Guest Post from a weight-lifting vegetarian

I first met Edouard Sooh when he worked at the Natural Healthway Foods store in Belle Haven. Between waiting on customers, he seemed to always have one of the store’s fat textbooks about natural eating open across the counter, researching at great lengths the details of how our bodies function and which foods might help them function … Continue reading

P.Y.O Pumpkins, Apples, Paw Paws & Recipes

WE WENT TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH! And it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Fall-like, family friendly, and we even found a photographer to bring along! Thanks to Jami McDowell for taking these great shots! (And, yes, that is a hair flip in the above photograph. That’s apparently what I do while walking to … Continue reading

Fall Calls: Pumpkin (grain-free) Muffins & Other Seasonal Ideas

It didn’t feel much like fall this past Saturday as we sat through a sweltering, 90-degree day to watch Navy beat Air Force in Annapolis. But that didn’t stop us from ushering as much fall flavor as possible into our breakfast tailgate and stop-by-the-car halftime lunch. My friend Christi (pictured below) made these to-die-for pumpkin … Continue reading

Food, Environment & free tickets to the DC Green Festival

The Green Festival. It’s like a trade show — for goods and ideas — for the eco-minded (read: lots of free stuff). And it’s coming to DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22. If you’re planning to go and are also into food (Who isn’t these days?), I’ve … Continue reading

Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel & a Seafood Paella Recipe

It’s not hard to guess what crossed my mind when I found out we’d be gallivanting through Madrid for a couple of days on the back end of our trip: The f.o.o.d. I’ve been to Las Tapas in Alexandria and Jaleo in DC. I know that good things can indeed come on little plates. I … Continue reading

Expanding our belts & worldview in Turkey

The thought of distilling more than a week in Turkey into a post — and the lingering jet lag — is enough to help me put this off a few more days… and then I realize it has been a few days since we returned. Our trip to the Cappadocia region of Turkey, mostly Nevşehir … Continue reading

Food Trucks, Farmers Markets, Pop-ups — discuss, DC

Ever been to the curated food-lovers’ mecca that is Union Market DC? Well, here’s your excuse. A publication I write for is co-hosting an event with Smart Growth America this Thursday night to discuss “Food in the City: how food trucks, farmers markets and more shape D.C.’s new dining scene.” Show up early and we … Continue reading

Growing herbs: The Best Idea I’ve Had This Spring

It began with a little basil. Last spring, I planted some in a window box on the side of our house. The side that apparently got more bugs than sun. It had a good run, providing me plenty to sprinkle into my scrambled eggs, but not quite enough for the giant batch of pesto I … Continue reading

An Ode to the Start of Farmers Market-ing

FARMERS MARKET SEASON HAS BEGUN! At least my Mount Vernon market opened today, on the oh-so-happy first day of May. It’s been a long winter folks, and I was so happy to see those familiar farmer faces today. Especially Jesús Ochoa, who I wrote about last year. I planned my meals for the week with a big question … Continue reading

Going online to buy local produce? Exploring Relay Foods

When I first met with Caesar Layton for a story about Relay Foods, a Charlottesville-based online grocery store and farmers market that recently expanded into DC and Baltimore, I didn’t quite get the convenience factor. I mean, I am one of those people who drives to three or four different stores and markets each week. I … Continue reading