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Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

There's lots of food chatter today on DC's local NPR affiliate, WAMU. First, Derek Brown showed up on the Kojo Nnamdi Show to talk about the resurgence of classic cocktails. Brown talked about when old school techniques result in better cocktails, and when you should turn to new and improved methods.

Brown also touched on cocktail trends like tiki drinks and the resurgence of sherry, and Nnamdi grilled him about the 80 zillion different flavored vodkas that you see on local liquor shelves. "Something like whipped cream vodka is the exact opposite of a well-made cocktail," Brown said. Audio isn't up yet, but the Kojo show has some of his recipes available online.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post's Tom Sietsema stopped by NPR's "Tell Me More", where Michel Martin chatted him up about fall dining trends. Sietsema mentions ramen, Ethiopian food and tasting menus among the hot trends, and also stresses diners' love of comfort food. "People tend to gravitate towards familiar flavors when times are tough," he said. You can listen to the audio here.

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