2016: The Leftovers

At the end of every year, most food writers and bloggers publish summaries: favorite chefs, restaurants, dishes, trends, events, etc.  I was planning to do the same.  But who needs another wrap up extolling the virtues of Pineapple and Pearls, Bad Saint, All Purpose, Tail Up Goat, Convivial, Hazel, Kinship, etc. etc.?  You can read […]

Community: Belonging in Bethesda

If I were asked to make a list of words that mean the most to me, community would be among them.  I’m someone to whom a sense of belonging matters, and being part of a community is vitally important to my well-being.  What’s also on my list of favorite words?  Restaurant.  Obviously. So when Community […]

Wildwood Kitchen: Dishing out Brunch

I need a new set of dishes for those rare occasions when I eat dinner at home. This has been a months-long process, with my husband and I conducting online searches and visiting Bloomingdales, Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, Bed, Beth & Beyond, and beyond. We finally agree on a pattern when we extend our search […]

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, […]

Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana: Chef Tosses Aside Fine Dining for Pizza

When Chef Tony Conte decided to leave his post at DC’s upscale Oval Room and open Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, Darnestown got lucky.  Really lucky. The Chef hung up his fine dining toque last year and is now tossing up pizzas, salad, and appetizers in a lovely, but small, no-reservations restaurant in a strip mall. As a Montgomery […]

Peter Chang: Can the Rockville Restaurant Live Up to its Moniker?

I am an admirer of Chef Peter Chang’s food.  I first wrote about him in July 2011, after visiting his Charlottesville restaurant, where I’ve now dined on a number of occasions. Much has been written about the Chinese chef, including an article in The New York Times by food critic Pete Wells: “Where Peter Chang Cooks, They will Follow.” […]

Naples Ristorante E Pizzeria E Bar: Shopping Around for Pizza (CLOSED)

Long before I was known as a food-obsessed diner, I had a passion for shopping.  These days I spend more time shopping for restaurants than I do enhancing my wardrobe. Therefore, shopping for food and clothing in one fell swoop is a dream come true for a multi-tasker like me. I hear positive buzz for […]

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