Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Right at Home with Mexican Spanish Tapas

I had a chance to catch up with Jaime Jorto, one of the four owners of La Malinche, set to open on Colesville Road within the next few weeks. They don't have a set date yet, but they know it will definitely be before Christmas.

"La Malinche," fittingly named for the marriage of the cuisine the restaurant will feature, is termed after an Aztec legend for a woman from Mexico who played a role in the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Wiki legend has it she was Hernán Cortés' lover and that she gave birth to his first son, Martín, who was considered one of the first "Mestizos" (European and Indigenous American mixed baby), hence combining two fabulous cultures to form a tapas style restaurant.

I peeked into their dining room and it's looks good; tables are out, the bar is set, and it looks like they are just working on last minute details, artwork, etc. I did ask to peruse the menu and featured items but they are still making changes to it, so unfortunately I don't have much to report regarding what we can expect to chow down on.

They have a website up but it's not fully functional just yet. However, there's a picture of a nice looking slice of what appears to be prosciutto and cheese to whet our appetites. In my mind, there's an Iberian black hoof pig just chillin back in the kitchen waiting for his place in the sun. Obviously, since I don't have the menu, that's solely speculation and my wishful desire.

Jaime sounded really excited to be in Downtown Silver Spring. We're happy to have this new and unique restaurant in DTSS. I think it will fit in perfectly in our multicultural neighborhood.

La Malinche
8622 Colesville Road

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving: Eat, Give, Shop, and Slug

Gratitude. Tradition. Lots of food, family, and friends - if you're fortunate. To some, Thanksgiving means catching up with old friends, feasting on traditional and non-traditional meals, catching up on sleep or watching re-runs of Curb Your Enthusiasm (me). But to others, it may not be different than any other day, especially if they have to work.  Reminder to thank those who might be working events, or at a movie theater, behind a kitchen, in a cop car, in the hospital, working late to make sure we have power or cable, or driving a cab or an ambulance. Those who are working so we can have our conveniences. Lots are working because they don't have a choice. Just a simple "thank you" is good enough to let them know we appreciate it.

Thanksgiving Day Meals

There's still time to order your Thanksgiving turkey or entire meal from Whole Foods. You can get your turkey fresh, cooked, or ready to cook. You can also get the entire meal to serve 16 for $189.99. They also have smaller meals depending on how many are dining.

On Thanksgiving Day, Mrs. K's Tollhouse Restaurant will be serving a 4 course meal for $55/person. They'll have turkey and ham as well as prime rib and other options. A reservation is strongly suggested. For details please contact the restaurant at 301.589.3500.

Twisted Willow Restaurant & Bar inside the Doubletree Hotel on Colesville will be doing a Thanksgiving Day buffet from 12noon - 6pm for $29. Kids under 4 eat free. You can check out their buffet menu on their Facebook page.

The Society Lounge confirmed they will be open on Thanksgiving evening, after 5pm. They will have some specials, but those are TBD. Check back for updates. 


After dinner, you can hit up AFI Silver Theatre on Thanksgiving night and see Wizard of Oz at 7pm. On Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend, The Godfather will feature one showing per day: Fri, Nov 23, 4:00 Sat, Nov 24, 4:00 Sun, Nov 25, 8:00.

Shop Local

Fenton Street Market will be launching their first ever holiday street market on Small Business Saturday, November 24, running through the Saturday, December 22 (for last minute shoppers). Hours are 10am - 4pm and they will feature over 75 vendors

Donate Goods or Volunteer Your Time

The Fillmore is hosting the first annual "Giving Thanks" event on Thanksgiving Day. They will provide a free lunch at the venue for those in need from 11am - 2pm. They are currently looking for volunteers and donations (food and clothing). To volunteer, please call The Fillmore at 301.960.9999. 

The Wheaton Patch mentioned that the non-profit "A Wider Circle" still needs sponsorship for families who are less fortunate in Silver Spring, Aspen Hill and Wheaton. The center is located at 9159-C Brookville Road, Silver Spring. As per the article, the items they are requesting are low-sodium canned beans, yams, vegetables, collard greens, low-sodium gravy, stuffing mix, and cranberry sauce.

The Thanksgiving Parade on November 17 is still looking for volunteers. If you're interested, call 240-777-6821. The 
Thanksgiving Parade will start at 10am on Ellsworth and Veteran's Place. The parade will head South on Georgia and will end at Silver Spring Avenue. Don't forget about the road closures through 1pm on that route. Also, the Spring Street and Ellsworth garages are closed during the parade so plan other options for parking. The Silver Spring metro stop is just a few blocks away and that will be your best bet to avoid the cluster.