New Year, New Menu at Cuba Libre


I love classics but am always intrigued when a creative mind can pull off a twist that is at once convincing and fresh. That’s what executive chef Matt Zagorski accomplished with his updated menu at Cuba Libre restaurant in Washington, D.C. I had the opportunity to savor his creations right before President Obama announced the beginning […]

Something To Do: Sushi School at Masa 14


Bored of the same boozy brunch each week? Is the thermostat not your friend because it’s getting too butt cold or sweltering hot to be outdoors? Couples, how about adding some pizazz into your marriage routine that’s not the run of the mill “dinner and a movie”? Singles, how about a cool first date? These […]

Día de los Muertos Menú at Oyamel Restaurant


Raised in California, lived in Mexico City in 1999-2000, and then on the U.S. Mexico border in Texas turned my palate into a discriminating connoisseur of authentic Mexican food. However, I am not the only person in Washington, D.C. to look down my nose primed by snobby taste buds at this town’s Mexican fare. The […]

Zaytinya Grape Festival: Spoonful of Good Food & Politics


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


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.


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 […]