Pinea: Transitions at the W Hotel

Pinea eggplant

It’s a quiet Sunday night in the dining room at Pinea.  The newish restaurant is in DC’s W Hotel, in a space once occupied by J&G Steakhouse.  The chef, Barry Koslow, comes most recently from DGS Deli, a restaurant featuring old-style Jewish dishes with modern twists.  Pinea offers “contemporary regional Southern European and Mediterranean cuisine,” which […]

Taste Gastropub: Tasty in Olney

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It’s a rainy dreary Saturday afternoon and I’m suffering from a cold.  I am tempted to pull up the covers and spend the day with the remote control.  But I have an invitation to a private tasting at Taste Gastropub in Olney.  Let’s face it, I can count on one hand the number of restaurant […]

DBGB Kitchen and Bar: An Appealing New Destination

DBGB Fluke

If you want to create excitement in the DC food community, have a distinguished chef with national name recognition announce they are opening a restaurant here.  This is guaranteed to garner hype on all forms of social media, and is indeed what happened when Chef Daniel Boulud announced his opening of DBGB Kitchen and Bar in the […]

Compass Rose: Navigating the World of Street Food

Compass Rose Bhel Puri Chaat

Dining decisions are not always simple.   Small plates or comfort food? An energetic, buzzy vibe or a place where you can really hear your dining companions? And which part of the world do you want to be the inspiration for your dishes? It’s helpful to have some direction, which is where Compass Rose comes […]

National Geographic Premieres: “Eat: The Story of Food”

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My Twitter handle is @foodobsessed6.  My obsession primarily relates to dining, but I also have a growing interest in food on a much broader level, including the evolution and future of food. Many of my questions, and yours, are about to be answered in a new six-hour miniseries called EAT: The Story of Food.  Produced by […]

Serengeti: A Really Good Kosher Steakhouse in Baltimore

Serengeti chicken

Many kosher restaurants frustrate me, particularly those in the DC/Baltimore area.  They have a captive audience of diners, which may be why atmosphere, cleanliness, and quality of food are often not on par with non-kosher restaurants.  I frequently find myself saying “it’s good….for a kosher restaurant.” I wrote about this last year in an article published by Tablet Magazine called  “It’s […]

Who’s Up for a Capital Food Fight?

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November marks the 25th anniversary of the DC Central Kitchen.  The Capital Food Fight is an annual fundraising event for DC Central Kitchen, which is America’s leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.  This year’s event was held Tuesday, […]

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