The Oval Room: Test Kitchen Tuesdays- Where the Chef Plays With His Food

The Oval Room is a serious restaurant. This Ashok Bajaj restaurant has a dining room that skews formal, and luxurious ingredients such as caviar, truffles, and foie gras often woven into the modern American dishes.  It is known for attracting DC power players and is well-positioned as a business or special occasion dining destination. Helmed […]

Lupo Marino: Yes I Can

I can’t even.  I seem to find myself scratching my head in disbelief quite a lot these days. Most often I employ this phrase as a negative reaction to an event or situation, but occasionally it’s how I express myself when I find something impressive or intriguing. “I can’t even” is what I exclaim as […]

K Town Bistro: Duly Noted

As someone who writes about restaurants, most of the time my friends let me pick where to dine.  But every now and again it’s only polite to let someone else take the reins. Even so, I’m taken aback when a friend rejects my restaurant suggestion and makes a reservation for our party of six at K […]

Casolare Brunch: Filling a Hole in DC for Jewish Food

by Lori Gardner for Jewish Food Experience When Chef Alex Levin talks about the new Jewish-inspired brunch at Casolare in the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, it’s clear that this is a passion project. Levin, who is the executive pastry chef of the Schlow Restaurant Group, says the idea for the brunch came from a brainstorming […]

Buena Vida: Living the Crazy Life in Silver Spring

Remember that Ricky Martin song “Living la Vida Loca?”  It was released in 1999 and helped popularize Latin music in America. The words translate to “living the crazy life.” I hadn’t thought about that song in ages, until recollections of my dinner at Buena Vida have me humming the words. Buena Vida takes over the […]

RAMMYS 2018 Wrap Up

Food service professionals and those who write about them, publicize them, and eat and drink in their establishments gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Sunday night for the 36th Annual RAMMY Awards. It was a beautiful night with attendees glammed up and ready to celebrate. There is plenty of food, drink, dancing, and schmoozing […]

Spoken English: The Last One Not Standing

It’s one thing for a restaurant to have no reservations. But no seats?  My first reaction when I hear about Spoken English, DC’s new standing room only restaurant, approaches horror. I’m not opposed to standing in line to get into a restaurant.  Been there, done that.  But to dine standing up is another matter. BUT- […]

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