Unconventional Diner: An Unconventional Dinner

We had just finished our appetizers at Unconventional Diner when a nearby table was presented with a celebratory cake spewing forth sparklers from the center. Adding to the drama, the lights in the entire restaurant dimmed.  A very nice touch, I thought. Diners clapped at the spectacle, and waited for the staff to resume normal […]

Del Mar: It’s All in the Name

I sometimes have a hard time recalling people’s names.  It’s most likely an age thing, and it can be frustrating. When asked for a restaurant recommendation, however, I can usually spout off names without hesitation. The brain works in mysterious ways. The request I field most often is where to go for a celebratory dinner.  […]

ChiKo: A Prescription to Alleviate FOMO

From the moment ChiKo opened in early July, the envy-inducing photos of the food were everywhere.  They were causing me a serious case of FOMO.  FOMO is my affliction, and social media seriously aggravates my condition.  (But, can someone please tell me why it’s “fear of missing out” when you have actually missed out?! ) I […]

La Limena Grill: A Reminiscent Restaurant

La Limena on Rockville Pike is the place where we meet friends to talk about our upcoming trip to Peru.  It’s where we go when we want to revel in the flavors we enjoyed on that trip. We head to La Limena after an hours-long car ride, and again on a night when doing anything […]

Bird’s Eye Sandwich Shop: A New Perspective

I don’t really like sandwiches.  My co-workers look at me quixotically every time I make this declaration, which is whenever we have a lunchtime meeting and this is the only option on the table.  But a recent visit to Bird’s Eye Sandwich Shop has me rethinking my position. Bird’s Eye is a Friday- Sunday pop-up […]

The Wine Kitchen: Going the Distance for Hyper-Local

It’s a Thursday in early August.  I turn up my radio, roll down the windows, and head to Leesburg, Virginia for lunch at The Wine Kitchen. It’s a real treat, as I rarely take time out of my workday for anything other than eating lunch at my desk.  But I can’t pass up an opportunity […]

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