Rose’s Luxury: In Full Bloom

I wrote a passionate love letter to Rose’s Luxury in November 2013.  The restaurant was relatively new at the time, but already receiving plenty of accolades.  Rose’s Luxury and chef/owner Aaron Silverman have since been honored with numerous awards and recognition, including a Michelin Star and a James Beard award for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. It was my […]

Northwest Chinese Food: Making the Grade in College Park

I graduated from University of Maryland many, many years ago.  Heck, my son graduated from there years ago! Sadly, there were never great restaurant options when I was a student. If we wanted a nice meal, we went to the nearby Ledo’s Pizza.  By the time my son attended UMD, the dining situation hadn’t progressed […]

Al Ha’Esh: Fired Up About New Israeli Grill in Rockville

Gideon Sasson, co-owner of Moti’s Market and Carmel Caterers, was perusing Michael Solomonov’s cookbook Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking when an idea began to take shape. Reading the section on salatim (salads), he recalled with fondness the shipudiya grill restaurants he enjoys on frequent visits to Israel with his wife Debbie. Al Ha’Esh owners Gideon […]

Bindaas: Paving the Way with Flavor

“If this is street food, I want to live on that street,” says my husband as we depart Bindaas. We’re giddy after a memorable meal, and probably the after-effects of “Green with Envy” cocktails. Bindaas, which is Hindi slang for cool and carefree, features a menu showcasing Indian street food.  DC restaurateur Ashok Bajaj and James […]

2016: The Leftovers

At the end of every year, most food writers and bloggers publish summaries: favorite chefs, restaurants, dishes, trends, events, etc.  I was planning to do the same.  But who needs another wrap up extolling the virtues of Pineapple and Pearls, Bad Saint, All Purpose, Tail Up Goat, Convivial, Hazel, Kinship, etc. etc.?  You can read […]

Community: Belonging in Bethesda

If I were asked to make a list of words that mean the most to me, community would be among them.  I’m someone to whom a sense of belonging matters, and being part of a community is vitally important to my well-being.  What’s also on my list of favorite words?  Restaurant.  Obviously. So when Community […]

The Dabney: A Tribute to the Mid-Atlantic

When I created Been There, Eaten That 6 1/2 years ago, it was because I had a deep and yes, obsessive love for DC dining. This is long before “Bon Appetit” names DC “Restaurant City of the Year.”  In fact, at the time only a handful of restaurants were considered destinations for a truly exceptional […]

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