This St. Paddy’s Day, experience the tastes of Ireland without the trip across the Atlantic at McGinty's Public House. Located right here in Silver Spring, McGinty’s has been serving traditionally inspired foods and drinks in the atmosphere of an authentic Irish pub since 2006.
McGinty’s Public House offers an array of old Irish favorites, of course, including fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash. But they also have a wide range of other specialty dishes, including salads, burgers, and even spaghetti! Paired with a cocktail such as the “Irishman’s word” (Laphroaig scotch. luxcardo maraschino, green chartreuse, and lemon and lime juice) or “good tidings” (Tito's vodka, spiced rum, triple sec, homemade sour, and cranberry juice), you’re certainly in for a treat.
With menu options available for brunch, lunch, dinner, and more, it’s the perfect stop for a meal any time, but especially as St. Patrick’s Day approaches.Read More
If you’re in the mood for a New England-style nautical meal experience, look no further than All Set Restaurant & Bar, right here in Silver Spring. Known for putting a “contemporary twist” on seasonal ingredients, All Set truly creates an experience from a meal.
Winner of the 2017 Diners’ Choice Award, All Set offers menus for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, as well as for kids, dessert, and happy hour. The average diner can choose between a variety of salads, sandwiches, and entrees, not to mention the raw bar—practically a requirement for a place with such a maritime theme.
On the bar side of things, All Set features an assortment of house cocktails and fishbowls, plus dessert drinks, beer, and wine. Come Happy Hour (Monday through Saturday 3 pm to 6:30 pm and Sunday 1 pm to close), you can order from your choice of beers, $6 cocktails, and light fare such as a cornmeal-crusted fish taco or fried calamari.
In addition to these standard meal options, All Set also offers private dining and catering services.Read More
A bouquet of red roses, a day at the spa, a framed photo of the two of you… Any of the above would make a fine Valentine’s Day gift, but everyone knows that the most direct way to someone’s heart is through their stomach! So if there’s one day out of the year to get in the kitchen, roll up your sleeves, and start whipping up something delicious for your S.O., it’s February 14.
Below, find unique recipe ideas to help you craft the perfect Valentine’s Day menu. Spanning sweet to savory, heart-shaped to just plain hearty, these recipes are a delicious way to say “I love you” on the most romantic day of the year.
Go with your heart. Any food can take on a Valentine’s Day theme when it’s shaped like a heart. You could treat your sweetie to breakfast in bed and serve them heart-shaped pancakes or French toast. And for dinner, you could whip up heart-shaped pizzas (if you have kids, invite them to join in on the fun!). All you need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter or pastry bag to get started.
Sate a sweet tooth. Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without something sweet! There’s no shortage of candies and desserts that you can make at home without a ton of fuss—think chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and chocolate truffles. Stock up on pink, red, and white sprinkles to give your desserts the proper Valentine’s Day flourish.
Sharing is caring. The most intimate meals are ones that are designed to be shared, like cheese fondue and chocolate fondue. Snuggle up close to your sweetie and take turns feeding each other bites of cheese-dipped bread and chocolaty fruit.Read More
Anafre DC recently opened its doors in the space that used to be Little Havana, near several other Mexican restaurants on 14th Street in Columbia Heights. Customers aren't complaining, however, as this place adds something fresh and new to the growing food scene here. While the neighborhood's other Mexican eateries tend to focus on street tacos, Anafre offers coastal Oaxacan dishes featuring plenty of seafood and fresh flavors. Popular appetizers include Yucatan shrimp tostadas and oysters al carbon con crab with jalapeno butter sauce. Main dishes range from pulpo a la parilla with chiptole sauce, to whole snapper Veracruzana. The restaurant also serves slow-smoked chicken, grilled over wood charcoal--order yours as a quarter, half, or whole chicken, depending on how many people you need to feed.
Keep in mind that Anafre is Chef Alfredo Solis’s newest venture, so you can count on Anafre to uphold the quality and service standards you’ve come to expect from his other restaurants, Mezcalro and El Sol.
A visit to Gaithersburg Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas shows that the movie theater experience is still going strong. The Cinepolis team has given the building a full overhaul, refurbishing the lobby, theaters, screens, bathrooms and more. The result, according to regular patrons, is a top-tier movie theater experience at a price point well below some of the other local multiplexes.
The Cinepolis has seven screens, meaning that there's room for multiple showings of the biggest blockbusters as well as smaller, more niche screenings. Each seat is a fully reclinable leather lounger, with in-theater waiter service at the touch of a button. And we're not just talking popcorn and soda—you’ll have access to a full bar, and food offerings ranging from pesto and goat-cheese flatbreads to Baja style tacos. Stop by on Tuesday for the theater’s Handpicked series, including classic Hollywood films, cult favorites, and more.
Making a New Year’s resolution is easy—sticking to it is a whole lot harder! But with a little perseverance and a whole lot of planning, you can be on your way to making your goals for 2020 a reality, whether you’ve resolved to be more mindful of your budget, you’re seeking to stay active, or something else altogether. Now that January is almost behind us, read on for three tips to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions.
Start small. By breaking your resolution down into smaller, more actionable goals, you can make your overall objective a little less daunting. For instance, if you’ve resolved to save $1,000 by December 2020, consider putting away $83/month or $19.23/week into a savings account. Your weekly successes will help keep you motivated, especially as you see your bank account balance grow.
Buddy up. If you’ve made a resolution to get active this year, enlist a friend or coworker to join you in your goal. Partnering with another person helps keep you accountable; you’ll be less likely to throw in the towel when you know someone else is counting on you for moral support and companionship.
Make a realistic goal. It’s okay for your resolutions to be ambitious, but they shouldn’t be so lofty that you’re setting yourself up for failure. Think of 2020 as the first year of the rest of your life. This year, you’ll be making positive changes that will set the groundwork for your future successes. Making changes to one’s lifestyle or habits should be seen as a marathon, not a sprint!
Located in Silver Spring, the creative minds behind The Urban Winery believe that wine isn’t just a beverage, it’s a social occasion; it’s more than sitting back and sipping with friends and family, it’s an experience. The family-run business is open Tuesdays through Sundays and hosts a wide variety of events, from live music to sip-and-paint nights.
The Urban Winery also offers tastings and wine classes for novices to learn how to really sink into the drink and understand the complexities. They also offer wine-making events for small groups. They have a detailed wine list on their website, and if you find some bottles that sound interesting you can sign up for them to be delivered to you on a schedule. Host your private events at the Urban Winery.Read More
They say it’s better to give than receive, but living up to the old adage can be expensive. This holiday season, keep your wallet full—and your stress level at a minimum—by going the DIY route with your gift-giving. You don’t have to be an expert crafter or pro chef to create a gift that’s memorable and meaningful, and these ideas are proof—even if you're putting them together at the very last minute!
Put together a gift basket. Who wouldn’t want to receive a beautifully presented gift basket during the holidays? You can customize a gift basket for every recipient on your gift list, from the foodie to the spa-goer. After deciding on a theme, grab a few inexpensive wicker baskets from the craft store, then fill it with goodies that follow the theme. For the home chef, for example, you could fill the basket with a dish towel, oven mitt, gourmet non-perishables, and a cook book.
Whip up something sweet. The holiday season isn’t complete without a bite of a homemade treat, so pick a recipe that’s easy to make in large batches, and get to work! Fudge, caramels, brownies, and cookies are always welcome gifts, especially when presented in a whimsical tin or jar that can be reused after the treat is gone.
Treat them to a day at the (home) spa. Everyone could use some tranquility during hectic holiday season, so give the gift of R&R in the form of bath and body treatments. Sugar scrubs, bath bombs, and soaps are surprisingly easy to make, and the ingredients are inexpensive and readily available. Arrange the goods in a beautiful glass jar tied with a ribbon.
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85 DIY Christmas Gifts That'll Mean so Much to Your Friends and Family [Country Living]
60 DIY Christmas Presents Your Friends and Family Won't Re-Gift [House Beautiful]
Located within the Silver Spring Whole Foods, PLNT Burger is a fast-casual burger joint with an entirely plant-based menu. But don't mistake this for some kind of health-food salad bar. PLNT wouldn't have the overwhelmingly positive scores that it has on sites like Yelp and UrbanSpoon if it couldn't make great-tasting burgers, fries, and milkshakes that stand on their own. DC celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn serves as both the owner and culinary director, and helms an operation that utilizes products that are appealing to vegans and carnivores alike. The burgers come in a range of varieties, from your basic cheeseburger to a mouth-watering double-barbecue mushroom bacon burger.
If you don't feel like a traditional sandwich, you can drop the bun and order anything in a chard wrap, or choose an all-green meal from the rotating salad menu. And make sure to order yourself a side of Bloomies (bite-sized fried onions) or some herbed fries on the side.
Brookside Garden’s Garden of Lights is a nature lover's winter wonderland. Each year, the beautiful gardens transform with one million twinkling lights to highlight the current structures and make new art forms. Billowing flowers, colorful animals, and other wonders of nature are created with expert precision, along with enhancement to the already-breathtaking trees, fountains, and wintery scenes. After a brisk walk through the outdoor gardens, be sure to visit the Visitor’s Center to grab a hot drink, and then the Conservatory to see the model train chugging through a seasonal landscape. You can even grab a few last-minute presents at the gift shop.
The Garden of Lights is in its 22nd year of bringing the holidays to life, and is a tradition that your family will look forward to seeing year after year. Visit Brookside Gardens in nearby Wheaton, Maryland, just a few miles north on the MD-97. Admissions begin at 5:30 p.m. nightly to take advantage of the dusky evening hours, and continue until 9 p.m. (select days until 10 p.m.)Read More