Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday Food Lingo

Friday, August 29, 2008

Restaurant Lingo:
Back of the house - the back end of the restaurant, the kitchen and storage areas, where the chefs, cooks, prep people and dishwashers primarily work.

Diner Lingo:
A Murphy: a potato, so called because of their association with the Irish diet of potatoes, Murphy being a common Irish name

Thursday, August 28, 2008

MD makes a National Top 10 Places to Eat Before you Die

I was reading a post called 10 places to eat before you die on Dining@Large and when I followed the link to the article I was impressed to see that a Maryland restaurant made the list of these places across the USA. So go check out the article called Top 10 Places to Eat Before You Die by Andrew Harper and what he says.

The Maryland place that made it is Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn just outside Annapolis.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

8640 Pulaski Highway
Rosedale, MD 21237

We stopped in after running some errands tonight to try it out. It reminds me of Qudoba or any other joint like that.

I got 3 soft steak tacos. The steak was good but their toppings were are bit on the moist side so I ended up eating it with the chips that came with the combo because my shell stuck to the paper and got soggy.

My Husband got the nachos with chicken. He said it was average but has had better.

Overall, the atmosphere and decor was very inviting but the food isn't much to remember (hence the short entry). I really don't think we will go back.

Salsaritia's Fresh Cantina on Urbanspoon

10 Tailgate Party Cocktails

Well the helping my Husband get in the spirit of things- He had a fantasy football draft last night- I thought I would pass along this article I found... 10 Tailgate Party Cocktails

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My 2 year Blogoversary!

Well 2 years ago today I started my blog- and man has it grown. Things have come a long way. The look and feel has changed. I have had opportunities because of this blog that I am am very thankful for! I hope everything over the past 2 years has been for the good and people have enjoyed it.

So now I look on to the future and goals I have set... Thank you to all my readers for your support!

Tuesday-Today in Food History

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Today in food history:
  • National Cherry Popsicle Day
  • 1784 Stephen McCormick was born. Inventor and manufacturer of cast iron plow with removable parts.
  • 1972 'Coconut' by Nilsson reached number 8 on the charts.
  • 1978 Frankie Valli's 'Grease' reached number 1 on the charts.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sweet Lela's

3 West Allegheny Avenue
Towson, MD 21204

I have driven past this place a few times and it always had people sitting at the red umbrella covered tables outside. So today we thought we would try it out.

It is a European Café that is Italian owned & operated. It serves a nice assortment of breakfast choices, appetizers, desserts, gelatos, antipastos, cheese plates, Italian gourmet Panini’s, homemade Italian delicacies, and homemade soups and salads.

Seating is limited for outdoor patio and indoor table areas- the outside tables hold 4 and the tables I saw inside hold 2. The atmosphere was perfect as was the weather. It was nice sitting just of the Towson Circle and watching the people and cars go by with music in the background.

The sandwich special of the day was an Italian Cold Cut with Fresh Mozzarella. The meats are supposed to be imported from “the other side of the family” overseas. SO my husband and I both choose to go with the ½ sandwich and soup deal for $8.50. We both got the Cold Cut with Fresh Mozzarella. The meat on the sandwich was a great quality and the mozzarella was very fresh and tasteful. Just a ½ was very thick and I had to flatten it to get my mouth around it.

I had the Cream of Crab soup which wasn't overly thick and was one of the best Cream of Crab soups I have ever had. It had a wonderful flavors and smoothness to it. It also had a large amount of crab. My Husband had the Tomato Basil which he also says it he best he has ever had. I tasted and it and it melted in your mouth just like my soup did.

Everything was wonderful and very filling. Next time I would love to try some of their different coffees and the gelato. I definitely recommend if you are in Towson to stop by.

Sweet Lela's Market Cafe on Urbanspoon

Friday, August 22, 2008


798 Kenilworth Dr.

Towson, MD 21204

I was out getting some last minute teach stuff at Learning How and since I have the house to myself this weekend I thought I would try Atwater's new location out.

I got a 1/2 of a B.A.L.T. ($4.95)- Nueske Bacon, Avocado, Fresh Tomato, Garlic Mayonnaise & Green Leaf Lettuce Served on Country White. All the ingredients were fresh and very tasty. The bacon was perfect and the mayo had anice flavor.

I also got a cup of
Red Pepper & Peanut with Shrimp & Crab (Szechuan Beans) $4.50. It had a nice kick to it. The peanuts were a bit harder than I expected. Overall, it was good. At the end my mouth was a bit tingly with heat.

The service was quick and friendly. And as always the food was good.

Atwater's on Urbanspoon

Friday Food Lingo

Friday, August 22, 2008

Restaurant Lingo:
All Day - the total amount. If table 12 orders two orders of salmon and table 19 orders four orders of salmon, that's "six salmon, all day."

Diner Lingo:
A blonde with sand: coffee with cream and sugar

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Great American Dine Out

Great American Dine Out®
Presented by American Express®

September 21 - 28

Just by dining out, you can help make sure no child grows up hungry. During this week-long event, participating restaurants will donate a portion of their sales to support the efforts of Share Our Strength.

Help make the first ever Great American Dine Out a success!

See local restaurants that are participating

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood on Urbanspoon

Do Good by Dining Out

Do Good by Dining Out
Dining Out for Life in Baltimore
September 18

Dine out on September 18, and 20% of your bill will be donated to Moveable Feast, Baltimore area’s sole provider of meals for people living with HIV/AIDS and
breast cancer.

Find and book a table here

Babalu Grill on UrbanspoonBlack Olive on UrbanspoonMeli on Urbanspoon

New Weekly Item

Starting tomorrow (Friday, August 22, 2008) I will be doing a weekly Friday post called "Friday Food Lingo" which will define lingo used within restaurants and the food industry.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Abbott's Lobster in the Rough

117 Pearl Street
PO Box 9280

Noank, CT 06340


This was the first place I had lobster on my New England adventure. The lines are long for the ordering “shack” and then you head out to find a picnic table along the water.

I had the New England Seafood Feast which begins with Clam Chowder and Shrimp in the Rough followed by a heaping bowl of Steamers and Mussels, topped off with an Abbott's Steamed Lobster (1-1/4 lb). All accompanied by potato chips, coleslaw and drawn butter. The items are served in course with the Clam Chowder and Shrimp, then the bowl of Steamers and Mussels and lastly the Steamed Lobster. Everything was very good and nothing was gritty. They say that it is “A feast you'll not soon forget” and they are right. It was around $33.00.

From New England '08
From New England '08
From New England '08

My Husband had the Oven Roasted Half Chicken (doesn’t do seafood- unless you pick it for him). It said it wasn’t bad for a Lobster Rough/Pound.

The atmosphere was pleasant and calm. The food does take some time to some but that is expected with the amount of people and types of food. One thing that is interesting is the clothes line type lines above you head to control and keep away the gulls. So after touring Mystic, CT stop by for some Lobster!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tuesday Today in Food History

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Today in Food History:
  • National Soft Ice Cream Day
  • 1851 Charles E. Hires was born. Manufacturer and inventor of Hires Root Beer
  • 1856 Gail Borden was granted a patent for a process to make condensed milk, which he developed in 1853
  • 1947 J. Arens and D. van Villages synthesized vitamin A
  • 1996 Miss Universe was told to lose 27 pounds or lose her crown (Don't get my starte don this one)

Monday, August 18, 2008


So I ran into my local Superfresh store at:
1238 Putty Hill
Towson, MD 21286

And to my surprise they had a special on steamed and seasoned local crabs. $9.95 a dozen (limit 2). Now they were the smallest crabs I have ever gotten or seen and could get anywhere else... but it was a nice treat for myself- A back to school dinner for me :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

New England Pictures

If you want to see some of the 1,500 pictures we took on our New England Road Trip check out our album of our favorites!  Click on the picture below...

The Cookie Cure?

I was reading the September 2008 issue of Good Housekeeping and came across this short blurb...

Numerous snacks (even chocolate chip cookies) now are claiming that they contain natural substances that go after bad LDL cholesterol.  This isn't wrong- these certain snacks can help lower LDL.  However, they only work if you have high cholesterol.  To get it to work correctly you have to eat them on a regular basis- just snacking now and then wont help.  One thing they say to watch out for is even though they may help some of these shacks pack in some calories.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Modern Pastry

257 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
www.modernpastry.comIf you are willing to wait in line for some GREAT pastry then go for it here! I got in line and met some nice locals who gave me some great suggestions of places to go and stop on my trip.

The menu has a vast amount of choices from cookies, pies, cake, pastries and Italian specialties. Just looking around and in all the cases I had no idea what to get- besides what I went in for a cannoli.

So my time finally came up and I was ready to “eat”. I got 2 cannolis dipped in chocolate- 1 was filled with the ricotta cheese crème filling and the other I got the vanilla Crème filling. I also eyes up this great looking cupcake and picked that also.
The cannolis were some of the best I have had. Both crèmes were smooth and had mouth melting flavor. My Husband and I both said next time to try them without being dipped in chocolate. The cupcake was out of this world. The cake part had orange zest in it and the icing was smooth and not overly sweet. I want another dozen of both things.
I will stand in line here anytime!

Modern Pastry on Urbanspoon

Tan Turtle Tavern

151 Main St
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662


We just got done climbing the Beehive and where ready for some food. So we started driving around the Island and came across this place. The menu is never ending with its newspaper style fold and 4 pages of choices! From appetizers, quesadillas, sandwiches, steaks, pasta to seafood- your can find something to appeal to anyone. In fact we liked this place so much after our lunch we went back for dinner.


I had the Ale Battered Jumbo Shrimp and Haddock $13.95. The batter was a great texture and a perfect beer batter. The batter wasn’t soaked in oil and wasn’t mushy. You could tell the shrimp and haddock was fresh. It was served with a sweet slaw, hush puppies and their own crispy homemade “turtle chips”.

My Husband had the Steep’in Heep’in Meatloaf $10.95. It was served with 2 very large and thick slices of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli. We both couldn’t believe how “Steep’in and Heep’in” his plate was. He said the texture and flavors of the meatloaf were perfect.


I had the Shore Dinner $26.95. You are given a big pot that is then filled with a 1-1/2 lb local lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, and scallops. Then you are also given 2 sides of mashed potatoes and broccoli. As I started digging into my meal I also noticed chunks of meat that I couldn’t tell by looking at it if it was lobster or crab. So I asked our server and she checked in with the cook. She came back and said that the cook tossed in chunks of pre-picked lobster. I had lobster a lot of times with a “meal” through to our trip and I must say this was the best not only as in deal but has in quantity.

My Husband had the Spice Encrusted Ribeye $14.95. He said the spices had a great flavor and the steak was really good. It also came with 2 sides.

Both times we were there that day the service was great (except lunch was slow due to the chef getting cut). Both servers kept an eye on our drinks and made sure we had what we needed. The server we had for dinner did a really good job for it being her 3 night there. The atmosphere is very welcoming and has a great neighborhood feeling.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Bourbon tasting this Friday night, August 15, at Morton's The Steakhouse in Annapolis $45 per guest. The event takes place from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Morton's in Annapolis is located at 100 Westgate Circle in the Westin Annapolis at Park Place.

Here is the Press Release:

Morton’s The Steakhouse in Annapolis is celebrating bourbon, a distinctive American spirit, with an evening tasting of premium bourbons on Friday, August 15, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to sample a variety of select bourbons from the Small Batch Bourbon Collection and listen to David Mays*, a whiskey professor, take them on a fascinating journey from the barrel to the bottle—all complemented with Morton’s fare.

Cost to attend is $45 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, and reservations can be made by calling 410-280-1170. Space is limited.

Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey Professors, such as David Mays, travel the American Whiskey Trail in an effort to educate and entertain people about this American Native Spirit and are well trained to guide guests through a unique learning and tasting experience.

Mays has a passion and interest in sharing the history, process and many nuances of color, age and proof among the different bourbons. He is one of three whiskey professors who underwent in-depth training at the Jim Beam distillery in Kentucky and represent Beam Global Spirits & Wine from this educational experience.

“What an incredible time this will be for our guests who prefer bourbon,” said Chad Lipson, general manager at Morton’s in Annapolis. “The evening promises to inform and delight them about the art and science of processing bourbon with the added benefit of taste comparison among four premium bourbons in signature cocktails.”

Bourbons to be served in the Small Batch Bourbon Collection include:

Knob Creek: Knob Creek’s bourbon is a small-batch bourbon, created in limited quantities from a recipe dating back two centuries. Aged nine years in charred American white oak barrels allows the bourbon to absorb more sugar, giving a sweeter taste and nose and full-bodied flavor. Knob Creek will be mixed in a “Mint Julep.”

Bookers: The late Booker Noe, master distiller and grandson of Jim Beam, originally created Booker’s as a holiday gift for his friends. This bourbon ages for six to eight years until it is bottled at its natural proof, straight from the barrel, uncut and unfiltered. Such care and consistency in the aging process delivers a range of intense flavors from oak tannin and smoky vanilla. Booker’s will be mixed into a “Manhattan.”

Basil Hayden’s: Enriched by a hint of peppermint, Basil Hayden’s mellow taste and dry, brief finish bourbon was developed in 1796. It is made in small batches and its recipe requires a larger percentage of rye than other bourbon recipes. It rests eight years in wood at a mild 80 proof. The spicy flavor of the rye and the sweet smoothness of the corn give Basil Hayden’s a unique flavor that is light-bodied in taste. Basil Hayden’s will mixed as a “Southern Citrus Smash.”

Baker’s: Named for Baker Beam, grandnephew of Jim Beam, Baker’s bourbon is a robust, small-batch bourbon for the bourbon connoisseur. The mix of corn, rye and barley grains, yeast and seven soothing years in new oak combine to give this bourbon a deeply mellow, richly flavorful, medium-bodied taste, with a fruity, warm sugar-vanilla aroma. Baker’s will be showcased in “Washington Apple.”

“We are eager to have guests attend the Small Batch Bourbon Collection evening,” added Lipson. “The format is perfect to showcase how to nose, sip and taste this spirit.”

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Back in Town

Wow what a trip and some WONDERFUL food- I had enough lobster to last me a lifetime- well maybe not that long. Once things settle down and I get some typing done be on the look out for some post about my travels.

Tuesday-Today in Food History

Tuesday, July 12, 2008

Today in food history:
  • National Toasted Almond Bar Day
  • Opening of the grouse season in Britain
  • 1759 Thomas Andrew Knight was born. British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism. (We all know our tropisms, don't we?).
  • 1856 James Buchanan ('Diamond Jim') Brady was born. American financier and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady was known for his collection of diamond jewelry, and for his gargantuan appetite. He was known to eat 6 or 7 giant lobsters, dozens of oysters, clams and crabs, 2 ducks, steak and desserts at a single sitting. He would also mix a pound of caviar into a baked potato. George Rector, a New York restaurateur said he was 'the best twenty-five customers I ever had.'
  • 1883 The quagga, a zebra-like mammal of southern Africa became extinct when the last mare at Amsterdam Zoo died. They had been hunted to extinction.
  • 1990 B. (Barnard) Kliban died. A satirical cartoonist, best known for his cat cartoons. A few of his cartoon book titles: 'Never Eat Anything Larger Than Your Head', 'The Biggest Tongue in Tunisia'.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Baltimore Updates

New and up and coming...
  • El Torito is now open at 110 W. Mulberry St. The locally-owned restaurant features Mexican and South American specialties.
  • Café Mocha will open September 1 in the Railway Express Building at 1501 St. Paul St. The café will offer pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and coffee.
  • Dogwood Café will open November 1 at The Women’s Industrial Exchange, 333 N. Charles Street. This is the locally-owned restaurant’s first Downtown location and will start as a take-out with smoothie and juice bar. The café will become a full service, seated restaurant by spring of 2009.
  • Frank & Nick’s West End Grille will open later this fall at The Zenith, 500 W. Pratt St.
  • Park Avenue Grill will open later this month at 8 Park Ave. The locally-owned restaurant will offer a full menu for dine-in, as well as deli take-out.
  • Tapabar will open later this month at 413 High St. in Little Italy. The independently-owned restaurant will serve tapas plates from Spain, Peru, Mexico, and Argentina.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Checking in...

Well so far we have been to:
  • New London, CT
  • Mystic, CT
  • Newport, RI
  • and now we are in Boston, MA
And wow have I eaten a lot of GREAT FOOD! I have been making notes to that I can do some posts. Haven't had time except for a quick check in here.

By the way I got an email that says:
Bennigan's in Glen Burnie has survived!

Yes, we are open!!!

Tuesday-Today in Food History

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Today in food history:
  • National Mustard Day
  • National Waffle Day
  • 1858 Alexis Benoit Soyer died. French chef and author. Chef of the London Reform Club. He opened kitchens in Ireland during the famine to sell food at 1/2 price and was an advisor on food to the British army during the Crimean War. Invented several stoves and kitchen utensils. Wrote 'The Pantropheon; or, History of Food' (1853), 'A Shilling Cookery Book for the People' (1854), ‘Soyer's Charitable Cookery’ (1847).

Saturday, August 02, 2008

See ya soon!

Well I am off on my New England Road Trip. My biggest prayer is that my Husband and I don't kill each other after being in the car that long together fighting over the radio and continuously telling each other "You are awful quiet- talk to me while I drive".

Now we have no kids per say except for our dog Edgar who has to go to the kennel and has never stayed that long- I keep telling him he is going camping.

He is so ugly he is the cutest!

I am going to be keeping good notes of where we eat- we will have a laptop with us but I am not sure how oftern I will get my posts up- but I will try! So can an eye open...

Luca's Cafe

1230 E. Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

I headed out with a friend to get our toes done and then get something to eat. We wanted to go somewhere near the nail place and that was offering restaurant week. After looking over the Baltimore Restaurant Week website we pick this place.

The place is small but very inviting. The walls are adorned with artwork that can be purchased. You come in and walk past the bar to the dining area that only as around 10 (give or take) tables.

I started with the Sliced BBQ Rubbed Tri-Tip- tender slices of beef on herb crustini with a horseradish dipping sauce. The beef was very flavorful and tender. The sauce wasn't over powering and added to the flavor of the beef. It was very good.

My friend had The Meatball- fresh ground meats, garlic, onion, fresh mozzarella and a homemade tomato herb sauce. She said it was very flavorful and cooked perfectly.
For the main course we both had the Steak Sandwich- thinly sliced tri-tip on ciabatta with roasted garlic, aioli, fried sweet & hot peppers and provolone cheese. it was served with a very generous potion of homemade fries. The pieces of beef were very large , as was the sandwich itself. The cibatta was fresh and not to thick ( I hate thick bread on certain sandwiches). Neither of us ate more than 1/2 of it and took the rest home. My only disappoint was that my honey spilled and when they boxed it up they didn't give me any more honey to take home.

For desert we both tried the Classic Fried Dough- which was served with 4 very large pieces and a side of honey. The honey had a nice lavender taste to it and I asked if it was Infused and the server said no but it was a brand new bottle. It was some of the best honey I have ever had. We both only ate one piece and took the rest home. The dough was very good when I ate it later that day cold. So it was very good warm and soft and then later crisp and crunchy.

For $20.08 for all the food we got was a great deal. Our server, Dennis was very attentive and friendly. The pizzas sounds amazing and I am looking forward to to going back again.

Luca's Cafe on Urbanspoon

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