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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

KAZ Sushi Bistro: It’s About Time

My earliest memories of eating Japanese food are trips to Benihana with my family.  I marveled at how the chefs managed to skewer meat with a sword-like knife and fling it onto a plate without inflicting injury on themselves or the diners.  I loved all the magic tricks they performed. My favorite was the one […]

Nama Sushi Bar & Restaurant: On a Roll

I must admit that until somewhat recently I didn’t have much of an affinity for sushi.  Of course, I’ve eaten my share of California rolls over the years.  Who hasn’t?  But honest to goodness maki and nigiri didn’t float my boat.  But now I’m on a roll.  And Nama– the Mount Vernon Triangle sushi restaurant […]

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