Coffee Republic offers top-notch beverages and decadent pastries

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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

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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.


Manna Food Center further extends helping hand

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MP1 0845Ingred Perez volunteers to help a customer at Manna.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GAITHERSBURG – Manna Food Center is opening its 25th food pantry in Montgomery County Nov. 12.

The new site, which will be located at Silver Spring United Methodist Church along University Boulevard, will be Manna’s second location to allow those in need to choose the foods their families want.

“It’s in the eastern part of the county. There is a big need there,” said Jenna Umbriac, Manna’s director of programs.


County Council mulls plans to reduce hunger

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ROCKVILLE – Two years ago, Andy Burness volunteered with the Food Recovery Network to drop off food to a local women’s shelter.

Burness and the group of volunteers arrived with 25 large plastic bins full of food to drop off, but upon arrival, there were already six full bins of food sitting on the kitchen counter.

“We didn’t know what to do,” said Burness, chair of Montgomery County Security Collaborative. “How can you bring fresh delicious food to a shelter and take it back? But conversely, how can you leave that food for the women in the shelter knowing most of it will go to waste?”

On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council heard testimony on Bill 19-16, which proposes the County develop a five-year plan by Dec. 1 to tackle food insecurity. The Health and Human Services committee will review the bill June 23.


New café’s bark as strong as its bite in Gaithersburg

Barking Mad CafeInterior of new restaurant Barking Mad Café in Gaithersburg. COURTESY PHOTOGAITHERSBURG – Foodies in Montgomery County have a new place to call home.

The owners of the Barking Mad Café, which opened for business earlier this year in Watkins Mill, aim to provide guests with an upscale casual dining experience.


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mccivicfedWhat do Montgomery County parents want for their children? Access to free water in the cafeteria; fewer highly-processed meal choices; more salad bars; healthier a la carte and vending machine options; more transparency and accountability; utilization of our county’s Agricultural Reserve for fresh, local produce; less sugar; and more respect for the latest research on the dangers of chemical food additives.


S'mores and more on the food truck in Takoma

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takoma park logoLila and Jordan Chaffe waited in excitement for their orders of Holy S’mores and Nutella from the Holy Crepes food truck Friday evening in Takoma Park.

“It’s a privilege to have this after dinner,” said Jordan, 10, as Lila, 11, nodded in agreement.

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