Saturday, June 25, 2016

2016 City of Rockville Farmers Market Gets Even More Exciting

Farmers' markets are getting exciting. It's not just about vegetables anymore. Today I chanced upon two farm breweries doing wine tasting at the Rockville Farmers Market.

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Every third weekend of the month I am used to seeing the Elk Run Vineyards ( I highly recommend their Red Door wine)

Viva! Elk Run Vineyards in Maryland

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This year we have an new entrant "The Salt Cave"

New #smallbiz discovered this weekend

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According to the Washington Post "been a place where true believers could make their weekly investment in the future of local and sustainable agriculture." But times are changing "These new farmers market visitors tend to be young. They arrive for a bite or some booze, maybe a pizza at Red Zebra or a bottle of gin from One Eight Distilling. They’re “shopping with the eyes,” says Lester, “and they don’t care about the season"
Rockville Farmers is awesome, get your friends to hang out and have green juice freshly made or lunch from the Amish stall or coffee from Zekes Coffee, get your fill of Kale or purple cauliflower and make a speicla Aloo gobi

Cauliflower Calling!

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Saturday, March 05, 2016

Wine Tasting From Planet Wine Shop March 26th

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Another reason to watch TV tonight - DCs own Chef Vinod Debuts on Food Network

Many of you know Chef Vinod from Indique (One of the best Indian restaurants in the DC area).Tonight is his big debut on Food Network, for the show #BeatBobbyFlay. Hope you will watch and cheer #teamvinod 

Want to spread some online cheer- here is a quick status update for you.

"I will be cheering for DC's own Chef @kvinod of Indique in @FoodNetwork #BeatBobbyFlay tonight 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

3 Wonderful Places To See in New York and New Jersey

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Highline

Jersey City
The Hudson Walkway, Colgate Clock, Empty Sky Sept 11, 2001 memorial and the Central Railroad terminal in LIberty State Park

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Graduating from Coffee University at Vigilante Coffee in Hyattsville

Vigilante Coffee Company is on Route 1 in Hyattsville's Art District very close to the Palette Apartments and the surrounding new retail with BusBoys & Poets, Tara Thai, Curry 6 and others.

Vigilante Coffee company hosted a Yelp Elite event and explained the intricacies of Espresso coffee making, brewing coffee and the drying and roasting of coffee beans. Vigilante Coffee has arrangements with coffee growers to ship beans from different coutries in the world. At this event I saw beans from Nicaragua, Rwanda, Columbia. 

Can't make it to Hyattsville you can order the coffee beans online on the Vigilante Coffee website

While brewing coffee, I learnt that you should pre-soak the paper filter. That would help me at home definitely. Measuring the water and pouring while on a brewing scale. At least that is what I think it is called makes the coffee making an art along with being a carefully measured practice.

The coffee at Vigilante Coffee Company is dried, roasted and ground every three days and is distributed to a few stores around the DC area.  It was great to meet friends and fellow Yelp Elites at the event and learn about coffee brewing.

Monday, March 02, 2015

It Takes Team Work to Make Dreams Work - The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Opens Fri March 6th

The sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to the original Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a great watch. Bollywood meets Hollywood in a way that you have not seen before. Weddings, music, romance are the key themes here. There is a message in the movie that rings true that after you retire , your money may not go as far as it would if you chose your own version of the Marigold hotel.

 Dev Patel is marvelous and extremely entertaininga. Judi Dench and Maggie Smith excel in their humor.  Richard Gere makes his appearence as charming as usual. Tina Desai as Sunaina is the voice of reason here. With so many romances going on simultaneously you have to be on your toes not miss any of them.

The movie 122 minutes of non-stop light entertaiment and you tend to laugh at all the self-deprecating humor as well. I think there is an opportunity to continue the plot to a 3rd movie.

Wondered where the movie was filmed. Check out the  Ravla Kehmpur Hotel