November 14, 2011

The Sights and Sounds of the Capital Crescent Trail

Ting! goes the bell as the biker passes by and announces, “On your left.”  Thump, thump, thump, thump as the runner jogs past on the other side of the trail.  Shhhhhh…the wind whispers through the trees as the dry fall leaves rustle and float down to alight upon the path.  Crunch! I step on a dry brown leaf that crumbles underfoot. As I round the soft bend approaching Mile Marker […]
August 26, 2011

Day 237: Pre-hurricane Show at Parker's

Come on “Irene”, oh I swear…. At this moment, you mean everything…. Here she comes, good old Irene, heading to Bethesda!  In the spirit of fun and good cheer, Parker’s Bistro is inviting us out for a pre-hurricane show tonight starting at 9 PM with the 19th Street Band – one of my favorite local performers!  Here is an excerpt from their website: The 19th Street Band is a Washington D.C. […]
May 30, 2011

Day 149: The Angel of the Battlefield

On April 19th, 1861 riots broke out in Baltimore during the early days of the Civil War and the Massachusetts regiment of soldiers was attacked.  Many of the men were former students of Clara Barton when she was a school teacher there.  They made their way to Washington D.C. and told her about the fact that the U.S. Army did not have any supplies to care for the injured.  Clara did not […]
April 8, 2011

Day 97: Blue Mercury – The Oracle of Beauty

Calling all beauty junkies…or wanna-be junkies, like me!  If you ever thought to yourself, ‘I need something for my skin, hair or body to improve this, that or the other thing, but I don’t know what to get’, well then Blue Mercury is your answer. Blue Mercury offers two Bethesda locations including 7105 Bethesda Lane (Bethesda Row) and another in the Wildwood Shopping Center off Old Georgetown Rd.  Although the company is […]
April 5, 2011

Day 94: The Pines of Rome in Bethesda

“Where can we go for some good pizza in Bethesda?” the young couple asked their handsome real estate agent (that’s me) after a long afternoon looking for houses.  What immediately came to mind was The Pines of Rome, located at 4709 Hampden Lane.  The Pines of Rome is named after a trio of symphonic poems written by the Italian violinist turned composer Ottorino Respighi.  Each symphony depicts the pine trees […]
March 27, 2011

Day 85: Cherry Jubilee in DC and Bethesda

Each year, a fleeting but spectacular indicator of spring occurs in our local area with the blooming of the cherry trees with their delicate pink blossoms and soft floral scents.  It all began in 1912 when the people of Japan sent a gift of friendship, 3,020 cherry trees, to Washington DC.  The first two trees were planted by First Lady Taft and the wife of the Japanese Ambassador.  There is a fascinating and moving […]
March 21, 2011

Day 80: Horses sweat and so do I. My introduction to Yoga.

“Hey Brian,” she said innocently enough.  “Wanna join my husband and me at a Yoga class tonight?” my friend Liz asked.  I had never taken a yoga class so I was intrigued, having heard a chorus of people tell me how good Yoga is for you.  I met my friends at Down Dog Yoga located at 4733 Elm Street and Woodmont Avenue, ironically above the Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream store (when […]
March 19, 2011

Day 78: Benihana Teppanyaki

When I was 10 years old my parents took me out to a “special” dinner in Bethesda.  The restaurant was Benihana, a Japanese hibachi steakhouse, and it used to be located in the basement of the Air Rights Center building on Wisconsin Avenue.  Years later I used to put on an ill-fitting suit and take my homecoming dates out to dinner there with my friends.  The main reason was not […]
March 12, 2011

Day 71: The Western Market

As a real estate broker I spend a fair portion of my life behind the wheel driving to client’s homes or businesses, looking at the latest listings that come on the market (“previewing”), and driving our clients to houses they are considering purchasing.  One of my favorite “pit-stops” is the Western Market located at 4840 Western Avenue in the Crestview neighborhood.  Old local markets like these are few and far […]