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 […]

Proof: Souped Up for Fall

As temperatures fall, restaurants are adapting their menus to reflect the season.  I am invigorated at the apples, sunchokes, sweet potatoes, squash, and brussels sprouts that are popping up everywhere in various shapes and forms. And while many are appalled by the proliferation of pumpkin-flavored everything, I am captivated by the smell and taste of the […]

Peru: Reaching the Top

It was a film at the 2015 AFI Latin American Film Festival that inspired my vacation in Peru. “Cooking Up a Tribute” is the story of the Roca brothers, owners of the famed El Celler de Can Roca in Spain. In 2014 they closed their restaurant for 5 weeks to seek gastronomic inspiration in three […]

Fighting for a Great Cause: Capital Food Fight

After Tuesday’s election, many of us were left reeling.  I spent much of Wednesday fighting back tears as I tried to concentrate on something other than the shocking results. And it was still with a heavy heart that I trudged downtown on Thursday night to the Ronald Reagan Building for the Capital Food Fight to benefit […]

Wildwood Kitchen: Dishing out Brunch

I need a new set of dishes for those rare occasions when I eat dinner at home. This has been a months-long process, with my husband and I conducting online searches and visiting Bloomingdales, Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, Bed, Beth & Beyond, and beyond. We finally agree on a pattern when we extend our search […]

Suma: Second Chances in Bethesda

As someone who often determines where to dine based on reviews from restaurant critics and other bloggers, it’s critical to keep in mind a simple fact.  Restaurants are dynamic. Chefs change. Menus shift.  Sometimes a restaurant improves with age and accolades, while others become stagnant. And while I certainly hope I have readers who use […]

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