Food & Dining

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
09/14/2016 - 9:26am
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 - 8:54am
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 - 8:19am
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 - 10:07am
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