Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Snow Day News 'N Notes

There was a light dusting of snow on the ground today, so that of course means that Montgomery County schools are completely closed. When I was a kid, this MIGHT have gotten you a two hour reprieve if you were lucky.

Anyway, around town...

- While I don't want to see Ellsworth street turn into Rockville Pike, lined with sign-wielding costume characters, at least the Blue Pearl Buffet & Grill earns points for cuteness:



$10.95 all you can eat? Who needs restaurant week?

Speaking of which, has anyone taken advantage of/been taken advantage of by restaurant week? Were the meals you had worth the $30?

- There's more discussion on the lack of green space in Silver Spring in today's Gazette. (It's a regular subject in that paper.)

Within the article, there is a mention of recent improvements to Jesup Blair Park:

Renovations for [Jesup Blair Park], completed in 2005, included a playground, two basketball courts, a tennis court, small stage and soccer field, as well as new lighting and a stone with a sculpture and poetry.

With all due respect to South Silver Spring residents, these upgrades to Jesup Blair Park (at Montgomery County taxpayers' expense) probably benefited D.C. residents as much as us, if not more. It is literally right on the border of the District line. With no parks available in this residential area of D.C., where do you think these residents take their kids or play basketball? I'd prefer they spend funds on a more central Silver Spring park or on good turf for Veteran's Field.



17 comments:

Twoste said...

That panda is cute, but exploited. It must have been freezing with just that suit on.
Can't Blue Pearl just stick a flyer in my door like every other Chinese place in town?
Oh, and Oriental East is king.

Sligo said...

I like Paul Kee in Wheaton. Not Silver Spring, but it's close.

taleswapper said...

Re: snow days. You know when I was a kid in Baltimore County and my cousins were in Montgomery County, they were always getting out of school for things while we still had to go. And not just for snow, man, they got other holidays, too.

But I'll grant that could just be my twisted little perception at the time.

Anonymous said...

Other than Mrs. K's Toll House & redDog Cafe, Silver Spring Restaurant Week is not worth it. Why do I want to spend $30 for dinner @ Asian Bistro?

shiningsilver said...

Lunched at Austin Grill on Monday - their $12 special was a good deal - crab cake sandwhich, special fries, a piece of pie.

Lunched at Addis Ababa today - the waitress had no clue what the $12 lunch special was, but pointed us in the direction of the $7.95 buffet which was an excellent sampling of the best of Ethiopian food.

Do they have signs anywhere advertising "restaurant week"? Seems like its not well talked up.

Anonymous said...

What you forget is about Upper MoCo where they probably got a lot more snow than down in Silver Spring. Snow days were the only times where I was pleased that Poolesville was part of MoCo.

Sligo said...

They have schools up there? I just figured all the kids stayed home to work the farm.

Anonymous said...

I'm especially curious as to what Austin Grill is offering for their "special" dinner...When was the last time you spent $30/pp there for dinner (not including tax, tip & drink)?

FireJimBowden said...

My wife and I had dinner at Red Rock Canyon Grill Monday night. With the $30 dinner menu you would have had to go out of your way to actually get $30 worth of menu items, so we each got our usual salads like we normally do (which we were pretty much planning on anyway).

Anonymous said...

Going to Jackie's on Saturday, though I've never been - I'll report back.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Blue Pearl has been getting business from tours. I've seen buses off loading tourists there at lunch time. It's a logical enough stop for the buses if they're heading up or down 16th St to the White House or monuments.

south silver springer said...

My problem with Jessup Blair park is the need to cross Georgia avenue. I live in South Silver Spring on Eastern Ave and never let my kids cross Georgia without an adult. It's just too dangerous.

I've been very disappointed with the planning comission's lack of concern about green space in south silver spring. There are hundreds new residence in south silver spring and the planning comissions has done little to consider the recreational needs of the community.

They also need to do something about the dog crap. It's all over the median and the sidewalks. I have to walk 10 feet in front of my kids to scout for it.

WashingtonGardener said...

SSS said: "My problem with Jessup Blair park is the need to cross Georgia avenue. I live in South Silver Spring on Eastern Ave and never let my kids cross Georgia without an adult. It's just too dangerous."

I live just on the other side of Jesup (yes, 1 S!) Blair Park where he pedestrian bridges cross over the tracks to Montgomery College. From what I observe, the new playground is way under-used, but the soccer field is always busy. The basketball courts are bypassed by the teens from DC who come across and use the courts at the small park across from the College at the corner of New York and Rt 410 -- who they walk the extra couple blocks and bypass these new courts, I have no idea -- maybe just tradition or where their friends play?
For those who don't want to risk crossing Georgia (WHEN is a median strip going to be installed??!!), I'd go instead to nearby Rock Creek Park. Hey, if DC residents use "our parks" it is only a fair swap. ;-) Really, we can all share without marking lines in the sand, but more green space in downtown Silver Spring will always get a vote from me.

Woodsider said...

60

Anonymous said...

Anybody want to discuss the ridiculous back-ups up Georgia Ave (going south from the beltway) backing onto 495 that have occurred for at least the last 3 Saturday's in a row? I think the sole cause is the Car Wash near Staples -- any way the cops can ensure this lane keeps clear?

Also, The Gallery Restaurant got a nice write-up in the Feb 07 issue of ON TAP

Finally, looking for a way to get a taste of spring during these gray days? Washington Gardener Magazine is co-hosting a day trip to the Philly Flower Show which begins & ends in downtown Silver Spring. Full info at: http://www.chevalsgardentours.com/

- KJ

Anonymous said...

I would be so happy to see the car wash on Georgia gone, as would be the surrounding neigbhorhoods.

Sligo said...

We do need more carwashes, though. Personally I use the Mr. Wash by the DC line, but after snow, the line is around the corner.