Recently by Troy Petenbrink

Its sweetness and bright red color helped inspire John Lennon in writing one of The Beatles' best songs (or maybe it just inspired the name of a U.K. orphanage). It has been called a super food for its high antioxidant capacity. It is one of the most popular fruits in the U.S. And it is the strawberry. In a ... [Read]

Chef Richard Sandoval, the mastermind behind D.C.'s Zengo, Masa 14 and the duo of El Centros, is soon to add to his culinary empire, which also includes another two dozen restaurants across the U.S. and the Middle East. On March 31, he will open Toro Toro, a pan-Latin steakhouse. "Approachable" is how chef de cuisine Steve Hartzell describes Toro ... [Read]

Leeds leads at the RAMMY Awards

Posted by Troy Petenbrink
March 19, 2014 9:00 AM |
Most chefs would be honored to get even one nomination for a Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington RAMMY Award. However, in the case of lesbian Chef Jamie Leeds, her restaurants received three nominations.  Leeds was among dozens of nominees announced yesterday for the 2014 RAMMY Awards designed to "honor the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and ... [Read]

There is more to Irish cooking than corned beef and cabbage, which, by the way, is so much more popular with Irish American than it is with anyone back at the Emerald Isle. Ireland has a rich culinary heritage, and its fertile grounds and surrounding waters have allowed for a bounty of dishes to come fourth from the land and ... [Read]

It's a celebration that has been centuries in the making. From Mon., March 10 through Sun., March 23, chef Jose Andres' Oyamel will hold its seventh annual Tequila & Mezcal Festival in honor of Mexico's most prized spirits. The festival will begin with a kickoff party on Mon., March 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will take ... [Read]

City Tap House pours it on

Posted by Troy Petenbrink
February 21, 2014 11:30 AM |
It is not enough to just serve good food. Oh, no. D.C.'s "Chopped," "Top Chef," "Hell's Kitchen" watching foodies are a demanding crowd. And the new City Tap House is proving its up for the challenge and winning diners over with an outstanding beer collection and varied menu. "Washington D.C. was an obvious choice for our concept," says Jonathan ... [Read]

Good grief, it's cold out there! The unseasonably low temperatures around the D.C. area have lots of people thinking about ways to stay warm. And while illustrator Charles Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts, was talking in general terms when he said, "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt," his little ... [Read]

Your post-holiday bank account and credit card statements might be looking a little depressing but that doesn't mean you have to take a complete financial hibernation. The first of the D.C. bi-annual restaurant weeks kicked off today and there are great bargains to be tasted. Over 230 restaurants are participating in the 2014 Winter Restaurant Week that officially runs through ... [Read]

It happens to everyone. You catch a whiff of something cooking and it transports you to a different time and place. For me, it's the smell of fresh baking bread. I immediately remember my grandmother and the homemade yeast rolls she'd bake before every holiday dinner. For chef Richard Sandoval, the trigger is mole, a rich, pepper-and-spice-based sauce, with ... [Read]

Why waste time trying to calculate the roasting time for that 17 pound turkey (if you're curious, according to the folks at Butterball, it is about 3.5 hours if unstuffed and 4.5 hours if stuffed) or hot-gluing sparklies to gourds in an attempt to make the perfect centerpiece, when you can leave all the stress -- and the mess -- ... [Read]

Ping Pong, the hip dim sum eatery with locations in Dupont Circle and Chinatown, is a little late getting on the craft cocktail train, but newly appointed beverage director Chris Bassett is making up some significant ground with his new collection of cocktails introduced for the fall season. While Asian restaurants are typically known for sweet and fruity cocktails – ... [Read]

Et Voila! might be housed in a small space but the Belgian French bistro has a big pre-Thanksgiving offer. On Wednesday, Nov. 27 -- the day before most of us will be partaking in the traditional feasting on turkey and fixings -- Et Volia! is offering the opportunity to stuff our faces with unlimited Blue Bay mussels, Belgian fries ... [Read]

Bobby Flay celebrates his sweet 16

Posted by Troy Petenbrink
October 24, 2013 5:15 PM |
"I'm a burger guy, and I've always been a burger guy. As a kid, I was a burger kid, and, as an adult, I'm a burger guy," said Food Network star and restaurateur Bobby Flay at the opening of his newest Bobby's Burger Palace Tuesday in Bethesda, Md. Flay is banking on there being lots of other "burger guys" ... [Read]

Chipotle goes vegan and bi

Posted by Troy Petenbrink
October 23, 2013 9:45 AM |
After an initial test launch of its new vegan menu item called “Sofritas” in seven San Francisco Bay Area restaurants in February, Chipotle expanded the new tofu-based offering to its restaurants across the West Coast. On Monday, the company went bicoastal with the premiere of Sofritas at all of its Baltimore, Richmond, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. locations. The Sofritas filling ... [Read]

Just months after having the Oak-Fired Prime Steak Burger from his Georgetown-based Bourbon Steak restaurant named "Best Burger in DC" by Thrillist, chef Michael Mina won the Food & Wine All-Star Weekend's burger competition held this past Saturday in Las Vegas. Food & Wine All-Star Weekend is an annual partnership between Food & Wine magazine and MGM Resorts, with the ... [Read]