Friday, July 31, 2009

Macaroni Grill adds lighter items to the menu

Nation's Restaurant News reports...

Romano's Macaroni Grill is announcing an "Italian Mediterranean" menu of lighter dishes at its 32 restaurants in California with plans to roll out many of the new items to its other locations in August.

Macaroni Grill said the Italian Mediterranean menu features seven new dishes and 13 existing items that have been reformulated to cut down on calories, saturated fat and sodium. Calories were reduced by 25 to 69 percent, and saturated fat was reduced more than 70 percent in those items.

A scallop and spinach salad originally contained 1,270 calories and 27 grams of saturated fat. The revised version has 390 calories and 4 grams of saturated fat. Another dish, the Shrimp Portofino, went from having 1,170 calories and 35 grams of saturated fat to having 560 calories and 14 grams of saturated fat. Other reformulated items include tomato bruschetta, seafood linguine, spaghetti & meatballs and chicken parmigiana

The seven new items are: roasted vegetable antipasti, grilled chicken spiedini, shrimp spiedini, sausage salentino, pollo caprese, lobster spaghetti and lemon pound cake.

Macaroni Grill said the new items (half of which will be priced at $10 or less) incorporate such traditional Mediterranean ingredients as extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemons and lean meats.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

B&O American Brasserie opening this week














B&O American Brasserie will open for business July 30, 2009. The restaurant will be under the culinary direction of Chef E. Michael Reidt – named one of the country’s “Best New Chefs” in 2001 by Food & Wine magazine. The 4,500-square foot restaurant features seating for 146 including 76 on the mezzanine level, which overlooks the bar and exhibition kitchen.

B&O American Brasserie will introduce an approachable American brasserie with a seasonally changing menu. The restaurant will be open for breakfast and dinner beginning July 30 and lunch service will begin on August 17.

“It is an honor to be opening B&O American Brasserie in Maryland and I’m looking forward to making Baltimore my home,” said Chef Reidt. “The culturally diverse palate of the city is one for which I am excited to be cooking.”

Happy hour is offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and includes $3 draft beers, $3 wine selections and $5 cocktails. The bar menu includes Mussels Frites with Chopped Herbs & French Fries ($7), Charcuterie ($12), Confit Pork Croquettes with Honey Mustard Aioli ($6), and Cornmeal Crusted Oysters with Caramelized Fennel & Spicy Summer Melon ($12).

Example menu items:

  • Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Chipotle Goat Cheese and Saba ($10)
  • Steak Tartar and Carpaccio with Pickled Carrots and Dressed Mizuna Greens ($12)
  • Margherita Flatbread ($8)
  • High Point Farms Ricotta Flatbread with Asparagus, Farm Egg and Parmesan ($10)
  • Baltimore Chesapeake Rockfish with Smoked Shrimp-Pea Risotto and Arugula Pesto ($24)
  • Murray’s Farms Chicken with Pesto Mash, Smoked Bacon and Summer Squash ($19
  • Not Your Dad’s Mixed Grill with Smoked Sausage, Jumbo Shrimp and Beef ($26)
  • Vande Rose Farms Steak Frites in several cut options with Duck Fat Fries, Pickled Red Onion and Watercress ($18-34)
  • A raw bar menu features the season’s freshest shellfish and oyster offerings from the Pacific and Atlantic seaboards

Chef Reidt will offer local dinner specials seven days a week including Tuesday’s Buttermilk Battered Chicken ($18) and Friday’s Seafood Pot Pie ($21). Chef Reidt also offers a children’s menu as well as a dessert menu.

B&O American Brasserie offers an extensive selection of draft & bottled beers, artisan wines and classic hand-crafted cocktails:

  • Cardinal Sin, Belvedere Black Raspberry Vodka, Crème de Mure, Hibiscus Tea topped with Sparkling Wine ($10)
  • Horsecar, Tanqueray 10 Gin with Muddled Blueberries and Thyme ($10)
  • 2008 Boordy Vineyards Vidal Blanc ($6 glass)
  • 2007 Chrysalis “Sarah’s Patio” Norton ($10 glass)

The restaurant features contemporary design elements against a backdrop of time-honored architectural features by playing off the original Beaux Arts architecture of the former B&O Railroad Headquarters. Details from old B&O dining cars, such as The York, are incorporated into the chairs and individual lamps grace each table. Richly colored leathers and tailored wools with gleaming nail heads finish the chairs.

B&O American Brasserie supports environmental responsibility and a sustainable world by using non-intrusive, high-quality, eco-friendly products, ingredients and services. Some of the restaurant’s green initiatives include an in-house water purification system to eliminate the sale of bottled water, composting and recycling, and serving all natural and often organic food.

The restaurant is open seven days a week serving breakfast from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m., lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. Bar service is available all week from 11:30 a.m. to midnight with happy hour from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information on B&O American Brasserie, call 443-692-6172 or visit www.BandOrestaurant.com

B&O AMERICAN BRASSERIE
2 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Lemmo Photography Showing

My Husband and I are proud to announce our photography showing...

ARTWORKS AT WOODHALL

For the month of August, Artworks at Woodhall is privileged to exhibit the photography of Andrew Lemmo. Mr. Lemmo was born in Clearfield, Pennsylvania and now resides in Baltimore. He is a professional social photographer, working as a freelancer and in his own studio. His passion for photography started in a college classroom and was fueled during traveling with his wife, Jessica. He started developing his own film ten years ago. He enjoys capturing the beauty of nature and the world around him. When photographing people he enjoys capturing natural candids and portraits.


Woodhall Hours:

Noon to 5 pm - Tuesday through Friday; 10 am to 5 pm - Saturdays; Noon to 5 pm - Sundays; Closed Mondays.


The photography of Lemmo Photography will be up for viewing and purchase at Woodhall Vineyards the entire month of August.

Lemmo Photography does Weddings, Functions, Events, Sports, Portrait, Portfolio, Food, Landscape and Fine Art Photography.

Come get lost in some great photos and sip on some wonderful wine!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Restaurant 101: Where can I go to brunch in Baltimore, MD?

Brunch with family and friends is a great way to enjoy gourmet food on a laid-back weekend. Mingle over strawberry waffles, an omelet with crispy bacon, a glass of Champagne , or a succulent plate of crab legs. Anything goes at this combination of breakfast and lunch event.



To see a list of great places for brunch click here.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Baltimore magazine Best of Baltimore issue

The annual Best of Baltimore issue is hitting newsstands July 28, 2009. This year’s issue, themed “WhoWonIt?” as homage to Baltimore’s great mystery writers Edgar Allen Poe and Laura Lippman.

So if you want to know the “Best Guy’s Night Out” and the “Best Day Spa” to the “Best Car Wash” and best neighborhood bars of Baltimore’s north, east, south and west, Baltimore magazine’s August issue features an anthology of the best shopping, services, food, fun, arts, and media. New this year, Baltimore magazine editors take some of the winners and build the perfect “Baltimore weekend,” “Charm City meal,” “one-stop-shop museum,” “beauty makeover,” newscast, and much more!

“Every year, we highlight the best of Charm City in every category, and keeping them a secret is half the battle, making the ‘WhoWonIt?’ mystery theme most appropriate,” said Max Weiss, Managing Editor of Baltimore magazine. “This year, we also have a ‘Save or Splurge’ feature that gives readers options so they can be sensitive to their budget needs in this economy. Baltimore magazine’s Best of Baltimore issue has always been a household resource for Charm City residents, and this year’s issue is no different.”

The August issue of Baltimore magazine, featuring Baltimore’s Best of Baltimore was issued to subscribers July 21 and will be available on newsstands throughout the Baltimore area beginning July 28.

In celebration of the issue, Baltimore magazine will host its annual Best of Baltimore Party benefiting The Family Tree on August 20 from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theatre. Ticket prices start at $75 in advance ($90 at the door) and can be purchased online at baltimoremagazine.net/whowonit. Guests will enjoy gourmet tastings from 50 of our “Best Restaurants and Caterers”, endless cocktails, live music and dancing.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Carrabba’s Italian Grill “Mix it up for MDA” Event


Carrabba’s Italian Grill

“Mix it up for MDA” Event

What:“Mix it Up for MDA” Event, a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

When: Thursday, July 30thfrom 5 p.m. to close

Cost: $15 a person

Admission includes a sampling of four food items from the new Mr. C’s Bar Menu and, for guests 21 years and older, one of three signature cocktails (Blackberry Lemonade, the Italian Lemon Drop or Blackberry Fields Martini) or another drink on the Mr. C’s list. In addition to monies raised from event admission, Carrabba’s also will donate $1 to MDA for each of the three signature drinks sold from July 30 – August 6.

Where:

(410) 661-5444
7600 Belair Rd.,
Baltimore, MD 21236

(410) 863-5960
8030 Ritchie Hwy.,
Pasadena, MD 21122

(410) 461-5200
4430 Long Gate Pkwy.,
Ellicott City, MD 21043

(410) 785-9400
130 Shawan Rd.,
Hunt Valley, MD 21031


To get recipes and see videos about the new drinks click here

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The weekly wrap up

I can't believe it is almost the end of July- so much has been going on and keeping life busy. Check out some of the great things this past week:

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$25 restaurant gift certificates for $2

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 Restaurant.com.

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.

Right now and till Tuesday, July 28th they are 80% off if you enter the code: NAPKIN (instead of $10 for a $25 gift certificate it becomes $2)

Important Stuff: 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 until Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 11:59PM PST. Offer cannot be applied retroactively.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

McDonald's new premium angus burger


McDonald's is now selling its premium Angus Burger at stores nationwide, hoping that consumers will feel good enough to spend $4 for the sandwich at a chain known for value.

The new burger features a third-pound burger patty on a higher-end bun, and comes in three varieties: deluxe with pickles and tomatoes; bacon and cheddar; and mushroom and swiss. The sandwich will be for sale at most U.S. stores for the next several months before the chain re-evaluates whether to make it a permanent item.

They hope people will find it a good deal compared with offerings found at full-service restaurants and up-and-coming fast-casual burger chains like Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

“We’re constantly aiming to bring tasty, new menu choices to our Baltimore customers,” said Brian DeKowzan, Director of Marketing for the Baltimore Washington Region of McDonald’s USA. “With the introduction of the Angus Third Pounder, our customers are getting a premium Angus burger experience, with the everyday value, quality and convenience they've come to expect from McDonald’s.”

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Where is you favorite place in the Baltimore area to get a crab cake?

I am interested in finding out where is your favorite place to get a crab cake is. Vote and let me know!



Check out the results from my last poll about quick dining burger joints- Dont forget to check back on July 31st to see the results

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Orioles' cook-off event at Baltimore ESPN Zone

Three Players Try to Sauté a Victory with Their Wives as Judges

Three Baltimore Orioles players will trade in their bats and gloves for pots and pans at ESPN Zone’s inaugural Orioles Cook-Off on Tuesday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m. The event will benefit the Maryland Food Bank.

Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, second baseman Brian Roberts and catcher Gregg Zaun will try to outdo each other in the kitchen, with 30 minutes to create their culinary masterpieces. An Orioles broadcaster will emcee the event and The Bird will attend.

To find out more click here


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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Restaurant copycat recipes

How many times a week do you eat out? Ever wonder if you could “copy” something you ate out and make it at home? Well Ron Douglas has spent the past 5 years has done just that- discovered recipes from your favorite restaurants.


He has created the cookbook called “America’s Most Wanted Recipes: Delicious Recipes from Your Family’s Favorite Restaurants” so you can now enjoy the meals you love to eat out at home.


KFC’s Famous Fried Chicken, Chili’s Southwest Chicken Chili, Olive Garden’s Breadsticks and Cheesecake Factory’s Oreo Cheesecake are just a few of the many recipes included. There are more than 200 recipes from 57 of America’s mot popular restaurants.


Check out “America’s Most Wanted Recipes: Delicious Recipes from Your Family’s Favorite Restaurants” if you want to create a dish from your favorite restaurant!

Fresh eating at your local farmer's market

I love heading to my local farmer’s market because not only can I great things to bring home to eat but I can find wonderful and delicious things to munch on as I shop. Many people only think of farmer’s markets, as a shopping place but honestly it is so much more. Sure you can get great produce and other items but the atmosphere is always a wonderful place to people watch and to try some yummy food. I love going to the farmer’s market on Sunday that is under the JFX. Check out some great tips for a farmer’s market experience, some pictures and video from the market under the JFX.

To read some great tips for shopping a farmer's market, pictures and video from the JFX market click here



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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival Giveaway

Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival Giveaway

Founded in 2007, Toast to the Coast was launched as a small Food and Wine festival in Atlantic City. In 2008, Harrah’s Entertainment hosted Giada Delaurentiis, Guy Fieri and more for a two day festival that showcased the regions finest wineries, restaurants, culinary personalities and entertainment.

In 2009, Harrah’s Entertainment is partnering with TD Bank and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central & South Jersey Affiliate to create the TD Bank Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. The Festival promises to be the premier event of Atlantic City’s summer season with four jam-packed days of events, tastings and celebrity appearances. Chefs from the Food Network and Bravo will host, demonstrate, mix and mingle with guests at more than 20 events filling the schedule throughout the weekend.

This Festival will feature a variety of events ranging from gourmet pizza and wine tastings to small group chef demonstrations from the likes of Emeril Lagasse, Tom Colicchio, Duff Goldman, Ted Allen and Ingrid Hoffman. Among the most anticipated events is a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy an intimate dinner with Food Network star chef Guy Fieri as he shows you how to prepare a family style dinner with amazing results.

Each event location is tailored to the audience in various Harrah’s Entertainment resort locations. Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio uncorks select wine tastings at The Pool at Harrah’s Resort. Emeril Lagasse teaches his famous Cajun cooking at Showboat. Guy Fieri, along with the Phillips Seafood team, creates the ultimate summertime clambake in the historic Dennis Courtyard at Bally’s on the world famous Atlantic City Boardwalk.

The Giveaway:

  • 5 random winners will each receive a voucher that grant the winner and a guest free access to "The Grand Market" event, taking place August 1st - 2nd from 12pm -7pm at Bally's Grand Ballroom
  • To enter use the entry form below to name the 3 Chefs I have interviewed.
  • 5 random winner will be pick Sunday, July 26, 2009.
  • Passes will be mailed to the winners by the the event organizers.


*Giveaway prizes are donated by Harrah's Entertainment, Atlantic City so Jessica Lemmo nor Blogger.com is not liable (please see giveaway details & rules on entry form)

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Chef interview with Baltimore's Sandy Lawler from Feast@4East

Feast@4East started when inn owner and restaurant chef Sandy Lawler decided to add dinner to the meals she was already serving- the inn offers breakfast to its guests, and lunch in the garden is open to the public.

Amongst the Victorian front parlor and the kitchen, the dining room holds about 10 tables with white table clothes, blue linen napkins and marble fireplace. Diners can choose from salads and small-plate options, as well as traditional entrée portions that is sustainably sourced and prepared simply with French-Mediterranean flair. The atmosphere gives you feeling like you are having dinner at someone's home than a restaurant meal.

Feast offers Lunch in the Garden on Wednesday through Fridays from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. The menu consists off salads and sandwiches (vegan to carnivore). They offer dinner Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 (garden or indoor).

To read the interview click here

Monday, July 20, 2009

Starbucks Free Pastry Day: July 21, 2009

Free morning pastry with purchase of a beverage

They’re making a change: your food not only tastes better, it is better. The new Starbucks pastry items are a new healthier line made without artificial flavors, artificial dyes, artificial trans fats or high fructose corn syrup.

To celebrate, They’re inviting you to bring this invitation to a participating U.S. Starbucks store to enjoy a FREE pastry from opening until 10:30am on July 21st, 2009 with the purchase of any beverage.

Click to print your invitation:
http://www.starbucks.com/retail/print_free_pastry.html

Or open this page in a mobile device and show your barista:
http://www.starbucks.com/FreePastryDay

Pastries included in offer are: Muffins, Scones, Bagels, Croissants, Rolls, Breads, Pound Cakes, Morning Bun, Coffeecakes, Cheese Danish, Apple Fritter, Doughnuts, Tarts, Pies, Gluten Free Orange Valencia Cake, Tropical Paradise Bar.

*Offer available at participating U.S. stores with the purchase of any handcrafted beverage (handcrafted, brewed, iced). Limit one free pastry per customer. Offer good between opening and 10:30 a.m. or until pastries are gone, whichever comes first. Opening hours and pastry selection vary. Supplies are limited. Offer not valid in Hawaii, airports and travel plazas or at Barnes & Noble cafes.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weekly wrap-up: restaurant scene

This last week had a lot going on and the HOT weather has hit us. Check out what went on in the dining scene this last week:

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Time is running out to enter the summer essentials giveaway

Time is running out to enter my summer essentials giveaway packed with great summer items plus some local restaurant items!

To enter click here you have till Sunday night at 11:55 pm!

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Parents magazine Top 10 Best Fast-Casual Restaurants

Who doesn't like to go out to eat? Your typical sit-down restaurants can be pricey, fast-food places are pretty limited and not exactly known for healthy fare- so an alternative is the fast-casual restaurants. These places have a more varied menu, higher-quality ingredients, and comfier seating than typical fast-food joints- and cost just a little more.

Parents magazine just named their Top 10 Best Fast-Casual Restaurants for 2009. They surveyed 50 of these chains -- places like Panera Bread, Chipotle, and Quiznos to see which ones were great to feeding families. They examined the calories, fat, and sodium of each dish. They also looked at things like changing tables in the restrooms, booster seats for toddlers, or stuff for the kids to do if they finish their meal before you do. These chains came out on top for having at least three healthy kids' meals and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Click here to see the Top 10 List


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pizza Hut debuts value menu

Pizza Hut is introducing a new value menu with four items between $5 and $6.

Pizza Hut is joining a growing number of restaurant chains that are offering items around the $5 price point, including Boston Market, Subway and Quiznos. Even casual-dining’s T.G.I. Friday’s is offering a menu of $5 items.

Click Here to see Pizza Hut’s new “Big Eat Tiny Price” menu

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Long John Silver's to offer free fish tacos

Long John Silver’s will introduce its latest menu item, the Baja Fish Taco, with a giveaway promotion in July.

Participating locations will offer a free Baja Fish Taco until 2:30 p.m. on July 14. The new menu item, which debuted June 22 and sells for 99 cents, consists of Long John Silver’s classic batter-dipped fish layered inside a soft flour tortilla mixed with "crunchy crumbles," lettuce and a special Baja sauce.

*stop by and check out my summer essentials giveaway

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Monday, July 13, 2009

McDonald's to offer free mochas

McDonald's will hand out free samples of its McCafé Mocha to customers every Monday from July 13 to Aug. 3 as the fast-food chain continues to promote its new line of premium espresso drinks.

Participating McDonald's locations will offer free 7-ounce iced mochas or 8-ounce hot mochas between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on the giveaway days.

*Stop by and enter the summer essentials giveaway

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Victoria Gastro Pub- duck fat fries heaven

What is a gastro pub? According to Wikipedia a gastro pub is a British term for a public house, which specializes in high-quality food a step above the more basic "pub grub."

Victoria Gastro Pub advertises that its atmosphere strives to be warm, inviting and unpretentious. When you walk in you are met by an elegant décor that doesn’t come across stuffy with deep amber hues and wooden walls. The bar area seems to be a perfect spot for co-workers to wind down over one of their many selections of beer. The service was pleasant and gave the right amount of attention.

The menu truly has innovative twists on classic pub fare. They claim to strive to serve foods that are an International Innovation from fresh seasonal ingredients. It ranges from eclectic starts to comfort food.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Baltimore Restaurant Examiner summer essentials giveaway

This past spring I had the opportunity to attend the Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival. The Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival attracts the "who's who" of companies in the wine and food industries.

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. 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 offering a great opportunity for my readers: a giveaway.

If you would like to enter for a chance to be randomly picked for a wonderful prize bag here is what you need to do. First you need to do is join the Barefoot Republic and then answer the following 3 questions. Once you have joined the Barefoot Republic and found the answers use the purple entry form below with your Barefoot Republic Barefooter Name (mine is PandaLHU) and the answers (please make sure to leave you email so you can be contacted if you win).

If you win you will get a Barefoot Summer Essentials pack: tote bag, wine opener, stemless wine glass, and a big soft beach towel. (and maybe some other great local restaurant prizes)

The 3 questions: (hint: notice they all are about "wine")

  1. Which wine from the post Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival goes perfectly with poultry, spicy food, fruit and cheese from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly?
  2. In the slide show of the post The taste of wineology, what is the name of the shrimp appetizer?
  3. What was the name of the MD SPCA happy hour I post about?

Remember to qualify you must use the purple entry form below with your Barefooter Name and the answer to the 3 question! The giveaway ends on 7/19/09 and the winner will be announced on Monday the 20th

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Click here for the entry form


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Free slurpee day


Photo: Business Wire

Today, Jully 11, 2009 is free slurpee day

Free Slurpee day 2009 is taking place on July 11th (7/11) and will celebrate the 82nd birthday of the convenience stores. During free Slurpee day 2009, all 7-Eleven customers will be able to enjoy a free 7.11 ounce Slurpee.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Rock and Save at Ruth's Chris

Join Ruth's Chris Steak House, Pier 5 and present your ticket before or after the concert* at Pier Six Concert Pavilion to receive $10 off any menu item.

Ruth's Chris Steak House Pier 5 is located at:

711 Eastern Avenue
Pier 5 Hotel Inner Harbor Baltimore, MD 21202

*Offer valid the day of the concert only. Only applicable to Rock Royalty, Joe Cocker & Hippiefest shows. No cash value. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or prefixed meal. Discount applicable with purchase of any item from lounge or dinner menu.

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Morton's The Steakhouse partnership with Feeding America and launch of new cookbook

Morton's The Steakhouse announces a partnership with Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, and locally, with the Maryland Food Bank, in conjunction with the release of the new "Morton's The Cookbook: 100 Steakhouse Recipes for Every Kitchen" written by Klaus Fritsch, Morton's co-founder, along with Tylor Field III, Morton's Vice President of Wine and Spirits, and Mary Goodbody, nationally known food writer and cookbook editor.

To launch the new cookbook, Morton's in Baltimore is hosting special fundraising reception with Morton's co-founder Klaus Fritsch and co-author of "Morton's The Cookbook" on Wednesday, July 15, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The event includes a sampling of recipes from the cookbook paired with a selection of fine wine and cocktails. Cost to attend is $59 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, which includes a copy of "Morton's The Cookbook" and donation to the Feeding America. In honor of Baltimore Ravens Center Matt Birk's Two-Fisted Bacon Cheeseburger recipe featured in the cookbook, the first 10 guests to reserve a spot will receive a copy of "Morton's The Cookbook" signed by Birk.

Click here to find out more

"Morton's The Cookbook: 100 Steakhouse Recipes for Every Kitchen"; is available wherever books are sold, online at www.mortons.com, and in all 81 restaurants for $32.50

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Dress like a cow get free chicken


This came in my bag this past weekend

Come into any Chick-fil-A® restaurant dressed as a cow and receive free chicken. Sponsored by Dr Pepper®. Supported by cows.

Click here to find out more


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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Show you have team pride and get 10% off

Tony Roma's in Owings Mills loves sports!

Now every Monday and Wednesday beginning in June through August you can show them who your favorite team is.

They love sports, and there is plenty going on in the sports world. Who is your favorite team? Now every Monday and Wednesday beginning in June through August you can show them!

To find out more details click here

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Summer Seafood festivals

Add together Maryland crabs, live music and good company End up with a Maryland tradition: summertime seafood celebrations. Now this isn’t exactly a restaurant per say but it is dining out.

Click Here to find out about some upcoming seafood celebrations


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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Dining with the fish at the National Aquarium

This spring the National Aquarium introduced a new dining series -- Fresh Thoughts: A Seafood Dining Trilogy -- that celebrates sensible and scrumptious seafood choices.

The word sustainable is a term that is becoming well known in the food and dining industry. Sustainable agriculture is a way of raising food that is healthy for consumers and animals, does not harm the environment, is humane for workers, respects animals, provides a fair wage to the farmer, and supports and enhances rural communities. Sustainable farmers do not take more resources to produce food than they give back.

During the event, guests welcomed summer with an evening for the whole family including good old-fashioned grilled fish feast, samples of micro-brewed beers from Clipper City Brewery and exciting activities.

To see pictures, videos and read more about the event click here


Monday, July 06, 2009

$5 Burger Mondays

Glory Days Grill now offers $5 Burgers All Day Every Monday!

Whether you are a fan of their All American Burger or their signature Glory Burger, you can enjoy these and any of your own creations for only $5 on Mondays.

With a deal like this, Monday is sure to become your favorite day of the week!

Dine In Only. Hall of Fame Prime Burger Add $1.50.

1220 E. Joppa Road
Towson, MD 21286
(443) 901-0270

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Sunday, July 05, 2009


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America celebrated its 233rd birthday this last week. With so many great celebrations their were some great food events and reviews.

Check them out:

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Friday, July 03, 2009

The Wine Market 4th of July

Join The Wine Market for a Special Evening on Saturday July 4th, Independence Day!

In addition to their regular menu, they will be offering a Three Course Prix-Fixe for only $30. (tax and gratuity not included)

They will be opening one hour early @ 4 pm where you can sit on the patio or have an elegant indoor "picnic" in the dining room Look forward to special treats like mojito snowballs too! After dinner they will have chairs set up in their lot to watch the fireworks.

For more info and menu details click here

Ruby Tuesday's July 4th free entree

Want to save some money on July 4th?

Click here to get a coupon for a free entree when you order one at Ruby Tuesday's.

Only good on July 4, 2009!


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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Save the date for Baltimore Restaurant Week

Save the Dates for upcoming Restaurant Weeks

Make plans now for Summer Restaurant Weeks in Howard County! July 27 - August 9

  • Enjoy the warm hospitality and delicious creativity of Howard County’s finest chefs during Howard County’s Summer Restaurant Weeks. Participating restaurants will offer prixe fix menus from $10.09 to $40.09 (beverages, tax, gratuity not included; promotions and menus vary).

Save the date for this summer's Baltimore Restaurant Week- August 7-16, 2009

  • At select restaurants, enjoy a variety of three-course dinners, in just about any cuisine that strikes your fancy, for only $30.09! Or try three-course lunches at select restaurants for just $20.09. Be sure to check out the Special Events and Deals available at select restaurants. Select Baltimore City garages are offering parking specials starting at $3.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Burger King adds healthier kids meals

Burger King has expanded the number of items on its Kids Meal menu that comply with its new nutrition criteria for children.

The addition of these three new meals now makes the total that meets the company’s Positive Steps program four. The meals are part of the company’s pledge through the Council of Better Business Bureaus' Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative that calls for the advertising to children younger than 12 only meals that contain no more than 560 calories, less than 30 percent of calories from fat and no more than 600 milligrams of sodium,plus some other standards.

The first meal they added last summer consisted of meal includes macaroni and cheese, Apple Fries, dipping sauce and fat-free milk. The three new meals are:

  • a two-pack of BK Burger Shots with Apple Fries, caramel dipping sauce and apple juice
  • a hamburger, Apple Fries, dipping sauce and apple juice
  • four-piece chicken tenders, Apple Fries, dipping sauce and fat-free milk
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