Saturday, August 29, 2015

An Instagram favorite: Rockfish Basquaise. A tasty, rustic dish with tomato, peppers and a smoked paprika called piment d'Espelette. ™@legaragebmore #yummy

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ruth's Chris to open at Village at Odenton Station

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is coming to The Village at Odenton Station, located in West Anne Arundel County opposite the Odenton MARC Rail Station. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, ranked first among the nation’s fine dining concepts for three consecutive years by Nation’s Restaurant News magazine, plans to open in Spring 2016.
The Village at Odenton Station was selected for the new Ruth’s Chris Steak House location for its opportunity to capture a fast-growing, professional population, with strong income levels due to ongoing growth at Ft. Meade, the National Security Agency and National Business Park, and the expansion of health-related services.  Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be situated to welcome over 2,600 daily MARC commuters for a cocktail and a bite to eat from the Sizzle, Swizzle and Swirl lighter fare menu in the bar, dining room, or outdoor on the patio, where they can relax after work.
 “The fine dining experience that Ruth’s Chris offers is a perfect addition to The Village at Odenton Station and I am proud to be one the many partners who worked hard to make this happen,” said Mike Gill, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. “The entire area in and around Ft. Meade and the National Security Agency is expanding rapidly and opening a Ruth’s Chris here will capture a growing need for retail and dining options.”

“I first presented this site to Ruth’s Hospitality Group more than five years ago,” said Trish Palumbo, Director of Leasing for Klein Enterprises. “They sent it to Steve, who graciously accepted my relentless emails, visits, market studies, packages and tour requests. The folks from Anne Arundel County and state government, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, Ft. Meade, West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, and Maryland Department of Transportation deserve tremendous credit for spending their time with Steve, Ruth’s Chris corporate executives and me. The Dolben Company, owner and developer of The Village at Odenton Station, and all of our collective efforts made this deal happen. Ruth’s Chris will be a game changer!”

“My ongoing alliance with Klein Enterprises continues to produce positive results,” said Steve de Castro, Franchisee and Owner of nine Ruth’s Chris Steak House locations, including Annapolis, Baltimore (Water Street and Pier 5) and Pikesville, Md., Atlantic City, N.J., and Cary, Durham, Raleigh and Wilmington, N.C. “Trish was determined to bring Ruth’s Chris Steak House to Odenton. Her professionalism, market knowledge and perseverance paid off. I appreciate the Klein/Dolben team commitment to relationship building, community partnership, aggressive follow-up and results!”
Ruth’s Chris Steak House will also offer private banquet rooms and catering, as well as curbside service for MARC commuters, who will be able to text orders from trains, pick them up and head home without having to leave their parking spaces. With over 7,000 hotel rooms within a 15-minute drive, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is positioned to conveniently offer a top notch dining experience to visiting business executives.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

An Instagram favorite: Sous vide Steak and Eggs over papas bravas. Here's a napkin, wipe ya drool. Brunch till 2, I wouldn't wait. #FedHilEEEEEATS #EEEEEATS ™@banditosbmore #yummy

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Winner of the DD Perks Ravens Sweepstakes will score four tickets to a Ravens game and more

Football is back and Dunkin’ Donuts is kicking off this season with a Baltimore Ravens Sweepstakes to reward loyal DD Perks® customers. Through Aug. 31, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving DD Perks members a chance to win a Baltimore Ravens Experience Package every time they purchase a large iced coffee with their DD Perks enrolled card.

The Ravens Experience Package includes four tickets to see the Baltimore Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium on Sept. 27; a tour of Under Armour Performance Center; one year’s worth of free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and Ravens autographed memorabilia. Customers are entered to win each time they use their activated DD Perks card to purchase a large iced coffee at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the greater Baltimore region. Guests can enroll in DD Perks by downloading the Dunkin’ Mobile App or by visiting

“We’re always looking for ways to reward our loyal DD Perks customers,” said Colleen Krygiel, Field Marketing Manager for Dunkin’ Brands. “Ravens season is such an exciting time for Baltimore and we’re happy to be able to offer this amazing opportunity to all the fans in the area.”

Participants must be 18 or older to enter Dunkin’ Donuts’ Ravens Ticket Sweepstakes. To enter without a purchase and for additional terms and conditions related to the contest, please visit www.DDBaltSweeps.infoTo learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts visit or follow us on Facebook ( Twitter (@DunkinBaltimore).


Friday, August 21, 2015

Get a $1 short stack on August 25th at IHOP

New Taste of Everyman Series Entices Foodies and Mixologists

Everyman Theatre has announced a brand new series for the 2015/16 season called Taste of Everyman. A pre-show tasting series, Taste will feature signature spirits and cocktails paired to complement the theme of each show. Guests will enjoy a presentation from a guest cocktails expert about the particular spirits. Hors d’oeuvres will be curated by Chef Chad Wells of the nearby restaurant Ale Wife.

The series will kick off on Thursday, September 17, prior to a performance of An Inspector Calls.Attendees will enjoy selections of port wines to complement the events of a turn of the century dinner party seen in the show.

Next up will be a tasting of Tullamore Irish whiskeys tasting in conjunction with Outside Mullingar, a romantic comedy set in the rural countryside of Ireland. This event will take place on Thursday, December 17.

The third and final event will take place on Thursday, January 28prior to a performance of Under the Skin. The Philadelphia setting of the new dramatic comedy will inspire a tasting of cocktails made from Blue Coat gin, which is distilled in the City of Brotherly Love.

All tastings begin at 6:00PM with the show to follow at 7:30PM. Tickets are $60 for individual ticket holders (includes tasting and show) or $25 as a subscriber add-on. Attendees must be aged 21 or older. Each reception is limited to 50 guests. To purchase tickets, visit

Everyman Theatre is a professional Equity theatre company celebrating the actor, with a resident company of artists from the Baltimore/DC area.  Founded in 1990 by Vincent Lancisi, the theatre is dedicated to engaging the audience through a shared experience between actor and audience seeking connection and emotional truth in performance.  Everyman is committed to presenting high quality plays that are affordable and accessible to everyone. The theatre strives to engage, inspire, and transform artists, audiences and community through theatre of the highest artistic standards and is committed to embodying the promise of its name, Everyman Theatre.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

An Instagram favorite: Hey, @BaltMag that looks familiar! Tuesday #RamyunNight is back. $13 gets you ramyun and a beer. Order this [and some pork buns] and click the link in our profile to read the article. #BestOfBaltimore #AugustIssue #Ramyun #Ramen ™@doobysbmore #yummy

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Limited Time Menus Now Available at Morton's The Steakhouse

Morton’s The Steakhouse is wrapping up summer with two special, limited-time offerings.  On Friday, August 21 from 5 p.m. to close, Morton’s will offer two pound steamed lobsters for only $35.  Guests can also enjoy bottles of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar’s “Karia” Chardonnay for only $49. 


Available now through Monday, September 14, Morton’s is featuring a three-courseSummer Finale menu for only $40 per person. This prix fixe menu allows guests to choose one dish from each course. The variety of mouthwatering selections include:



Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

Chopped Spinach Salad

Morton’s Salad

Caesar Salad



6 oz. Filet Mignon

Honey-Chili Glazed Salmon

Chicken Bianco

Chicken Christopher

Shrimp Scampi Capellini



Garlic Green Beans

Lyonnaise Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Creamed Spinach



Individual Soufflé

Key Lime Pie

Chocolate Moose 


“We look forward to an exciting celebration to close out the summer with our Lobster Special, Summer Finale and Prime & Wine deals,” said Tim Whitlock, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Morton’s The Steakhouse. “We hope our guests will enjoy these limited time offerings and share the experience with family and friends.”

Wine, Women & BBQ Pairing at Famous Dave's Timonium

Famous Dave’s, the legendary pit bar-b-que restaurant, and Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach® and host of “The Sipping Point” on WBAL 1090 AM

It may be September, but summer is not over just yet! Grab your BFF, girlfriends and sisters and join Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach®, for a Wine, Women and BBQ tastingat Famous Dave’s in Timonium, MD. BBQ’s favorites deserve great wines to match, whether it’s St. Louis Ribs, Pork Brisket, Roast Chicken or Cedar Plank Salmon. Taste a selection of delicious grilled pairings and get some great ideas to sip on for your next September barbecue with family and friends! 

WHEN:                             Wednesday, September 9
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:                            Famous Dave’s
2235 York Rd
Timonium, MD 21093

COST:                                    $32.99 per person

Tickets are all-inclusive and include four tasting courses, five wine pairings, tax, tip and of course, wine edu-tainment from The Wine Coach! 
For reservations, please call The Wine Coach® at 410-820-4212 or visit

An Instagram favorite: Tuesdays are family night at Farmstead Grill! Order your favorite dish and your child will receive their kids meal for free. (Not Valid with any other offer/Valid for children under 12 years old/Limit One Per Customer) Don't forget, our happy hour goes from 4:30pm - 6:30pm and includes select appetizers for just .95 cents! ™@farmsteadgrill #yummy

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An Instagram favorite: #Savethedate Thursday August 27 6-8! $4 Peroni Draft Beer- You keep the glass! Food pairings! Prizes! Surprises! Hope to see you there! #fresh #authentic #Italian #local #Peroni #aperitivoperoni #beer #Italy #foodporn #foodie #beerporn #Prizes #Surprises ™@eatfirenzemd #yummy

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Monday, August 17, 2015

An Instagram favorite: NEW #burgeroftheweek STARTS TOMORROW! Roseda Beef, Smoked Bacon, Smoked Gouda, #friedpickles, and a chipotle aioli. Any ideas for a name? #gethype #frytillwedie #burgerporn #thenickelmw ™@thenickeltaphouse #yummy

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Great Baltimore Oyster Festival

Enjoy the first-ever Great Baltimore Oyster Festival! The family friendly event includes interactive Chesapeake Bay-themed vendors and displays, oyster boat tours, educational activities and live music by the Eastport Oyster Boys and The High & Wides.

Guests can also indulge in Greater Baltimore’s impressive selection of oysters (grilled and raw), along with local food trucks. Beer, wine and mixed drinks are also available for purchase.

The festival is presented by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Healthy Harbor Initiative.

WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

WHERE: West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor, 501 Light Street, Baltimore, MD

COST: Entry to the festival is FREE! Oyster tickets can be purchased five for $20 or one for $5. Each oyster ticket can be redeemed for one plate of three oysters.


What is your favorite way to east oysters?  Oyster Casino, in a Po Boy, raw, frilled, fried?  DO you have a favorite oyster recipe???

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Mason Dixon Championship Match is finally here!

Tomorrow, Sunday, August 16, My Thai Baltimore will take on Colony South Hotel at The Inn at the Colonnade, a Doubletree Hotel (4 West University Parkway, Baltimore, MDat 6:00pm(doors open at 5:30pm). 
Tickets are going fast, and we are expecting a sell-out crowd. So, if you've been planning to come out, don't wait, get your tickets at
General Admission tickets are just $35 and include a wine tasting by Boordy Vineyards, passed hors d'oeuvres, the competition, dessert and coffee bar, and a 10% donation to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.
Hope to see you there!

Friday, August 14, 2015

OrderUp names 15 Baltimore and Towson restaurants 'Loved by Locals"

OrderUp looked at OrderUp Baltimore's and OrderUp Towson's orders from January - June 2015 and awarded the 15 restaurants with the most orders with their inaugural "Loved by Locals" award. Award winners are denoted with a certificate, a door decals, and all of the bragging rights!

Baltimore's "Loved by Locals" are, in alphabetical order (w/16 because of a tie!):
  • Canton Bakery, Pizza, Wings & Subs
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chicken Rico
  • DiPasquale’s Italian Marketplace
  • HomeSlyce – Canton
  • Isabella’s Brick Oven
  • Kisling’s
  • My Thai
  • Nalley Fresh
  • Papi’s Tacos
  • Pasta Mista
  • Pasticcio Italian Kitchen
  • Saigon Today Asian Fusion
  • Sticky Rice
  • Towson Hot Bagels (THB)
  • Verde

Towson's "Loved by Locals" are, in alphabetical order:
  • 7West Bistro
  • Bill Bateman’s Bistro
  • Burger King
  • Charles Village Pub
  • China Wok
  • Fractured Prune
  • Gino’s Burgers & Chicken
  • Nalley Fresh
  • Seasons Pizza
  • Strapazza
  • Sushi Hana
  • Towson Best
  • Towson Diner
  • Towson Hot Bagels (THB)
  • Zen West

Thursday, August 06, 2015

An Instagram favorite: What to get?!?!? #yummy

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An Instagram favorite: Yes please!!!! #yummy

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Wild Kombucha is on its way to be one of Baltimore's favorites!

There is a new Baltimore based drink that is taking the town by storm and it isn’t beer or wine its Kombucha!  Kombucha has been around they believe around 5,000 years.  Here in Baltimore, Mobtown Fermentation is brewing two flavors of their own Kombucha – mango-peach and ginger-grapefruit.

Not only is Kombucha a great tasting beverage but it is also loaded with vitamins and acids that help strengthen the immune system. You can also find that it has probiotics and enzymes that are known to help with digestion and boosts liver function.

I had the chance to sit down with the guys behind Motown Fermentation and learn how it becomes to be what it is today!  Mobtown Fermentation started off with Adam taking what he learned from their parents and started brewing it and selling to JHU students.  As demand increase his brother Sergio started to help and sales spread across Hampden.  From there a childhood friend, Sid, joined on to create Mobtown Fermentation and Wild Kombucha. 

You can find Wild Kombucha being sold at local markets and cafes through out the city (with rumors of larger establishments in the works).  There are even restaurants and bars that feature Wild Kombucha in some crafty cocktails.   Be sure to visit their website, Facebook and twitter for store locations, events and tastings.

Wild Kombucha has become a staple in out fridge and we can’t decide with of the two flavors is our favorite!

Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Enters Semi-Finals

The If you haven't been out this year to a match, now's the time! The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, the largest culinary competition of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic, is set to enter Semi-Final competition next week! The original field of 16 top chef teams is now down to just four, with only three matches remaining to determine the 2015 Champion! 
Chef teams from Renditions Golf (Davidsville), Colony South Hotel (Clinton), My Thai Baltimore (Baltimore), and Gourmet Again/Blue Bistro & Catering (Pikesville) are vying for over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Prizes for the Champions will include $1,000 cash, a 2-day all-expense paid trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to tour Crave Brothers, the New Glaris Beer Plant, and the Emmi Roth USA Plant, as well as attend the Culinary Executive Center for Cheese Course Plates and Fondue for lunch provided by sponsor Emmi-Roth USA, a professional-grade convection oven provided by sponsor Vulcan, a Robo Coupe immersion blender, along with numerous other culinary prizes, and of course the title of 2015 Mason Dixon Master Chef Champions! In addition, there will be special awards and prizes of close to $2,000 awarded for Best Appetizer, Best Entrée, Best Dessert, People’s Choice, and a “Rising Star Award” for an up-and-coming sous chef.  
Matches are being held at the Inn at the Colonnade, a Doubletree by Hilton in Baltimore (4 West University Parkway, Baltimore). Semi-Final match details are listed below. 10% of each ticket sold goes directly to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, the competition’s charity partner.
Tickets*: $35 for general admission (includes tax)
$65 for judging experience (includes tax)
Available for purchase at:
*Tickets must be purchased in advance for the above pricing. $45/ $75 day of and at the door (if available).
The $35 General Admission ticket price includes admission to that night’s competition, wine tasting, passed hors d’oeuvres during happy hour, dessert and coffee bar, all taxes and a 10% donation to charity. The $65 Judging Experience tickets include all of the above, plus guests get to taste all six courses prepared by the chefs and be part of the voting to help determine the night’s winner.
In addition, the organizers are planning to have a number of raffle and door prizes to give out each night, as well as the usual free “upgrade” of two General Admission ticketholders to the premium “Judging Experience” tickets. 
Tickets are on sale now, and are expected to sell out quickly.
Semi-Final Matches:
The line-up for August 10 and 11 matches in “Battle New Orleans vs. Chesapeake” include: 
Monday, August 10 - Chef Bill Kelley of Renditions Gold versus Chef Christ Pandzou of Colony South Hotel
Tuesday, August 11 - Chef Jirat Suphrom-in of My Thai Baltimore versus Chef Melissa Fordham of Gourmet Again
Happy Hour (5:30 – 7:00pm) each evening features complementary wine tasting by Boordy Vineyards and passed hors d’oeuvres, and special pricing on drinks and food for purchase from Alizée American Bistro both days.Guests also enjoy a complementary dessert bar and coffee to top off their evening. Event details available at:
When & Where:  
Semi-Finals: August 10, 11

Championship Match: Sunday, August 16

5:30 -7:00p.m. – Happy Hour (free hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting)
6:25 p.m. – Cold Prep Begins
7:00 p.m. – Chef Competition
8:00pm – Judging Begins (complementary dessert and coffee bar for all guests)
More information available at, on Twitter @MDMasterChef, and Facebook at Mason Dixon Master Chef.

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