Tom Sietsema

Food criticWashington, D.C.

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Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

  • Dec 31, 2014

First Bite: Seng Luangrath’s airy pork rinds and fried quail whet the appetite for more.

  • Dec 20, 2014

At Alphonse market and Nonna’s Kitchen, deft cooks show off the rustic and elegant sides of Italian cuisine.

  • Dec 17, 2014

The famous D.C. chef will have a prime spot in the Old Post Office building when it becomes a luxury hotel.

  • Dec 17, 2014

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

  • Dec 17, 2014

A Southeast Asian bistro in Georgetown attracts with its revamped dining room and little else.

  • Dec 15, 2014

The Bibiana veteran plans to showcase Italian cooking in Northeast.

  • Dec 10, 2014

Save some of the season’s cheer for yourself with these delightful, budget-sparing menu items.

  • Dec 10, 2014

Kinship and a yet-to-be-named fine-dining space will open under one roof in 2015.

  • Dec 10, 2014

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

  • Dec 10, 2014
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About
Weaned on a beige buffet a la “Fargo” in Minnesota, Tom Sietsema is the food critic for The Washington Post. In thinner days, he was a critic for Microsoft Corp.’s sidewalk.com and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; and a food reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. This is his second tour of duty at the Post. Sietsema got his first taste in the ‘80s, when he was hired by his predecessor to answer phones, write some, and test the bulk of the Food section’s recipes. That’s how he learned to clean squid, bake colonial cakes and distinguish between nutmeg and mace.

Ask Tom

Every Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m., I take questions, comments, rants and raves from Washington Post readers for an hour. Think of the late-morning food chat as an amuse bouche before you head out for lunch

Got an etiquette dilemma? Want to know where to celebrate a raise, how to register a complaint in a restaurant or where to eat in San Francisco or Paris or even Washington? Bring ‘em on! If you can, send your questions ahead of the Ask Tom chat; questions sent in advance give me more time to research them if I must. Here’s the LINK.
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