Saturday, September 29, 2012

Silver Spring Fest, New Starbucks, Fall Scarves, and More

Pumpkin Spice Lattes for North Side

There's a new Starbucks coming to town for North DTSS. It's coming soon to the Sheraton (old Crowne Plaza) on 8777 Georgia Avenue. Not sure when it's scheduled to open but I'll keep an eye out. I don't really see this as "taking" business from our local coffee shops. For example, I live on the north side of Georgia in Woodside. Regardless of having a Starbucks just a few blocks in walking distance, I like to support our local establishments. So if I'm going to take a stroll for coffee, it's not going to be a chain establishment. I'd rather go to Kefa Cafe or Zed's regardless. But for others in my neck of the woods that want the closest coffee shop, the new Starbucks in the Sheraton might be their go to. So the main places that could be affected by the new Starbucks will be the other Starbucks by the metro and possibly Caribou since those are the closer coffee shops.

Scarf Up

Chilly autumn morning weather is here and scarves are the hottest accessories this fall. Check out some of the scarves tweeted from On The Purple Couch's Pinterest board. Bahia, the shop's owner, says the scarves will be out in about a week or so. They are located at 955 Bonifant Street.

Basement Gems

Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, Pyramid Atlantic is hosting a yard sale from 9am - 6pm at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. Check out their blog post for the list of items they are seeking. They need stuff that is in good shape. No busted-up-chewed-up-by-Fido couches or banged up China Glass that you dropped and taped together. This is for a good cause! Go rummage your basement and see what gems you come up with!

McGinty's Golf Society Outing

Grab your golf clubs and join McGinty's Public House for a golf outing on Saturday, October 6 for a 1pm tee off. Event will be held at Cross Creek Golf Club in Beltsville. Cost per player is $50. Fee includes 18 holes, golf cart, range balls, post outing drink, and food at McGinty's Public House. Prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin. For more details, call McGinty's at 301-587-1270 or

Perfect Autumn Day - *see update below

 Capital Weather Gang rated Saturday, September 29 a 9 out of 10. For anyone planning on attending the South Silver Spring Street Fest, this is music to our ears. They say that the only thing from keeping today from being a 10 are the few clouds in the sky.   

There are a few things I'm personally excited about for today's festival: my friends' band - Redline Addiction performing at 2:15pm, the "beer garden and cocktail bar sponsored by Fire Station #1 and Jackie's Sidebar", and the vendors - especially those with unique jewelry or apparel/accessories such as KrissyKat Vintage and reinCARRnations and quirky art from Twisted Oak Press

*Update 9/30/12: Event was a big success! Check out pics on their Facebook page.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dinner and a Spanish

Closing out Hispanic Heritage Month

Just in time to close out Hispanic Heritage month, AFI is hosting the Latin American Film Festival (plus films from Spain, Portugal, and the US) September 20 through October 10. You can browse the movies, dates, and times by country here.

I noticed some big names such as Spain's "As Luck Would Have It" featuring Salma Hayak. Also, the special presentation is "The Girl", with Abbie Cornish (from Limitless). Both were official selections from the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. 

I'm really looking forward to the music in "7 Days in Havana", which as per the AFI website is "a colorful collection of seven vignettes set in Havana, directed by and starring a blend of Cuban and international talents" to include one of my personal favorites, Benicio del Toro (El Yuma), official selection from Cannes Film Festival.

Another movie sure to have an awesome soundtrack is 
Tropicália. As per the AFI website, "Tropicália was a relatively short-lived but hugely influential movement in Brazilian arts and music during the late 1960s."

Get your Groupon ASAP

If you jump on it, you can catch a Groupon for 2 tickets for $12 or 4 for $24. This deal expires soon - one more day to catch it on Thursday, September 19.

Nando's sponsored Happy Hour

The AFI Silver Cafe is featuri
ng Happy Hour from 5:30pm - 7pm on 9/21, 27, & 28 and October 4 an 5 (every Thursday and Friday during the festival) for pass and ticket holders to films on the given dates. Happy hour includes complimentary tastes from Mozambique-Portuguese Nando's Peri-Peri from DTSS. I wonder if they'll have "natas", as featured on their menu. This egg tart pastry (dessert) is off the hook. So good that if they don't feature it, you should finish up at the happy hour, walk a few blocks over to Ellsworth and scoop it up (ask them to heat it up) and sneak it back in. You'll thank me.

Get saucy at Mi Rancho

Catch dinner at tex-mex restaurant Mi Rancho just a few blocks away on Ramsey Avenue. They have a huge covered outdoor patio and service is always prompt and courteous. The combination fajitas for two is plentiful and comes out quickly (in case you're in a hurry to get to your movie). You can even get one of these prior to the movie:

My brother-in-law ordered this last time we were there. It made him boogie down for Sergio Mendes at the Jazz Festival.
Lechon Asado oink oink

There's also Cubano's across the street from Mi Rancho with a smaller outdoor seating area as well. The Ropa Vieja (shredded beef Cuban style) is tasty and a staple and you can't go wrong with the Lechon Asado (roasted pork). You can also get a decent glass (or carafe) of sangria or a mojito.