La Puerta Verde: A Symbol for Hope in Ivy City

La Puerta Verde in Ivy City is a Mexican restaurant as intriguing for its varied stories, as it is for its food and drink. There is the owner- Ari Gejdenson- a former international soccer player turned successful DC restaurateur.  There is the Mexican-born chef, Carlos Camacho, who after 20 years as a DC chef is […]

Alta Strada Mosaic: Perfect Pairings

Michael Schlow is a savvy chef/restaurateur with a growing empire. He now has six restaurants in the DC area (Tico, The Riggsby, Conosci, Casolare, and Alta Strada), as well as five restaurants in New England, and one in Los Angeles. Schlow has me jumping for joy when I learn that he has reunited two top talents […]

The Smith: New York Goes to Washington

After a long weekend of New York dining, I should be ready for a night at home with a full plate of lettuce. Instead I hop on the Metro to Gallery Place, where I check out The Smith with a group of girlfriends.  When it comes to DC dining, if you sit on the sidelines […]

Owen’s Ordinary: Where I Discover Something Extraordinary

I am not a beer drinker.  I’ve probably consumed five beers in my entire life. But when my daughter and I discuss where to go for a night out, I suggest a visit to the beer-centric Owen’s Ordinary at Pike and Rose in N. Bethesda.  I plan to drink cocktails and wine, while she indulges […]

Rose’s Luxury: In Full Bloom

I wrote a passionate love letter to Rose’s Luxury in November 2013.  The restaurant was relatively new at the time, but already receiving plenty of accolades.  Rose’s Luxury and chef/owner Aaron Silverman have since been honored with numerous awards and recognition, including a Michelin Star and a James Beard award for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. It was my […]

Northwest Chinese Food: Making the Grade in College Park

I graduated from University of Maryland many, many years ago.  Heck, my son graduated from there years ago! Sadly, there were never great restaurant options when I was a student. If we wanted a nice meal, we went to the nearby Ledo’s Pizza.  By the time my son attended UMD, the dining situation hadn’t progressed […]

Al Ha’Esh: Fired Up About New Israeli Grill in Rockville

Gideon Sasson, co-owner of Moti’s Market and Carmel Caterers, was perusing Michael Solomonov’s cookbook Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking when an idea began to take shape. Reading the section on salatim (salads), he recalled with fondness the shipudiya grill restaurants he enjoys on frequent visits to Israel with his wife Debbie. Al Ha’Esh owners Gideon […]

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