Friday, May 31, 2013

What's Up, June?

June is gettin' hot. Tons of events and so much to do in Downtown Silver Spring to close out spring and kick off summer. Here's a list of what's going down in the neighborhood. If you have an event, party, happy hour, sale, etc to add in DTSS, send it my way!

June 1, 9pm

I&I Riddim (reggae band) will be performing live outside on the patio of Piratz Tavern.  Also grand opening of the Tiki Bar. Drink specials all night long.

June 2, 1pm - 5pm
Taste the World in Fenton Village. There are 26 confirmed restaurants with prices ranging from $2 - $5 per taste. Check out some of my pics and restaurants I tasted at last year's event. This is a great opportunity for you to sample the neighborhood restaurants and what they have to offer. Pick up your passports at Fenton Village, located between Wayne, Georgia and Burlington avenues and Fenton Street. It's also the first year they'll have wine tastings as well. Two Maryland wineries will be represented Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards and Black Ankle Vineyards. Here's the line up for bands this year:
12.30-1.10: The Blackjacks (Rock)1.30 - 2.10: Tahuantinsuyo (Andean Folkloric)
2.30 - 3.10: Dual Rhythm (Jazz)
3.30 - 4.10: Cafe y Caribe (Latin)
4.30 - 5:10: Soul Brazil (Brazilian / Bossa Nova) 1st set
5:40 - 6:30: Soul Brazil (Brazilian / Bossa Nova) 2nd set

June 8, 8pm
Kiki DC at The Fillmore. Presented by Pyramid Atlantic Arts. As per the event site, "more than 25 area artists and fashion designers have been selected to create original wearable art to be modeled on a runway before a panel of celebrity judges. Funds raised will support arts education programs for artists of all ages and abilities. Wearable Art is this years fashion show theme. Think paper dresses, colorful jackets made from crushed glass and bikinis made out of painted bottle caps. More than 25 area artists and fashion designers have been selected to create original wearable art to be modeled on a runway before a panel of celebrity judges."

June 9, 11am - 5pm
Taste of Wheaton. Prices ranging $1 - $5 per taste. Cooking demos from The Limerick Pub, The Washington Post Food and Travel, Green Plate Catering, and Hollywood East Cafe. (Not in DTSS, but just a metro stop away on the red line, Wheaton station.)

June 10, 6pm - 9pm
Blues Week Kick Off Party. Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building.
$10. Purchase tickets here.

June 10, 3 - 5pm
Grand Opening of Starbucks Sheraton on Georgia. Free samples in the hotel lobby.

June 15, 10am - 9pm
5th Annual Blues Festival. On the Market Stage (Veterans Plaza) 10am to 3 pm and On the Fountain Stage (Ellsworth Drive) 3pm to 9 pm. Free! Bands and info here.

June 19 - 23
AFI Docs. Individual tickets are $13; combo tickets are $100. Check out the program guide for scheduling. Look for the showings in the purple boxes for those at AFI. There are some really great features this year. I'm looking forward to 'Approved for Adoption', '12 O'Clock Boys', 'White Black Boy', and 'Rent a Family, Inc.'. There are so many great documentaries this year. Make time to support the neighborhood restaurants 
and catch dinner and a doc! 

Early to mid June. New restaurant opening - Pete's New Haven Style Pizza on Wayne Avenue. Delivery from day one!

June 22, 10am for kids and 11:30am for adults.
Free yoga by Sky House Yoga. At the Fenton Street Market on the plaza. Bring your own mat.

June 27. Lagunitas Draft Night. Scion Restaurant on East West Highway. As per City Paper, they will be "featuring several beers usually only served at the brewery's tap room." 

Early Summer Sweetgreen coming soon. I'll tweet an update as soon as I hear. On Georgia (old Living Ruff space).
What did I miss? Shoot me an email!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Keep it in the Neighborhood

Our neighborhood has a lot to offer. Here are a list of reminders to keep it local. Next time you might want to drive across town to go pick up a tool at Home Depot or you want to hit up to a restaurant in Bethesda, don't forget about all the great spots in our backyard:

Strosniders on Wayne Avenue is more than just a hardware store. They sharpen knives and scissors. You can buy Redskins packing tape or pick up a Lodge Cast Iron. They hold classes such as last year’s “Canning” seminar that taught one how to can jams and jellies. I recently scooped up an Adirondack chair for $29.99. and that’s the cheapest I’ve seen. 

Ulta on Ellsworth does more than just sell beauty products. They style hair and do nails. You’ll have to make an appointment though; it’s usually pretty busy since prices are reasonable.

Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing on Georgia is more than just an art & framing shop. They sell really cool gifts and trinkets. I’ve scooped up a few things for my nieces such as a travel color set and a paper dolls book. They carry fabric markers if you want to get creative on your t-shirts. You can also pick up a Make Your Own Comic Book Set, and Kikkerland Jumping Bugs.

There’s an 
Electric Vehicle Charging Station on East West Highway. It’s available 24 hours. Wish there were more cars that used it.

You can rent art studio space at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. They offer 200 square foot studio space with free WiFi. Rent is $350 per month. Contact Jose, Executive Director.

You can drink a glass of merlot while you watch a movie watch at AFI Theatre. Wine and Beer are readily available at the cafe.

Mamma Lucia's sells Gelato! I always forget that since I only think pizza when I think of Mamma’s but they usually have about 8 flavors to choose from to include items such as creamsicle or strawberry cheesecake. 

There is now a Reddit Silver Spring online community. It's a great site to find out event info, news, random stories, pics, etc.

La Malinche on Colesville hosts a bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays! This includes all you can drink and eat from a selection of tapas. It's often a little tougher to find brunch spots on Saturdays so spread the word!

Pacci's on Georgia has an awesome outdoor patio which is especially great for large parties. It’s often tough to find restaurants in DTSS that can cater to large groups let alone outdoors with good quality food. 

On The Purple Couch on Bonifant is an Annie Sloan chalk paint retailer. Her chalk paint is designed for furniture but can also be used on walls and paintings. So if you have a cool piece of furniture that could use some life and color – stop in and see Bahia, the shop’s owner who is always ready to help! 

The Society Lounge on Georgia has a nice spacious bar with lots of TVs to watch the games. You can also watch the games from many of their dining tables as well. I would recommend getting there early, as the bar can get crowded during big games. They also have a brunch buffet but only on Sundays for $25. For $10 more you get bottomless mimosas.

The Silver Spring meetup site has lots of activities and groups for locals. Some of the nearby groups I came across include The Silver Spring Writers Meet Up Group, The Metro Caribbean Expats Meetup Group, Meditation Museum, 30+ of Silver Spring, Thursday Night Silver Spring Badminton Meetup to name a few.

This is random, but Whole Foods in Silver Spring has an awesome selection of kids and baby toys. You can scoop up the coolest organic toys alongside flowers if you need to grab a quick gift. 

You can get a huge delicious bowl of Pho (picture here is actually the size small) for $6.99 at Lotus Cafe on Georgia.  It's tasty and legit. Great for a rainy day or to nurse a hangover. They also has a good size outdoor deck.

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Tropical Ice Cream Cafe on Georgia sells the most unique and bizarre flavors of ice cream. You can grab a scoop of Grapenut, Guinness, Apple Pie, Guava, Lychee, and Tamarind (seasonal). They also carry sorbet (no dairy) and sherbet. They make ice cream cakes but you have to pre-order them. They typically do “Flavor of the Month” so check in with them for flavors.

Woodside Methodist on Georgia welcomes all!