It's a large post cause SO much stuff is going on in Baltimore! Isn't that exciting :)
Sugar Loaf Crafts Festival - This weekend!
This weekend is the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival (Oct1-3rd) at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. 250 Artisans will be there to show off their craft! You will be able to find pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, clothes, furniture, home accessories, and photography! But of course, lots of specialty foods sellers will be there as well!
Admission is valid all 3 days and is $7 online or $9 for adults. Children under 12 are free. For more information, visit http://www.sugarloafcrafts.com/ or call (800) 210-9900.
Morton's Steakhouse - Morton's & Mondavi Wine Dinner, Oct 7th
Morton’s The Steakhouse and the Mondavi families are gathering for the first time to celebrate the Mondavi family’s more than 90 years in growing and crafting wine, which will be broadcast simultaneously at Morton’s Baltimore restaurant (located at 300 S. Charles Street) and other locations throughout the United States on Thursday, October 7 at 8 p.m. (EST). Wines from the Charles Krug Winery, Continuum Estate, and Folio Wine Partners, will be paired with four courses of Morton’s cuisine, including some new menu items.
In addition, guests at this special event have the opportunity to bid on the first-ever red wine produced by the extended Mondavi family. Called The Legendary Primat, it is a unique blend of Napa Valley grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, produced and blended by the second and third generations of the Mondavi family. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Tickets to this charity fundraiser are $175 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, and can be purchased by calling Morton’s at 410-547-8255 or online at www.mortons.com.
The Culinary Institute of America - Admissions Reception, Oct 20th
The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) will be holding an Admissions reception in Baltimore on Wednesday, October 20th at 6PM. Aspiring students will have the chance to meet CIA reps and learn about the various programs offered at the school. On top of that, our very own Duff Goldman will be there to share his story about being a student!
To learn more, contact The Culinary Institute of America at 1-800-CULINARY (285-4627) or visit www.ciachef.edu. The reception will be held at Charles Commons on the campus of The Johns Hopkins University, 3301 North Charles St.,
Baltimore Coffee and Tea
Have you ever heard of “pour-over coffee?” Well, it’s a new product that has just been launched by Baltimore Coffee and Tea -“Any Coffee Any Time.” The product itself is pour-over coffee. Pour-over coffee is a method of brewing coffee and making it easier for patrons. The technique of pour-over coffee is an economical way to offer great tasting coffee without the hassle, since brewers do not require a plumbing connection, just plug it in, fill it with water and coffee grounds, and brew! Baltimore Coffee and Tea offers up to 120 different types of coffee!
Phillips Seafood Restaurant is offering cooking classes with Chef Arturo Paz! “Cook, Crack & Eat” are a series of seasonal seafood cooking classes that include a demonstration, some wine and a meal with the chef! Classes are $50 each, and it includes the demo, wine, lunch and a goody bag! Classes begin at 11:30, and space is limited so register early!
Clam Bake for Two, Saturday, October 16, 2010.
Learn how to shop for fresh seafood, select it and whip up an easy one-pot meal. Then they’ll show you how to combine it all to create a clam bake that includes a whole Maine lobster, snow crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, potatoes and corn on the cob.
The Freshest Catch, Saturday, November 6, 2010.
Salmon. Barramundi. Flounder. Mahi-mahi. It’s all so good. But how do you select it, clean it, grill it, or stuff it with crab? Enjoy lunch, wine, and discuss all the intricacies of a great meal with the chef.
Call the restaurant to register at 410.685.6600 or visit their website.
Why didn't I know this? I feel like this is a day I should have marked on my calendar!
If I knew about this day I would have made myself a cup of drip coffee in the morning, a cup of French press coffee when I got to work (which I did) and a delightful frappuccino concoction for the afternoon slump. Then I would have got home and prepared a roast with a coffee rub and then had coffee cake for dessert.
OK fine, I wouldn't have done that.
I am still bummed that I wasn't fully prepared to celebrate the day of one of my greatest loves.
Miss Shirley's is seriously THE place for breakfast or brunch in Baltimore. It really is - you can tell by the wait and the crowd in that restaurant every.single.weekend. The thing is, it's really really incredibly deserved. Their menu literally has something for everyone, I know that is terribly cliche - but it's true!
The last time I had gone to Miss Shirley's was about 2 years ago, which is NOT RIGHT. Here is my post about that time.
I expected to go to the restaurant and immediately order the coconut-cream stuffed french toast again, but I surprised myself and wanted something savory instead. I settled on the Southern Slammer Sandwich ($8.99) - Fried Green Tomato, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, avocado, cheddar cheese and egg on pumpernickel. Now, for some reason I was expecting this to be healthier than it turned out to be. Don't ask me why - it clearly said all those ingredients on the menu I read...but still, it was a bit of a surprise. Overall the flavors were fabulous, and it was SUCH a filling sandwich, but I didn't think the pumpernickel bread really worked - it was too crispy and therefore made it feel even more fried and unhealthy. It was tasty, but I probably wouldn't order it again.
Dan went all out and ordered The Shore Thing Omelette ($17.99) - Smoked Ham, jumbo lump crab, shrimp and swiss, dusted with old bay. He said it was amazing, and loved the biscuit. I still feel that $18 is a crazy amount to spend on breakfast, but understandably it's priced that way because of all the seafood. At least it was delicious!
My friends at the table also ordered their Funky Monkey Bread ($9.99) - Cinnamon-y bread/dough, with bananas, chocolate and pecans. This looks like something I would be into, but I am really not a fan of heavily cinnamon flavored things. However, I am in the minority, because everybody was practically writing odes to the monkey bread the entire time it was on the table. Do you like cinnamon rolls and bananas and chocolate? You will love this. Trust me. Or actually, trust my friends.
Seriously. What is happening here? It is officially Fall and I am ready to start making briskets and stews, and I don't feel right doing that when I still have short sleeves on. This is ridiculous and needs to stop.
In other news, this is my 400th post ahahahahaha what a shame it had to be wasted on some lame Weather Haiku and not on something awesome (like something Harry Potter related). Oh well, such is life my friends, such is life.
Today, September 23rd, go out to eat at participating restaurants and a portion of the proceeds will go to Moveable Feast, a non-profit that delivers food to homebound people living with AIDS in the Greater Baltimore area.
I unfortunately can't go tonight because I am singing lalalalalalala, but I hope a bunch of you have the chance to go!!
There are restaurants that are also participating for Lunch AND Dinner!
Expires in a year. Limit 8 per person, 1 per visit and 1 per table. Dine-in only.
Let's be honest. I would walk into this restaurant, sit down at the table and immediately order my meal - I don't even need to look at the menu anymore. All I need is the Fried Chicken Southern Platter($18.95) - Half a chicken, fried, served with baked macaroni and cheese, candied yams and sauteed baby spinach. Done.
If you love Restaurant Week prices, you may love this Prix Fixe price offered by Roy's. I'd start with the Kabocha Salad, followed by Beef Short Ribs (of course, man I am so predictable) and then the Pumpkin and Ginger cheesecake for a real taste of Fall flavors.
Also, as an aside.....I can't be the only one who thinks of Harry Potter everytime I read the word Basilisk, right? I am deathly afraid of snakes, but for some reason I want to go to Serpent Ridge Vineyard for the SOLE reason of trying the Basilisk BECAUSE it reminds me of HP.
That makes me officially nutty, doesn't it?
I should open my very own Harry Potter Themed Vineyard. OMG that would be AWESOME. I could call it Gryffindor's Grapes or something like that. Let's think of some awesome names for Harry Potter wines.
Ron's Red? That's lame.
Voldemort's Viognier? Noooooo, blah! I am not being creative enough!
Oh yea, back to the Governor's Cup........ :)
Here are the big winners:
Governor’s Cup Award Winner–Best in Show!
Fiore Winery • Sangiovese 2007
Best of Class Awards Best Red: Fiore Winery • Sangiovese 2007 Best Rosé: Knob Hall Winery • Rosé Reserve Best Red Blend: Serpent Ridge Vineyard • Basilisk 2008 (!!!!!) Best Off-Dry: St. Michaels White • 2009 Best Fruit: Fiore Winery • Apple-luscious
Black Ankle Vineyards • Crumbling Rock 2008
Black Ankle Vineyards • Rolling Hills 2008
Cygnus Wine Cellars • Blanc de Blanc 2008
Dove Valley Winery • Gold 2008
Fiore Winery • Apple-lucious
Fiore Winery • Sangiovese 2007
Knob Hall Winery • Chambourcin 2009
Knob Hall Winery • Rosé Reserve 2009
Knob Hall Winery • Semi-dry Rosé 2009
Little Ashby Vineyards • Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Little Ashby Vineyards • Super Talbot 2007
Serpent Ridge Vineyard • Basilisk 2008
St. Michaels Winery • "Martha" Chambourcin 2008
St. Michaels Winery • St. Michaels White 2009
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • EVOE! 2007
For food AND drink. Expires in 1 year, limit 5 per person and 1 per table and a reservation is REQUIRED
This seems like a great place to watch some football games - probably a good idea to stock up on some of these certificates if you're close by! Get some crab dip in a bread bowl ($10) to start and maybe a Kobe Burger with Red Dragon cheese (?) for half time ($12) and a couple bottles of beer ($3.50-7) and you're set!
Expires Mar 16, 2011. Limit 1 per table and for dine-in dinner service only, but no purchase limit.
Why not make a trip out to Queen Anne's County and stop in for dinner at Brique, a new upscale restaurant that opened recently. Start with the Roasted Garlic and Goat Cheese Flan ($9) and the Seared Duck Breast entree with braised greens and maple citrus sweet potato ($24) and you may be a happy camper, especially if your dining partner gets the Lamb Loin Chop ($22) with carrot puree and leeks and allows you to share :)
Expires March 16, 2011. Limit 1 per person, but buy unlimited amount for gifts. Limit 1 per table, reservations highly recommended.
I've never been here, but I've heard it's pretty tasty! I loooove me some Indian food, and feel like I should make it my solemn duty to try every Indian place around me, that's a pretty good goal, right? :) I would be all about some Chicken Biryani ($11.49) and some Lamb Shahi Korma ($12.95) which is a creamy sauce that is usually a bit sweet. If I didn't get carry out, I would treat myself to some Masala Tea ($2.50) and Dan would assuredly get some Gulab Jamun ($2.50) and we'd call it a day!
To start, I immediately knew I had to order the "pumpkin appetizer" because that is what I have always heard about. It is called Kaddo Borwani ($4.75), and yes, it was just as incredible as I had hoped. It is pan-fried and baked baby pumpkin seasoned (liberally) with sugar and served with a yogurt-garlic sauce. Garlic AND sugar pumpkin? Oh yes. It works. Trust me and every other person who loved this appetizer. The pumpkin was so sweet, like a lovely sweet potato in fact, and I thought the garlic yogurt was a fantastic, though unlikely, partner.
We also ordered the appetizer portion of Mantwo ($4.75) - Homemade pastry shells filled with onions and beef, served on yogurt and topped with carrots, yellow split peas and beef sauce. It doesn't look like how it sounds - I could hardly see the pastry shells, but they were there covered in a sea of delightful meat sauce. This was sort of like a deconstructed Afghan lasagna - and I was all for it. Loved it. You can also get this as an Entree for $12.95, oh my it would be a fabulous choice.
We also ordered a small order of Naan ($2.50) which I used to sop up every little bit of those appetizers.
Entrees - Left: Kabuli, Right: Koufta Challow
Very soon after we had finished our appetizers, our entrees swooped onto the table (which are small...so get used to stacking dishes and condensing). I ordered the authentic Afghan dish - Kabuli ($14.95) - Afghan style rice baked with chunks of lamb tenderloin, raisins and glazed carrots. I LOVED this dish. If you love biryani at an Indian restaurant - you will love Kabuli here. Actually, it was very similar to how my mum makes birayani so I was extremely pleased. The lamb was great and I just LOVE when raisins find their way into my rice!
Dan ordered the Koufta Challow ($13.95) - combination of lamb and beef meatballs seasoned with dried grapes, spices, peas and tomato sauce and served with challow (rice with cumin as opposed to Pallow which is rice with cinnamon). This was also delicious - I loved the tomato sauce, which had a wonderful kick to it. And the meatballs were yummmyyyyy. Great flavors, great dish. Not surprisingly, my mum also makes her own version of this dish, so needless to say, this was a great meal for me.
Turkish Coffee, Pumpkin cake (background) and pastries (foreground)
I opted for some Turkish coffee, remembering that I loved it here, and Dan and I shared a plate of Middle Eastern Pastries ($5.25) as well as a Pumpkin cake ($5.25?) that was supposed to be similar to a carrot cake. The pastries were essentially 2 pieces of baklava. They were good, but perhaps a little expensive for $5.25, but a nice choice if you want something sweet but don't have too much room in your tummy. The pumpkin cake was not a favorite of mine at all, I thought it was entirely too dry and wished there were some raisins in there...or basically I wished it was carrot cake. Dan liked it, of course :)
Overall, this was just a fantastic dinner, I honestly can't wait to come again. It really does remind me a LOT of my mum's cooking, so I personally love it because I can go whenever I have a hankering for her and the Helmand's yummy food :)
Like super duper WOH cute. She's one today and I love her so much :) I would usually post five million pictures of her, but she is not my baby so I don't want to do anything without her parents' permission :)
I want to make a layer cake in her honor, but really, I just want to make a layer cake and I keep saying that I will and I NEVER DO AAAAAAAAAAAAAH. I need to stop making excuses and whip out my Kitchenaid mixer.
Fleming's is unveiling their new “Fleming's 100” or their list of 100 wines by the glass (wow that's quite a selection!!) In order to celebrate, they are hosting a bunch of cool events throughout September. Here is a list they sent me:
The New Fleming’s 100 “Opening Nights” every Thursday (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th) in September – A series of wine tastings featuring 20 (!) of the 100 selections. Visit the website to see which wines will be served on each night.
Memorable Meal: A Trio of Fleming’s Classics, $99 for Twothrough September 30 – Guests are invited to experiencea variety of tastes of classic Fleming’s entrees, served “flight” style with three small entrees on a plate – Filet Mignon, Ahi Tuna and Lamb Chop. The three-course Memorable Meal also includes a Broiled Peach and Goat Cheese Salad, a trio of roasted vegetables and a trio of crème brulees for dessert. For $10, you can add a flight (three 2-ounce tastes) of paired wines from the new wine list.
Exclusive Caymus Interactive Wine Dinner, $125ppSeptember 21 or 22 – Join Caymus Vineyards owner and winemaker, Chuck Wagner, Fleming’s Director of Wine Marian Jansen op de Haar and Executive Chef Russell Skall, via live video from Northern California.The Napa-inspired menu is paired with Wagner Family of Wines, Conundrum, Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay and Late, and a vertical tasting of the 2000 and just-released, 2008 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet. Wine Tuesdaysevery week in September – Every Tuesday (7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th), receive 25% off any bottle selection from the new Fleming’s 100. You will also receive a Fleming’s Card good for this same offer on a future Fleming’s visit any day of the week, valid through December 30th. New Icon Winethrough September 30 – The Icon Wine series continues in September with the Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Salus Estate, 2006, at $125 per bottle.
I went to Jasmine Asian Bistro in Timonium recently, and it was a lovely experience - the service was impeccable and the food was super tasty.
I ordered the Malaysian Tamarind Entree with Shrimp ($14). The sauce was wonderfully savory and went well with the vegetables. The shrimp were plentiful and I managed to gobble all those up. Unfortunately, my drink, the Singapore Slinger, was not so pleasant but very sour instead. Next time, I will just stick to my usual gin and tonic, and not stray from anything else.
Dan ordered the Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken ($14) (pictured) and it was delicious! It had a good breading to chicken ratio, and the sauce, though sweet, wasn't overly so. I liked this a lot and would definitely consider getting this again.
Now, it needs to be said that the prices are high, especially compared to other places in the area, but you won't be disappointed with the excellent service and high quality of food.
Cooking classes are all the rage right now - have you noticed that? I've been wanting to try one again soon. A couple of years ago I took an Italian cooking class (here) and yes, our class made some fabulous meals, but I also learned abut cooking with artichokes, tried Osso Bucco for the first time, and ate the most amazing ricotta pie dessert. Basically, it opened my eyes to new delights, like all good cooking classes should do.
So when I found out that Baltimore International College was offering Continuing Education classes or "Food Enthusiast Classes," I was very intrigued. The classes are single-session, non-credit classes in a variety of subjects.
Chocolate, Chocolate and More ($60) obviously interests me :) You learn how to make your own chocolates!!!!!!
And I can only imagine how helpful the Holiday Demonstration ($60) classes would be, which includes classes on Thanksgiving dinner, cookies, canapes, pies and gingerbread houses!
The Introduction to Cheese Making($80) class sounds cool because not only do you make fresh cheese, but then you pair them with wine as well!!!
So what do you think- are you interested in taking a Food Class? Have you taken any before and what did you think about it?
All classes are located at:
Culinary Arts Center
210 S. Central Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202
Most classes are $60, but some are $80. Check the Course Catalog.
Click the Catalog tab and browse through until you find a class you would like.
Select the class and click "Purchase".
If you are finished shopping, proceed to "Checkout".
Enter your contact information and continue to the next step.
Finally, enter your payment information.
Register by Mail or Fax:
Download the PDF of the Food Enthusiast Classes. Download the Registration Form.
Choose the class or classes you would like to take.
Fill out the registration form and either mail it to:
Baltimore International College, Department of Continuing Education
17 Commerce Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-3230
The best part of this is? You can use it towards coffee beans and tea bags as well as drinks. That means I can get my supply of Baltimore Blend and Fair Trade Mexican coffee beans, as well as all my different crazy teas that I love (YORKSHIRE GOLD, I AM COMING FOR YOU....well, as soon as I finish the 80 bags I have left at home).
You have to use this in one visit though, so plan wisely - and perhaps stay for a sandwich and a delicious drink! It also expires Dec 31st 2010, which makes me immediately think of Christmas presents!
Apparently I buy too much.
This week for breakfast I had my overnight oats, of course
For lunch, I took a veggie wrap (whole wheat wrap, edamame hummus, carrots, lettuce, cucumber and sprouts), some cherries or grapes and then my own homemade fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt (aka 2 tsp of jam topped with ~1/3 cup plain lowfat yogurt).
For dinner I had a variety of things planned - tortellini one night, ground turkey curry the next (pictured with flatbread), chicken sausage pasta another time.
It was a great week, eating-wise, but I really think I need to evaluate my portion sizes because I have a whole fridge full of stuff that technically should be all gone by tomorrow.
Oh well....all in good time.
Do you meal plan? If so, do you usually just do it for dinner or for all meals?
(oats never look good in pictures, please don't judge!)
OK, I kept hearing about Overnight Oats on the blogosphere and so I decided to check them out and make them for breakfast. Basically, you whip up some oatmeal in the evening and then in the morning you partake in some epically delicious cold oatmeal. This weirded me out for a second, but seriously, I got over that fast.
Here is how I make mine:
1 tsp of ground flax seed
1 heaped tsp of almond butter (or to taste)
1/3 cup rolled oats (NOT quick cooking kind)
2/3 cup milk
Mash up the banana (I use my awesome immersion blender tool) but make sure there are some nice chunks in there. Add the flax seed, almond butter, oats and milk. Stir. Put in fridge overnight. In the morning take it out, mix it a bit and EAT.
SOOOO GOOD OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG. Also, it's totally healthy and keeps me full for a REALLY long time.
p.s. My bread + butter + jam breakfast still has a piece of my heart.