The Tasting Room: Exhibiting Good Taste


My compass usually points south towards the district when I think about where to dine on a Saturday night. But a recent drive up Route 270N to the Maryland city of Frederick proves to be particularly satisfying. Many Washingtonians associate Frederick dining with Bryan Voltaggio’s excellent establishment, Volt.  Just a few blocks away is another […]

Maple Ave Restaurant: Full of Surprises

yuzu lime tart

My obsession with restaurant research generally yields positive results.  But I must admit, it’s exhilarating when I stumble upon a restaurant and have a stand-out meal.  Maple Ave Restaurant in Vienna, Virginia takes me by surprise with its diverse menu, bold flavors, and low-key vibe. Maple Ave Restaurant (MAR) isn’t exactly a sleeper.  It is […]

NYC’s Balaboosta: From Strength to Strength

Market salad

Walk. Eat. Shop. Repeat.  This is my mantra for a three-day weekend in NYC with a girlfriend. Late Saturday afternoon we head to Nolita to browse through the boutiques.  Despite being reservation-less, we hope to snag a table at Balaboosta. Is this chutzpah, or the way most people go with the flow when it comes […]

NYC’s Betony: A Best Bet-in-NY

Betony interior

A question that I get asked frequently is where should I eat in NYC…this weekend?  It’s a question that leaves me cringing.  My New York trips have always involved hours of obsessive research.  I mark my calendar for the exact moment I can call for reservations, since many spots won’t reserve more than a month […]

Aggio: Expanding a Restaurant’s Range

beef cheek

Change can be difficult, particularly as one ages.  I have deep admiration for a friend, who at the age of 60 abandons his consulting business and enrolls in L’Academie de Cuisine.  He plans to become a personal chef upon graduation.  I truly am in awe of this bold move.  I can think of no better […]

Fiola Mare: Mare Me

Fiola Mare Lobster Ravioli

It’s not like I ever need an excuse to dine out.  But I do have a list of restaurants held in reserve for special occasions.  My wedding anniversary deserves a top tier restaurant, particularly since we are now at 31 years.  Last year’s 30th meant dinner at two phenomenal restaurants- Inn at Little Washington and […]

Nantucket’s Reef: Here’s the Skinny

nantucket's reef

I suffer from an ailment that plagues me nearly every day. It isn’t painful, but it does bring on pangs…of hunger.  This ailment is food envy, and I feel it most often on weekdays as I browse through other people’s photos on Twitter and Instagram.  Photos of tantalizing doughnuts, exotic sandwiches, and food truck delicacies […]

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