Indique - Intense Flavors and Alluring Aromas

A modern Indian restaurant nestled in Cleveland Park, opened its doors in 2002, and helped redefine Indian cuisine in this city. This two-level eatery, whose name is a melange of India and unique, overhauled its menu, decor and beverage program this year and very much succeeded, thanks to Indique's co-partners Surfy Rahman and Executive Chef K.N. Vinod and Stir Bartending Co.'s beverage consultant, Carlie Steiner. 

La Bûche de Noël - A French Christmas Tradition

Christmas, one of the most celebrated holidays around the world, comes with a rich history of traditions, such as gingerbread houses, nativity scenes, wreaths, caroling, and advent calendars. Having grown up in an Franco-American household,  I was fortunate to experience a variety of these, but one of my favorites, and still to this day, is la Bûche de Noël .

An Ode to Paris

Dear Paris,

La ville lumière. Many years ago, I had the great fortune to discover you, my mother's hometown, and it was an immediate coup de foudre. The smell of warm fresh bread wafting in the air, the narrow and sometimes cobble stone streets filled with people of all cultures joyously walking from one arrondissement to another in search of nooks and crannies that could be claimed as their own.

Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ - A Pork-tastic Event

Last Sunday [October 4] was a dreary day in the Nation's Capital, but it was immediately brightened and made better with the Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ event at Union Market. This culinary competition, which is part of a five-city exhibition tour across North America, has three goals:  (1) to promote and educate individuals about heritage breed pigs (2) to highlight grilling cultures from around the world and (3) to raise funds for a local cause.

A Pink Cocktail For A Worthy Cause

Jardenea, the farm-to-fork restaurant, nestled in the luxury boutique hotel, The Melrose Georgetown, has concocted a pink-hued cocktail titled 'The Pink Lady' in honor of NBCAM.  Throughout the month, this libation will be available for happy hour (5 PM - 7 PM) every day as part of Jardenea’s 5-5-5 happy hour ($5 cocktails, $5 appetizers, $5 valet), and on the regular cocktail list for $12, and $1 from every 'Pink Lady' sold will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Happy Birthday, Bibiana!

Bibiana is an award-winning Italian restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C. This 120-seat eatery offers a design-forward decoration that is filled with soft grays and shimmering silver tones which elicits an airy feel. Conceptualized by famed restaurateur Ashok Bajaj (Bombay Club, Rasika, 701, The Oval Room) and accomplished Executive Chef Jake Addeo, by way of New York (Esca, Felidia) and Hong Kong (Doppio Zero), at the helm of the kitchen makes this a must-visit. 

Food Truck Friday - Swizzler Foods

Hot dogs are an iconic American food and Swizzler Foods adds a twist (or shall I say swizzle) to them that not only delights the eyes but happily satisfies. 

This week, by pure happenstance, I came across this grayish-blue food truck while I was looking for lunch in Franklin Square in Washington, D.C. Once I saw that they had themed hot dogs I knew I wanted to try one.

Fig & Olive | D.C. - A Preview

There's a new Frenchie in town and I am completely enamored. Fig & Olive | D.C. just became the newest addition to the 'French Quarter' of the utopian-esque City Center DC and by that I mean this restaurant that specializes in Mediterranean cuisine joins HermèsCaudalie,  DBGB Kitchen and Bar and soon-to-arrive Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, so I'd like to say bienvenue!

'La Vie en Rosé'

A few years ago, people scoffed at the thought of having a glass of rosé and now it has become so popular that it has been coined as 'summer water'.  I, for one am very happy about this, since rosé is my absolute preferred wine during the warmer months (and heck sometimes even during the cooler months).

Before I introduce you to one of the top-notch wineries in the South of France, which produces two of my favorite rosés, here are the essentials about the chic pink drink.

2015 RAMMYS - The Culinary Oscars

Sunday night marked the 33rd annual RAMMY Awards Gala and it was definitely a night to remember. Presented by The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), more than 2000 individuals dressed to the nines, which included media personalities, restaurateurs, chefs, winemakers, distillers and foodies, gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to celebrate the best and the brightest of the D.C. restaurant community.

Spring Has Sprung At The Blue Duck Tavern

Spring has arrived in the Nation’s capital and that means happiness all around. People are cheery, there’s music playing in the streets and terraces are open for outside dining. Unlike Europe, there aren't too many options, but the few establishments that do have them, really stand out, like the Park Hyatt's Blue Duck Tavern.  And guess what folks, their beautiful sunken patio that includes a blue mosaic fountain (where sometimes you'll see a duck sunning itself) is now open! (cheers all around.)