July 7, 2010

MD and VA vs. the Dreaded DC Cab Driver

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:57 am by silversprung

Granted, it was late at night, (okay, more like 2am) but that’s what happens when the D.C. fireworks start at 9:30pm, right? So picture this: silversprung spouse and I bid adieu to our 4th of July friends, who live off U Street in the District, and walked out to the corner to begin the cab hailing process.

There, we discovered roving bands of angry, tired, (and many intoxicated) people with arms outstretched competing for passing taxicabs. And we were only an army of two. Plus, we had to say the dreaded words that make D.C. cab drivers cringe in disgust: “Um, we’re going to Maryland.” Read the rest of this entry »

July 6, 2010

Drink of the Day: 4 (Beat the Heat)

Posted in musings, recommendations, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , , , at 11:09 am by silversprung

It’s going to be 101 degrees today in The Spring. (I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in.) I thought the jump in the temperature signals that it’s time for the latest installment of Drink of the Day.

Today’s drink was inspired by a recent trip to Jackie’s Sidebar where we were pleasantly surprised by the creative use of fresh herbs and infused liquors in their mixed drink offerings (more on Jackie’s Sidebar coming later this week.)

Ruby Red Rosemary Recipe:

4 oz pink grapefruit juice (fresh or bottled)

1.5 oz vodka

Sprig of rosemary

Instructions: Pour over ice in a highball glass, then mix using a sturdy sprig of rosemary. Let sit for 5 mins, stir again and serve. Leave the sprig in the glass as you sip for a truly aromatic experience. Optional: Infuse your vodka ahead of time with rosemary by heating up the herbs and letting them seep into the plain vodka. Another option: Add salt to the rim of your glass.


July 2, 2010

Tomatoes in The Spring

Posted in musings, photos tagged , , , , at 1:31 pm by silversprung

On this beautiful day in Silver Spring, ahead of a holiday weekend, I thought I’d share my first edible garden success. I bought a single tomato plant in May at the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op, stuck it in a pot and behold, tomatoes!

July 1, 2010

Panhandlers in Silver Spring

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:36 am by silversprung

Like many commuters who walk in and out of the Silver Spring metro each day, I usually encounter people asking for money at the station. Sometimes no one is asking. Sometimes it’s several people. Regulars include the elderly white man with long hair who is usually smoking and holding a sign, and the black, middle-aged woman who is usually seated along the construction site.

I used to commute through Bethesda where the woman who lived in the tunnel was a mainstay. Some of the homeless in Bethesda would walk over to the metro from the shelter on Cordell in the mornings and others were downtown to visit the Bethesda Cares office.

So here are some questions for all you old time Silver Springers:

Have you seen the number of panhandlers increase or decrease in The Spring? Are there shelters or assisted living facilities in downtown Silver Spring? Do you know any of these metro folks’ stories? And any recommendations if readers are interested in volunteering or assisting other Silver Spring organizations?