Minibar: It’s Sensational

” 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 […]

Maple Ave Restaurant: Full of Surprises

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 […]

Zentan: Mission Accomplished

Zentan has been on my restaurant wish list since reading a Washington Post review from Tom Sietsema last September. “Zentan’s new chef brings a little more spark” is good news. Prior to that, Eater DC lists Zentan in their “New Chef Heatmap:  Restaurants Worth a Revisit.” I haven’t dined at Zentan since March 2011, and am […]

Kapnos: Mike Isabella Hits a Home Run

Most people I know can talk about players on DC sports teams with great familiarity.  Sure I’ve heard about National’s players like Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg, but beyond that I am fairly clueless. On the other hand, I am happy to discuss local chefs with confidence.  My knowledge retention may be slipping with age, […]

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