Saturday, February 28, 2009

What is a Root Beer Float?

So after a day morning workshop and then shopping the rest of the day away we had dinner. On the way home after dinner on a whim we both said we were in the mood for something: Me- a Frosty Root Bear Float, Hubby- frosty.

So we pull over to Wendy's and order our cravings. We pull up to the 2nd window after paying and await for our desert. As I peer into the window I notice a man who works there stare at the order screen with a very puzzled look and pacing. So he gets a cup and puts a few squirts of some liquid/syrup and the stares at the screen again. He then says something to another guy and dumps the liquid out. Then with the same cup he adds the Root Beer and then the vanilla frosty. Then to my amazement he walks over to the mixer and blends it all together.

So while all this is happening my husband and I are chatting and question the actions. He comes over and hands me the frosty and then my "float" and I say to him I wanted a Root Beer Float. His reply after looking at the other guy that this was it. I then nicely said no a Root Beer float is when you place the frosty in the cup and then the root bear over it but do not mix them. He smiles and says ok.

So we continue to watch him make my float. He once again stares at hte screen and paces. This time he takes a cup fills it all the way with Root Beer and then take another cup and fill it all the way with frosty. He puts lids on them both and hands them to me. So as we watch this I tell my husband that I guess I am to make it own my own at home and I am not worrying about it. My husband said he thinks he must want to be the next Wendy's Top Chef and made me a deconstructed Root Beer Float.

How do two people working at a place where a Frosty Float is on the menu not know what it is and how to make it????? So once home I made it myself and enjoyed it finally. To my surprise I had enough for 2!

Boordy's March events

Every Sunday in March from 1:00pm - 5:00pm you can go to Boordy Winery to anticipate the first bloom of the 2009 vintage in their 1830s stone wine cellar. Enjoy hearty homemade stews made with their award-winning wines. Learn about winemaking during a guided tour encompassing the vineyard & winery. You can also stop and toast marshmallows over an open flame cauldron.

LIVE MUSIC from local musicians each weekend!

Featured Stews:
Beef Stew & Root Vegetables with Cabernet Franc
Pot Pie Chicken Stew with Riesling
Grilled Ratatouille Stew with Chardonnay

Live Music:
Sunday March 1st - Time Will Tell band - 60's & 70's dance
Sunday March 8th - Burren - Irish meets country
Sunday March 15th - The Gigs - 60's & 70's rock
Sunday March 22nd - The Mudbugs - Zydeco
Sunday March 29th - Lipbone Redding - New Orleans swing & jazz

$12 per person plus tax, tickets available online or at the gate.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Food Lingo

Restaurant Lingo:
Mise en Place- Refers to the set up of the sauté station. Essentially, it means everything in its place. Most cooks put certain ingredients in a certain spot each shift (salt and pepper to the right, olive oil to the left).

Diner Lingo:
Break it and shake it: add egg to a drink

My new found loves in wine

The Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival attracts the "who's who" of companies in the wine and food industries. As you walked around and mingled you learned about the latest trends as you visited over 200 exhibitors who are at the show to meet and educate you.

Each table I approached I was greeted and poured a nice size sampling to try. I found many new wines that I feel in love with and of course some that I did not care about. I wasglad to see many of our local wineries there. I was overwhelmed by how many wines there were so it was hard to take note of every single one. So I am providing two of my favorite brands.

One brand of the wines that I feel in love with came from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. They have made delicious and affordable wines that can be enjoyed by everyone. I love a good Riesling. It had the perfect blend of tropical fruits, green apple and peach (perfect with poultry, spicy food, fruit and cheese). I also enjoyed the Chardonnay. It was full of flavors from green apples, peach, honey and vanilla (perfect with seafood, poultry, fruit, white pasta sauces and mild cheese). A nice red was the Cabernet Sauvignon. I enjoyed its flavors of berry and current with oak and clove (perfect with beef, lamb, red pasta sauce, and sharp cheeses). I also suggest trying their Bubbly Wines.

Another wine I feel in love with was Ballet of Angels by Sharpe Hill Vineyard. It is a semi dry white wine with a crisp citrus taste, peaches, and pears. You can serve with as an aperitif before a meal or with spicy or oriental dishes. It is also served best chilled.

One item besides the wine that I feel in love with was the Soiree Bottle-top Wine Decanter. The Soiree is a wine accessory that fits into any standard corked wine bottle allowing you to pour, without dripping, directly through the Soiree. Once you place the Soiree in the wine bottle, the Soiree aerates your wine as you pour it. The Soiree allows you to decant just the portion of wine you want - a glass or a carafe. The Soiree has dimples in the glass increasing the surface area of the glass which not only agitate the wine, but infuse more oxygen in the wine. By pouring wine with a Soiree, the Soiree creates an intermediary stage where the wine is infused with oxygen and then cascades into your glass. In using the Soiree to aerate your wine, you will notice the subtleties and character of the wine emerge immediately upon entering your glass. Soiree delivers a truly “open” wine just by pouring through it!

I was amazed on how big it was and how many people where there. As you walked along the tables to sample you sometimes felt like a sardine in can. I will admit that I skipped over a lot of tables because of this fact. I also thought that it should be just a wine festival because there wasn’t much food as I thought there would be.

♦Barefoot Cellars wine can be found at Beltway Fine Wine from $5.97-$10.99 or look for it at your local wine store

♦I am still waiting to hear where you can purcahse Ballet of Angels in our area- I will let you know where when I do

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hibachi Grill has great variety for a great price

I have been watching with curiosity the place from start to finish. The Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet is now open. The Hibachi Grill has something for about everyone- from Chinese, Italian, American, Japanese, seafood, prime rib, sushi and hibachi.

When you walk in you are greeted by a wonderful fountain of mountains and waterfalls. The ceilings glow with a calming feel. The glass dividers are adorned with different Asian scenes.

I have been here twice since it opened and was pleased both times. The food is always fresh and they are quick to replenish. Both times I went there were a few different offerings. Your choices seemed to be unlimited.

One of the main attractions is their hibachi grill- you select your meat and vegetables and watch your meal be cooked before your eyes. All the ingredients are fresh and cooked only with sauce so it is healthy.

Some of the other popular items were the pepper shrimp, sushi and fried bananas. The pepper shrimp had great flavor and wasn’t rubbery. The sushi is very fresh and there is a nice variety. I loved the tempura one with tuna inside. One item I could never get enough of was the fried bananas. The flavor was amazing and some of the best ones I have ever had.

One thing that can’t be beaten is the price!


Adult $6.99

Kids 3-6 $3.35

7-10 $5.35

2 and under free


Adult $9.49

Kids 3-6 $5.55

7-10 $6.75

2 and under free

Sunday- All day dinner prices

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet ♦ 2033 E. Joppa Rd ♦ Baltimore, MD 21234 ♦ 410-882-8278

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tuesday Today in Food History

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Today in food history:
  • National Tortilla Chip Day
  • 1938 DuPont begins production of nylon toothbrush bristles. A patent had been granted in 1937. The nylon bristles replaced hog bristles. No more brushing your teeth with hog hair!
  • 1955 Steven Jobs was born, co-founder of Apple computer company. According to the company, he "grew up in the apricot orchards which later became known as Silicon Valley."
  • 1989 A fossil egg was found in Utah that was 150 million years old.

Don't forget free pancakes today

Don't forget that today is Flip for free pancakes

You may know National Pancake Day also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, This day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products and this is how the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday came about.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Denny's big promotion

Did you partake in Denny's give away of a Grand Slam for free for eight hours on February 3rd?

Well you won't have to wait for long for another one. "This was not a one-item deal," Chief Marketing Officer Mark Chmiel says of Tuesday's event, which served up nearly 2 million Grand Slams throughout its 1,500-unit system. "We have another big promotion in second quarter." Chmiel won't give any details other than to say it will be a "major traffic-building event," using the Grand Slam (which sells for $5.99, includes two pancakes, two eggs, bacon and sausage) as the lure.

So keep your eyes and ears open.

*Note: I got an email today because I belong to their Real Breakfast Club that had 3 coupons in it for 3 different "buy one get one" coupons.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Eat, drink and save even more money

On February 16, 2009 I made a post called "Eat, drink and save money" about a great website to save money while we dine. I gave you a code to save 70% but right now there is a new code to save 80%- Right now $25 Gift Certificates are only $2.

Right now and till February 28 got to and you can get 80% off if you enter the code: DINE (instead of $10 for a $25 gift certificate it becomes $2)

Quick Facts:

  • More than 9,000restaurants offering Gift Certificates in the United States.

  • More than $75 million in savings with Gift Certificates.

  • More than 6,000 restaurants offering online reservations in the United States.

  • More than 38,000 reservations placed in the first year.

Friday, February 20, 2009

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"Restaurant Night" at NAF High School

Students preparing for careers in the hospitality industry will demonstrate their newly-learned skills at the National Academy Foundation High School (NAF) at Baltimore’s inaugural “Restaurant Night” on Wednesday, February 25. Students from the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism will prepare and serve a three-course dinner; the public is invited.

“Restaurant Night” provides a venue for students to put the skills they have acquired during internships and in the classroom to practical use.

NAF High School’s Café Aroma cafeteria will be transformed into a full service restaurant for 150 guests. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a served dinner. The fixed menu of appetizer, entrée and dessert, will be prepared by 25 culinary students under the guidance of Jerry Pellegrino, Executive Chef of Baltimore’s acclaimed Corks restaurant.

“Restaurant Night” is $10 per person. Seating is limited. Guests are encouraged to make reservations by contacting Ada Brown, NAF-Baltimore’s Director of Academies, at (443) 984-1593, or e-mailing

Café Aroma
National Academy Foundation High School-Baltimore
Digital Harbor High School
1100 Covington Street
Federal Hill, Baltimore

Wine Sale at Iron Bridge Wine Company

The Iron Bridge Wine Company

Wine Sale
Saturday, February 28th, 2009

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Who doesn't love free wine, snacks and discounts? As always, they've selected a stellar line-up of wines for you to taste, and they'll be offering deep-discounts on the Wine Sale Day only! So don't miss it.

10% off 6-11 bottles
20% off 12 bottles or more
Discount applies to EVERYTHING in the store.

Don't miss this opportunity to stock up your wine cellar at a fraction of the cost.

An informal RSVP by  e-mail would be greatly appreciated so they can be  better prepared-

Friday Food Lingo

Restaurant Lingo:
Line- The line is the area that divides the cooks from the wait staff. It is where the food is placed to await pickup.

Diner Lingo:
Bowl of red: a bowl of chili con carne, so called for its deep red color.

Saturday good deals

Found some good deals for a Saturday bite to eat!
  • Mother's Federal Hill Grille half-priced nachos and wash them down with $8 Miller Lite pitchers or $11 Amstel Lite pitchers (1 pm- 5 pm)
  • Shuckers has $4.99 wings, $5.99 nachos, $5 Cuervo Gold Margaritas, $2 Coors Light draft, $3 Blue Moons, and $6 Corona Bombs.
  • No Idea's weekend brunch, all-you-can-drink mimosas and bloody Marys and Miller Lite draft for $7. Though brunch last until 4 p.m., the sun sets on the all-you-can-drink special at 1 p.m.
  • For $6, Mick O'Shea serves a lunch portion of the classic UK meal- fish 'n' chips (11:30am- 6pm)
  • Head to Paolo's in Towson for your choice of three cocktails (each costing $3), you're up for three hours of free parking, too. Also, enjoy free pizza and half-prized appetizers.
  • Ra Sushi offers a wide variety of appetizers and sushi at ½ off. They also have a drink list the offers a vast variety of drink from $1 to $5. The Happy Hour specials are offered through out the entire restaurant (3pm - 7pm)
  • Meridian 54 has brunch 10:30 am - 2:30 pm $12.95 includes entree and continuous bloody marys, mimosas & sangria
  • Fleming's Steakhouse has a 3 Course Prix-fixe Menu for $35.95
  • Blue Sea Grill has a 3-Course Winter Menu, $29.95
  • City Café has 2 for1 Featured Beers & SKYY Vodka Hi-Balls plus discounted Appetizers including $7 Fried Calamari and $8 Mini-Crab Cakes (3pm to 5:30pm)
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House has a $35.95 "Economy Proof" Menu that includes choice of soup or salad, select entrees and accompaniment
  • Alexander's Tavern has brunch 10 AM TILL 3PM- $3 Mimosa & Bloody Marys (till 3 pm), $5 Wings and 5 for $15 Microbrew Sampler Bucket
  • Claddagh Pub has half Price Burgers 11:00am – 5:00pm

You can also check my past post called Penny-pinching Valentine's Day ideas for more Saturday good deals. Remember to always check with the establishment for changes on good deals.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Flip for free pancakes

Join IHOP in celebrating National Pancake Day on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 from 7 am to 10 pm. When you stop in to dine-in this day you will get one free short stack (3) of their buttermilk pancakes. All they ask that you do is make a donation to Children's Miracle Network.

You may know National Pancake Day also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, This day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products and this is how the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday came about.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Harvest for the Hungry Spring Food Drive

Every day brings worse news about the economy. Unemployment rates are up and the stock market is down. The Maryland Food Bank has seen a significant increase in need from its network of soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters. In times of financial uncertainty, it's important to remember how important food assistance programs are – to our neighbors and even ourselves.

This spring, thanks to a statewide effort led by the U.S. Postal Service, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, you can help. Drop off a bag of food at your residential mailbox March 7 – 14, 2009 and representatives from the United States Postal Service, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and the Baltimore Area Boy Scouts will come by and pick it up. Donations will be delivered to the Maryland Food Bank. The week-long drive, a project of Harvest for the Hungry, helps stock the shelves of The Maryland Food Bank, which in turn serves over 900 soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters across the state. Post Offices, Safeway stores, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices will also serve as collection points throughout the week.

Fresh Thoughts and Date Night

Discover sensible and scrumptious seafood choices during FRESH THOUGHTS, a seafood dining trilogy. On March 4, April 29 and June 23 dine on a delicious three-course meal, while enjoying a sustainable seafood cooking demonstration. Click here for details. The first two of the dining experiences will be three-course fine dining evenings, with each sustainable entrée paired with perfectly matched regional wine. The third and final event will welcome summer with an outdoor evening for the whole family. The evenings will include cooking demonstrations followed by the dining experience and a stroll through the Aquarium’s exhibits. Guests will leave with full recipes and materials on where to purchase sustainable seafood locally.

Bring a group of friends or a significant other for DATE NIGHT at the National Aquarium on March 12, 7 - 10 p.m. Listen to music. Discover 16,000 animals. Sample appetizers and wine. Relax in a soothing, after-hours atmosphere under the sea. Click here for details.

Wednesday Wacky Food Art


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Baltimore magazine releases annual Food Issue

For the first time ever, Baltimore magazine is ranking the best restaurants in the area from one to 50 in its annual Best Restaurants issue.

In its March 2009 cover story, Baltimore magazine offers insights into the region’s 50 best restaurants from those that have been on the scene for years to brand new restaurants and those ranging from casual to fine dining.

“Baltimore has truly become a dining destination,” said Suzanne Loudermilk, senior editor of Baltimore magazine. “We are so much more than just a crab cake town and with many restaurants on the list coming up with ‘recession proof’ menus and pre fixe options so customers don’t have to break the bank, there has never been a better time to get out and try these culinary destinations.”

The Best Restaurants issue also includes Shaking Things Up, a profile of five of the city’s most renowned bartenders who reveal what kind of trends they’re seeing through the glass, and the results of the Readers’ Favorites poll.

The March issue of Baltimore magazine was released on February 16, 2009 and is now available by at newsstands throughout the Baltimore area.

Tuesday Today in Food History

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Today in food history:
  • National Cafe Au Lait Day
  • 1876 Canned sardines went on sale in the U.S. for the first time. They were packed in oil. (Some sources say 1873).
  • 1958 'Sugartime' by the McGuire Sister topped the charts.
  • 2002 New regulations to go into effect this year require German pig farmers to spend at least 20 seconds every day with each pig, 10 seconds in the morning and 10 seconds in the afternoon.
  • 2008 The USDA announced the largest beef recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaghterhouse.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Eat, drink and save money

I don't know about you but I love to eat out and enjoy a good meal, however, money does not grow on trees. I am always looking for a good special or deal to come across my "desk" so I can go out and do the things I love. One of my favorite websites that helps me do this is called is in a sense a matchmaker between restaurants and people. helps owners promote their establishment while providing us (the diners) with a great value. What they do is offer gift certificates at a reduced rate. You pick a city and then search their database for a restaurant in that area. You read over the restaurants and their stipulations (some place have a set amount of money to be spent, or only valid certain days of the week or amount of guest- so make sure you read over it). Once you place them in your cart and then buy them you can print them out right away or come back later to print them. They are good for up to one year after the purchase date. You can even give them as gifts!

These gift certificates are always at a great rate (for example $10 for a $25 gift certificate) but what makes things even nicer is if you sign up for their emails they have sales.

Right now and till February 19 they are 70% off if you enter the code: PREZ (a instead of $10 for a $25 gift certificate it becomes $3)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival

Sunday I am heading to the Washington D.C International Wine & Food Festival. This year is the 10th year as the largest indoor wine event in the Mid-Atlantic. There will be over 150 international wineries (over 600 wines), food vendors, chefs and other manufactures of other related products.

What is great about the tickets here is that you don't have to pay a separate price to taste the wine or meet and see the chefs- it is included with the admission. Your ticket includes tastings, seminars and chef preparations and demonstrations. Tickets can be bought on-line till midnight of February 14, 2009 for $85 or at the door for $95.

Some of the participating chefs are:

  • Andreas Viestad
  • Martin Yan
  • Christina Pirello
  • Roseann Tully
  • Barton Seavor

Look for my review in the upcoming days.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Food Lingo

Restaurant Lingo:
In the Weeds- A term that means it is really, really busy. For example, if the kitchen has several orders across the board and are having a hard time keeping up, they are “in the weeds.”

Diner Lingo:
Bow-wow/Bun pup/Tube steak/Groundhog: a hot dog

Thursday, February 12, 2009

More free food from Denny's

Did you are take in Denny's give away of a Grand Slam for free for eight hours on February 3rd?

Well you won't have to wait for long for another one. "This was not a one-item deal," Chief Marketing Officer Mark Chmiel says of Tuesday's event, which served up nearly 2 million Grand Slams throughout its 1,500-unit system. "We have another big promotion in second quarter." Chmiel won't give any details other than to say it will be a "major traffic-building event," using the Grand Slam (which sells for $5.99, includes two pancakes, two eggs, bacon and sausage) as the lure.

So keep your eyes and ears open.

Last minute Valentine's Day gifts

Someone emailed me asked me what would make a good food related gift for Valetine's Day besides your typical gift certificate to a restaurant.  My recommendation was pretty simple and something I always love- a gift card to  They also are great for last minute because they can be emailed to the person or even printed form your printer.

I also suggest one of the cookbooks or food/cooking items I have listed here.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Penny-pinching Valentine's Day ideas

Pinch a penny or two with these money saving date ideas for Valentine's Day weekend:
  • Head to The National Aquarium in Baltimore for their Fridays after 5 p.m $8 admission
  • Head to the Ice Rink at Patterson Park because admission is only $4
  • Knock down some pins at one of Baltimore's duckpin bowling alley- Patterson Bowling Center ($4 per person per game and $2 for shoes) and Parkville Lanes ($3.75 per person per game and $2.80 for shoes)
  • Head to the Yabba Pot for their All-You-Can-Eat Special for $15 (Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays)
  • Head to Shuckers for their Saturday $1 oysters and $3.95 wings
  • Head to Mother's for half-priced nachos and wash them down with $8 Miller Lite pitchers on Saturdays.
  • Head to Park Avenue Grill on Saturday, Sunday or Monday for an 8 oz. Black Angus burger and a 16 oz. beer and pay just $7.
  • Head to No Idea Tavern's weekend brunch, the focus should be the all-you-can-drink mimosas and bloody Marys for $5. Though brunch last until 4 p.m., the sun sets on the all-you-can-drink special at 1 p.m.
  • For $6, Mick O'Shea's serves a lunch portion of the classic UK fish 'n' chips meal on Saturday.
  • Score half-priced burgers at Canton Station from noon-6 p.m.
  • Mick O'Shea's offers shepherd's pies all day for just $6.99 on Sunday.
  • Hull Street Blue's $16.95 all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on Sunday
  • Check out Cinghiale's Sunday Supper three-course meal for only $29
  • Bartender's Pub has 1 lb. of shrimp and a pint of beer for $12 on Sundays

*Please note that events and deals are subject to change

Wednesday Wacky Food Art


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Wine Market a new gem

The Wine Market is the perfect scene for any age. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming with the industrial feel and the art adorned walls. I loved the feeling that surrounded me as I entered. I had a sense of relaxation and warmth. I thought this was a perfect place to go to during Restaurant Week.

I started with the Lobster Bisque with puffed arborio rice and shaved fennel. As it was placed before me I was impressed with the portion that I was given. The smells wound its way to me with a sweetness and savory. The texture was perfect and the seasoning wasn't over powering. I enjoyed every last drop.

For my entrée I had the steak frites- grilled 6oz flatiron steak with rosemary, truffle malt vinegar fries, and hooks blue cheese. As soon as the plate was placed down my mouth started to water. The steak was cooked perfectly to my request and my love of rosemary was satisfied. The steak was atop the delicious mound of fries. The texture is hard to explain other than saying that they were soggy but also crisp. I must say these were one of the best fries I have ever had. The blue cheese wasn't over powering and adds to seasoning on both the fries and steak. I had to make sure that this item was on their normal menu and I was ecstatic to see that it is.

Many of the items on the dessert menu were had a chocolate them. Since I am not very big on rich chocolate dessert I went with the mango sorbet. The sorbet was very refreshing, very dense and intensely flavored. As I ate it I wished that it wasn't served in such a delicate portion- I want a triple scoop on this one!

My friend tried the curry chocolate pavė with toasted coconut crème fraiche (pavė is layered dessert that typically has a cookie or cake filling). For those chocolate lovers out there this is a perfectly rich dream come true for you.

The service was perfect for those of us who like to dine and mingle with our company. Our server saw that we wanted to be able to talk and spend sometime together so we were given out space but he also made sure to not let us unattended.

The food is beautifully prepared and perfectly seasoned. The wait staff was pleasant and attentive- willing to let you gossip and mingle and not pushy for you to order. I feel in love with each aspect of this new gem for me and while be a frequent diner.

The Wine Market 921 E Fort Ave ♦ Baltimore, MD 21230 ♦ (410) 244-6266

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Single Malt & Small Plates

The James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant is having a 4 course "Single Malt & Small Plates" event on February 26th at 6 pm for $30 a person.

The courses includes

Bushmills & Baked Oyster with Crab Meat

Black Bush   &   Smoked Salmon Crustini

Bushmills 10 Year   &   Mini Crab Cakes

Bushmills 16 Year   &   Grilled Tenderloin of Beef

They offer $5 self parking if you get your ticket stamped from 5pm- 2am.  Click here to see the map of which garages are participating.

They say that Highway of Life is made up of detours... I'd just prefer a few more rest stops and a lot less toll booths!

Adventures in Baltimore Restaurants Blog:

Baltimore Restaurants Examiner

Free Coffee

Baltimore Coffee and Tea is celebrating Valentine's Day this year by exchanging a cup for a can. The Frederick, Annapolis, and Timonium locations of Baltimore Coffee and Tea will offer a free medium cup of coffee to any customer who makes an in store donation of a canned food item. All donations will benefit the Maryland Food Bank. For more information contact Matt Hombach at or 410-568-8802 if you have any questions.

Steak & Lobster

Ruth Chris is having a Steak & Lobster dinner special for $89 on Sunday, February 15, 2009 for that day only.

Check out the special menu

This dinner includes a choice of two salads, two Steak and Lobster entrees,  choice of an accompaniment, two slices of Chocolate Sin Cake and two glasses of champagne ALL for $89

Participating Locations:

Annapolis – Eastport

Baltimore - Water Street

Baltimore - Pier 5

Pikesville - Reisterstown Road

 (Valet Parking Available at all Locations)

Tuesday Today in Food History

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Today in Food History:
  • National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
  • 1846 Ira Remsen was born. He was an American chemist, co-discoverer of saccharin, the artificial sweetener.
  • 1944 Author Frances Moore Lappe was born. She is the author of the best selling 'Diet for a Small Planet' (1971) which indirectly encouraged a vegetarian diet, by demonstrating that raising animals for food was an extremely wasteful use of resources. Also: 'World Hunger: 12 Myths', 'Food First', 'Taking Population Seriously'. etc.
  • 1945 The Andrews Sisters recording of 'Rum and Coca Cola' hit #1 on the popular music charts.
  • 1957 The ‘Styrofoam’ cooler was invented.

Monday, February 09, 2009

I found another home

I just wanted to let everyone know I have found another home- as in a new blogging adventure! Don't worry I will still be blogging on here just the same as always but I am now also know as the Baltimore Restaurants Examiner. I will be post things on there also- some of it will be the same and some may not be. So make sure you stop in and check it out each day also!

Here is the site...

Who may not survive 2009

I was ready an article called 15 Companies That Might Not Survive 2009 by Rick Newman on Yahoo! Finance and I was shocked by some of the details and statistics.

Check out what he said about some food related businesses...

Sbarro- "It's not the pizza that's the problem. Many of this chain's 1,100 storefronts are in malls, which is a double whammy: Traffic is down, since consumers have put away their wallets. Sbarro can't really boost revenue by adding a breakfast or late-night menu, like other chains have done. And competitors like Domino's and Pizza Hut have less debt and stronger cash flow, which could intensify pressure on Sbarro as key debt payments come due in 2009."

Krispy Kreme- (stock down 50%). "The donuts might be good, but Krispy Kreme overestimated Americans' appetite - and that's saying something. This chain over expanded during the donut heyday of the 1990s - taking on a lot of debt - and now requires high volumes to meet expenses and interest payments. The company has cut costs and closed underperforming stores, but still hasn't earned an operating profit in three years. And now that consumers are cutting back on everything, such improvements may fail to offset top-line declines, leading Krispy Kreme to seek some kind of relief from lenders over the next year."

Landry's Restaurants- (stock down 66%). "This restaurant chain, which operates Chart House, Rainforest Café, and other eateries, needs $400 million in new financing to finalize a buyout deal dating to last June. If lenders come through, the company should have enough cash to ride out the recession. But at least two banks have already balked, leading to downgrades of the company's debt and the prospect of a cash-flow crunch."


Newman, Rick. "15 Companies That Might Not Survive 2009." Yahoo! Finance 6 Feb 2009 9 Feb 2009

$10 Dinner Nights

Eat inexpensively at Amicci's "$10 Dinner Nights"

Amicci's is offering the special menu items listed below for $10 an entree on both Mondays and Tuesdays from 3 pm to close.

Choose from:

  • Amicci's homemade meatballs served over linguni marinara
  • Chicken parmigiana with rigatoni marinara
  • Homemade meat and cheese lasagna
  • Rigatoni bolognese
  • Eggplant parmigiana with linguni marinara

To get these specials you need to sign up for their emails. The coupon (good for up to 4 guests) is good till March 1, 2009.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

5 for $20 Value Meal

Need a good deal for a last minute dinner. Then Check out the Green Turtle.

Green Turtle is offering a 5 for $20 Value Meal for two people. You get to pick one appetizer, 2 soups or salads and then 2 entrees.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Friday Food Lingo

Restaurant Lingo:
Expediter- The kitchen staff who groups plated food together by table number, for the servers to deliver.

Diner Lingo:
Boiled leaves: Tea

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Fond of Fondue

Are you as fond of fondue as me? As my Husband says "Fondue is FUNdo"

Join Boordy Winery for "Fond of Fondue on Saturdays and Sundays in February from 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

Enjoy award-winning wines and roasting marshmallows over an open flame cauldron. Sample homemade fondues, learn about winemaking during a guided tour encompassing the vineyard & winery.

LIVE MUSIC from local musicians each weekend!

Featured Fondues:
Rich Chocolate Fondue
Five Cheese & Roasted Garlic Fondue
Creamy Caramel & Butterscotch Fondue

Live Music:
Saturday February 7 - The Wayfarers
Sunday February 8 - Dan Deckman
Saturday February 14 - The Mudbugs
Sunday February 15 - Dan Deckman
Saturday February 21 - Sara Jones
Sunday February 22 - Dan Deckman
Saturday February 28 - The Wayfarers

$12 per person plus tax, $15 with wine glass

Click here to Buy Tickets

Good News

I just wanted to pass on to everyone I have some good news. My blog has jump up another step! Yeah! I am now a writer for the Examiner at My title is Baltimore Restaurants Examiner. For those of you in Baltimore, yes the paper edition is closing but they will still have online.

You can check my page out at Baltimore Restaurants Examiner

Share the love with “RA”spberry Romance

Share the love with "RA"spberry Romance

Couples are cute.
Groups are too.
Sushi is sexy.
And so are you.

Rhyme to the beat of a different romantic rendezvous at RA Sushi Bar Restaurant this Valentine's Day and experience the perfect recipe for love.  "RA"spberry Romance, a cocktail for two carefully concocted by RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, will be offered the week of Valentine's Day, from Feb. 8-14.
Toast to love with this citrus-infused, raspberry-flavored cocktail, served in an ice-filled fishbowl and garnished with fresh raspberries.
And, no matter who or how many you are with, it's more fun in the RA with its extended happy hour on Saturday from
3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
RA Sushi is located at
1390 Lancaster Street in Harbor East's The Eden. Open seven days a week beginning at 11 a.m., the sushi bar and kitchen close at 11 p.m. and the bar is open until 1 a.m. or later every night.  Happy Hour food and beverage specials are offered Monday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. and The Flying Fish Lounge, a reverse Happy Hour held on Sundays, has food specials from 8 to 11 p.m. and drink specials 8 p.m. to midnight.  For more information, visit RA Sushi online at or call (410) 522-3200.

"RA"spberry Romance
The ultimate recipe for love this Valentine's Day, brought to you by RA Sushi:

             2 oz Vodka
             2 oz Skyy Raspberry Vodka
            1.5 oz Soho Lychee
             1 oz Sake
             1 oz Triple Sec
             .5 oz Black Raspberry Liqueur
Equal parts pineapple juice, lemonade and lemon-lime soda.
Pour ingredients in a mixing tin and fill with equal parts pineapple juice, lemonade and lemon-lime soda. Pour into fishbowl filled with ice. Garnish with fresh raspberries.


Save Big at Medieval Times

Now though 3/1/09- Valid all shows!  Purchase one full price Medieval Times Admission Ticket and receive one free ticket of equal or lesser value. Children must be 12 and under. Must mention code AFKB09 at time of purchase. Not valid with group rates, special offers or discounts. (Not valid on holidays or special shows. Some restrictions apply.) Valid at Maryland castle only.

Wine & Dine at the National Aquarium

This spring the National Aquarium will introduce a new dining series that celebrates sensible and scrumptious seafood choices. Fresh Thoughts: A Seafood Dining Trilogy will consist of three unique events that feature educational cooking demonstrations and seated dinners overlooking the Aquarium's coveted view of the Baltimore Harbor.

The first two of the dining experiences will be three-course fine dining evenings, with each sustainable entrée paired with perfectly matched regional wine.  The third and final event will welcome summer with an outdoor evening for the whole family.  The evenings will include cooking demonstrations followed by the dining experience and a stroll through the Aquarium's exhibits. Guests will leave with full recipes and materials on where to purchase sustainable seafood locally. 

March 4:  Rockfish – A Tale of Replenishment              
With populations once threatened, Rockfish are slowly beginning to replenish in the Chesapeake Bay.  Recovery plans for this species that began in the 1980s have now made it a responsible consumer choice. The chefs will impress with a cooking demonstration of locally caught Rockfish that can be prepared at home. Featured Entree: Roasted Wild Rockfish with Provencal White Bean Ragout
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $65 for members, $75 for non-members

April 29:  Shrimp – Getting the Best, Preserving the Environment
Enjoy a prepared shrimp dish that can be easily duplicated at home.  Dredging the bottom of the sea using destructive trawl nets has depleted shrimp populations and endangered others.  However, today there are ways to enjoy local, farm-raised shrimp that taste spectacular and are eco-friendly.  Meet the founders of Marvesta Shrimp, a successful, local business, and hear their story, plus see Marvesta shrimp prepared during an engaging cooking demonstration. Featured Entrée: Grilled Marvesta Shrimp
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $65 for members, $75 for non-members

June 23:  Tilapia - Fish & Family Fun
This fun-filled outdoor food-fest partners the Aquarium's popular "Beyond the Boardwalk" with a good old-fashioned family grilled fish feast.  Sample local micro-brewed beers and enjoy fresh catches that kids will love.  Plus, participate in exciting activities on the pier. Featured Entrée: Tilapia Tacos
Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $45 for members, $55 non-members; $25 child

For reservations, please call 410-576-3869.
For more information go to

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Good Deals in Federal Hill & Locust Point

Good Deals for everyday day of the week in Federal Hill and Locust Point:

  • Mondays stop by SoBo Café for a $13 strip steak- 12-ounce strip steak served with a horseradish and bacon butter, mashed potatoes (Yukon and sweet potatoes with Cheddar and onions) and vegetable medley
  • Tuesdays stop by Hull Street Blues for $12 entrees- offers all of its nine entrees for $12 each
  • Wednesday stop by Pazza Luna for $10 pasta night- they offer four heart-warming pasta dishes
  • Thursdays stop by MaGerks for $4 cheesesteak – try one of the four they offer and it comes with a pickle and a bag of Utz potato chips
  • Fridays atop by Tabrizi's for a $30 three-course dinner- you get an appetizer, entrée, and dessert
  • Saturdays stop by Mother's for half-priced nachos- two cheeses, chili, salsa and sour cream make up this tri-colored chip delight
  • Sunday stop by Ropewalk for two-for-one quesadillas- these cheese quesadillas are served with guacamole, salsa, sour cream and peppers and for $6.99

*Note that deals are subject to change

Wednesday Wacky Food Art


Tuesday, February 03, 2009

New open doors and the soon to be

Check out the places that are now open:
  • Brasserie 10 South is now serving lunch and dinner at 10 South Calvert St. It is serving a seasonal French-inspired menu in a modern atmosphere.

  • LuX Night Club, an upscale nightclub and lounge has opened at 10 South Calvert St., above Brasserie 10 South in the former Xanadu location.
  • Sullivan’s Steakhouse will open for dinner on February 9, and will begin serving lunch on February 16 at their new location at 1 East Pratt St. The ‘40’s-style restaurant will feature live jazz six nights per week and weekly food and drink specials.

Here are some of the up and coming:
  • 17 Light will open in March in the Marriott Residence Inn at 17 Light Street. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and traditional pub-style fare.
  • Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli will open this Spring in Centerpoint at 3-5 N. Eutaw St. This New York-style deli will feature classic deli sandwiches, salads, smoothies and an array of deserts.
  • Royal 1890 will open in June 2009 in the Hotel Monaco at 2 N. Charles St. Open to hotel and outside guests alike for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Royal 1890 will also be fully equipped for banquets and catering.

Tuesday Today in Food History

Tuesday February 3, 2009

Today in food history:
  • National Carrot Cake Day
  • Japan: Setsubun (Bean Throwing Festival)
    1815 The world's first commercial cheese factory was established in Switzerland.
  • 1916 The Cafe Voltaire opened in Zurich, Switzerland. It became a meeting place for members of the Dada movement in art and literature

Monday, February 02, 2009

Ra's Nicky's Week Fundraiser

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Harbor East will host its fifth annual “Nicky’s Week” fundraiser May 24-30 to benefit the internationally-renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This is RA Baltimore’s second year hosting the benefit.

The week of May 24 RA Baltimore will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of Edamame, Tootsy Maki, Shrimp Shumai, FIJI, Red Bull, The Republic of Tea, and other select beverages to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. RA Sushi has raised nearly $400,000 for St. Jude since 2005, and has a goal to donate an additional $110,000 to the charity this year. All 22 RA Sushi locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, and Texas will participate in the fundraiser.

The fundraiser was developed in memory of longtime St. Jude patient Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard, who lost a long battle with brain cancer in February 2005. A nephew of one of RA’s founders, Rich Howland, Nicky held a special place in the hearts of RA associates throughout the organization. RA initiated the fundraiser in honor of Nicky as a way to further promote the exceptional attention and support provided at no cost to families of children receiving care at St. Jude.

RA Sushi presents Nicky’s Week fundraiser
(All proceeds from the sale of Edamame, Tootsy Maki, Shrimp Shumai, FIJI, Red Bull, The Republic of Tea, and other select beverages will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.)

May 24 – 30, 2009

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
1390 Lancaster Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

All donations from the weeklong effort will help pay for the development of treatment and cures for diseases such as brain tumors, leukemia, sickle cell disease, and other life-threatening illnesses in children.

Morton's Offers Special Menus and Cocktail for Valentine's Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Morton’s The Steakhouse in Baltimore and Annapolis are offering two special meal options for those looking to dine on a budget. 


Morton’s Steak and Seafood for Two dinner consists of a choice of two salads either Morton’s salad with blue cheese dressing, chopped egg and anchovies, or Caesar salad; two single-cut filets; choice of two seafood options (Morton’s jumbo lump crab cake, shrimp Alexander, or broiled sea scallops); and two desserts (choice of Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake or key lime pie) for $99.99.  In addition, pair your Steak and Seafood for Two dinner with a bottle of 2007 Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County, or 2006 “A” by Acacia Pinot Noir, California, for an additional $39. (Steak and Seafood for Two is available at Morton’s in Baltimore and Annapolis through March 31, 2009.)


Morton’s also offers a special Steak and Lobster dinner for $75, which includes a choice of a Morton’s salad with blue cheese dressing, chopped egg and anchovies, or Caesar salad; single-cut filet; an Australian lobster tail; and tender asparagus spears.

Additionally, impress your Valentine’s Day date by ordering a Wildflower Champagne Cocktail.  This special Valentine’s Day cocktail includes Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne and an imported wild Hibiscus flower at the bottom of the glass, which blooms as the champagne is poured over it (the flower is edible).  The cocktail costs $16. 


Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 300 South Charles Street in Baltimore and 100 Westgate Circle in the Westin Annapolis at Park Place in Annapolis.  Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.  Bar 12·21 at Morton’s in Baltimore opens at 5 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m. at Morton’s in Annapolis.  Valet parking is available.  For more information and to make reservations, call 410-547-8255 for Morton’s in Baltimore or 410-280-1170 for Morton’s in Annapolis, or visit  

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200 Birthday

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200 Birthday with Lebanese Taverna Restaurants

Three Course Prix Fixe Dinner
Thursday, February 5th thru 12th
$18.09 per person

Select One Mezza
a puree of chick pea, tahini sauce, lemon and garlic

M' saka
eggplant & chick pea cooked with tomato, onion and garlic

spiced beef & lamb sausages sautéed in lemon butter

Lebanese salad
tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, parsley, mint and onions tossed in our garlic lemon dressing

Select One Entrée
Fatteh Bel Bathenjan
layers of eggplant and chick peas topped with toasted lebanese bread and smothered with warm yogurt and pine nuts

sliced rotisserie beef and lamb served with tahini sauce and rice

Farrouj Meshwi
deboned half chicken marinated and grilled served with garlic puree and homestyle potatoes

Select One Dessert
lightly battered Arabic donut fritters with a honey saffron dipping syrup

bread pudding with fig puree crowned with sesame seed caramel sauce and crispy katafy nest

Available at all six full service restaurants

Whole Foods Events

Check out the upcoming events for February at the Mt. Washington Whole Foods:
  • Chocolate Fest & More (Wednesday, February 11th 5:00-7:00pm free)Join Whole Foods- Mt. Washington for a fabulous tasting event. Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we'll be featuring decadent delicious chocolate items from chocolate dipped strawberries to chocolate torte, and of course taking orders for our sweetheart of a deal- stunning 24 roses for only $19.99. Walk around the store and sample delicious goodies made with chocolate or perfect for your Valentine's Day dinner, pick up your cards, chocolates, gifts, romantic dinners for 2, seafood, bakery items, steak and more and have a happy Valentine's Day
  • Chocolate Lovers Class (Thursday, February 12th 7:00pm free) Niqui from Whole Foods- Mt. Washington Specialty department will be teaching this class on holiday chocolates and chocolate history- perfect for Valentine's Day. Learn about local, organic and imported chocolates and get to taste several different kinds.Seating is limited. Please pre-register at Customer Service.
  • Budget VALUE Tour -shopping on a shoestring (Tuesday, February 17th & 24th noon and 6:00 pm free) Whole Foods- Mt. Washington will meet in the Cafe and then go on a tour. Learn to shop at Whole Foods Market on a shoestring budget and get valuable tips to stretch your food dollars. Molly will show you some of her favorites - you'll get to sample along the way and receive a goodie bag to take home. Hurry and pre-register. These tours fill up fast. Limited to 15. Preregister at Customer Service or call 410.532.6700.

  • Soup's On Budget Cooking Class (Thursday, February 26th 7:00pm free) Whole Foods- Mt. Washington - Learn how to make simple, nutritious, budget-friendly soups from experienced cookbook author Kerry Dunnington . Kerry will teach you how to prepare the basis for a delicious pot of soup, and then show a multitude of ways to turn the basic recipe into crowd-pleasing, unique soups. Examples of how to use ingredients found in your refrigerator and pantry as well as learning how to interchange ingredients that work with great tasting results will be demonstrated and discussed. You'll get to taste everything Kerry prepares. Class size is limited. Please pre-register at Customer Service or call 410.532.6700.

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