Food and Wine Co.: A Neighborhood Bistro

October 30, 2014 4:07 pm

Regulars at Bethesda's popular Food and Wine Co. say you can rest assured that this neighborhood bistro is at the top of its food game.

The oysters are flavorful and fresh, and the red curry coconut mussels are a customer favorite. Food and Wine Co. also specializes in comfort food classics dressed up for a sophisticated palate. For example, try the harissa-topped lamb burger with a side of parmesan truffle fries or gruyere tater tots. In fact, order the tater tots no matter what else you get because locals say they are among the very best you'll ever taste. The dining room is tasteful and modern, and is a good setting for a romantic date or a casual evening out with friends. Note that Food and Wine Co. is a very popular restaurant, so reservations are always a good idea to ensure you'll be able to get a seat.

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

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Tout de Sweet Pastry Shop: A French Bakery in Bethesda

October 28, 2014 1:47 pm

If you close your eyes as you bite into one of Tout de Sweet Pastry Shop's flaky, buttery croissants, you just might find yourself transported to Paris. This Bethesda specialty bakery is well known for recreating European classics with a modern twist.

The shop's owner and chef, Jerome Colin, is a French native who trained in his home country for years before coming to the United States and opening Tout de Sweet with his wife Sophia. Today, Bethesda residents reap the benefits of Chef Colin's deep knowledge of traditional techniques and his passion for sweet confections. Brightly colored macarons are a particular specialty at Tout de Sweet and come in several dozen flavors, including classic fruit flavors like raspberry and apricot, as well as more unique flavors like lavender, chestnut, and hibiscus. Don't stop at the macarons, though, because Tout de Sweet offers a wide variety of other quality pastries, ranging from muffins to cakes and tarts.

Tout de Sweet Pastry Shop
7831 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 951-0474

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Confused About Cholesterol? These Facts Set the Record Straight!

October 24, 2014 12:02 pm

How much cholesterol should a person really consume in a day? Are some types of cholesterol worse than others? There are a number of confusing “facts” floating around about the mysterious topic of cholesterol, and it may seem difficult to decide which ones are true. Here are a few definitive statements that will set the record straight and put you on the right track toward lower cholesterol. (Remember to consult with your doctor for medical advice!)

  1. Women should worry about their cholesterol just as much as men. Although many people think that cholesterol is man’s problem, once women enter menopause it affects them just as much. Menopause causes a woman’s “good” HDL cholesterol levels to decrease and their “bad” LDL levels to increase, which puts them at just as much risk.
  2. Everyone should practice a healthy diet and regular exercise routine to prevent high cholesterol. While being overweight or obese does put you at a much higher risk for high cholesterol, genetics are to blame for many instances of high cholesterol, as well. No matter how thin or physically fit you are, all adults should be concerned with their cholesterol levels.
  3. Whole foods are always better than packaged foods. There are many packaged foods that claim to be low in cholesterol, but they are often filled with other things (such as trans fats) that can also increase your cholesterol levels. Fruits, vegetables, and lean meats are always a better choice.

Common Misconceptions about Cholesterol [American Heart Association]
The Top 5 Cholesterol Myths [Health]
4 Dubious 'Facts' About High Cholesterol [Everyday Health]
Common Misconceptions About Cholesterol, Foods and Fats [Natural Therapy Pages]

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