20 JULY/AUGUST 2017 | BETHESDAMAGAZINE.COM
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Q BY PETER CHANG, which debuted in Bethesda in May,
has created quite a stir. Unfortunately, the stir on social
media when the restaurant opened was about poor service,
small portions and high prices. But Chang and his small
army of employees seem to have shaken the opening jitters,
and words of praise are starting to emerge from diners and
Q is Chang’s 11th restaurant. But it’s different than the
others. Way different.
Chang calls Q his flagship. It’s fine Chinese dining (with
the ingredients and prices to boot). It’s authentic, not
Americanized. And, according to our restaurant writer
David Hagedorn, it is all done with a skill and a flair that
make it unique and special.
In this issue, Hagedorn writes about Chang’s long personal
journey to Bethesda, the chef’s motivation and vision for the
restaurant, and the story behind many of his most compelling
dishes. Hagedorn’s article begins on page 98.
WHEN MY SON SAM moved to Los Angeles in 2012, his
employer gave him an earthquake survival kit: an energy bar,
a bottle of water and a hard hat. For fun, Sam drew lightning
bolts on the sides of the hard hat. I worried he was tempting
the earthquake gods.
The survival kit, no matter how inadequate, wasn’t a bad
idea. L.A. is due for a major quake—and the closer you are to
the epicenter, the more likely you are to feel the effects.
We know that well here in Montgomery County. The
election of Donald Trump as president last November was
an earthquake of unprecedented proportions. Now, the
almost daily aftershocks coming from the White House
affect the county and its residents in ways I don’t think we
Proximity matters for a couple of reasons. First, many
local residents’ professional lives are tied to the U.S.
government. There are some 48,000 federal employees
who work in Montgomery County—and thousands more
who commute to federal agencies downtown. Moreover,
attorneys and in other professions that are tied to national
politics. Trump’s presidency has affected virtually every
person in Montgomery County with a professional tie to the
business of running our country.
Second, Montgomery County is one of the most liberal
and overwhelmingly Democratic jurisdictions in the country.
(Marc Elrich, who has described himself in the past as a
socialist, is seen as an early favorite to succeed Ike Leggett as
county executive. Need I say more?) Voters here chose Hillary
Clinton over Trump by more than a 3.5-to- 1 ratio.
Trump has lodged himself into the psyche of many locals.
People check the news obsessively. They talk about him
constantly. They are bewildered and afraid.
In this issue, we report on the Trump effect from several
angles: on the hundreds (if not thousands) of local people,
mostly women, who have organized to fight Trump; the
journalists who live here and cover Trump; and the Bethesda-based nonprofit that is teaching students here and around the
world how to discern what’s real—and what’s fake—online.
Our coverage begins on page 110.
Our stories—and our magazine—make no judgment about
the merits of Trump’s policies and deportment. Bethesda
Magazine is not a political magazine and never will be. But I
thought it was important that we cover the defining issue of
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