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Picca Peruvian Cantina

Picca Peruvian Cantina, the second restaurant from Chef Ricardo Zarate, presents updates on some of the classic flavors and dishes of Peru, albeit with a significant dose of Asian influence.  The word Picca means, ‘to nibble,’ and is fitting for a large menu of small dishes perfect for sampling or sharing. The restaurant’s cuisine is … Continue reading

ID Bookcase – Guns, Germs & Steel

We’re reading Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond.  It’s a re-read, but the insights into plant and animal domestication are fascinating.

Picca Peruvian Cantina, In Photos

Dish Highlight: Burratta with Parsley Salad

While visiting Washington, DC I had the chance to stop by Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca where James Barton, a friend and former roommate of mine from the CIA was in the kitchen.  I was joined by another CIA alum and so James went off the menu and cooked for us.  He started us off with this great … Continue reading

Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, In Photos


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