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A Cuban Exploration

CubaBookby Spencer Launer, special to Edible DC

Secretary of State John Kerry scheduled to raise the American flag over the U.S. embassy in Havana for the first time since January 3, 1961, and I had to get there first. I wanted to feel the sticky nights before the corporate storm. I wanted to hear the live salsa, son cubano, and jazz before bars are taken over with new Beliebers and their new Bluetooth high-performance speakers. I wanted to taste the Cuban cuisine before the country is infiltrated with McDonalds, Burger King and Chipotle.

I deplaned in Jose Marti International Airport and was overwhelmed by the smell of stale Cuban cigars in the jetway, remnants of tourists’ last attempts to enjoy a freshly rolled cigar in the humid climate that preserves each tobacco leaf perfectly. The customs process was a breeze, and I was already bartering for the cheapest ride into … Read More

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America Eats Tavern Highlights Virginia’s Food Roots

By Jai Williams, special to Edible DC

Private Dining Area

As the first colony settled by the English in the ‘New World,’ Virginia’s cuisine has changed over the course of its quadricentennial history. From the indigenous people originally present to the wave of colonists and slaves that came afterward, together they built the foundation of recipes that we’ve come to love and utilize. When internationally acclaimed Chef José Andrés opened America Eats Tavern, its concept differed from his other restaurants here in the District. Mexican, Mediterranean, and Spanish were present but American cuisine, could it be done?

That’s never a question to ask when it comes to the ThinkFoodGroup, Andres’s restaurant conglomerate. Highlighting classic dishes with fresh ingredients, Head Chef Nate Waugaman pays homage to American history while challenging the diner to experience something familiar in a completely new light while showcasing the bounty of flora and fauna Virginia has to offer.

Trio of Oysters

From … Read More

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The Great Pumpkin in Anne Arundel County

A Visit to the Wood Family Farm Stand

Words and photographs by Susan Able

(This article has been nominated for a national EDDY award for best feature story on a “Farmer, Rancher, Fisher or Grower.” We need your vote to help EdibleDC take home the prize! Vote for all THREE of our nominations daily!)


I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.—Henry David Thoreau

On any typical Saturday in October, hay bales, apples, Indian corn, pies and fall vegetables crowd the Anne Arundel County Farmers Market, one of the busiest in Maryland. Wending your way through the late-morning crowds looking for your next cup of hot cider, there is one particular stand you will want to see.

Don’t worry, you won’t miss it.

Piled to the absolute limit, a flatbed truck and a couple of folding tables signal … Read More

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Snow Day Recipe Winners Share Their Winning Recipes! Shop Tonight, Cook Tomorrow

snow day lamb

Lamb and Barley Stew with Rutabaga & Kale

Makes 6 servings – Freezes well!
Special to Edible DC by Kathryn Warnes

¼ cup of olive oil
1 ½ lbs lamb shoulder chops
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1 leek, trimmed, washed and thinly sliced up to the light green part (save the dark green part to make stock)
3-4 carrots, peeled and diced
3 celery ribs, diced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 medium rutabaga or 2 small turnips, peeled and diced
1/3 cup white wine
1 (14.5-15 oz) can of diced tomatoes
5 cups of broth (homemade or store bought chicken or beef)
2 bay leaves
2 tsps of fresh thyme
1 small bunch of kale (about 2 cups, torn up into pieces)
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season lamb with salt and pepper, brown both sides, … Read More

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A conversation with the Old Dominion’s three top winemakers

Virginia’s Finest

By David White
VA Wine--3 bottles1Until 1976, few wine critics took California seriously.

That year, a British wine merchant organized a competition in Paris pitting California’s best Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon against the best wines that France had to offer. Everyone assumed that France would win. But with both the whites and the reds, California came out on top.

That competition—now known as “The Judgment of Paris”—transformed California’s wine industry. It helped accelerate vintners’ efforts to tout California’s wines as being on par with Europe’s best offerings.

Virginia’s wine industry isn’t yet on par with California’s. But wine critics everywhere are starting to pay serious attention to the state. After a recent visit to the Old Dominion, celebrated British wine authority Jancis Robinson suggested that Rutger de Vink—the proprietor of RdV Vineyards in Delaplane—has “a good chance of putting the state on the world wine map.”

De Vink’s name is … Read More

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