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Rina Rapuano

Food and Travel Writer

Rina Rapuano decided to jump from newspaper editing into food writing when she realized every meal description to friends ended with someone declaring, “You’re making me hungry.” While on staff at Washingtonian magazine’s dining section for four years, she ate her way through every type of ethnic food for Cheap Eats packages, fretted about gout each year while working on the 100 Very Best Restaurants package and wrote about food trends in addition to her regular Dining on a Shoestring column for the magazine. As a freelancer, she regularly wrote for NPR’s Kitchen Window and the Washington Post’s food section. Plus, she still occasionally brags about the tiny little piece she landed in Gourmet. Her current main gig is providing all DC-related editorial content for Zagat.