Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant: On a Roll

I must admit that until somewhat recently I didn’t have much of an affinity for sushi.  Of course, I’ve eaten my share of California rolls over the years.  Who hasn’t?  But honest to goodness maki and nigiri didn’t float my boat.  But now I’m on a roll.  And Nama– the Mount Vernon Triangle sushi restaurant […]

Kaliwa: Common Bonds

I like Kaliwa with its jumble of Southeast Asian dishes. It’s a restaurant rooted in tradition and the spirit of sharing, and the potential to create bonds between cuisines and its diners.

Urbano 116: A Fight to the Finish

Wrestling may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about inspirations for a Mexican restaurant in Old Town Alexandria.  But the theme, referred to as Lucha Libre in Mexico, fits well at the new Urbano 116.  The restaurant is edgy and raucous, and you’ll probably find yourself fighting over the […]

Del Mar: It’s All in the Name

I sometimes have a hard time recalling people’s names.  It’s most likely an age thing, and it can be frustrating. When asked for a restaurant recommendation, however, I can usually spout off names without hesitation. The brain works in mysterious ways. The request I field most often is where to go for a celebratory dinner.  […]

La Limena Grill: A Reminiscent Restaurant

La Limena on Rockville Pike is the place where we meet friends to talk about our upcoming trip to Peru.  It’s where we go when we want to revel in the flavors we enjoyed on that trip. We head to La Limena after an hours-long car ride, and again on a night when doing anything […]

Bird’s Eye Sandwich Shop: A New Perspective

I don’t really like sandwiches.  My co-workers look at me quixotically every time I make this declaration, which is whenever we have a lunchtime meeting and this is the only option on the table.  But a recent visit to Bird’s Eye Sandwich Shop has me rethinking my position. Bird’s Eye is a Friday- Sunday pop-up […]

The Wine Kitchen: Going the Distance for Hyper-Local

It’s a Thursday in early August.  I turn up my radio, roll down the windows, and head to Leesburg, Virginia for lunch at The Wine Kitchen. It’s a real treat, as I rarely take time out of my workday for anything other than eating lunch at my desk.  But I can’t pass up an opportunity […]

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