Throwback Thursday #9: A Slice Of Pizza

Throwback Thursday number nine is my May 2009 lunch in Columbia Heights, DC, with Mike Wilkinson and Alicia Wilkinson-Mehr — two of the founders of local pizza chain Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza. In the years since the interview, Pete’s has expanded to several more locations around the city, although…

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Listen To Jackpot

“Jackpot,” a non-fiction book about the history of pot smuggling in South Carolina written by the 35th dining stranger Jason Ryan, is now available in audio book format. I read the original paper version and can highly recommend this well-written and fascinating tale. Over an August 2011 dinner in Charleston…

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On The Road For Strangers

Hungry? Got an interesting story to tell about your life? Dine with me! I’ve updated my travel plans page, including upcoming trips to New York City and New Orleans. If you live in any of the places I’m visiting and want to be featured on Dining With Strangers, get in…

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Matt Yee’s Outrageous Adult Sing Along

Want to see an entertaining adult variety show? Matt Yee has you covered next Saturday in New York. Matt is a drag singer-songwriter who performs for cruise lines several times a year, packing in gay and straight audiences to hear his riotous act. He covers a huge variety of songs…

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Throwback Thursday #7: No Regrets

The seventh throwback Thursday is to my May 2009 dinner in Brooklyn with single mother Lynda Eselp, who maintains a relentlessly upbeat outlook on life despite some past set-backs. In more up-to-date news, I’m tentatively scheduled to have the 118th dinner with a stranger next week in New York City….

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Throwback Thursday #6: Clowning Around

The sixth throwback Thursday is to my March 2009 dinner with circus clown VeeKay (Diego Barquinero) at The Counter in Santa Monica, California. Diego has a fascinating story about how he got into a career under the Big Top. When we met, he showed up to the interview still in his work…

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Brigtsen’s Beard Award Nomination

Frank Brigtsen, chef and owner of his namesake New Orleans restaurant Brigtsen’s, has been nominated for Outsanding Service in this year’s James Beard awards. I met Frank in September 2017 for the 101st dinner interview. He talked me through a number of menu options, explaining in detail the thought behind…

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Dining Out: All Purpose Pizzeria

All Purpose Pizzeria is a great place to try in the District for pizza and other Italian fare. Last week, I went with 11 friends to the business’ Capitol Riverfront location by the Nationals baseball park. The restaurant can be a little tricky to find as it faces the river…

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Throwback Thursday #5: The Prince Of Petworth

Continuing the sequential throwback Thursdays, here’s my fifth dinner interview — a meal way back in March 2009 with Dan Silverman, creator of the popular DC-area blog Prince of Petworth, which evolved into the current PoPville We met at the since-closed CommonWealth restaurant in Columbia Heights. At the time, Dan…

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