Pack a Picnic and Head to Caroline Freeland Urban Park

April 24, 2015 2:05 pm

Measuring in at one acre, Caroline Freeland Urban Park has been a part of the Bethesda community since 1983. There's plenty to love about this shared community space. Pint-sized visitors enjoy zipping and zooming about the fenced-in playground, which tends to attract a crowd on sunny days (it underwent renovations in 2010). Those seeking a little rest and relaxation should head straight for the grassy lawn. There, you can spread out a picnic and let the kids fuel up for another go-round on the playground after lunch.

You can also enjoy some shade under one of the park's trees or check out the public art sculpture and the stone steps along Elm Street.

Caroline Freeland Urban Park
7200 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 299-0024

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Food, Wine and Co.: Fine Food and Drink Without the High Price Tag

April 21, 2015 1:44 pm

Food, Wine & Co. wants to make the bistro experience accessible to everyone. That's why it dishes out upscale versions of classic American fare at reasonable prices. Coupled with fine wines, beers, and cocktails, the food leaves quite an impression on the diners of Bethesda.

They're particularly fond of the lamb burger served at both lunch and dinner. In lieu of a slice of tomato, the burger features a layer of tomato harissa jam. In place of lettuce, you'll find fresh green arugula. And instead of mayo, chefs slather cilantro yogurt on top. At dinner you also get a side of mixed greens or fries with your burger. Customers highly recommend you pay the extra fee to get parmesan truffle fries on the side since they're so decadent (and dusted with rosemary). Before you order the burger, though, survey all of your options. They include large salads, raw bar oysters and tartars, and house-made desserts. The fried potato tots appetizer earns particular acclaim.

Food, Wine & Co.
7272 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-8008

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Read About Some of the Country’s Weirdest, Wackiest Museums

April 17, 2015 12:02 pm

While the Smithsonian is fascinating, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is always a sight to see, some lesser-known American museums are just as interesting—if a bit weirder! If you have a flair for all things out of the ordinary, these unique museums are worth a visit.

1) International Cryptozoology Museum
Cryptozoology is the study of “hidden animals” not verified by science, and this small museum in Portland, Maine, is dedicated to just that. From Bigfoot to Lake Monsters, take a tour of all of the world’s most intriguing—and mysterious—unknown species.

2) International Banana Museum
This fruity museum in North Shore, California, is filled with every type of banana-related item that its curators could hunt down, from salt and pepper shakers to staplers and even a banana record player. Be sure to visit the famous banana bar and sample a banana-flavored milkshake or banana split.

3) Mütter Museum
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Mütter Museum is one of the finest museums of medical history in the world. While it is a bit creepy to see the 19th-century medical instruments and anatomical specimens, it is also completely fascinating.

4) The Museum of Bad Art
The name says it all at this silly museum in Somerville, Massachusetts. Keep in mind that it’s all in good fun, and just enjoy the truly awful displays of artistic expression.

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