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Meet Chef Sebastien Rondier
April 13, 2017| Alexandria Gazette
From southwest France to America, learn more about BRABO Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier.
Sebastien Rondier Debuts New BRABO Menu
March 29, 2017 | AlexandriaNews.org
BRABO is saying “Bienvenue” to Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier’s new spring menu. A native of southwest France, Rondier joined the Old Town Alexandria team in February and is launching his first fully-developed menu this week. Showcasing his French and European techniques and highlighting seasonal flavors made with top quality ingredients, Rondier’s spring offerings embrace BRABO’s well-established tradition of delivering sophisticated cuisine.
Brabo, The Bird Break Out Spring Menus
March 28, 2017 | Eater DC
Brabo’s newly minted executive chef Sebastien Rondier has composed dishes designated for the recently expanded bar, now known as the Brabo Brasserie, as well as the main dining room. Additions to the Brasserie include a veal burger with lemon confit, Emmental cheese, piquillo pepper, and tomato-shallot marjoram mayonnaise, as well as crostini with fried quail eggs, braised short rib, and peppered beef jerky.
48 Hours in Alexandria, VA
March 25, 2017 | Travels of Adam
During my visit to Alexandria, I stayed at the Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa. The hotel is home to the Brabo restaurant—one of Alexandria’s many fine dining restaurants. The Brabo is a great option both for service and for food. Imagine white tablecloths, top quality service and a menu specialized in local ingredients and innovative dishes. Try the wonderful grilled octopus and check the menu for the meals of the season.
7 Easy Weekend Getaways Within 150 of Washington DC
March 22, 2017 | UpOut
If wanderlust is starting to take hold put away your passports because you won’t need airfare to travel to these places. You probably won’t even need a hotel, but we’ll leave that up to you. Pick any weekend and go on a mini-vacation 150 miles or less out of Washington, DC!
D.C. bartenders spill their guilty pleasure cocktails
March 10, 2017 | DC Refined
What do top bartenders drink when they’re not shaking and stirring for guests? The answer might surprise you.
New Executive Chef at BRABO
March 6, 2017 | Alexandria Gazette
BRABO hired French native Sebastien Rondier as executive chef to its kitchen on King St. Rondier is classically trained in French cuisine and has expanded his culinary talent over the last 14 years in America, working at such restaurants as Adour at St. Regis in Washington, D.C.; miX On The Beach at W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico; Benoit Bistro in New York City; and Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo, France.
Brabo Welcomes New Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier
February 2, 2017 | Eater DC
Prior to his three-and-a-half years at Brabo, McClure logged time in the kitchens at Marcel’s, Equinox, the since-shuttered Federalist and now-defunct Vidalia. He was nominated for Rising Culinary Star of the Year in 2015 as part of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s annual RAMMY awards.
Healthy Restaurant Dishes That Won’t Make You Hate Life
January 19, 2017 | Eater DC
Chef Harper McClure swaps beets for beef in his white beet carpaccio ($13). Paper-thin slices of beet are brightened by hibiscus, bull’s blood beet granita, preserved lemon, and arugula.
January 2017 | Modern Luxury Weddings
Flip tradition by starting the day with a stroll down the aisle followed by a lavish brunch.
Riffing on the Classics
December 19, 2016 | In the Mix
Lead bartender Phil Clark of BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier, in Alexandria, puts it this way, “I used to build bicycles. I would rebuild existing parts, buy new ones, purchase a skinnier set of tires or a different colored brake line. At the end of the day, though, you could swap out as many parts as you wanted, but as long as it had two wheels, pedals and handlebars, it was still a bicycle.”
Top 5 Chocolate Desserts
December 8, 2016 | DC Modern Luxury
White Chocolate Red Tea Mousse: East meets West in this artfully balanced dessert featuring miso cake, tangy yuzu curd and a red tea-infused white chocolate mousse. Concord grape sorbet is a refreshingly tart palate-cleanser between each sweet bite.
These gorgeous Virginia vacation spots will take your breath away
November 9, 2016 | USA Today
Those who travel to see nature’s seasons in their full glory know that Virginia is an epic fall destination. Each autumn, the state’s panoply of trees — beech, dogwood, hickory, poplar, maple, and oak — explode in a color show that ranges in hue from a bright, gleaming yellow to the deepest of scarlets.
50 of the Best Cocktail Recipes From Across America
September 16, 2016 | Redbook Magazine
Cocktails: for when a glass of wine won't cut it and gin and tonic just isn't enough. Perhaps it's time for a country-spanning bar crawl?
The Best Brunches in Northern Virginia
September 8, 2016 | Thrillist
While Northern Virginia's culinary scene is often overlooked, the Federal City is currently dominating the culinary world, gaining national attention as the Bon Appétit restaurant city of the year... a move that's stoked all our egos a little.
Taste Test: Brabo Brunch
August 19, 2016 | Brightest Young Things
Brabo surprised me. I didn’t expect it to be so bright and airy. I didn’t expect it to be so nice, almost fine dining-esque. And I definitely didn’t expect it to be so delicious.
Staff Picks: How to do Restaurant Week like a food writer
August 15, 2016 | DC Refined
In case you haven't heard, Summer Restaurant Week is upon us, now through August 21. In general, participating restaurants offer three-course menus for lunch ($22) and dinner ($35) giving you an opportunity to try out new trendy spots, or old classics you haven't been to in a while, for a fraction of the cost.
8 DC Restaurant Week Reservations to Make Right Now
July 19, 2016 | Zagat DC
Love it or hate it, Restaurant Week remains wildly popular — and reservations at the city’s top restaurants go particularly fast. This summer, the deal is three-course lunches ($22) or dinners ($35) from August 15–21.
Behind the Bar
July 1, 2016 | On Tap
Intrview with Phil Clark, Head Barteder at Brabo
The 50 Finest
July 1, 2016 | DC Modern Luxury
Washington's booming culinary scene boasts inspiring new restaurants, impressive chefs, dishes to die for, experiences to savor and a spectrum of food and drink trends that take dining out into a whole new and exciting realm.
10 first date ideas from local chefs you'll want to steal
June 19, 2016 | DC Refined
We asked area culinary talent to time travel back to the first time they laid eyes on their partner. Then, we prodded further to find out where they went on their first date.
5 Best Places to Get Cocktails in Alexandria
May 27, 2016 | In a DC Minute
A year ago, Alix and I sat in our living room contemplating where to get cocktails in Alexandria. New restaurants were opening, but one thing that disappointed us was the lack of inventive and quality cocktails in our neighborhood.
The Best Brunches Worth Leaving DC For
May 26, 2016 | Thrillist
Certainly the most important meal of the week, brunch is when you get to indulge, day-drink, and set a base for those oh-so-necessary Monday morning hangovers.
8 Delectable Spring Desserts to Try Around DC
May 19, 2016 | Zagat DC
It might feel like fall out there, but spring is finally showing up on dessert plates around town. You'll find plenty of strawberry, rhubarb, tropical fruits and chocolate, which we all know never goes out of style.
Hungry Eyes: Ricotta Agnolotti
May 25, 2016 | Washington Post Express
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