Akira Ramen and Izakaya: Dances with Noodles

In today’s food-obsessed culture, Japanese noodles inspire passion and devotion. Ramen is a big deal. An annual event in DC- Ramen World– is singularly dedicated to this once under-appreciated dish.  A focus on various types of noodles, broths, and toppings can distinguish one restaurant from another, and trying to decipher all the options can make […]

Stella Barra: Enlightenment at Pike and Rose

If you have lived in Montgomery County for more than a few years, a visit to Pike and Rose – the burgeoning development that keeps on growing- may induce a sense of discombobulation.  Located in N. Bethesda, this was once the home of Mid-Pike Plaza, where one could shop at Toys R Us, Filenes Basement, […]

Ellē: A To-Do About Toast

I love to-do lists.  I maintain them for work tasks, home errands and projects, tv to watch, movies and plays to see, people I want to connect with, and most importantly restaurants where I want to dine.  The glee I experience from crossing an item off any of my to-do lists is insanely disproportionate to […]

Taberna Del Alabardero: Where Brunch Transports You to Spain

When you enter Taberna Del Alabardero at 1776 I Street in Northwest, DC you are instantly transported. Picture yourself dining in a classic restaurant in Spain, and this is what you are likely to experience.  You can feel the vibe through resplendent crimson red walls adorned with Spanish art, tiles, and tapestry.  Gold chandeliers and wall […]

Honeygrow: A Fine Example of Fast-Casual

There is a fast-casual restaurant boom at the moment, and I am cheering as new options pop up all over the DC area.  Honeygrow opened recently on Rockville Pike, and immediately won me over with a focus on healthy, local, quality ingredients.  Founder Justin Rosenberg started Honeygrow in Philadelphia just over five years ago, and there […]

Chloe: Take a Seat

Dinner at Chloe, the new restaurant from Chef Haidar Karoum (formerly of Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi), leaves me with the feeling that I am missing something.  It isn’t the food.  I thoroughly enjoy everything I eat.  It isn’t the service. The wait staff is competent and quite pleasant.  It takes me some time to […]

Frederick Restaurant Week: Happening Now!

Downtown Frederick is a favorite destination when my husband and I want a day trip that feels like a vacation. We enjoy browsing through the many independent shops brimming over with antiques, art, household items, comestibles, and clothing.  Actually… shopping for clothing is probably just my idea of fun… but it does give my husband […]

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