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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Howard County Restaurant Week Feb 23rd-March 8th

Just an FYI that Howard County is having their own Restaurant Week right now from Feb 23rd-March 8th.

Here is the website: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/HCT/HCT_Restaurant_Week.htm

And information from the website is as follows:

Get in on the Best Deals in Dining Out!
Howard County’s Winter Restaurant Weeks Features NEW Prixe Fix Menus From $10.09 To $40.09 - Savor The Savings!

Enjoy the warm hospitality and delicious creativity of Howard County’s finest chefs during Howard County’s Winter Restaurant Weeks February 23 to March 8, 2009. Participating restaurants will offer prixe fix menus from $10.09 to $40.09 (beverages, tax, gratuity not included;promotions and menus vary).

Enjoy this amazing opportunity to visit your favorite spot or sample something new as you discover the unique dining options close to home!

Visit our list of participating restaurants and make your reservations now – and don’t forget to pick up a Frequent Diners Passport Card. Have it validated at each restaurant you visit during Restaurant Weeks and enter to win a $100 dining gift certificate from the Restaurant Association of Maryland. (Visit at least 6 restaurants to be eligible, and return the card to the Howard County Tourism Welcome Center: 8267 Main St., Ellicott City, MD 21043.)

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Participating Restaurants:

* AIDA BISTRO WINE BAR
* ALEXANDRA'S at Turf Valley Resort
* BELMONT MANOR
* BISTRO BLANC
* CACAO LANE
* CAFE de PARIS
* COPELAND'S
* CRAB SHANTY
* DIAMONDBACK TAVERN
* DONNAS CAFE
* ELKRIDGE FURNACE INN
* GREYSTONE GRILL
* JORDAN'S STEAKHOUSE
* THE KING'S CONTRIVANCE
* THE MELTING POT
* MORGAN'S GRILLE at the Hilton Columbia
* OZ CHOPHOUSE
* RAMS HEAD TAVERN at Savage Mill
* RANAZUL
* THE RUMOR MILL
* STAINED GLASS PUB
* TERSIGUEL'S FRENCH COUNTRY RESTAURANT
* TOBY'S DINNER THEATRE in Columbia
* VICTORIA GASTRO PUB

Personally, I've always wanted to try Aida Bistro Wine Bar and Cafe de Paris.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Dogwood Cafe located in The Woman's Industrial Exchange

UPDATE: THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED :(

I have found a new lunch spot heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Dogwood Cafe, brother to The Dogwood Deli and The Dogwood in Hampden.

This place is FAN-freaking-tastic. It's a small cafeteria in the Woman's Industrial Exchange building, but it still manages to be charming. The food is not only local, but it is outstanding. I ate a delicious sandwich made with a pumpkin butter spread, apple, brie and farm-raised chicken. Can a sandwich be a gateway to heaven? I think this one can. I LOVED the pumpkin butter, which is a little less sweeter than apple butter and which paired perfectly with the brie and apple.

Oh, and then I also had a pumpkin cookie with brown butter icing- oh so yummy!!!!!!

There were soooo many good looking treats at this place, and I can't wait to go back and try them all, especially the Mango Curry Chicken Sandwich with a slice of carrot cake to top it all off!

All in all, my sandwich and cookie came to about $8.60 which is a normal price for the downtown area. So excited to go back!!!!



333 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 685-4388

Dogwood Cafe on Urbanspoon

The Natural Market, Timonium

You know what's worse than being cheated out of your money? Watching it happen in progress.

I went to The Natural Market, which is located in the random strip mall in front of the Fairgrounds, just to check it out. I am convinced that it can't be doing too well in its current location, but surprisingly there were a decent amount of people shopping in this tiny store. I went to the Juice and Deli bar because I LOVE smoothies, and wanted to see what amazingness they could concoct for me. I have high hopes for a place called The Natural Market.

Well I was pissed. I ordered the banana smoothie for $4.50 (16 0z) and it was just some bottle of organic juice from their shelf and some banana. That's it. Seriously. Most smoothie places at least TRY and add stuff to their smoothies to make the customer feel good about their purchase, but not this place. The smoothie itself was OK, I mean it was just juice and bananas.

EDIT: I am excited that this place got mentioned in Baltimore Magazine. Maybe I shouldn't be so quick to judge! I would be happy to go back and try one of their salads.

The Natural Market
2149 York Rd.
Timonium, MD 21093
410-560-3133
www.thenaturalmkt.com
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