Jessica van Dop DeJesus
Washington, DC , United States
http://DiningTraveler.com
International traveler, cook & eater. Always a Marine. Boricua. Sharing my travel and food adventures from DC.
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Washington, DC, United States for Hidden Gem for Fine Dining

701:  Although 701 is known as a business restaurant, it is a hidden gem of fine dining in Washington, DC.  Executive Chef Ben Lambert brings amazing creativity to its menu with dishes such as savory carrot funnel cake or lobster bucatini (my favorite).  The restaurant was recently renovated, the highlight is the installation of the cracked…

Washington, DC, United States for Authentic Rustic Italian

Fiola:  When you step into Fiola, you are taken by the gorgeous dining room with rustic walls which remind you of being in a château cellar in Italy.  The wait staff is impeccably dressed in tailored white jackets and sharp neckties.  Even if you indulge in their delicious pasta, make sure to save room for dessert!…

Washington, DC, United States for Breakfast for kings

Blue Duck Tavern:  There’s a reason why this restaurant is one of the top picks when it comes to fine dining in Washington, DC.  There’s an impeccable attention to detail in everything they make-the restaurant even makes its own butter, buttermilk, and even some of its cheese.  The culinary team always takes the dishes to the…

Washington, DC, United States for Luxury Dining

The Lafayette Restaurant:  If you are looking for the ultimate luxurious dining experience, book a table at The Lafayette Restaurant at the Hay Adams Hotel. It has crisp white linens, delicate crystal chandeliers and an attentive wait staff. There, Chef Jaime Montes de Oca cooks smoked squab with Sicilian pistachio puree, candied figs and lemon thyme….

Washington, DC, United States for Fine Dining Apple Strudel

 1789:  This Georgetown restaurant is the epitome of fine dining in Washington, DC. Its cozy décor reminds me of a gasthaus in Germany with wooden furniture and warm colors. Most recently, I had the chance to indulge in Chef Samuel Kim inventive fall menu (think venison loin, guinea hen and warm baked apple stuffed with walnuts). …

Washington, DC, United States for Wild Boar at Casa Luca

Casa Luca:  As temperatures drop, there’s nothing more comforting than a hearty plate of pasta.  At this stylish Downtown restaurant, Chef Erin Clarke makes a beautiful homemade pappardelle and gnocchi laced with a rich wild boar ragu. Clarke then tops off this gorgeous dish with freshly sliced truffles that take you on a culinary journey to…

Washington, DC, United States for lunch at Oval Room

The Oval Room, just steps from the White House, is one of my favorite restaurants. It’s the perfect place for a special occasion dinner. I also love going there for a late lunch for their $20 bar lunch special.  Executive Chef John Melfi always prepares the most beautiful dishes.  Think crispy salmon skin presented with…

Vienna, Austria for the Vienna Wine Scene

When most people think of Vienna, they automatically visualize classical music, museums, and cafes. It is easy to dive into culture and cake while in the city, but there is one experience that cannot be missed: the Vienna wine scene. The city is deliciously surrounded by vineyards, making it the largest wine producing urban area…

Arlington, VA, United States for Jaleo Crystal City

Jaleo Crystal City has been one of my go-to places for happy hour as my day job is close by. The decor transports you to the south of Spain with its bright colors, tapas and sangria. In the heart of winter, I was transported to sunny Spain for a Valentine’s Day Lunch (see Tastemade video…

Mendoza, Mendoza Province, Argentina for Romantic Weekend Trip

There are few places in the world as amazing as Argentina. I went on a wonderful two week trip there, and one of the major highlights was a romantic weekend trip to Mendoza with my husband. Mendoza is Argentina’s wine producing region, where the dominate grape is Malbec. Malbec wine is rich, deep purple wine…

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