A day doesn't go by without someone asking me for a restaurant recommendation or what's new in the city. I do still keep up with restaurant news—I regularly receive and read press releases, I connect with restaurants and food friends on social media and I eat out way more than the average person should—so I have a pretty good base to give an informed response. It's still a little baffling to be asked as often as I do, I haven't blogged in well over a year, somehow being a food blogger has stuck.
I started blogging back in 2007, I'd never written anything outside of school or the workplace before. It was intimidating and created anxiety—how would I be received, who was I to talk about a subject I knew little about, why read me when there are hundreds of other great writers out there—but at the same time it was fun and something I could learn from, grow from. And justify my restaurant habit.
However, over the years what was once a hobby I enjoyed became a chore. I never stopped enjoying dining out or cooking, it was the writing that felt like homework. I don't think DC's restaurant boom is over, but I think it did plateau for a while (maybe that was my slump), but more recently it's hard to argue it hasn't remained exciting and creative. It's keeping DC interesting, it keeps on going.
So here I am, returning to my laptop hoping to give a small voice to the conversation of restaurants and food trends DC has to offer, I hope you'll enjoy what I have to offer and engage with me along the way.