Food & Dining

08/15/2017 - 10:12am
This August, discover the bright white wines from Spain offering diversity, lively freshness, and best of all, value.  Every day my customers ask me, “what are the best value white wines?”  I recommend looking to lesser-known regions and varietals rather than the established high-status regions, which always fetch a higher price tag.  One of the best assets of Spain is that the country offers high-quality wines that express a sense of place, while still providing... >>more
08/15/2017 - 9:12am
It’s August, and according to popular wisdom, Capitol Hill is supposed to be dormant. Not so this year; lots of things are happening, especially on Barracks Row. Porron, a pop-up outpost of Anxo Cidery & Pintos Bar, has arrived at 525 Eighth St. SE. (For 47 years, the space housed Phase 1, the venerable lesbian watering hole, reportedly the city’s oldest gay bar.) Anxo owner Sam Fitz has signed a five-month lease for his cidery, which opened July 7. If things go well, he might... >>more
07/14/2017 - 9:35am
The noble Riesling grape is full of complexity, mouth-watering acidity, and lively freshness.  It is also the most widely misunderstood wine.  Do not be fooled by the stereotype that all Riesling is sweet.  In fact, styles of Riesling range on the scale from honeyed tropical sweetness, to bone-dry.  Riesling is a wonderful choice in warm summer weather due to its freshness, light alcohol content, high acidity, and natural fruit flavors.  The best examples also have the... >>more
07/13/2017 - 10:13am
We had not tasted Swiss cuisine since visiting that Alpine nation on a European vacation long ago. Therefore, we were surprised to find this hearty cooking style at Stable, in the Atlas District. It opened a few months ago at 1324 H St. NE, in the spot vacated by the popular Peruvian chicken restaurant Acopa. Patrons are greeted by a rustic, homey atmosphere, with rough-hewn tables, chairs, and bar. Napkins are red and white checkered; earthen-hued plates are made in Turkey. Pillows are cowhide... >>more
07/12/2017 - 12:34pm
The highly anticipated newest addition to Barracks Row, CHIKO, has been described as a fast-casual Chinese Korean eatery.  But to call it “fast casual” is almost a misnomer; as the laid back, small space belies a higher echelon culinary skillset beyond your average lunch spot.  And it’s no wonder – CHIKO is brought to you by the Fried Rice Collective, the collaborative team of chef Scott Drewno (formerly of the Source), chef Danny Lee (Mandu) and co-founder of... >>more
06/13/2017 - 10:12am
I’m a serious believer in drinking rosé all year-round, but there's something special about the warm summer weather that calls for a lip-smacking, thirst-quenching pink wine.  Relaxing in the sun and enjoying a juicy pink drink is one of the many rewards of summer.  In this list we will delve into some of the best offerings to enjoy  between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There is a bottle for every occasion, so explore them all, from the light salmon-hued wines of... >>more
06/13/2017 - 9:12am
Korean Spice Is Nice Things are heating up in the Atlas District, and we don’t mean just the weather. A recent arrival is Choong Man Chicken, 1125 H St., which opened mid-April in the space formerly occupied by Khan’s Mongolian. The newcomer specializes in several kinds of Korean-style fried chicken, plus ultra-fresh seafood. The latter is tantalizingly displayed out front. Friend/fellow diner Tony, who has lived in Seoul, explained that chicken and beer is a natural combo in Korea... >>more
05/18/2017 - 9:12am
She helped you with the school science fair, she taught you how to drive, she was the referee and stoic arbitrator when you fought with your siblings, and she loved you even when you were being an ass.  Moms are universal superheroes, and that is not overstating it.  Treat the woman who raised you by giving her any of these delightful wines that won’t break the bank. And gentleman, don’t forget to treat your partners who are moms! Choosing a wine for Mother's Day doesn... >>more
05/17/2017 - 9:15am
Kenfe Bellay holds several jobs as co-owner of a streetside staple, a stopover for a posse of regulars seeking caffeinated infusions (i.e., coffee) on H Street NE – the storied Sidamo Coffee and Tea.   First of all, he runs the place. His generous grin beckons and his eyes twinkle with hospitality bred in the bone. Second, he is basically the mayor of H Street NE. When perched chatting on a high seat at a small round table in the shop's entryway, passersby wave at him, and he... >>more