Lamb Shawarma Burgers

Lamb burger

Last weekend, we took a slightly different approach to the traditional Memorial Day cookout. Tired of the same old burgers, we experimented with some new flavors, with spectacular results!

Our first entry on our Meats Page, these herbaceous, spicy Lamb Shawarma Burgers will zest up any occasion. And don’t forget to top them with our Homemade Tahini!


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Our Epic Meal at St. Anselm, One of D.C.’s Hottest Restaurants

A table full of food at St. Anselm in Washington, D.C.

We’ve watched Top Chef for years, all the while hoping we’d one day get to taste some of the offerings by our various favorite contestants. That day finally happened a couple months ago when we dined at one of D.C.’s hottest restaurants, St. Anselm.

Run by Top Chef alum Marjorie Meek-Bradley, the food on offer at St. Anselm was just as good as you would expect from a former Top Chef powerhouse. We ate a lot—to the point where passing staff commented on our epically full table. Our feast included one of the most unique (and delicious) seafood dishes we’ve ever encountered, and much, much more. Check out our full review over on our restaurants page to read all about this fantastic meal.


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Travelogue: Christmas in New Orleans and Cruising on the Norwegian Dawn

A street in New Orleans, LA

Back in 2016, Kathleen and I took a Christmas vacation just the two of us. It was relaxing, festive, and—most importantly—it was delicious.

We spent seven fun nights aboard the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship, hitting stops in the Western Caribbean. We soaked up some Mayan culture in Costa Maya, spent a day feasting at an all-inclusive resort in Cozumel, and played with monkeys in Roatan!

After the cruise, we enjoyed Christmas in one of our favorite cities in the world, New Orleans. We hunted for the city’s best oysters, discovered some regional Christmas traditions, and had an unforgettable Christmas brunch.

Click right here to read this extensive travelogue. Get in the spirit and plan your own Christmas getaway right now!


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Stop Pretending You Like Summer

A view of Nachi Cocom Beach Club in Cozumel

It’s Memorial Day. People are right now firing up their grills, jumping in their swimming pools, and doing a lot of outdoor drinking. It’s a time for people to get excited for the start of summer. But here’s a dirty little secret for you: summer fucking sucks.

Yes, we can now go outside and grill meat, but at what cost? Humidity, bugs, the sun—no thank you. I can’t for the life of me understand why people look forward to the worst part of the year like it’s some kind of treat. “I just love warm weather!” Fuck you.

Kids are out of school, making summer the worst time to travel. Europe in particular is overrun with crowds in the summer months, which is one reason we almost always travel in the fall and winter. I literally can’t think of anything less fun than standing in a mass of humanity…in a building with no air-conditioning…in the middle of July.

So go ahead and celebrate your precious summer. Convince yourself that it’s your favorite season. As for me, I’ll be dreaming of Alpine villages, colorful leaves blowing in a crisp autumn wind, or basically anything that can make me forget that we have four more months of this shit to deal with before we get to the good part of the year.


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Spice Up Your Memorial Day Party With The Perfect Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

My love affair with deviled eggs is a recent one. I first had a restaurant version with a lobster filling which was exceptional. A few weeks later, my uncle made a batch for a family picnic.

Now, though, I’ve had a version to top them all. Knowing my taste, Kathleen set out to make a spicy, savory take on the classic party dish for me to fall in love with.

Just in time for Memorial Day, check out our recipe for the perfect deviled eggs. I promise, you will not be disappointed.


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Before Our Trip to Spain, We Feast on Tapas Closer to Home

Churros at Boqueria in Washington, D.C.

We may have a new favorite restaurant in D.C. Hyperbole? Maybe—we do have a tendency to get swept up in the joy of new discoveries. If not our absolute favorite though, Boqueria is still really, really good.

We visited their newly-opened Penn Quarter location last week and consumed a tapas feast of epic proportion, which you can read all about right here. We’ve decided that this place is so good, we will brave the D.C. metro closure in order to dine on their tasty tapas over the summer—waiting until September to return will simply not suffice.


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There’s Nothing Quite Like Your First Trip to New Orleans

Grilled oysters at Acme Oyster House in New Orleans, LA

Over on our Travel Page, we’ve posted our first travelogue. It’s a day-by-day, long form account of a trip to New Orleans we took back in 2014. It also includes a blow-by-blow of our seven-night cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas.

Read about our spooky ghost tour of the French Quarter, see how many bars on Bourbon Street we managed to sample, and be horrified by what we ate in Grand Cayman. And, as always, if you like our stories, please subscribe below for updates and share widely with friends, family, random strangers on the street, etc.

An Ode to Barbuto

Roast chicken at Barbuto in New York, NY
Farewell, sweet chicken.

I recently found out that my favorite restaurant in the entire world, Barbuto in New York City, is closing. My heart weeps, my soul has been torn asunder, and my tummy is downright depressed.

Barbuto was where I first tasted my all-time favorite pasta dish, bucatini alla carbonara. And even that played second fiddle to the best chicken I’ve ever tasted.

Our first entry in our Restaurants section is my ode to this most wonderful of culinary destinations. Click here to read about our fantastic experiences at Barbuto, and pray they find a new home soon.

Welcome to Our New Website!

Kathleen and Paul in Tuscany
Us, living the good life.

Welcome to our very own travel and food website, Food & DINK! We’re focused on writing about what matters to us most. By this, of course, I mean food…and travel…and traveling to eat more food.

On our Travel Page you’ll find long-form, day-by-day reviews of our various journeys; our Restaurants Page is where you’ll find reviews of some of our favorite places to dine out; and if you head to our Recipes Page you’ll find info on how to make some of our favorite food creations.

Sometimes—and I know this will be hard to believe—we think about stuff other than food. When that rarity happens, we may post about it right here on this blog.

We have traveled to a lot of places and eaten at a lot of restaurants. This will naturally take us a good deal of time to organize and post here, so be sure to subscribe below to receive notifications when we post new content. Bon appétit!