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Friday, July 31, 2009

Free Sample of Dunkin' Donuts Coffee

I bet you all think that I'm like Rachael Ray and getting sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts the way I talk about them. Alas, I am not, but I really do enjoy their coffee, as you all know.

However, I do like to make my own coffee at home in the morning (usually with the Fair Trade Mexican blend from Baltimore Coffee & Tea Company actually). Since, DD is giving out a small (1.1oz) sample pouch of either their new Dunkin' Dark blend or their Original Blend-might as well try it out! Click here to enter.

Food Lover's Guide to Baltimore

Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn is one of those websites that can get me hooked for HOURS. One of the features I really love is the "Food Lover's Guide" to various cities. Imagine my excitement when I came across their Guide to Baltimore!

It makes me sad that there are a couple of places on here that I've never been to: DiPasquale's and Trinacria, for example. I think I'm going to wait until other people start making their own comments and suggestions, and then print out the entire article to keep with me for inspiration about where to go around Baltimore!

One thing I have to add is that I've never heard of cheesecake called "Smearcase" around here, have you???

Look over it and let me know what you think! Thank you to Rachel Monroe from Urban Discoveries Blog for doing all this research- I bet it took a while!


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Charm City Cupcakes, Baltimore City

Charm City Cupcakes is located in one of the most random spots downtown. You enter Brown's Arcade, walk down a long hallway past the florist shop and find a little counter selling cupcakes. I think there might be seating at the end of the hallway, but I got my cupcake to go so I wouldn't know.

Seeing as though it's a counter- you're not going to find anything else here but cupcakes- and apparently they bake them all fresh, so they can run out early. I went during my lunchbreak and I managed to score a key lime pie flavored cupcake for $2.50. I had a delicious key lime cupcake when I was in Austin, so I wanted to see whether Baltimore could be my key lime saviour.

The cake itself was very satisfying and not overly sweet, but a bit crumbly. The icing however was incredibly sweet. A little too much in fact. I really did enjoy this cupcake, but I think I would have preferred it while I was at home with a glass of milk, rather than sitting on a park bench in the middle of summer. Also, I probably should have waited for about 10 minutes or so before indulging in my cupcake because the icing was still a little cold and firm and I wanted it to be a bit creamier. This is not the fault of the store- but of my impatience. Perhaps it was because of this that I found the icing flavor a little too much, a little too concentrated.

I am definitely interested in trying more of their cupcake selection, and maybe this time I will not succumb to my tummy's peer pressure and wait for a little while so as to enjoy to true flavor of the treat.

Charm City Cupcakes on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

National Cheesecake Day, July 30th- TOMORROW

(Taken from blogchef.net)


It's National Cheesecake Day tomorrow! I love how there is a day for everything.

Morton's Steakhouse (both the Baltimore AND Annapolis location) is offering a free slice of New York style cheesecake with the purchase of an entree (one slice per entree ordered)! You have to mention this deal in order to get your free treat!

And speaking of Morton's, check back in soon for my recap of their reception for the release of their cookbook, Morton's The Cookbook: 100 Steakhouse Recipes for Every Kitchen and their fundraising partnership with the Maryland Food Bank.

Morton's Steakhouse, Baltimore
Located in the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
300 South Charles Street
410-547-8255

Morton's Steakhouse, Annapolis
Located in the Westin Annapolis at Park Place
100 Westgate Circle
410-280-1170

www.mortons.com

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chili's, The $20 Food Deal

I've got to hand it to Chili's. I am pretty vocal about my dislike for that chain, and yet somehow I still say "yes" when my husband pleads me to go with him. I don't know what it is about Chili's, but sometimes I go there and have a delicious meal, and sometimes I go there and hate everything about the place.

Recently, I went to Chili's and was pleasantly surprised about an amazing promotion they were having- $20 for one appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert. How cheap! How brilliant! We ordered our usual for the appetizer- bottomless chips and salsa, and then I ordered the crispy chicken tacos for my dinner and Dan ordered the Fire Grilled Bacon Ranch Chicken Quesadillas. Dan loved his quesadillas- but he still said that my order would probably be what he would choose next time. He loves anything with their crispy chicken crispers.

What can I say about my crispy chicken tacos? They were ok- nothing special, apart from the price. They were too crispy in some parts, and I felt like I was eating a bone. The tacos can get a bit messy, but overall they are filling and somewhat tasty. They also come with sides of rice and beans, which I didn't end up really eating because I ADORE chips and salsa.

For the dessert we chose the Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie which is essentially a thick chocolate chip cookie with a big mound of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce on top. It is impossible to eat this dessert and not feel terrible about yourself. There, I said it. I don't even WANT to know how many calories are in this dessert. UGH.
Needless to say- it was delicious....but I'm not sure if that diminishes the fact that you still feel ridiculously guilty to your wasitline for eating it.

Anyway, I still applaud Chili's for giving us this $20 promotion. Deals like these really help sweeten these sour economic times.

Chili's Grill & Bar on Urbanspoon

Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy Anniversary Bloggy!!!

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Yay! It's my blog's one year anniversary!

Thanks for reading and letting me dish all about the meals I've been eating along the way.

According to my own labels, I've eaten at 42 Delicious places this year and 7 Not Worth Its. That's pretty good to me!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Baja Fresh, Timonium

Did you guys get your free burrito last night (with a purchase of a drink of course) from Baja Fresh? Well Dan and I did! We never go to Baja Fresh, so we thought this was a perfect opportunitiy to figure out what this place had that Chipotle didn't (or Moe's AND Chipotle, in Dan's case).

I'm not sure if you remember, but I have quite an unhealthy obsession with Chipotle. It's the one place I truly crave, and I am never dissatisfied with a meal from there. They can do no wrong in my culinary book.

So poor Baja Fresh has a lot to compete with. I decided, with the help of the server, to choose the Chicken Ultimo Burrito Bowl which comes with lettuce, Baja rice (whatever that means), grilled peppers and onions, cheese, and sour cream. They also give you chips with each meal. The bowl was a very good size, I never felt like I had to give up anything by choosing the bowl vs. the burrito. I liked the bigger pieces of lettuce at the bottom of the bowl, and the chicken had a good taste. The peppers and onions were grilled but not caramelized, so that added a nice crunch to the bowl. I wasn't THAT impressed with the Baja rice, especially since it didn't have that buttery and cilantro-y taste of Chipotle's rice. Overall, I really did enjoy my meal but I still could not imagine why I would choose this burrito bowl over Chipotle's.
Dan ordered the Burrito Mexicano which comes with chicken, rice, onions, beans and salsa. He said it was good- but REALLY plain. I must add that he didn't get beans with his, so maybe that made a difference? I'm not sure. Either way, I know he's not going to be choosing this burrito over Chipotle's.


So, thank you Baja for letting me try your burritos- they were very tasty and satisfying! I would definitely go if a friend wanted me to meet them there, but if I reallllly had a hankering for some chicken + rice + beans + salsa etc........I'm think you know where I would end up.
Although I have to say, I love that they give free chips and a variety of salsa choices. The fresh cilantro was a nice touch too- I used a whole cup full!

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

FREE Burrito from Baja Fresh TODAY

Go to Baja Fresh TODAY (JULY 22ND) and receive a free burrito with any drink purchase from 11AM-9PM!

Print out this coupon to take in with you.

Go to www.bajafresh.com to find the location nearest you- and as always, keep in mind that this is for participating locations ONLY.

OOOOOOh I just love food deals :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Free Pastry at Starbucks, July 21st


Hello!
Tomorrow, Tuesday July 21st, Starbucks will be giving out free pastries with a drink purchase. This is only available from opening until 10:30AM. The pastries include: Muffins, scones, bagels, croissants, rolls, breads, poundcakes, morning buns, coffee cakes, cheese danish, apple fritter, doughnuts, tarts, pies, tropical paradise bar AND gluten free orange valencia cake.

That is a LOT of choices!

Go here to print out an invitation (coupon) to take with you.

Friday, July 17, 2009

.....And we have a winner!

Thanks again to all those who entered the Old Bay contest- and thank you to Old Bay for allowing me to have a contest!

My husband drew out a name at random last night.....

and

The winner is Andrew G. from Falls Church, VA!!!!!!

Thanks for entering and I hope you enjoy your prize!!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Old Bay Contest Ends Today

Well ladies and gentlemen, today is the day!


Don't you want these?:

· Old Bay Seasoning

· Old Bay Seafood Steamer bag

· A beach towel

· A beach bag

· Keychain with bottle opener

· Temporary Old Bay tattoo

· Some great new Old Bay-inspired recipes for you to try out!


Don't forget to email me at tasteofbaltimore@gmail.com to be entered into the Old Bay contest. If you want to be extra special you could also let me know where you would be using your awesome beach bag and blanket. I've had some great comments so far!!!

Once again, the contest closes TODAY at 11:59PM and I'll be picking the winner at random soon thereafter!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Free McDonald's McCafe Mocha!

Go to the nearest McDonald's near you! On Mondays, some McDonald's are apparently giving out an 8oz Mocha or a 7oz Iced Mocha (shouldn't the Iced Mocha be larger???) for FREE! Oh a free coffee on Monday sounds divine.

Apparently they will be offering this promotion every Monday from 7AM-7PM until August 3rd.

I've never tried the McDonald's line of fancy coffees- but since I was a DD convert, perhaps I wouldn't mind MCD's either. What do you think?


p.s. Don't delay! Enter my Old Bay contest before it's too late. The contest ends TOMORROW, July 14th at 11:59PM. Don't you want some Old Bay seasoning for all your summer grilling?!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Chiapparelli's, Little Italy

Well, some people may not like me to say this, but I sometimes cannot justify spending a lot of money for Italian food, especially when I'm in the mood for some pasta. When the Macaroni Grill entices me with their rosemary bread (which deserves to have a whole post dedicated to it) I usually have a very decent meal (as long as I tell my brain to forget that it's a chain)! So it's hard to want to make a night of it and spend a little more by going down to Little Italy. However, I really do love that area, so Dan and I decided to try Chiapparelli's which has been around for almost 70 years!

The restaurant itself is definitely not as flashy as its other Littly Italy counterparts (Della Notte for example), you can tell that here it's all about presenting a "home cooked" sort of feel, which is all well and good until you see that their prices are in the high teens and onwards. However, as I said, I wanted to make a night of it so we decided to share meals and try the Gnocchi with Meat Sauce ($16.23) and the Seafood Ravioli ($25.18). Each meal came with bread to start and the house salad.

I read a lot of blog reviews (of course) before I came here and read that their house salad was famous and the best in Baltimore- that was a lot to live up to! Well, it definitely was a HUGE portion of salad that covered the entire plate, but there was WAY too much dressing and it was very creamy and cheesy that made it a bit too overwhelming. It was good, don't get me wrong, but I think next time I would order it on the side. I'm also not sure I would say it was the best house salad in Baltimore, but definitely the most generous.

Onto the meals. Well the homemade gnocchi was definitely that. You could tell that each little piece was made at that restaurant! It was a VERY large serving, especially considering that gnocchi is so filling. The meat sauce was very good- and was clearly homemade because it had the consistency of being made from real tomatoes - aka much thinner than sauces I am used to from other Italian restaurants. There was also a large amount of meat- that was great! All in all, I liked this simple, yet rich and plentiful entree. I'm not sure if I would order this again, but I know that Dan really loved it so I wouldn't be surprised if he did.

To perfectly contrast the gnocchi, the seafood ravioli was ridiculously decadent. There were four (maybe six, now I don't remember, but it was definitely enough) LARGE pieces of ravioli that were stuffed with crab and shrimp. And they are not joking when they say stuffed- the meat practically oozed out of the ravioli, it was amazing. The sauce was described as a light tomato cream sauce, but I would not call it light. Let's just stick with tomato cream sauce. LOVED it! I savored each morsel of my ravioli and dipped it happily into the sauce. Wow, this entree alone is enough to bring me back, I am sure of it.

For dessert (that I had to take back home with me because I was so full at this point) I ordereds the tiramisu. The portion is VERY large, so try and have someoone to share it with. Oh this was rich and creamy, and had the right amount of balance in flavor- especialy with the coffee and chocolate. This was actually the dessert our waiter recommended to us, and I would have to agree it was a very good choice- it felt very authentic.

All in all, I had a really good experience. I would definitely say to stick with the special entrees and maybe spend a little more so that you can really get an idea of what GOOD Italian food is.

Chiapparelli's on Urbanspoon


Friday, July 10, 2009

Weekend Trip: Ohioplye, PA



Fallingwater aka Gorgeouswater


I haven't done one of these in a while, but I think since the economy is what it is, weekend trips are the best (and most economical) way to have a little slice of vacation-- so I'll try to keep up!

Well, a couple of months ago I planned a group camping trip to Ohiopyle, PA to go and see Fallingwater house designed by the famous American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Even if you aren't a fan of architecture, I think anyone can truly appreciate the beauty of the house and its location. I won't go into any more detail than that since this is a food blog- but I do urge you to check the website out.

The drive (from the Timonium area) takes about 3.5hours, not including stops. However, for lunch we stopped at The Rivers Edge Cafe in Confluence, PA which was about 35 minutes away from Fallingwater. At the time we went, it had literally JUST opened for the season that weekend and so when we got there we were the only people there (though people did trickle in by the time we left). This cafe, which is also a bed and breakfast, is situated on the river of course- so it offers really pretty views if you sit outside. I ordered the Chicken Salad Sandwich ($6.95) which is made with apples, raisins and walnuts. I really love chicken salad- and this was just perfect. It was a hefty sandwich, and tasted extremely fresh. These were served with house made kettle chips which were perfectly crunchy and seasoned. I also tried the sweet potato fries which came with chipotle sauce ($3.95) and was very happy. It was a large order, so feel free to share. Overall, I really loved this place and I thought this was such a gem to find on the way to Fallingwater. If you ever head there (or even towards Deep Creek, MD, since that is also close by) I would urge you to check this place out.

As I said, this was also a camping trip and we ended up staying at the Scarlett Knob Campgrounds which was about 2 minutes away from Fallingwater. I don't really have much experience with camping grounds, but I thought this was on a really gorgeous piece of land. It also had a lot of space for each lot and the porta potty's were in great condition (very important!!!!!) For dinner that night we made foil packets of all sorts of meats and veggies, made with an exorbitant amount of olive oil and spices might I add, into the fire to cook. This was DELICIOUS. My good friends took care of all the food and had it chopped and ready to go in our cooler- it was a great idea and incredibly filling.

Our foil packets cooking in our fire pit!

The next day we went to the Ohiopyle State Park to check out the river and waterfall and then headed back home after stopping in at a restaurant called Glisan's Restaurant. I had read a couple of reviews that kept talking about how amazing their pies were. The restaurant itself wasn't much to look at. It's basically what you would expect of a local diner in a very small town- very plain, full of locals and increda-cheap. I got the Glisanburger which wasn't really anything special- it just had cheese on it and you could get the regular sort of toppings. I wasn't impressed, but I was looking forward to their pies. They DID have a very long list of pies, but for some reason I ended up choosing the Huckleberry Pie (loving huckleberries is probably the reason). This pie was NOT GOOD. It wasn't warm, it didn't really taste like anything, and the filling was too gelatinous - GROSS. I could only have one bite! What a huge disappointment. However, my one friend had a coconut cream pie that she loved, and my other enjoyed her peanut butter pie. So really, I am just a terrible pie-chooser.

All in all this was a REALLY fun trip. Fallingwater is incredible, I enjoyed camping more than I thought, I loved my foil dinner, and thought the River's Edge Cafe was super cute!

Yay for a fun weekend trip!

TRIP INFO
203 Yough Street, Confluence PA 15424
814-395-5059

1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464
724-329-8501

RR 381, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
724-329-5200

Ohioplye State Park
124 Main St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
724-329-8591

Glisan's Restaurant
4625 National Pike, Markleysburg, PA 15459
724-329-4636




Did you enter the contest yet? Don't forget to enter before July 14th at 11:59PM!

Tomorrow (7/11) is Free Slurpee Day!



Taken from 7 Eleven's website

Tomorrow is 7/11 and so the retailer, 7 Eleven, is celebrating their birthday with free 7.11oz slurpees for customers!

I haven't had a slurpee in forever! What's a better draw than a free celebration? :)




Don't forget to enter my Old Bay contest and win free stuff!

Free Roast Burger from Arby's

Listen up! I know everyone loves free deals like me!

Arby's is offering a Free Roast Burger with any soft drink purchase with this Printable Coupon valid through July 13, 2009

I've never actually been to Arby's, but I've heard it's not that bad. What do you think?





Also- don't forget to enter my contest and win free stuff from Old Bay!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fatburger, Elkridge

Dan's Meal: Fatburger (with egg!), Skinny Fries, Vanilla Milkshake

First of all, I can’t believe I ate at a place called FATBURGER. I mean seriously? My colleague and I always joke that we can never eat at Blimpie’s because of the name- so who came up with Fatburger to make us feel worse (Although, Potbelly had me hooked when I went to college, so maybe it’s not that big of a deal)?

However, I got over my hatred for the name because the place received rave reviews from my friends. The fact that one of their additional burger toppings is a fried egg had a lot of appeal for people.

However, because I was feeling self-conscious, I ended up choosing the Baby Fat Burger with Skinny Fries (instead of Fat fries that are thicker cut…….and let’s be honest..because they were called Skinny). I didn’t get the egg topping, which I found to be a big mistake because my burger was RIDICULOUSLY dry. It wasn’t moist at all- definitely overcooked. I understand that I chose to get a smaller burger- but if you’re not going to cook it right, don’t offer it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I still ate the burger, but it just didn’t live up to the hype.

Dan, however, ordered a Fatburger with the egg. I tried that and it was significantly better. He also ordered the vanilla milkshake which I stole a couple of sips of- yummy! Very thick though- so prepare to share!

In the end, I probably will never drive up to Elkridge again just to get this burger- I’m going to stick to places around me that make it better.


p.s. Don’t forget to enter my Old Bay contest! It ends July 14th at 11:59PM.

Fatburger on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My Very First Contest, Courtesy of Old Bay

All right people, I promised a contest- so a contest I will give!

This is my very first contest, so I am very thankful to Old Bay for providing me with a great summer goodie bag to give away!

Here is what the gift contains:

· Old Bay Seasoning

· Old Bay Seafood Steamer bag

· A beach towel

· A beach bag

· Keychain with bottle opener

· Temporary Old Bay tattoo

· Some great new Old Bay-inspired recipes for you to try out!

All you have to do is email me at tasteofbaltimore@gmail.com with the subject OLD BAY CONTEST. Please only email once! And if you want to be EXTRA awesome- let me know your dream spot to use your beach towel and bag! (My dream spot is Santorini, Greece. I’ve never been there, but oh would I love to).

The contest ends at 11:59PM on Tues, July 14th and I will randomly pick the winner some time there after!

Thank you all for playing!


EDIT: This contest is only open to U.S. residents. Thanks!

STOP! I have something very important to say

I just came back from the University of Maryland Farmer’s Market and I tried some of the best ice cream EVER. It was from Kilby Cream, a dairy farm in Rising Sun, Maryland. I literally tried one spoon of the vanilla ice cream (they were giving out free samples) and I thought my world stopped from Deliciousness Overload (this is a real term). If some place can churn out amazing vanilla ice cream, then I have high hopes for all the rest of the flavors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really need you guys to try this ice cream. I feel like it’s my mission to tell everybody about it. In fact, I just ran around my office telling people that I pretty much found Ambrosia in downtown Baltimore.

Next Tuesday I’m going to buy myself a yummy cup of ice cream for $2 and all will be right in this world I am sure.


8/4/09 UPDATE: Just tried the sugar free Minty Moo Icecream (mint ice cream with chocolate chips). It was such heaven I almost cried. Why is their ice cream so amazing? They are 100% better than Haagen Dazs and Ben & Jerry's etc because their ice cream is sooooo freaking fresh!

Kilby Cream

129 Strohmaier Lane

Rising Sun, Maryland

410-658-8874

www.kilbycream.com

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Have a Great Weekend

8x12 Print - Metallic Fine Art Finish - American Flag
Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

See you on Monday where I will announce my first ever contest! I hope you guys like Old Bay :)

p.s. This gorgeous photo is available on Etsy from Gestures Photography

Morton's Steakhouse Hosts a Fundraising Reception - July 15th, 2009

Want to eat some delicious steak and do some good at the same time? Then perhaps you should attend a special fundraising reception at Morton’s Steakhouse on Wednesday July 15th from 6-7:30PM. Morton’s is announcing a partnership with Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, and locally, with the Maryland Food Bank, in conjunction with the release of the new "Morton's The Cookbook: 100 Steakhouse Recipes for Every Kitchen.”


The event includes a sampling of recipes from the cookbook paired with a selection of fine wine and cocktails- YUM!. It is $59 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, and includes a copy of "Morton's The Cookbook" and donation to the Feeding America. In honor of Baltimore Ravens Center Matt Birk's Two-Fisted Bacon Cheeseburger recipe featured in the cookbook, the first 10 guests to reserve a spot (call Morton's Baltimore at 410-547-8255)will receive a copy of "Morton's The Cookbook" signed by Birk! Super neat!


Additionally, there will be an auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Maryland Food Bank. Items included are a Morton's Chef Table, personal multi-course wine dinner for 6 guests; an autographed DVD of "Scream" signed by David Arquette and Courtney Cox; and a 3-liter bottle of wine provided by Chateau St Michelle. In Baltimore, guests can also bid on a three month complimentary membership and three 30 minute personal training sessions at Maryland Athletic Club's Harbor East location.



I’ve never actually eaten at Morton’s, but I have heard from many people that their food is really amazing. I love the idea that a premier steakhouse wants to give back to the community- it really warms my Social Worker heart! And let me tell you, from working in the human services field- the Maryland Food Bank is in dire need of help- so this is great!


Additionally, if you are in the Annapolis area, the Morton's Steakhouse of Annapolis is hosting a similar reception on July 14th.



Morton's Steakhouse

300 South Charles Street

Sheraton Inner Harbor Dinner

Mon-Sat, 5:30-11PM and Sun, 5-10PM

Valet parking is available.

410-547-8255

www.mortons.com


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Baltimore Coffee & Tea in the movies

Maybe I am totally late in this discovery, but I finally watched He's Just Not That Into You whichh is set in Baltimore. It always amuses me to see familiar scenes in the movies (I wonder how New Yorkers feel!), but nothing so much as when I saw signs for Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company. In the movie, Drew Barrymore's character buys this coffee for herself and her coworker

Drew Barrymore
(taken from Baltimore Coffee and Tea's website)

It made me so happy!!!! Yay!!!!! I know those familiar green cups. I love them too, Drew!

Just thought I would point this out.

A Slice of My Foodie Wishlist

I have a huge list of restaurants that I want to go to in the area- and it keeps growing! I thought I would share a portion of it and my dream menu. Let me know your wishlist restaurants with your own dream menu! I will salivate as I read :)

Abacrombie

Appetizer: Artisanal Mac and Cheese ($8)

Entrée: Scallops with pee puree, rhubarb and salsify ($28)

Dessert: Carrot cake ($8)


B Bistro

Appetizer: 3 selection cheese plate ($15)

Entrée: Braised Lamb ossobucco with cannellini beans, tomatoes and meyer lemon gremolata ($22)

Dessert: No idea because they don’t list them on their website!!!! I need to know!!


Mari Luna Latin Grille

Appetizer: Empanadas Saltenas - Bolivian style turnovers stuffed with olves, eggs, raisins and potato. ($8)

Entrée: Rope Vieja - Cuban shredded beef brisket with plantains on the side. ($16)

Dessert: None listed. What is wrong with this world?


Marie Louise Bistro

Appetizer: Steamed mussels ($8.95) or a cheese plate ($12.95)

Entrée: Coq Au Vin (I mean, it’s a French bistro…I must!) Braised bone-in chicken quarters in red wine with pearl onions & mushrooms, served with mashed potatoes ($15.95)

Dessert: ???? Don’t restaurants understand that some people go to places because of the dessert alone??


Ze Mean Bean Cafe

Appetizer: Slavic sampler: One holupki, three pierogi (one of each type), one potato pancake topped with homemade applesauce, and a side of Polish kielbasa. ($12)

Entrée: Either the Pierogi Dinner ($12) or the Hungarian Goulash ($17)

Dessert: At this point..... I give up...... :(

2009 Diner’s Choice Award Winners for Best American Cuisine

OpenTable has announced its 2009 Diner’s Choice Award Winners for Best American Cuisine.

I'm sure you all want to know which Baltimore area restaurants made the list, right? Charleston, The Prime Rib, Volt and LJ’s and the Kat Lounge were recognized. Of course I haven't tried any of the four- but I'm sure they are spectacular and I am excited that Baltimore was honored with 4 restaurants out of 50! Apparently only New York City and its surrounding areas had more on the list!!!!


Way to go Baltimore!!!!


Are you excited about the choices? Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know your thoughts below!

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