Daikaya: A Relationship Refresher

Long-term relationships are difficult to keep fresh and interesting.  I’ve been married for decades, so I know what I’m talking about.  Restaurants have an even bigger challenge.  How do they manage to stay attractive and in demand, when the next hot thing is right around the corner? Daikaya, the Japanese restaurant from Daisuke Utagawa, Yama […]

BABA: Party On!

As I descend the stairs to BABA, the sibling of the popular Ambar in Clarendon, my eyes adjust to the dim light.  I’m feeling tired from the long workday and thinking that I really should have gone home rather than venturing out to explore Balkan-inspired drinks and dinner in far-off Arlington. But then I remember […]

Sushería: Taking it to the Streets

Glitzy art deco décor meets the Japanese-Peruvian fusion known as Nikkei cuisine at Sushería – the Georgetown waterfront restaurant transformed by owner Maurico Fraga-Rosenfeld from his previous spot, Maté. What is Nikkei? Nikkei is a result of an influx of Japanese immigrants to Peru in the late 1800’s. The cuisine contrasts the delicate flavors of Japan […]

Kith/Kin: Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s Food is A Knockout

There was a song released in 1997 called “Tubthumping” by the group Chumbawamba.  If it’s not ringing a bell, the lyrics may bring it back: I get knocked down, but I get up again You are never gonna keep me down I get knocked down, but I get up again You are never gonna keep me […]

Supra: Georgian on My Mind

It’s safe to say that most of us don’t find ourselves thinking “Let’s go out for Georgian food tonight.” Yet the cuisine of Georgia- the country, not the state – is distinctive and versatile. Supra, the DC restaurant showcasing the dishes of this Eastern European country, is a fun and interesting venue with lots of […]

Maydan: A Countdown

6:10 pm:  Sunday evening. Car ride en route to Maydan- the Middle Eastern, deservedly lauded, restaurant located in an alley near 14th Street and Florida Avenue, NW. 2nd visit for my husband and me.  1st visit for our dining companions. They are VERY excited.  Their enthusiasm reignites mine. Concern: will the restaurant live up to […]

Fall Favorites: Poca Madre, Fancy Radish, Himitsu, Bresca, Gravitas

“Without experimentation, a willingness to ask questions and try new things, we shall surely become static, repetitive, and moribund.” Anthony Bourdain When asked about my favorite DC restaurants, I consider those that get my heart pumping.  I seek out innovation, favoring restaurants where the featured cuisine or concept is a starting point for the chef […]

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