Monday, August 31, 2009

The New York Yankees play fantasy football at the ESPN Zone Baltimore

Just wanted to pass this along:

The New York Yankees were at ESPN Zone Baltimore last night. They were in a private room so they can conduct their fantasy football draft and enjoy dinner and drinks. The team is in town for the series against the O's that begins today.

The entire team was there -- Jeter, A-Rod, Teixeira, Joba, etc.

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Prime Rib receives top honors
























From martinis and champagne to infused vodka and wine, the Prime Rib in Baltimore boasts extensive drink menus and people are taking notice. In the most recent issues of Baltimore and Wine Spectator magazines, the Jewel of Russia martini and the restaurant’s wine list earned distinctions as the best in not only Baltimore city, but also the entire country.

To find out more click here

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Old Bay's 70th anniversary giveaway

In keeping with the celebration of OLD BAY’s 70th anniversary, I am having a contest and you could wine a “Basket of the Bay” gift bag that includes, Old Bay Seasoning, Old Bay Seafood Steamer bag, a beach towel, beach bag, keychain with bottle opener, temporary Old Bay tattoo, and some great new Old Bay-inspired recipes for you to try out!

I love my bag and all the goodies! I tried out the Old Bay Seafood Steamer bag the other night for dinner and was amazed how easy it was to cook and clean up! Plus the bag and towel itself was perfect for the beach. My husband loved the keycahin on our picnic. We can't wait to try some of the recipes.

Contest details:

  • Use the entry form below to answer this question- In my recent poll about favorite places to get a crab cake, who where the top 3 winners? (Sunday 4:32 pm the site that hosts my entry form is down and will be back up later)
  • The contest will end on September 5, 2009
  • If you win and live in the Baltimore area you will also get some local Baltimore restaurant prizes
  • Make sure you read the details and rules

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The weekly wrap up


Photo: mynicespace.com

Labor Day is just around the corner and the kids are heading back to school. A lot of things are coming up and has passed. Check out some of those things:

Two things you can look for this week are a food tour of the MD State Fair and my review of the new B&O American Brasserie

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Is your name Dave? Then eat BBQ free at Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's barbecue restaurants across the country are celebrating the chain's 15th anniversary on Aug. 30 by giving a free entree worth up to $15 to anyone who can prove their name is David, Dave or Davy. If you have a female name version of Dave that works too!

Anyone with one of those as his or her middle name will receive an entree at half-price.

Click here to see if your nearest restaurant is participating.


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O's ball game food deals this Sunday only

If your heading to the O's game this Sunday against the Cleveland Indians then you are going on American Classics Day at the Ballpark which meals a food deal for you.

All day Sunday at the O's game you can get $1 hot dogs and $1 sodas.

FYI: become a Fan of the O's on Facebook to take advantage of a special Buy One Get One Free ticket offer for Monday's game against the Yankees

If you want to see more O's photos click here and www.lemmophoto.com

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen makes the Bon Appétit Top 10 Best New Restaurants














In the September issue of Bon Appétit names the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in their 16th Annual Restaurant Issue- and guess what a Baltimore restaurant made that list.

Bon Appétit states that the country's hottest restaurants represent all the best things about American dining today which is fresh food that is affordable, casual and creative.

The local Baltimore restaurant is Woodberry Kitchen and they say the dish to try is the Spiced Pear Flatbreads with Goat Cheese and Mustard Cream. Check out the Spiced Pear Flatbreads with Goat Cheese and Mustard Cream recipe they shared.

Last Ocotober a few of the Baltimore area food bloggers went out for dinner together at Woodberry Kitchen and really enjoyed ourselves (this was before many of us were on examiner.com). So the photos I used for this post are from that night. Check out the post from out night out.

The following bloggers were in attendance:

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cheesecake Factory debuts kids' menu














The Cheesecake Factory plans to launch in August its first kids' menu for diners 10 and under.

Items in the kids' menu range in price from $3.95 to $6.95 and include such dishes as two bite-sized sliders with fries; Southern fried chicken sliders with fries; mini corn dogs with fries; pasta with various sauces or butter and parmesan; a quesadilla with chicken; cheese or pepperoni pizza; grilled cheese; and grilled chicken with vegetables and potatoes (include a choice of beverage). It also offers desserts, such as ice cream, a mini hot-fudge sundae or strawberries

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy 3rd Blogoversary to me!

Today Adventures in Baltimore Restaurants turns 3! Thank you to all those who follow me and keep on reading! Make sure to drop me a line or leave me a comment!

Lunch in the garden at Feast@4East

After sitting down to a face to face interview with Feast@4East’s chef Sandy Lawler, I head in with a friend to get lunch out in the garden. The lunch menu offers a nice variety of fresh salads and sandwiches. In fact I had a hard time picking which one of the delectable sounding items to try.

Click here to read the review and see more pictures


Assorted Greens tossed with Sandy’s Vinaigrette

I highly recommend stopping in for lunch if you are in the Mt. Vernon area or even try dinner. My next visit will to be for dinner to try the diver scallops or rack of lamb.

Make sure you read my interview with chef Sandy Lawler.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

City Paper's Best of Baltimore Readers Poll 2009- Let your foodie opinion count













It is that time of year again for Baltimore City Paper's "Best of Baltimore Readers Poll 2009"

Share your opinion in the following categories:

  • Baltimore Living
  • News & Media
  • Goods & Services
  • Dining
  • Nightlife
  • Arts & Entertainment

So let your foodie opinion count but don't forget to follow these simple rules: You must include your name and address along with a phone number and/or e-mail address where you can be reached. You have to vote in at least 25 categories. You can’t use the same answer in more than three categories. No photocopies. No faxes. No more than one ballot per envelope. And, seriously, no ballot stuffing. You have until September 1st.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Restaurant 101: Where can I celebrate a special occasion in Baltimore, MD?



Certain restaurants may please the tongue and fill the belly but lack touching our emotions. These selections have that certain something—perhaps a mystical patio, or a roving musician, or tranquil garden that can really impress a date or sweep that special someone off their feet.

Check out the list of restaurants

Check out other Restaurant 101 posts for more great restaurant ideas in the Baltimore area.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

The weekly wrap-up

My summer vacation is officially over- back to school on Monday. We had a great time in Yellowstone and took some great pictures. Now things are back to normal so check out what has been going on in the Baltimore restaurant area...

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Towson a restaurant ghost town?
















My Husband and I were out for our “Friday Night Date Night” last night in Towson since we hadn’t been out to eat there in a couple months. We wanted to go to a dinner and a movie. My Husband picked to go to one of our favorite Asian restaurants that we haven’t been to in a while- Olive & Sesame II. However, after parking and walking to the restaurants we found it to be dark and locked? Neither of us had heard anything about it closing or anything so we were very shocked. So we then decided we would try a new place called the Blue Grotto. So we walk down the lock and over and to our surprise the windows were papered up and the doors locked tight. By this time we are getting a little annoyed because we are 2 for 2. With time running out to dine before the 7:00 show of Inglourious Basterds while pick the first place we see open, which is the Green Turtle (Never been to this one so a review is to come).

So why is Towson becoming a ghost town for restaurants? I knew Vin and Paolo's Ristorante were closed but now theses two discoveries! We are both hoping that Olive & Sesame II isn’t closed for good but I am afraid it just might be.

Blue Grotto:
Website is gone and the phone number disconnected

Olive & Sesame II
Phone number disconnected (the one in Pikesville the phone just rings and rings but is listed as closed on Urbanspoon.com)

On another note of closed places: I was also sad to learn the Jordan's Steakhouse in Ellicott City has closed but I learned form CityPeek that Jordan and Ivette Naftal open a new concept in Maple Lawn. We went there for our anniversary in the past and were very impressed by the customized menu with our names and anniversary wishes on it.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Lemmo Photography Show

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!

Kids & Teens get in and eat for FREE














Kids & Teens get in and eat for FREE

Receive one FREE child or teen (18 and under) admission free with a purchase of a regular, full-priced adult admission at Medieval TImes. Offer ends September 7, 2009.

Use code: KTFEB89

Hot Summer Knights

Vacationing in the 11th century is easy at Medieval Times. Their castle, knights, games and feast all transport you to the Middle Ages. Add their Summer Staycation Package to your reservation and get the following for $25 (retail value $40.95):

  • Framed candid photo
  • Knight cheering flag
  • Multicolor, light-up cheering wand
  • Dragon Slayer specialty drink served in their Knight Head goblet (a non-alcohol version will be served to all those who are 21 and under)

*Receive one free child/teen (18 and under) admission free with the purchase of a regular, full-priced adult admission when purchased via the official Medieval Times Website or 1-888-935-6878. Must enter or mention promotional code KTFEB89 at time of purchase. This offer may not be combined with any other discount, special offer, vouchers or group rates. Seating is limited. Upgrade packages are additional. Some restrictions may apply. Offer expires: 9/7/09.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Chef interview with Chef E. Michael Reidt of the new B&O American Brasserie

Baltimore local Chef E. Michael Reidt of the new B&O American Brasserie was born and raised in Boston. A former civil engineering major started his experience in the culinary world at Boston’s Faneuil Hall working an omelet bar in order to earn enough to return to school. This was the spark that led his curiosity in discovering everything food.

After working at the Copley Plaza, Chef Reidt soon enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Following graduation, he went back to Boston to work alongside Chef Todd English and Boston’s soon-to-become elite chefs Suzanne Goin, Barbara Lynch, Marc Orfaly, and Tony Susi, while behind the stoves of Olives Charlestown

In 1998 after his successful run at Restaurant Zinc with the opening of the trend-setting Bomboa, and in 2001 took that successful culinary concept to Miami’s South Beach at Wish. Wish was awarded four stars under Chef Reidt’s direction and also garnered him a tag of Rising Star from Starchefs.com. He made his West Coast debut in Santa Barbara with bold Latin fusion fare at his sultry restaurant, Sevilla, named one of the country’s “Best New Restaurants of 2005” by Esquire magazine.

To read the rest of the interview click here

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Half price burgers & beers



















Half Price Burgers & Beers!

Enjoy a burger and beer for half the price every Wednesday at Luckies Tavern! Choose from 16 different draft beers. This offer is good ALL DAY every Wednesday!

10 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 223-1105

Also $5 parking after 5 pm at Pier V at 711 E Pratt St (with validation)

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Get 20% off California Pizza Kitchen's new menu items














Sign up for the CPK Adventure Card at California Pizza Kitchen to receive a 20% discount on all NEW food menu items (food items ONLY on menu that say “NEW”) at California Pizza Kitchen’s (CPK) participating restaurants in the U.S. only (excluding airport locations, stadium venues, The Mirage in Las Vegas and Concord Mills, NC).

Adventure Cards will be distributed until August 31, 2009. Card expires September 15, 2009.

Click here to sign up.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Restaurant 101: Where can I find Italian restaurants in Baltimore, MD?

















Some people call it "spaghetti sauce," others call it "gravy”- What do you call it? Whether you're craving a simple plate of spaghetti and meatballs, or an osso buco that leaves you yearning for more, here are 10 Italian Restaurants in the Baltimore area to try out.

  • Aldo's (Little Italy)
  • Café Troia (Towson)
  • Cinghiale (Harbor East)
  • Dalesio's of Little Italy (Little Italy)
  • Della Notte (Little Italy)
  • Pazza Luna (Federal Hill/Locust Point)
  • Sammy's Trattoria (Mount Vernon)
  • Sotto Sopra (Downtown)
  • Amiccis (Little Itlay)
  • Trattoria Alberto (Glen Burnie)

To see even more Italian ideas click here

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

The next week

I am taking the next week "off" so there wont be many posts and my daily posts will be back on track as of the 17th. In the meantime spread the word about me helping feed the hungry and check out the Lemmo Photography Show.

Also...

For all of you who follow me on twitter my JessicaLemmo account has been hacked and is suspended for the time being till it gets fixed.

You can now follow me at BmoreRestaurant until further notice- http://twitter.com/BmoreRestaurant

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

My Twitter

For all of you who follow me on twitter my JessicaLemmo account has been hacked and is suspended for the time being till it gets fixed.

You can now follow me at BmoreRestaurant until further notice- http://twitter.com/BmoreRestaurant

Help me feed the hungry by leaving a comment














I joined Bloggers In Caring, a program that is part of ShopRite’s continuing efforts to raise awareness about the issue of hunger. For the past 10 years, the ShopRite Partners In Caring program has donated $2 million annually to local food banks - $20 million to date. In these troubled economic times, there is more need for food assistance than ever in our communities.

What you can do
ShopRite will donate one box of cereal to a food bank in ShopRite’s trading area for the comments I receive on my post (up to a certain number)- So please leave a comment of some form. You can also purchase s special box of General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios at ShopRite stores in January 2010 that has a photo mosaic on it (my picture will be on that box!)

ShopRite Partners In Caring - How It Started
The ShopRite organization recognized the pervasive problem of hunger experienced by so many people right in the neighborhoods served by their stores. It’s a problem that not only exists during the holiday season, when attention is focused on charitable giving, but it also exists throughout the year. ShopRite had already been helping to fight the problem of hunger for more than 20 years through its support of the Feeding America network (formerly America’s Second Harvest) and through participation in the Checkout Hunger program, but wanted to do more.

In 1999, ShopRite conceived and began its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, a year-round, community based hunger fighting initiative. With the help of more than 50 manufacturers, the program is committed to helping to feed and meet the nutritional needs of families and the elderly who may otherwise go without. These generous companies are a major reason why ShopRite Partners In Caring has been such a success.

Today, the ShopRite Partners In Caring program supports 23 regional food banks and more than 1,400 charitable agencies with food or meal components. With a $2 million annual donation, more than $20 million has been donated since 1999 in the fight against hunger.

More than 36 million Americans (11 percent of U.S. households) suffer from food insecurity (food insecurity is when you are unsure when or what your next meal will be)- Maryland has the highest rate at 9.5% in the ShopRite area.

There are many complications of hunger, especially for children, including:

  • Weakened immune systems
  • Cognitive and behavioral development problems; can cause irritability, fatigue and difficulty concentrating in younger children. Also proven to cause depression in some teenagers
  • Slow or unusual development in areas such as speaking, behavior and movement

How It Works
Companies that have joined ShopRite in the fight against hunger are marked in stores with the ShopRite Partners In Caring shelf label. By choosing these products, ShopRite customers support manufacturers who contribute to the program.

Each of the 217 ShopRite stores in the six states that ShopRite serves (New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland) selects qualified local organizations to benefit from the program. These local food charities use their designated funds to acquire supplies at a food bank.

Who Is Served
More than 36 million Americans go to bed hungry every night – 12 million of them are children. They could be your neighbors, people you know in the community or maybe somebody you said “hello” to this morning. ShopRite is committed to making a difference in the lives of its neighbors. That’s why ShopRite Partners In Caring dollars ultimately service a variety of organizations with feeding capabilities including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, child care centers, battered women’s shelters, senior programs, drug rehab centers, programs for the mentally and physically disabled, after school programs and other organizations that support those in need in ShopRite communities.

Every time a customer purchases products with the ShopRite Partners In Caring shelf tag, they support the brands that support the fight against hunger. At ShopRite, customers are not just filling a grocery bag; they are helping to fill empty bowls for thousands of hungry families in your community.

For more on the program, visit www.ShopRitePartnersInCaring.org


What you can do
ShopRite will donate one box of cereal to a food bank in ShopRite’s trading area for the comments I receive on my post (up to a certain number)- So please leave a comment of some form. You can also purchase s special box of General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios at ShopRite stores in January 2010 that has a photo mosaic on it (my picture will be on that box!)

For more info: you can subscribe to email notices, email me at AIBR.Blog@gmail.com or follow me at twitter.com/BmoreRestaurant- check out my review map.

Restaurant 101: Sushi 101 at RA Sushi- How to make sushi













RA Sushi hosted a Sushi 101 and invited myself and some other fellow media. We started the evening off by sampling some great appetizers and drinks from their Happy Hour menu (Mon – Sat 3-7 pm). Then we got some history and a demonstration on how to make a sushi roll. Then it was our turn to make a roll- I think I did pretty good!

Check out all the pictures and video by clicking here (Also check out the GREAT Happy Hour menu)

The following other media were there:

  • Reagan Warfield of Mix 106.5
  • Jess Blumberg of Baltimore Magazine
  • Michael Mohammadi of Food and Wine Blog
  • Downtown Diane
  • Celeste Corsaro of Baltimore Eats
  • Dara Bunjon the Baltimore Dining Examiner
  • Sara Hisamoto of Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association
  • and Me

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Sushi photo contest











RA Sushi is hosting their first ever Facebook photo contest for the fans of the Viva Las Vegas roll. All they are asking you to do is upload photos of yourselves eating a Viva Las Vegas roll to the RA Baltimore’s Facebook page in the “Fans Photos” section. Each photo will be voted on by RA patrons everywhere.

To find out more and how to enter click here

Monday, August 03, 2009

Make your own Morton's The Steakhouse dishes at home


Leroy Neiman’s favorite the “First-Course Lamb Chops”

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I was invited to attended an wonderful event at Morton's The Steakhouse in Annapolis on July 14th, to celebrate their 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.
The event included a sampling of recipes from the cookbook paired with a selection of fine wine and cocktails. "Morton's The Cookbook" features over 100 recipes for Morton's signature cocktails, steak specialties and other main dish favorites, appetizers, soups and salads, side dishes, and delicious and decadent desserts. Each recipe is illustrated with full-color photography throughout. Instead of focusing almost exclusively on Morton's restaurant menu items, "Morton's The Cookbook" focuses equally on wine, spirit and ale accompaniments to each recipe. It also includes recipes specially created by Fritsch and his culinary team, as well as recipes ideally suited for hosting a private party.
To read more about the dishes and drinks we tried plus some great photos click here


The weekly wrap up











I can't believe it is August already- summer is sure flying by. I am getting ready for my trip to Yellowstone which we leave on this week (internet is very far between so posting will be hard but I will try to when I can). However, this past week had a lot of great food things going on so check them out...

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