, Honest ade, Honest kids
Jaleo - Paella, gazpacho
Jiffy Shoppes - Steak & cheese, gyros, pizza, spanikopita
Just Cakes - Cupcakes, pound cakes, water, juice
Kabob Bazaar - Rice, Addus Polo, chicken & beef kabob
Lebanese Taverna - TBD
Lilit Cafe - Gelato, soda, water
Louisiana Kitchen & Bayou Bar - Jambalaya, gumbo, étouffée
M & N's Pizza - Pizza, drinks
Mamma Lucia of Bethesda - Pizza, sodas
Matuba - Sushi roll, chicken teriyaki, tempura, Japanese soda
Morton's - Petite filet mignon sandwich
Naked Pizza - Pizza, cheesy breadsticks
Nest Café - Mussels, BBQ, Italian fries, sweet fries
Olazzo - Meatballs, pasta, cannoli
Original Pancake House - Nutella crepes, lemon crepes
Oz Restaurant & Wine Bar - Lamb, chicken and veggie kabob
Passage to India - Chicken makhani,veg. korma, samosa
Penang Malaysian Cuisine - Satay chicken, curry potatoes
Plaza del Sol - Fajita tacos, beans, rice
Quartermaine - Coffee
Ri Ra Irish Pub - BBQ wings, cottage pie, Kelly's chocolate cake
Rock Bottom Brewery - Crabcake, pulled pork & kobe sliders
Ruth's Chris - Tenderloin w/horseradish sauce, mashed potatoes
Saveur India - Butter chicken, palak paneer, samosa, rice
Shangri-La - Chicken momo
Smoothie King - TBD
Spring Mill Bread - Bread, muffins, brownies, pie, poptart
Sweet Basil - Pampia, curry puff, pad thai, drunken noodle
Taylor Gourmet - Italian, Locust St., Christian St., pasta salad
Tout de Sweet - Maccarons, cookies, bottled water, juice, sodas
Uncle Julio's - Tacos al carbon (beef/chicken), chips & salsa
Union Jack's - Banger sandwich, rib tips, bread pudding, pie
Uptown Deli - Corned beef, pastrami, knish, potato latke
Yamas Mediterranean Grill - Gyro, souvlaki, fries, falafel
Zen Tara Tea - Iced tea, desserts, hot tea & coffee
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I just uploaded a new video of my recent visit to American Tap Room at Bethesda Row. In the near future, I will post my full review here on the blog. But I wanted to get the video up as soon as possible, so here it is first:
Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
For the first time, Union Jack's Bethesda will tap Belgium Fat Tire Amber, Wednesday night at 6 PM!
Get there early, because...
• First 50 people get a Free Keepsake Fat Tire Glass
• Special $$ on Fat Tire Pints
• All 22oz New Belgium Bottles on Special
Union Jack's says, "Beer Nuts have been waiting for Fat Tire for years in MD/DC/VA and now it’s here!"
Monday, September 19, 2011
Join me for a walking tour of Bethesda Row, and a visit to the Grand Opening of the new Haagen-Dazs store!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Last evening, a Secret Service and Metropolitan Police motorcade entered downtown Bethesda and stopped at Vapiano at Bethesda Row.
It wasn't President Obama - it was Vice President Joe Biden and his wife stopping for dinner at the upscale pizza and pasta bar.
Of course there were plenty of Secret Service agents out and about. With many visits by the Obama family to Bethesda Row, this is starting to become routine. However, we are still waiting for the Commander-in-Chief himself to stop by some day. I think he'd like to try the DC Dog at Bold Bite, to find out if it really is better than the half-smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl. He also likes burgers, and there are plenty of those around downtown Bethesda, too. So, stop by soon, Mr. President!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Friday, September 02, 2011