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 […]

Reality Bites: Albi, RASA, Hatoba, Coconut Club

NOTE: Coconut Club is Closed Until Spring 2021 It’s fitting that as the temperature rises, more people are dipping their toes into social distancing with friends and family, shifting from grocery delivery to actual grocery shopping, and planning their return to restaurants as DC announces a plan to allow for outdoor service beginning today. I’m […]

How I Worked My Way Back into Eating Restaurant Food

Living life through a pandemic has produced some startling aha moments. My most significant revelation came at the very beginning of this crisis when high risk categories were being defined. And there it was…elderly.  I wasn’t even at the low end of the category.  Yikes! I don’t think of myself as “elderly.” My pre-Covid lifestyle […]

DC Area Restaurants and COVID-19: How Can We Help?

Note: The resources and links here are being updated regularly. I was all set to publish a cutesy blog post professing my love for a particular dish at a DC restaurant that opened last fall.* Before I finalized my work, the situation with COVID-19 began to unfold, and the crushing impact on restaurants came into […]

Dram & Grain: Magical!

I am spellbound as I listen to Andy Bixby, Creative Director of Beverage at Dram & Grain, describe the alchemy involved in creating one of his drinks. The cocktail bar is thrumming, and I must strain to hear what he’s saying, I hang on every word. Bixby’s concoctions combine wizardry and science, and there should […]

Montgomery County Restaurants that Snap, Crackle, and Pop!

Every now and again an advertising slogan takes hold and lingers there for decades. We Try Harder. A Diamond Is Forever. Can You Hear Me Now? And then there is Snap! Crackle! Pop! featuring three cartoon characters who promote Rice Krispies. I am reflecting on Montgomery County’s recent increase in independent, casual restaurants when the catchphrase comes […]

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