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The No. 1 seller at Japong Bakery, which baker and owner Hung Su opened in Rockville’s Ritchie Center in 2018, is Japane...
05/02/2022
Five international treats from Bethesda-area bakeries

The No. 1 seller at Japong Bakery, which baker and owner Hung Su opened in Rockville’s Ritchie Center in 2018, is Japanese cheesecake. Su says the shop goes through 200 to 250 of them in a typical week. Baking soda added to the batter gives this cake more rise and a lighter, fluffier texture than American cheesecake, as does steam.

Out of the oven, they are branded with the Japong logo, wrapped in thin fabric and placed in a cake box with two steam holes. “It’s so soft and creamy when it’s still warm. Many people prefer it that way,” Su says. “Once it’s refrigerated for a day, the cheese flavor really comes out.”

Check out our list of international desserts you can try right here in Montgomery County.

Fig Baklava at Mastiha Artisan Greek Bakery, Nido de Piña at Melissa’s Bakery, Japanese Cheesecake at Japong Bakery, and other treats from around the world

J. Hollinger’s Waterman’s Chophouse, the latest concept of area restaurateur Jerry Hollinger, is set to open May 10 in d...
05/02/2022
J. Hollinger’s Waterman’s Chophouse opening May 10 in downtown Silver Spring

J. Hollinger’s Waterman’s Chophouse, the latest concept of area restaurateur Jerry Hollinger, is set to open May 10 in downtown Silver Spring. The restaurant will feature a raw bar menu with selections such as jumbo shrimp and oysters.

Restaurant will initially be open for dinner; expected to expand service in coming weeks

Montgomery County police have identified a man who died after being struck by a vehicle in North Bethesda on Thursday. T...
05/02/2022
Police identify pedestrian killed in North Bethesda crash

Montgomery County police have identified a man who died after being struck by a vehicle in North Bethesda on Thursday. The crash occurred at the same location where another pedestrian died in 2019.

Thursday’s crash ocurred at same location where another pedestrian died in 2019, leading to installation of a HAWK signal

When it comes to desserts, there's more to enjoy than just the taste. We found a local dessert for each color of the rai...
04/28/2022
Rainbow treats from Montgomery County bakeries

When it comes to desserts, there's more to enjoy than just the taste. We found a local dessert for each color of the rainbow that's as pleasing to the eye as it is to the stomach.

The ube pie at Gwenie’s Pastries utilizes the purple yam, called the ube, which is a staple in Filipino cooking. Ube has a creamy texture, a subtle sweetness and a vibrant deep purple color when cooked. The pie is made using ube jam, which is cooled and spread into a graham cracker crust and topped with lavender-hued rosettes of whipped cream blended with ube extract.

Ube Pie at Gwenie’s Pastries, Matcha Red Bean Towel Crepe Cake at Kyoto Matcha, Apricot Almond Tart at Praline Bakery & Bistro and other colorful creations

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich says he is exploring the possibility of whether it would be realistic to redevel...
04/28/2022
Elrich exploring inclusion of affordable housing in Chevy Chase library project

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich says he is exploring the possibility of whether it would be realistic to redevelop the Chevy Chase library site into a mixed-use property that includes a new library and affordable housing.

County could renovate building or redevelop property; rally in support of housing held last weekend at the site

At Sunday Morning Bakehouse, the traditional butter croissants are a labor of love—actually, make that three days of lab...
04/28/2022
How this Montgomery County bakery makes their buttery croissants

At Sunday Morning Bakehouse, the traditional butter croissants are a labor of love—actually, make that three days of labor. So, what goes into making these superlative croissants? We followed along the three-day process to find out.

Day one is spent creating the croissant dough, a process that takes over 24 hours. Day two is all about forming and proofing the croissants. The final day involves coating the croissants in an egg wash before baking for 24 to 27 minutes, until golden brown. By the time the bakery doors open at 8 a.m., the counters are stocked with freshly baked croissants.

Sunday Morning Bakehouse in North Bethesda spends three days creating their traditional butter croissants. We followed along to see their baking process

Montgomery County Public Schools will stop conducting COVID-19 contact tracing in its schools starting May 5, according ...
04/27/2022
MCPS to stop COVID-19 contact tracing May 5

Montgomery County Public Schools will stop conducting COVID-19 contact tracing in its schools starting May 5, according to a message from the district on Tuesday.

Change aligns with state, federal guidance, district says

Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery opened earlier this week at 5471 Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase. Junction serves a variety ...
04/27/2022
Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery now open in Chevy Chase

Junction Bistro, Bar & Bakery opened earlier this week at 5471 Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase. Junction serves a variety of breakfast foods, as well as sandwiches, salads and other entrees.

Restaurant features breakfast foods, salads, sandwiches

A man who injured four people in a shooting before killing himself last week in Northwest Washington, D.C., appears to h...
04/27/2022
Shooter in D.C., who committed suicide after injuring 4, lived in Montgomery County during teen years

A man who injured four people in a shooting before killing himself last week in Northwest Washington, D.C., appears to have spent at least part of his life in Montgomery County.

Raymond Spencer, 23, of D.C. and Fairfax, Va., fired more than 200 shots from a fifth-floor apartment in D.C.’s Van Ness neighborhood Friday evening, injuring four people including a 12-year-old girl, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Spencer last attended Wheaton High in 2016, according to Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Chris Cram. Spencer also worked as a seasonal employee for the Montgomery County Recreation Department Aquatics Team, according to spokeswoman Judy Stiles.

Spencer attended Wheaton High School; worked seasonally for the county recreation department

Want to know what goes into a $300 custom cake? We asked Classic Bakery in Gaithersburg if they could create an on-trend...
04/27/2022
What goes into a custom cake from a North Bethesda bakery

Want to know what goes into a $300 custom cake? We asked Classic Bakery in Gaithersburg if they could create an on-trend cake within our budget. We broke down everything involved in making the cake, including flourishes, fillings and more.

Sixty percent of the cost of a cake is labor. An expert decorator makes $25 to $35 an hour, and it can take an hour to craft a sculpted edible item, such as the Tiffany-like gift box on the bottom of this cake. Other costs include rent, machinery, decorating supplies and more. Overall, Classic Bakery’s profit margin is 8% to 10%.

The flourishes include coconut-almond truffles, macarons and molded triangles white chocolate dyed in shades of blue. Inside, the cake has alternating layers of sponge cake and devil's food cake, and three different fillings, all made with 40% butterfat whipped cream sourced from a Pennsylvania farm.

We went to Classic Bakery with a $300 budget. Here is everything that went into the custom cake, from fillings to flourishes

On our food critic's tour of Montgomery County bakeries, there were five desserts he just couldn't pass up. One sweet tr...
04/26/2022
Five sweet treats you can't resist from Montgomery County bakeries

On our food critic's tour of Montgomery County bakeries, there were five desserts he just couldn't pass up. One sweet treat that caught his eye were the assorted macarons at Tout de Sweet Pastry Shop. The flavors rotate often, but the assortment of meringue cookie sandwiches is always colorful.

The spring flavors include lime basil filled with white chocolate ganache; coconut with coconut buttercream; strawberry with raspberry ganache; and pistachio with white chocolate ganache and pistachio paste.

Check out our full list of desserts you won't be able to say no to.

cake waffles at Potomac Sweets, assorted macarons at Tout de Sweet Pastry Shop, Lava Cheese Tart or Spam Danish at Teamania and other local desserts

Landen Hausman, 16, passed away on Jan. 17 following a fentanyl overdose. His parents, Marc and Hilary Hausman, were not...
04/26/2022
After Whitman student’s fentanyl overdose, family hopes awareness will prevent similar tragedy

Landen Hausman, 16, passed away on Jan. 17 following a fentanyl overdose. His parents, Marc and Hilary Hausman, were not blindsided by their son's death, and have chosen to share his story in hopes of helping others struggling with depression, anxiety and addiction.

Landen had struggled for years with depression and anxiety and first turned to drugs and alcohol in eighth grade. He’d been to rehab and gotten professional help, and it seemed like he was doing better.

But in the early morning hours of Jan. 17, Marc found Landen dead on the bathroom floor. The night before, he had crushed up and snorted what he thought was a Percocet pill. He was dead within minutes.

An autopsy later revealed that the pill was counterfeit, laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine.

When many would opt for privacy, the Hausmans were transparent, sharing openly that Landen died of a drug overdose, and discussing his many struggles with mental illness and substance abuse.

"You do what you can and set parameters and goalposts, but, ultimately you can’t lock them down, and you have to trust them. So we trusted Landen,” Marc said. “He violated that trust, and the result led to his father finding him dead on his bathroom floor covered in blood."

Landen Hausman died in January

Our food critic visited over 30 bakeries across Montgomery County to see the wide variety of sweet treats available. Fro...
04/26/2022
Our guide to bakeries and desserts in Montgomery County

Our food critic visited over 30 bakeries across Montgomery County to see the wide variety of sweet treats available. From custom cakes, to desserts of every color of the rainbow, we've compiled our findings to help you discover county favorites and hidden gems. Check out our local bakeries guide:

Custom cakes, buttery croissants, rainbow treats, international desserts, best breads and bakery favorites from prominent figures in Montgomery County

This year, six of Montgomery County Public Schools' 25  high schools ranked in the top 10 schools in Maryland, while nin...
04/26/2022
Whitman again named top high school in Maryland on U.S. News & World Report list

This year, six of Montgomery County Public Schools' 25 high schools ranked in the top 10 schools in Maryland, while nine ranked in the top 25, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual list.

MCPS schools in the top 10:
-Walt Whitman High, Bethesda: No. 1 in state; 104th nationally
-Thomas S. Wootton, Rockville: 2; 167
-Poolesville: 4; 248
-Winston Churchill, Potomac: 5; 294
-Bethesda-Chevy Chase: 8; 491
-Richard Montgomery, Rockville: 9; 572

MCPS schools in the top 25:
-Walter Johnson, Bethesda: 15; 707
-Northwest, Germantown: 18; 771
-Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg: 25; 965

Thomas S. Wootton is No. 2; five others in state’s top 10

Silver Spring resident George Pelecanos may have grown up working alongside his father in a local diner, but the storyte...
04/25/2022
George Pelecanos' new TV series is a cry for police reform

Silver Spring resident George Pelecanos may have grown up working alongside his father in a local diner, but the storyteller strayed away from family tradition to pursue a career in writing. His latest project, a TV series titled We Own This City, premieres tonight on HBO.

The series takes a look at policing in America, and highlights the need for reform, without defunding the police.

"First of all, that things have to change. The idea of constitutional policing and public safety are not mutually exclusive. You can have both if you work at it," Pelecanos says. "I think police should have more money to do a better job. But there should be higher standards to be a police officer, and the salaries should go up."

Pelecanos says that he and the writers on the show all have different opinions, and viewers should draw their own conclusions.

"We give voice to the police. We let them have their say, too. There are several really good scenes of police talking about why they’re not appreciated for doing a very dangerous job," Pelecanos says. "On the other hand, we show the lives of people who are impacted by their actions, who were robbed by these police, who had home invasions perpetrated against them. So, we tried to give a voice to everybody and let the viewer decide how they come away from it."

The series, We Own This City, is set in Baltimore and takes an in-depth look at constitutional policing and public safety

04/25/2022

Our May/June issue is heading to subscribers and newsstands now! Here are a few highlights:

🧁 Our bakeries feature - The anatomy and cost of a custom cake, what it takes to make a superlative croissant, rainbow treats and more.

🌡️ Danger ahead - Montgomery County is already feeling the impact of climate change. Experts say the worst is yet to come.

🎾 A smash hit - As players flock to pickleball courts, Montgomery County aims to meet the demand.

https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-magazine/may-june-2022-digital-edition/

We're here to serve our community, and that means helping you stay informed on all of the races happening this election ...
04/22/2022
2022 primary election: Guide for Montgomery County voters

We're here to serve our community, and that means helping you stay informed on all of the races happening this election season. Our voters guide contains answers to important voting questions, a map of voting centers, candidate Q&As and more. Follow along for everything you need to vote with confidence.

https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/2022-primary-voters-guide/

Welcome to Bethesda Beat’s 2022 primary election voters guide. You’ll find answers to commonly asked questions about voting and the election, plus maps showing election districts, polling places and early voting centers. The guide will be updated with more information, such as sites for dropping...

If wealth in 18th-century Montgomery County was measured in land, then the richest man in the county was Robert Peter. D...
04/21/2022
The history of a once-expansive estate dedicated to cultivating tobacco

If wealth in 18th-century Montgomery County was measured in land, then the richest man in the county was Robert Peter. During this time, Georgetown was part of Montgomery County, and Peter played a key role in establishing the city as a major point of commerce in the tobacco trade. Tobacco was the currency of trade in the 18th century, and Peter made a fortune in the business. As he accumulated wealth, he began buying land—large parcels that eventually stretched from Georgetown along River Road to Seneca.

Land was bought and sold with great fluidity in those days, so it’s difficult to know how much property Peter acquired, but his purchases are believed to have covered more than 20,000 acres, including a large portion of what is Bethesda today, according to land records. Peter eventually settled in Georgetown and soon became a leading figure in the growth of the town and communities across the surrounding countryside. Peter became the area’s most successful tobacco broker.

The Peter estates in the Bethesda area continued to cultivate tobacco well into the 19th century. Tobacco grew on sprawling tracts of land stretching across Montgomery County’s southern border, including tobacco plantations straddling today’s Rockville Pike. Today, the National Institutes of Health rises from the former tobacco fields of the Peter family.
https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-magazine/march-april-2022/how-one-man-built-a-booming-tobacco-business-in-montgomery-county/

The National Institutes of Health sits atop land that was once part of the Peter Estate, an area of land owned by Robert Peter in the 18th century

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Real-life in-person standup comedy shows Saturdays at Positano in Bethesda,MD are on hold til restrictions lifted—see you in 2021!
when will the racism and false news on your boards be enough? shame...
UPDATE: Collection to Support Local Restaurants and Supply Meals to Suburban Hospital Hi Bethesda neighbors and friends, We deeply appreciate your kindness and generosity during these challenging times. We are close (just $1100 away) to raising $50,000! And every dime collected has been given directly to local restaurants to supply meals for our local hospital workers. Please consider donating or donating again. Unfortunately, we are also close to having to stop operations. After 2 1/2 months of supplying meals almost daily, we will only be able to supply a few meals next week--and then we'll be out of funds. And--we'd love to go over the $50k mark--to be able to say that together we raised and donated $50,000 (!!!) to the local businesses and hospital from our community during these challenging times would be absolutely AMAZING! Please, please donate at www.feedsuburbanheroes.com (link below)--and if you'd prefer to pay via venmo, zelle, or by check, please let me know at [email protected] and I'll give you the info.
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UPDATE: Collection for Meals for Suburban Hospital Workers and to Support Local Restaurants Good morning, Bethesda Magazine readers, What troubling, heartbreaking times we are living in--for so many reasons. Amidst everything happening, we are still supporting our local restaurants with large orders of meals for the healthcare workers at Suburban Hospital. More than ever, they all need our support. Everyday we are told by the restaurants how grateful they are for the business and by our hospital contacts how appreciative they are for the meals. Together, we have been delivering meals from local restaurants to the hospital (sometimes for 2 or even 3 shifts a day for 30-350 people at a time) for about 2 and a half months now. During that time, we have supported almost 70 local restaurants and bakeries (some multiple times) and have supplied almost 4800 meals. Recently, we ordered meals from: O'Donnells, Brickside, M & N Pizza, Bibibop, The Big Greek Cafe, Cheesy PIzzi, Golden House, Hardy's BBQ, Peter's Carryout, Guru Groceries, World of Beer, Barrel and Crow, Los Cubanos, Momo, Vignola Cafe, Java Nation, and Empanadas de Mendoza. It has truly been an amazing grass-roots, community based effort. To continue, however, we need more contributions now. Without more funds raised, we will have to stop providing meals beyond this week. Please, please considering donating or donating again to keep this effort going. You can donate at our website via paypal, apple pay, or credit card at: https://feedsuburbanheroes.com/ If you would prefer to donate via venmo, zelle, or check, please let me know. Please stay safe out there--and please continue to support our local businesses and hospital workers through this effort. Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance for your kindness, generosity, and support.
Check it out--we were featured on Fox 5 on Saturday night for our work feeding Suburban Hospital workers with meals from local restaurants! Thanks for all of your support! We continue to provide meals for 1-2 shifts a day at the hospital for 30-50 people at a time and have supported 60+ local restaurants. Join our efforts! We need you! Consider donating, or donating again, at www.feedsuburbanheroes.com or if you want to contribute via venmo, zelle, or check, let me know and I'll tell you how. https://www.fox5dc.com/video/687672
UPDATE: Collection for Meals for Suburban Hospital Workers & to Support Local Restaurants Good morning: we sent our very first pizzas to Suburban Hospital on March 21 -- so today marks two months since we started our effort to support the healthcare workers at Suburban Hospital and to support our local restaurants! In that time, together we have collected just shy of $45,000 from 680 donations, have delivered over 4000 meals and baked goods, and have supported over 60 local restaurants! This week's amazing highlights: We received 6 cases of donated girl scout cookies from Girl Scout Cadette Troop 1363 (Silver Creek and Stone Ridge 7th Grade Girls) that we brought over to the hospital! The members of the North Bethesda Fit Body Boot Camp created a collection and donated $600 to our efforts. And, in total this week we raised just over $6000-- including contributions through the new website we launched. We keep hearing how grateful the hospital staff are for the meals and the restaurants are for the business. So, we'd like to keep this going as long as we can. To do that, we need your help! Please donate, or donate again at
Good afternoon. I'd like to highlight an ongoing community effort that is designed to support both our local restaurants and the healthcare workers at Suburban Hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic. A group of us in the East Bethesda neighborhood have now collected almost $45,000 from Bethesda-area neighbors (through 600+ donations) and have provided more than 3500 meals to the workers at Suburban Hospital. In doing so, we've supported over 60 local restaurants and bakeries. Last week we bought and delivered meals from: Dog Haus, Medium Rare, Lilit Cafe, Hanaro Sushi, Bethesda Bagels, Talias Cuzina, Woodmont Deli, and Vignola Cafe. Plus, last week was Hospital Week at Suburban and to help them celebrate their Healthcare Heroes, we sent in 350 sweet and savory breakfast items from Patisserie Manuel. We have set up a website to donate to this cause: www.feedsuburbanheroes.com. 100% of what we collect goes directly to our local restaurants to feed our local hospital workers. It's a real win-win! So--please consider donating. And feel free to recommend restaurants we can support. Thank you!
I mean; I’m really wondering why?!
I wonder why cases in MoCo are spiking??
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