Bethesda Restaurant TapaBar turns into a Pop-up “Food Lab”

Pho is a relatively simple dish. The soup consists of rice noodles, broth, herbs, and meat. Pho began as a street food in Vietnam during the early 20th century, according to Santa Clara University. 

Local Restaurateur Alonso Roche is serving the dish as a part of Bethesda restaurant TapaBar’s transformation into a place to tinker with new culinary concepts what he is calling a “pop-up food lab."

“We love Pho. We were trying to do something simple that was easy to put in place quickly," Roche said. "My brother and I realized we were eating pho once or twice a week at least, and that there’s no pho around here."


Coffee Republic offers top-notch beverages and decadent pastries

Looking for a new spot to get your morning pick-me-up but don’t want to have to wait in those obnoxious Starbucks lines? Well wait no longer because Coffee Republic , located in King Farm Village Center, might be just the place your caffeine addiction and morning routine have been looking for.

Opened in October of last year, this neighborhood coffee shop currently boasts a four-star Yelp rating, under the ownership of four business partners and fellow owners of Bean Good Coffee Co. in Arlington, according to the local blog Rockville View. These high reviews can be accredited to their top-notch espresso and coffee beverages, along with their decadent baked goods and cozy interior.


Nestled in a hidden cranny of Rockville is your French home away from home

LavandeOutside seating at Lavande Patisserie. PHOTO BY MAYA KOEPPEN   Nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown Rockville and tucked away next to the ever-so-popular Kung Fu Tea, is a little taste of Paris one might not expect to find in your typical American strip mall. Opened in November 2015, Lavande Patisserie prides itself in being “your home away from home” as a local artisan coffee shop combining sophistication and quality in everything from the food to the decor.

Using the freshest ingredients whenever possible, Lavande’s seasonal menus host an array of intricate desserts and savory options, served up alongside their handcrafted coffee beverages. The pastries are clearly the stars of the show, as you are immediately greeted with a beautiful showcase of the day’s pastries upon entering the cafe.

And yes, they do taste as good as they look.


The Grille in Flower Hill offers food and some fun

GAITHERSBURG- Music, food and liquor. You can find it all in Flower Hill at The Grille.
The idea of a successful family-owned and operated restaurant serving only fresh food seems anachronistic in today’s economy, but that’s what the owners of The Grille at Flower Hill in the Flower Hill Shopping center hope to achieve.



From interior design to a luncheonette

lindasluncheonette1Linda Kushner’s home speaks volumes of her past profession. The front door is painted fuchsia, the walls are pastel colors – yellow, green, orange, purple and pink – and the walls are carved to become shelves. Kushner has been an interior designer for more than 30 years. This April, the only things she will be designing are food platters at Linda’s Luncheonette.