Author Archive for Julia Tanaka

Pursuit Wine Bar Now Open on H Street NE

Thomas Boisvert and Kathleen Davis are not professional sommeliers, nor do they have any formal experience in the wine business. "Although I did see that documentary Somm on Netflix," Boisvert says. That hasn’t stopped them from opening a new spot to drink vino on H Street NE: Pursuit Wine Bar. In order to create their wine […]

At Noelia, Pasta Meets Dancing

The new eatery Noelia Italian Kitchen, located in downtown D.C., is a study in contrasts. That's evident from the minute you step through the glass doors—the flooring and tables are done in an elegant and traditional dark wood, while the walls are encrusted with uneven, rough, gray stone with modern frosted-glass sconces embedded in the pillars. Even with minor […]

I Entered a Cricket-Eating Contest

“I ate a scorpion once, but it was at the bottom of a vodka bottle, so at the time it seemed like a good idea,” says the guy sitting next to me. He’s idly sucking on a scorpion lollipop as he and my fellow contesants wait apprehensively for the competition to begin. What competition, you ask? […]