The founders/co-founders of Cava, a quick service Mediterranean restaurant, opened a new standalone restaurant in December 2018—Julii. The upscale French-Mediterranean eatery, occupies a small park at Pike and Rose in North Bethesda, MD.

Julii inspiration comes from “Forum Julii”. Forum Julii was the major trading post along the Roman Empire road that stretched from Rome to Arles.

The menu offers fusion cuisine, not only Mediterranean but French and Eastern-European as well. The restaurant give more of a small boutique feel. Floor to ceiling windows, soft decor, very open and airy. For their cocktails, all of their syrups are made fresh literally right in front of you behind the bar.

Julii offered dinner daily when it first opened which has now expanded to lunch and pastries. Until recently, Julii is now serving weekend brunch and features a happy hour during the week.

Prices: Appetizers $8-$15. Entrees: $19-$38.

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 2:30pm

Lunch: 11:00am – 2:30pm

Dinner: Mon-Friday 5:00pm – 10:00 pm

Happy Hour: Monday – Thursday 4:30pm – 6:30pm


Blackberry Blossom


Julii, Pike and Rose, 11915 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, Md. 20852 


IG: @juliieats



Drop Squad Kitchen

be5a3b64-02c1-460a-acce-da539aefe7baDrop Squad Kitchen is a small boutique style, family driven restaurant/cafe located on the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE opened in 2012. Previously it was Molly’s Ice Cream Shop. This restaurant features fresh made to order vegan soul food, sweet treats, and smoothies all of which are 100% plant based

I found Drop Squad Kitchen on Instagram (good ole’ IG, lol) and told myself I was going to step out of my comfort zone and try it. I am the farthest from vegan as one could get but I’m always open to trying new things.

With that said, I stopped in and tried The Most Def and the O.M.G. Shake (pictured above). I enjoyed the OMG shake as it was very lite as far as taste. I wish the consistency of it was a little on the thicker side but still good nonetheless. The flavors of The Mos Def was good, I personally wasn’t a fan of the veggie dog itself, HOWEVER , I plan to go back to try the V-steak as that was my initial reason for going but it was not on the menu when I went. Assuming that it is only available on certain days—the disappointment.

I’m not convinced to go vegan but I have not been deterred from trying something else. I would definitely recommend giving this place a go–even if its only once.

Again, you can find DSK on the riverfront overlooking the Christiana River. Beware that the restaurant is small & although seating is limited on the inside they do have a small patio to enjoy the sites around.  Open 7 days a week. 

The Most Def ( Veggie Dog)

-Veggie Dog, grilled peppers, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, relish, toasted bun

O.M.G. Shake (God Shake)

-Oreo milkshake made with cashew and banana—completely vegan.


928 Justison St, Wilimington, DE 19801


Happy Hour in North Bethesda

Tell me, who doesn’t like to save money? I know I do, especially when it comes to eating out or having a drink–or two. I don’t know about you but spending $12+ on a single drink every time I go out is not budget friendly. So let me give you a few places to enjoy and save some coins in North Bethesda, MD…Pike and Rose edition.

City Perch Kitchen and BarSIP. SNACK. SOCIALIZE at City Perch for their awesome Happy Hour. Their happy hour is Monday-Thursday 4:00pm- 7:00pm. Where you can enjoy $5 beer and wine (by glass) as well as $7 cocktails. Some of my favorites here are the Loaded Baked Potato Croquettes ($3) and the Smoky BBQ Pizza. For a refreshing drink try the  Apple Jack Margarita ($7).

11830 Grand Park Ave, N Bethesda, MD 20852

Apple Jack Margarita



Summer House Santa MonicaWith beach house decor and laid back vibes, Summer House offers a pretty great happy hour for you to enjoy throughout the week. Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm, you can indulge in small bites, wine, & beer all ranging from $2-$8. My personal favorite is the HH Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders which comes with fries, all for $3. That’s right 3 DOLLARS!!

11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852


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Owen’s Ordinary– Is a neighborhood tavern with a vast selection of craft beers at your disposal. The beer program here is composed of a very diverse draft and bottle list where they have about 50 rotating drafts and over 200 bottles on the menu. Not to mention, their bar even opens up to their awesome beer garden. If you love beer, this is the perfect place for you to try out. Owen’s happy hour runs Monday-Friday 4:00pm-6:00pm. They have different specials during the week such as ALL NIGHT happy hour on Mondays–yes ALL NIGHT! $2 OFF all MD beers (full pours), $6 wines, and $6 select craft cocktails. While you’re here be sure to get their angus sliders ($3 ea.).

11820 Trade Street, North Bethesda, Md 20852

HH Mango Margarita

Del Frisco– Has a Sip & Share menu for happy hour which is available in the bar area and outdoor patio as well. This menu is available Monday-Friday from 4:00pm-6:30pm. The Sip & Share menu consist of hand-crafted cocktails, wine and spirits and classic bites for ONLY $7. It also features $6 craft beer on draft for my beer lovers. My favorite here is the cheesesteak egg rolls and the White Sangria. Del Frisco’s also has locations in Washington, DC, New York, New York, Philadelphia, PA, New Jersey, Texas and so many more. **please note menus may vary**

11800 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852

HH White Sangria and Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

Pinstripes– Bistro, Bowling, and Bocce with Italian and American cuisine and wines, Pinstripes offers an alternative take on a night out by combining fun and food. The idea was put in place about 2 years ago, according to CEO/Founder Dale Schwartz. Pinstripes offer different specials throughout the week as well as a happy Monday-Friday 4:00pm -6:30pm. You can enjoy drink specials, select appetizers and pizza starting at $5. Happy hour specials are available in the bar, bowling and bocce areas.

11920 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852

HH Bacon Sliders @ Pinstripes

Nada– Is a casual Mexican-American restaurant with tacos and cocktails. They host a very limited happy hour weekdays from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Here I tried the Mezcalita ($7.50). If you enjoy a different take on your margarita, more of a smokier taste, this would be one to try. Other specials include Sangria, Beer, a variety of small bite such as chips and salsa, guacamole, and queso.

11886 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, MD 20852

HH Mezcalita


Kusshi– Sushi and Sake Bar–Established in 2018, Kusshi specializes in modern Japanese cuisine. Here you will find specials on their sushi bar at happy hour starting at $3, house sake ($8) as well as $20 select wines (by the bottle), beer and cocktails. Happy hour features other small bites as well outside of sushi. Catch these deals Monday-Friday 3:30pm-6:30pm.

11826 Trade Street, North Bethesda, MD 20852

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Julii– With a French- Mediterranean inspired restaurant and menu, Julii is definitely takes pride in their presentation. The restaurant give more of a small boutique feel. Lots of windows, soft decor, very open and airy. For their cocktails, all of their syrups are made fresh literally right in front of you behind the bar. The mixologist there take pride in the cocktails that they craft and let me tell you, they are good at what they do. Julii just recently introduced happy hour (yesss!) which you can take part in every Monday-Thursday from 4:30 pm-6:30pm. They have food starting at $5 and cocktails and wine (whichever your liking) starting at $8.

11915 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Blackberry Blossom (Not Happy Hour)


David’s Private Selection Dinner

David’s Restaurant is located in the lobby of Maryland Live Hotel & Casino in Hanover, MD. David’s, who is known for their eclectic menu, hosted a Private Selection Dinner in April featuring a chef-crafted 4 course meal incorporating Van Gogh Vokda in each dish. Check out the amazing dishes that the chef curated for us below… ENJOY!


First Course:

Van Gogh Raspberry Vodkaimg_1052

Vodka Raspberry Poached Pear with Baby spinach, Frisee, Mache, Candied Walnuts, Proscuito Crisp, Feta Cheese74f881e9-3dea-4ebd-8c30-c8b3392fed60


Second Course:

Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka

Marinated Pomegrate Vodka Shrimp
with Spinach Crab Polenta, Vodka Vanilla Beurre Blanc


Third Course:

Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka

Light Age Espresso Rub NY Strip with Twice-Baked Potatoes, Asparagus, Maple Espresso Reductionimg_1077

Fourth Course:

Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka

Sweet Corn Panna Cotta
Acai-Blueberry Vodka Compote, Blueberry Mint Sorbet, Acai-Blueberry Vodka Whipped Creamimg_1086

Hope you enjoyed a look into what turned out to be a great event with even greater food. If you enjoy trying new foods and dishes with a creative spin on them be sure to visit livecasinohotel.com for more information on how you can snag tickets to the next one.


Maryland Live Hotel & Casino
7002 Arundel Mills Cir #7777, Hanover, MD 21076


North Bethesda: City Perch Kitchen & Bar

So, I wanted to go to a happy hour after work. I went to my normal place Summer House at Santa Monica but they were having a private event so they shut everything down. The nerve of them, smh lol. So no happy hour there for me 😦

City Perch Kitchen & Bar

Nevertheless, this gave me an opportunity to try something new and different. Across the street was City Perch Kitchen & Bar. Normally, I’d look up a places menu and decide if I wanted to try it out but it was cold outside and I didn’t have that type of time, lol. So I just went for it.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised and pleased by this place. The atmosphere was calming, the decor gave a very rustic & modern feel, and the vibe was good, very chill. City Perch Kitchen & Bar is also connected to the iPic Theater so its like a 2 for 1 place. Food and movies, who wouldn’t like that. Although, I did not have a chance to go see a movie, I will definitely be going back to try out the theater.

So as I mentioned, I was trying out City Perch for their happy hour and happy hour is what I got. When I took my seat at the bar, I was immediately greeted by one of the bartenders working at the time. I love nothing more than to be acknowledged when I am dining somewhere especially at the bar. It grinds my gears when bartenders continuously walk past a customer without even saying “I’ll be right with you”. Just me?

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Nevertheless, I did not have this issue here. Very pleased 🙂 . Once I got settled I took a look at the menu. I must say the variety of the menu was great. It had something for everyone, from wings to shrimp cocktails and other choices in between. Being who I am and looking at this menu I did not know what I wanted. I am a very, Very, VERY indecisive person. The menu could’ve only had 3 items and I still wouldn’t know what I would want. *aye, don’t judge me ok*

AppleJack Margarita


Any who, I decided on a drink to start me off. I ordered the AppleJack Margarita (about $7 on the HH menu).  I am a margarita girl so I was anxious to try this. It was made with Camarena Bourbon barrel-aged tequila, Laird’s applejack, farmer’s market cider ‘n apples. Sounds refreshing, right? Well it was. The flavors were very fresh and blended together very nicely.

I also ordered a quick bite from the bar. I ended up choosing to try the Loaded Baked Potato Croquettes. I didn’t know what to expect but I ordered it anyway. It was described to me as a “stuffed tater tot”. Sounds good right? When my food arrived  it definitely didn’t look like a tater tot….


Loaded Baked Potato Croquettes

It reminded me more of a hush puppy. It comes with as you see 7 croquettes, a side of aioli and sour cream (by choice). When I say these were good, they were GOOD! I’m not a fan of aioli because it is a mayonnaise based sauce. Although that is the case I did decide to try it out and I must say it was pretty good. I also ordered the Smoky BBQ pizza. In short it was just a BBQ chicken pizza which I devoured in the car on the way home! IT WAS SOOOO GOOD! (I ate it too fast to take a picture, lol)


All-in-all, City Perch Kitchen & Bar was a good experience.

City Perch has happy hour Monday through Thursday from 4pm-7pm. Their happy hour includes $5 beer and wines, $7 cocktails, and small plates ranging from $1-$6. Outside of happy hour they also provide lunch, dinner, and brunch. Along with live music on Fridays & Saturdays.

They have a location in North Bethesda (Pike and Rose) along with Fort Lee, NJ & Dobbs Ferry, NY


11830 Grand Park Avenue

North Bethesda, MD 20852

IG: @cityperch (#cityperchbethesda)







Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to stop in and welcome you to “Kickin’ it with Ki“. I am so happy that you stopped by to kick it with me. 

I decided to start a food blog for one main reason…. I LOVE FOOD! I love a creative dish, a beautifuly crafted cocktail, or even if its as simple as the decor or vibe of a place.  Being able to share my finds and experiences with others gives me the opportunity to share a passion of mine in which I never knew I really had until recently.

So whether it is a new restaurant, an awesome brunch spot, a great happy hour or whatever–if I experience it, its only right that I share it! 

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Thanks again for joining me on this journey. Be sure to stick around and kick it for a while.


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