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Fodor’s 2017 Washington, D.C. guide book released yesterday; Where to Eat chapter updated by me

Fodor's Washington, D.C.: with Mount Vernon, Alexandria & AnnapolisNever mind Hillary’s memoir, yesterday’s top book release was Fodor’s 2017 Washington, D.C. guide book (you want to eat crap?). I updated its Where to Eat section. Buy it now at fine book stores or Amazon. Thanks!

For this project, I

  • determined 150 restaurants worthy of inclusion
  • wrote reviews for restaurants new to the guide
  • updated reviews of restaurants that’d been in the previous versions and verified their accuracy
  • determined the top 15 percent of restaurants worthy of the Fodor’s Choice honor
  • wrote and revised the introduction to the chapter and descriptions of each neighborhood

New gig alert: Eater Louisville editor

Eater Louisville launched today with me as the site’s editor. I’m excited to be covering Louisville’s food and drink scene in depth and be back with the Curbed Network, which I wrote for previously when I contributed to Gridskipper.

(Yes, I’m still editor-in-chief of and writing about travel too.)

For more details about Eater Louisville, check out this introductory post.

You can follow along—and contribute—by

Read Louisville Magazine’s fantasy restaurant draft: And go Busboys and Poets!

In 1835, Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote, “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” What he neglected to mention was that in the fall, that fancy turns to thoughts of fantasy football.

Playing on that phenomenon, for the August 2012 issue of Louisville Magazine, five contributors and editors—me included—gathered in a conference room and, in a scene not too different than a fantasy football draft (less beer, more talk of charcuterie), selected our top 50 restaurants.

Needless to say, the Paula Deen Buffet is still a free agent.

Photo: Courtesy Louisville Magazine/Chris Witzke

Experiencing Jsix’s chef Christian Graves’s kitchen for BlackBook

My article for BlackBook: "Jsix's Christian Graves Gives Us His Chef's Kitchen Experience."Monday BlackBook published a feature article I wrote:

Jsix’s Christian Graves Gives Us His ‘Chef’s Kitchen Experience’

I had plans to head to San Diego this June for my brother’s wedding rather than work. Either it was coincidence or I mentioned my plans online though, as I received an e-mail from Hotel Solamar and Jsix’s publicist inviting me to stay there and participate in Christian Graves’s “Chef’s Kitchen Experience.” (“Inviting me” is a euphemism for “it was free.”) When I mentioned I was traveling with my wife and 6-month-old daughter, thankfully the publicist didn’t wince; if she had I would’ve felt awful about having them sleep on a bench in Balboa Park while I enjoyed the restaurant and hotel.

I knew Christian was an excellent chef and that he and this trip to a local farm that supplies his kitchen would make worthy subjects for an article for BlackBook. And I realize I’m committing a journalism faux pas here, but I want to like the subjects of my articles (then again, I mostly cover travel, not terrorism). When possible I want to encourage readers to give their business to talented people who are nice. Hopefully Christian’s warm personality came through in my piece.

My favorite example didn’t make it into the final version though. When I asked him why he became a chef, he answered that he found something special about being able to cook for two people who were leaving their infant daughter behind for the first time and watching them enjoy themselves and stare into each other’s eyes.

You can watch Christian plot out our meal here:

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