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.


June 25, 2010

Weekend in The Spring

Posted in entertainment theater, events, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:03 am by silversprung

Last night, I was taking stock of what’s happening locally this weekend, so I thought I’d share my findings. Feel free to add your own in the comments below! See you Monday!


  • SilverDocs The eighth annual SilverDocs festival, celebrating documentary films, is being held June 21-27, 2010 at the AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center and other locations in and around Silver Spring. For serious movie buffs, there are a range of packages available that offer you access to multiple events. For less commitment and less money, you can buy day-of tickets for a single show for $10. There are WAY too many film events happening for me to name, so just check out this link instead. $10 per film or purchase package deals
  • Pygmalion: See this George Bernard Shaw comedy classic at the Silver Spring Theater. General admission $20.
  • Frida Vice Versa: See this one-woman show about Frida Kahlo at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring. $15. Saturday or Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

June 17, 2010

8407: Service With a Sneer

Posted in food restaurants, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:12 am by silversprung

The blogosphere had me really amped try 8407 Kitchen & Bar for the first time.

Maybe my expectations were too high? Maybe I’m picky? Maybe it was just an off night or a freak situation. You be the judge:

My guest and I showed up promptly for our reservation at 8407. I was digging the decor: the exposed ceiling, and the stylish booths on the second floor where we were seated. “This menu look great!” we said to one another, then turned to the wine list.

Ten minutes later, we’d made our selections and were ready to order.

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June 11, 2010

World Cup: Where to Go in The Spring

Posted in blogs, events, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , at 3:03 pm by silversprung

I’m sure there must be hundreds of local lists detailing “Where to Watch the World Cup,” but Silver Spring Singular was kind enough to identify what will obviously be the best Silver Spring place to take in the action: McGinty’s.

On a side note, if you’re in the District, I know of some friends who are taking part in the public viewing that’s being set up in Dupont Circle.

April 29, 2010

Jackie’s Got a Brand New Chef

Posted in food restaurants, musings, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , , , at 10:22 am by silversprung

We stopped by Jackie’s the other weekend and sampled food from their new chef, Diana Davila. Actually, we had no idea when we showed up that the chef and menu would be new, but our very very verbose waiter laid it all out for us.

She’s new to Jackie’s, but not to the restaurant world, having started cooking in her family’s restaurant in Chicago. Our server idolized the woman — he told us all about her history, her energy, drive, creativity, he even extolled her professionalism in the kitchen and her personality (yes, it was a very long “welcome to Jackie’s” speech.) It was a little weird, but we rolled with it. Read the rest of this entry »

April 13, 2010

Goldberg’s Answers My Bagel Prayers

Posted in blogs, food restaurants, recommendations, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , , at 10:18 am by silversprung

As an original New York-area transplant, I’d long given up hope of finding a decent bagel in D.C. Sure, a few places in downtown D.C. carried H&H (Port of Piraeus, some place near 18th and Columbia that closed a few years ago, and I can’t remember where else) but those H&H’s were never fresh.

So I was delighted to read on Silver Spring, Singular that Goldberg’s Bagels was coming to The Spring! (Take that, Bagel Feud!)

One sesame with veggie cream cheese later and I’m hooked. Bethesda Bagels never did it for me (not dense enough) but this was the real deal. Can’t wait to try more.

Now if I could just find a decent diner nearby. Any suggestions?

March 29, 2010

First Night Out in The Spring

Posted in food restaurants, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:31 am by silversprung

This past weekend, we experienced something new. For the first time since our move, we had the time, the energy, and (most unusually) the very real desire to leave our new house for a break. So we ventured out for a quick dinner in downtown Silver Spring.

Silversprung spouse and I decided that we wanted Indian food, and since we still don’t yet have regular Internet or a phone book, we drove downtown in the hopes that we would spot some type of Indian cuisine. We came across Planet Bollywood, so we checked out the menu. SSspouse peered through the tinted glass to make certain people were eating there (my litmus test- I will never be the first table seated if we’re trying somewhere new) and we took a chance on it. Read the rest of this entry »

March 25, 2010

Anniversary Dinner in Silver Spring?

Posted in food restaurants, recommendations, silver spring businesses tagged , , at 3:18 pm by silversprung

I’m counting on your help, sprungers! Silversprung spouse and I have an anniversary coming up. We had our hearts set on a place in D.C., but it’s been booked up for months and so far they haven’t had any cancellations.

What restaurants would you recommend in Silver Spring for an anniversary dinner? From cheap to chic and in-between. I want to hear it all!


March 4, 2010

Fillmore Re-Opening Not All Good News

Posted in entertainment theater, news, silver spring businesses tagged , , , at 2:46 pm by silversprung

When I wrote last week about the planned Fillmore renovation and re-opening in Silver Spring, I questioned whether there was any pushback from the community about this giganticly awesome new venue. Well, Jason Tomassini broke it down for us in The Gazette yesterday.

Apparently, these are some top reasons why you wouldn’t want a 2,000-person capacity concert venue in your backyard: Read the rest of this entry »

February 26, 2010

El Gavilan: Hype or Hyper Delicioso?

Posted in food restaurants, recommendations, silver spring businesses tagged , , , , , , , at 2:18 pm by silversprung

I’ve been hearing about El Gavilan for a while now, even though I don’t live anywhere near it. Now that it will be in my new city, I’m trying to track down some reviews for the place.

It’s billed as the most authentic and delicious Salvadoran food around. The reviews on Yelp! suggest that customers have few complaints about the food itself, which is good. But the words “karaoke hour” threw me for a loop. Hmm… karaoke and Salvadoran food?

A smattering of review quotes: Read the rest of this entry »

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