Easy Gazpacho

We’re getting into tomato season, which means it’s time to start making gazpacho.  I like gazpacho in the summer because it takes advantage of seasonal vegetables, it’s easy to make, you don’t have to turn on the stove in the summer to make it,  and it is a cool, light, refreshing change from what some would consider excessive barbecue consumption.  It probably contains fewer calories … Continue reading Easy Gazpacho

Recipe Time: Gazpacho

After a couple of days eating pounds of barbecue and more pounds of hushpuppies than you are willing to admit,  you’re probably ready for something lighter.  Gazpacho is a good option.  Here’s how I make it: Roughly cut up and divide evenly between two bowls: 3 large tomatoes that are not from your supermarket 1 cucumber, maybe 1 1/2, ends removed and any large seeds … Continue reading Recipe Time: Gazpacho

Le Kavacha Bistro, Washington, DC

The sign has been up for a while, and now Le Kavacha has opened — for lunch only for the moment. I got the word and hoofed it up there between thunderstorm warnings and had lunch. Le Kavacha is in the space formerly occupied by Bread and Salt and, more recently, Olive Bistro. It’s at the point where you might veer off from Wisconsin onto … Continue reading Le Kavacha Bistro, Washington, DC

Rosemary Bistro and Cafe, Washington, DC

I walked straight down to Rosemary Bistro and Cafe for lunch the last time I was in town. It had excited a little controversy on the neighborhood listserve, with views pro and con, and I wanted to see for myself. I’d planned to go there the week before, but a malign fate took me across the street to Muchas Gracias. This time I stuck with … Continue reading Rosemary Bistro and Cafe, Washington, DC

Celebrating Diversity — A Look Back at BBQ4Life, Boise, Idaho

Nancy has been unusually defensive of vegans.  It may have been prompted by my Facebook comment a while back about Podnah’s Pit included what some have taken as a hit against Vegans, to wit “Let’s say you’re in Portland, Oregon, and the last four restaurants you’ve been to were exclusively Vegan.  (It happens there.)  Here’s where you go -“.  It’s possible that my “0% Vegan” … Continue reading Celebrating Diversity — A Look Back at BBQ4Life, Boise, Idaho

Blackfin Bistro, Key West, Florida

While we were in Key West, Nancy and I went out with our friends and co-grandparents, David and Sue Boyd, for an early evening dinner before Sue and David took over babysitting so that Michael and Liza could have an evening out without children.  Meanwhile, Nancy and I went back to our excellent hotel. We started at the Gardens Hotel for a drink and live … Continue reading Blackfin Bistro, Key West, Florida

Where to Eat in Arles: Bistro À Côté

Arles probably is best known for Van Gogh’s residence there.  During 14 or 15 months in Arles, Van Gogh completed 187 paintings in a period of artistic breakthrough and mental breakdown.    Our guide taught us numerous ways different nations pronounce “Van Gogh”, none of which is “Van Go.”  It makes you proud to be an American. Arles also has a very  impressive Roman arena … Continue reading Where to Eat in Arles: Bistro À Côté

Where to Eat Near the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais: Le Minipalais, Paris, France

These two exhibition halls are right across Avenue Winston Churchill from each other at the foot of the Champs Elysee.  We seem to see an exhibit at one or both on every trip to Paris.  This time, we saw two: Rouge, about art and culture after the Russian Revolution, and La Luna, about the 1969 moon landing.  The latter was all the more fitting, as … Continue reading Where to Eat Near the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais: Le Minipalais, Paris, France

America Eats Tavern, Washington, DC

America Eats Tavern is the latest project of superstar chef/humanitarian Jose Andres.  I’m a Jose Andres fan.  I went to his first DC place, an excellent Spanish tapas place called Jaleo, fairly often, in part because I knew two different Department of Justice attorneys who also were flamenco dancers, and who danced there from time to time.  I remember telling Nancy that, “So and so … Continue reading America Eats Tavern, Washington, DC