Stella Barra: Enlightenment at Pike and Rose

If you have lived in Montgomery County for more than a few years, a visit to Pike and Rose – the burgeoning development that keeps on growing- may induce a sense of discombobulation.  Located in N. Bethesda, this was once the home of Mid-Pike Plaza, where one could shop at Toys R Us, Filenes Basement, […]

Honeygrow: A Fine Example of Fast-Casual

There is a fast-casual restaurant boom at the moment, and I am cheering as new options pop up all over the DC area.  Honeygrow opened recently on Rockville Pike, and immediately won me over with a focus on healthy, local, quality ingredients.  Founder Justin Rosenberg started Honeygrow in Philadelphia just over five years ago, and there […]

Ramen World 4 at Mess Hall: How Did I Manage to Miss 1, 2, and 3?

As a restaurant obsessive living in the DC area, I relish the fact that in any given month there is an abundance of food events where I can explore the offerings of local chefs and restaurants all under one roof.  More often than not, these gatherings are fundraisers, so I can stuff myself silly and […]

Unconventional Diner: An Unconventional Dinner

We had just finished our appetizers at Unconventional Diner when a nearby table was presented with a celebratory cake spewing forth sparklers from the center. Adding to the drama, the lights in the entire restaurant dimmed.  A very nice touch, I thought. Diners clapped at the spectacle, and waited for the staff to resume normal […]

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