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 […]

Ristorante i Ricchi: Dust Off Your Passport

I came across my passport the other day. My heart lurched, and I sighed so loudly that I startled myself. How long will it be before I can use it again? These days a thrilling journey is getting in my car and driving downtown to dine on a restaurant patio, which I’ve only done a […]

RAMMY Awards: A Virtual Celebration of DC Area Restaurants, Foodservice & Hospitality

We are all now accustomed to virtual events. Conferences, weddings, funerals, birthdays and so much more are celebrated from the comfort of our homes. This year, rather than dressing up in cocktail attire and gathering with thousands of people representing the region’s restaurant and foodservice community, we watched a livestream as the Restaurant Association Metropolitan […]

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