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Day 273: Taste of Rainy Bethesda!

Taste of Bethesda - Mussels

One of Bethesda’s most well-known events, Taste of Bethesda, was held today in the Woodmont Triangle.  In years past the event has drawn over 40,000 people and today, in spite of the raw, cold, rainy weather, the 22nd annual food fest was well attended.  The “tastes” did not disappoint as thousands enjoyed the smaller portioned sizes and offerings as the many vendors were out “rain or shine” to satisfy the throngs of people who braved unusually chilly weather (with the wind it felt like mid 40’s) to sample the best that Bethesda has to offer.

These girls huddled to brave the chilly weather!

Pan Seared Scallops

I of course sampled several of the vendors to ensure “quality control.”  I admit I had to repeatedly purchase more tickets!  My favorites included pan seared scallops with Risotto from Chef Tony (4926 St. Elmo) and petite Filet Mignon sandwiches from Morton’s for just 2 tickets (or about $2).  There was plenty to eat and some real delicacies being prepared at some of the vendor tents.  I’ll be sure not to miss this event next year.  Tonight’s dinner will definitely be a salad as the grilled items, desserts, and enticing entrees sang a siren song to me this afternoon! ~ Brian

Day 269: Bethesda Row Fountain to Re-open

Bethesda Row Fountain

On Saturday October 1 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Häagen-Dazs and My Eye Dr. are sponsoring an Ice Cream Social to commemorate the re-opening of the Bethesda Row Fountain located in front of Barnes & Noble.  Häagen-Dazs will be offering free ice cream samples and My Eye Dr. will be giving away free sunglasses for children and offering discounts at their new store nearby.

For many months we have been strolling past the large wooden enclosure in front of Barnes & Noble curiously awaiting the new fountain.  Originally scheduled to re-open this past summer, construction was delayed by a change in plans regarding the huge water tank that holds the fountain’s water beneath the fountain.  While we waited I enjoyed some of the artwork that was on the construction wall including this phrase that got me to thinking, “The Earth is a closed system, so the amount of moisture on our planet has not changed.  The water you drink today is the same water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago.”  I never thought about water in that way and now it seems every time I drink some I can’t help but think about sharing a drink with a T-Rex! ~ Brian

Day 267: Dinner and a Movie for $35 in Bethesda

Jaleo Restaurant

Yep, that’s right, you can get dinner and a movie for under $50 in Bethesda.  Jaleo and Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema have joined forces to offer this date night treat.

Stop by Jaleo and enjoy a tapas dinner anytime Sunday – Thursday 4:30 – 7:30 PM and mention to your server that you are there for the “Dinner and a Movie” special.  Magically, movie vouchers will be brought to your table for any movie Sunday through Thursday at Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema.

I don’t know how long this treat will last but perhaps check it out before October 2nd while Jaleo is celebrating the Eighth Annual La Tomatina Festival.  The Festival pays “tribute to the famous tomato battle that takes place in Buñol, Spain [and] Jaleo will feature a variety of tomato specials using the ripest and juiciest tomatoes plus tasty tomato-based cocktails.”

La Tomatina Festival!

The famous tomato battle???  Never heard of it, but it sounds like a good excuse to eat out to me!  And why not when you can also get a free movie too!

To enjoy your dinner and a movie deal, contact Jaleo for reservations: (301) 913-0003.  Jaleo is located at 7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda.   ~Amy

Day 247: The Perfect End to Summer: Bethesda Crab House

Bethesda Crab House

For the past 50-years, the Bethesda Crab House located at 4958 Bethesda Ave has been serving up the iconic and tasty Maryland steamed crabs to local patrons.  Although they are open 365 days a year, the hard and soft-shell crabs are at their peak in summertime!  The perfect way to end the hot days of summer is to indulge in this Maryland crab-picking tradition!

The atmosphere of the Bethesda Crab House is as casual as you can get, so don’t come in wearing your fancy duds.  Plus, this crab-eating business is a messy operation!  This is a shorts and T-shirt kind of place with a relaxed, beachy kind of feel.  You can sit inside or outside at their open air tables cooled by fans circulating overhead.  It is strongly recommended that you call ahead to order your crabs so they are ready for you and not sold out when you arrive.  We recommend you order the large or X-tra large crabs!  In addition to steamed crabs, we also thoroughly enjoy the jumbo spiced shrimp.  Huge and mouth-watering!

Today's Crabs!

Another tip for your visit that will maximize your enjoyment is to bring an experienced crab-eater with you to guide you through the process of how to properly “pick and eat” a Maryland Blue Crab.  If you don’t have a guide, it can be a very frustrating experience – kind of like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube that contains your dinner!  But no matter what, be prepared to “work for food” when you pick apart a crab.  But remember, all that good work just makes the reward that much sweeter!  If you are thinking about going out for crabs and you don’t have an experienced crab-eating guide to accompany you, check out this YouTube video for instructions (don’t let the guts freak you out, it’s all good): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUW6_CTZd9U&feature=player_detailpage

Lastly, be sure you enjoy your crabs with some Old Bay Seasoning and a nice cold beer.  Your crab-eating experience will stay with you for some time – it’s rather unforgettable.  Heck, the smell of the seasonings will stay on your hands and under your nails for at least 24 hours!  Some lemon often helps to diminish the aroma.  The Bethesda Crab House is a wonderful and fun dinner experience that is truly a Maryland tradition.  Enjoy!  Let us know if you have any crab-eating stories or tips to share!   ~Amy & Brian

Day 245: Nordstrom Cafe

Nordstrom Cafe

One of my favorite restaurants is in Montgomery Mall, a.k.a. Westfield Montgomery.  That’s right.  With the plethora of restaurant choices available in our town I like to go to the Mall and eat.  Where?  Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe.

Tucked in the corner of the lower level near the woman’s shoe department is one of the best kept secrets to a great meal.  C’mon you say, “Can you really get decent food at a department store?”  You bet.  Tired of the “food court” thing? Check out what you could be having like Grilled Chicken & Strawberry Salad made with organic baby greens and spinach, chicken, goat cheese, strawberries, marinated red onions, candied pecans, and dark cherry balsamic vinaigrette for under 10 bucks.  Or how about one of Amy’s favorites the Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto made with carnaroli rice, roasted asparagus, petite tomatoes, wild shrimp, white wine, and parmesan cheese for $11 and change.  They have soups, salads, pizza, sandwiches and Panini, pasta, and “Cafe Specialties.”  I like the Grilled Skirt Steak Chimichurri made with grilled skirt steak, roasted asparagus, carrots and yukon gold potatoes, and a wonderful spicy cilantro lime vinaigrette.  The food here is really good!  They also have a decent healthy selection for the kids as well with fresh fruit and even “Buttered Noodles.”

The service here is really great too and they give you these awesome little chocolate covered mints at the end of your meal.  Remember to bring some cash to tip your server as it is not included in the price of the meal.  The decor here is casual but very comfortable with a larger than expected number of comfy booths to sit in.  It’s a classy place that reflects the whole Nordstrom atmosphere very well.  The sounds of the piano keys gently playing in the distance is not too bad either in terms of ambiance.

Photo courtesy of Blog FoodiePopJourney

The “Greenies” among us are pleased that the Cafe is committed to bringing you local, sustainable, natural and organic foods and environmentally friendly products as well like milk that’s free from BGH, cage free eggs, organic produce, organic iced tea, organic and fair trade coffee as well as products that are free from hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated fats or oils.  They also are committed to reducing, reusing and recycling by using recyclable and biodegradable water bottles, compostable hot paper cups, napkins from paper made with 100% post-consumer waste, and carry out packaging made with 100% recycled paperboard.

The bottom-line is they care about the food, you and the environment here and the food is simply wonderful all at a reasonable price (certainly by Bethesda standards)! ~Brian

Day 243: Bethesda Fall Bar Tour

Bethesda Fall Bar Tour

On Saturday September 10th, from 1-9 p.m., Lindy Promotions and Coors Light present the 5th annual Bethesda Fall Bar Tour.

Here’s the deal.  You bring two cans of food with you to the event and that will be donated to Manna Food Center (Manna is the main food bank in Montgomery County and, yes, we do have poor  hungry people right here in the County – in fact over 3,300 families each month are served).  The cost is is $10 if you bring some cans and $13 if you don’t.  Either way Manna gets benefit.  If you want you can get advance tickets online through Lindy Promotions by clicking here.

From 1-9 p.m. you can enjoy $2 Coors Lights & $3 Blue Moons plus great food and drink specials offered by some of our favorite drinking holes:

  • Parker’s American Bistro
  • BlackFinn
  • Hard Times Cafe
  • Union Jack’s
  • Tommy Joe’s
  • Steamers
  • Wing Hub
  • Saphire Cafe
  • Ri Ra Irish Pub
  • Caddies on Cordell

Walk up registration is available 1-6 p.m. at Caddies on Cordell at 4922 Cordell Avenue.  Come join us for a good cause and remember to not drink and drive.  Put this into your phone as “Ride Home.”  Barwood Taxi at 301-984-1900.  I just found a= really cool app for your mobile phone called Taxi Magic.  If you need a taxi just text your pickup address to 862442.  For example “4922 Cordell Avenue, 20814” and a taxi pickup confirmation will be sent to your phone.  You can also download an application to your smartphone (I’m Mac, Amy’s PC/Blackberry – poor child).   Check it out and enjoy the “bar crawl” and don’t forget to bring some canned food for the needy.  ~Brian

Day 241: Secret Tuesday Open Houses in Bethesda

Open House at 6725 Hillandale Road

Did you know that real estate open houses are not just for the weekends?  When I first became an agent back in the early 1990’s I was surprised to find out that REALTORS® (pronounced REAL TOUR not REAL I TUR) host open houses for each other (almost secretly) on Tuesdays.  In our local area Tuesday is the day that most real estate offices have their weekly “Sales Meetings” and hence it’s also a great time to go out after the meeting and see the new inventory of available homes for sale.  Of course the internet has changed this wonderful custom.  What used to be a widely attended event, filled with great food (supplied by agents and “hungry” loan officers), conversation, and collegiate cordiality amongst our peers, has sadly grown less popular.  I suspect the internet is at work here because now with the incorporation of high quality photography into the MLS system, the real estate community can sit at home and quickly browse through the new listings without ever taking off their bunny slippers.  I guess I’m an old-timer now because I still feel their is great value in putting your “boots on the ground.”

Here’s how you can get in on this event both on Tuesdays and during the weekends.  Depending on how an agent has coded the open house in our system (“Broker” vs. “Public”) you can see which houses are open by going to homesdatabase.com.  Homesdatabase.com is our official MLS service available to the general public online.  That’s right!  The latest and greatest information the REALTOR community uses is NOW available to the average citizen.  Homesdatabase.com is superior in my opinion because the contract status of the property is more up-to-date then many of the other web sites.  I often get calls, weeks after a property is under contract, from people looking at outdated information from some other website online. Down in the bottom of the main screen is a Open House icon with balloons.  To the right (remember we still want to keep this stuff secret) is the link “+search all.”   This is a great tool if you want to plan your open house tours on the weekends as well or see if a particular home will be open so you can send mom and dad over to take a peek at something you like.  Other websites like Trulia have similar functions.  When you go to the open house (even if you just see an odd open sign on a Tuesday in front of a house you are driving by) tell the agent who you are, that you are not an agent, but “Brian Maury” suggested you stop by to see the house!  If you’re interested in the house this is no different than if you were a curious neighbor visiting on any other open house on a Sunday.

Renovated Kitchen

Speaking of open houses, this Sunday, from 1-4 p.m., Amy and I will be hosting an open house at our newest offering located at 6725 Hillandale Road in the Kenwood Forest community.  The totally renovated one bedroom condo is just steps from downtown Bethesda and would make a great home or investment property.  To see a virtual tour of the property visit our website at keystobethesda.com.  See you this weekend (or maybe even today) at the open house! ~ Brian

Day 240: Maryland's First Solar Power Pole

Solar Pole in Bethesda

I was getting gas recently at the Exxon Station near the Wildwood Shopping Center this month when I noticed something peculiar that I had not seen before.  The strange device looked like a gas pump that was powered by solar panels.  Turns out I was looking at Maryland’s first “Sun-Tracking Electric Vehicle Charger”- the Solar Pole.  I’m a techie at heart and this thing is cool.

Governor Martin O’Malley and County Executive Isiah Leggett were on hand August 8th to unveil the Solar Power Pole, Maryland’s first high-efficiency, sun-tracking electric vehicle (EV) solar charging station.  Advanced Technology & Research Corp. (ATR), based in Columbia, Maryland developed the device that tracks the sun as the earth rotates to capture clean solar power.  The solar power is converted into electric power and then stored in the utility grid.

Standing at 18′ tall the Solar Pole has six solar panels on top of the pole and features a very small footprint designed for urban environments.  The Solar Pole can charge two electric vehicles at a time and an hour’s charge on the Solar Pole will translate into about 20 miles of vehicle driving.

A local commercial real estate owner, “Tripp” Aubinoe, installed the Solar Pole in the parking lot of his medical office building at 10401 Old Georgetown Road to provide service to his tenants and their customers.  He said that he installed the device in anticipation of a “flood of electric cars” to soon enter the market.  Last July ATR was awarded an $1.1 million dollar grant from the Maryland Energy Administration as part of Maryland’s effort to develop a green energy economy in the state. ~Brian

Day 237: Pre-hurricane Show at Parker's

Irene!

Come on “Irene”, oh I swear….

At this moment, you mean everything….

Here she comes, good old Irene, heading to Bethesda!  In the spirit of fun and good cheer, Parker’s Bistro is inviting us out for a pre-hurricane show tonight starting at 9 PM with the 19th Street Band – one of my favorite local performers!  Here is an excerpt from their website:

The 19th Street Band

The 19th Street Band is a Washington D.C. based group best known for their enthusiasm and ability to entertain any crowd!   Whether you’re young or maybe just young-at-heart, The 19th Street Band serves up an eclectic mix of both modern and classic tunes that is sure to please the masses!   Their style can best be described as an acoustic mix of popular Rock, Country, Celtic, and Bluegrass songs.   Moreover, each member of the band is classically trained in music and offers their vocal talents to create a great mix of styles and perfectly blended harmonies!

Yea, I know we talk about Parker’s a lot in this blog but, as we mentioned before, it’s our local Cheers bar – where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came!  Come on down tonight and sing, dance, drink and be merry before Irene blows in and ruins our fun.  Parkers is located at 4824 Bethesda Ave.  Check out their Facebook page for tonight’s gig.     ~Amy

Day 224: Power Hour at Morton's

A good friend of ours is leaving the area so a group of us gathered recently for happy hour to wish him well on his new endeavor.  Our “happy hour” ended up continuing on for many hours!  Before we knew it, it was 9:30 PM and we realized that we had not had any dinner yet!  Someone suggested we head over to Morton’s located at 7400 Wisconsin Ave inside the Hyatt Regency to enjoy their Power Hour bar bites and drink specials.  I had never considered Morton’s for happy hour but it was great!  Their website states that Power Hour is from Open – 6:30 PM and 9 PM – Close, although I thought I saw a sign inside that said 9:30 – Close.

The Cosmo

It was another perfect summer evening so we walked from Bethesda Row over to Morton’s where we were greeted by their friendly staff who seated us in the cushy chairs at one of their tall bar tables.  We ordered drinks first of course.  During Power Hour, they offer $5 beer, $6 wines and $7.50 “Mortinis” and Cocktails.  I opted for the Power Hour Cosmo which was very nice.  But the best was yet to come…the food!

Their Bar Bites menu is brief but not short on taste!  We selected quite a few items and found each one to be truly mouth-watering!

Here is the Bar Bites menu:

$5
Iceberg Wedge Bites
Blue Cheese Steak Fries
Chicken Goujonettes

$6
Mini Crab Cake BLT’s
Smoked Salmon Pizza
Three Prime Cheeseburgers
Four Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches
Oysters on the Half Shell and Colossal Shrimp Cocktail also available (We paid $2.75 per shrimp but seriously each one was like a meal in itself!)

Truly Colossal Shrimp

Our favorite selections were the iceberg wedge bites and the four petite filet mignon sandwiches (awesome!) as well as the colossal shrimp cocktail – the largest, meatiest shrimp I think I have ever experienced!  But ALL the food we tried made everybody squeal with delight – even the men, although I am sure they would deny it!   We hit the jackpot at Morton’s Power Hour – my new favorite place to go for a late night munchies attack or for a bite to share after a movie or a visit to the Roundhouse Theater for a show.  Next time, I hope to check out the oysters on the half shell!   ~Amy

Day 214: Back in Black

The bar

Recently, after our Day 173 blog post, Meet Me at the Finn, the marketing director for BlackFinn American Saloon offered to share with us a sneak peek of their new menu.   It was a treat we just couldn’t pass up!  We called a couple of friends and headed over to 4901 Fairmont Ave in Bethesda.  We were “Back in Black” but not to drink.  We had a whole new mission – to eat!  And did we ever eat!  Oh, we drank too of course!  I mean c’mon, it is BlackFinn!

After a round of cocktails served by their terrific bartenders in the lively and well-equipped bar, we were guided down into the lower level of the three-story restaurant.  I had never been down to that area before but could imagine a heck of a good time there watching football when the season comes around.  Steelertown baby!

The Mediterranean Platter - get this!

Our generous meal began with some really scrumptous appetizers.  Since one of our friends is a vegetarian, we tried the Mediterranean platter and also the BlackFinn platter.  While visually the Med Platter doesn’t jump out as something you wouldn’t be able to stop eating, let me tell you, that stuff is GOOD.  I couldn’t stop snacking.  I wanted to just get a spoon and scoop up the roasted tomato dip!  The hummus was great too.  I highly recommend the platter, whether you are a veggie person or a carnivore.

Dinner was a fun experiment for us.  We all ordered different entrees and then shared bites with one another.  When I tried my friend’s shrimp and grits, I was so bummed.  It made me wish that I had ordered HIS meal instead of mine!  Even though the pecan crusted rockfish I had ordered was tasty, the shrimp and grits was off-the-charts delicious!  The grits were fluffy and nice – not soupy like some places make it and the cajun seasonings were zingy and flavorful.  Very nice!

The Chocolate Cup - Sinfully delicious!

But what really knocked our socks off was their delectable dessert that the manager encouraged us to try  – the “chocolate cup.”  It’s actually a warm mug of real peanut butter encased in chocolate cake with ice cream and some caramel sauce.  People, the chocolate cup alone is worth the trip to BlackFinn.  Who knew?  The manager told us how they created this concoction in the kitchen (it’s very simple) but I won’t reveal the recipe here.  You’ll just have to go to BlackFinn and try it for yourself!  Maybe the manager will let you in on the secret too.

So cheers to Blackfinn for a terrific new menu and a rockin’ good time!  See you there for football season!  The restaurant won’t be the only thing in black and gold!

~Amy

Day: 210 Ronald and Me at the new McD's

Ronald McDonald & Carter (great face!)

There are three McDonald’s located in Bethesda and I know them all too well.  I’m not proud of the fact I know them well but my boys have a McDonald’s chicken nugget obsession and I indulge them.  We frequent the McDonald’s at Montgomery Mall, the McDonald’s on Pearl Street (between Montgomery Ave. and East-West Highway), and tonight’s blog the “new” McDonald’s on River Road.  The River Road McDonald’s, the first in Montgomery County, has undergone a major $500K+ modern facelift.

I finally meet Ronald McDonald!

This year McDonald’s has plans to “re-image” the standard McDonald’s look with a more contemporary look more reminiscent of Starbucks.  And our River Road McDonald’s is sporting the “new” image McDonald’s will likely have for the next 25 years .  Now there’s stone on the exterior and the large Golden Arches have been replaced with a curved ribbon of gold above the entrance.  The interior now looks like something you would see in Architectural Digest depicting the latest modern cuisine in New York.  Stools replace most of the booths, and round seating with “leather” seats provides much more comfortable dining.  High tables with stools and  flat-screen TVs, and free wi-fi now greet you as well.  According to the company, McDonald’s sales jump 7 percent in remodeled stores and they plan to remodel 600 stores in 2011.

The new Golden Arch!

The River Road McDonald’s has been running specials all month leading up to their grand re-opening on Sunday July 31.  Today we just happened to stop by and got to see Ronald McDonald in the flesh.  Man he hasn’t aged a day in all the years I’ve known him.  How does he do that? ~Brian

Day 205: BOGO Burger Day at Parker's Restaurant

Burger Day!

It’s Monday and that means it’s Burger Day at Parker’s Restaurant.  Parker’s is located at 4824 Bethesda Ave. and offers a casual dining area and sports bar.  Come dressed any way you like.  As we described on Day 37, we love going to Parker’s for happy hour between 3 PM – 6 PM weekdays.  Since it’s across the street from our office, it’s our own Cheers for RE/MAX!

Our cheeseburgers

Have the Monday blues?  A burger makes it better!  Take it from us – we just ate a couple!  The Monday deal is this – buy one burger (and two drinks) and you get the second burger for only $0.99.  Parker’s burgers are fresh-grilled and tasty.  There are four burger options: a good old-fashioned cheeseburger, the hickory burger, the bayou burger and the roasted Portobello burger.  We both opted for the cheeseburgers today but instead of fries, Brian tried a side of asparagus.  They were big, fat, nicely grilled asparagus stalks and they were really tasty!

The Restaurant

Parker’s is a great place to party and August 20th they are throwing their own 20th birthday party. The details are posted on their Facebook page which you can check out right here.  There will be a DJ, drink specials, food specials, door prizes, a raffle and more.  Sounds like fun.   I am sure they will have the drinks flowin’, the music hoppin’ and the food cookin’!  Let’s party!

~Amy

Day 204: After Movie Treat – Haagen Dazs

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Häagen Dazs

I have a good friend who uses the expression, “That was top 5” referring to some place, meal, or other material object.  The phrase means that the particular subject would rank in his personal “top five” of best experiences of his life.  Well the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema is “Top 5” for me with this caveat.  Part of what makes the experience great is the after movie ice-cream cone I used to enjoy at the adjacent Gifford’s Ice Cream shop.  Needless to say I was very disappointed when Gifford’s closed, amid litigation with the owners of Gifford’s and an investor who purchased the previous eight locations.  Stepping into the void left by the closed Gifford’s store is competitor Häagen Dazs in the former Gifford’s location.  They’ve been there a few weeks now.

Special Cones

In the 1960s Häagen Dazs was founded by Reuben and Rose Mattus of Brooklyn, New York.  The name implies an “old-world” origin of the company, like Holland or Denmark, but really it’s just a savvy New Yorker whose mother used to make and sell ice-cream from a horse-drawn wagon on the streets of the Bronx.  In the beginning there were just three flavors –chocolate, vanilla and coffee.  Today one can enjoy over two dozen classic flavors and more than a half-dozen “limited edition” flavors such as Sweet Chai Latte which is purported to be “inspired by the distinctive tastes of India.”  It’s chai tea blended with rich, “velvety” ice cream.  My favorite is Mint Chip.  As Häagen Dazs’ website states it really is “delightfully refreshing and invigorating.” They describe it as natural mint essence infused into a smooth, creamy base, with rich chocolate flavored chips added for the perfect finish to this cool treat.”  With 300 calories in a 1/2 a cup (that’s less than a scoop) and 60% of your daily requirement of saturated fat, this ice-cream could be a real life saver in an emergency.  Let’s say the federal government shuts down and chaos ensues.  Or I bet the 15 people stranded on that uninhabited island near Guam recently could have used a little saturated fat – don’t you think?  Anyway, after a great movie at Landmark, such as academy award nominee Incendies, DEFINITELY A TOP 5 MOVIE, stop in and enjoy a treat at Häagen Dazs.  However, if nothing but the classic Washingtonian Gifford’s will do then stop by the recently re-opened Chevy Chase Gifford’s (under the old management) near the Clyde’s Restaurant in Friendship Heights. ~Brian

Day 203: Bethesda Outdoor Movies

BUP logo 2011

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 26th to Saturday, July 30th to enjoy movies under the stars!  Bethesda Outdoor Movies, hosted by Bethesda Urban Partnership, has a terrific lineup for its 2011 summer movie series.  Here is the schedule for a this fun and FREE event:

Tuesday, July 26:  The Breakfast Club – This one is a true 80’s cult classic.  It’s rated R (sorry kids), but anyone who wore shoulder pads and big hair in the 80’s will appreciate this flick!  Too much fun!

Wednesday, July 27:  Bye, Bye Birdie – All I know of this one is that it’s a 60’s era film.  An oldie but a goodie.  NR

Thursday, July 28:  The King’s Speech – One of my favorite modern movies!  If you didn’t see it in the theater earlier this year, it would be a great choice for your Bethesda Outdoor Movie selection!  (Rated R)

Friday: July 29:  Rocky – A feel-good boxing classic.  The theme music is ringing in my head now!  Rated PG

Saturday, July 30:  The Social Network – Surprisingly a really great film in my opinion.  Who knew that Justin Timberlake could act?!  And quite well, I might add.  The movie is entertaining, interesting and fun.  Rated PG-13.

So bring your lawn chairs and your honey to Woodmont Triangle at the corner of Norfolk & Auburn Aves. The shows begin at 9 PM sharp and I have no idea what they do if it’s raining.  Might be fun to find out though.  The seating area is actually on the street so a blanket won’t do much for you on the ground.   Chairs are definitely recommended.  You might also think about some bug spray too.  There are quite a few restaurants around so food and drinks are all taken care of.  Enjoy a romantic night under the stars at the 7th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movie Series.   ~Amy