I know I’ve neglected this blog over the last couple of months. Life got crazy, things happened, and this site became less of a priority.
2015 has brought some major changes. Jennifer started a new job, and as such I’ve been spending a lot more time in Silver Spring. Situated at the Northwest Corner of Washington DC, Silver Spring is often brought up in the same sentence as its largest employer, Discovery Communications, and the eponymous Fleetwood Mac tune. But it’s so much more than that.
Jennifer & I have had a wonderful time meeting people here and exploring all that Silver Spring has to offer. These are a few of my favorite places so far…
Creative Colony: Situated in the World Building on Georgia Avenue, CC is officially described as ‘a coworking space for creative professionals, by creative professionals.’ To me, it’s so much more than that: It’s also a space for like-minded individuals to meet, work together, make connections, and grow a community. I attended CC’s Open House last week and quickly joined as a member. (BTW, they have some pretty sweet Silver Spring swag for sale here.)
Ethio Express: Ethiopian cuisine can be intimidating for the uninitiated. Ethio Express helps overcome the intimidation factor and shortens the wait with a Chipotle-like approach: Select a protein, base, sauce, and off you go. They also have some combination platters on the menu that make the plunge into Ethiopian cuisine even easier.
8407 Kitchen Bar: With a drink menu that seemingly changes weekly, 8407 doesn’t rest on their laurels. It’s a great respite for Metro riders coming home for the day, as well as a watering hole for Silver Spring’s workers looking for a good Happy Hour. Give me an Old Fashioned and some of their delicious Duck Fat Fries, and I’m a happy guy.
The Classics: THE place to go in Silver Spring if you want an expertly cooked steak & sides. The house-cured and smoked bacon is dangerously addictive.
Charm Thai & Kao Thai: On Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road, respectively, these 2 Thai restaurants are neck-and-neck in vying for my stomach (and wallet). Both deliver delicious Thai cuisine combined with fast, friendly service.
Sligo Cafe: We attended our first Creative Colony Friday Happy Hour at Sligo, and fell in love with the place. They serve up an interesting take on American comfort food, combined with expertly crafted drinks and friendly service.
Kaldi’s Coffee: They have Counter Culture Coffee’s Hologram consistently on drip, which gets them major points in my book because it’s my favorite coffee. The fact that they bake French pastries on site every day sends this spot over the top. It’s also right around the corner from Creative Colony, so I can get a fix of my favorite coffee on the regular.
Silver Spring, Incorporated: Part marketing agency, part blog about all things Silver Spring, Pete Tan & Co. have helped me get up to speed with the who, what, where and why of Silver Spring.
Silver Springers: What are YOUR favorite places in Silver Spring? Any places that a newly minted ‘Springer MUST check out? Shout ‘em out!