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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Marcel’s: A Dining Experience That’s Meant to Be

Anniversaries and birthdays are always my justification for a food splurge. The only challenge is coming up with which high-end restaurant I’m ready to check off my list. I’m thinking about Marcel’s for our 32nd wedding anniversary, but haven’t yet mentioned it to my husband.  When out of the blue he says “how about Marcel’s […]

DC Dining: Where I Plan to Eat Again (& Again) in 2015

As 2014 came to a close, nearly every DC food writer and blogger published a wrap-up about their favorite restaurants, bars, etc. I didn’t quite get around to writing mine, although I was certainly thinking about it. It’s now mid-January, and I’ve been diligently fulfilling my New Year’s resolution of checking off restaurants on my to do […]

Ocopa: The Wow Factor (CLOSED)

When you eat in restaurants on a regular basis as I do, it’s easy to become jaded and difficult to impress.  At this point, a wow for me is really a WOW. Ocopa, the new Peruvian restaurant on H Street, Northeast recently wowed me. Ocopa, which opened last August, was certainly on my radar.  It […]

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