G by Mike Isabella : Gee Whiz the Tasting Menu is Gratifying

G by Mike Isabella stadium

Mike Isabella’s name is in lights at Nationals Stadium.  He appeared on season six of “Top Chef” and was runner up on “Top Chef All-Stars.”  He is often a featured chef at fundraising events around town, and this summer will appear on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Duels.”  Not to mention, he is chef/owner of a growing […]

Water & Wall: Water Over the Bridge

Water and Wall Scallops

As a teenager growing up in Northern Virginia, most of my friends lived in Suburban Maryland. I had to accept the fact that it was farther for them to come visit me than vice versa.  Then I became one of those people, living in Maryland and feeling like Virginia is inconvenient.  It isn’t about the […]

Minibar: It’s Sensational

chocolate hay

” One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” Luciano Pavarotti, as quoted on a wall in Minibar.  If any restaurant follows this credo, it’s Minibar. There is a great deal of eating involved, but it is so much more […]

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 […]

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