Radio Free Asia potluck broadcasts culinary news

Say “Washington, D.C.” and most people likely think politicians, lobbyists, steak houses and cheese-on-toothpick receptions. Less well known is the city’s critical mass of people from all over the world — and the food they bring to the nation’s capital. Radio Free Asia is among the institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and …

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Irish-American soda bread can have an Italian accent

Surely St. Patrick himself, born in Britain during Rome’s rule, reflected on his successful efforts to Christianize Ireland’s Celtic population. During his rumination, he feasted upon slices of iconic Irish soda bread topped with slabs of butter straight from cows grazing on Ireland’s green meadows. Soda bread, along with corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, are …

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Faux pho can’t compare to the real thing

In the beginning, there was only chicken soup. It was the answer to most questions involving the common cold, inclement weather and general well-being. Then, the world became a smaller place and Vietnamese pho became as American as chicken soup. The long-simmering, aromatic beef broth to which thinly sliced beef, rice noodles and condiments are …

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‘Conflict cuisines’ are basic to D.C.’s restaurant scene

Once it was common knowledge that you always knew where the latest global conflict was by looking at the new restaurant openings in Washington, D.C. It’s no coincidence that places like the Eden Center in Falls Church, Va., or Little Ethiopia on 9th Street N.W. and 18th Street N.W. in Adams Morgan were destinations of diaspora …

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