Emilie’s: SAVE THE BRANZINO!

It begins innocently enough. It’s my first visit to eat at Emilie’s, the new restaurant from Chef Kevin Tien on Capitol Hill. Visions of fried chicken are dancing in my head. I’ve heard raves about the deep-fried bird which is accompanied by ranch dressing and a hot sauce made from fermented chilis. I’m a big fan […]

New Kitchens on the Block 6: Fan Frenzy

The fans are in a frenzy and who can blame them?  It’s been an incredible season and we’re on our way to stunning victory.  Oh wait, you thought I was referring to the World Series?  Sorry… this is about new DC restaurants and the latest sneak peek offered to food fans at last Sunday’s New […]

Mama Chang: A Religious Experience

As my husband heads to synagogue, which he does every Saturday morning, I sit at my kitchen table with my own version of worship. I take a deep breath and think back on my week. What did I accomplish at work? What did I read, listen to, or watch that has made an impact on […]

Commonwealth Indian: Beauty & the Beast

Before it even opens, Commonwealth Indian on Old Georgetown Road attracts my attention.  The restaurant stands out, with its name emboldened on a bright red background that spans across the building. It’s an alluring addition to the growing list of restaurants at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda. All too often my restaurant visits feel […]

Reverie: Dreams Come True

It is my nine-year blogiversary this month.  It is mind-blowing, surreal, and to me even laughable that I have sustained Been There, Eaten That for this long.  Dining out as my preferred form of entertainment has been a thing for most of my life.  But how does one turn a passion into a blog? Looking […]

St. Anselm: Raring to Go

First impressions are important, although they aren’t always everything.  My husband of 36 years barely spoke to me the first time we met.  It’s a good thing I decided he was worth a second chance. But it can be the opposite.  Great first impression but then some insurmountable flaws rise to the surface. You never […]

The Oval Room: A Visit to Provence

As I sit at my computer, taking a much-needed breather from the stifling air outside, my mind wanders back to a dinner in Provence. Every dish in the meal is spiked up with sun-ripened vegetables, a liberal dose of fragrant olive oil, and herbs fresh from the garden.  I sigh audibly, remembering the bold flavors […]

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