Flower Child: Healthy Food for a Happy World – Exploring Maryland

The hubs and I have been eyeing this place/restaurant for a while. However, anytime he sees the word “healthy” he tends to steer clear of that restaurant. I know, such a food snob. ;-). However, I wanted to see what it’s all about, so we ventured into Rockville, MD to check out Flower Child.

What is Flower Child?

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Flower Child is a healthy food restaurant that uses local ingredients to serve sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free dishes to satisfy your cravings. The restaurant boasts that they can cater to any kind of diets – so whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or paleo – they have dishes for you!

Where is Flower Child located?

It has 3 locations in the DMV: Rockville, DC, or Bethesda.

Rockville: 10072 Darnestown Road, Rockville, MD 20850

DC: 2112 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 101, Washington DC 20037

Bethesda: 10205 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814

How much is it?

Appetizers from from $6.50 to $8.50, while main courses go from $9 – $13.50.  Drinks go from $3.50 – $8.00 except for the wine. They’ll give you the price points of those depending on the wine.

Is there parking?

Yes! It is located in the plaza that consists of Trader Joe’s and other food places so there is certainly parking in the lot. However, watch out for when Trader Joe’s deals days because parking will be scant on those days. Luckily, Flower Child is across the lot from Trader Joe’s so more than likely there will be a spot! Good luck ;-).

Dress Code at Flower Child?

It’s casual all the way! The place itself is beautiful and classy inside but I feel like you can roll up in t-shirt and jeans and be just fine. The atmosphere is very laid back.

Our Experience at Flower Child

We had a great time here! You come in and if there’s a line, you get to look at the massive menu on the wall and think about all your life choices.

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The kids loved the gluten free mac and cheese and I really liked my organic kale salad with salmon. A was a little disappointed in his Vietnamese inspired salad because it was a little too bland for his taste, but otherwise enjoyed the other dishes we got.

We really liked that the atmosphere was pretty chill. Either our 2 and 5 year old were just really good that day or the atmosphere made them calm (highly unlikely, who am I kidding). Haha

I mean just look at Flower Child’s interior design and all the cutesy stuff they did to it!

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OK anyway, so that’s what I think about Flower Child. It’s a great place! I hope that it stays there for a while because I feel like their location is “cursed.” I feel like all the restaurants or drink places that have occupied this space have gone out of business in a short amount of time… so good luck Flower Child! I do hope you stay put!

Thanks for reading everyone! Try out Flower Child! (PS, not sponsored just saying). For the rest of my Exploring Maryland Series click here.

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A Day in New York

Since my husband is originally from New York, we often visit his family there. When we do go visit, his parents usually take the kids for one of the days we are there so that we can have a full date day. Most of the time we usually go into the city (Manhattan) to hit up the plethora of foods that it has to offer. It’s impossible to write about all the restaurants and activities in New York in one blog post. However, the last time we visited, I made it a point to hit up as many places as we could in one day so that I can write about it. So here it is folks! Hope you will find this useful if you ever spend a day in New York.

[Disclaimer:  This is NOT a sponsored post, nor am I affiliated with any of the places or activities I mention in this article. I literally am just recapping what we did in New York for  Day]

Lunch

Ok, why lunch? I woke up late… I mean hey, we rarely get to sleep in so if Andrew’s parents are gonna play with the kids in the morning, More power to them! This mama is sleeping in!

We started the day by going to Ippudo (West Side) for some authentic ramen. The original one is in East Village, and both places are pretty popular so expect some wait times. We got there at 10:45am because the restaurant opens at 11am. Since it was a Thursday, the line was pretty short so we were able to get seated right away.

We ordered ramen and the special of the day – Ippudo Gyudon, which is a rice dish with meat and side dishes. Both were pretty good! We also got their famous pork buns which I know is one of their specialties. Definitely worth a try. =)

Dessert

“Bibble & Sip” has been one of the places we’ve been wanting to try for a bit. You can walk here from Ippudo West Side. According to google maps, it’s exactly 407 ft away from Ippudo!

They are most famous for their cream puffs which they don’t usually start selling until noon. They also sell a variety of drinks and desserts. We tried two types of cream puffs – matcha and early grey. Both were pretty good but also really filling. They’re huge! We also got the black sesame panna cotta and my fave, hot chocolate with a jumbo marshmallow.

Food Break

At this point, we are pretty full so we decide to walk around. So even if we’ve been there a thousand times, we walk over to Times Square because sometimes you just have to be a tourist. Also, you gotta walk off the food so you can eat some more! Okkkkaayyy??

Times square was less than a mile away (0.3 to 0.4 miles depending on which way you go) from Bibble and Sip so walk on over there and enjoy the view! Yes, the shops around there are over priced, but window shopping is always fun (and freeee!!). Though I did get to pick up some stuff from Sephora because why not?? It’s Sephora! Andrew shakes his head at me all the time when there’s a Sephora around, but I don’t care! It’s Sephora!

Then because there was no way I could stuff my face at that time, we decide to trek on over to the Empire State Building because it’s Neeewwwww Yoooorrrkkkk! “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. There’s nothin’ you can’t do. Now you’re in New York.” Sorry.. sometimes I break out into song and keep going because I think I sound fabulous. Lucky for you this is a blog, not a vlog… okkkaayyy?

It’s 0.7 miles away from Times Square so get on over there! Again, no lines for us since it was a Thursday and sort of a rainy, foggy day but hey, YOLO, so we go. Views were still amazing and there’s no time limit on the 86th floor so go you have time to just enjoy the views and walk around several times so you can work off that meal. The last pic below shows the ball that drops at midnight during New Year’s Eve. We didn’t get to take a picture of it while we were in Times Square because it was raining so there you go!

Pre-Dinner

My husband is a big eater. So since he knew dinner was going to be sushi, he needed to eat before hand so that he wasn’t going to be hungry. What can I say? I’ve got a keeper! Priorities people, priorities. 😉

We walked over to Hi Collar, which is about 1.6 miles away from the Empire State Building.  It’s described as a “western inspired Japanese cafe.” Their specialties include fancy schmancy coffee (siphoned coffees) and omurice (“fluffy omelet over tomato sauce rice”). I’m not a coffee connoisseur so I know nothing about coffee but real talk… it looked real cool but it tasted like cold watered down coffee. I did not understand it but the people sitting next to us seemed real sophisticated and they seemed to love it so there… you… go.

I opted for some vietnamese-style coffee and just waited for the hubs to finish his omurice and japanese coffee, which he said tasted ok. We were not too impressed, but this place got really great reviews so maybe we just went on an “off” day.

Dinner

By this time, my feet were a little uncomfortable, so we decide to uber it to dinner. It’s only 1.2 miles away so if you wear proper footwear, you can totally hike it to “Sushi Nakazawa.” Ok so the hubs planned this for my birthday. It’s real fancy (hence my shoe choice) and you have to book it a couple of months in advance. He booked the omakase dinner which is a prefix 20-something course meal. Each course is really 1 piece of sushi. You sit in front of the sushi chefs (for an extra $30 per person) and you can see them prepare all the courses. It will cost you about $180 per person. I know… but the hubs is a foodie and that’s what happens sometimes. I like makeup, he likes food.

Dessert

Since the dinner took about 2 hours, my feet were well rested and we were able to walk the 1 mile to get to “Spot Dessert Bar.” It’s pretty small inside, but the desserts are pretty and they taste pretty good too! I would go for “The Harvest,” which is kind of like a deconstructed cheesecake with berries and oreo crumbles. YUMMY! We also got the “Winter Yuzu” which is kinda really sour so if you like that kind of dessert, then by all means.

After that, it was around 10pm and mama had no energy left. As much as I wanted to be cool and stay out later, we had to go home and go to bed because I was exhausted and my feet said “nu uh, no more!”

Other Awesome Places

Again, it’s impossible to write about everything you can do or eat in in New York. But here are some that I’ve been to and have left a great impressions in my mind. Just in case you are looking for somewhere else to go to!

ChikaLicious Dessert Bar. Not to be confused with the ChikaLicious Dessert Club across the street which is also pretty good. They are in East Village. But this one is like an elevated version on desserts and you will not be disappointed

Contra. Lower East Side. It’s a Pre-fix menu and depending on what is included can range from $78 and up. You never know what you’re gonna get because the menu is ever changing. However, it has a Michelin star for a reason. I went before it received the Michelin Star so it sounds to me it’s just getting better and better =).

Renee’s. Queens. Guys, the best filipino restaurant in NY is not in Manhattan. It’s in Queens. Legit. Go here. I can’t even… I would take my mom here. And we all know Filipinos don’t like to go to Filipino Restaurants because they think they can cook better. I mean I can’t… but the moms probably feel that way. This place is legit though so take that subway and go!

That’s It!

Not really. There are tons of places! But this is already long enough. It’s a great place to explore. Honestly, the hole-in-the-wall places are just as great as the fancy schmancy places. Definitely a great place to visit from time to time because of all the different places and restaurants that you can visit. There’s also of course, broadway and off broadway shows. Until next time New York… until next time!

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the day!! <3!

(as per usual, all gifs are from giphy.com)