Saturday, November 29, 2008

Weekend at Red Canoe

Join the Red Canoe for the  Holiday Artisan’s Market Saturday 11/29 and Sunday 11/30.  Local artisans will be there selling their fiber arts, jewelry, pottery and more.  Books, puzzles, coffee by the pound, travel mugs.  Spend $50.00 in the bookstore and get 15% off.  Or buy any book and get a free regular coffee. Eric Holcomb will be there at 3 today 11/29 to sign his book City as Suburb: A History of Northeast Baltimore.  Sales at Studio C Jewelry on the 2nd floor of Red Canoe and Spinster Yarns and Fibers on our lower level, as well as at their neighbors at Rock Candy and Bediboo baby gifts.  It is all happening here in their little corner of Lauraville where you will always find good food, good coffee and great neighbors and lots of love!

Red Canoe
4337 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214


Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Food Lingo

Friday, November 28, 2008

Restaurant Lingo:
Cryovaced - generally used with meat products, but many dried goods are packed this way to retain freshness. Cryovacing is a process used to remove any excess oxygen from a bag and than the bag is heat sealed to make it airtight. When receiving meat products that have been cryovaced, keep a look out for products that are discolored and brownlooking, this means the airtight seal has been broken and you should send the product back.

Diner Lingo:
Beef Stick: bone

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sorry to see it go

I was checking out Dining@Large and saw that one of my Husband's favorite places, Fazzini's Italian Kitchen has closed- I even had to check out the their website to make sure it was true.

We used to get great meals here and take all of our out of town guests here.

Fazzini's Italian Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Free Breakfast

Free breakfast on Friday, November 28, 2008 at Ikea till 10:30 am. Limit one per customer. Offer valid for one small breakfast (value 99 cents) and one cup of coffee (value 99 cents). Not valid at IKEA Hicksville or IKEA Houston.

Free Culinary Demonstrations

At select Williams-Sonoma stores, regularly scheduled demonstrations focus on seasonal foods and entertaining. All are led by culinary experts and offered at no charge.

scheduled demonstrations focus on cooks' tools, foods and seasonal recipes and menus. Demonstrations usually take 15 minutes, are free of charge and do not require reservations.

Contact your local store for times.

View demonstration calendar

Holiday Spirits Pub and Restaurant Crawl

6-9 p.m. Dec. 5, Hamilton-Lauraville, free

Eighteen of Hamilton's restaurants throw open their doors for a magnificent feast. By the time you reach midway, you'll be holding your gut and crawling on your knees to the next door. If it's too much, the neighborhood hosts round two Saturday at noon.

Fells Point Olde-Tyme Christmas

9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Fells Point, free
9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 13, Fells Point, free

Fells Point transforms into the workaholic 'hood after welcoming Santa via tugboat; photos with Santa, cooking demos, the Police Athletic League Choir, a Christmas tree sale, and wreath making dominate Broadway Square; Broadway Pier hosts a Punch and Judy show; and Warren Brown hosts a cake-off in his new digs before lighting the tree downtown with the mayor. Plus, a history lecture, a boat parade, and music from the Irish Men's Choir and Crabs for Christmas.

To see a complete listing of all the activities click here

50 Cents a Scoop

So last night while out doing some last minute Thanksgiving Day/Black Friday food shopping we stopped in at Don Pablo's for dinner. Now even though its a chain we like to go here every now and then because the food is pretty good and the prices are great. We also always find that the staff here is friendly and on top of things.

Now I know right now our country is going through an economic strain and it is taking a toll on restaurants. It is amazing how many offers I get in my email and specials you see being run on TV to help get people to come in. But my question is this.... is charging 50 cents a scoop for sour cream gone to far? I like to dip a lot of my mexican food in sour cream. Well my meal last night didn't come with any. So asked for some- my server's replay was very apologetic and that they now charge 50 cents a scoop. So I passed- some may think this is cheap of me but I felt for a scoop of sour cream I shouldn't have to pay for it in a Mexican restaurant. Now we hit it of with our server very well and had some nice pass by conversations. So about 5 minutes after I asked he snuck up behind me and handed me some sour cream and said "you guys have made me laugh and I am in a good mood- don't worry about the 50 cents." So of course we tipped him very well and I was thankful.

So have things gone to far? Do you feel it was ok to charge for it? I would love to hear some other peoples opinions!

Feed it Forward

As the nation’s leading website for restaurants and restaurant gift certificates, connects restaurant seekers and food lovers to savings at more than 9,000 restaurants nationwide.’s Feed It Forward™ will donate $30 million in free restaurant gift certificates – over 30 days – and allow you to treat friends, family, and colleagues —anyone deserving—to savings on a great meal out. When you Feed It Forward™, you have the opportunity, every day for 30 days, to enrich lives by giving the gift of meals and memories. Now until Christmas, you simply choose whom to give to, and they take care of the rest. Each person that receives a gift through the giving site can help Feed it Forward™, by giving free restaurant gift certificates to others.

I love this website and this is such a great idea!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"Frog and Face Lunch"


Starbucks goes (RED)

Starting November 27, till January 2, 2009- every time you buy a special (STARBUCKS) RED product, a contribution will be made to the Global Fund, to help save lives in Africa. It’s all part of our commitment to give back to the communities where we do business, which is a key component of Starbucks™ Shared Planet™.

Join them in the support of World AIDS Day. They're giving 5¢ to the Global Fund for every hand-crafted Starbucks beverage sold on December 1, 2008. (Excludes ready-to-drink beverages and Ethos® Water)


Wednesday, December 10
Come in from 5-close and Receive
Complimentary Amuse Bouche
With every Entrée Purchase
An Additional 10 % OFF any Adult Beverage.  
Drawings for Free GIFTS & PRIZES
We Hope that You Will Join Us For the Fun!

Victoria Gastro Pub
8201 Snowden River Parkway , Columbia 

Moonlight Merriment

Friday, November 28, 2008

THE "UN-BLACK FRIDAY" CELEBRATION- "Black Friday", what many say is the busiest shopping day of the year, will set the scene for holiday fun at Belvedere Square. Typically Black Friday shopping is associated with crazed toy finders, pushing/ shoving and 4am lines for the latest electronics. At Belvedere Square, they're creating a different scene - a calmer, merrier shopping holiday with gourmet food and wine, relaxing entertainment and great, unique gift ideas! With more than 20 distinctive boutique retailers, restaurants, a wine bar and European-style market, there are plenty of gift options available and lots of fun to be had. 

In addition, each store will host special holiday promotions and in-store discounts. Plus, shoppers can enjoy activities such as live performances by local musicians, a visit with Santa himself, and discover heart-warming holiday surprises throughout the Square!

The Black Cherry Puppet Theater, who will be staging FREE performances of The Frog Prince at 12:00 noon and 2:00pm.
(inside Daedalus Books & Music)

TnT Steel Drum Band will perform live 11:30-1:30pm and 6:30-8:30pm

Nouveau Contemporary Goods 
20% off in-stock merchandise plus martini bar

Simply Noted
20% off all merchandise all day
Seated massages 10am -2pm
Enter to win personalized holiday cards ($100 value) 
Champagne shopping and sweet treats

Daedalus Books & Music
Nov 28: 10% off all purchases
Jazz with Charlie Sigler 5-7pm

Bratt Décor
Santa and pictures 2-4pm
Champagne shopping

The House Downtown
complimentary hot chocolate and cookies
Thymes Frasier Fir – buy one get the second 25% off

The Peanut Shoppe
Free samples
Discount on ordered ahead items

Cloud 9 Clothing
Register to win a $50 gift certificate
Complimentary sweets in store

Sweet Papaya
Register to win a $100 gift certificate
Complimentary sweets in store

Champagne shopping
50% off 11x14 prints
And, BYO for your own printing party!  Bring in your own beverages as you sit and print images at the Techlab kiosks.

Lilac Bijoux
Complimentary beverages and cookies.  
in store raffles on some of our most popular items.

Matava Too
50% OFF Selected Evening/Party Shoes and Bags for those two nights. 
Some restrictions may apply.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

24 Days of Dining

Celebrate 24 Days of Dining with Capital Restaurant Concepts!

24 Days • $24* • December 1 - 24 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm Nightly

3 Course Holiday Menu for $24 per person* - Includes Holiday Favorites and a glass of wine with dinner.*

J. Paul'sGeorgia BrownsPaolo's Ristorante
Old Glory Bar-B-QueNeyla3 Edition

*Exclusive of additional beverage consumption in excess of what is included in package, as well as tax and gratuity. 24 Days of Dining promotion valid on dine in orders only. Glass of wine is house wine, chef’s choice. No substitutions. Not applicable with other coupons or offers, and up to the discretion of management. Valid from December 1, 2008 – December 24, 2008 only.

Breakfast with Santa



Does he know what you want this year?

Saturday, Dec. 6, 13 & 20
$10.00 per person
Tickets on sale at the Growing Up Shoppe

Breakfast proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, Inc., which provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families and helps to fund programs that directly improve the well-being of children.

Please bring new toiletries to donate to the families that stay at the Ronald McDonald House

Organic Farm for Schoolchildren

So I work for Baltimore City Public Schools and I learned today via Twitter that the Baltimore City Schools plan on opening an organic farm where its schoolchildren will learn about healthy eating. So I found to nice articles about it so check them out....

The Baltimore Sun- Seed of change Baltimore to open Organic Farm for Schoolchildren

I think it is a great idea- let me know what you think!

Tuesday-Today in Food History

Tuesday, November 25, 2007

Today in food history:
  • National Parfait Day
  • 1715 American Sybilla Masters was the first American granted an English patent. It was for a method of processing corn.
  • 1884 John Mayenberg, of St. Louis, Missouri, patented evaporated milk.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fondue Fanatic

Ok so I LOVE Fondue! I grew up during the winter months sitting at the dinner table with my parents and talking, sharing stories and eating fondue! Its the best family meal to spend quality time together!

So I was looking for some new fondue things and came across some great stuff. Ok so when I have a baby I want a Fondue Onesie.

Now I really recommend a Rival Stainless Steel Fondue Pot rather than one that uses a burner or candle. This is the one I have and I love it.

If you never have done your own Fondue I recommend this The Everything Fondue Cookbook: 300 Creative Ideas for Any Occasion. I also think having special plates like the Trudeau Round 10 Inch Fondue Plates, Set of 4 because the special sections let you hold the different sauces for your meats.

Now if you don't want to do it at home then you can always head to The Melting Pot.

Just think Black Friday is just a few days away and you can find great deals on Fondue items

Miracle on Main Streets

I am proud to help promote and announce the only citywide Main Street holiday celebration in the country, Miracle on Main Streets.

Everything for the holidays is just a hop, skip and corner away!  
Amazing festivities.  Fabulous food.  And incredibly unique shopping.  It all awaits you in your very own backyard.  And since you can fill your list without filling your tank, you can shop 'green' by saving gas and the environment.  The holidays, like your neighborhood businesses, are just around the corner.

Here are all the "Main Streets" that are participating:

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Food Lingo

Friday, November 21, 2008

Restaurant Lingo:
Cremate it or Kill it - To burn something badly or very overcooked.

Diner Lingo:
Balloon juice/Belch water/Alka Seltzer: seltzer, soda water

Basignani Winery Christmas Open House


December 6-7 and December 13-14

Join them to celebrate the holiday season. Sample their wines and
enjoy a tour of the winery or a tractor ride through the vineyard.
There'll be plenty of Christmas cookies, hot cider,
cheese, bread & crackers.

Admission: $8.00/person - includes souvenir glass.
Custom gift baskets availale.

BASIGNANI WINERY - 15722 Falls Road - Sparks, MD 21152 - 410-472-0703

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gobble Trot Bar Crawl

Power Plant Live! is hosting its Annual Gobble Trot Bar Crawl on Thanksgiving Eve, November 26 starting at 8 p.m. No cost to participate. Look for your chance to win a trip to anywhere in the U.S. at Luckie’s Tavern that night.

Visit for information.

80% Restaurant Savings - 3 Days Only

I use a great place called to buy discounted certificates to local restaurants and all over the USA- Well right now they are offering 80% off for 3 days only. When you go to the website and go to checkout the code is SURPRISE. Enjoy! I thought I would pass it on to fellow Foodies!

*Make sure you read each condition for each restaurant.

Tuesday-Today in Food History

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Today in food history:
  • National Vichyssoise Day (French-style soup made of leeks, onions, potatoes, cream and chicken stock. It is traditionally served cold)
  • 1307 The legendary William Tell shot an apple from his son's head.
  • 1922 Marcel Proust died. Marcel Proust was a French writer. On January 1, 1909, he ate a piece of tea-soaked toast whose taste caused on a series of childhood memories. In his 7 volume allegorical novel 'Remembrance of Things Past,' the character Swann has a similar experience when he bites into a lemon cookie (a madelaine) which evokes a similar torrent of memories. This is one of the most ubiquitous (i.e., widely-quoted) allusions in literature.
  • 1966 American Roman Catholics are no longer required to abstain from eating meat on Fridays.
  • 1970 Linus Pauling declares that large doses of Vitamin C will keep the common cold at bay.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

How to save when you dine out

I was watching the Today Show with me mom this morning and saw a great clip about how to save money when you dine out. They give you tips about how to read the menu and look for the deals.

Check out the video!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Food Lingo

Friday, November 14, 2008

Restaurant Lingo:
Credits - an amount that is due back to a restaurant from the vendor for a mispicked, damaged or out of date product.

Diner Lino:
Baled hay: shredded wheat

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Leave A Comment, Feed The Hungry

Peanut Butter Boy wants to help.... see his post below and then go over to his site

"As food foodies, our passion is food: We cook food, eat food, think food and dream food, but there are people out there who only do those last two. Did you know that 1 billion people in the world suffer from hunger or malnutrition and about 24,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger-related causes? I plan to help change that.

What are you most thankful for? Let me know by leaving a comment below and I’ll donate a nickel ($0.05) for everyone that does. I realize it’s not all that much by itself, but my goal is to raise awareness and get other bloggers to join in and participate to help feed the needy this Thanksgiving. All comments posted on this post from now until Thanksgiving (Nov. 27th) will be counted and I will donate a nickel for each to The Hunger Site. Simply leave a comment below to tell me (and everyone else) what you are thankful for. Also, make sure to visit The Hunger Site and click on the “Click To Give” button to give for free."

Ear Candy Listening Party featuring "The Foreign Exchange"

Gypsy Soul& Media Minds LLC Present Ear Candy
with "The Foreign Exchange"
A CD Listening Party Spectacular--
Monday, November 17th at 7:00pm

Come Celebrate Their New Release "Leave It Behind"

featuring Nicolay & Phonte with Guest Vocalist Yahzarah

This pocket frieldny event is RSVP only with a $5.00 admission at the door.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday Wacky Food Art

"Sushi Pirate"


Top Chef 5 Premiere Tonight

The Top Chef season 5 premiere is tonight at 10 on Bravo.  I can't wait!  Plus an added bonus is that Chef Jill Snyder of Red Maple is on the show.

Check out heraudition tape  on YouTube

You can also check out her 60 second introduction on

Red Maple in conjunction with Baltimore Foodies is having a premiere party @ $35 a person.  I just looked there are 29 seats still left.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Perfect Pomegranate

I was reading my Care2 newsletter and wanted to pass on this article by  Melissa Breyer..

The Perfect Pomegranate

I’m just not sure that there’s any fruit I find more seductive or beautiful than the pomegranate. There’s something about the tough leathery skin that feels more like a withered softball than a fruit–and opens to reveal a glittering world of lively sweet-tart seed jewels. It doesn’t surprise me that pomegranates have had such a long career as a special food. They have been a food of choice from the mythological gods of antiquity to those seeking health in modernity. I’m pretty sure they must also be favored by fairies, unicorns, and any other number of lovely magical creatures.

All of their poetic beauty aside, pomegranates are nutritional powerhouses. They contain calcium, potassium, and iron, plus compounds known as phytonutrients that help the body protect against heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. According to,the powerful antioxidants in the fruit also help slow aging and can neutralize almost twice as many free radicals as red wine and seven times as many as green tea. As a further benefit, some researchers suggest that the crunchy seeds help flush fats from the digestive tract.

I love to break one open and eat the seeds as is, but there are also about a million delicious uses for them. A few come to mind: Toss them with a beet salad, include them in guacamole, garnish a savory rice pilaf with them or make pomegranate syrup for ice cream, martinis or pancakes.

The possibilities are endless–an Internet search will provide you with a multitude of recipes, while right here in our archives we have some of my favorites like pomegranate flan or this Persian pomegranate tapenade.

When I was looking around for ideas, I came across a fantastic recipe for using pomegranates–one that honestly I might not have come up with by myself: White bean soup with a pomegranate garnish. Yum! The thick smooth bean soup is topped with the bright bracing tang and crunch of pomegranate seeds. It’s delicious!

By the way, do you know the cleanest and easiest way to remove pomegranate seeds? Start by cutting off the crown, then cutting a fruit into several sections. Submerge a section in a bowl of cool water and roll the seeds out with you fingers. When you have removed all the seeds, drain the water out in a colander.

White Bean Soup with Pomegranate Salsa
Inspired by the Pomegranate Council

2 cups dried white cannelloni beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, minced
4 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Black pepper
2 cups cold water

2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (see note)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 shallot, minced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup freshly minced Italian parsley

1. Make the beans: Pick through the beans and discard any small pebbles or debris. Place beans in a large pot and cover with 2 to 4 inches of cold water. Let soak overnight and then rinse under running water. Return to the pot and cover with 2 to 4 inches of fresh water. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook until very tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Drain well and set aside.

2. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season generously with salt and pepper.

3. Add the cooked beans and 2 cups of water; bring to boil over high heat; reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes. Cool briefly, then using an immersion blender or standard blender, puree until smooth. Return to the pot and season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat.

4. For the garnish: In a medium bowl, combine pomegranate molasses, lime juice, and shallot; whisk to combine. Whisk in the olive oil. Add the pomegranate seeds and parsley; toss well.

5. To serve, ladle hot soup into bowls; garnish with a spoonful of the pomegranate in the center of the soup, and drizzle a bit of the olive oil over all.

Girls Night The Newscenter

Girls Night Out!
Celebrate 2008 with great food, wine & friends 

December 12th, 5-7 PM
The Newscenter
Talbottown Shopping Center
Easton, MD

Find some great wines for the holiday, finish your shopping and get everything wrapped up with a bow!

Join Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach®, at the Newscenter where she will be giving great tips on holiday entertaining and signing copies of her new book The Sipping Point: A Crash course in Wine. Featured in several national magazines in November, The Sipping Point has the essentials of wine written in plain English with a sense of humor. Taste samples of some great (affordable) wines from Hair o'the Dog Wine and Spritis that you can pick up for all your holiday parties!

Grab your girlfriends and come out for this totally fun (and free) event!

Santa Claus Anonymous Wine Tasting Fund Raiser

Come to the Wine Tasting and Support this special Holiday Campaign. Help less fortunate families give their children a Christmas gift. SCA and the families of Baltimore and surrounding counties appreciate your generous support.


featuring: Local, Domestic & International Wines, Select Microbrews 

[courtesy of Chesapeake Wine Company]

Festive Buffet

Holiday Silent Auction


6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


1700 Beason Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

[plenty of on-site FREE parking available]

Tickets: $55.00 in advance $65.00 at the door

Purchase Tickets on-line:

Tuesday-Today in Food History

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Today in food history:
  • National Sundae Day
  • 1790 Chrysanthemums were introduced to England from China. Both the greens and blossoms are edible, and are particularly popular in Japan, China and Vietnam.
  • 1918 Karen Hess, culinary historian, died. Some of her books were 'The Taste of America' (1977) and 'Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection' (1992). She also annotated Mary Randolph's 'Virginia Housewife' (1983).
  • 1938 Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon) died at North Brother Island, New York City. She was an infamous household cook who was responsible for major outbreaks of typhoid in the New York City area in 1904, 1907, and 1914. She was immune to typhoid, but was a carrier of the bacillus, and spread it wherever she worked as a household cook.
  • 2006 A Hong Kong real estate tycoon and his wife paid $160,000 for a 3.3 pound Italian Alba white truffle.

Friday, November 07, 2008

OpenTable Appetite Stimulus Plan

  • $35 Dinners, $24 Lunches (prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax or gratuity)
  • November 17-21, 2008
  • 200 OpenTable Dining Rewards Points

With The OpenTable Appetite Stimulus Plan, you'll enjoy not only specially priced, three-course menus at top restaurants, but you'll also earn double Dining Rewards Points when you book through That's 200 Dining Rewards Points for every Appetite Stimulus Plan reservation that you honor!

Please ask for the Appetite Stimulus Plan menu when you are seated.

Follow the link to see who is participating in Baltimore!

Fellow 600 Block Users

I got an email from Downtown Diane about a dinner coming up...

Chef's Expressions has monthly Wine Dinners that are amazing..I try to make as many as possible..the next one is a California Wine Dinner on Friday, November 14 6:30PM at Gramercy Mansion in Greenspring can see the menu at ..I thought many of the "foodies" on 600 Block site would love to go and I contacted Jerry Edwards, the owner of Chef's Expressions and he will offer a 25% discount on the dinner to anyone that mentions 600"

Eating Out on Thanksgiving Day

I got an email from someone at and I thought I would pass it on...

I found your Blog on Urban Spoon and I just thought I should send this your way to see if it is of interest. According to the National Restaurant Association, more than 10 percent of Americans eat in restaurants on Thanksgiving Day. A little surprising, however, this year more than ever many of us will choose to skip the expense and hassle of air travel and stay closer to home.

The restaurants picked for Baltimore's Thanksgiving "Best Of" list emphasize the best in holiday dining- great food, attentive service, and festive, elegant décor. Many of the restaurants featured will have special holiday menus. All were carefully chosen by Gayot's editorial team, a network of local, regional, and national writers, reviewers and editors.


About is named after founder Andre Gayot, a restaurant critic and journalist who coined and promoted the term "Nouvelle Cuisine" in France in the early 1970s. In 1981 Gayot started publishing the Gayot Guides, a series of travel and restaurant guidebooks. launched in 2002. Today Gayot's scope has expanded to include hotels, wine, spas, movies, automobiles, cookbooks, fashion, aviation and contemporary culture. Its annual Restaurant Issue, published in October, it the premier guide to U.S. restaurants and trends in the industry. "

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