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  • Beer of the Week: Allagash Century Ale

    WASHINGTON — Patience pays dividends. WTOP’s Brennan Haselton is joined by Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beer Director and James Beard Award nominee Greg Engert to talk about Avery Allagash Century Ale for the latest edition of…

  • Wine of the Week: Falling in love with Italy, 1 wine at a time

    WASHINGTON — Italy has been making wine for a very long time. There is evidence that Etruscan and Greek explorers cultivated wine grapes as far back as the 5th century BC. But it was the…

  • Easy Culinary Tricks to Lighten Up 5 Summer Favorites

    It’s time fire up the grill, prep those luscious sides, dig into summery desserts and kick back with sweet cocktails. The hot weather brings a delicious smorgasbord of favorites, but they’re often brimming with calories,…

  • Your Best Breakfast Ever

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But is your morning meal — or half-eaten cereal bar — cutting it? To find out how to maximize your morning meal, check out these eight…

  • Ruble rebound threatens ‘Made in Russia’ industry revival

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s ruble is on a roller-coaster. After being the world’s second worst-performing currency against the dollar last year, it is among the best in 2015. That will help keep a leash on…

  • Matchbox sets sights on national expansion, seeks $11 million

    Homegrown D.C. casual restaurant chain Matchbox, which Ernst & Young named one of its Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2014, is ordering up a big national expansion plan. The Washington Post reports Matchbox is seeking…

  • Good Humor Truck Gets All Grown Up This Summer

    (NEW YORK) — Ice cream trucks are so last century — which is exactly what Good Humor and its distributors are trying to change. Rolling out this summer in the Northeast are two new takes…

  • A new frontier: Growing D.C.’s food industry in Virginia’s suburbs

    Food incubators and shared kitchens have played an important role in growing D.C.’s exciting food scene. Now, it’s Northern Virginia’s turn.

  • Washington farmers are dumping unprofitable apples

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A record crop of apples, coupled with the West Coast port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on Washington apple growers. Nearly $100 million worth of apples that cannot…

  • New tech is changing the restaurant reservations game

    At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco’s Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out. Not reserved. Sold.…

  • D.C. restaurant patron drops $2,000 tip for gumbo

    WASHINGTON — Tips are expected at bars and restaurants. Good tips are always appreciated. Bad tips are considered rude. But when a tip is 21 times more than the bill itself it defies all the…

  • Mystery of disappearing holes in Swiss cheese solved

    BERLIN (AP) — The mystery of Swiss cheese and its disappearing holes has been solved: The milk’s too clean. A Swiss agricultural institute discovered that tiny specks of hay are responsible for the famous holes…

  • Developer seeks $90 million from D.C. to boost Union Market area

    Union Market is attracting lots of foodies to its Northeast D.C. market, and its developer wants improvements to support the development happening there. As part of the budget details we reported Wednesday, developer Edens wants…

  • EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing. A federal rule to be proposed…

  • Beyond craft brews: Just like foodies, beer geeks go local

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a nondescript industrial park, beer geeks line up several times a week outside Bissell Brothers to get the latest batch of fresh beer — much like foodies seeking the freshest…