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 »

March 24, 2010

MoCo Lags Behind Surrounding Counties in Census Participation

Posted in news, online tools tagged , , , , , , , , , at 4:07 pm by silversprung

Just 25 percent of Montgomery County residents have participated in the U.S. Census, placing MoCo’s participation rate behind that of many neighboring counties in Maryland, according to the census website’s Take 10 Map.

Rates for surrounding counties include: Frederick (29 percent); Anne Arundel (27 percent); Carroll (32 percent); Calvert (30 percent). But Montgomery County reported higher participation than Prince George’s (21 percent) and Howard (24 percent).

Montgomery County’s participation rate is right on target with the state average for Maryland, which is also 25 percent, and MoCo easily bests the 16 percent national average.

Curious about the national leaders? Read the rest of this entry »

March 10, 2010

Blah, Blah, Blog

Posted in blogs tagged , , , , , , at 11:44 am by silversprung

As you’ve probably noticed, my blog volume has dropped considerably this week, and it’s all because of packing. We’re getting down to the wire — a mere three days and counting — until the big move. Besides finding out that nearly everything in our medicine cabinet had expired, it’s been pretty uneventful. But it’s been time-consuming nonetheless.

I wanted to take this opportunity to give some virtual shout-outs to the first few Silver Spring-related blogs I’ve discovered (or who discovered me.)

Check these out: Read the rest of this entry »

March 9, 2010

Home Sweet Security

Posted in musings, news tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:22 am by silversprung

Silver Spring isn’t a hotbed of crime, but there have been recent reports of an increase in area home break-ins and some disturbing violent crime in the neighborhood.

Multiple options exist out there for protecting ones home, from purchasing and installing your own monitoring system to finding a local home security vendor to contracting with a nationwide company.

National companies (ADT and Brinks, for example) often have the highest price tag, but you’re also paying for an organized customer service system, evaluation and experience.

Anyone out there have experience with a local Maryland home security company? Discuss.

March 1, 2010

Adventures in Grilling with Silversprung Spouse

Posted in recommendations tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:14 am by silversprung

This weekend I posed to silversprung spouse what turned out to be a ridiculous question: Have you started researching the type of grill you want to buy for our new house?

As a basic griller myself, I’m fairly confident I can operate and cook on a variety of grills, but wouldn’t know where to start when buying one. So, I’ve decided to share silversprung spouse’s suggestions on purchasing a grill from the selection currently available in major department stores:

(Note: I couldn’t resist quoting some of this info directly) Read the rest of this entry »

February 26, 2010

Shoveling Sidewalks: Learn to Love It

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , at 4:56 pm by silversprung

The recent local snowstorms got silversprung spouse and I thinking- what are Montgomery County’s snow removal laws? As proud new owners of a sidewalk (okay, and the house behind it, too) we wanted to make sure we knew the snow shoveling guidelines.

I checked MoCo’s website and the long and the short of it is: you’ve got 24 hours after the snowfall ends. Read the rest of this entry »

February 25, 2010

Furnish This

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , , , , at 2:25 pm by silversprung

When we started looking for living room pieces, we had some general parameters: not super stuffy; not ultra-modern Jonathan Adler-wannabe stuff; comfortable; and within our budget. Our search began — like most searches these days — online where we scanned the obvious possibilities, Macy’s, Pottery Barn, Ethan Allen, Restoration Hardware, you name it.

But it was Bethesda’s Loft Living where we ended up purchasing our first pieces. Read the rest of this entry »

FRESHFARM Markets to the Rescue

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 11:42 am by silversprung

On Tuesday, I blogged about Ocean City Seafood in “A Wrong Turn Yields Big Fish” and I mentioned at the end that I hoped I could find quality produce in the area. Well, I found it: FRESHFARM Markets, a weekend farmers’ market located in downtown Silver Spring.

Even though it’s not their “regular season” right now, it’s open every Saturday in March from 10am-1pm.

It’s going to be hard to top hanging out with Carla from Top Chef at the Bethesda Farmer’s Market, but it looks awesome. Wait a sec… Read the rest of this entry »

February 24, 2010

10 Reasons Why I Want to Live in Silver Spring, MD

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:12 pm by silversprung

10. Golf- I don’t play, but I feel like I would be remiss leaving this off the list for silversprung spouse (who will be awfully close to Sligo Creek in a few short weeks..)

9. Quarry House Tavern – Looking forward to spending more time there now that it will be in our neighborhood. Best dive/not dive ever

8. The arts- SS has a ton of art-related events and businesses

7. Brookside Gardens– Yeah, it’s in Wheaton, but we love going there. Now it will be close by and won’t be a production to visit — and in general, there are also a lot of parks/bike paths in SS. Nature-tastic.

6. Oriental East– Dim sum extravaganza! (Question for locals out there- what’s the best time to go?)

Top 5 after the jump: Read the rest of this entry »

Mayorga and Costco: A Match Made in Bulk Goods Heaven

Posted in food restaurants, food retail tagged , , , , , , , , at 3:41 pm by silversprung

Mayorga, we barely knew ye

Nestled between the buckets of Folgers and Maxwell House in one of the Beltsville Costco’s food aisles Sunday sat large, fairly priced bags of Mayorga coffee. I was shocked. The Maryland-based coffee part of the Mayorga corporation had obviously been doing well.

Mayorga Coffee Factory in Silver Spring was an awesome find for us. We loved the coffee, what the company stood for, and the atmosphere of the Silver Spring location.

But I just searched for a link to Mayorga’s Silver Spring location. IT CLOSED in December! Apparently it moved to Takoma Park, so it’s not far, but still… come on Mayorga, work with me here.

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