Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weekly wrap-up in Baltimore restaurants

This past week I noticed that everywhere I went it was very busy- people are making up for being stuck in the house the other week because of snow. Things are finally getting back to normal in Baltimore. Check out what happened this past week:

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Drink for the dogs at Crush Restaurant

Edgar says "Pleeaassse"
Edgar says "Pleeaassse"

On April 18, I will be walking the Maryland SPCA’s annual fundraising walk – “March for the Animals”. I am part of the pack “Baltimore Happy Paws” .

Please help my pack “Baltimore Happy Paws” make their donation goal for the Maryland SPCA’s annual fundraising walk – “March for the Animals”.

Come out to Crush Restaurant on March 3rd from 6:00pm to 10:00pm for a fundraising Happy Hour! Enjoy $2 domestics, $3 well drinks, discounted wines and food specials!

If you can't attend but would like to help in our efforts click here to make a donation or join our pack

Crush Restaurant
510 East Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21212

More "Drink for the Dogs" event coming up at The Reserve and James Joyce.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Koco's closing for winter vacation

Koco's won the poll I ran about where is the best place to get a crab cake in the Baltimore area is, with 53% of the votes.

Koco's will be closed for winter vacation on Saturday Feb 27th through Monday March 8, 2010. They will reopen on Tuesday March 9th. They are also #1 for AOL's City's Best for crab cakes.

Last day to ship crab cakes is Tuesday, Feb. 23rd and the next available shipping date is Wednesday, March 10.

Koco's Pub
4301 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214-3147
(410) 426-3519

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

My visit to Milan- where Italian food meets fashion in appetizing ways


Mojito Classico

I was invited to Milan* to sample some menu items and explore the new restaurant. When you walk in and make your way up the stairs you are welcomed with trendy and contemporary music flowing among the modern, bold, stylish atmosphere with white, crimson red and espresso colors. It offers three levels for dining plus an outdoor patio that over looks the streets of Little Italy. The main floor includes a sushi bar and lounge surrounding a U-shaped, 30-seat bar perfect for a social gathering with friends.

The menu offers a blend of modern Italian cuisine infused with Mediterranean flavor that is prepared by Executive Chef Stephen Carey. As you gaze over the menu you can find fresh grilled steaks, hand-made pastas, bruschetta, flatbreads and sushi Italiano, as well as wines and blended cocktails inspired by world-renown fashion designers.

To start with each table is served fresh bread and an olive tapenade. As we contemplated over what enticing items to try we sipped on fresh brewed ice tea and a Mojito Classico ($10)- Bacardi rum with fresh mint leaves and lime, simple syrup, a splash of lime juice and club soda. Make sure to also check out the cocktail menu that offers top-rated Italian and world wines and blended cocktails inspired by world-renown fashion designers.

To read more and see more pictures click here


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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

$25 for $50 worth of seafood at Ryleigh's Oyster

For $25, you'll get $50 worth of seafood at Ryleigh's Oyster, a fine-dining establishment in Federal Hill- today only.

Executive chef Shawn McClure's menu features locally sourced dishes and changes weekly. Take a seat at the oyster bar for an order of pan-seared scallops served with black seaweed salad and drizzled with carrot-ginger sauce ($11) or sushi-grade Ahi tuna tartare with a blood-orange glaze and jalapeno pesto ($11). Try the restaurant's famed oysters (selection and availability varies daily), steamed mussels, clams, or shrimp with garlic-caper or roasted-tomato butter ($10–$18 per pound). Entrees include grilled salmon with leeks and roasted red-potato salad ($16), pan-sautéed crab cakes sided with sugar-snap peas and a tangy mustard-parsley sauce ($24), and fish and chips ($15).

The Baltimore Sun named Ryleigh's Oyster one of the city's Top 10 Fine-Dining Bars, and Baltimore City Paper named it Best Raw Bar of 2009.

Highlights

  • Fresh seafood, locally sourced ingredients
  • Several bars in restaurant


The Fine Print

  • Expires in 1 year
  • Limit 1 per table
  • Not valid with other offers
  • Valid during dinner only
  • Tax and gratuity not included

Click here to get this good deal (Today Only)


Ryleigh's Oyster
36 E Cross St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Flip for free pancakes- National Pancake Day

Join IHOP to celebrate National Pancake Day Today, Tuesday, February 23, 2010. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., they'll give you one free short stack (three) of buttermilk pancakes. All they ask is that you consider making a donation to support local children's hospitals through Children's Miracle Network, or other local charities.

National Pancake Day celebration began in 2006. Since then IIHOP has raised more than $3.25 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. While IHOP's National Pancake Day typically takes place on Shrove Tuesday, this year the company will host its free pancake event on Tuesday, February 23, extending the fundraising window by one week to maximize donations for Children's Miracle Network.

Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products...hence the name Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.

Local locations:

  • 6820 Loch Raven Boulevard
  • 1557 Merritt Boulevard
  • 7925 Belair Road
  • 7142 Ritchie Highway
  • 8696 Liberty Road
  • 10001 York Road
  • 11804 Reisterstown Road

*There is a limit of one free short stack per guest. The offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

SAVOR and receive 80% off purchases only at Restaurant.com

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The Wine Market new 3 course menu

Enjoy a glass of wine
Enjoy a glass of wine
Lemmo Photography

Join The Wine Market Tuesday - Thursday for its new 3 for $33!! Enjoy 3 full courses for only $33. Flight of 3 wines available at $3 a glass! You can pair wines with each course from its Selected Suggestions.

Appetizer

  • cornmeal fried oysters with bacon beurre blanc (Suggested 5oz. Wine Pairing:Chateau Guiot Rosé 2008 Nimes, France)
  • oxtail ragout with potato gnocchi and citrus gremolata (Suggested 5oz. Wine Pairing:Martin Laforet Pinot Noir/Gamay2006 Burgundy, France)
  • australian blue prawn cocktail - sweet pepper broth, fresh citrus,
  • avocado pudding (Suggested 5oz. Wine Pairing:Chateau Guiot Rosé 2008 Nimes, France)
  • applewood smoked bacon wrapped medjool dates, toasted walnut fonduta, arugula, walnut vinaigrette, shaved gala apple (Suggested 5oz. Wine Pairing:Martin Laforet Pinot Noir/Gamay2006 Burgundy, France)



Entree

  • pan seared spiced sea scallops, braised speck risotto,sauteed red kuri squash, cranberry mostarda (Suggested 5oz. Wine Pairing:Mont’Arquato Chardonnay 2008, Italy)
  • wet aged pekin duck with black truffle tater tots, cabbage, persimmon jelly (Suggested 5oz. Wine Pairing:Le Lapin Petite Sirah NV Paso Robles, California)
  • lobster bowl- chilled udon noodles, asian vegetables and soy vinaigrette (Suggested 5oz. Wine Pairing:Mont’Arquato Chardonnay 2008, Italy)
  • slow roasted prime sirloin, cumin braised kale, freeze-dried corn polenta, tomato molasses (Suggested 5oz. Wine Pairing:Le Lapin Petite Sirah NV Paso Robles, California)


Dessert

  • flourless dark chocolate fudge cake with walnut butter, milk chocolate powder, house made beet ice cream (Suggested 2oz. Wine Pairing:Samos Vin Doux Muscato NV Samos, Greece)
  • hazelnut-raspberry melba tarte, house made pomegranate sherbet (Suggested 2oz. Wine Pairing: Blandy’s 5 yr. Aged Malmsy Madeira)

*Guests must order the 3 course menu to be offered the 3 wines @ $3 each

See my visit to The Wine Market

The Wine Market
921 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230-5135
(410) 244-6166

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Poll: Who has the best Pizza in the Baltimore area?

A slice of pie...
A slice of pie...

The pizza could have been invented by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, Romans, or anyone who learned the secret of mixing flour with water and heating it on a hot stone. The Ancient Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese. The Romans developed placenta, a sheet of flour topped with cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves. Modern pizza originated in Italy as the Neapolitan pie with tomato. In 1889 cheese was added.

Pizza first made its appearance in the United States with the arrival of Italian immigrants in the late 19th century. The first "official" pizzeria in America is disputable, but it is generally believed to have been founded by Gennaro Lombardi in Little Italy, Manhattan.

Who has the best pizza in the Baltimore area? Pick your top 3


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Weekly wrap up

Cravings...
Sweet cravings...

Another week over which make us another week closer to spring! Check out what has been going on in Baltimore restaurants over the last week:

Check back this week for some local restaurant reviews

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Restaurant trends: moving from 2009 and into 2010- how does Baltimore measure up?

The first decade in this new century has come to a close and as we look back over these past ten years here are some restaurant trends we notice come about that will most likely continue into the next ten years...

  • Artisan pizza- there was a time when you wanted pizza you went to the local pizza parlor or called your favorite delivery joint, however, now you can find pizza on many restaurant menus. Now it may not be called pizza per say but sometimes labeled as flatbread or some other Artisan name (like the Maryland Granchi flatbread at Milan)
  • Small plates- Tapas restaurants are not longer the only ones who are serving small plates or also know as snacks. Many local and chain restaurants now offer many more appetizers, small plates and snacks so people can still enjoy a tasty meal at a more affordable price. These new options range from typical fare from the past to new gourmet items. The Cheesecake Factory introduced a new entire section dedicated to their on their menu.
  • Cocktails- In the past we you went out to eat you were given a wine menu but now many places now offer cocktail menus. These cocktails aren’t when they used to be (such as martini, margarita or Cosmo) they are now have become specialties themselves. Bartenders have become now know as “bar chefs”. (Like the Tea It Up and the French Kiss at RA Sushi)
  • Celebrity chefs- with the rage of reality TV shows the role of a celebrity chef has become more prominent based upon TV appearances. It’s amazing how many cooking reality shows we have now to help chefs across the country and local become celebrity chefs.
  • Sustainable- The phrase "We use sustainable, organic and local products whenever possible" has become very popular on restaurant menus and in advertisements. There have also been numerous dining series geared around sustainability. (Like the Fresh Thoughts series at the Aquarium)
  • Communal table- Many local and chain restaurants now offer communal seating for their patrons to par take in. The reopened Dogwood has one now also.

What Baltimore area restaurants have you found that are following these trends? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The new, the coming and the closed in Baltimore restaurants

Now Open:

  • Field House- located in Canton is a sports bar at 2400 Boston St.
  • Perfecto Coffeehouse- cafe fare and coffee at 784 Washington Blvd.
  • Sugarush Candy Boutique- candy and sweets shop at 830 E. Baltimore St.
  • Steel Drum Cafe- Caribbean fare and live entertainment 771 Washington Blvd in Pigtown
  • Gallery Grill (formerly Gallery Sandwiche Shoppe), recently re-opened under new management at 13 W. Centre St, across from The Walters. It is newly-renovated and will be serving a similar menu of sandwiches, subs, salads and classic cafe and deli items.
  • Max's Empanadas at 313 S. High St in Little Italy. It is a deli-style cafe and carryout serving Argentine Cuisine with an array of over 15 flavors of empanadas, paninis, salads, hummus, and homemade desserts.
  • Sofis Crepes at 333 N. Charles St has added breakfast to its menu of sweet and savory crepes. It is now open from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., and will add a variety of breakfast crepes, including sausage or bacon with egg and cheese, ham and maple syrup, and blueberries and maple syrup


Coming Soon:

  • All American Deli- variety of sandwiches and pizzas at 1001 Fleet St.
  • Centro- Latin American and Spanish tapas, with seasonal influences at 1444 Light St.
  • Noodles and Company- first location in Downtown Baltimore at the Harborplace Light Street Pavilion
  • Back Alley Jazz will open in the 1100 block of W. Baltimore St this coming month. This restaurant and club will bring fine dining, drinks, and renowned jazz acts six nights a week. The menu offers gourmet seasonal expressions paired with unique hand-selected wine lists from the finest vineyards around the world (Free valet parking on show nights)

Now Closed:

  • CakeLove in Canton effective January 31, 2010

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

$10 for $25 worth of Italian at La Tavola Ristorante Italiano

$10 for $25 Worth of Italian at La Tavola Ristorante Italiano

La Tavola's menu offers such things as antipasti, bruschetta, homemade garlic bread, house-made pasta dishes to sea food dishes.

Highlights

  • Homemade pasta
  • Expert Venetian chef
  • Open for lunch and dinner
  • Well-curated wine list


The Fine Print

  • Expires 08/18/2010
  • Limit 1 per table
  • Reservation recommended
  • Tax and gratuity not included
  • Not valid with other offers
  • Not valid on Mother's Day


Click here to get this great deal

La Tavola Ristorante Italiano
248 Albemarle St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

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The Oceanaire Seafood Room extends Restaurant Week

The Oceanaire Seafood Room has decided that with the recent weather we have had, to extend Restaurant week throughout the month of February. Starting on Monday the 15th, you will be able to get the same 3 course meal that everyone missed out on during the blizzards!

1st Course
Choice of 1
Half Dozen Oysters on the Half Shell – Tangier Sound – Maryland
House Salad
Caesar Salad
Cup of New England Clam Chowder
Cup of Maryland Crab Soup
Red Chili Calamari – Asian Slaw & Thai Chili Sauce

2nd Course
Choice of 1
Chesapeake Bay Style Lumpmeat Crab Cakes
Grilled Norwegian Salmon – Florida Orange and Fresh Rosemary Glaze with Sautéed Vegetables
Grilled Costa Rican Mahi Mahi “Black & Blue”
Stuffed Idaho Rainbow Trout – Baby Bay Shrimp, Brie Cheese, & Blue Crab
Whole Pound and a Quarter Cold Water Lobster
6 oz. Filet Mignon

3rd Course
Choice of 1
Assorted Cookies & Milk
Tin Roof Sundae
Fresh Seasonal Sorbet

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fat Tuesday at Slainte, Kooper's and Woody's

Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras

Kooper's Tavern, Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant and Woody's Rum Bar and Island Grill are looking forward to celebrating Fat Tuesday!

Each will feature New Orleans Specialties all day long: Seafood Gumbo (Slainte's has been voted Baltimore's Best), Etoufee, Jambalaya and many more! They will have Fresh Crawfish to peel and enjoy for only $10 a pound!

Mickey, Amelia and Spiegel from 98 Rock will be guest bartending from 4pm to 7pm at its 3 bars.

At 7:30pm and till the end of the party, Old Man Brown and Feinwood will jam some Zydeco and Cajun Blues!

Lots of drink specials including $2.50 Miller Lites and Hurricane. Specials will be featured all day and night.

Kooper's Tavern & Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant
1702 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231-3416

Woody's Rum Bar & Island Grill
821 S. Broadway at Thames
Baltimore, MD 21231

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Chocolate & Wine event- support a great cause

If they can do it, you know you can
If they can do it, you know you can

Chocolate & Wine Event- Eat dessert first at one of the sweetest events of the year!

Some of Baltimore’s most delicious businesses offer their signature chocolate treats along with carefully paired wines to help you start your Saturday evening in style. Funds raised from the tickets and a silent auction at the event will help support the Women’s Law Center of Maryland.

This year’s donors have gotten very creative. For instance Haute Cocoa is making the scales of justice in chocolate for event as well as some other chocolate covered treats. You can bid on some wonderful silent auction items such as classes (art, mixed martial arts & self-defense) to portrait sessions (photography and paintings), jewelry, handmade clothing, tickets, gift certificates and more. Beltway Wines will be helping select wines for the event and sending a staff person to pour the wine to make sure any questions about the wines served can be answered.

The Women's Law Center (WLC) was established in 1971 to meet the legal needs of women, especially in the area of family law and in the workplace. Through impact litigation and public education, WLC founders hoped to eliminate discrimination and unfair practices. Some of the services provided by the Women’s Law Center include free lawyers for victims of domestic violence and free legal hotlines on employment law & family law.

Saturday, February 20, 2010
6:30 p.m-9:00 p.m.
One Wellness Spa
911 West 36th Street in Hampden
Members: $20 in advance/ $25 at the door
Non-Members: $25 in advance/ $30 at the door*

For tickets call 410-321-8761 or email vrupp@wlcmd.org

*Mention Adventures in Baltimore Restaurants and you get the member price of $20 until 2/19

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Blog It Forward to Fight Hunger- my photo on special-edition Honey Nut Cheerios box

Earlier this year I took part of the ShopRite Partners In Caring Bloggers In Caring program and participated in Blog It Forward To Fight Hunger.

With your help, 3,000 boxes of cereal will be donated to local food banks in ShopRite’s and Baltimore trading area!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment to help reach 3,000 boxes!

In support of this there is a special-edition Honey Nut Cheerios box featuring the photo mosaic of myself and fellow Bloggers In Caring. The box will be on sale exclusively in ShopRite stores the week of January 24th. (How many times can you find my picture?) Click here to see pictures of the boxes



Another way to help raise awareness of the issue of hunger. ShopRite Partners In Caring, together with General Mills, has launched a video contest, Expressions of Hunger, that challenges everyday people to submit videos using song, poetry, dance or dramatic reading that creatively express the plight of the hungry or offer solutions to the issue of hunger. Up to six grand prize winners will have their stories and photos featured on a special-edition Cheerios box available exclusively at ShopRite stores in September 2010!

Go to www.expressionsofhunger.com for the complete contest rules. The contest is open for submissions from January 1 through March 1, 2010.

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Crossroads Restaurant Valentine’s specials

The Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys has a full suite of Valentine’s specials and events taking place for almost the full week leading up to the Sunday holiday.

Valentine’s specials at the Radisson include:

* $50 Dinner for Two, Fri. Feb. 12-Sun. Feb. 14
* Valentine’s Jazz Brunch, Sun. Feb. 14
* Valentine’s Overnight Packages starting at $145

Overnight packages are available Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14 starting at $145 which includes a well-appointed room, breakfast, and romantic treats for the guests. Travelers interested in taking advantage of the full-service Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys and Crossroads Restaurant can book a complete package for $209 which includes a room, breakfast, dinner for two, and of course special treats to help guests celebrate the romantic weekend. The last room and meal package for Valentine’s weekend is available for $179 which includes a room reservation for Saturday night with the special Sunday Jazz Brunch for two.

Crossroads Restaurant at the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys is also offering Valentine’s weekend specials that area residents and local travelers will enjoy. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, a special Valentine’s dinner menu is available for $50 per couple. The dinner for two rate includes: an appetizer to share, entrée selection for each person, choice of side, dessert to share, and a glass of wine per person.

Sunday, Feb. 14 Crossroads will offer a robust Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for $24.95/person. Diners will have a wide selection of brunch items from an omelet station to a salmon carving station to fresh fruit and pastries to lasagna, cheese blintzes, and more. An a la carte champagne, Bloody Mary, and mimosa bar will compliment the brunch buffet. A highlight of the Valentine’s Brunch will be the live jazz performed by singer/songwriter L’Tanya Mari who is nominated for three Washington area awards including best jazz vocalist and best jazz recording.

Reservations for packages, rooms, dinner, or brunch can be made by calling 410.532.6900.

Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys
100 Village Square
Baltimore Maryland 21210

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

$15 for $30 worth of New American cuisine at City Cafe

For $15, you get $30 worth of fine New American cuisine and drinks at the recently renovated City Cafe in Baltimore’s cultural district. Your Groupon is valid for dining in the City Cafe's restaurant only.

Executive Chef Chad Gauss uses local and all-natural ingredients whenever possible, whipping up sophisticated takes on classic Americana. City Cafe’s prime location near Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Lyric Opera House, and Center Stage Theater also makes it an ideal destination pre- or post-curtain.

Click here to to get this deal

Highlights

  • New American cuisine
  • Recent, full renovation
  • Historic 1920s building
  • Great pre- or post-show spot


The Fine Print

  • Expires in 1 year
  • Limit 3 per person
  • 1 per table
  • Dine-in only
  • Valid for lunch and dinner in the restaurant only, not valid in the cafe
  • Tax and gratuity not included
  • Not valid with other offers
  • No cash back


City Cafe
1001 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-5442

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Valentine's Day at Slainte Irish Pub and Kooper's Tavern

Slainte Irish Pub and Kooper’s Tavern are offering special menus for Valentine's Day Dinner.

$70 per couple with a complementary glass of Soter Vineyards, Beacon Hill Brut Rosé, Oregon.


Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant

Appetizers: choice of one

  • Oysters on the half shell (6) with Champagne mignonette
  • Winter salad with pears, blood oranges, goat cheese, honey dressing
  • Roasted Asparagus soup with Lemon Crème Fraiche


Entrees: choice of one

  • Pork Tenderloin stuffed with boursin cheese, apples and raisins with a port wine reduction. Served with mashed potatoes and vegetable.
  • Wild mushroom ravioli with fresh dill and porcini mushroom crème fraiche sauce and roasted beets.
  • Pecan Crusted wild salmon with an irish whisky cream sauce, served with rice pilaf and veg.
  • NY Strip steak with irish blue cheese butter and fried onions. Served with mashed potatoes and vegetable.


Dessert:
Homemade Guinness Bread with warm chocolate ganache and whipped cream

Kooper's Tavern

First Course for two

  • Jumbo Shrimp and Colossal Crab with Ginger Cocktail Sauce


Entree (choose one)

  • Steamed Maine Lobster served with Sweet Basil Pesto Orzo
  • Gunpowder Bison NY Strip with Root Vegetables hash


Dessert for two:

  • Choc' Late Lovin' Spoon Cake

Kooper's Tavern
1702 Thames St
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
410-563-5423

Slainte
1702 Thames St
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
410-563-6600

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snowmageddon 2010 Cabin Fever Baltimore Restaurant Examiner Giveaway

Do you have cabin fever due to the recorded breaking snowfall in Baltimore? Then here is your chance to to get out and about once you have dug out!

To get your chance to be randomly picked to win one of six different restaurant.com certificates here is all you have to do…

Become a fan of Jessica Lemmo- Baltimore Restaurant Examiner on Facebook (if not already) & comment your favorite restaurant on the fan page- once you have comment below your Facebook name (entry response private & see more info for fan page link). *Must use entry form and leave comment on fan page to qualify

Contest end February 15, 2010. Winners will be announced on February 16, 2010.





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Snowmageddon 2010 part 2- who is open and who is not




The second part of Snowmageddon 2010 is hitting us hard again today. Baltimore City has issued Phase 3 (Only city-authorized emergency vehicles are allowed on roads). You can also see the growing list on Facebook. I will update lists as I learn more.


So if you are within in walking distance here is a list of places that are open on 2/10/2010:

  • One-Eyed Mike's One-Eyed Mike's is your blizzard watch headquarters with great comfort food and drink specials! Enjoy our Five alarm chili, French onion soup, Pepperoni flatbread pizza or Hearty beef stew, all just $4.99 at the bar!
  • Zeke's coffee is open
  • Red Canoe will be open this morning for coffee, breakfast (limited but hot) muffins, and everything we can pull together given that no one is getting any deliveries right now. There will be no sing-along, but we are here until noonish. Closing early is a difficult decision and not made lightly, but given the dangerous conditions predicted we don't really think we should be open all through the day. But we will be here tomorrow with our Thursday Pizza lunch!
  • Kooper's is open and chill ALL DAY with fresh microbrews and Hot Cocktails!
  • Burger brothers in Towson is open
  • Max's Empanadas we are open! if you are in walking distance, Coffee, chocolate and food are waiting for you
  • MaGerk's Federal Hill is open! Great specials all day and night...please travel safely to get here :)
  • Iggies Baltimore- Yeah, its snowing. Again. Iggies is open till 9n 2010 is hitting us hard again today. Baltimore City has issued Phase 3 (Only city-authorized emergency vehicles are allowed on roads). You can also see the growing list on Facebook
  • Rocco's Capriccio, open during snowstorm. Today, tomorrow & every other snow day. 410-685-2710
  • For more updates click here


These places are closed on 2/10/2010:

  • Teavolve: With blizzard like conditions will be closed today but hope to open sometime 2morrow.
  • City Cafe is closedSpoon Coffee closed
  • All Lebanese Tavernas will be closed for lunch today. We'll keep you posted about dinner
  • Birches Restaurant Due to the snow we are going to cancel Baby Night/Family Night Tonight
  • For more updates click here

*Listings are always subject to change so you may want to call before you head out

Don't for get to enter the Snowmageddon 2010 cabin fever- Baltimore Restaurant Examiner giveaway


Whats to Eat Baltimore has a list going also

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Kavkaz Kebab serves authentic Azerbaijani cuisine- a yummy new find

Strip malls tend to hide some great restaurant gems… this is the case for Kavkaz Kebab in Owings Mills. Tucked in behind some chain restaurants is this authentic Azerbaijan cuisine.

Azerbaijan is a small country with the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west, and Iran to the south. It is known for its outstanding cuisine offering various types of kebabs and other Middle Eastern style dishes.

Kavkaz Kebab is a family owned and operated restaurant specializing in authentic Azerbaijani cuisine. It uses the best quality of meat, fresh vegetables, and home-made seasonings. The marinades are based on recipes passed down from generation to generation.


Grilled Eggplant Salad, Loblo Salad, Dolma and Tandori Bread


We started off trying a few of the yummy appetizers. Here are the ones we sampled:

  • Grilled Eggplant Salad - Grilled eggplant, green peppers and tomatoes mixed with olive oil, fresh onions, cilantro and seasoning ($5.99) I loved the smokiness from the grill.
  • Sautéed Eggplant which is the same as the grilled version just a different cooking method (this one is not on the menu at the moment but will be soon)
  • Lobio Salad - combination of red beans, walnuts, cilantro, garlic, olive oil and seasoning ($5.99)
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Click here to read more about the food and see more pictures

Kevkaz Kebab has a BYOB and carry out option. The décor and atmosphere are welcoming, warm, and authentic. The walls are adorned with photographs from the owner’s hometown. The food is fresh, flavorful and perfectly prepared.

Kavkaz Kebab
10902 Boulevard Circle
Owings Mills, MD 21117
(410) 998-9004

Kavkaz Kebab on Urbanspoon

Sonic is coming to Baltimore

I was just emailed that the first Sonic location has finally been approved by Baltimore County and will be on Liberty Rd in Randallstown (in front of the Ollies & Shoppers Food Warehouse). The plans are to be open by summer.

There are also plans that Baltimore City and Howard County will get locations in Lansdowne and Ellicott City. They are also in negotiations with landlords for several other spots in Baltimore, Carroll, Anne Arundel & Howard Counties.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information to come...

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Roy’s and Maryland Athletic Club & Wellness Center host event encouraging healthy eating

The Maryland Athletic Club & Wellness Center (MAC) and Roy’s are partnering to host a Healthy Cooking Demonstration and Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the MAC at Harbor East.

Guests will hear from a MAC personal trainer about mindful eating and will enjoy a cooking demonstration from Roy’s Executive Chef Rey Eugenio. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the MAC’s Harbor East facility and will receive exclusive recipes.

Menu:

  • First Course Big Island Ahi Tuna Poke with Wasabi Sour Cream
  • Second Course Roy’s of Baltimore Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
  • Third Course Oven Roasted Mahi-Mahi with Wilted Spinach & red Curry Tomato Broth
  • Fourth Course Hawaii Kai Style Tender Braised Beef Short Ribs with Basil Scented Potato Croquette & Natural Reduction
  • Fifth Course A Slice of Dark Chocolate Ganache with Pecan Crust & Fresh Berries

WHEN:
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
MAC at Harbor East
655 President Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

ADMISSION:
$45 per person
(you do not have to be a member of the MAC to attend)

RSVP:
To attend this event, contact Sarah Stauber
at 410.625.5000 ext 1108 or sstauber@macwellness.com

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FREE Dennny's Grand Slam- today only!

Back on January 18, 2010 I told you that Denny's free Grand Slam breakfasts are back.

The Denny's free Grand Slam breakfast is TODAY.

The free Denny's Grand Slam breakfast will be taking place at all participating Denny's locations, and will run from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on February, 9th 2010.

The free Denny's Grand Slam breakfast that is being offered provide two pancakes, two eggs cooked any way you like it, and two crispy strips of bacon.

Local locations:

  • 1995 E. JOPPA RD
  • 8025 BELAIR ROAD
  • 1412 MERRIT BLVD
  • 6302 RITCHIE HWY

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