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Rina Rapuano

Food and Travel Writer

Rina Rapuano jumped 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. She also spent more than four years covering the city’s restaurant scene as the DC editor for Zagat. In her current gig as a food and travel freelancer, she regularly writes for USA Today’s GoEscape magazine, Food Network, Michelin and Northern Virginia Magazine, among many others. You can find her on Instagram at @rinacucina or on Twitter at @rinarap.