Thursday, February 28, 2008

Mark your Calendars

September 18, 2008, thousands of people in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area will participate in one of the most rewarding dining experiences of the year. Moveable Feast's Dining Out for Life event will raise tens of thousands of dollars, thanks to the generosity of community-minded restaurants, sponsors, and those who dine out with their families and friends that day to help our neighbors in need.

By simply eating out at one of the participating restaurants, at least 20 percent of proceeds that day will go to help feed hundreds of men, women, and children right here in our community living with HIV/AIDS, and other life-challenging conditions such as breast cancer.


Thursday, March 6, 2008
Washington, DC
Benefiting Food & Friends

On Thursday, March 6th, 150 restaurants in the Washington metropolitian area will join together to support men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by contributing a percentage of their sales to Food & Friends

Food & Friends is the only nonprofit organization in the Washington area providing daily, home-delivered, specialized meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to individuals in the community who are facing some of life's most difficult challenges. The funds raised through Dining Out for Life allows Food & Friends to continue to provide these critical services at NO COST to the clients.

More than 150 restaurants, in the Washington region, will donate 25-100% of their proceeds to Food & Friends.

Follow this link to find out which restaurants are participating

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Crown and Thistle Tea Room

I headed here for my annual High Tea ($21.95) with my ZTA Alum group. When you walk in you are welcome by hand painted murals the cover the walls. We were in the Garden room where the walls have hand painted magnolia flowers and beautiful birds resting on vines. The tables are set with English fine bone china.

The High Tea includes the following:
1. Donna’s delight salad- spring mix, pine nuts, dried cranberries and crumbled blue cheese sprinkled with raspberry vinaigrette. This salad was very light and refreshing and the pine nuts and cheese crumbles added a great texture.
2. Soup of the day. I had the Tomato Bisque which was very good and had lots of chucks of tomato. It was very smooth besides the chunks. They also have a chicken tex-mex soup that sounded very good.
3. Then you are given a 3 tier tray that had assortment of finger sandwiches, banger roll, tea cookies, brownie, fruit scones (we had orange cranberry), Scottish cream scone and fruit tart. Their were 3 different types of finger sandwiches- a cucumber, salmon and for the life of me I cant recall the last. The fruit tart was the best I have ever had.

All the food was very good and nobody could eat it all.

We tried many diffrent types of tea. Some of my favorites where the:
-Tiger Chai - Nilgiri black tea with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and black pepper
-Peach Melba - Incomparable blend of peach, vanilla, and raspberry inspired by Escoffier’s desert of the same name
-Hot Cinnamon Spice - A blend of black teas, three types of cinnamon, orange peel and sweet cloves (One of the best cinnamon teas ever!)
-Cranberry Autumn - Black tea flavored with cranberries and orange bits

One I didn't get a chance to taste was the Bangkok - A combination of green tea, lemon grass, coconut and ginger thats sounds very good to me- I love green tea.

When you are done you can stop in the tea Shop and buy your favorite tea related items.

I joined the Crown & Thistle Tea Club on the website before going. I got a very nice newsletter with all the upcoming special events and a 15% off coupon.

* I got a camera that has food mode and I was testing it out- they aren't the best I still need to play around with the camera and figure the food mode out- plus I forgot about my camera and didn't take a picture of the full tray.

10 Fila way, Sparks, Md 21152

Crown and Thistle Tea Room in Sparks Glencoe

Friday, February 22, 2008

Need some Help!

So this coming May I graduate from Notre Dame of MD with my masters and then about 2 weeks later in June I turn 30. I will have family and friends come in in from all over the USA in May and don't expect them to turn around and come back for my birthday (around 30 people- give or take).

What I am looking to do is have party (after graduation) where is a light meal or hor'dourves with a cash bar (or open bar depending on the other prices). However I am have no idea of where to go. I don't fancy but I also don't want some hole in the wall bar. I want somewhere where people can sit around and talk with some background music. I don't really want a formal sit down atmosphere but I do want tables and chairs of some sort. I am also looking for a place that has parking there or real near by.

I have been research and racking my brain but I need some help... So please pass on some suggestions please!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Tomato Palace

10221 Wincopin Cir
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 715-0211

My Husband and I went here after catching a movie across the street last night. As soon as you walk in you are overcome with the wonderful and robust smells of their food! My mouth started to water as soon as I came in the turn style door! he Tomato
Palace serves traditional Italian pastas and pizzas.

The walls have these great murals of traditional Italian type vegetables in a cartoon manor that is very fun and whimsical. They bring each table a pewter pitcher of water that is kept at the table. Interesting to find out you can order off the Clyde's menu
from next door (owned by the same people).

The start you of with a nice selection of Italian bread and this other garlic bread that is tied in knots- both were to die for. We shared an appetizer of the grilled bruchetta that was so wonderful (except the mozzarella was a bit mild for us and didn't have much flavor- the rest of it was perfect).

I had the February special which was Braised Braciola (about $14)- stuffed with egg, sun dried tomatoes, onions, spinach and a few other things served with a cacciatore sauce, sautéed green beans and mashed potatoes. It was very good. Besides my
husbands braciola it was the best I have ever had.

My husband had the Chicken Parmigiana. The chicken was very moist and the coating was perfect.

This place sits right on the lake- however we couldn't see it because we didn't eat till around 8:30 p.m. We both agreed it was very good and average price and would head back again. They had some great sounding desserts but we were both too full.

Tomato Palace in Columbia

Sunday, February 10, 2008


6010 University Blvd.
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: (410) 750-3115
Restaurant Hours
Monday to Saturday : 7 AM to 10 PM
Sunday : 7 AM to 9 PM

I met some friends here this Saturday for lunch at noon. Was very busy at noon so expect a wait. This place a a very extensive menu with about 160 items from smoothies, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, eggs, pancakes, etc.

The decor is set around “Les Cirques des Oeufs” (Circus of eggs). There is a lot of colorful murals and rustic walls and columns. The kitchen is ope so that you can see in. They had these great metal sculpture type things that were also wine racks.

I had the California Benedict -Two eggs poached, smoked salmon, spinach, asparagus and gruyère cheese on wheat bread with our classic hollandaise sauceserved with grilled potatoes. i switched the toast to an English Muffin. It was huge and was pilled on-top a lot of the potatoes. I expected the asparagus to be cut into pieces but it was served as 4 long whole pieces.

One person had the Eggspectation Salad- Sliced black forest ham, turkey, swiss and cheddar cheese mixed with our house vinaigrette over mixed greens, grape tomatoes, cucumbers and a boiled egg. I loved how they served the meat: it was served as meat rolls and sliced sort of like pinwheels and not chopped up. It was also very large.

Another person had the Prima Vera- Fresh vegetables with our tomato basil sauce. She also had the breadsticks that looked very good (they looked to have herbs mixed within the breadsticks). It smelled very good.

Another person had one of the club sandwiches that was very loaded.

The last person had the Yogurt Parfait (granola, blueberry, strawberry) and a muffin (cappuccino chocolate chip). The parfait looked very light and filling and the muffin was huge.

For dessert I had the Lemon Drop cake which was very moist that had a nice lemon bitter taste to it. Some split the Heaven and Hell cake which was very decadent looking and had a lot of chocolate with a splash of white cake.

There were so many things that sounded good on the menu I can't wait to go back and try them!

Eggspectation in Ellicott City

Friday, February 08, 2008

Mira Luna

102 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

I was introduced to this restaurant by a fellow librarian so my Husband and I thought would would check it out tonight.

You can't miss this place because of the color of it! (yellow building with the red awning). They have a parking lot out back but it fills up quick so they haver permission for their patrons to park in the lot for Rite Aide across the street.

The decor of this place reminds me of when we were on our honeymoon in the Mayan Rivera. Welcoming and warm clay style tile floors with bright colored walls and mexican art work.

Everybody starts off with a basket of multi-colored tortilla chips with a smokey salsa. We then shared a bowl of the Sopa de Tortilla con Pollo Chicken tortilla soup topped with cheese and fresh avocado ($5.00). This was the BEST tortilla soup I have ever had. Huge chunks of chicken, veggies and avocado. If you try it!

For my main entire I had the Chicken Chimichanga-hand-rolled and fried golden brown. Served with sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo ($9.00). This was perfect! The chicken was so juicy but it didn't make it soggy. The whole thing itself was not greasy at all. The rice and beans weren't over powering and had a great taste.

My Husband had the Carnitas Uruapan-Juicy chunks of pork slowly roasted for several hours and topped with onions and celantro; with warm tortillas. Served with sides of Mexican rice and frijoles al la charra. Guacamole, pico de gallo and sour crème on the side. ($14.00) I tired some of the pork and it was very juicy and had a great flavor.

They had a huge list of daily specials and desserts. They now have a liquor license so they do serve alcohol ( i guess this is new).

The food is VERY authentic and the BEST Mexican food I have had since being to Mexico!!!! Everyone one inside was family and makes you feel very welcome and at home in their "house"

We have heard it gets busy a normal dinner hours (we met there at 4:45 and got a seat right away).

Mari Luna Mexican Grill in Pikesville

Sunday, February 03, 2008

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood- Take 2

In my last post about this place we said we would never be going back again... well thought we would give it another go.

It was Baltimore Restaurant Week again and I let my Husband pick this place this time. After going over all the available menus online he thought that this menu appealed to him the most at the moment. So we said we would give it a second chance.

A lot of things were still horrible but I will something impressed me- let me started with the good:

We both started with the Maryland Crab Soup which a nice kick to it but was very yummy!

I had the Seafood Platter- Featuring shrimp, salmon, crab cake and lobster tail. Drizzled with lemon butter and balsamic glaze, served with toasted Orzo rice and the vegetable du jour. And I must say this was 10x better than the scallops I had last time we were there. The shrimp was sort of plain and tough but everything else was yummy!!!

For dessert I had this twice baked apple pie with cinnamon ice cream that was to die for. My husband had this chocolate peanut butter cheesecake that he said was rich but very tasty

I also tried one of Bellini drinks which was strong but tasty!

Now for the disapointments...

My Husband had the Ribeye Pan Seared to Temperature- With Kentucky bourbon and mushrooms. Served with roasted red potatoes and the vegetable du jour. He said he could cook a better steak at home (now it is a seafood place but they advertise their steak also).

We still had to pay and arm and a leg to park- we were thre and walking around for 3 hours and had to pay $18.

The wine glass were horrible again- "I was very put off because there wine glasses were VERY spotted! When you are against the water background the spots stick out like sore thumb."

I dont think we would go back unless it was Restaurant Week or we had a Gift Card

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood in Baltimore

Fogo De Chao

So my husband and I were in the Inner Harbor over the weekend and came across this place called Fogo De Chao (fo-go dèe shoun). We were very intrigued so we stopped to check out the menu and see what we could learn.

It is a Brazilian Steakhouse with a very interesting atmosphere and concept.

We agreed we will head back to try it out- but has anybody heard anything about it or have been to it?

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