Tasting Bethesda

Oct 5, 2010

Paella anyone?

Apart from being a funny name, Pulled Pork is good

This past Saturday was the 21st Annual Taste of Bethesda Festival. The event is touted as Bethesda's famous food and music festival attracting over 40,000 attendees, partaking in offerings from over 55 restaurants.

What is a Bethesda you ask? Bethesda has been my home for the past three years. It is a little slice of my American experience. It is not quite downtown D.C. and not quite the suburbs. It is what I like to call Urabania, a balance of urban living with a hint of suburbia. It is a place where I can walk to 55 restaurants or hop on the metro to arrive 15 minutes later in the heart of D.C. and it is a place where Little Roo can go to a great public school to learn, thrive and flourish.

In the three years living in the area, I have been Tasting Bethesda on a regular basis, with my waistline and wallet taking a battering. I am not sure if it is the nature of the expat lifestyle that we live or the nature of American culture but we certainly eat out a lot more here than we ever did back home in Australia. For me as a local resident, the Taste of Bethesda festival is a nice little opportunity to sample some of the restaurants and cuisines I have not yet been able to try out on my own.

So, what food does an Australian expat family gravitate to with a choice of over 55 restaurants representing a wide variety of cuisines from all over the world? American! We shunned the divine smelling and enormous Paella prepared by the chefs from Jaleo restaurant in favor of some dive bar food courtesy of Tommy Joe's. Pulled Pork Sliders for the grown ups and Mini Cheeseburgers for Little Roo. Fearing we had not clogged our arteries sufficiently, we did make an additional purchase of Fries from BlackFinn Bar.