Nycci Nellis: She’s Got Her Pulse on the DC Food Scene

She’s Got Her Pulse on the DC Food Scene

It may be a Jewish stereotype to eat bagels and lox on Sunday mornings, but it’s something that I do weekly. What’s not stereotypical, but an essential part of my Sunday morning routine, is listening to Nycci Nellis on her radio show Foodie and the Beast. “The Beast” is her husband David, who is entertaining in his own right, but it’s Nycci  (pronounced Nicky) who is the prominent “foodie.”

The fact that she’s Jewish plays a significant role in who Nellis is, and how she came to be a DC restaurant pundit. Nellis grew up in northern New Jersey, in a family with a strong Jewish identity. Her maternal grandparents were Orthodox, and her early food memories are in her grandmother’s kitchen helping bake strudel.

Read the rest of my story about Nycci on the Jewish Food Experience website

 

Tiger Fork: Don’t Miss Out!

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Detroit: Seriously!

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Kobo: Out of Control

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New Kitchens on the Block 2.0: A Jump Start on What’s Next in DC Dining

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New York: Cosme, Atoboy, and Pondicheri- a Culinary Trifecta

I consider planning an itinerary for a food-focused weekend in New York to be a formidable task. I don’t get to New York nearly enough, and every meal counts. Do I approach anything else in my life with such intensity?  Probably not. Let’s face it…the dining options in this city are endless, but so are the […]

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