Indique: A Worthy Competitor

When you meet K.N. Vinod, co-owner and Executive Chef of Indique, it’s hard to imagine him as a fierce competitor. He’s a mild mannered man, who smiles easily and radiates with well-deserved pride about his restaurants, which also include Bombay Bistro in Rockville.  Chef Vinod appears on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay in an episode titled […]

Columbus: A Surprising Discovery

When I tell people that my husband and I are visiting Columbus largely to explore the food, I get two reactions. From those who have never been to the city, there are raised eyebrows and puzzled expressions. From people who have been, there are knowing smiles and a rattling off of recommendations that has me […]

Policy: There’s No Debate

As a frequent restaurant-goer, I often have an internal debate over where to dine.  My policy is generally to intersperse meals at hot new places with visits to those that stand the test of time.  This includes Policy, a restaurant that’s been part of the 14th Street corridor since 2009, before it was the bustling […]

All-Purpose: Crispy in Shaw

When my daughter got married recently, I was given the opportunity to say a few words at a pre-wedding dinner.  I was paralyzed at first, not knowing quite how to express my feelings.  Once I decide to capture my sentiments in the form of a food review, the words come to me more easily.  I […]

Preserve: Savoring Summer in Annapolis

As summer winds down, I feel a need to preserve precious moments from a season that has been far too fleeting.  A visit to Annapolis and the restaurant Preserve seems like the appropriate homage. The small restaurant with a window onto Main Street has a focus on “pickling, preserving and fermenting,” a concept that sustains itself […]

Hazel: Lamenting Lost Leftovers

It was a wail that could be heard around the office.  Fortunately it was late and there weren’t many people around. I forgot to put my leftovers from Hazel in the refrigerator, and the bag had been under my desk for hours.  I considered the contents:  duck sausage and crispy chickpea tofu with Szechuan lamb sauce.  The […]

Richmond: L’Opossum is Playful & Seriously Terrific

My dinner at L’Opossum in Richmond is the result of a Facebook post.  A DC food writer crowdsources restaurant recommendations for Richmond, Virginia. Several respondents suggest L’Opossum.  A few days later she posts a photo of of the menu and a one word description of her L’Opossum experience… “loved.” I am envious and more than a little […]

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