I could eat at CAVA Grill every day for a month and have something "different". CAVA Grill is my Greek-Mediterranean "Chipotle". They offer a wide variety of ingredients from fresh greens and spreads to pickled and marinated veggies and sauces; each one packed with flavor. Their delicious spreads like the 'crazy feta', Tzatziki and crazy feta
I recently introduced my health-conscious friend, Aranda, to CAVA Grill for the first time. Aranda, is an Herbal Life advocate and lover of all things healthy. She naturally took to this brilliant, healthy spin on "fast food". And just like that, a fellow-CAVA Grill lover was born!
Check out how Aranda stacked her bowl full of fresh toppings with a spiced harrisa...
After a short wait, you can decide whether to take your food to go or stay and enjoy their casual, modern ambiance.
Find your CAVA Grill HERE! There are 5 in Maryland; 4 of which are in Montgomery County, MD.
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My husband and I recently dined at The Grilled Oyster Company for our most memorable date night in 2016. For those of you who haven't visited this Potomac-based boutique restaurant, I would recommend making reservations. Each dish they served us over the course of our date became our new favorite; with spot-on Fall-inspired flavors and impeccable presentation, both accompanied with amazing service by well-versed staff.
What's new at The Grilled Oyster Company?
Chef Steve of The Grilled Oyster Company has added several seasonally-inspired starters and main plates, including new varieties of the restaurant’s signature grilled oysters, to their fresh seafood-focused offerings. However, you'll find that guests can still order dishes like fried Ipswich clams with dill tartar sauce, or a steaming bowl of Chesapeake cioppino loaded with shrimp, clams, mussels, and rockfish. While Chef Steve loves to flex his creative muscles, he was able to add a fresh new twist and a seasonal nod to their classic dishes, all-the-while keeping the integrity of their patrons' local favorites. The result was a refreshing twist to an already flawless lunch and dinner menu.
Our Delicious Date
We started our delicious date with a few appetizers before moving on to soup and salad. My husband loved the fresh, hand-battered, perfectly fried calamari; which was tossed in a garlic, lemon sauce. I started with their new grilled oyster sampler featuring Barren Island oysters from Hoopers Island, MD. They added two new flavors, including fall harvest grilled oysters topped with roasted turnips, carrots, radishes, and a mild guajillo salsa, and farmer’s grilled oysters with roasted beets, rutabaga, sweet potato, and celery cream. The 4 shell sampler also included an Asian-inspired "Rick's" BBQ and chilled cucumber relish oyster as well as a traditional drunken oyster with garlic bourbon butter. I could have eaten order upon order of these, but there were more courses calling my name.
Next, we ordered a bowl of their rich, house-made cream of crab soup and a cool, refreshing beet salad. Both golden and red house-steamed beets were the star of the show in our salad. They were perfectly accompanied by a light bed of mesclun greens, a heavy-hand of creamy goat cheese and a [mildly] spicy chili lime vinaigrette. #love
In a strategic move to save space for dessert, hubby and I split the pan seared sea scallops. The scallops were seared to perfection, set on top of the creamiest risotto with shitake and Portobello mushroom and were drizzled with a traditional Romesco sauce. According to Chef Steve, who introduced us to many of the dishes firsthand, the risotto was a new addition to the dish. #winner
Our meal was punctuated by a duet of chocolate and traditional vanilla creme brûlées, served with berry puree. This is one of my favorite desserts of all time and this dish did not disappoint. Both were served with a super thick, crunchy layer of caramelized sugar, just the way I like it!
And just like that, our meal was through, leaving a multitude of reasons to dine their again... like their hearty shrimp ratatouille or the pan-roasted Chesapeake rockfish with brown butter sauce for example. It surely takes a lot to impress my husband, who awarded The Oyster Company a rare "I would eat here again" stamp of approval.
Photo of The Grilled Oyster Company's Dream Team
(from left to right): Chef Steve, Rick Dugan (owner), Luis Lozada (manager)
As if the menu isn't special enough, they also offer dinner specials Mondays through Wednesdays:
*Monday- $20 Maine lobster, draft beer, and grilled corn
*Tuesdays - $1 raw oysters
*Wednesday - Guests enjoy half-price bottles of wine
I just received a package of yummy goodness from The Cookie Jar DC: an adorable gift box filled with four jars of decadent cookie dough: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Sugar Cookie Funfetti, Double Chocolate M&M and Snickerdoodle (a new seasonal flavor).
I could have predicted that I would have loved the chocolate chip the most! It tastes exactly what you'd imagine cookie batter to taste like; minus the raw egg: soft, smooth, rich and flavorful. While it was my favorite, the Funfetti was a close runner up and I also loved the Snickerdoodle too. The double chocolate was also yummy, but even more so when eaten with the traditional chocolate chip. I could definitely see myself keeping a private stash of these rich, decadent treats in the fridge to indulge on those (many) evenings when I have a sweet tooth.
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There are currently 5 ways to get your hands on this doughy goodness!
*Sold in 20 stores (and growing) around the DMV
*Pick-up locations around the DMV
*Ships nationwide from the website
*Delivery on-demand with UberEats & more!
*Pop Up Shops around the DC area
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Their edible cookie dough contains the cookie ingredients you love minus the eggs and with a heat treated flour; making it a safe, fun, and dough'licious alternative to raw dough. The dough is 100% preservative-free and all natural (except for a few candy toppings). Their dough comes in regular size, as well as mini mix-and-match jars. They can even customize your jar labels, from company logos to photographs. Cookie dough jars are perfect for bat mitzvah gifts, wedding and birthday favors, office treats, etc. We have a full catering menu with cookie dough shots, bites, and buffet which is great to bring something unique and delicious to your event.
Why "raw" cookie dough?
If you've ever made cookies, but only half of the dough makes it into the oven, or if you can still hear the echo of your mom's voice in your head saying, "Don't eat that, it has raw eggs in it, you're going to get sick!"...then you get it! It's soft, gooey, decadent goodness!
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Just this past Monday, we enjoyed our last Montgomery County Housewives Networking Happy Hour of the year at Gordon Biersch, Rockville!
Thank you to all those that joined us for the fun! We raffled off a $350 Coach purse, a $100 gift card for Gordon Biersch along with 2 logo'd glasses, Four free music classes at Bach 2 Rock, 2 free entrees at Cava Grill and 2 autographed copies of the 48-hour relationship retreat... What a busy night! Our guests sipped amazing happy hour specials (like their delicious Russian Mule), networked, shopped for the holidays and built new friendships. Mother Earth held off on any precipitation and it turned out to be a beautiful night! My sincere thank you to those who took a night out of their busy schedules to enjoy another fun event!
Our Photo Album for this event is LIVE on our Facebook page! Thank you Navjeet Saggu for capturing all of the fun once again! Remember that you may tag and share until your heart's content!
Looking forward to our 2017 events? I sure am! You can RSVP today for our New Year event:
*01/10/2017 - Paladar, Gaithersburg
Am I the only one that still has their Fall decorations up? I thought that my bronzey, Harvest-themed wreath was just so lovely that I left it up in the dining room! I made this beauty courtesy of A.C. Moore! They have the best seasonal crafts at the best prices! This is where I get all of my Bright Minds craft sets for the kiddos.
Now I'm gearing up to make some Christmas decor and I'm looking to see what YOU have made (or purchased "home-made") for the holiday season!
I'm looking for inspiration for Christmas wreaths, but I'd also love to see your home-made Hanukkah or Kwaanza decorations!
Are you also in need of inspiration? You can check out A.C. Moore's website. They can help you create show-stopping decor and they even have holiday-themed crafting kits to entertain the kids; from the Bright Minds collection. Bright Minds has kid-friendly crafts for every season! Find your festivity at your local A.C. Moore (Rockville, MD)!
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Not Your Average Joe's continues to offer crowd-pleasing, seasonal fare with their new Winter line-up! For the Fall, they featured their Harvest Mac & Cheese, Coriander Crusted Salmon with brussel sprouts and bacon slaw and a Poached Pear salad with candied pecans and a warm maple dressing; to name a few dishes. They're not holding back with their festive, holiday dishes and beverages; available now through December 31!
Visit Joe's today to taste their grilled North American Swordfish, served with creamy risotto and salsa verde or their Cranberry-Teriyaki Chicken, served with butternut squash cannelloni and sautéed spinach. You can pair it with a deliciously-cranberry Fireside Sangria... and don't forget to save some room for their Hot Apple Cinnamon (pastry) Sticks for dessert! Feel the holidays with Not Your Average Joe's!
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Bethesda, MD| Gaithersburg, MD | Silver Spring, MD
Did you know about Joe?
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Now through 12/31, you'll receive a $10 "Appreciation Card" for every $50 in Gift Cards that you purchase! Share a little "Joe" this holiday season... Giving never felt so good!
Member Only Perks!
Join Joe's email club to get special, member-only perks!
Cost: Priceless! Yep, totally FREE!
Enjoy delicious oysters on the half-shell for $1 each; starting at 4pm on Wednesdays (while available)
Game Day Touchdown!
Enjoy 20% off your take out order whenever the home team plays. Offer also available online!
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Bethesda, MD| Gaithersburg, MD | Silver Spring, MD
My Fall Favorites... Yes, I snuck in the Caribbean Chicken Tenders with Pineapple Salsa because they are amazing no matter the time of the year!
Supporting our local, Montgomery County businesses is super easy to do this holiday season! Let Montgomery County Housewives be of assistance with a few of our local, favorites:
*Progressions Salon Spa Store
*Aclure Arts, by Michelle Sloane (coupon: THANKFUL)
*Jamberry, by Alyson Kokolus
*LipSense by SeneGence - Teri Gosselin
*Stella & Dot, by Amanda Lappat
*Mary Kay, by Roxane Burkett
As one of the leading salons in the Washington, D.C. area for over three decades, we’ve built our reputation on an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction—and that extends to holiday shopping. In addition to our luxury beauty brands (including Kérastase, Oribe and R+Co) we’re delighted to offer a unique selection of boutique and jewelry items, including a line of elegant, exceptionally crafted Swarovski necklaces. Our shelves are stocked with the season’s must-haves and our friendly, bilingual team of industry experts is ready to assist. Give the perfect gift this season. It's waiting for you in our store.
In addition to Facebook and Twitter, you can also find Progressions on:
Aclure Arts, by Michelle Sloane
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Aclure is a small startup company owned and operated by Michelle Muri-Sloane; an emerging artist who loves to paint and create beautiful paintings and everyday objects for the home. Michelle has created a new mini line of her artwork on small wood panels that make stunning accent pieces for the home or office. Purchase as a special holiday gift or spoil yourself with a large, original canvas pieces.
This holiday season, Aclure is offering 50% off all original 2015 paintings; both canvas and paper. Purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/aclure/items (coupon code: THANKFUL) or in person at:
The Open Studio + Holiday Cheer event
Dec 17-18, 11am-8pm
4740 Connecticut Ave NW #313, WDC 20008)
Stocking stuffer gifts will also be available!
Jamberry, by Alyson Kokolus
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Jamberry's brilliant, vinyl nail wraps are the hottest nail trend this holiday season! Their quick and easy application includes only heat and minimal pressure for a stylish manicure that lasts up to 2 weeks. Nix chemical products, lengthy drying times, costly (and damaging) gel nails and the inevitable chipping. With no need for drying, you will free up so much more of your precious time. Jamberry wraps are USA-made, non-toxic, gluten and latex free and there is no animal testing involved. With over 350 creative style options, there’s something for everyone; child or adult!
Gift Jamberry this season:
*Our BUY 3, GET 1 FREE (B3G1) deal includes your choice of 4 sheets of wraps from an endless catalog of designs! This provides a limitless array of designs for your nails and is also perfect for holiday gifting.
*Holiday Gift Set: Choose from one of our preset holiday B3G1 sets (including some exclusive wraps) and you'll also receive a beautiful blue velvet holiday gift bag and two blue glass nail files.
*Deluxe Holiday Gift Set also includes one of our vibrant lacquer or gel polishes!
SeneGence, by Teri Gosselin
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Snag the perfect holiday (or "just because") gift; an entire lip collection (including: color of your choice, glossy gloss, and ooops remover) for $50 (before taxes and shipping)! Grab one for yourself and gift a second for some added holiday cheer!
Teri represents a natural based cosmetic and skin care company founded in 1999 and finally available in the DC metro market. Their top seller at SeneGence International, LipSense, is a long lasting lip color which is waterproof, smudge-proof and kiss-proof and lasts up to 18 hours! We also offer an entire long lasting cosmetics line with incredible anti-aging skin care products that are kosher, gluten-free, lead free, artificial wax free, vegan and made in the USA.
Hot Holiday Specials:
*Now through December 13th earn $25 Dot Dollars for every $50 spent to redeem after the holidays.
*Be the ideal gift-giver with conflict free diamonds with a delicate necklace from our Covet line featuring 14k yellow or white gold and white or black diamonds. Looking for a stocking stuffer? We have majority of our collection under $50 ready in gift ready packaging, including our wishing line with delicate necklaces and bracelets.
Mary Kay, by Roxane Burkett
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Gift Mary Kay this holiday season with a custom gift set from Roxane Burkett, your local Mary Kay expert. Pick up a pre-made gift set or let Roxane help customize your special gift; from $19 to $100- or more. Contact Roxane today for your special gift!
Mary Kay is the number one cosmetic brand in the industry. Our expert team of scientists uses the most advanced skin care technology available to ensure that consumers get what they want: innovative products they can believe in at a price they can afford.
Today Mary Kay carries on the legacy of Mary Kay Ash – inspiring, enriching and empowering women to do great things. You may also know that Mary Kay is the current sponsor of Project Runway; featuring Mary Kay's wide range of skincare and cosmetic products
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