On Coravin: From Sea to Shining Sea: America’s First Bi-Coastal Winery

Sometimes, I get to write about things that really bring me joy— like Virginia wine! Or better yet, a friend and fellow ‘Cane who is making waves in the wine industry through his very successful bi-coastal winery. Thanks to Coravin for the opportunity to highlight Kirk Wiles and the FIRST bi-coastal winery in the U.S., Paradise…

Author Spotlight: Mary L. Tabor

Readers of History & Wine, I have a special spotlight for you. If you have been following along over the past year, you may have noticed my deep love of reading and writing woven throughout the articles I post. I have referenced several authors and books, many of which I have reviewed for you here….

Chima Steakhouse: Tysons Corner Delight

Despite living in the DC-metro area for three years now, it was not until Wednesday night of this week that I discovered one of Northern Virginia’s most delicious dining experiences. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Tysons Corner has to be one of the most savory and unique dining experiences you can have for a completely reasonable…

Lincoln Medal at Ford’s Theatre

Last night, I represented DC Hot Spots at the red carpet portion of the annual gala to honor the recipients of the prestigious Lincoln Medal at Ford’s Theatre here in DC. This year’s medal honorees were Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State under George W. Bush, and Bill Russell, arguably one of the best…

The Textile Museum, Who Knew?

I admit that there are many places around the metro-DC area that I have not fully explored. I’m not proud of that fact, because you would think that after almost three years in the area, someone like me would have wrung this place dry of secret cubby holes and hidden gems. Alas, I still have…

ZooFari for the Foodies

It is very possible that I found the best foodie event here in DC. Not, as you might imagine, at some brand new swanky eatery, or even a fancy downtown ballroom, but at a place that is not often associated with fine dining. I found it at the Zoo. For the past 20 years, the…

DC Small Business Spotlight: Sweet Tea Photography

In the spirit of supporting small businesses and friends, I thought I would use this platform to highlight some small businesses in the Washington, DC area that I think you all (my growing audience) should support. As some of you may know, I think it is very important to “shop local” when you are looking…

Every Song a Memory

Music has always been an important part of my life, despite the fact that I was born with no innate musical skills. Longing for something that passed me by on the natural talent spectrum has always been a source of frustration for me. I would love to have a singing voice worthy of a beautiful…

Taste of the South 2013

This past weekend I attended the annual charity gala in DC known as “Taste of the South.” This event, started in April of 1982 by a group of Southerners who were homesick and desperate to share a piece of their Southern heritage with the good folks of DC, remains one of the most popular charitable…