Food & Dining

10/08/2016 - 10:48am
As the summer winds down and the first signs of fall appear, the weather can be unpredictable. One hot, sunny day might prompt a day out by the pool. The next might bring cool breezes that require sweaters and scarves. How can one please the palate regardless of the impending forecast? Look to versatile red wines that quench your thirst in temperatures both hot and cool. Don’t forget fuller-bodied, fleshy whites to enjoy on cool evenings. This fall, stay one step ahead of the... >>more
10/08/2016 - 9:32am
So this is what the fuss is about. We finally lunched at Pow Pow, the funky Asian eatery at 1253 H St. NE, in the Atlas District, and were not disappointed. Owned by partners Stephen Cheung  (who also operates Lavagna on Barracks Row), musician Shaun Sharkey and John Yamashita, Pow Pow opened May 5. Patrons are greeted by a huge tiger mural (a stylized tiger face appears on the company logo), created by Keyhan Solo. Pow Pow’s menu—listed on the wall over the gleaming... >>more
09/14/2016 - 10:26am
As summer comes to a close, it’s time to squeeze every last drop of fun out of the season.  Summer isn’t over yet!  There is still time to party on the patio, enjoy evening picnics, and drink thirst-quenching summer wines before welcoming the shorter days and cooler air.  Summer wines are meant to be crisp and chilled.  As we bid farewell to the season, try these wonderful wines that, while refreshing, are weighty and complex enough to transition into fall (much... >>more
09/12/2016 - 9:54am
I had the crab and avocado tower along with the simple salad with blackened salmon at Matchbox recently. A delightful treat for a warm summer afternoon, the extremely tasty crab was set off by a perfect blend of mango salsa and basil oil. A real treat to my pallet. The simple salad was accompanies by mouth-melting salmon. It paired perfectly with a chilled lemontini.   >>more
09/10/2016 - 9:19am
Perhaps only in Washington would a “beer summit” need to be called, as it was at the Obama White House in the opening months of his first term. Flashback! A Harvard University professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., had been arrested at his home in Cambridge and charged with disorderly conduct while he was trying to enter a door jammed shut. A neighbor had called the police warning of a possible breaking and entering. Police arrived. Words were spoken. Prof. Gates was arrested and booked... >>more
09/05/2016 - 11:07am
Cider Rules Washington is discovering Basque cooking. The 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival showcased the culture and cuisine of this autonomous region, wedged in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. Basque history predates Roman times, and the 2.2 million inhabitants speak their own language, Euskera. About 58,000 people of Basque heritage live in the United States. Similar to Spanish with its own unique flair, Basque cooking relies heavily on grilled meats (especially lamb; many Basques... >>more
09/05/2016 - 10:15am
By now you’ve probably heard the terms “farm to table,” “eat locally,” “food traceability,” and “sustainable.” Websites, blogs, and restaurants use them, but do you know what they mean? “Farm to table” is a social movement advocatinglocal foodacquired directly from the farm, winery, brewery, ranch, fishery, or other type of food producer. The USDA does not define “local” but insists that the origin of a product must... >>more
08/06/2016 - 10:07am
Greetings readers!  You may be familiar with the Schneider’s monthly wine column, but you aren’t familiar with me yet.  I’m Elyse Genderson, a new member of theSchneider’s of Capitol Hill team.  My father, Jon Genderson, has been the co-owner of Schneider’s for 37 years.  I’m thrilled to work alongside my dad, my uncle Rick Genderson and my cousin Josh Genderson. For the past seven years I have worked out of New York City in public... >>more
08/06/2016 - 9:12am
Here’s something cool for steamy August weekends: belly up to the Suburbia, a vintage Airstream trailer transformed into a groovy outdoor bar. You’ll find it parked outside Union Market. (It used to be on the other side of the patio.) Thirsty folks can order umpteen kinds of beer (draft or in cans) or choose from an array of frozen cocktails, to be slurped at a picnic table. An offshoot of Gina Chersevani’s Buffalo & Bergen (inside Union Market), the funky bar is open... >>more