Sunday, October 28, 2007

Italian Sensation

2316 Belair Rd, Suite E
Fallston, MD 21047
410-877-8377

Last weekend my husband and I went out o grab a slice of pizza and started talking to another couple. We were all saying how we loved the pizza at Pasta Mista in Towson. They suggested a place to us that was almost as good- Italian Sensation. SO we thought we would try it.

We started with the mozzarella Sticks ($6.99). They were the nice thick ones and were good. It came with about 6 sticks.

We then split the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad ($7.99). The chicken was great. It had this nice smokey flavor and was a perfect moister and not over dry. Now the dressing it self was to be homemade. I wasn't impressed at all with the flavor of the dressing. It was a nice thickness but had no flavor at all. I didn't taste hardly any flavors of a typical caesar dressing. The salad it self was very big but the dressing was nothing to write home about.

For dinner we split a 16" Neapolitan style (hand tossed) pizza with mushrooms and prosciutto. Overall, the pizza was very good. The crust was just the way I like it. I love a thinner crust and the bubbles in the outside edges (it wasn't like Papa John's or Domino's crust). There was 2 minor disappointments with the pizza: the middle of the pizza the crust was a big soggy and a few pieces of the prosciutto were supper salty. However, overall I was pleased with the pizza. The pizza was a bit on the steap side of prices: $10.99 plus $2.00 for mushrooms and $2.50 for the prosciutto.

As I think about the entire meal as a whole I would say it was average. out of 5 stars I would give it 2.5 stars. I have had better overall. If I was to rate the pizza alone I would give it 3.5-4 stars.

You can find their menu at www.menulizard.com

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pickles and Chips Deli & Grille

1220 E. joppa Rd
Towson, MD 21286
410-321-1088

I had heard about this place on 98 Rock with Mickey, etc. They invented a sandwich for this place called The 98 ROCK HERCULES. We had passed it a bunch of times and finally decided about stopping. They have tons of different sandwiches, hot dogs, wings and burgers. Each sandwich comes with homemade chips and a very good pickle!

I had the Jessica Starr Club $8.99 (turkey club with cheddar cheese and extra bacon). It was huge and very good. My husband had the Mark Viviano $7.49 (turkey with cheddar cheese and hot peppers on a kaiser roll). Both our sandwiches from the signature sandwich menu so when you order one of those they donate 25 cents to charities. Everything was big and very YUMMY!

They have nightly specials that change monthly. They even serve breakfast (hot cake, french toast, omlettes, and more).

I will be going back!

Pickles and Chips in Towson

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant

1100 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tel: 410-385-0318

I went here with some other fellow Baltimore Bloggers of Restaurants. I had never eaten Ethiopian before and it was a very unique experience. The decor and music was very pleasing and nice.

Dukem's menu features a complete menu with everything from kitfo, tibs, kornis, alicha, and vegetarian dishes. Ethiopian food is served on centerpiece platters over injera, accompanied by plates of more injera (spongy flat-bread), rolled up like so many dish towels. To eat, you simply tear off pieces of injera and scoop up bites of food. They use many spices such as chili peppers combining with ginger, garlic, onions, spices, basil and a host of less familiar flavorings like bishop's weed, which resembles thyme, and enset (banana tree like) plant powder.

We tried many items such as:
-TIBS: Cubed tender lamb or beef with onion, rosemary jalapeno pepper served with injera and salad and spicy awaze sauce
-KITFO: Beef tartar seasoned with our herbal butter and mitmita, cardamom
-LAMB WOT: Freshly made lamb stew
-DORO WOT: chicken stew simmered in berbere/red pepper/ sauce or simmered in ginger sauce with garlic onion and herbal better served with boild egg
-MINCHET ABESH: Finely chopped lean beef braised in milled ginger and garlic sauce

Over price wise it came to $20 a person and there was 6 f us (with tip). Their Ice Tea is very different and I found it very hard to explain to someone who hasn't tasted it. Overall, I enjoyed most of the food, however there were a few dishes I didn't care for. I would go back again and try some more things.

A bit of a notice to all- I hope you don't mind eating with your fingers!

Dukem on Urbanspoon

Baltimore Style Magazine

The new issue of Baltimore Style Magazine has an article about restaurant bloggers in the Baltimore area. Check it out! I was very fortunate to have dinner last week with some of the people who made the article (that review is to come- been SUPER busy)

Here's the link:
http://www.baltimorestyle.com/index.php/style/food_article/f_foodies_in_cyberspace_n07/

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

New Special

PAZZA LUNA has a new special.

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT - $10 PASTA
(choose from 4 pastas)

Our crazy chef, Gianfranco says "Let them eat pasta, forget about Marie Antoinette's cake."

Every Wednesday night Gianfranco will offer a couple of Pazza Luna's regular pastas along with special pasta creations for just that evening ~ $10 per pasta.


Pasta selections will change from week-to-week.

Reservations encouraged 410. 962.1212

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