Ema Rossi Pizzeria Napoletana: Driving Forces

As the pandemic continues to necessitate restaurant takeout, my car has become an outpost dining room. Seeds from everything bagels line the creases of the leather seats. Donut crumbs and tiny flecks of fried chicken skin can be detected on the carpet. These morsels are wiped away from week to week, but they are swiftly […]

Anju, Ghostburger, Yellow the Cafe: Let There Be Light!

It’s getting darker earlier. It’s colder outside. Restaurant owners are understandably anxious about how they will survive the winter.  Optimism and action in these pandemic times is essential. These past weeks I have filled much of my spare time lying prostrate on the couch, engrossed in CNN, MSNBC, and television shows that I consider anti-anxiety […]

Ristorante i Ricchi: Dust Off Your Passport

I came across my passport the other day. My heart lurched, and I sighed so loudly that I startled myself. How long will it be before I can use it again? These days a thrilling journey is getting in my car and driving downtown to dine on a restaurant patio, which I’ve only done a […]

RAMMY Awards: A Virtual Celebration of DC Area Restaurants, Foodservice & Hospitality

We are all now accustomed to virtual events. Conferences, weddings, funerals, birthdays and so much more are celebrated from the comfort of our homes. This year, rather than dressing up in cocktail attire and gathering with thousands of people representing the region’s restaurant and foodservice community, we watched a livestream as the Restaurant Association Metropolitan […]

Counting My Blessings: 10 Years of Been There, Eaten That

This week marks the ten-year anniversary of Been There, Eaten That. Writing this restaurant blog has often been anxiety-inducing, frustrating, even maddening, but ultimately it’s been rewarding. While I’m slowing down in more ways than one, I still care deeply about supporting restaurants and for better or worse, articulating my feelings online. It’s a weird […]

From Teachers to Restaurant Promoters: Socially Distanced Supper Club Gaithersburg

NOTE: The Socially Distanced Supper Club has Shut Down.  Please Continue to Support These Restaurants Joan Most worked as a Montgomery County teacher for 34 years before retiring in 2009. She enjoyed retirement, spending part of the winter with her husband in their condo in Delray Beach, Florida. She sold her Silver Spring home this […]

Restaurant Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

My relationship status with restaurants became official in August 2010, when I launched Been There, Eaten That. My feelings have intensified through the years. Fine dining has played a role in every milestone in my life. Family members and friends- without exception- can relay a story about dining with me, and most likely how I […]

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