Tom Sietsema’s FAQs: How does he do it?

The Post food critic on his strategies and philosophy of restaurant reviewing.


Anna Whiston-Donaldson, whose son Jack died when he was swept away by a flash flood three years ago, poses for a photograph August 21, 2014 in Vienna, VA.   She wrote a memoir titled 'Rare bird' .
(Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

    She let her son play in the rain. He never came back.

    After Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s son died, she wrote a memoir about his death and her slow emergence from a cloud of shock and grief.


    WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 1: Tania Latin journeyed from Guatemala to live with   her father and step-mother. Photographed in her home on August 1 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

    Faces from the frontier: Central American kids in D.C.

    Thousands of Central American children recently made the journey to reach family in the Washington area.


    WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 23, 2014:  Bethlehem Bars (Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post).

    Shopping Cart: An indulgent granola bar, fresher beans

    Bethlehem Bar is chewy, crunchy, salty, sweet; Better Bean Co. beans make a good snack or ingredient


    For shoulder rotation: With your hips square, hold the club behind your upper back. Rotate your

    Out on the links, my joints aren’t swinging it

    If golfers are supposed to have an “oily” swing, can special assessments help me out of this Tin Man phase?

    Weddings & Romance

    They talked about wills on their first date.

    Metro mishaps, monument visits and lawyer talk: This was a very D.C. date.


    Helen Lederer next to a statue of Hodge the Cat at the launch of Talking Statues in central London, Tuesday Aug. 19, 2014. Statues of some three dozen historical and fictional characters in London and Manchester are coming to life thanks to a new interactive project that gives them a voice to tell their stories. Passers-by can swipe their smartphones on a tag or type in a web address to get an instant call from the characters depicted. Actors including Patrick Stewart and Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville perform the monologues, which lasts a few minutes each. (AP Photo/PA, Philip Toscano) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

    Statues in London talk to visitors

    New program allows smartphone users to hear messages from historical or fictional characters.


    Speaking up against cruelty can make a memorable impact

    A formerly bullied kid remembers the educator who made a difference; dating with kids; Facebook etiquette.

    Reliable Source

    Actor Kevin Spacey comes to Washington — to sing

    While we assume most of the night’s ticket holders will be there to see Spacey, there’s really no telling who might walk onto that stage.


    1st PLACE WINNER. Oregon Inlet, NC -- Camera: Nikon Df. Settings: 38 mm (taken with the Nikon 24-70), ISO 200, f/10, 1/250

    Winners and finalists in the 2014 Travel photo contest

    Fifteen photos make the final cut in the 2014 Travel photo contest.

    Travel coverage

    Home & Garden

    Zuchetta rampicante squash harvested from the author's vines in our home greenhouse

    Fanfare for the trumpet squash

    Zuchetta rampicante is not just any squash. It can go 30 to 40 feet in one season.


    Models dance as they present creations by Rick Owens during the 2014 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on September 26, 2013 in Paris.  AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

    A rhythm travels from black sororities to a Paris runway

    A step team with roots in the Washington area brings dance — and diversity — to the fashion world.


    A girl runs through a sprinkler at a playground in the Brooklyn borough of New York July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

    How to parent in one easy word

    Are kids safe? Are we overprotective? Here’s one answer that we could all use.