Dine With A Stranger, Share Your Story

Do you have an interesting life story? Want a free meal? Join me for dinner! If you’re interested, it’s pretty simple — just meet with me at a restaurant of your choice for a relaxed interview where you tell me about your interesting life/career/hobby/invention/whatever. I’m based in the DC but…

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Throwback Thursday #16: Teresa’s Toys

The 16th dinner interview was my afternoon tea in December 2009 at Alice’s Tea Cup in Manhattan talking with New Yorker Teresa Suarez, learning about her side career selling sex toys and other adult products — just one of her three jobs. An unlikely setting for an adult-themed conversation, but…

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Dining Out: Redfish Grill

My recent trip to New Orleans started with a trip to a great restaurant (K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen) and ended with lunch at another wonderful venue, the Redfish Grill on Bourbon Street. I realize some people might look down on going to such tourist-friendly establishments, but they’ve never let me down…

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Jonathan Blum Hits The Road

Artist Jonathan Blum, a portrait painter featured on this site as the 102nd dinner stranger, has just announced the shows where he’ll be presenting his unique works in the coming months. If you live in either New York or Washington, DC, I can highly recommend trying to meet Jonathan; his…

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Throwback Thursday #14: Magic Moments

Throwback Thursday 14 is to one night in November 2009, and dinner in DC at Dupont Circle’s Thaiphoon with Michael Chamberlin. He has two jobs: magician and theater director, including through his own theater company. He spent equal time talking about his love of the stage, including  and about the…

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See Two Lost Souls Sing

Actresses Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery, featured on this site in the 117th Dining With Strangers interview, tour occasionally with a cabaret show of humor and music called “Two Lost Souls” — and it’s coming to Minneapolis this Friday May 3. When we met, they talked about how they first…

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Meet Mikko

Meet Mikko Kosonen, he’s a chef from Finland now living in Washington, DC, who divides his time between operating his busy catering company and his namesake restaurant Mikko. We met earlier this month for dinner at his establishment for my 119th interview. Mikko talked about why he wanted to bring…

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Throwback Thursday #13: The Heart Of Rock And Roll

Throwback Thursday 13 (unlucky for some) was the second interview during my August 2009 trip down to New Orleans. I had a fun lunch at the fantastic restaurant Bayona with Buzzy “Beano” Langford, a member of the long-running and popular New Orleans-based cover band The Topcats. He talked about what…

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Leslee Melamed’s Art

Artist Leslee Melamed, who was the 76th dinner stranger along with her husband actor Fred Melamed, has launched a website featuring some of her work. Here’s how she describes it: “On canvas, she is associated with the bold use of texture and judicious color. Early influences were Mark Rothko and…

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