Tout de Sweet
Bored by cupcakes and craving
something daintier than a doughnut?
French macarons are the answer. And
baker-owner Jerome Colin at Tout de
Sweet handcrafts the classic Parisian
desserts with particularly artful aplomb.
The meringues are featherweight, while
the sweet spreads inside pop with flavor.
About a dozen Instagram-worthy options
are attractively arrayed in the glass-encased counter every day ($1.50 each).
You can never go wrong with standards
like mmm-mmm-good salted caramel
or tangy lemon, but you really should
indulge in limited-time-only offerings. Our
favorites are the cinnamon gianduja with
a chocolate-hazelnut core and autumnally
spiced pumpkin. Très magnifique!
7831 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-951-
DIM SUM BRUNCH
A&J Restaurant may be a tiny, one-room
affair, but it turns out Northern Chinese dim
sum with big, bold flavors. On weekend
mornings, there’s often a line outside the
cash-only eatery, which is wedged into the
bottom level of a strip mall on Rockville
Pike. The place is well worth the wait. When
you get a seat, immediately order the fried
pork dumplings ($6.95). They’re so juicy on
the inside that you’ll want to have a second
napkin handy. Definitely don’t miss the dan
dan mien ($4.95)—wide noodles tossed
with spicy sesame sauce and crushed
peanuts. And to finish: Chinese churros
($1.65)—simple sticks of unadorned fried
dough, best dipped in a bowl of warm,
sweetened soy milk.
1319-C Rockville Pike, Rockville,
301-251-7878, aj-restaurant.com SUGAR RUSH FOR BREAKFAST
Seven Sisters at
Woodmoor Pastry Shop
The Seven Sisters at Woodmoor Pastry
Shop in Silver Spring has nothing to do with
higher education, though it will definitely
raise your blood sugar scores. Half a dozen
cinnamon buns encircle a single bun in the
center. A sweet, sticky glaze made with
honey, brown sugar and, of course, plenty
of butter binds them all together. Chopped
pecans add a little crunch and allow you to
tell yourself, “This has to be healthy, it has
nuts in it.” Trust us: Don’t try that line with
your dietitian. Instead, simply luxuriate in
the decadence of this finger-licking-good
breakfast treat ($7.99).
10127 Colesville Road, Silver Spring,
If the food weren’t such a major draw, you might be tempted to linger in the lovely
restrooms at Range, the Friendship Heights restaurant opened by former Top Chef finalist
Bryan Voltaggio last year. They feature sliding-glass doors at the entry, subdued lighting
and a hushed atmosphere. You’d think you were entering a serene spa—although here
the individual dark-wood doors provide privacy for toilets rather than massage tables.
Crackled, graphite-colored bubble tiles line the walls, with a center band of small, silvery
glass mosaic. Sunken, clear glass sinks, marble-edge mirrors and a drop ceiling add to the
soothing environment. And en route to the restrooms, you can admire the restaurant’s
decoratively stored and extensive selection of bottled wines.
5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 201 (inside Chevy Chase Pavilion), 202-803-8020,
www.voltrange.com R A N g
Tout de Sweet’s
rainbow of macarons
Restrooms at Range
Chinese churros at A&J Restaurant
are best dipped in warm, sweetened
Chopped pecans top the
Seven Sisters breakfast treat.
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