Casual, Healthy, and Hearty Food with Personality


Leigh, Ryann, and I with Chef Tony.

I was at Richa Badami‘s Pause for Power luncheon recently at The Tower Club and met Chef Tony’s of Bethesda there.  The minute he mentioned the word chef and Mediterranean food, my eyes lit up.  We know how much I love food, especially Mediterranean inspired dishes, so I decided to try his cooking out for myself.

My team and I gave Tony a visit for a private, personalized lunch. And, well, let’s just say it was not disappointing.  Not only is Chef Tony friendly and personable, but he obviously has a passion for what he does.  You can just tell by tasting his cooking and also by listening to how enthusiastic he is when talking about his dishes. If you are looking for a high-end restaurant with fancy decor and ambience, this is not the place to be.  But if you are looking for some good fresh seafood and Mediterranean cuisine prepared in a healthy-hearty way, then you will like the casual atmosphere of this restaurant.

Chef Tony is very down to earth.  There’s no pretense with him.  What you see is what you get.  In my honest opinion, the restaurant could use some of the Polished by tu-anh touch, but the food is wonderful.  If you have not been there, I would check it out.  They even have a little side hallway area that is very intimate for a sweet quiet couple’s dinner.  I for sure will come back to the restaurant soon with a bigger group so I get to taste the rest of the menu. 🙂

If you have been to Chef Tony’s place already, I’d love to hear about your experience.

xoxo, tu-anh

Chef Tony

Here’s Chef Tony smiling proudly over his creations.

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This hearty fish stew was amazing!

Delicious dish at Chef Tony's of Bethesda

The scallops dish was my favorite.

Balance is Key: Heavy Lunch, Walk it Off, Then Light on the Dinner.

spinach salad with cheese patties and cherry tomatoes on olive oilYesterday I shared about the importance of starting each day with a healthy and hearty breakfast, even while on holiday.  It might seem tempting to “cheat” on your diet while travelling, but you will feel better and enjoy your travels more when you fuel your body properly.

To that end, I wanted to share with you a few of the tasty meals I have been enjoying so far, like the spinach salad with cheese patties and cherry tomatoes in olive oil and vinegar that you see me enjoying to the left.  Below are highlights from a few of other favorites.  The pasta dish is not exactly healthy, but that is why I had it for lunch instead.  Then I walked it all off for the next 3 hours and dinner was on the lighter side before a night on the town sipping on cocktails…

On some days I will spurge by having a glass of wine with lunch or just a refreshing yogurt with berries dessert after my salad.

Glass of chilled wine with my pasta lunch below….

Not exactly healthy, but I had to try the homemade pasta with olive oil and parmesan and arugula on top, paired with some chilled wine.

Homemade pasta with olive oil and parmesan and arugula on top, .

One evening's dinner featured grilled seafood on bed of steamed spinach - I wish you could try a bite!

Dinner-grilled seafood on a bed of steamed spinach with lemon juice in olive oil on the side