DC Area Restaurants and COVID-19: How Can We Help?

Note: The resources and links here are being updated regularly. I was all set to publish a cutesy blog post professing my love for a particular dish at a DC restaurant that opened last fall.* Before I finalized my work, the situation with COVID-19 began to unfold, and the crushing impact on restaurants came into […]

Dram & Grain: Magical!

I am spellbound as I listen to Andy Bixby, Creative Director of Beverage at Dram & Grain, describe the alchemy involved in creating one of his drinks. The cocktail bar is thrumming, and I must strain to hear what he’s saying, I hang on every word. Bixby’s concoctions combine wizardry and science, and there should […]

Montgomery County Restaurants that Snap, Crackle, and Pop!

Every now and again an advertising slogan takes hold and lingers there for decades. We Try Harder. A Diamond Is Forever. Can You Hear Me Now? And then there is Snap! Crackle! Pop! featuring three cartoon characters who promote Rice Krispies. I am reflecting on Montgomery County’s recent increase in independent, casual restaurants when the catchphrase comes […]

Nina May: Happy as a Clam

“Are you content?” The server at the new Nina May in Shaw glances at our party of four with anticipation and a smile. We have chosen the “Chef’s Choice” concept, and the question of contentment is key.  For $39 you permit the chef to determine what he’ll cook for you, after the server ascertains food […]

2019: The Year in Review – Survey for Eater DC

I was delighted to participate in Eater DC’s 2019 year-end survey of local food writers and bloggers. Crafting my responses provides me an opportunity to reflect on a year of dining, and hopefully to provide ideas and insight to others. In reading the collective responses, you’ll find many shared opinions, but also some stark differences. […]

Blue Duck Tavern: ‘Tis the Season

Here’s something cool about Blue Duck Tavern, located in the Park Hyatt in DC’s West End. Even in frosty weather, you can sit outside in their Fire Garden with heaters and blankets providing additional warmth. A hot toddy or mulled wine is the consummate warm-up to dinner. Blue Duck Tavern strikes me as a fine […]

Mintwood Place: Reunited (2019)

You know those old friends you don’t see very often, but when you finally get together the camaraderie and warm, fuzzy feelings come rushing back? This is how I feel when I make a long overdue return visit to Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan. Mintwood Place is a French-influenced bistro that has been popular with DC […]

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