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 […]

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 […]

Q by Peter Chang: Heat Wave

I’m enveloped in a blanket, thankful that I don’t have to go out in the frigid cold. My mind wanders back to a meal I had weeks ago at Q by Peter Chang. And if I was willing to brave the cold, I would venture out to Bethesda where the venerable Chef Peter Chang and […]

2018 Restaurant World Summed Up in One Word- Frenetic

When Eater DC invited me to participate in their 2018 year-end survey, I was eager to provide my input.  Answering the questions becomes a delightful journey down memory lane. At the same time, it’s daunting, as I know my answers will appear alongside DC’s established food journalists.  I took a stab at it from my […]

Daikaya: A Relationship Refresher

Long-term relationships are difficult to keep fresh and interesting.  I’ve been married for decades, so I know what I’m talking about.  Restaurants have an even bigger challenge.  How do they manage to stay attractive and in demand, when the next hot thing is right around the corner? Daikaya, the Japanese restaurant from Daisuke Utagawa, Yama […]

BABA: Party On!

As I descend the stairs to BABA, the sibling of the popular Ambar in Clarendon, my eyes adjust to the dim light.  I’m feeling tired from the long workday and thinking that I really should have gone home rather than venturing out to explore Balkan-inspired drinks and dinner in far-off Arlington. But then I remember […]

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