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Foodie News: Chocolate, Nepalese Momo and Bologna-and-Head Cheese Sandwiches

Restaurant and foodie news from around Montgomery County and Washington, DC.

Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with "1 Meat, 3 Sides." This week, chocolate takes center plate:

One Meat:

In its roundup of the best chocolatiers in the DC region, City Eats did not neglect Montgomery County, and included SPAGnVOLA in its list:

At this Gaithersburg gem, chocolatier Crisoire Reid [turns] out 1,000 truffles a day made with beans from her home country, the Dominican Republic. The passion fruit packs a sweet punch that’s equally fruity and floral—a perfect reminder of Caribbean getaways. A chocolate-pistachio core is rolled in pale green pistachio dust to create a nutty sensation. And the Passion of the Sea truffle coats a 54% milk chocolate ganache with a 70% dark chocolate shell, then dapples it with hearty crystals of Mediterranean sea salt.

Read about more top chocolate shops in the area on City Eats.

Three Sides:

Popular Adams Morgan restaurant Himilayan Heritage opened a second location in Bethesda, serving Indian, Nepalese and Indo-Chinese cuisine, Bethesda Magazine's "Table Talk" blog reported.

Himalayan Heritage opened in Adams Morgan in 2008, where it has enjoyed top customer ratings as a popular lunch and dinner spot, Bethesda Patch reported. According to "Table Talk," the menu will be similar to what is offered in Adams Morgan—traditional Indian curries, Nepalese momo, vegetarian dishes and biryani. 

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Montgomery County's newest food trucks include Mesob on Wheels and Banh Mi Annie. Mesob on Wheels serves spicy Ethiopean stews on spongy injera bread—sans utensils—while Banh Mi Annie specializes in Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, Carole Sugarman reported for Bethesda Magazine:

My favorite was the Original, a baguette swiped with garlic mayonnaise and filled with Vietnamese bologna, head cheese, pate, pickled carrot, daikon, cilantro, cucumbers and sliced jalapenos, a filling bargain for $6. And the homemade Vietnamese iced coffee and fresh squeezed limeade are terrific.

Read more on Bethesda Magazine's "Table Talk."

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Popular neighborhood eatery Olympia Coffee Shop (7021 Brookville Rd., Chevy Chase), has a new owner, but nothing else is slated to change—at least for the time being. Former owner Ann Yi's menu of American classics (grilled cheese, tuna sandwiches, roast chicken dinners) and Korean favorites will continue under the new management, which might introduce new dishes later on, Patch reported. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch.

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