Also, Towson Town Center has been having some special events this month, including one on Saturday March 24th from 1-3PM: Cooking Demo and Wine-Pairing Seminar
- Local food and wine expert, Laurie Forster "The Wine Coach," will host a cooking demonstration and wine-pairing seminar.
- Seminars will be held at 1PM, 2PM and 3PM in the Level 1 Grand Court
- Seminars will include table-side sampling (SAMPLES!!!!!), fun raffles, giveaways and retailer offers.
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(Check out my last review of P.F.Chang's from 2009 here)
At P.F.Chang's we were given some items from their Happy Hour menu to try. Their Happy Hour is Mon-Fri, 3-6pm. The prices I have included in this section are from that menu.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
I hadn't been to a PFC in a while, so I have to admit that I was excited about trying the Chicken Lettuce Wraps ($6) again. They are still so good. The chicken concoction mixed with mushrooms and water chestnuts are good alone, but even better when made into a wrap with crisp lettuce. Yes, of course you can make this at home, but if you're at the mall shopping - this is definitely a nice appetizer to order while sitting at the bar.
Dan was fan of their Crab Wontons ($5), which are made with a cream cheesy crab filling and served with a plus sauce. He remarked on how much crab there was in the wontons, and how well they went with the sauce. If you feel like something fried, and are tired of the ubiquitous eggroll, these might be the thing for you!
Stoney River also introduced us to some items from their Happy Hour, which takes place from 4-7pm everyday. There are some seriously good deals:
This menu is solid, especially because it lasts until 7pm! It would be so easy to come here for dinner and make a good meal out of these offerings, not to mention with some nice cheap cocktails! For a drink, ask the bartender to make you a Lemon Iced Tea Cocktail, which is made with Bacardi Limon, lime, sour mix and some iced tea. If you like Arnold Palmers, this is the drink for you. If you like tea (me), this is for you (me).
We tried and LOVED the Jack Daniel Whiskey Shrimp ($6). It was so good and SO buttery. The sauce is made with Jack Daniel's (obv.) and mustard and oh my the little slices of baguettes were just loaded with butter and the sauce and a jumbo shrimp. Yes please!
Guinness Stout Milkshake from TGIF (sample size)
There are two new drinks for St. Patrick's Day: the Irish Rita (made with whiskey, sour apple, midori and margarita mix) and the Guinness Stout Milkshake (Guinness with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup). Their Irish Rita was way too sour for my liking, but the Guinness Milkshake was surprisingly tasty, and I don't even like Guinness!
All in all, I am simply not a fan of this place. The dishes were dirty, the food tasted unhealthy and it's really just not my kind of atmosphere for a restaurant.
(Check out my review of the Cheesecake Factory in 2008 here)
I am not going to lie, I tried bites of about 12-15 different types of cheesecakes. This sounds amazing, but after a while I got a bit sick. THAT'S A LOT OF DAIRY, YOU GUYS!!!!
My personal favorite from the Cheesecake Factory is the Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake, but of all the ones I tried from that day, I really enjoyed:
- Vanilla Bean cheesecake (layers of vanilla bean cheesecake, vanilla mousse and whipped cream)
- I liked the simplicity of this, plus it felt light because of the mousse.
- Godiva Chocolate cheesecake (Godiva chocolate cake + Godiva chocolate cheesecake + Chocolate mousse)
- The addition of cake and mousse in this cheesecake took away the usual heaviness from a chocolate cheesecake. I loved the rich and dark taste of the chocolate.
- Dutch Caramel Apple Streusel Cheesecake, pictured (terribly) below (original cheesecake with a TON of baked apples and then topped with some delicious brown sugar walnut streusel topping)
- I loved this because it was so different. It tasted more like an apple pie with a little layer of cheesecake. There's a lot more filling than you would think, which is what really made this cheesecake stand out for me.
The problem is that to get a slice of cheesecake, you have to deal with the outrageous wait for a table because that place is packed ALL THE TIME. What is up with that?
The mall is definitely not a place I visit very often, but it was fun to take a tour like this to see the food beyond the food court. Overall, I loved Stoney River. Their Happy Hour menu was fun, well-priced and enticing! I would definitely go back there again! P.F. Chang's happy hour menu was also a great deal, and I especially liked their drinks. There is no need for me to talk about the appeal of The Cheesecake Factory, because it's already got that in spades. TGI Fridays didn't do it for me at all, but you can't win them all!