Carole Sugarman is the magazine’s food editor. Send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaithersburg friends Debbi Ascher and
Jen Burnstein, aka The Charmed Girls,
claim to have come up with a “
delicious way to live a charmed life.” It’s the
CharmedBar, a fruit-and-nut snack
bar that’s free of gluten, dairy, soy and
refined sugars. It comes in two flavors—the dense, taffy-like Peanut Butter Cherry-licious, and Almond Butter
Cran-dipity, a nutty, firmer mixture of
almonds, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, raisins and dried cranberries.
The women developed the bar after
searching for a snack they could eat
without discomfort. Ascher, 49, has a
gluten allergy and ulcerative colitis, and
eats a very restricted diet. Burnstein, 38,
has lupus and finds that eating foods
high in carbohydrates and sugar adds to
the inflammation and irritation caused
by the disease.
“To make a long story short, we
couldn’t find a bar out there that we
liked that we could eat,” Ascher says.
The bars, which sell for $2.49 to
$2.99 each, are available at Chevy
Chase Supermarket, Village Green
Apothecary, Go Figure Barre Studio,
Dawson’s Market, Roots Market, West
Wing Café & Bakery, The Natural
Market and Kentlands Stadium 10
Movie Theaters. They can also be
ordered online at charmedbar.com. n
NEW SHOP ON THE BLOCK
hip, rustic and oozing with
artisan sensibility, the Little
Red Fox market and coffee
shop covers all the bases:
breakfast with locally roasted
coffee and espresso, home-
baked muffins, scones and
interesting egg dishes; lunch
with incredibly fresh-tasting
sandwiches; and dinner with
boxed meals made from
scratch for commuters to pick
up on their way home. plus,
it offers beer and wine by the
glass for an informal drink in
the neighborhood, and a small larder of groceries, including organic milk, locally made
Moorenko’s ice cream and homemade preserves and condiments.
located in the former Marvelous Market space on connecticut avenue in northwest
d.c., the place has limited seating, but was expecting a shipment of outdoor patio furniture at press time. the brainchild of native Washingtonians Matt Carr and Anne Alfano—who both had desk jobs before building impressive résumés in the culinary arts—the
little red fox seems more West coast than Washington. What a welcome addition.
5035 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 202-248-6346, www.littleredfoxdc.com
82 Steak Out, a Parisian-style steak
house with an American edge,
opened in the former Tippy’s Taco
House space in Rockville Town
Square in February.
In February, City Burger, a no-frills,
family-oriented eatery serving old-school patties and homemade ice
cream, was set to open at 7015 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda.
April is expected to bring a new tenant
to the former Addie’s space on Rockville Pike: Helen Wasserman, Washington’s longtime doyenne of catering, plans to open Crave by Helen, a
restaurant and catering operation with
Asian and Western influences.
Macon Bistro & Larder is slated
to open this spring in the historic
Chevy Chase Arcade at 5520 Connecticut Ave. The restaurant will
combine classic bistro cuisine with
dishes representing chef/owner Tony
Brown’s Southern roots.
Denizens Brewing Co., a craft brewery, is gearing up to serve American-style ales and Belgian and European-style lagers this summer at 1115 East
West Highway in Silver Spring. The
food will focus on American tapas,
and the 7,500-square-foot space will
include a dining room, an outdoor
beer garden and a downstairs bar
overlooking the brewery.
Little Red Fox
owner Matt Carr