Category Archives: Food & Drink

Valentine’s Day in Bethesda

Happy Valentine’s Day to the whole Bethesda community! Here is my take on five fun Valentine’s options for all those looking for ways to celebrate the day:

1. Buy and share a couple of delightful Valentine’s Day cupcakes from one of the many terrific cake shops in town — Just Cakes, Fancy Cakes by Leslie or Georgetown Cupcake are three of the options you have.

2. Take your better half to see a movie at Regal or Bethesda Row — maybe the new romantic flick Valentine’s Day?

3. If you have forgotten to make a reservation and don’t want to break the bank you could go to La Madeleine’s and have some delightful comfort food by their fireplace.

4. Another good option for food this evening if you don’t have a reservation is to try and snag a table in the bar area of a nice local restaurant — two worth checking out are Cafe Deluxe and Mon Ami Gabi (perhaps give a call first to check things out).

5.  Pick a recipe (maybe from here), head to one of the local supermarkets and cook a lovely meal at home.

Also remember that tomorrow is a public holiday so you have a chance to continue the celebration tomorrow!

Cool Fundraiser at Black Finn this Friday

So I just found out that our friends at Black Finn are hosting a fundraiser for the American Heart Association this Friday from 6-9pm. I believe that the suggested donation is $10 ($5 if you are wearing red). RSVP’s should go to

I must admit that the chocolate fountain and Pama drinks specials they are supposed to have there makes it sound pretty interesting!

Walking for the Arts

I’ve got to be honest – it is tough getting out for a walk when the weather is fluctuating from very cold to rainy …..I am really trying to stay in shape this winter but mother nature is not aiding my efforts! Fortunately, the super folks behind Bethesda Art Walk have made it a little easier to get motivated to walk.

Not heard of the Art Walk? Well let me give you the 411. The second Friday of every month there is a free gallary walk organized in Bethesda. As a part of it you can check out lots of galleries and studios that feature gobs of really interesting stuff. Photographs, pottery, painting…..well you get the idea. As an added bonus some of the places involved have nice little receptions (yes you knew food/ drink was likely to be involved). Sometimes the tour is self guided and on other occasions you can someone to guide you around. Either way it is a lot of fun and a good excuse to wrap up warm and stroll around town. The next one is February 12 and is, I think, self-guided. The tours start at the Metro (630pm start I believe although the galleries open 30 mins earlier I think) and I’m guessing if you are a bit late you can catch up and join in along the way. Have fun and enjoy the stroll!

Bringing Some Mussel to Woodmont!

Bethesda Actually has heard that a new mussels bar/restaurant is set to open in the space formerly occupied by Levantes.  If so, this is sure to be a welcome addition to our town’s already impressive selection of eateries.  Watch this space!

Chili / Chilly Days in B-town

Chilly Days in B-town

Well the snow has fallen a few times already this winter and the artic blasts keep on coming – another one is scheduled for tonight. All this cold weather seems to offer up the perfect excuse to head out for a nice bowl of chili ! My favorite place for a pipping hot bowl of the good stuff is Hard Times Cafe on Del Ray Ave in “Old” Bethesda. HTC was named, back in 2005, by USA Today as one of the top ten places in the country to eat a bowl of chili.
The original Hard Times is in Virginia but I simply love the restaurant here in Bethesda. The staff are friendly and have created a really relaxed environment where you can head in and grab a bowl or plate of chili and kick back and relax. When the weather outside is as cold as has been these past few weeks, trust me when I say this place will warm you up.
There are four main types of chili (including a vegetarian one!) and you can get it with all sorts of sides and additions. I quite like it over spagetti and tend to order the 5 way chili mac (beans, onions and cheese). For first timers you may want to ask them if you can sample the four chilis before making your choice. I was there a little while ago with a friend from out of town and he loved checking out the options before making his call.
If the day is particularly cold or if you just want to spice things up a touch snaggle a plate of the jalapeno pepper poppers – AWESOME — stuffed with cheese you can get them mild or a wee bit toasty!
Anyway, that is my tip for the chilly season – grab a plate of chili at Hard Times — it is well priced and there are lots of lean options available if you are looking to lose a couple of pounds this winter.

A Delightful Happy Hour

Mon Ami Gabi is a wonderful restaurant located in the heart of Bethesda and we will certainly review the brunch, lunch and dinner options available sometime soon.

However, I’m guessing that at the moment a few of us are looking for ways to have an enjoyable meal out without breaking the bank….and if you are in that mode, I strongly recommend the happy hour at Mon Ami.

It is a little on the early side (about 5pm to 630pm) but a visit allows you to sit and enjoy the lovely bar area at Mon Ami and try their delightful salmon burger. Well made, really tasty and served with some fantastic (usually) piping out frites this is a must try at $5. The inexpensive price creates a bit of room to sample the very good wines on offer by the glass or, the wider, by the bottle selection. There are a few good beers available as well.

Now, I will say that going to the happy hour should not be seen as a substitute for enjoying the food and atmosphere of the main restaurant but if you, like me, want to have an inexpensive meal out, perhaps induldge in a lovely wine, and save a few dollars as you pay off the holidays….well Mon Ami’s happy hour is for you.