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


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 […]

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