Pineapple and Pearls: Fusing Fine Food and Fun

About halfway through our meal at Pineapple and Pearls I offer these words of wisdom to chef/owner Aaron Silverman to express how I feel about his new restaurant: “HOLY CRAP.” It’s hard to be articulate when your mind is in the midst of being blown. We are seated at the counter, only a few feet […]

Espita Mezcaleria: Holy Mole

DC restaurant-goers are scurrying around the city right now, trying to keep up with openings and pop-ups. It’s not an easy feat. It requires patience, fortitude, and often a tolerance for the highest level on the decibel meter.  A visit to Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw is a test on all three counts. But the payoff […]

Clarity: I Can See Clearly Now

To many Montgomery County dwellers, traveling to Northern Virginia to dine is akin to visiting a different country. While a passport isn’t necessary, it does require pre-planning and a willingness to travel over the American Legion Bridge just for fun. It’s not something to be taken lightly.  Since traveling for food is one of my favorite […]

SER: Simple, Easy, Really Good Brunch

I wish I brunched more often.  But my dining out is more dinner-focused, with brunch just an occasional indulgence. For me, weekend mornings are perfect for lying around in PJ’s. What if you could stay in your PJ’s, sip mimosas, and partake in dreamy Spanish cuisine?  Sounds good, right? Check out the just-launched Pajama Brunch at […]

Kapnos Kouzina: Abuzz in Bethesda

I glance up at my computer screen and see the tweet I’ve eagerly anticipated for months.  Kapnos Kouzina is officially taking reservations. Bethesda’s newest restaurant is from the prolific Mike Isabella and his partner George Pagonis, both former “Top Chef” contestants. I race to snag a table for opening night. My “Top Chef” fanaticism is well-documented on this blog, […]

The Source: An Inspiring Journey

One of my favorite sources for Chinese food is not really a Chinese restaurant.  It’s The Source, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, where Executive Chef Scott Drewno exhibits a finesse for creating Chinese dishes such as dumplings, roast duck, and steamed buns.   Since my last visit to The Source, there has been a renovation to […]

Tail Up Goat: Thumbs Up!

The name of the restaurant is initially a head-scratcher, but Tail Up Goat is anything but puzzling. My visit to the new Adams Morgan restaurant leaves me eager to extol its virtues. First, let’s try and clear up the curious name. Tail Up Goat is inspired by the U.S. Virgin Islands where co-owner and Service Director Jill […]

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