| Aug. 12, 2013, 3:41 p.m.
“Have you ever tried these before? I like them — A LOT,” the apple-cheeked gas station attendant volunteered as I dumped an assortment of shrink-wrapped pepperoni rolls onto the counter before her.
| Aug. 5, 2013, 4:21 p.m.
The discourse about what we eat is changing across the country. More and more, people want to know where their food comes from, what’s in it and who produces it, and local farmers markets are stepping up to meet such demands.
| July 24, 2013, 3:31 p.m.
It’s close to 4 p.m. in the middle of the week, during a hot stretch of summer days. At the edge of Lincoln Park, where joggers and dog walkers are circling, the tiny Italian restaurant Ninnella is bustling. The floor is full of wine crates, lobster and octopus are spread in the kitchen, ice is being shuffled into bins and glasses are being wiped clean.
| July 17, 2013, 2:44 p.m.
Capitol Hill is getting uncorked.
| July 10, 2013, 3:55 p.m.
Blue crab season is in full swing here in the Mid-Atlantic, and some in Congress have wisely taken notice — peppering their summer fundraising plans with outdoor feasts and picnic-y picking sessions that naturally lend themselves to rolled-up sleeves, frosty beers and Old Bay-stained bibs and fingers.
| June 27, 2013, 5:20 p.m.
Forget the smell test.
| June 20, 2013, 4:32 p.m.
Spike Mendelsohn freely admits he wasn’t entirely ready to move on his fledgling restaurant, Béarnaise (315 Pennsylvania Ave. SE), last year when he snatched up the prime real estate just behind his other well-trafficked properties.
| June 13, 2013, 4:53 p.m.
“This is really good. I don’t usually get lucky at this franchise,” a dining companion blurted out after registering what sounded like a pleasurable — but evidently rare — experience at the revamped Farmers Fishers Bakers.
| June 6, 2013, 4:51 p.m.
What’s a well-seasoned toque to do when he can’t quite find his dream job? Whip one up, of course.
| June 3, 2013, 6:59 p.m.
Philanthropic types should strap on their hungry pants, because two of D.C.’s hospitality heavies are planning to send off June with a bang by hosting dueling dine-arounds featuring signature eats, exotic libations and a slew of talented toques.
| May 23, 2013, 3:56 p.m.
Six hours before the start of the new year, the Senate was about to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff and longtime staffer Patrick Mullane was getting ready to leave the Hill for beer. It’s just that it’s taken a few months to get the kegs tapped.
| May 16, 2013, 2:54 p.m.
“Toasted ravioli (meat), deep-fried Twinkies,” read the terribly succinct response to our open call for hard-to-find regional foodstuffs.
| May 9, 2013, 3:22 p.m.
After 30-plus years of being at the forefront of American — nay, global — dining, one could forgive world-renowned toque and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck for slowing down a bit.
| April 25, 2013, 3:51 p.m.
Erin Dominguez, a scheduler for Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Texas, became a vegan a year and a half ago for health reasons, after both of her parents died from colon cancer.
| April 18, 2013, 5:10 p.m.
Note to public relations gurus in Washington: There is more to life than putting words in people’s mouths.
| April 15, 2013, 6:59 p.m.
A lion, a tiger, some paint, a local brewery and a touch of humility have brought a congressman, an artist and a local brewer together to talk about art, politics and Washington, paving the way for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo., to continue his quest for bipartisan civility.
| April 11, 2013, 6:06 p.m.
We hate to break it to the hungry, huddled masses that routinely seek out House side eateries for sustenance, but when it comes to that guiltiest of pull-apart pleasures, fried chicken, you should be calling “fowl.”
| March 21, 2013, 5:57 p.m.
Knowing what’s right and doing what’s right are, quite often, two mutually exclusive trajectories. Particularly when it comes to a properly executed happy hour.
| March 14, 2013, 6:14 p.m.
For busy staffers on Capitol Hill, whose hectic days are often scheduled down to the minute, grabbing lunch often means a trip to the cafeterias scattered around the Capitol complex.
| March 7, 2013, 5:55 p.m.
We’ve yet to hear anybody in Washington complain about there being too many good, authentic Jewish delis in this town.