Feast: Shoo-fly Diner

Shoo-fly Diner 510 E Belvedere Ave Baltimore, MD 21212 http://www.shooflydiner.com (410) 464-9222 Poutine–French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy–is quintessential Canadian diner food. I’ve always wanted to try it, but I haven’t made the trek to Canada yet. Before going to Shoo-fly, a not so quintessential diner in Baltimore, I did my usual research.… Continue reading Feast: Shoo-fly Diner

Feast: Vino Rosina

My wine club did a tasting at Vino Rosina, a fabulous wine bar in the Harbor East neighborhood of Baltimore. This tasting had a definite Spanish flair. Each wine was paired with a small bite that brought out its best flavor notes. First up was Xarmant Arabako Txakolina, 2010 paired with Cojonudo — a chorizo and… Continue reading Feast: Vino Rosina

Drink: Blackberry Mint Fizz

I’m coming up with more uses for the mint syrup  This recipe is a play on the Blackberry Tom Collins recipe by White on Rice Couple. I think the mint plays nicely with the lime and blackberries. And yeah the gin doesn’t hurt either. Special equipment: Collins glass (or any tall glass), muddler Blackberry Mint… Continue reading Drink: Blackberry Mint Fizz

Drink: What Would F. Scott Fitzgerald Drink?

I wrote an essay inspired by F.Scott Fitzgerald last fall for a school assignment. In my essay I took Scott (we were on a first-name basis by the time I finished writing the thing) out for a drink in present-day Baltimore. Scott lived (and drank) in Baltimore in the 1930s. I wanted to imagine what… Continue reading Drink: What Would F. Scott Fitzgerald Drink?

Drink: Confessions of a Plant Killer

I admit it. I have killed several mint plants this year. People keep telling me that mint is soooo easy to grow — It’s a weed for goodness sakes. Yet as the summer days (also known as prime mint julep season) slide past I am, alas, mintless. Finally I admitted defeat and bought some mint… Continue reading Drink: Confessions of a Plant Killer

Drink: It was a dark and stormy night…

The day started out great. I got up really early then walked a mile to yoga class. I did an hour’s worth of up dogging, downward dogging, breathing, stretching, and lots of other yoga stuff. I walked the mile back to my apartment — feeling very virtuous. After a quick shower I was back out… Continue reading Drink: It was a dark and stormy night…

DRINK: Paloma – It’s Like a Margarita…But Cheaper and Fizzy

Like most Americans, I like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by drinking some tequila. Now, I can make a killer margarita. However the effort of making a proper margarita can sometimes take more energy than I have. Pride prevents me from using a pre-made mix…Well pride and the fact that they tend to be disgusting.… Continue reading DRINK: Paloma – It’s Like a Margarita…But Cheaper and Fizzy