Monday, September 30, 2013

BBQ In the City- MISSION BBQ makes its city debut with fourth location opening in Canton Crossing

MISSON BBQ makes its city debut with fourth location opening in Canton Crossing on October 7, 2013.

MISSION BBQ continues to expand, opening its fourth and first metropolitan location in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore City, MD on October 7. Now downtown urbanites can experience MISSION BBQ favorites with a side of patriotism, that neighboring Marylanders have enjoyed for years. A few highlights include Texas Inspired Beef Brisket; Jalapeño and Cheese Sausage; and the bestselling North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich topped high with Cool Slaw, accompanied by an array of homemade secret sauces. The new restaurant is prominently located in the new 325,000-square-foot Canton Crossing shopping center, contributing to the continued growth and revitalization of Baltimore City.

As is tradition with the opening of every MISSION BBQ, the new location will host charity nights throughout the week leading up to the grand opening, with proceeds going to local police and fire departments in the Baltimore City community, as well as the Wounded Warrior Project.


  • Wednesday, October 2: Fire Department Charity Night, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (invite only)
  • Thursday, October 3: Police Department Charity Night, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (invite only)
  • Friday, October 4: Sneak Peek benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (open to the public)
  • Monday, October 7: Grand Opening.  Live rendition of the National Anthem at 12 Noon followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Doors open immediately afterward

Canton Crossing
3701 Boston Street
Baltimore, MD 21224

MISSION BBQ first opened its doors on September 11, 2011, on the tenth anniversary of the day that changed the world forever. Owners Bill Kraus and Steve Newton opened the restaurant with a mission to give back to American Heroes, who protect, serve and save.  They traveled across the country, from Texas to Kansas City, to the Carolinas and St. Louis to master America’s greatest contribution to culinary arts: BBQ!  A few favorite menu items include Bay-B-Back Ribs; North Carolina Pulled Pork; and Jalapeno and Cheese Sausage. Each MISSION BBQ location supports and donates proceeds to numerous military charities including the Wounded Warrior Project, USO, Toys for Tots and the Honor Flight Network, as well as the many local police, fire and first responder charities in each of their communities. Every day, at exactly 12 noon, the entire restaurant halts to honor our country by saluting the flag, standing at attention and singing our National Anthem.  MISSION BBQ offers customized catering for parties of all sizes, small and large, and has an authentic deuce and half military truck outfitted with a fully operational smoker that can roll in and feed your army.  

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion review and Giveaway

Mai Tai
I had the opportunity to visit Roy's Hawaiian Fusion and sample some great dishes...

When you walk in you are greeted by a great bar and an open view of the kitchen.  The dining area has low light which great a warm glow across the tables.

I started with a  Roy’s Island Mai Tai - A 1940s classic with a contemporary twist featuring Castillo White rum & Cruzan Black Strap rum.  This drink is smooth and helps transport you to visit a beach sunset on Maui.  

We started are meal with a “Crab Pretzel”  with lump crab meat and white American cheese fondue ($16.95) and a Big Island Style Poke with avocado, wasabi sour cream and Kukui nut jus ($13.95).  

This unique twist to a Baltimore favorite crab pretzel was great!  The pretzel itself was warm and soft on the inside and had that nice crunch to the outside.  The cheese fondue topping was an welcomed added bonus that you found yourself make sure you soaked it all up.  The amount of lump crab meat was impressive as was the presentation of the dish.  Poke is a raw salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine. The quality of the fish was perfect and the flavor combination a slight kick to it was a nice starting point.

Filet Mignon
For the our main course we had the Roy's Trio with Hibachi Salmon, Macadamia Nut
Crusted Mahi Mahi & Misoyaki Butterfish served with baby bok choy & steamed rice ($32.95) and the Rustic Grilled Filet Mignon served with roasted tomatoes, poblano mash and homemade steak sauce ($32.95).

The Hibachi salmon had a Japanese citrus ponzu sauce, the Mahi Mahi had a Maine lobster essence and the Butterfish had a sweet ginger wasabi infusion.  Each portion was just right to create this sampling of the tropics.  The Filet Mion was nicely cooked to order and full of flavor.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Make sure you save room for desert and you need to order it when you order you main dishes but the Pineapple Upside Down Cake is truly delicious and comforting!

Roy's offers Vegetarian or Gluten Free menu creations. And if you have any special dietary
restrictions, they can prepare a special meal for you.

Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine has a special deal called “My Prix Fixe Mondays” where you can choose an appetizer and an entrée for $29.95 every Monday through end of the year (this offer excludes Sushi/Sashimi, Surf and Turf, Shellfish Sampler, and the Canoe Appetizer for Two).  learn more here.

Next time I dine at Roy's I am thinking of trying either the Shellfish Sampler (Half Lobster Tail, Seared Crab Cake, U10 Sea Scallop & Shrimp) or the Spicy Lemongrass Crusted Scallops.  What do you think you will try off the menu?

Roy's Baltimore
720 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21202


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*Note that this tasting was a complementary media tasting to share the menu items, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Crab Bash benefiting The Pratt Contemporaries

It’s time to find your inner crab! On Thursday, September 26th from 6:00-9:00 p.m., award-winning chefs from around the country will cook off against one another in search of the Best Crab Dish and bragging rights for the year. In honor of their fourth anniversary, B&O American Brasserie will host the annual Crab Bash chef cook-off, this year benefiting the Pratt Contemporaries.

Both event attendees and a panel of local celebrity judges (including Baltimore magazine's Suzanne Loudermilk, Mix106.5's Reagan, and WBAL's Ava Marie) will have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite crab dish created by participating chefs. One chef will be awarded a “People’s Choice” award, which will be based solely on the votes of attendees, and one chef will be awarded a trophy for “Best in Show” by the judges. Chefs participating this year come from The Food Market, Salt, Fork & Wrench, B&O American Brasserie, Firefly (DC), Jackson 20 and The Grille at Morrison House (VA), Three Degrees Waterfront Bar & Grill (OR), and Mr. Rain's Fun House.

For an admission fee of $35 per person ($40 day of), guests are invited to watch the chefs battle it out, enjoy live music, sample the chefs’ dishes, and enjoy cocktails created by members of the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild.  Admission also includes a raffle ticket with the chance to win a variety of prizes.

B&O American Brasserie’s Crab Bash 2013
benefitting the Pratt Contemporaries

Thursday, September 26th from 6-9 p.m. 

B&O American Brasserie      
2 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
$35 per person in advance
$40 per person day of
Includes Crab Bash dish tastings, hand-crafted cocktails, and raffle ticket

Tickets:           Visit

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Farm to Chef culinary competition to benefit Days of Taste

Credit:  farmtochefmd
Looking forward to going to this event...

On Monday, September 30th at 6:30pm, the American Visionary Arts Museum will host the 4th Annual “Farm to Chef” Culinary Competition—Maryland’s most unique and exciting experience for food enthusiasts. Over 30 of Baltimore’s most talented chefs will partner with local farms to create innovative recipes for 300 plus food enthusiasts. The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) Baltimore/MD Chapter, whose mission is to advance the understanding, appreciation and quality of what we eat and drink, is proud to present this one-of-a-kind event, designed to highlight the local talents of Maryland’s chefs and the bounty of our local farms.

“Farm to Chef” benefits the Days of Taste, an AIWF program that brings together farmers, chefs and community volunteers - to introduce elementary school children to the basic elements of taste and to teach them how their food travels from farm to table.  All of the participating farmers and chefs have donated their time and resources to teaching children the benefits of cooking with fresh, local ingredients.

In addition to the chef creations, top mixologists from The Baltimore Bartenders Guild will serve innovative and unique libations using premium quality spirits including Sloop Betty Vodka from regional distilleries. Brendan Dorr, President of The Baltimore Bartenders Guild said, “The Baltimore Bartenders' Guild is excited to be part of the AIWF's Farm to Chef event.  The bartenders of the BBG, like the chefs, will be using the freshest produce from the best local farms to create seasonally, exciting cocktails. “ Local Baltimore Judges have the coveted task of tasting all of the Chef’s creations and choosing the tastiest and most creative dishes. A People’s Choice award will be based on the guests’ votes. The evening will also include am amazing food-lovers raffle that include items such as a culinary classes, wine dinners and a YEAR OF DINING –where 12 of the best restaurants in town each offer a $100 gift certificate! And not only do guests get to enjoy the tastiest event in town, they will go home with a special Hometown Swag Sack filled with local goodies including Mallow Pops from Mallow Crunchies classic rice crispy treats, caramels from Mouth Party Caramels, Michele’s Granola, Popsation’s Gourmet Popcorn and much more.

Date:                          MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2013,

Time:                         6:30pm

Location:                  American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD

Cost:                          $ 99. All Inclusive      

Purchase Tickets:


  • AIDA Bistro and Wine Bar
  • Atwater's                 
  • B&O American Brasserie
  • Baldwin’s Station
  • Beej Flamholz LLC
  • Birroteca
  • Bluegrass Tavern
  • Chef’s Expressions
  • Copper Kitchen
  • Fleet Street Kitchen
  • Fork & Wrench
  • Gertrude’s
  • Heavy Seas Alehouse
  • Innovative Gourmet
  • Langermann’s
  • Laurrapin Grille
  • Lord Baltimore Grill
  • Maggie’s Farm
  • Oliver Specks Eats and Drinks
  • PABU Izakaya
  • Phillips Seafood Restaurant
  • Richardson Farms
  • Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant
  • Slainte Irish Pub
  • Stratford University Baltimore
  • The Charmery
  • The Classic Catering People
  • The Food Market
  • The Fork & Wrench
  • The Rumor Mill Fusion Bar and Restaurant
  • Wit & Wisdom
  • Zia’s Cafe


  • Albright Farms
  • Baltimore Bartender’s Guild
  • Black Bottom Farm
  • Brad's Produce
  • Buppert's Doran's Chance Farm Inc.
  • Cherry Glen Farm
  • Chesapeake Gold Oysters
  • Cunningham Farms
  • Deer Meadow Farm
  • First Fruits Farm Inc.
  • Flying Plow Farm
  • Gather Baltimore/ Hamilton Crop Circle
  • Gobeithia Farm


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chipotle launches "The Scarecrow" game & animated short film

Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched “The Scarecrow,” an arcade-style adventure game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, along with a companion animated short film of the same name. Both the game and the film depict a scarecrow’s journey to bring wholesome food back to the people by providing an alternative to the processed food that dominates his world. The game and the film were created in partnership with Academy Award winning Moonbot Studios, and CAA Marketing, a division of Creative Artists Agency. The game is available for free download in the Apple App Store and the short film can be viewed at

“The Scarecrow” film and game are designed to help educate people about the world of industrial food production that supplies much of what they eat. The film is set in a dystopian fantasy world where all food production is controlled by fictional industrial giant Crow Foods. The Crow Foods factory is staffed by scarecrows who have been displaced from their traditional jobs on the farm and are now relegated to working for the crows by helping them maintain their unsustainable processed food system. The short film is set to a remake of the song “Pure Imagination” from the 1971 film classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” performed by Grammy Award winning artist, Fiona Apple.

The game allows users to visit the animated world and correct the wrongs committed by Crow Foods. Designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the game allows players to fly through the city of Plenty to transport confined animals to open pastures, fill fields with diverse crops at Scarecrow Farms, and serve wholesome food to the citizens at PlentyFull Plaza, all while avoiding menacing Crowbots. With each level, the city of Plenty becomes more and more beautiful, just how the scarecrow remembers it to be.

“The more people learn about where their food comes from and how it is prepared, the more likely they are to seek out high-quality, classically prepared food like we serve in our restaurants,” said Mark Crumpacker, chief marketing officer at Chipotle. “We created 'The Scarecrow' game and film as an entertaining and engaging way to help people better understand the difference between processed food and the real thing.”

As an incentive for players to complete the game, Chipotle is providing food rewards redeemable at any of its 1,500-plus U.S., Canada and UK locations. The rewards are distributed electronically to players who earn at least three stars out of five in each world and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Our companies are a great fit because we both care deeply about what we do and doing it right,” said Brandon Oldenburg, creative partner at Moonbot Studios. “At Moonbot, we must have meaning in what we create. ‘The Scarecrow’ story has it: imagination, heart and a sense of play.”

“In many ways, ‘The Scarecrow,’ represents what we aspire to accomplish through our vision of Food With Integrity,” said Crumpacker. “In a system that is so heavily dominated by industrial agriculture and factory farms, we are committed to finding better, more sustainable sources for all of the ingredients we use and to helping build a better food system, much the same as the character in ‘The Scarecrow’ is taking important steps to fix what he perceives as being broken in his world.”

Fiona Apple’s cover of “Pure Imagination” will be available for download at the iTunes Store with proceeds ($.60 per download) benefiting the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which provides funding to support sustainable agriculture, family farming, and culinary education. The Scarecrow App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at

To learn more about The Scarecrow visit:

Monday, September 16, 2013

RA Sushi now offers Friends with Benefits lunch promotion

RA Sushi has a great new lunch deal...

Every Tuesday, RA Sushi will now be offering a Friends with Benefits promotion. Guests will be able to bring in a friend from 11am-3pm and they'll get one complimentary lunch special of equal or lesser value. All they have to do to redeem this offer is follow the link below, print it out and present it to their server.

*Don't forget about your server, and tip on total bill before discount!

Credit RA Sushi

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