Posto: For Pre-Theater

Torda di Mandorle

As much as I cherish a Saturday evening dedicated to dining, sometimes a restaurant isn’t the main event on my agenda. My husband and I regularly join friends for dinner and a show, where the meal takes on a more minor role in the evening’s entertainment.  Convenience inevitably becomes one of the determining factors in […]

Ann Arbor’s Zingerman’s: Celebrating an Institution

zingerman's reuben

Tell anyone who has been there that you are visiting Ann Arbor, Michigan and they are likely to mention Zingerman’s.  Passionately, lovingly, enviably.  It is an Ann Arbor institution for good reason.  Most people are referring to Zingerman’s Deli, which attracts long lines for its Jewish-style sandwiches, knishes, breads, and selection of artisanal delicacies. But […]

Great Tastes of Tysons Festival

Mike Isabella

One of the best things about spring is the numerous food-centric festivals cropping up all over town.  It’s a chance to soak up the sun, sample various foods, and sip wine.  A few weeks ago my husband and I attended the National Harbor Food and Wine Festival.  A highlight for me were the cooking demonstrations, […]

Blue Duck Tavern Refreshes its Menu for Spring

Blue Duck Tavern religieuses

Ask a DC food lover for a list of their favorite restaurants, and Blue Duck Tavern is likely to appear. I count myself as an admirer.  I love the feel of the place, as it manages to be simultaneously elegant and informal.  The waitstaff is abundant, attentive, and yet appropriately restrained.  You’ll never need to […]

The Tasting Room: Exhibiting Good Taste

scallops

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 […]

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