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Lisa Shapiro, Photo by Lindsay Silverstein

Hi! My name is Lisa Shapiro, the Editor and Founder of Dining in DC, a blog about the DC Metropolitan area restaurant scene. In addition to dining reviews, Dining in DC also includes everything from dining guides, tips, food & restaurant news and trends, event coverage and happenings, and more! If you look forward to DC Restaurant Week as much as I do, then you’ll not want to miss our helpful features and menu roundups. If you ever have a question or need a personal recommendation, go ahead andAsk Lisa!” Since 2009, “Ask Lisa” has answered dozens of questions to help visitors and locals find the perfect restaurant for their needs.

As a native Washingtonian, I have a great deal of knowledge of the DC area and I work diligently to keep the site informative for you – my readers. I started the blog in June 2007 as a vehicle to chronicle my experiences dining out in the area, not realizing what a huge part of my life that it would soon become. In addition to my blog, since March 2009, I have been writing a column on Examiner.com, serving as the DC Restaurant Examiner. I am also the Dining Editor for DC Metro Magazine, a local tourism publication. I have also served as a contributing writer to Capitol B, an online magazine, and as the Editor-in-Chief for a local travel publication, The NOW Guide.

Over the last 5 years, blogging has truly become a labor of love, and I have been afforded many incredible opportunities, such as getting to be a food judge on the Travel Channel’s show Food Wars. I consider myself truly fortunate to be a part of such a very passionate and talented community.

This site is dedicated to those who live to eat and believe that dining out is an experience, like me. This Blog is for You!

Dining in DC Contributors

Sean O’Brien, Men’s Interest Editor

Sean is Dining in DC’s only (and therefore strongest and most intelligent) male contributor. Before he became a Daywalker, Sean was a bartender and bar manager for longer than his parents care to admit. A Marylander born and raised, Sean has spent the better part of his twenties exploring and tasting DC from every corner. Sean is the author of failed legislation mandating that every week involve crabs, bacon, beer, bourbon or Old Bay. A student of the Anthony Bourdain School of Thought, Sean believes that the body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.

When he is not working or eating, Sean is likely to be found biking or hiking around DC. Follow him on Twitter at @sotweets, but be prepared for sarcasm and comments about people who say “YOLO” or “totes.”

Ashley Morris moved to DC in May 2011 after graduating from Baylor University (Yeah RG3!) and works at a media relations firm in Alexandria, VA. A lover of food, wine, traveling, and photography, she truly enjoys the diverse culture that DC has to offer. Spending time with friends and family to her is of utmost importance, and she couldn’t think of a better way to bond with them than by enjoying a meal and some drinks at one of DC’s latest hotspots.

You can follow her on twitter at @ashleylee27

Aparna Krishnamoorthy

As a little girl, Aparna remembers sneaking pots and ladles from the kitchen to her room and pretending to add and stir imaginary ingredients. Grown up now, Aparna is still a foodie at heart. Her day is spent in the corporate world, but you can find her eating her way around the District at night. When not obsessing over food, she can be found playing a drum with Batala Washington, shopping for jewelry or planning her next vacation. Aparna is also a contributor at Borderstan. You can follow her on Twitter @aparnakris


RaShonda Rosier, the newest (and savviest) Dining in DC Contributor , is a marketing and online communications Director for a nonprofit organization by day and an aspiring socialite by night. When not volunteering and raising funds for various local charities, she enjoys eating her way around DC, shopping, and traveling abroad. She loves practically anything with tequila and bacon in it, but definitely not together.

You can follow her @shessavvy but be forewarned her tweets can range anywhere from things to do in DC to live-tweeting her favorite shows like Scandal, Law & Order SVU, and Homeland.