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Editor's Letter: Ethnic Dining Guide Boasts 80 Restaurants

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Our freelance writers are the stars this month.

Chances are you’ve seen Pam George’s byline in numerous publications. Fortunately for us, she’s a regular. Her work is always thoughtful and comprehensive, and in this month’s Ethnic Dining Guide, she does not disappoint.

Pam’s story features 80 restaurants. Yes, 80. So I suggest you keep this issue, since it’ll take some time to visit all the spots we recommend. When it comes to restaurants, you can trust us completely. Pam does her homework, samples the food and knows most of the chefs. The editorial team also conducted a readers’ survey and asked you to name your favorite ethnic spot. The results are included in the feature.

Home editor Eileen Smith Dallabrida found her usual stunning home—as she always does—but this month’s home special, called “Living with Art,” boasts the art collections of three homeowners. You’ll see how art is as decorative as it is provocative. I thank Lou Romanoli, Barry Schlecker and Matt Haley for opening their homes to us. We also honor the artists who were responsible for the work.

We premiere a new column called “Generations.” The piece will explore various family and life issues that impact all of us. Our first entry by Eric Ruth is called “Mommies Today”. Eric, a well-known regional writer, argues that moms—and dads—have become far more overprotective than generations that preceded us, but that there are reasons why we act as we do. There are challenges that parents face these days that didn’t exist in the day. Forgive us when we need to know exactly where our kids are at all times. Sadly, we can no longer send them out to explore the world freely. 

Finally, a new, young writer brings us “V-Day,” which we offer on our final page this month. Paige Fisher, a University of Delaware alumna and current graduate student at the University of Maryland, explores the issue of violence against women. Paige also gives us a reason to think more deeply about Valentine’s Day, and to honor relationships that are based on trust and mutual respect. I salute Paige for her well-researched work, and wish her much success at Maryland. 

Please enjoy the issue.