Tag Archives: D.C.

The Farmer in the Show: James T. Farmer III at the Washington Winter Show

I live in Maryland, and it’s usually easy to forget that it’s a border state.  You can’t get more liberal than Montgomery County; you wouldn’t catch anybody smoking inside a building, for instance. But then I was sitting at this … Continue reading

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Jerusalem of Gold: Zahav, The Restaurant, Event and Cookbook

Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, Zahav, A World of Israeli Cooking, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015   Michael Solomonov is the chef and part owner of the Israeli restaurant Zahav in Philadelphia.  He is also the author of its eponymous cookbook, … Continue reading

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New, Return, Rebirth: Innovation on Your Plate at the Smithsonian Food History Weekend October 22-24, 2015

There was more to the Smithsonian Food History Weekend than I was privy to.  Too bad, but the Gala at which the first Julia Child Award was (fittingly) bestowed upon Jacques Pepin was beyond my price point.  There was plenty … Continue reading

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The Northern (Mexican) Way: Pati Jinich’s Culinary Program at the Mexican Cultural Institute

2015 marks the 25th year since the Mexican Cultural Institute’s establishment.   To honor that silver anniversary, the first program of Pati Jinich’s culinary series this year focused on the Silver Route of Northern Mexico. Aguascalientes, Guanajuato , Queretaro, San Luis Potosí: … Continue reading

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Pisco, Pachamanca, and Alligator Pears: Peruvian Food at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

This year’s Folklife Festival was constrained in both space and scope.  Squeezed onto the Mall between 3rd and 4th Streets, it focused on only one subject: Peru.  But, just as a magnifying glass may concentrate attention on a small but … Continue reading

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An Austrian’s Adventures in Midcentury America: My Organic Life by Nora Pouillon, with Laura Fraser

If you could sum up Nora Pouillon in one word, would it be “stubborn?” She is known for her single-minded determination to run her professional and personal life the way she sees fit. How about “obsessed?” everything in her restaurant, … Continue reading

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Jose and Carla and Joan and Alice: Saturday Night Sips 2015

I don’t usually start an article by dropping names, but I couldn’t help myself. So many shining lights of the local and national firmament in one place! They almost outshone the food. Almost. New this year at Sips: alcoholic elevators. … Continue reading

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Can There Be Too Much of a Good Thing? NMAI: The Power of Chocolate

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and Mars Chocolate North America sponsored an evening program and reception in advance of the Power of Chocolate Festival in March. In the interest of testing the theory that there can never … Continue reading

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Truck On Down To The Food Truck Convention

The food truck scene in our area has exploded in the last few years. Time was, if you wanted more than a hot dog when dining al fresco in downtown DC, you were out of luck. And try finding food … Continue reading

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Two Lessons on Italian Food: Francine Segan on Pasta, Coffee, Chocolate and Other Delights

“She’s prettier in person,” the middle-aged man next to me whispered. He was right. Francine Segan, cookbook author, host of the TV series Americans who Love Italy, expert on Italian cuisine, stood at the lectern wearing a beautifully-embroidered coat. She … Continue reading

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