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Archive for July, 2012

Matt Drudge’s Childhood House

Matt Drudge is the creator, owner and editor of the Drudge Report, a news aggregation website.  He is probably Bungalow Cottage in Historic District Takoma Parkmost famous for being the first to break the Monica Lewinsky scandal story in 1998.

His headlines and links to stories are often salacious like this one “Man beats elderly woman to death with air conditioning unit…” or this one “Woman faces charges in mummified boyfriend case ..”

I have to admit, when I first heard of the Drudge Report, I thought it was a small rag magazine or newspaper that “drudged” up dirt on stories and people.

Until I looked it up, I didn’t know that is was named for a guy that grew up in Takoma Park and went to Blair High School in Silver Spring.

Matt Drudge grew up in this adorable 2 bedroom, 1 bath “Santa Fe” style cottage bungalow, built 1941 in the Historic District of Takoma Park.  The last sale of the house was in 2011 for $364,000.

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Another Place for Excellent Homemade Ice Cream

National Ice Cream Month is winding down. When I think about good premium ice cream, I think Moorenko’s in Downtown Silver Spring, but there is another place I think of that’s a little further outside of Silver Spring in Burtonsville.  It’s definitely worth the short trip for the ice cream.

Seibel’s, a family style restaurant, is a Landmark at the corner of Route 198 and Route 29 in Burtonsville.

Buck Seibel built a Milk Processing Plant in 1938.  Milk was processed from the Family Farm located 2 miles away from the plant.  Buck operated a home delivery service to local area homes and in 1939 opened Siebel’s Dairy Bar in a small storefront at the plant.  Along with ice cream he later served hamburgers and soup at the Dairy Bar.

Buck Siebel created his own recipe for homemade ice cream, which became famous.  He never advertised, yet people as far away as Virginia learned about thisdelicious ice cream and came to Burtonsville to buy it.  You can still buy this same ice cream today at Siebels Restaurant!

July is a great month to go out for ice cream at Siebel’s because they usually have special low prices on cones!
How does 1.25 sound?!!

My favorite ice cream treat at Seibel’s is the Strawberry Shortcake, the real old fashioned kind make with a biscuit (not cake) and their hot fudge cake is out of this world too.

Today, after many improvements and additions to the little old Dairy Bar, Siebels is a full service restaurant serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner including alcohol.

The last time I was in Siebels, Montgomery County Executive, Ike Leggett was having lunch with his staff 2 tables away from ours.

15540 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, Maryland 20866
(301)384-5661
Seibel’s Website

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Best Local Ice Cream in Silver Spring

We are in the middle of National Ice Cream Month

The best place for ice cream in Downtown Silver Spring “hands down” has got to be Moorenkos Cafe.

Moorenkos is a small independent bussiness started by Susan Soorenko in 2002.  The factory where it’s made is in Silver Spring on Brookville Road. Moorenkos was named the “Best Ice Cream in the DC area” by the Washingtonian Magazine.

This is truly LOCAL ice cream, made fresh in small batches with a french custard base and an out of this world butterfat content ( higher than all the other premium ice cream brands).

This ice cream is homemade and considered Ultra Premium.  It is not your typical Ben and Jerry’s or Cold Stone Creamery. All made fresh from the bottom up with no artificial ingredients.

The Cafe shop is small but bright and cheery.  Check out their menu of flavors, so good, that some people say certain flavors will make you weep.  The bittersweet chocolate
with orange is my personal crying flavor.

Located at 8030 B Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Walking Distance from the Silver Spring Metro

Cafe Interior Photo from Silver Spring Daily Photo

Stop by and have a dish or a cone of the purest, freshest, localest ice cream around and don’t worry if you get addicted because it can be bought “on the street” in bulk at your local area grocery stores.

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