Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Sept. 21st-23rd

Indian Creek Playground
Outdoor fun at Indian Creek Playground

Get a head start on your family-friendly weekend plans! Pollinator Festival, Hyattsville's Summer Jam, Hike in Greenbelt Park, playground opps & more!

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!
Emily Jackson Group

Route 1 Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 20th-23rd

Hyattsville Arts and Ales Festival
Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival is this weekend!

So much to take in this weekend! Seriously - way too much awesome stuff for me to list just a couple of here. Take a look and start planning your weekend now! :) 

Many thanks to this week's sponsor!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

College Park CAVA to Open this November

Walked by the site for the soon-to-open CAVA in College Park a couple of weeks ago and noticed some ongoing construction, suggesting that the location's opening was running a little bit behind schedule (previously projected for summer 2018).

CAVA College Park Maryland

When I reached out to CAVA earlier this month, a rep noted that they would "not be open by the end of the month, but should be soon after!" Open up the Diamondback this morning to read that they're slated to open in November! To my knowledge, this will be the first CAVA in Prince George's County, Maryland.

I love Mediterranean food so really looking forward to this opening, as well as the forthcoming opening of Mezze Grill at the Mall at Prince George's (slated for October). In the meantime, can get my Mediterranean fix at College Park's Marathon Deli & Kapnos Taverna as well as Yia Yia's Kitchen in Beltsville.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Inside Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville's Soft Opening!

We've a new brewery in town and this one's serving up something sweet! Hyattsville's Maryland Meadworks opened its doors recently for a couple of soft openings, giving eager beavers like this lady here a chance to try some delish mead ahead of their forthcoming grand opening this October.

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery
Rumi, Ken & Jay of Maryland Meadworks
Owner and head brewer Ken Carter decided to open this first meadery in Prince George's County after home brewing for a number of years. When an opportunity arose to make use of a great space next to Hyattsville's Shortcake Bakery, Ken & Rumi Matsuyama (wife, fitness guru, local superstar and more) got to work clearing out the old space, purchasing furniture, acquiring permits, etc. Last October, Maryland Meadworks set up a Kickstarter to help with purchasing some necessary equipment. Thankfully, the Kickstarter raised over $12,000 and helped get Maryland Meadworks get on track for opening this fall.

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery

I know very little about Mead, which is why it was really helpful to have Jay behind the bar for last night's soft opening, explaining in great, patient detail the story behind each of five meads on the menu. (Who knew Meads came in so many varieties?!?! Perhaps all of you knew that, but this simpleton didn't so I was tickled to see that they even have a mead for IPA drinkers like mycalled "Bitter Bee.")

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville

Truth be told though I fell in love with "Blue is the New Orange," with its smooth, oak-y taste and dry finish. And it's 14% ABV. Mamma like.

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery Menu
Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery Menu
As shared on their Kickstarter page, "Maryland Meadworks’ mission is to produce handmade, high-quality, great-tasting mead—also known as honey wine—using natural brewing processes and the best local and regional ingredients available, including some honey from Hyattsville's own Hope Honey Farms."

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville
Local Hooligans Steve Spencer, Erika Nizborski-Spencer & Shannon Giorgianni
Maryland Meadworks is hosting a couple more soft openings ahead of their grand opening in October.  Check out their Facebook page to learn the dates and be in the know!

See how much fun you can have with mead?!? 
*Cool little fact about Mead: Mead is gluten free (unless it's a type made with malt, which is more an exception than a rule, I'm told). 

Maryland Meadworks is located at 4700 Rhode Island Ave in Hyattsville (same row as Shortcake Bakery).  And while you're in the area, why not also check out these great local breweries, too: Streetcar 82 Brewing Company, Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store, Town Center Market (not a brewery, itself, but still a great spot to enjoy some craft beer), Pizzeria Paradiso (also not a brewery but amazing pizza and a meticulously fine craft beer menu) and, soon enough, Denizens Brewing Co. (coming to Riverdale Park Station). 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Sept. 14th-16th

Mt. Rainier Nature Center Maryland
Amphibs to Greet and Toys to Play with at Mt. Rainer's Nature Center!

Amphibians, Gymnastics, Kid Koders and Mixed Media Sculptures are just some of the fun, kid-friendly things we've got going on along Route One this weekend! Check it out and share with a friend! 😃
Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!