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.

Almost ready to go!

Well folks the time is almost upon us for this blog to be launched!  Have a great weekend and stay tuned – Tuesday will be the day!

Coming Soon!

Welcome to Bethesda Actually, an exciting new project set to be officially launched at the beginning of the New Year – with lots of build-up between now and then, so stay tuned!