Thursday, April 03, 2014

New Homes, Spring Cleaning and Open Houses - Bozzuto Maple Lawn Saturday April 5th 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Gaithersburg MD Apartments Open with a Band! #RockCadence Event on April 5th at Cadence at Crown

The  Gaithersburg apartment community – Cadence at Crown is hosting a #RockCadence event on  Saturday April 5 from 2 to 5 pm. The afternoon event offers bands, food and beverages (including beer for 21yrs and over) .  

Some of the bands featured are  19th Street Band, Hand Painted Swinger and Station 1201

The event will have craft beer samples from Dogfish Head and Heavy Seas, wine from Elk Run and other top Maryland wineries and food from area restaurants. 
The event is  free of charge event, but you MUST RSVP at the event website

Check out the Cadence  website to learn more about the community. The organizers say all ages welcome but must be 21+ to consume alcohol. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

#YelpTimeWarp Event at the Fillmore, Silver Spring

Yelp holds a lot of events that showcase local business and also get a chance for Yelpers to meet in real life and relax and enjoy the entertainment. The DC/MD/VA region Yelp community teams do a great job in engaging with both small businesses, restaurants and Yelp users. There was music, games, food and of course if you checked-in on Yelp you scored a nice Yelp water bottle.

Last week I was in Silver Spring for the event #YelpTimeWarp which was nicely themed to show different decades on each floor. Food was amazing, I really loved the Thai food from SabaiSabai in Germantown. It is very difficult when you serve food at an event vs. a restaurant but the team here did a great job with the Penang Curry and Drunken noodles. 

I was happy to meet Mike Bishop- Yelp Community Manager for the Maryland area (See picture above)

The Deep Eddy Vodka folks were fun and check out their website its a lot of fun. Who knows what photos will show up there.

Bozzuto was a sponsor and I met my delightful colleagues from Cadence at Crown and Palette Apartments in Hyattsville

Had a great conversation with the team from Bethesda Jazz and Blues Supper Club, it seems like a very nice place situated in the historic Bethesda theatre. it's right next to The Whitney

We met the Pretzel Crisps team again. Our previous encounter with the #awesome Jalapeno Pretzel Crisps was at the Yelp Totally Bazaar at Monroe Street Market a few months ago.

I simply couldn't resist hogging some of Captain Cookie DC's delightful cookies. 

  • Loved the Velatis Caramels
  • Had a chance to catch-up with an old friend James Valle 
  • Did you know Lebanese Taverna catering makes Chicken Curry?
  • ShopHouseKitchen was really great
  • Loved the ceviche from Mi Cocina. You definitely should try it, raw food that delights
  • Basil Citrus jerky from Krave jerky
Parking was free at the Wayne Garage Silver Spring downtown after 6 p.m (after 5 p.m on Fridays) and on weekends. Its a really lively place. The AFI theatre was across the road. A few months ago we were at the Round House Theatre to see Anu Yadav's play "Meena's Dream".

Thanks Yelp for a great event and looking forward to more. See more reviews of the event on the Yelp event page and Mike Bishop's recap on the Yelp Blog.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Chefs Invite Guests for a Lifetime Experience of a Cuisine, Cruise and Culture

Saturday at the Italian Restaurant Al Tiramisu Chefs Amy Riolo and Luigi Diotaiuti announced the launch of a Two Chef's Culinary Cruise and gastronomic journey of the  Ottoman Empire in October , 2014 beginning in Istanbul and ending in Athens.

Visiting Al Tiramisu and enjoying eating there is like visiting Italy as Chef Luigi Diotaiuti not only creates excellent food but tells you all about the history of the food, ritual of eating. This time he was joined by Chef Amy Riolo  whose motto is to learn and enjoy food through cuisine. The cruise will be on the Oceania Cruise ship Riviera and the cruise is being managed by a local agency Luxury Cruise Counselors. Check it out, the cruise is all inclusive, we learnt that it includes airfare and it seems to include everything on board including eating in the premier restaurants. The President of Oceania Cruises is Kunal. S Kamlani and they seem to have an excellent concept of cruises aboard mid-sized ships.

Chef Luigi Diotaiuti just released a book - The Al Tiramisu Restaurant Cook Book and Chef Amy Riolo who has a lot of books in her portfolio had the book Nile Style at the event. Her forthcoming book "Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook" is a Nautilus Silver Award Winner.

My photo diary from the event :

The menu for the event was:

Country Style Morning Vegetable
Baked Eggplant and Pasta Sformato
Sultan's Delight - Braised Lamb over Eggplant Puree
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
Santorni Style Tomato Fritters
Cantuccini Cookies
Carnival Fritters

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

#MeenasDream Seeks to go on National Tour & Future Life With IndieGoGo Project

I met Anu Yadav through mentions of her play "Meena's Dream" on Washingtonian, Washington Post. It was great to connect on Twitter and then get an opportunity to see the play at the Round House Forum Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Meena's Dream  produced and performed by Anu Yadav with music from Anjna SwaminathanRajna Swaminathan and Sam McCormally just ended its world premiere at the Round House Forum Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland last Saturday (January 18th 2013). The organizers have a Indiegogo project that will help them take Meena's Dream on the road and produce a video.

The play is about 9 year old Meena who dreams that the Hindu God, Lord Krishna appears in her dreams and asks her to fight worry - "The Worry Machine" which will help her and her mother who is sick and trying to make a living working extra shifts. Meena like many kids of her age is a dreamer and, luckily, a good reader as well. I love the introduction of Star Wars/Star Trek like humor. The call from the President of the United Federation is nicely introduced as Madam President (Hillary for 2016 campaigners please note!) ;)
Read the review on my Examiner column
 Patrick Crowley directed the world premiere at Forum Theatre.
The Indiegogo project MEENA'S DREAM National Tour & Future Life has already raised $83339 with a goal of $16k. Hope you will consider supporting this project.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Harris Teeter in Gaithersburg, MD Opening January 14th 2014

Harris Teeter is opening its Downtown Crown store on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 right next to the  Bozzuto Cadence Apartments. I used to love right across the road on Fields Road and have watched the area develop. From the shops and restaurants around Rio, the gas station right across. Shady Grove Metro on the red line is a hop away.

Along with the retail openings, I am looking forward to the opening of Cadence Apartments on Feb 6th

Store Address:
 Downtown Crown
 323 Copley Place
Gaithersburg, Md. 20878

Grand Opening
 Date: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
Grand Opening Time: 5:30 p.m., ribbon cutting
 5:30 – 8 p.m.: Sampling Event
 Store Hours: 24 hours Pharmacy Hours: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
M-F; 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat.; noon–6 p.m. Sun

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Samosa and Chai at Lake Forest Mall in Gaithersburg

Today when I visited the Lake Forest Mall in Gaithersburg, my friend Harmeet Suri of Fitzmall took me to the newly opened Curry Place, where we had some delicious Samosas. Having Indian food in shopping malls is a nice trend. Montgomery Mall also has a Indian place in the food court.  The Curry Place has a restaurant in Germantown on Wisteria Dr. in the same strip mall as the Lotte Plaza Shopping Center and seems to have opened in Lake Forest Mall recently. Of course Chai you can always go to the Starbucks in the Mall close by. The mall recently renovated and removed the kids play area. I miss the play area but thought the place looks more bigger now. What do you think?

By the way if you are in the market for a car, see my friend Harmeet Suri at Fitzmall  or contact him