Food & Dining

02/09/2017 - 11:18am
Baby, it’s still cold outside. But despite the gloomy days and colder temperatures, there are plenty of seasonal delights to enjoy. In fact, beautiful root vegetables like beets, parsnips, and celery root are so delicious when roasted with olive oil, sea salt, and fresh pepper, they should not be relegated to mere side dishes. These veggies make gorgeous ingredients for your main course as well. Pairing wine with winter vegetable dishes can be tricky, but there are a few pairings that... >>more
02/08/2017 - 10:12am
!Viva Espana! Wow, what a classy intro! The eagerly awaited Joselito Casa de Comidas arrived early last month at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. We enjoyed a sneak preview featuring an elegant reception and sit-down dinner. After nibbling hors d’oeuvres and sipping oloroso sherry, we dined on richly appointed tables as oversize mirrors gleamed over the marble-topped bar. Spanish tiles, vintage posters, and family photos enhanced the warm ambience. “We did not have the budget for an... >>more
01/23/2017 - 10:12am
Customers ask me all the time what regions offer the best values in wine. It’s an easy answer: cheap (and delicious) wines are produced all over the planet. Old and New World regions can offer terrific value if you know where to look. A wine sales associate can help navigate the many options. At Schneider’s we strive to provide interesting wines of impeccable quality at the lowest prices. We look to Old World regions like Italy, France, and Spain that offer diversity from esoteric... >>more
01/17/2017 - 10:27am
Capitol Hill’s eagerly awaited Spanish restaurant, Joselito: Casa de Comidas, is set to open any day at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Created by Javier Chandon and wife Christiana Campos (who also operate SER in Arlington), Joselito is named after Javier’s late father, Jose Chandon Perez. Headed by executive chef David Sierra, the kitchen will turn out traditional Spanish fare – with some innovative twists – for lunch and dinner. At press time, Sierra and Chandon were fine-... >>more
01/17/2017 - 9:24am
Back in the late 1970s we were warned to eliminate fat intake from milk, eggs, cheese, and butter. Excessive calories and arterial damage were linked with dairy foods. I followed along like most health-conscious folks and cut back on whole-milk products. Substituting grey-blue skim milk on my morning cereal, I also replaced our table butter with margarine. It tastes like butter! Not really, but we did it anyway. In 2014 investigative journalist Nina Teicholz wrote a book, “The Big Fat... >>more
12/12/2016 - 10:15am
Looking for an easy and stress-free way to take care of all of your holiday gifting this season in one fell swoop?  Stop by your favorite neighborhood wine shop, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, and pick up a mixed case of wine and spirits.  We have something for everyone on your list from your whiskey enthusiast boss, to your wine collector uncle, and even your hipster, beer-lovin’ cousin.  Picking up a mixed case and putting a bow on each bottle will allow you to easily... >>more
12/12/2016 - 9:10am
Barracks Row Updates He’s back! As you’ve probably heard, restaurateur Xavier Cervera re-acquired his Barracks Row establishments last fall. Since then he’s been working almost non-stop, repainting, redecorating, renaming, and rebranding. On the corner at 502 Eighth St. SE, the former Chesapeake Room is now Ophelia’s Fish House. You might recall that Ophelia Williams, mother of Burnie Williams of Chat’s Liquor next door, operated a florist shop in that space for a... >>more
11/16/2016 - 2:31pm
Ophelia's Fish House opens tomorrow. The new restaurant, located at the site of the old Chesapeake Room, 501 8th St. SE, is a paean to seafood. Chef Alavro Martinez, who patrons may recall cooked there formerly, returns. The entire restaurant has been completely renovated. Expect delicious, locally sourced, sustainable fruits de Mer. The restaurant is named for Ophelia, the mother of Bernie at nearby Chat's, who sold flowers at the location of 25 years and remains the property's... >>more
11/15/2016 - 9:12am
There are a few simple rules to consider when planning your Thanksgiving wine pairings this year.  Start with sparkling wine as a festive treat for your guests.  Sparkling wines bring an elegance to your meal, plus they are remarkably food-friendly.  The high acidity helps to both cut through rich fatty sides like cheesy casserole and cornbread, and the minerality adds depth to meaty flavors.  The bright stone fruit and citrus notes also make it the perfect partner for... >>more