A Photo Journey Through Peru, the Foods of Mistura 2015 & A Peruvian Cooking Class in Cusco
Oct12

A Photo Journey Through Peru, the Foods of Mistura 2015 & A Peruvian Cooking Class in Cusco

On a recent trip to Peru, where I learned everything there is to know about pisco, I was also able to take part in some wonderful opportunities. From witnessing the spiritual and serene beauty of Machu Picchu and befriending its many llama inhabitants, to sand boarding and dune buggying through the Huacachina Sand Dunes, and boating through Islas Ballestas, observing its sea lions, its rock formations and birds, the port of Pisco, and...

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DC Restaurant Buzz: 2 New Pizza Joints; Ramen Classes, Spring Updates, Chef Hires & More
Apr22

DC Restaurant Buzz: 2 New Pizza Joints; Ramen Classes, Spring Updates, Chef Hires & More

The DC Restaurant Buzz is back, and as always, we’re locked and loaded with a jam-packed round-up of the latest dining news in and around the District. From new openings, to upcoming special events, industry personnel news and more, we have got it covered right here. New Openings SpinFire Pizza Heads to Arlington Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Pierre Garçon has opened the doors to his second SpinFire Pizza location in...

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MTF Around the Web: Searching for Sriracha, Talking Thai Food, Whiskey Arms Race
Mar30

MTF Around the Web: Searching for Sriracha, Talking Thai Food, Whiskey Arms Race

MTF’s head honcho (that’s me) has been all around the web as of late. Here’s a sampling of three recent pieces published on other high-profile platforms… The Search for a Better Sriracha   On Eater, I discuss “The Search for a Better Sriracha”, examining sriracha and its history, as well as its extreme popularity. Enter big-name chefs, from D.C.’s own Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground...

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Cookbook Closeup: Marcus Samuelsson’s Off Duty
Nov26

Cookbook Closeup: Marcus Samuelsson’s Off Duty

Trying Recipes from Marcus Samuelsson’s New Cookbook: Marcus Samuelsson has a new cookbook on the shelves — Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home, which is packed with 150 recipes coming from a range of cultural influences, made for different occasions, and all meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. Here, check out my cookbook closeup, as I put several of his recipes to the test. About the Book First, a bit...

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New Cookbooks & Release Parties in D.C.: Mario Batali at Zaytinya & 3 more
Oct23

New Cookbooks & Release Parties in D.C.: Mario Batali at Zaytinya & 3 more

It’s a good time to release a new cookbook, and to visit Washington, D.C. There are four different cookbook releases and/or release and signing parties on the docket right now, headlined by Mario Batali’s visit to Zaytinya. Here’s a peak at all four. Mario Batali’s America: Farm to Table On Sunday, October 26, José Andrés and Zaytinya will host Mario Batali for a special mezze lunch crafted by chef Michael...

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