Deep Fried Diaries

The insider's scoop on food, travel & southern culture

Spring has sprung! (Best patios around DC)

With DC’s record-breaking winter this year, we are finally breaking into balmier times and are ready to fling open the windows, hit the streets, bask in warm rays and smell … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Spring ‘Fork It Up’ is out!

We know you’ve been waiting all winter for this. As the weather warms, the spring edition of Fork It Up is officially out with everything you need to know about … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Mardi Gras, milestones & memories!

Shrove Tuesday is just next week, but the celebration leading up to it truly began on January 6. When the Christmas tree comes down, a new set of traditions gets … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mardi Gras hits the Today Show — Don’t miss two chef segments!

Mark you calendars. Mardi Gras is coming to the Today Show in a big way. Within a few weeks time, two of our Naw’leans-bred chefs are going to be sharing … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day desserts around DC

Aside from the “true love” and “kisses,” the sweetest part of Valentine’s Day is definitely the blissfully delicious desserts. That’s why we decided to do a little V-day roundup of … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Medal-worthy cocktails: Let the games begin!

So the Winter Olympics are about to kick off in Sochi, and it appears as if you’re not going to make it in time for opening ceremonies (bummer!). We’d all … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Literary libations at Quill

In case the memo got lost in the hustle-and-bustle of the new year, we’re here to remind you of the literary brilliance that kicked off this month at Quill—a bar … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: New Years reflections, Simple gratitude

Something I saw on CBS Sunday Morning last weekend made me stop and think about parenthood — and gratitude.  It was a commentary about how we don’t thank our parents, … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mahogany Bar, one of ‘America’s Best Beer Bars’

Congrats to our friends at Mahogany Bar! What Hattiesburg, Mississippi has long known is now national news. Draft Magazine has given credit where credit is due, recognizing  Robert St. John’s … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy King’s Day (the real New Year party)

Well Happy New Year everybody! Last week millions of people counted down the final hours, minutes and seconds of 2013 to ring in the much-anticipated 2014. A new year marks … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

David Guas named Arlington Magazine’s ‘Best Chef’

We’re pretty proud of this guy! Congrats to Bayou Bakery’s Chef David Guas on being named Arlington Magazine’s Best Chef!

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Shop Small Business Saturday

I hope your stuffing was tasty and your turkey was plump. May your potatoes and gravy have never a lump! I hope your yams were delicious and your pies took … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Christmas is coming: Got fish?

In many parts of Italy, and among Italian-Americans, there is something very fishy about Christmas Eve dinner:  the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes is a veritable seafood parade of … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Fork It Up” for the holidays!

The days are gettin’ a little happy and bright here at Simoneink. We’re pleased to announce the new issue of Fork It Up, and just in time for the holiday … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

A rare gathering reveals the expressive culture of my New Orleans

Internationally renowned artists, the likes of SAMO legend Al Diaz and Time magazine cover calligram designer Dylan Roscover, will descend on New Orleans November 8 and 9 to honor the … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Breast cancer awareness shouldn’t end with October

Happy Halloween folks! The Simoneink gang has fully embraced the Halloween spirit! Thought you all might want to see a picture of our shoes from last night’s Chefs for Equality … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chefs for Equality bakes cakes to raise awareness

After last year’s triumphant win to pass same-sex marriage in the state of Maryland, those who rallied together for change are reuniting to celebrate and generate awareness for the remaining … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Acadiana gets a makeover

There’s something different at Acadiana these days, and we’re pretty sure you could put your finger on it. The classic Louisiana restaurant just underwent a significant makeover, retaining its Louisiana … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

In case you missed them…

A few of our superstar clients are worthy of a shout-out this week. In case you missed the latest food & travel countdowns by Fodor’s, USA Today and Esquire, we … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Simoneink does Cleveland

One month married, Meg is back from her dreamy, Italian honeymoon and back in the swing of things here at Simoneink. Now that we’ve fully digested the experience, we thought … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Happy National Bourbon Month!

In 2007, the United States Senate declared September as National Bourbon Heritage Month. And in 2013… we happily enjoy the pronouncement. Given our southern heritage, we thought we’d celebrate with … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Plume at the Jefferson Hotel awarded Forbes’ coveted 5-star restaurant rating

Five stars has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? To understand the magnitude of the honor of receiving a five-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide, it helps to take … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chef Chris Hutchenson’s strawberry shortcake on HGTV Gardens

We’ve never thought too much about rainwater before, but apparently pastry chef Chris Hutchenson does! Check out his Strawberry Shortcake recipe on HGTV Gardens. Chef Chris sheds light into how … Continue reading

September 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

It takes courage to stand strong for who you are, for your passions, and for your determination to be an individual.  Let me tell you a story about standing strong. … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Passport Tasting Series kicks off at Ceiba

Grab your passport (and a fork!) Ceiba launches a year of Latin American dining, one country at a time No astronomical airfares; no customs lines; and no vaccines or visas … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Our Fair Lady — Meg’s gettin’ hitched!

Wouldn’t you know it, our little Meg is getting married this weekend! The start of her celebration was when she walked out of our office doors at 10:30 Tuesday night … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

DC chefs & mixologists get “Fit for Hope” with American Cancer Society

Anthony Acinapura, chef de cuisine of Brasserie Beck, wants us to get  “Fit for Hope” and help finish the fight against cancer. For the past 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chef David Guas returns to Today Show

In case you missed it live, chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery graced the Today Show with his presence last week and took everyone back to … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

You may have noticed something different about us…

Well howdy folks, it’s been a busy summer for this lady. I feel like I’ve been up, down and around the globe these past few months—overseas to London & Scotland, … Continue reading

August 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wiedmaier opens Mussel Bar & Grille in Arlington, VA

You would think chef Robert Wiedmaier was opening a chain of gyms in the region with the number of folks flocking to his establishments to get their plumped up mussels … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

7 Summer Lunch Spots (in 45 minutes or less)

Skip the line and enjoy the convenience of “food truck” speediness with the added comfort of brisk air conditioning, plush seats, and a server at your beck and call… That’s … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Boys Blog, London Town

So to put a cap on this London trip of ours, I want to do one final blog… and this time with the boys. This was their first overseas experience—Kemp … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Burger, Tap & Shake named “top 10 cheap eats” in U.S.

Just last month, Gayot.com released their Top 10 Best Cheap Eats Restaurants in the U.S. with Washington, DC’s beloved counter-service hotspot Burger, Tap & Shake rounding out the list at number three. That list created a … Continue reading

July 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Restaurants celebrate Julia Child’s 101st

She introduced us to French cuisine, and showed us that we could achieve it.  She made us laugh, and taught us not to cry if something went wrong.  Julia Child was that … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Fork It Up” — Hot off the press!

This summer’s Fork It Up is officially out! Read about the latest happening throughout the Passion Food Hospitality Group restaurants (Acadiana, Burger Tap & Shake, Ceiba, DC Coast, District Commons, … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mariza named “Best New Restaurant”

The annual list has hit the stands, and Mariza is standing at the peak of New Orleans Magazine’s Best New Restaurants of 2013. Chef & owner Ian Schnoebelen, named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Top Ten … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Best of British

The boys and I have been abroad! Only for vacation, not to worry. It’s something we’ve always talked about—broadening the boy’s cultural horizons—and yet, the plan always seemed so far … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Small towns, big trends

Howdy, folks! Reporting to you live from small-town Washington D.C. Last week’s post got me thinking about the rise of small-town barbecue onto a national culinary scene—a trend that was compelling … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Tequila Revolution

In the lively and bar-saturated community of Clarendon, Virginia, Fuego Cocina y Tequileria is fostering the tequila revolution in a big way. Passion Food Hospitality’s Beverage Director, Scott Clime, along with co-proprietors chef Jeff Tunks, David Wizenberg and Gus DiMillo offer … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: A tale of BBQ & revelations

For the first seventy thousand ages, mankind ate their meat raw. That is, they’d gnaw and tear at rubbery flesh to get the protein they needed to sustain themselves. Sounds … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: In defense of the foodie

The poor foodie has come under attack lately. Not too long ago, B.R. Myers gave them a whomp in The Atlantic for their callous obsession with food fads and gluttony. … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: In the name of Seersucker

Well, now I’ve just about heard everything.  Apparently, some state senator over in Missouri wants to ban seersucker. About near blasphemy to a Louisianan and to our other neighboring Southern states. … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Newbie in New Orleans

First off, I’d like to welcome myself back to the Deep Fried Diaries. I’ve had a few crazy weeks strung up in a row, but not to worry. I’m hopping … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

SIMONE SEZ: A blast from Easters past

Easter just seems the perfect time to whip out old pictures. I know I’m late on “Throwback Thursday,” but quite frankly, I like to throwback to old pictures any day … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Cheers to Cherry Blossoms

Spring has sprung. Well… kind of. With the official turn of the season last week, I was expecting the sprouting of spring flowers and a flittering of little animals emerging … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: St. Patty’s Day Exposé

Top o’ the morning! We’re getting dangerously close to my favorite Irish holiday. (Is there more than one?) With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner (Sunday, March 17), I … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Hope for the Future of Food Writing

Continued from Part 1, Food writing for dummies Thoughts on the present, from a brilliant culinary mind: There used to be more meaningful, purposeful writing attached to recipes, where the … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

SIMONE SEZ: Food Writing, For Dummies

In the world we have become, everything seems to be expressed in 140 characters or less. I fear for the future of writing—particularly, food writing. In the past few weeks, … Continue reading

March 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Mardi Gras Takes to Arlington

Well hello there! Happy Mardi Gras to all! We decided to start celebrating bright and early this morning. It was barely 7 a.m., and we had the whole crew out … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

SIMONE SEZ: Bayou Bakery Brings the Heat

What is it that draws us to hot and spicy foods? Let’s take hot wings, for instance (and I mean the hot ones). The first bite brings a little tingling … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

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