Sunday, May 31, 2009

My review map

Check out the map to see the places I have eaten and reviewed in the Baltimore and surrounding area. I will update it with each review.


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This last week- weekly wrap up

Check out some highlights from this last week:

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Food Lingo

Restaurant Lingo
  • Bev Nap - Beverage Napkin
Diner lingo:
  • C.J. Boston: cream cheese and jelly

Wine & Herb Fest at Boordy

Boordy Vineyards

11th Annual Wine & Herb Fest
Saturday, May 30th & Sunday, May 31st
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Featuring:

  • spring wine releases
  • potted herbs
  • perennials
  • spring flowers
  • lavender
  • grilled foods
  • organic breads
  • gourmet & local cheeses
  • alpacas
  • handcrafted soaps
  • garden crafts
  • pottery
  • herbal products
  • wine accessories
  • AND MUCH MORE!!!

Activities:

  • picnicking
  • wine tasting
  • dancing
  • vineyard wagon rides
  • tours
  • authentic living history encampment and cooking

Live Music: “Parrot Head Weekend”
Captain Quint- Buffet Tribute/Tropical Rock - all weekend!!!! 1pm -5pm

$15 per person, $5 children 2-12. Tickets available at the door.

Festival will be held rain or shine

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FREE ice cream day at Walmart

On May 30th from 11am to 4pm Walmart will be handing out samples of several different kinds of Ice Cream.

Available items are: Dibs Snack Bag, Blue Bunny Aspen Frozen Yogurt Bar, and Ben & Jerry's Flipped Out Cup. One per person while supplies last.

Click HERE to find out if your store is participating!

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mother's Federal Hill Grille offers the heart attack on a plate

I was flipping through my copy of the Food Network Magazine and was interested in checking out the article called "50 States, 50 Burgers".

So you may wonder what was MD's claim to fame burger? It is Mother's Federal Hill Grille offers heart attack on a plate ($11)- 8-ounce patty of ground round chuck, stuffed with cheddar cheese, covered with a Cajun batter, and - are you ready for this - deep-fried.On the bright and healthy side it is fried in canola oil, which is better for you than frying in peanut oil.

The Baltimore Sun has a great picture of it.

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Thursday dining good deals


Looking to save a little money on your dining out on a Thursday? Then check out some of these deals...

  • Little Havana Crabby Thursdays- Choose from half-priced crabcakes, crab quesadillas and crab dip every Thursday.
  • Scores lunch specials- Steak costs $3.99, and a burger costs $1.99.(12 p.m.)
  • Morton's power hour, it offers $4 beer, wine and cocktails, and $5 bar bites (Daily 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
  • Thursday Night at the Prime Rib- light fare menu, a choice of 10 wines under $30 and PR-tinis.
  • Thursdays at Mother's- During lunch, grab a half-priced cheesesteak and come back during dinner for a $10 entree.
  • Ze Mean Bean Cafe Slavic Night- offers a “Slavic Combo” of a bowl of Borsht and a Pierogi or Holupki (Gulumki) Dinner for only $9.95
For even more Thursday Deals click here

*Good deals are always subject to change

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Let Baltimore Be Your Guide

Outsiders may know Baltimore for the Orioles, the Inner Harbor, or The Wire, but Baltimore magazine's June issue shows readers the inside treasures of Charm City with its June cover story – Secrets of the City: 101 Things to Eat, See and Do in Baltimore Before You Die.  

In the cover story, Baltimore magazine offers readers a chance to embrace their inner Baltimorean.  From cheap ethnic eats and places to watch the big game, to daytrips you never thought of and cool things to do with your kids, Baltimore shows readers where and how to get the most out of their city.  Additionally, the feature highlights four "Hot Neighborhood Blocks" in Baltimore that have more than one "to-do" in the area.

"The June cover story is about more than just what to see and do in Baltimore," said Evan Serpick, Senior Editor of Baltimore magazine.  "It's about what makes Baltimore unique and what Baltimoreans can do to really take advantage of all the treasures in Charm City – most of which are right under your nose."

In addition to a complete guide of Charm City's best activities, shops, places, foods and events, Baltimore magazine's feature story – One Man's Trash – showcases 1,400 Pez dispensers, 75,000 books, 10,000 butterflies, 500 decoys, 1,000 decks of cards and more—and the dedicated Baltimoreans who have collected them.

The June issue of Baltimore magazine, released on May 19, 2009, is available by subscription and can also be purchased at newsstands throughout the Baltimore area.



Lunch dining deals at McCormick & Schmick's


Pier 5 Inner Harbor

McCormick & Schmick’s is offering 10 menu items for $10 or less, for a tasty and wallet-friendly lunch.

The executive chef at each Baltimore location will feature local ingredients and regionally inspired dishes, including: sandwiches, wraps, pastas, entrée salads and a few soup/salad and soup/sandwich combos. Sample "10 under $10" menu

Busy lunch-time diners can request their lunch be served in 45 minutes or less.

The 10 for $10 or less menu is available daily, excluding holidays.

  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, Pier 5 Inner Harbor, (410) 234-1300
  • M&S Grill, 1006 Harborplace, (410) 547-9333

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday Today in Food History

Today in food history:
  • National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • 1955 Morimoto Masaharu was born in Hiroshima, Japan. Masaharu is a well known Japanese Chef, and was the last Japanese Iron Chef on the TV show, Iron Chef (late 1990s). He now has his own restaurant, Morimoto in Philadelphia.
  • 1971 Don Maclean recorded 'American Pie'.

New happy hour for Amicci's of Little Italy

EAT, DRINK, & SAVE MONEY!
NEW EXPANDED HAPPY HOUR AT AMICCI'S

On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, Amicci's will be increasing it's Happy Hours! Monday through Friday, from 3pm to 10pm. $5 selected appetizers, $2 domestic beers, $3 selected glasses of wine, and $5 selected cocktails (in the bar area only). So, tell your friends to meet you at Amicci's for Happy Hour. Eat, Drink, and Save Money at Amicci's!

Don't for get about their $10 entree night- click here to find out more


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Extended- $25 dining certificate for $2

Still good till Saturday, May 30!!!!

I have posted before about Restaurant.com but this is the time to get them now... Save 80%!

Offer NOW endsSaturday, May 30, 2009!

Save 80%- $25 gift certificate for $2

Use code SPECIAL at checkout

*This offer cannot be combined with any other discount, rebate or promotion. When redeeming a Restaurant.com Gift Certificate, these savings cannot be applied. Offer valid from Tuesday, May 26, 5:00AM PST thru Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 11:59PM PST. Offer cannot be applied retroactively.

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RA Sushi hosts a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraiser

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

The week of May 24, RA 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 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

All donations from the week-long 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.

To see the special menu click here

WHEN:
May 24 – 30, 2009

WHERE:
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
1390 Lancaster Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

Monday, May 25, 2009

Applebee's beefs up their 2 for $20 deal


Applebee's: The Steakhouse Burger

Applebee’s has added its new Realburgers to the 2-for-$20 deal (an appetizer and two entrées for the fixed price of $20). Diners can choose from four Realburgers, including a bacon burger, a bacon cheddar burger, a Steakhouse burger and a quesadilla burger.

They already offered eight regular entrées on the 2-for-$20 promotion it launched in January, including such items as a 7-ounce sirloin, oriental chicken salad and three-cheese chicken penne.

Applebee’s decision to add more entrées to the promotion follows similar moves by other casual-dining chains that have been cutting prices and offering more fixed-price menu items.

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Buy 1 - get 1: Wendy's Coffee-Toffee Twisted Frosty or Frosty-cino

Go here to print a coupon for a free Coffee-Toffee Twisted Frosty or Frosty-cino from Wendy's when you buy one.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day sale: $25 dining certificate for $2


I have posted before about Restaurant.com but this is the time to get them now... Save 80%!

Offer ends Monday, May 25, 2009!

Save 80%- $25 gift certificate for $2

Use code SPECIAL at checkout

*This offer cannot be combined with any other discount, rebate or promotion. When redeeming a Restaurant.com Gift Certificate, these savings cannot be applied. Offer valid from Friday, May 22, 5:00AM PST thru Monday, May 25, 2009 at 11:59PM PST. Offer cannot be applied retroactively.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Food Lingo

Restaurant lingo:
  • Back of the House (BOH)
    All parts of the restaurant behind the kitchen doors. Usually synonymous with the kitchen.
Diner lingo:
  • Burn the British: toasted English muffin

Johnny Rockets: FREE hamburger and shake with purchase

Go here to print a coupon for a free shake with any entree purchase at Johnny Rockets. Coupon is good through May 31, 2009.

Also, you can sign up for the Johnny Rockets email club here and you'll receive a coupon for a free hamburger with a purchase of any hamburger or sandwich, starter, and drink. (got mine last night)

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

For the love of wine

If you love wine and going to wine related events then check "The Juice" out.

ABOUT 'THE JUICE':
- "The Juice" is an event notification newsletter published by
LocalWineEvents.com.
- "The Juice" is sent by e-mail every week. It's free.
- There are over 490 localized editions of "The Juice," covering the world.
- Each edition of "The Juice" lists upcoming food, wine, beer and spirits
events for a specific city or region in the world.
- You can subscribe to as many editions of "The Juice" as you wish.
- Each edition of "The Juice" is sent as a separate e-mail.
- The e-mail addresses we receive from subscribers will not be shared.
- To repeat, "The Juice" is sent at no charge.

To sign up for "The Juice" go to this link

New editions to the Baltimore dining scene

I always love to try out new places- here are some new places that have just opened...

  • 17 Light Restaurant and Lounge is now open at the Marriott Residence Inn at the corner of E. Redwood and Light Sts. The new American fare restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner to serve hotel guests and visitors alike.
  • Subway is now serving up its footlong deals at its new location at 31 S. Calvert St.
  • Red Springs Cafe had its grand opening on May 19 at its new location at 353 N. Calvert St. This southern restaurant will be serving homestyle Carolina cuisine for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner on Wednesdays and Friday. (Sorry to say I was invited to attend but was at the Bruce Springsteen concert so I can't wait to go- heard was very yummy)

Keep an eye open for these places that are opening soon...

  • Pizzazz Tuscan Grille will open in June at 711 Eastern Ave. in the Pier 5 Hotel. The new casual restaurant will serve contemporary Italian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including such fare as salads, sandwiches, pasta, brick oven pizza, and great harbor views free with every meal.
  • The Hill will be opening in the coming month at 1015 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill. This new restaurant and bar will feature an international menu with affordable price points.

B&O American Brasserie coming soon

B&O American Brasserie, open for business this July, will be housed in the historic B&O Building on the corner of Charles and Baltimore Streets, with Chef E. Michael Reidt – named one of the country’s “Best New Chefs” in 2001 by Food & Wine magazine.

The restaurant, which is the first Maryland location for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, will feature an approachable American brasserie menu, a bustling bar with a selection of artisanal wines and classic hand crafted cocktails and a bustling exhibition kitchen with a pizza oven and counter seating. The menu will include a large selection of small plates, charcuterie, cheeses, pizzas and flat breads as well as a full a la carte menu of robust dishes inspired by the rustic foods of Italy, France and Spain.

Designed by The Puccini Group, the restaurant will showcase contemporary design elements against a backdrop of time-honored architectural features. Playing off the original Beaux Arts architecture of the building, guests at B&O American Brasserie will feel as if they’ve been transported back to the grandeur and opulence experienced by railway travelers in 1906.

B&O American Brasserie is located on the corner of Charles and Baltimore

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wednesday is Pop Tart day- Free Pop Tart

Wednesday, May 20th, is Pop Tart Day!

And not only is California Tortilla giving everyone a free Pop Tart, but in an unprecedented dance-worthy twist, one lucky customer from each store will find a golden ticket in his or her Pop Tart packet that entitles the bearer to one free burrito every week for a year.

So if you're feeling lucky, head down to California Tortilla and get what could be the most exciting Pop Tart of a lifetime. (

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Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with kick-off of Soft Shell Crab Week

Downtown Baltimore Restaurants to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with Kick-off of Soft Shell Crab Week

With increased consumer demand for local products, local chefs have embraced Downtown Partnership of Baltimore’s inaugural Soft Shell Crab Week set to run Friday, May 22 through May 31.

The Chesapeake Bay is famous for its blue crabs, which is the main catch for local watermen. The shedding cycle of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab runs from late May through September and produces the delicious soft shell crab. Considered a true delicacy, renowned the world over, the soft crab is prized by those who are first to sample a season's catch.

Downtown Partnership, in an effort to attract consumers to Downtown restaurants and build awareness of the city as a terrific dining destination, organized the promotion with Executive Chef Marcus Olson of the Brass Elephant around this seasonal bounty and Downtown Baltimore restaurants. Chefs will salute Maryland’s signature crustacean on their menus during this special promotional week.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Brass Elephant
  • Charleston
  • Donna's Coffee Bar and Cafe
  • Eden West Restaurant and Lounge
  • Grill 700
  • Ixia
  • LaScala Ristorante
  • Mothers Federal Hill GrilleNick's Fish House
  • Sotto Sopra

For a list of restaurant menus, visit www.dinedowntownbaltimore.com. Reservations can be made by calling participating restaurants or at opentable.com.

PF Changs is giving away FREE lettuce wraps

To celebrate the chipping skills of PGA tour pro Briny Baird, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro will offer everyone in America a free order of the restaurant’s signature lettuce wraps with the purchase of an entrée.

Baird teed off t from 375 feet in the air atop the Omni Hotel and landed a golf ball inside a bulls-eye 230 yards below in the outfield of PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres. His accuracy was also celebrated with a $25,000 donation to the San Diego Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society.

Click here to get your offer- coupon expires June 14, 2009.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

3 days only - get 60% off plus a FREE $10 certificate


 

 

 

Offer ends Thursday, May 21, 2009!

Save 60%- $25 gift certificate for $4

PLUS get a FREE $10 Restaurant.com gift certificate*

 

Use code TABLE at checkout

 

Restaurant.com is in a sense a matchmaker between restaurants and people. Restaurant.com 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.

 

 

*The code for your FREE $10 Gift Certificate will be emailed to you within 24 hours. Please note the FREE $10 offer is not valid on Dinner of the Month purchases. This promotion offering 60% off at Restaurant.com and a FREE $10 Restaurant.com Gift Certificate with every order is valid from Tuesday, May 19, 5:00AM PST thru Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 11:59PM PST. When redeeming a Restaurant.com Gift Certificate, these savings cannot be applied. Offer cannot be applied retroactively.

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Tuesday Today in Food History

Today in food history:
  • National Devil's Food Cake Day
  • 1962 Marilyn Monroe sings 'Happy Birthday' at a birthday salute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.
  • 2006 Nicole Belinda Franzen Reese was chosen as the 59th 'Alice in Dairyland' by the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She will be the spokesperson for the states agriculture industry.

It's time to vote for Dunkin's next donut

Dunkin Donuts is excited to announce that the Dozen Finalists in Create Dunkin’s Next Donut Contest have been selected.

Come join in voting for the Grand Prize Winner who will receive $12,000 and the opportunity to have their creation sold at participating Dunkin’ Donuts. Hurry, voting ends Wednesday, May 27th!

Don't forget, you can still make your own donut for fun too.

VOTE NOW

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Who doesn't want a $50 gift certificate for $25?

CBS Baltimore saves you money

You can buy a $50 gift certificate for $25 (plus S & H fees) to great Stores and Restaurants. But, you have to be fast because they are only able to provide a limited number of gift certificates.

They are partnering with area restaurants / merchants to give you a terrific chance to try a new or favorite restaurant / merchant for half price. Each week an area restaurant / merchant will be featured, and you will have the opportunity to purchase, for example, a $50 gift Certificate for just $25 (plus shipping and handling) online through the 1/2 Off Dining Deals website. Your Certificates are mailed directly to you.

The online sale opens each week on Thursday at 10:01 AM EDT and will stay open until all the Certificate are sold.

So check it out- http://baltimorehalfoff.mediawebconnect.com

Monday, May 18, 2009

Do The World A Flavor - Ben & Jerry's competition

Do The World A Flavor - Ben & Jerry's latest competition that gives you the chance to show the whole world that when it comes to creating the perfect ice cream, the true Flavor Guru is you!

To take part, just mosey over to their online flavor lab, whip together the ice cream of your dreams and give it an appropriately appealing name. You can design your own pint and send to all your friends, for bragging rights.

Hurry, because the contest ends on May 28th! The Grand Prize winner will see their idea transformed into the next Ben & Jerry's scoop shop flavor and visit a working Fair Trade Cocoa farm in the Dominican Republic, so get your entry in quick and beat the stampede!

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Smaller dishes equals smaller tabs

The Cheesecake Factory is offering a line of smaller-sized dishes at lower prices. The new Small Plates & Snacks menu is designed as a “pre-appetizer” or to be combined with other dishes to make a meal. The offerings follow a growing restaurant industry trend toward smaller and less expensive menu options, as operators attempt to drive traffic at a time when customers are looking for greater value and more healthful options.

Cheesecake Factory’s new menu includes 16 dishes priced from $3.95 to $6.50 each, including beets with goat cheese, hand-battered onion rings, shrimp scampi crostini, ahi tartare, stuffed mushrooms or pizzettes.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is testing a new menu in Denver stores that includes a “Low Roller” selection of smaller, lower-priced items such as a vegetarian soup for $2.99, a single taco and soup for $4.65 and a side salad for $2.95 or $3.65 with chicken.

In the fast food industry, mini burgers have been introduced recently by Burger King, Jack in the Box and Johnny Rockets. Sandwich chain Quizno’s came up with the $4 Torpedo sandwiches, and Subway’s $5 Footlong offerings.

The Cheesecake Factory is also launching a “Share Your Celebration” sweepstakes encouraging guests to upload a photo and description of their celebration. Photos will be posted to the “Celebration Gallery” on the company website and participants will be eligible to win a four-day trip for four to Disneyworld and associated theme parks, a VIP dinner at The Cheesecake Factory and $1,000 in spending money, as well as other prizes.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Black-Eyed Susan isn’t just a flower: Baltimore chef Jill Snyder's version


And their off... Today is the Preakness!!

Black-Eyed Susan Isn’t Just a Flower


Baltimore chef Jill Snyder's, who appeared on this season’s “Top Chef: New York,” version of the Black-Eyed Susan. Snyder, formerly of Red Maple and now at Woodberry Kitchen.

Black-Eyed Susan (Serves 1)

* 2 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey Whiskey
* 1 ounce vodka
* 3 ounces fresh blood orange juice
* 1 ounce fresh lime juice
* 1 ounce pineapple juice
* splash of tonic

Combine the liquors and juices in a shaker with ice. Pour into a glass filled with crushed ice, top with a splash of tonic, and garnish with a blood orange slice. Enjoy!


Traditional drink of the Preakness.- this is how it is served at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico and also to the fans at the Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Stakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 oz. Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz. Vodka
  • 3 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 2 oz. Orange Juice

Preparation:
Fill a highball glass with shaved ice, add the liquors first, then top off with orange juice and sweet and sour mix. Stir and garnish with an orange slice, cherry, and stirrer.

This is not the original recipe but is the current official recipe. The original called for equal parts of Cointreau, Mount Gay rum, and Vodka topped off with orange and pineapple juice, and garnished with a lime wedge.

Check out some more great Triple Crown Recipes here and here

Friday, May 15, 2009

The great crème brulee give away

The Great Creme Brulee Giveaway!!

If you have the special dessert, your entire check is on The Iron Bridge Wine Company!

Guests have told them that our homemade Crème Brulee with a dark chocolate bottom is perhaps the greatest dessert in the history of the world.

So, how do you improve on the world's greatest dessert?

By giving you your entire meal for free!

Every week, starting Friday May 15th through June 15th, they will be hiding 5 "special" white chocolate versions of their now famous dessert in with all of the others. If you order a crème brulee and find the white chocolate bottom, no matter how many guests in your party, your entire check is on them.

So make reservations for the great crème brulee giveaway, the sweetest deal ever!

10435 State Route 108
Columbia, MD 21044
410- 997-3456

The taste of wineology

I had the opportunity to go to the Maryland Science Center for Uncorked: Wineology 101- a lesson on the connection between our senses and wine.

Wine experts from The Wine Market will led an informal discussion on the role color, scent, and taste plays in the way we enjoy wine. We explored our taste zones, clarity, and bouquet.

We started out by exploring the three basic types of wine: table wine (alcohol 8%-15%), sparkling wine (alcohol 8%-12%) and fortified wine (alcohol 17%-22%). Next we explored the harvesting process and the vineyard cycle.

Red wines are fermented with the skins and seeds of grapes, white wines are fermented from the clear grape juice. With white wine, the idea is not to extract color and tannin from the skins (as it is with red wine), but to retain fruitiness and freshness. One significant difference between red and white wines is that, unlike with red wine, which can be made from red grapes only, either white or red grapes can make white wine. Rosé wine is a red wine that is made with the same methods of a white wine. The production is the same except that the skins are thrown in with the juice. Few winemakers prefer to make rosé wine by mixing some red wine into white wine, but this is not the popular method. When using the skins to make rosé wine most important thing is to only leave the skins in with the juice for a short period of time, long enough to give it that rose color and make it ever so slightly tannic.

We then explored the aromas of wine and the taste zones of our tongue. It is through the aromas of wine that wine is actually tasted. There are four taste zones on our tongue- the tip of the tongue taste sweet the bitter on very back, sour on sides salty on the edges. In wine tasting, wine is often smelled before being drunk in order to identify some components of the wine that may be present. The term aroma maybe further distinguished from bouquet which generally refers to the smells that arise from the chemical reactions of fermentation and aging of the wine. You can see a list of aromas and flavors that can be found in wine here. See below a video of the exploration of aromas and tastes.

While learning about the connection between our senses and wine we tried some nice wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Wines:

  • Domaine de Corbilleres Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2008
  • Chateau Grande Cassagne Rose 2008
  • Kundee Estate Chardonnay 2007
  • Eremo Barbera/Nebbiolo 2004

Hors d'oeuvres

  • White Bean Puree (with Romesco sauce and toasted crustini)
  • Shrimp Escabiche (with shrimp, chili-bell pepper broth, and fresh horseradish)
  • Pastrami Crusted Beef Tenderloin (with spring garlic mousse, housemade pumpernickel, caraway-stout mustard)
  • A charred tomato and caper bruschetta

The menu created by executive sous chef Christopher Becker and was very delicious and was very well matched with the wines we tried. My favorite was the Shrimp Escabiche (with shrimp, chili-bell pepper broth, and fresh horseradish) and the Kundee Estate Chardonnay 2007.

Take a look at the video of the exploration of aromas and tastes and to see more photos by clicking here

Friday Food Lingo

Restaurant lingo:
  • Alley Rally - A pre-shift meeting, usually with FOH staff. Also "Pre-Shift" and "Curtain Call".
Diner lingo:
  • Burn one, take it through the garden and pin a rose on it: hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Baskin-Robbins 88-cent soft serve

Baskin-Robbins, is now offering both soft serve and hard ice cream options. In celebration, now through Memorial Day, customers are invited to enjoy a Vanilla Soft Serve Cone for only 88 cents.

Baskin-Robbins, has its 31 flavors of hard ice cream, but now also has 31 ways to enjoy Soft Serve- featureing favorites like Soft Serve cones, cups and sundaes, and introduces exciting new Baskin-Robbins menu offerings including:

  • NEW Magic Sprinkles: fun - magically changing color as they are licked off a cone. The sprinkles are available in Berry, Grape and Watermelon flavors, which change from red to blue, blue to purple, and green to red.
  • 31 Below: Soft Serve blended together with delicious candies and toppings.
  • 31 Below Pies: Take-home pies made with Baskin-Robbins Vanilla Soft Serve, blended with mouth-watering candies and toppings.
  • Fruit Creams: blend of Vanilla Soft Serve and real fruit puree. Available in Peach Passion, Mango and Strawberry.

* Regular 6 oz. Vanilla Soft Serve cones and Kid 3 oz. Vanilla Soft Serve cones will both be reduced to 88 cents through May 25, 2009. All other menu items including ice cream toppings will remain at regular menu price. Offer available while supplies last at participating Baskin-Robbins.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Good deal- kids eat free

Want to save money on your next meal out? Many restaurants -- from chains to local eateries offer Kids Eat Free deals.

Restaurants are always looking to offer deals to lure in families during tough economic times. One thing they are doing is offering a "kids eat for free" deal. Kids-eat-free promotions, which are often on Tuesday or Monday nights, are an incentive restaurants are using to attract customers during the economic slump.

Typically, such meals are served only to kids age 12 (sometimes even 10) and under. Your child must order from a special kids' menu and the child must be with an adult who's dining at the same time and ordering a regular-priced meal. Make sure you check how many kids can eat free, per paying adult and does the deal apply all day, or just for certain hours?

Kids-eat-free nights often are promoted only through word-of-mouth. Barry Yow, of Greensboro, N.C., who with his wife, Karen, started MyKidsEatFree.com. The database lists deals of the week for more than 3,000 restaurants nationwide.

Some other great sites:

 Here are some of the national chains and local places where kids can eat for little to nothing:

  • CiCi's Pizza- children ages three and younger eat free, while kids from four to 10 qualify for a reduced price
  • Denny's- free on Tuesdays and some Saturdays
  • Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts- In the U.S. and Canada, up to four kids eat free per registered family
  • Lone Star Steakhouse- two kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree on Tuesdays for dinner and Saturdays for lunch
  • Perkins- at participating locations; check your nearby restaurant
  • Roadhouse Grill- free on Tuesdays when the child is accompanied by an adult
  • Fogo de Chao- kids 5 and under eat for free and kids 6 to 11 eat for half price
  • Nacho Mama's- in Canton, kids under 10 eat free on Wednesdays
  • Buffalo Wild Wings- l has kids' night on Wednesdays
  • Austin Grill 2 children eat free with adult purchase on Tuesdays
  • Applebees - Mondays one kids meal with every adult meal purchase.  Additional kids eat for $1.00.
  • Damon's- Wednesday 1 free kids meal with each adult entree.
  • Moe's Southwestern Grill- Monday children eat free with an adult purchase.
  • Red Robin - Monday & Tuesday between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Children 10 and under eat free
  • Boston Market - Everyday, all day. Kids eat for $0.99 with an adult purchase
  • Fuddrucker's - Monday & Tuesday between 4:00pm and 9:00pm. Children 12 and under eat for only $0.99 off the kids
  • menu (drink included).
  • Golden Corral - Tuesday. Kids eat for $1.99. Children 3 and under eat free.
     

If you find a great place that offers Kids-eat-free nights leave a comment to share with others.

*Remeber that deals and offers are always subject to change


 

For more info: Got a restaurant question email me at AIBR.Blog@gmail.com

FREE Wednesdays at Arby's

From now until Aug. 26, participating Arby's restaurants will offer Wednesday freebies, a different deal each week.  No coupon necessary for these deals as long as your local Arby's is participating.   No more just "free" items, but most weeks are pretty good with a free sandwich with only the purchase of a drink.

The offer is limited to one per person on designated dates while supplies last and combined with any other offer.

Here is the Calendar:

May 13th - Free Roastburger with and soft drink purchase
May 20th - Free Chocolate Malt Swirl shake with and sandwich purchase
May 27th - Free Regular Roast Beef sandwich with any soft drink purchase

June 3rd - Free FruiTea with any sandwich purchase
June 10th - Free Roast Chicken club with any soft drink purchase
June 17th - Free Regular Sidekicker with any sandwich purchase
June 24th -Free Regular Roast Beef with any soft drink purchase

July 1st - Free Regular Beef 'n Cheddar with any soft drink purchase
July 8th - Free Orange Cream Swirl shake with any sandwich purchase
July 15th - Free Regular Roast Beef with any soft drink purchase
July 22nd - Free Roastburger with any soft drink purchase
July 29th - Free FruiTea with any sandwich purchase

August 5th - Free Regular Roast Beef with any soft drink purchase
August 12th - Free Roast Chicken Club with any soft drink purchase
August 19th - Free FruiTea with any sandwich purchase
August 26th - Free Regular Beef 'n Cheddar with any soft drink purchase



Tuesday, May 12, 2009

FREE scoop of any Bee-Built ice cream at Häagen-Dazs

Stop in for a FREE scoop of any Bee-Built ice cream flavor at participating Häagen-Dazs® Shops between 4-8 pm today May 12, 2009.

Harbor East
685 S. President, Space B-106
Baltimore, MD 21202

 

Go to www.helpthehoneybees.com to learn more about Bee-Built ice cream





Tuesday Today in Food History

Today in food history:
  • National Nutty Fudge Day
  • 1777 According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the first ice cream advertisement appeared in the New York Gazette on this date.
  • 1889 John Cadbury died. He was the founder of Cadbury chocolate company.
  • 1994 Roy J. Plunkett died. He was the inventor of Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene) in 1938. The first nonstick cookware using Teflon was sold in 1960.

New Domain Name

Just to let you know I have a new Domain Name and it is MUCH shorter and will still bring you to this blog "Adventures in Baltimore Restaurants"

www.adventuresbaltimore.com


The old blogger address will still work- but the new one is shorter and easy to remember!  So make sure you book mark it!!!


XS has eclectic food and atmosphere


View from Mezzanine Dining

I was heading out for a night with a friend and our first stop was to have dinner. Driving up Charles St. we decided to stop at XS Baltimore for dinner. I loved the atmosphere as soon as we walked in.

Have you even seen breakfast, sushi, cocktails and dessert all on one menu? Well here you will! The menu adds to the eclectic atmosphere.

The atmosphere adds to the originality of menu- exposed brick, steel and modern lighting with eccentric glass. The feel was very modern and hip. There are four possible floors for dining: 1- coffee bar/outdoor dining/sushi bar, 2- Mezzanine Dining, 3- Main Restaurant Dining Area with bar and DJ, and 4- Loft Dining Area. We ate on the 2nd floor which offered a great view of the main floor below.

My friend and I decide we would share some sushi and each order a salad. I started with the Cran-Apple Salad ($6.95)-mixed greens, sliced apples, dried cranberries, walnuts, and maple vinaigrette. The salad was crisp and refreshing except they did over do the dressing a bit. Since it was a vinaigrette is did flow to the bottom of the salad and was not drowning in it. My friend ordered the Mixed Berries Salad ($6.50)- a mixtures of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. The berries were fresh.

One of the sushi rolls we split was the Crazy Salmon Roll ($11.95)-8 piece Spicy salmon and tempura flakes inside, outside torched salmon and masago with eel sauce and sweet and spicy sauce. Beware this one is SPICY and it sticks with you- trust me it lingers! The second roll was Crunchie Fire ($11.50)- 8 piece Shrimp tempura and avocado inside; spicy tuna, tempura flake, and spicy sauce outside. This one had a kick to it but in no way lingered like the Crazy Salmon Roll. Both rolls were fresh and flavorful. Besides the heat (I would still order it again) we enjoyed both rolls extremely.

Since we had to be somewhere by 7:30 we missed the nightly DJ (8 pm – close). I look forward to coming back to experience the "night life". They also offer Happy Hour Monday- Friday from 4 pm – 7 pm ($1.50 Sushi and $1 off Drinks). On Thursday, Friday and Saturday they have complementary valet (5pm - Close).

To see more pictures and a video click here

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Monday, May 11, 2009

I will be a guest blogger on In Good Taste

Starting today and over the next week Suzanne Loudermilk the author of In Good Taste at the Baltimore Magazine is going to be out over this next week.... so she has gotten guest bloggers to put up posts over this next week and I AM ONE OF THEM!!! I am not sure what day my post will the lucky one but I will let you know as soon as it is up and you can keep checking in all week!!!! So keep an eye peeled!!!!

A special offer for Mondays in May at Jordan's Steakhouse

When you purchase a $50 "May Certificate" on Jordan's Steakhouse website, you pay only $25!

These Certificates can be redeemed any Monday in May, available for purchase at any time before May 18th. Not good with other promotional offers, and one per table.

No need for mail, or paper, they will have your information on file when you make your special purchase online at http://www.jordanssteakhouse.com/catalog.html

Just refer to it when making your reservation so they can take care of the details for you.

Jordan's Steakhouse
8085 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410.461.9776

Saturday, May 09, 2009

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Free coffee for all Baltimore Moms on Mother’s Day


Photo: Kaboodle

Free Coffee for all Baltimore Moms on Mother’s Day

Baltimore Coffee & Tea’s Timonium location is offering all moms a free medium drink of their choice all day on Sunday. Hot or iced, frozen or frothy, it’s free!

Baltimore Coffee & Tea is located at 9 West Aylesbury Road in Timonium, just off Timonium Road. The store is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Want a chance at some Freebies???

Then stop by Food2 and check it out!  Newman's Own has kindly donated 10 pretty amazing gift baskets that they're giving out today only



Friday Food Lingo

Restaurant Lingo:
  • All Day - The total amount. E.g., if table 1 orders 2 burgers and table 3 orders 4 burgers, that's 6 burgers, all day
Diner Lingo:
  • Burn one: put a hamburger on the grill


hamburger Pictures, Images and Photos

Mother's Day at Morton's The Steakhouse

Morton’s The Steakhouse celebrates Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10, by offering a Mother’s Day prix fixe menu including a choice of salad, entrée, side dish, and dessert, for $59 per person, not including beverages, tax, and gratuity.

Morton’s Mother’s Day menu includes choice of Caesar salad or Morton’s salad with blue cheese dressing, chopped egg and anchovies; choice of an entrée—a single-cut filet with Béarnaise sauce; Filet Oskar with asparagus, jump lump crab, and Béarnaise sauce; broiled salmon filet with Beurre Blanc Sauce; colossal Shrimp Alexander with Beurre Blanc Sauce, or Chicken Christopher with Garlic Beurre Blanc Sauce; one side dish; and choice of Crème Brulee or Double Chocolate Mousse for dessert. Morton’s à la carte dinner menu is also available.

Additionally, Morton’s Baltimore and Annapolis restaurants are opening at 1 p.m. to accommodate those looking to celebrate early in the day (normal Sunday hours are 5 – 10 p.m.).

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Medieval Times- Moms get in free!


Is your mom a queen? Then on Mother's Day Weekend (May 8-11) take your Mom to Medieval Times and she can get in for free with the purchase of one full-priced adult admission. Use promotional code MFEB49

They also have a Mother's Day package you can add to your reservation for $30. With this package Mom will be treated to:

  • Royal Mother's Day photo
  • Glass of Champagne or mimosa served in a keepsake flute
  • Mother's Day sash
  • Knight's cheering flag
  • Commemorative scroll

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

FREE KFC grilled chicken meal

Thank you to the Baltimore Dining Examiner to letting us know:

Oprah has hooked up America for a free dinner.  KFC is promoting its healthy grilled chicken meals and is offering to each person in America 2 pieces of chicken, 2 sides and a biscuit for free.  Go to www.oprah.com/kfc and down load the coupon within 24 hours.  You will have 2 weeks to use the coupon.

Free iced fruitea from Arby's today

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

To Celebrate National Beverage Day, Arby's is giving away a free fruit-flavored iced tea to anyone who utters the magic words "I'm parched. FruiTea me." No coupon necessary.

Flavors include: passion fruit, mandarin peach, diet peach & diet blackberry.

Does your Mother like wine?

Mother's Day at Boordy
Saturday & Sunday, May 9th & 10th
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Enjoy music by Ellis Woodward and Company; Winetastings, Tours of the vineyard. Bring a picnic and enjoy this family weekend in the beautiful Long Green Valley. Moms get a tiara!

Tickets: $12 Adults; $5 Children 2-12 years old
Packages Available - see below:

Queen for a Day Package
Admission for 2 adults & 2 children
1 Bottle of Boordy Wine
2 Boordy Engraved Wine Glasses
$25 towards food purchases at Carl's Catering
Tiara for Mom
Total Price- $65 online / $70 at the gate

Ruler of the Kingdom Package
Admission for 4 adults & up to 6 children
2 Bottles of Boordy Wine
4 Boordy Engraved Wine Glasses
$50 towards food purchases at Carl's Catering
Tiaras for all the Moms
Total Price- $125 (a $135 value)

Packages and tickets available online or at the gate.

For more info: Got a food question email me at AIBR.Blog@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Tuesday Today in Food History

Today in food history:
  • National Chocolate Custard Day
  • National Hoagie Day
  • Totally Chipotle Day
  • 1903 James Beard, culinary expert and cookbook author was born. Quote: “The kitchen, reasonably enough, was the scene of my first gastronomic adventure. I was on all fours. I crawled into the vegetable bin, settled on a giant onion and ate it, skin and all. It must have marked me for life, for I have never ceased to love the hearty flavor of raw onions”.
  • 1926 Ann B. Davis was born. She played the role of Alice the housekeeper and cook on the TV show 'The Brady Bunch' (1969-1974).
  • 1936 A patent was granted for the first bottle with a screw cap to Edward Ravenscroft of Glencoe, Illinois.

Mother's Day at The Wine Market


The Wine Market is offering two different Prix-Fixe menus on Mother's Day- May 10, 2009.

Brunch - $23

Featuring some Brunch Favorites like their Cured Salmon with Beet Creme Fraiche on Curry Blini, as well as special items for Mom such as Rare Ahi Tuna over Fattoush Salad and Cucumber Nage! The menu includes appetizer, entree, dessert and one brunch beverage of your choice! Brunch is from 11am - 4pm

Dinner - $29

Dinner will feature appetizer, dinner entree and dessert. Enjoy special creations from Chef Jason Lear like the Seared Salmon with Blood Orange Maltese, Sauteed Pea Shoots and Fried Wild Rice. Or try the BBQ Pork Tenderloin with Chorizo Grits and Grilled Asparagus. Dinner is from 5pm - 9pm

Monday, May 04, 2009

Mother's Day champagne brunch or dinner


Photo: Cazbar

Cazbar
316 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD
410-528-1222

Champagne Brunch - 12 noon till 4pm
Treat Mom and the whole family to a Club Med Style Brunch to Remember featuring a large assortment of breakfast and lunch favorites from the Mediterranean
$18.50 per guest with Champagne

Champagne Dinner - 4pm till 9pm
Join them Mothers day for a special dinner package featuring a three course pre-fixed menu and a Belly Dancing Show at 7pm
$21.50 per guest with Champagne

Complimentary Valet Parking on Mothers Day from 12noon till 10pm

Reservations highly recommended, call 410-528-1222

For more info: Got a food question email Jessica at AIBR.Blog@gmail.com

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Cinco de Mayo in Baltimore


Looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at your favorite restaurant or bar? Then check out some of these Cinco de Mayo events and specials:

  • Cuatro Cantinas y Dos Dias- Muggsy's Taps, Don't Know and No Idea Tavern celebrate Cinco de Mayo together. buy one 16-ounce cup for $20 and you get $1 Miller lite drafts and margaritas both days.A shot of Patron is $5 with the cup. Food specials, too. May 2 : 10 a.m. and May 5 : 11 a.m. Specials run all day, both days
  • Woody's Rum Bar & Island Grill offers five days of Cinco de Mayo festivities. Friday $5 yards of Dos Equis (keep the yard!), Sunday live music and Monday drink specials. Save some energy for the actual fifth of May, though, when Woody's hosts a live mariachi band, serves half-priced fish tacos, $6 Dos Equis yards, $3 Dos Equis and Sol bottles and two-for-one frozen drinks.
  • Drink-O de Mayo- iBar is having Get $2 tequila, $3 Cuervo, $3 Coronas, $5 margaritas and $5 Patron on May 5th
  • Sly Fox's Cinco de Mayo specials included $2.50 Corona, Negra Modelo, Dos Equis and Sol and $3 shots of Cuervo. (May 2 through May 5)
  • Pratt Street Ale House- The sports bar's progressive drink specials for Cinco de Mayo start with $1 Coronas from 3-4 p.m., which then increase in price to $2 from 4-5 p.m. and settle on $3 after that. Margaritas and tequila shots cost $3 all night, and $1 tacos and $5 nachos, quesadillas and poppers are also available.

*Specials and events are always subject to change

For more info: Got a food question email Jessica at AIBR.Blog@gmail.com

Friday, May 01, 2009

Food2 Freebie Friday

There are more and more food related websites everyday- Check out this new one Food2.

"Food2 scours the planet as well as local fast food drive-ins for the tastiest, seductive, most shocking and satisfying bites in the world of food and drink.

Along with an outspoken, eclectic slate of food bloggers, Food2 mixes up cocktails, beer & wine, foodie challenges, recipes, how to's, food porn and pop culture with a bunch of other elements we aren't at liberty to discuss."


But guess what... today is Food2 Freebie Friday

They can't reveal every secret but this Friday of swag & doodads *could* involve snappy new, Food2 t-shirts, gift baskets jammed with unbelievably tasty treats (or incredibly gross stuff -- depending on where you stand on snack foods in general) and some other free things...

On Friday (5/1), all you need to do is:

1) Give Food2 a shout-out on your own personal blog.

AND / OR

2) Hashtag us on Twitter -- like: Drop by #Food2 today 'cuz they're giving out free junk and snacks.  Plus if you aren't already following Food2, that would be great as well.  You can do that here.

AND / OR

3) Friend us on Facebook here.

It will seriously take 2 seconds and you could be grubbing on that basket for days (or something).

Throughout the day on Friday, they'll randomly reward some lucky Food2'ers who do one or more of those things with the aforementioned goodies.  Just make sure you're doing it on Friday (5/1) and not some other random day.



Friday Food Lingo

Restaurant Lingo:
  • Turnover Rate- How fast tables empty and fill during a shift. A high turnover rate means more people have eaten and gone, while a slow turnover rate means the same people have been at the table for a long time, or the table is sitting empty.
Diner Lingo:
  • Bullets/Whistleberries/Saturday night: Baked beans, so called because of the supposed flatulence they cause.

Check out the new restaurants in Baltimore

Check out the latest on the new places in Baltimore:

  • Elevation Burger is now open in Harbor East- they use only organic, free-range, grass feed beef and 100% olive oil to fry the fries
  • Mr. Yogato is now open in Fells Point- I tried a sample off the tray as I walked by and it was good next time I am down there I will get a cone!
  • Pratt Street Ale House (formerly Wharf Rat) has reopened after renovations
  • Taverna Corvino in Federal Hill is officially open- they feature Italian dishes and small plates
  • Vellegia’s Italian Seafood Restaurant has moved and is now open at 110 Water St.
  • Zhongshan Restaurant has opened at 323 Park Ave- offering traditional Chinese and Asian dishes

There are also some coming-soon places:

  • Bohemian is opening this summer in Station North- traditional coffee shop with vegan bakery
  • Maisy’s will open in June at 313 N. Charles- they will offer reasonably prices eclectic world cuisine

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