Monday, March 29, 2010
Pazo's is giving out a free bottle of red wine before 7pm tonight (March 29th) to anyone who mentions Facebook....
read more info here
1425 Aliceanna StreetBaltimore, MD 21231
Friday, March 26, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tickets just went on sale today! Scroll down for more information.
Here is the press release I received about this event, is sounds pretty awesome for Baltimore Foodies!
The host of NO RESERVATIONS, Anthony Bourdain, is coming to the Hippodrome Theatre Saturday Evening, May 22nd for one night only. Bourdain is the acclaimed television personality, best-selling author, public speaker, world traveler, gourmand, and punk-rock aficionado. Bourdain will be joined by his special guest and friend, Eric Ripert, chef, author, and host of PBS’ Avec Eric. Ripert is executive chef and co-owner of New York’s celebrated three-star Michelin restaurant Le Bernardin.
Bourdain and Ripert, will provide an evening of storytelling and observation providing the audience with a frank and provocative back and forth about what really goes on behind the kitchen doors- from both ends of the spectrum. Through illustrative anecdotes and stories, the night will include highlights from Ripert’s career and lurid lowlights from Bourdain’s career, and will give the audience a real-world understanding of what it takes to survive in the cutthroat culture of fine dining restaurants. The program portion of the evening will include an audience Question and Answer.
Audience members will be able to include in their ticket the opportunity to be a part of The Hippodrome Foodie Experience immediately following the show. Audience members can join Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert in sampling Baltimore’s Top restaurants best dishes, tasting wine and spirits from around the world and mingling with fellow “foodies” at the Hippodrome.
Who: No Reservations, An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
Where: The Hippodrome Theatre
When: Saturday Evening May 22, 2010 8:00 pm curtain
Post show reception with a sampling of Baltimore’s best restaurants in the Pavilion 9:30 pm – 12:30 am
How Much: Tickets are $29.00-$89.00 (plus applicable service fees)
- With a limited number of $250.00 VIP tickets which will include a special Meet and Greet with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, VIP ticket locations, access to the after party and a gift bag from the evening.
- The $89.00 tickets include access to the post show reception. Guests whose tickets do not include the after party will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the party separately.
Tickets are on sale to the public Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at the Hippodrome Theatre Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations including Charge-by- Phone 410.547-SEAT and 800-551.SEAT and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/.
Monday, March 22, 2010
From opening until 10:30am, head to your local Starbuck's to get a free pastry with a purchase of any handcrafted, brewed or iced beverage (although you know I'm not going to get any iced tea since I know how to make that now!!!!) Just print out this coupon or show it to a barista on a mobile device.
Then, between Noon and 8pm, head to your local Ben and Jerry's for a free cone of ice cream!
FREE ICE CREAM
Sunday, March 21, 2010
This may be ridiculous, but I JUST made iced tea for the first time yesterday and now I am hooked. I will never ever ever buy iced tea again because it's so easy!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I've been drooling over B-Bistro's menu for a while now, so when Dan surprised me with reservations one evening, I was so excited!!!!!!! B-Bistro is a lovely place for a romantic dinner: it's small, cozy and intimate and has such a great atmosphere!
After much consideration, I ordered the Moules and Frites ($15) - Mussels and Fries - which I had steamed with green curry and coriander. This was OUTSTANDING - and what a DEAL!!!!! This was the biggest bowl of mussels I've seen, and the combination of the green curry and coriander was heavenly. This was probably one of the best bowls of mussels I've had in Baltimore, honestly. It was also lovely to sop up the curry with their yummy bread. The fries were also excellent and I liked that they had some garlic aioli on the side to dip if we wanted to (which I did!)
To complement the mussels, I chose a glass of the Cava Avinyo ($7.50 for 5 oz) a light sparkling wine.
Dan chose the Steak and Frites ($25) which was a Roseda Farms strip served with garlic butter. There was A LOT of butter - beware. The steak itself was very good though, but perhaps it was swimming in a little too much butter.
Also, for some reason, Dan and I forgot both our meals came with fries and we ordered a side of their Duck Fat Roasted Fingerling Potatoes ($5) which were served with rosemary and some more garlic aioli! They were great - and perfect for sharing.
We barely had room in our tummies for dessert but I really wanted to try their homemade desserts (they also make their own pasta, though neither of us tried that). We decided to order the creme brulee and the profiteroles.
The creme brulee was good, but not my favorite. It had a great flavor, but I think it was a little overcooked because the consistency was more like a flan in some parts. Dan liked it, of course :)
The profiteroles came with 3 different scoops of homemade ice cream (of your choice!) and served with a salted caramel sauce. I chose Cardamom, Nutella and Vanilla ice cream and all 3 flavors were AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEE. I love cardamom and I looooooooooooooove Nutella (which we all know). The pastry of the profiteroles were OK - in all honesty I think I would next time I would order the ice creams separately since neither the pastry nor the sauce added anything extra.
Overall, I love this place and would come back in a heartbeat. I hate to compare it to another restaurant - but it almost reminds me of a smaller Woodberry Kitchen. Or at least, it has a similar type of menu. It's much more intimate though, which I LOVED. Also, our server was super friendly and helpful - I wish I remembered his name!!! What a gem of a restaurant!
p.s. I am running a giveaway for a $25 gift certificate to McCormick & Schmick's so enter it today - it ends at 11:59PM on Sunday March 21st!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Remember when your mum used to tell you "just because it's popular does not mean it's good" in high school? Well, I'm going to say it again - but I'm not talking about the popular crowd and all their naughty ways....I'm talking about Hunan Manor in Columbia. It is crowded, it seems very popular, it is NOT good.
OK, so I went with a group of about 15 and most of us thought our meal was just OK and sat there in confusion as to why this large restaurant was quite full. We felt like there may have been a secret menu we were not privvy to!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I wrote this email to my friends this morning, and I thought I would share so that you can see how crazy I am about food. I'm not sure if I show you my true kookoo nature on this blog :)
Friday, March 12, 2010
Here’s the deal:
- Visit any McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant location (see website for Maryland locations) on Wednesday, March 17
- Buy someone a featured “Kiss” Cocktail – Leprechaun Kiss -see picture (Sour Apple Pucker + Vodka + Lemon Juice + Simple Syrup) or Chocolate Kiss (Baileys + Vodka + Crème de Cacao + Half and Half + Guinness!)
- For each Kiss Cocktail purchased, you’ll receive three “I Got Kissed” stickers
- Give out the “I Got Kissed” stickers to strangers as an easy way to make friends (and get some potential real kisses)
- The guest at each restaurant/bar that night with the most “kisses” will win fun prizes, which may include dining certificates, promotional items from beverage partners and much more!
And, there’s more! Visit the McCormick & Schmick’s Facebook page and enter the “Pucker Up & Try Your Luck” photo contest and be entered to win a $300 gift card to McCormick & Schmick’s! (And don’t forget…..read further down for ANOTHER chance to win a $25 giveaway!!!)
DISCOVER AMERICA’S CRAB
Discover America’s Crab Special Menu (will run until the end of April):
- California Sushi Roll with Dungeness Crab, Sticky Rice, Cucumber and Avocado
- Lobster Ravioli Topped with Blue Crab in White Wine Cream Sauce with Roasted Tomatoes and Spinach
- 1LB King Crab Leg Dinner with Seasonal Vegetables and Melted Butter
- Regional Crab Cake, regional/house preparation
- Create Your Own Crab Surf & Turf
Pair a 6oz Filet Mignon with your choice of Crab Leg Sections, our Crab Cake or have your Filet Prepared Oscar-Style, topped with Crab, Asparagus and Hollandaise
- Chocolate-Raspberry Trifle with Vanilla Custard, Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream
But what if you don’t really know too much about crabs? Perhaps you are new to the area and afraid to ask any of the locals :) Well, the good folks over at McCormick & Schmick's have included some “Crab 101” tips to share with you. Along with their descriptions, they’ve also included sample menu items that correlate:
Crab 101 - Supplied by McCormick & Schmick's
Crab, like many forms of seafood, is a healthy food option.
o An excellent source of protein, crab contains important minerals and amino acids.
o Crab is also low in calories, cholesterol and fat.
Dungeness Crab is a tender white meat, known for a delicate, sweet flavor.
o Fun Fact: The estimated life span of the Dungeness crab is between eight and 13 years.
o Menu Item to Try: California Sushi Roll with Dungeness Crab, Sticky Rice, Cucumber and Avocado.
King Crab is known for meaty claws and legs and a full, rich flavor.
o Fun Fact: The size of a King crab can be up to six feet from toe to toe.
o Menu Item to Try: One pound King Crab Leg Dinner with Seasonal Vegetables and Melted Butter.
Blue Crab has a tender texture with a rich, buttery taste.
o Fun fact: Blue crabs walk sideways on their middle three pairs of legs.
o Menu Item to Try: Lobster Ravioli Topped with Blue Crab served in White Wine Cream Sauce with Roasted Tomatoes and Spinach.
So friends, want to win a McCormick & Schmick’s dining certificate for $25 (valid at ANY location)? Then leave me a comment on this post - only one comment will count!
See website for locations in Baltimore, Annapolis, Bethesda, and Oxon Hill
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
This Sunday, March 14th from 11am-3pm, Red Springs Cafe in Baltimore will partner with the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (N.O.A.H.) to host a special fundraising brunch. Five dollars from each meal will be donated to the organization, which is sending a group on a mission trip later this month. With the rainy season fast approaching in Haiti, N.O.A.H. has a goal to send 100 tents to those who are in need of shelter as a result of the January 12th earthquake.
Red Springs Café will be offering $20 brunch tickets for a buffet style meal including an omelet station, French toast, southwestern home fries, fried apples, fried chicken, and more. Drink options include $3 bottomless mimosas and $1.50 homemade lemonade and sweet iced tea.
Red Springs Cafe
353 N. Calvert St. Baltimore, MD 21202.
To make reservations call 410-637-4041.
Anyway, I AM ANGRY.
If I'm going to spend $4.19 on a medium cafe mocha (RIDICULOUS I KNOW), then I would expect it to be stirred so that my last couple of sips aren't of the sweetest chocolate syrup known to man.
I literally have no idea if that mocha was worth $4.19 because for the first 3/4 of the coffee I thought it was lame and non-chocolaty and stupid. Then I get to the end and I wanted to douse my tongue in anything savory I could find.
Parents should round up their kids, take a digression from their usual weekend plans, and find the best root to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Sunday, March 14 when the Maryland Science Center will host its annual Pi Day celebration in honor of π, the mathematical symbol for the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
Visitors can participate in multiple activities including a pie-eating contest with Key Lime pies donated by Morton’s The Steakhouse, a hula-hoop endurance challenge, (because it’s a circle!) and show off their Pi memorization skills in a fun competition, and listen to Pi related music all day.
All events are free with paid admission to the Maryland Science Center.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Today I woke up 30mins earlier (after hitting snooze for 30 mins) and I had the most relaxed morning AND got to work early enough that I had time to make my tea (using my new teacup and saucer! And sugar cubes!)
It was so lovely!
I would like to get in the habit of waking up early enough to have breakfast and a cup of tea at home every morning, but I am nervous that I will be WOH CRAZY hungry by lunchtime if I do that! I eat lunch around 1pm everyday, so eating at 7am seems a bit too early for me. Usually I just eat breakfast at my desk around 9am. But it's not relaxing and calming, like it would be if I ate facing my lovely backyard.
Do you have any morning rituals? Are you an early riser who has some tips for me???
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
We ended up going on a Friday night, and it was surprisingly too quiet. This made me very sad! This place is too delicious to be quiet on a Friday night! But anyway, we ordered the following:
Kachapuri (cheese wrapped in filo pastry dough) – So delightful.
Meat Kutabi (crepe-like pancakes filled with meat). Loved this with a sprinkle of sumac
Tandoor Bread – The bread is so great and you can tell it’s served right off the tandoor.
Piti Soup – I tried this for the first time. It's a clear broth made with potatoes, meat, sour plums, chickpeas and a taste of mint. Incredibly comforting. Served in an earthenware pot, and at first you think it won’t be enough, and then you realize it totally is!
Plate of lulya kebabs – Still my favorite. Great flavor, incredibly moist.
Plate of combination chicken and beef kebabs – Both of these are the best I’ve had anywhere of their kind. The chicken is so tender and juicy, I usually never like chicken kebabs but these were great. The beef was also so tender – once again, not something you usually find with meat pieces, but they really marinate the meat well here.
2 Baklava – Still my favorite, in fact, everyone here LOVED this particular dessert
1 Shekebura – A worthy competitor of the baklava. Perfect with some tea or coffee.
Turkish coffee – Great presentation, but the caffeine didn’t really help since I ended up sleeping half an hour later out of Friday-Exhaustion.
WOW. What an amazing feast!!!!!!!!!! Everything was just as great that day as it was when I came in before. The service was pleasant and attentive, and I really felt that I was eating carefully prepared food with the best ingredients. That being said, I think that’s where the problem lies. Kavkaz is expensive compared to its neighbors – Five Guys and El Nino Taco. With entrée prices in the mid-teens, a lot of people may just choose the cheaper options and not bother coming in. On top of that, even the appetizers are expensive (in fact, I’m pretty sure the prices went up since I had the tasting and are different from their menu online. If I remember correctly, the appetizers were around $6 each, which is a lot considering the portion size). This is a dilemma for this place because I think their food deserves those prices because of the quality of the food, however, it doesn’t help welcome new and interested clientele.
Either way, everyone was so happy with their meal, and Dan agreed with me that it’s the best kebab/kabob place we’ve been to by a long shot. They really know how to prepare their meats!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
UM, I'm SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW.
I've never been to the Union Jack in Bethesda, but I don't care! I'm obsessed with anything British (does that mean I'm obsessed with myself? I don't know how that works), so that automatically means I will love this place with all my heart.
Please someone let me know what Union Jack's is like and whether there is enough British stuff in the place to tame my excited heart.
I did, however, pop on over to Starbucks to get their "Black and White" Hot Chocolate - which isn't on the menu! It's a combination of their white chocolate and dark chocolate! Apparently you can also get the same thing as a Mocha as well. Verdict? Still tastes like hot chocolate, but perhaps a bit sweeter because of the white chocolate syrup. However, if I ever want a hot chocolate from Starbucks again I'll still order it only because I feel cool ordering from a "secret menu" hahahahahaha.
In other hot chocolate news, I have come to the conclusion that skim milk doesn't do hot chocolate justice. It loses all the creaminess and flavor. Perhaps next time I'll just try it with a low-fat option instead.
So, are there any other secret menu items I should know about at Starbucks????
Monday, March 1, 2010
The Fresh Market will open on Wednesday March 3rd at 9AM at 2504 Solomons Island Road. The new 24,900 square foot store will house a bakery, a full service meat counter, ready-to-serve entrées, fresh seafood, a large range of imported and domestic as well as a large organic selection - amongst other delights.
To celebrate its opening on the 3rd, activities will include outdoor grilling, chef demonstrations, and food sampling throughout the store. Also, the first 1,000 customers will get a reusable shopping bag and sample-sized bag of the company’s house blend gourmet coffee!
In addition, customers attending the grand opening will be invited to enter into a drawing to win The Fresh Market Pantry. Valued at approximately $1,000, the Pantry is a collection of The Fresh Market’s own TFM-branded favorites, including spices, stocks, pastas, pancake mixes, gourmet sauces, jams and more (nice!!!!)
To learn more, visit www.thefreshmarket.com and sign up for “Fresh Ideas,” the company’s weekly e-mail newsletter that includes specials as well as recipes and information about in-store events.
The other location is located at 2510 Quarry Lake Drive, Baltimore MD 21209. 410-580-1930, right off Greenspring Avenue. In fact, Baltimore blogger Bmore Sweet went there recently to pick up some ingredients for some delicious tarts she made!