Marcel’s: A Dining Experience That’s Meant to Be

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Anniversaries and birthdays are always my justification for a food splurge. The only challenge is coming up with which high-end restaurant I’m ready to check off my list. I’m thinking about Marcel’s for our 32nd wedding anniversary, but haven’t yet mentioned it to my husband.  When out of the blue he says “how about Marcel’s […]

The Daily Dish: Spring is in the Air in Silver Spring

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Can it be that spring has finally sprung?  A promising indicator is some of the new items on the menu at The Daily Dish, one of my favorite local restaurants.  I participate in a recent media dinner to check out what’s been cooking with this Silver Spring restaurant and catering company. The Daily Dish is […]

Great Sage: Meeting Diverse Tastes

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Dinner out with both of my kids and their significant others is a rarity.  We are a family with complex dining restrictions (all except for me, of course). My daughter and her boyfriend will only eat at kosher or vegan restaurants.  My son and daughter-in-law are meat free (will eat fish), and she is gluten free/dairy […]

Summer House Santa Monica: Beating the Winter Blues

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Another snowy day has hit the DC area, and we’re all feeling a bit weary of the cold and the annoying interruptions to our regularly-scheduled activities.  I’m channeling the sunshine by writing about dinner at Summer House Santa Monica, a new restaurant at Pike and Rose center in North Bethesda.  This is a place that […]

Thip Khao: A Sizzler in Columbia Heights

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There are a plethora of new restaurants in DC.  One of the hottest newbies- in more ways than one- is Thip Khao.  Thip Khao, serving up Laotian food in Columbia Heights, is my restaurant of choice for Valentine’s Day dinner.  A romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day is traditional. But we’re more about taking […]

Floriana: Checks and Balances

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People choose where to dine for a variety of reasons, and sometimes convenience tops the list. I select Floriana, the Italian restaurant near DC’s Dupont Circle, as the location for a pre-theater dinner.  Since my friends have come to expect carefully curated restaurants when they dine with me, I feel the need to issue a qualifier […]

Florida Avenue Grill and Gypsy Soul: Southern Comfort

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The winter months lend themselves to food that warms the soul.  Two of my recent dining experiences are as different as night and day, yet they each offer food from the south that is both hearty and comforting.  Gypsy Soul, in Northern Virginia’s Mosaic District, is a chance for Chef RJ Cooper to embrace Southern […]

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