|Let's play a game - Find the Sous Chef!!|
I tell you, a single afternoon of sunshine and strolling around here is enough to fully reinvigorate one's energies. It's like a four-hour-long vacation.
Sometimes I can't believe how lucky I am to live in this area!
Sous Chef and I were strolling around EC a couple of weeks ago while I did some research for the magazine. In between stops at nearly every alleyway (Sous Chef is inexplicably fascinated by alleyways), we stumbled upon Randy and Steve's: The New General Store. Walking in to that place, I can only describe it as if a health spa, garden shop, and specialty kitchen store had a threesome and somehow popped out a sophisticated yet earthy little baby wrapped in organic white linen.
There is a large selection from Stonewall Kitchen, a well-known gourmet food line, and all sorts of other foodie finds. An array of spices from local tastemonger Vanns Spices. Little packets of dried mushrooms. Fig balsamic vinegar. Yes. Fig. Balsamic. Vinegar. I must try it.
Towards the back of the store, there's a refrigerated case with individual sodas and other drinks, as well as a large assortment of grab-and-go treats - perfect for a day of window shopping along Main Street. They even have Chukar Cherries!
Try the Shokomonk chocolate bars - my favorites are mint and cocoa nib.
Eventually, Randy and Steve are going to have a deli in the back of the store - I can't wait! I can see it now - popping in to say "Hi" to the friendly proprietors, grabbing a quick bite and some more truffle oil or a soap set for a friend's birthday, strolling down Main Street with a Shokomonk bar in my hand and a smile on my face.
|Let's play another game - Get the Sous Chef to Gaze Dreamily Into the Distance!!|
I love Spring in HoCo.
Randy and Steve's: The New General Store
8249 Main Street
EC MD 21043