Zaytinya Grape Festival: Spoonful of Good Food & Politics

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At the preview of the Grape Festival this year held in the last two weeks of September, I had the opportunity to speak with executive chef Michael Costa. Rather than a fancy, schmancy food critic, I’m just a political and news junkie with a big appetite. That’s why I treasured my few minutes with this pro. To […]

Not in Paris but D.C.: My Night at Dîner en Blanc

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Shrouded in mystery, you hear that a cool, secretive dining experience will pop up and a few hours later, break down. Few details are online–the dress code in white (which although after Labor Day was perfect because of the warm Washington, D.C. September) and the accoutrements for guests to bring such as a table and […]

Please Knock Before You Walk in on My #FoodPorn: National Tequila Month at El Centro D.F.

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Refreshing. Fresh. Creative. Delicate. If my taste buds had thoughts and could articulate them, this is what they would be screaming after savoring the menu at El Centro D.F. in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. A Chef Richard Sandoval restaurant, “El Centro” (as we locals call it) created a tequila-inspired menu for National Tequila Month […]

Summer Break: Unconventional Grillers for the 4th of July

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People all across the country are firing up their grills and cooking out for the Fourth of July. Hamburgers and hotdogs are almost always par for the course for this all-American occasion. This year, however, leave the traditional cookout fare to the amateurs. Treat your friends and family to unconventional grilled delights. I don’t know about you, but I am a […]

Homegrown: The Benefits of Teaching Children How to Grow Food

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Growing fresh food at home can be just as much an educational tool as it is a component of the pantry. The process of planting and harvesting fresh produce teaches children about food and the importance of healthy eating habits. Today the homegrown movement has caught fire: more people are growing their own food than ever before including the White House led by First Lady Michelle Obama who this month welcomed […]

Pan Latino Tapas Restaurant Review: Purple Potatoes and Barrel-Aged Bourbon

Toro Toro with the Wise Latina Club founder, Viviana Hurtado.

Tapas, or small plates are popular in the restaurant industry and an easy way to try many different dishes on a menu. Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro recently opened its doors, offering the crème de la crème of Pan Latino small plates to the appetites of Washington, D.C. Located in the heart of the city’s downtown area, this hot new […]

Food Trucks: A Thriving Entrepreneurial Frontier

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In addition to serving fast and delicious meals, food trucks have created a new market for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Easily accessible, these mobile restaurants can be found at breweries, music venues, or on a busy street corner outside of office buildings. I stopped by the Peruvian Brothers food truck parked in front of the Peruvian Consulate for a Saturday brunch tasting. The brothers, Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone, titled the experience “Gastro-Diplomacy.” […]