Mia’s Pizzas in Bethesda

Mia’s Pizzas is located in downtown Bethesda, MD at 4926 Cordell Avenue. Above is a summer salad with mango, oranges, arugula, and red beets! This was pretty amazing. I loved the combination. Everything was really fresh and delicious. I hope they make these every summer!

Croquettes! I love these little fried balls of yummy risotto and cheese goodness. They look good, but they tasted alright. The best risotto balls I’ve had are actually from Taylor Gourmet (sandwiches), which is also in the same neighborhood. The sauce that Taylor pairs them with is AMAZING and a tad spicy (watch out for the heartburn).

Above is a detail of the risotto balls in all its gooey delightfulness, and next to it is a view of the sangria. The sangria had a good balance of fruit and wine, but still a little too sweet. Shek didn’t really like it. I think they had a deal going on for it too… half priced or something on a particular day.

And then there was PIZZA. This was pretty good. Though the crust is a little burnt, it had a good chewy consistency. The meat and veggies were cooked to perfection.

Overall? Good. I think they make cupcakes too! But really, I will always love Curbside cupcakes and Georgetown Cupcakes best ❤

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Cacao in Bethesda

Cacao is located in Bethesda and might have another location in NW DC. I rarely stop by here unless I have a Groupon or just craving their desserts. Their pastries as shown below average out to $4 apiece. One word can describe these babies– decadent. Most of everything I’ve tried is really good. Their macarons are alright paired with the mini cakes, and some of the fruity items can be really sweet. The rectangle piece is a caramel chocolate topping and was super sweet. I think my favorite was the tart strawberry dessert, which is a surprise considering I LOVE chocolate.

Woodlands

I know what you’re thinking. The smell of moss, fresh dew at your feet, tall luscious trees, curious red foxes, a shy deer or two, maybe a mischievous gnome and a few fairies… no, no, no– I’m not talking about THAT kind of WOODLANDS. I am talking about THIS (<–click here) kind of Woodlands:

“Pure Vegetarian Indian Cuisine”

Check out our Mango Lassi man aka waiter, bringing our thick and creamy MANGO LASSIS. I couldn’t even finish mine, so thick for a drink… not like milkshake thick. And look at the lovely patrons, especially woman with lotta hair, digging into the buffet. Yum yum, this was a pleasant lunch stop in Langley Park after our excursion to IKEA in College Park.

Yes these are my plates. Vegetarian buffet all the way, and it was DELICIOUS. Don’t take my word for it, go try it for yourself. I completely OVERSTUFFED myself, it was terribly wonderful. Naan (Indian staple bread), Saag Paneer (spinach curry with homemade cheese), sauces and soups, other curries of which I’ve already forgotten the name to. So, their website doesn’t say, but they definitely have lunch buffets on the weekends. Give them a call at: 301-434-4202, ask for specific dates/times.

They have the buffet table, you can order drinks (like mango lassi or chai), and a small table for Bhelpuri Chat– a puffed rice dish with various veggies and tangy tamarind sauce. I may have overkilled it with onion and potatoes, but it was still good. I actually did have a third plate, not shown, because I didn’t want to visually disgust people with my appetite. I was punished later with a bloated stomach because I ate more than my stomach could hold. 😦 Sigh, lesson learned… until next time.

Hope you make it out there sometime, and let me know what you think! Are there other all vegetarian indian buffets out there? Maybe closer to Rockville or central to DC?

Roy’s in Gaithersburg

Check out Roy’s Place CRAZY website. They’re located on 2 East Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg, MD. They have EVERY kind of sandwich you could possibly imagine (+200).

How can you possibly go wrong with bacon-cheese-potatoes and a sour cream dip? Oh yeah, and 2 cold beers. 🙂

The first is a polish(?) sausage with cheese and slaw. The second is beef with bacon cheese and lettuce. Of course, it’s been so long I don’t know the name. But if you SOMEHOW do not find the sandwich you are craving, by all means make up your own. They welcome it! Don’t forget to take food pix and share 🙂 Maybe you’ll get to name it too.

Il Forno

Il Forno

We’re always looking for some good pizza. Frederick was a difficult spot to find good pizza, but at the recommendation of my honey’s co-worker, we tried Il Forno.

We got the Alla Puttanesca with Goat Cheese pizza. Toppings are: Tomato Sauce, Whole Milk Mozzarella, Artichokes, Capers, Black Olives, Fresh Garlic and Goat Cheese.

I loved it! The bread was chewy, and at some parts resembled partially cooked dough. I was questioning this at first, but I think they’re fully cooked, just really chewy crust. The pizzas come out piping hot, and the Medium was enough for 2 + leftovers. It was yummy. 🙂

With fond memories from a carnival I attended oh way back when in North Caroline, I suggested we order some Fried Pickles. Oh boy, they came with a ranch dip, and 1.5 were enough for me! They were super fried, and they look super ugly in this pic, but I really like them. Not as good as the carnival ones, but the crisp batter and warm crisp juicy pickle inside is enough for me.

So, if you are ever in Frederick, looking for some good pizza, definitely check out Il Forno.

Bonus: We happened to stop by on musical trivia night. It was pretty loud, but looked like a good time! We were doing carry out…. but I would be interested next time. Also, they have late nights and a full bar. Service is efficient and the atmosphere is casual.

Michaels Noodles AGAIN!

Michaels Noodles in Rockville

Veggie Bean Curd Tofu Soup. Excellent on a cold day and it was recommended.

Crispy Eggplant. again. Yes, he wanted more crispy eggplant, so we got it.

Salty Fried Squid. EXCELLENT! I really enjoyed it and yes it was salty but it had a kick to it. And as you can see, to soak up some of the oil, the fried squid sits on top of shredded lettuce, green onions and chili peppers.

And then we went to Krispy Kreme, muahahahaha. I swear, all we do is eat… and eat some more. 😛

Don’t they look glorious? Still, beyond all the fancy donuts, the ORIGINAL will always be my favorite… that and the creme filled donut. Nothing else.

Can’t eat your donuts without some good reduced fat milk! 😀

Noodles II

Oh Michael~

Michael’s Noodles

Tofu Hunan Style: Excellent for a temporary Herbivore 🙂 Tofu tossed in a spicy sauce with green onions and noodles. I admit I had my doubts at first, but ate up every bite. Yeah, so tofu does not have a lot of taste, but toss it with noodles and spicy sauce and veggies, and you have lots of flavor.

Veggie Dumplings: These were okay. The skin isn’t as thick as the ones at Chinatown Express. I enjoyed pairing them with the sauce, and how the presentation sticks to the traditional dim sum platter. Again, not the most memorable but good.

Spicy Beef Noodle Soup: My friend went for this dish and I think she really enjoyed it. I had recommended it and of course, Yelpers were naming this as one of their best dishes.

Crispy Eggplant: I have to say I was skeptical of this dish as well, but that’s how I feel about most dishes that aren’t popular picks. This was actually good, but SO fried. The batter is pretty thick and will fill you up quickly. They don’t skimp on the eggplant, so this dish is a big one. It’s nice to take yummy leftovers home though 🙂

This was only my second visit. Although I do not appreciate the obscure and somewhat lonely shopping plaza it’s set in (with the Burger King as a marker for entrance to the plaza), I do appreciate this little Taiwanese restaurant and their good food. Third visit post coming soon!