RAMMY Awards Pivot

As the restaurant industry struggled to adjust to incredibly challenging circumstances during the pandemic, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) adapted its 2021 RAMMY awards accordingly. Special for this year only, many stakeholders came together to identify categories that speak to 2020 and the myriad of challenges, unforeseen hurdles, and opportunities that arose to […]

Oyster Oyster: Cultivating Fans Amidst a Changing Landscape

I’m wild about Oyster Oyster. The name stems from a tribute to bivalve mollusks and oyster mushrooms, each sustainable and environmentally friendly, which is what drives every aspect of this DC restaurant.

Thip Khao: Rising Above

As life slowly returns to normal, albeit in a modified way, when it comes to dining, I feel like a cicada emerging from the ground. I’m fully vaccinated but trying to determine what this means in terms of my relationship with restaurants. Neighborhood drops are still happening- and I hope this is a trend that […]

Time to March on from Febru-weary with Neighborhood Drops & Food Trucks

It was one tough February. Ice, snow, and too many days that were downright dreary. Can we just rename the month Febru-weary? As we catch a break with some warmer days, there’s a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.  Aren’t we all ready to March forward? The winter weather dampened my enthusiasm […]

Second Story Pizza: A New Chapter for Sasha Felikson

The restaurant industry was forced to take a pause in 2020. Owners, chefs, managers, servers, line cooks… everyone had to make decisions, assess risks, and determine how best to adapt to the mass upheaval brought on by the global pandemic. Each has a narrative that shapes where they are today, which is likely still evolving. […]

Ema Rossi Pizzeria Napoletana: Driving Forces

As the pandemic continues to necessitate restaurant takeout, my car has become an outpost dining room. Seeds from everything bagels line the creases of the leather seats. Donut crumbs and tiny flecks of fried chicken skin can be detected on the carpet. These morsels are wiped away from week to week, but they are swiftly […]

Anju, Ghostburger, Yellow the Cafe: Let There Be Light!

It’s getting darker earlier. It’s colder outside. Restaurant owners are understandably anxious about how they will survive the winter.  Optimism and action in these pandemic times is essential. These past weeks I have filled much of my spare time lying prostrate on the couch, engrossed in CNN, MSNBC, and television shows that I consider anti-anxiety […]

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