A few weeks ago, my good friend Wendy hosted a wine and chocolate tasting for a select few of the ladies of the Alpha Phi Omega brotherhood. The seven of us—Wendy, Andie, Carolyn, Anita, Lupe and Alison—had all pledged within a few years of each other during our time at the University of Maryland. Like … Continue reading Our Night of Wine and Chocolate
When I first marked on my calendar that today, February 22, was National Margarita Day, it was cold and damp—a typical February day. I was not in the frame of mind for margaritas, nor could I fathom why we would celebrate margaritas in February when I still had sidecars, white cosmos and cider on the … Continue reading It’s National Margarita Day, Hooray!
When I think of the people who I count as my closest friends, not a one made an impression on me when we first met that could foretell the comfort, joy, laughter, tears and pain that we would come to share over the years. Looking back, my first encounters have been unremarkable. Just another face … Continue reading Kitchen Sisters by Way of Brotherhood
One of my oldest friends is a guy I’ve known since elementary school. I first met Vern Roseman on the playground at Our Lady of Sorrows and later reconnected with him when he pledged my service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega at Maryland. A big guy with an even bigger heart, Vern’s easy smile and nerdy … Continue reading Fuel for the Party
I’ve always found it fun to discover a new restaurant, especially when that restaurant is a Cuban restaurant. There are only a handful in the Washington, D.C. area compared to the number of Cuban restaurants in Miami or Union City, NJ, or even the number of Chinese restaurants in most American cities. The good thing … Continue reading Social Networking the Way the Cubans Intended
I recently had the good fortune of attending a soft open of a restaurant at a new hotel in Washington, D.C. A Rake’s Progress, which takes its name from the series of paintings from 18th century artist William Hogarth, is the first D.C. offering from Foodshed, a Baltimore-based restaurant group. Like nearly all its sister … Continue reading A Rake’s Progress Makes the Best of Our Region
At the stroke of midnight, in a few short hours, many of us will be raising a glass to close out 2017 and welcome 2018. The clinking of glasses, the bubbles of champagne or sparkling wine tickling the back of your throat as you take one sip in a moment of celebratory unity with the … Continue reading Twelve Grapes for “Buena Suerte”