Next Sunday's review
This rather ominous photo is from Red Maple, the tapas lounge in Mount Vernon. Once I heard its executive chef, Jill Snyder, had been chosen as a contestant on Bravo's reality show Top Chef, I had to go try the food for myself.
I had reviewed Red Maple when it first opened, but she wasn't the head chef then, so I had never tried her cooking.
To find out what I thought you'll have to read my review in next week's Arts & Entertainment section or online, but I will say both this time and last I was impressed that the staff seemed genuinely glad we were there -- even though we aren't nearly cool enough for the surroundings. (Well, maybe I am, especially when I'm wearing the silver Corso Comos Gailor gave me for Mother's Day; but the rest of my companions aren't.)
And now off to the block party.
(Chiaki Kawajiri/Sun photographer)