Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Sarah's Handmade Ice Cream


What better way to celebrate National Ice Cream day this past Sunday than with this ice cream flight from Sarah's Handmade Ice Cream?  I love this idea and figured this was the perfect day to try it out. 

With the flight you pick any six available flavors as generous kiddie scoops in one container.  This is a great way to try out a new flavor you're interested in, or for people that want to share a few different scoops.  I got the following flavors, starting on the top left: Party Cake, Oreo Lover, Vanilla, White Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel (new), Mmm & M, and then Coffee Oreo.  This was a great way to try out some new flavors as well as some old favorites - all delicious! Be sure to check out Sarah's if you're in the area for some tasty and creative ice cream! 

Sarah's Handmade Ice Cream - Wildwood

10219 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda, MD 20814 

Monday, July 19, 2021

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Sunday Morning Bakehouse's Banana Caramel Twice Baked Croissant


Yum, what a decadent croissant from Sunday Morning Bakehouse!  They have come out with a few versions of a "twice-baked" croissant recently, and this Banana Caramel one was delicious!  Similar to a twice baked potato concept, the croissant is filled with vanilla creme, bananas, housemade caramel, and brown sugar crumble and baked again before being topped with vanilla buttercream, caramel, and more of the crumble.  There's so much flavor and texture in every bite with all the different layers, like an elevated banana cream pie inside of a flaky croissant.  I love that they continue to come out with lots of creative menu items like this one!

Sunday Morning Bakehouse
11869 Grand Park Avenue 
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Thursday, July 1, 2021

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Crumbl Cookies' Pink Velvet Cookie


Pretty in pink! I was very happy I got to try out the Pink Velvet cookie from Crumbl Cookies when it was available a few weeks ago, and it was as delicious as it was pretty!  The pink cake batter cookie is topped with plenty of vanilla cream cheese frosting and even more pink cake batter cookie crumbs.  I hope they bring this one back again - I love the bright pink color, so unique! 

Monday, June 28, 2021

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Bangkok Garden Rockville

Just look at all that crab in the crab fried rice, yum!  I have been getting takeout from Bangkok Garden Rockville a number of times, and each dish has been delicious, with generous portions to keep enjoying at home.  Two of my favorites are the crab fried rice and pad see ew above, and I have ordered both of these dishes more than others in the past year.  They have a good mix of menu items, many of which are "street food" style and unique from other local Thai restaurants, which I highly recommend checking out as well! 

Bangkok Garden Rockville
891-D Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852


Monday, June 21, 2021

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Dolcezza's Tramontana Gelato

I noticed this Tramontana flavor of Dolcezza gelato at Whole Foods about 2 months ago and had to pick one up.  This new flavor consists of "sweet cream gelato with ribbons of dulce de leche folded together with dark chocolate pearls".  Yes please!

My favorite part of this gelato flavor has to be the dark chocolate pearls mixed throughout the container - such a nice crunch and chocolate flavor.  I always like when there's little crunchy bits to ice cream for an extra treat. But of course the thick dulce de leche is plentiful too, and so delicious without being cloying.  I definitely recommend picking this flavor up if you're in the market for a new flavor of gelato! 


Monday, June 14, 2021

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Crumbl Cookie's Cookies and Cream Cookie

As someone that is a huge Oreo/cookies and cream fan, this was a sure thing when I saw it pop up on Crumbl Cookie's weekly menu haha!  This Cookies and Cream cookie was packed with Oreo chunks inside the cookie, and then topped with even more Oreo crumbles and a cream drizzle on top.  This has a ton of texture which I like, and was perfect with some iced coffee.  I really hope they bring this flavor back soon - it's so delicious and anyone that's a fan of Oreos would love this one!

Crumbl Cookies
12266 Rockville Pike Suite K
Rockville, MD 20852

Monday, June 7, 2021

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Carmen's Italian Ice Mango Ice

Look at that perfect scoop on top, yum!  I've talked about the other offerings at Carmen's Italian Ice before but their Mango ice is definitely my top pick by far.  I love how smooth the ice is and the strong mango flavor - even a little cup can pack a big punch.  I know a lot of people love the layered Gelati (ice + custard) which is a great option when you want a little bit of both, but I'm a purist and keep those separate whenever I order them - so delicious either way!   

Since their Rockville location is closer to my office I haven't been able to stop by as often, but I have been over there a few times recently.  With the unofficial start of summer this past weekend, I'll be sure to hit up Carmen's more often!

Carmen's Italian Ice
1115 Nelson Street
Rockville, MD 20850

Thursday, May 27, 2021

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Temari Japanese Cafe's Chicken Karaage Dinner


Temari Japanese Cafe on Rockville Pike has been one of my go-to restaurants for years, and one of my staple takeout spots since last spring.  They have been doing such a great job with consistently good dishes packed up really nicely for takeout, as you can see in the above dinner!  

I usually split things up to last a few meals, so it's a great deal in addition to being delicious.  The salad especially is packed really tightly into the container and is a big "meal-sized" salad, with a delicious dressing on the side.  Chicken Karaage (Japanese fried chicken bites) isn't something I should be eating normally (oops), but it's one of my favorites and always hits the spot! 

Temari Japanese Cafe
1043 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

Monday, May 24, 2021

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Monday, May 17, 2021

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Sweets By Caroline's Macarons at URBNmarket Pike and Rose

There were a lot of great vendors at the URBNmarket held in Pike and Rose recently, including Sweets By Caroline's amazing macarons!  The "regular" macarons all look great but the character ones are on another level - so cute!  I'm glad I got there early to get my pick of the whole selection, especially since it looked like she sold out in two hours.  I could see why she sold out so quickly - the macarons were all so fun to look at and the character ones were so detailed.


The macarons all tasted as good as they looked and were the perfect afternoon treat in the middle of my work days.  This URBNmarket was a great chance to check out vendors that I haven't seen in person before like this one, and try out some delicious treats at the same time! 


Monday, May 10, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Green Tea Custard from Carmen's Italian Ice

I normally stick to the mango Italian ice at Carmen's Italian Ice out of habit, but I recently saw green tea custard on their menu and had to try it!  It was creamy and rich with a sweet green tea flavor and I really enjoyed it.  I like green tea sweets in general to begin with, but I think this would be an excellent choice for anyone that wanted to try something out that's less of a direct green tea flavor.  As you can see there's always a huge variety of flavors to choose from, so it doesn't hurt to venture out from your usual order once in a while! 

 Carmen's Italian Ice

1115 Nelson Street
Rockville, MD 20850

Thursday, April 29, 2021

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - ChiKo's Noodle Week Tasting Menu

Last week ChiKo offered this amazing tasting menu for Noodle Week in addition to daily specials each day.  Of course I had to get this tasting menu since everything sounded delicious, and I basically spent a whole week enjoying all of it, haha.  Much like their previous Dumpling Week menu, this was packaged perfectly and everything made it home intact in the car ride home.  

I loved the crunchy Asian pear in the sesame noodles, as well as the combination of flavors in the chilled Somen noodles, but it was all really delicious.  I hope they continue to do these creative and delicious themed menus!

 ChiKo Bethesda Row

7280 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Monday, April 26, 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Hawkers Bethesda Row's Roti Canai

After a few takeout visits from the Hawkers in Bethesda, their Roti Canai appetizer is quickly becoming one of my regular orders!  I've had Roti Canai before from other restaurants and I was happy to see it on the Hawkers menu when they opened nearby.  The crispy flatbreads are perfect for dipping into the savory curry sauce, and my only complaint would be that I wish I could have more every time I eat it, haha.  It's definitely going to be a staple item on my future orders from them! 

Hawkers Bethesda Row
7117 Bethesda Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814

Monday, April 19, 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Dunkin' Donuts Cherry Blossom Doughnut

 I just couldn't resist snapping this cherry blossom photo when I got the Cherry Blossom-themed doughnut from Dunkin' Donuts - too cute!  While this is technically a strawberry frosted doughnut, the little flower shaped sprinkles definitely bring a festive spring feel to this treat.  I normally only get iced coffee at Dunkin' Donuts but I'm glad I happened to come across this cute spring doughnut while it is available! 

Monday, April 12, 2021

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Takeout Tuesday - Sunday Morning Bakehouse's Cruffin


I've enjoyed the Cruffin from Sunday Morning Bakehouse before, but I hadn't seen it available recently so I had to pick one up! The Cruffin comes from a combination of Croissant + Muffin, making for a crispy outer shell and buttery soft center.  The extra touch of cinnamon sugar around the outside makes this perfect with a cup of coffee.  I lightly toasted this in my toaster oven at home and it definitely added to the texture.  It might look very simple compared to some of their more colorful pastries but I would definitely recommend trying one! 

Sunday Morning Bakehouse
11869 Grand Park Avenue
North Bethesda, MD 20852

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Takeout Tuesday - Crumbl Cookies' Cornbread Cookie


This Cornbread cookie from Crumbl Cookies is definitely one of their more unique flavors, I'm glad I had a chance to try it when it was available!  While cornbread might seem weird for a cookie, it's really not too crazy considering a lot of cornbread is pretty sweet to begin with.  Other famous places have their own versions of corn cookies that I've enjoyed before so I knew I'd like Crumbl's too. This version consists of a warm cornbread cookie topped with a honey butter glaze and a dollop of honey buttercream.  While I think the cookie was great as is without the toppings, it definitely added to the whole "cornbread with butter" look which was fun.  I hope they bring this one back again!

Crumbl Cookies
12266 Rockville Pike 
Rockville, MD 20852  

Monday, March 29, 2021

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - Sunday Morning Bakehouse's PB&J Tart and Hot Cocoa Bomb

I love all of the creative items that continue to be created at Sunday Morning Bakehouse, there's always some new items to enjoy.  Although it's been feeling much more like spring lately, I really liked the whole hot cocoa bomb trend that was around when it was colder out in the last few months.  This version at Sunday Morning Bakehouse reminded me of a pretty snowball, but filled with delicious hot cocoa and sprinkles.  The PB&J tart is such a unique take on a classic peanut butter and jelly sweet.  There's lots of texture and layers to this small tart, and even though I like peanut butter much more than fruit/jelly, I loved how they all balanced each other out in each bite.  I look forward to seeing even more fun items in the display cases! 

Sunday Morning Bakehouse
11869 Grand Park Avenue

North Bethesda, MD 20852

Monday, March 22, 2021

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Takeout Tuesday - ChiKo Bethesda - Dumpling Week Tasting Menu

I am so glad that I ordered this Dumpling Week tasting menu from ChiKo Bethesda before it sold out, this was amazing!  I just couldn't resist such a varied and creative sounding menu of dumplings.  I honestly can't really pick a favorite - and it's so great enjoying a little bit of each of them. I am already looking forward to having these for the next few meals.

The tasting menu was only on the 15th, but they also have this full week of specialty dumplings available each day until the 21st - be sure to check those out if you love dumplings! 

They did a great job with packaging for takeout too - everything stayed perfectly in place, with no spills! The sauces were marked with the container so it was easy to figure out what everything was at home.  

ChiKo Bethesda

7280 Woodmont Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20814

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Tuesday, March 9, 2021