I was just in DC this weekend visiting one of my b.r.i.d.e.s.m.a.i.d.s.! and I just feel very compelled to tell you about three things I fell in love with up there:
Fast food…Mediterranean style. (read: not pumped full of chemicals or sitting around all day.) In fact, their philosophy is as follows:
We believe in big flavor with a small footprint. Our food is made from delicious, simple, authentic Greek and fresh local ingredients. All our meats are hormone- and antibiotic-free. All our dips and spreads are all-natural. Our bowls, drink cups, cutlery, napkins, and paper bags are compostable, and we recycle our glass and plastic.
I would eat here EVERY. DAY. I LOVE Mediterranean food and this was a dream. You go to the counter, choose a salad, a pita, 3 mini pitas or a bowl. Then you choose all kinds of delicious Greek dips and sauces and a meat or falafel and voila – you have pretty darn amazing salad in MINUTES. (Bonus: Their website has a nutritional information counter associated with it, how cool is THAT?)
Their website also let me know that while they just have the one location in Bethesda for now, there will be more opening in the future. May I suggest…Atlanta?
Cava Mezze Grill
4832 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
2. Mussel Bar
As you might remember, mussels are only some of my FAVORITE things in the world (right up there next to muscles. Please see L+L’s political platform HERE for more information) They have other stuff on the menu, too, but check out the mussel selection (all mussels come with fries- duh!):
Classic, Roasted Garlic, Shallots, Cream and Sauvignon Blanc
Spicy Thai, Green Curry
Provencal, Tomato, Capers, Basil
Stout, Old Bay, Shallots, Garlic, Bacon, Cream
Red Indonesian Curry, Peanut Essence
Wild Shroom, Pancetta, Parmesan, Truffle Cream
Tikka Masala, Chicken, Bell Peppers, Indian Spices
Grilled Pineapple, Sweet Chili Garlic
It was also a pretty cool scene. We made our way to Mussel Bar at 10pm and while they were still dishing up mollusks, plenty of pretty people were simply drinking cocktails at the bar too.
7262 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
3. Bikram Yoga
Ok, so I KNOW we have places here in town, but I just haven’t gone yet…now I definitely plan on it. I think I could get into 90 minutes of piping hot yoga! Plus, my friend who I went to see had just completed a 30 day Bikram Yoga challenge and homegirl looked seriously amazing.
We actually got our class comped because apparently, the more experienced Yogis did not feel the room had reached optimal temps…but for a newbie, I thought it was pretty hot in there and definitely added another layer of difficulty to my “practice.” (PS you should know my “practice” is pretty out of practice. I was just grateful I didn’t pass out in there.)
If anyone has any suggestions on Bikram Yoga studios in town, I am all ears. I wants on this bandwagon and I wants on it NOW.
And that…is that. I’m just glad all 3 things didn’t have to do with food!
P.S. My computer is still in the shop….please send good thoughts towards the lovely people at Apple who are rehabilitating it as I type…