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Rhonda Joseph’s life story would make
an interesting movie. Raised in new
Zealand, the 58-year-old north Bethesda
resident traveled the world and worked
as a private nurse, taking care of the
Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, a
countess living in a scottish castle, and
the former ruler of Dubai, among others.
After moving to the Washington area in
1986, she worked at a cardiology practice
in chevy chase, became a stay-at-home
mom and embarked on a career as a yoga
But throughout joseph’s adventures,
she always found making nana
Woodham’s shortbread a source of
comfort. As a young girl in christchurch,
she would help her arthritic grandmother
with the mixing, and as an adult, she
would often make the cookies for friends,
family and business associates.
in 1990, joseph briefly sold the
shortbread in the Washington, D.c., area, but
she put the venture on hold while raising
her two children. now that her kids are
grown, she has relaunched her business—
calling it 3 Nanas (after her nana, her
mother and herself). joseph hopes to cash
in on what she calls “the shortbread effect”:
Anyone who tries the silken, buttery cookies
isn’t likely to forget them.
3 Nanas shortbread (original and
chocolate) is available at Bradley Food
& Beverage and the Chevy Chase
Supermarket. A box of 16 cookies costs
$8.49. Or, go to www.3Nanas.com.
Independent coffee shops are hard to
come by these days, so Kaldi’s Coffee is a
welcome retreat. owner Tsega Hailemar-iam’s shop, which opened last fall in silver
spring, features a long roster of coffee drinks,
a short sandwich menu, plus a taste-as-good-as-they-look array of homemade baked goods
(try the bread pudding, macarons and marble
pound cake). the atmosphere is earthy and serene, and chunky wooden tables provide lots
of space for laptops and discussion. What’s
more, the background music is just that.
918 Silver Spring Ave., Silver Spring, 1-800-607-1324, www.kaldiscoffeebar.com
two splashy concepts have been announced for Lot 31, the development at
the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda
avenues in Bethesda. PassionFish, one of
the flagship restaurants of the local passion
Food hospitality Group, is dropping anchor
sometime in 2015 with a 9,000-square-foot
space and a spotlight on Maryland seafood.
And, after 25 years in business, the creators
behind the silver Diner are rolling out Silver,
an upscale, urban diner with a full bar and
an abridged, slightly more expensive menu.
the successful Neighborhood Restaurant Group, creators of Washington’s
beer-centric Birch & Barley and churchkey,
plus Red Apron and other restaurants, has
settled on a beer garden and restaurant
concept for pike & Rose in Rockville, slated
to open in mid-2015. Also coming to Federal
Realty’s development on Rockville pike is
Pinstripes, a bocce, bowling and bistro
venue scheduled for 2016.
Westfield Montgomery Mall’s new dining
court, scheduled to open this summer, is taking shape with a host of new eateries. Among
them: Blaze Pizza, a california-based fast-casual chain that offers a choice of 40 different meats, veggies, cheeses, sauces and other
toppings; and Naples 45 Ristorante e Pizzeria, a patina Restaurant Group eatery serving neapolitan pizzas made in wood-burning
ovens, plus southern italian specialties.
An Asian concept appears headed to the
old california tortilla space at 4862 cordell
Ave. in Bethesda. At press time, plans were
being finalized to open the first franchise of
Turntable, a korean fried chicken restaurant out of new York city.
Noodles & Company, the national chain
that serves internationally inspired noodle
dishes, plans to open in part of the former RiRa
space at 4931 elm st. in Bethesda in october.
And corned beef is attempting a comeback in Woodmont triangle: Heckman’s,
a jewish-style deli, opens this spring in the
former Maggie’s space at 4914 cordell Ave.
two previous delis in the area went kaput.
Meanwhile, Red Tomato Café, Bethesda’s
first wood-burning oven pizzeria, closed in january after 20 years in business, due to structural
damage caused by nearby construction. n
Rhonda Joseph offers samples of her
3 Nanas shortbread—based on her
grandmother’s recipe—at Bradley Food
& Beverage in Bethesda.
THE SHORTBREAD EFFECT