Articles by Simone Rattigan

September 13, 2014 | Simone Rattigan

Jewel in Downtown Crown: Coastal Flats is a Hit!

There’s little not to love about Montgomery County’s latest restaurant addition. Coastal Flats has launched amidst the construction bustle of the new Downtown Crown development in Gaithersburg. The first table service eatery in this new multi-use community, Coastal Flats is the third edition of the expanding restaurant chain that sports popular outlets in Tysons and […]

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August 30, 2014 | Simone Rattigan

Dining Hits & Misses At Montgomery Mall

A new $90 million expansion of Westfield Montgomery Mall has brought with it one of the most innovative and diverse dining experiences in the Washington, D.C. area. The mall’s food court has been transformed into a Dining Terrace with 40-foot high ceilings, a variety of seating options and an array of dining experiences to satisfy […]

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April 1, 2014 | Simone Rattigan

Bits and Bites at K-Town Bistro- Restaurant Review

Tucked away along Kensington’s famed Antique Row, K Town Bistro is truly Food Among the Ruins. And like finding a good antique, you will have to search for a real culinary treasure… and at K Town, it’s hidden within the dessert menu. Upon entering the door, we were confronted with a slight wait time of […]

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March 25, 2014 | Simone Rattigan

Review of Newest Addition to the Bethesda Food Scene

Got Beer? Restaurants in downtown Bethesda come and go. The German-styled Tyber Beirhaus is only the latest addition to an active restaurant scene, and judging by my first experience there, this beer house has a ways to go… but with good potential. With a wide variety of European beers and an array of brats and […]

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March 21, 2014 | Simone Rattigan

MEATing Up at The Urban Butcher

When was the last time you walked into a butcher shop that was also a restaurant? Not only that, a place where you can choose from 100 different wines while savoring the taste of crème brulee?  That’s exactly what you can expect when you head over to The Urban Butcher in downtown Silver Spring, right […]

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August 15, 2013 | Simone Rattigan

3 Best Ways to Store Your Food Part 2 – Pantry

Part 2…Pantry Edition   … the overwhelm of cans, spice bottles, pasta packages and the leaking jar of honey sure to attract bugs. …the moving of the pink Himalayan sea salt just to get to the canned corn. And let’s not forget that oh so scary feeling of balancing yourself on your tippy toes, wobbling […]

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August 12, 2013 | Simone Rattigan

The 3 Best Ways to Store Your Food Part 1…Fridge Edition

Welcome to our three part series on how to store and organize your food, fridge and pantry. Last week, I had the pleasure of driving across country to Colorado Springs to help a family member move. Once we arrived it was my self-proclaimed job to organize her home and fill it with as much healthy […]

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July 26, 2013 | Simone Rattigan

Exercise-Eat Before or After?

Many of us grew up with the strict advice to wait at least one hour after eating to go swimming, or else we’d be stricken with severe cramps and inevitably sink to the bottom. Now that we’re grown, many of us are still holding on to the notion that we shouldn’t eat anything before we […]

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July 16, 2013 | Simone Rattigan

Supplements…Body Boosting or Money Wasters? (Video)

There has been so much talk about supplements being phenomenal for your body, to downright crap and money wasters. Pills, capsules, and powders! How the heck are you supposed to know what to take and if it’s even good for your body? Besides all that talk, will it help you with your weight?   In […]

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