Food & Dining

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
11/15/2016 - 8:12am
At long last, on Oct. 20, &pizza arrived, at 405 Eighth St. SE. At the sneak preview we were treated to a tasting of signature oblong pizzas displayed on communal tables. For the striking decor &pizza has partnered with local artist Matt Corredo for a black-and-white mural with “dazzle camouflage,” geometric shapes used on World War I ships to fool the enemy. In the gleaming display kitchen energetic employees tossed together myriad pizza ingredients. Ngarlic is a montage of... >>more
10/08/2016 - 9:48am
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 - 8:32am
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