Tag Archives: Baltimore

March Events in Baltimore

Jamie’s Calendar of Events is updated for March.  Get out and have some fun!

The difference between Indianapolis and Baltimore

In Indianapolis, 11 people showed up to welcome their professional football team after losing the Superbowl.  In Baltimore, the band played on.

Blizzard of 2010

A couple of pics from what appears to be the biggest snowstorm to ever hit Baltimore.

Snow day pic

The snow is a little more than one dog deep.


Baltimore Calendar of Events – February

As I’ve mentioned, I don’t sell anything via my blog.  I do, however, want to link to Jamie’s Calendar of Events.

Mostly because it’s an awesome resource for locals (and visitors) on what’s going on in Baltimore this month.  I wouldn’t complain if you gave her a call if you are in the market to buy or sell a house, though.

Great night out with new friends

Sometimes I wonder how it became that I’m able to make the aquaintance of so many interesting and engaging people.  I know a big part of it is my wife, who, as a Realtor, is involved in very personal transactions with folks who are often moving to our area, and for that, I’m really thankful.  However, we’ve also been meeting folks via social media, and that’s a new and very cool dynamic.

Anyway, J and I  scheduled a night out for us and 6 friends.  D and R, who are our next door neighbors; M, who is a very compelling person, an entrepreneur and pilot, friend of D and R, and now us; L, who works for Jerry Edward’s Chefs Expressions, and her mate D, who works for the Everyman Theatre (I got the ‘e’ in the right place); and J, who is moving to the Baltimore area from CT in the next few months, we met her via Twitter.

We started with some wine, cheese, and conversation at our house in Canton. Continue reading

Foodie List

Elizabeth Large at the Baltimore Sun has compiled a list of 100 things area foodies must do from her blog commenters.

I like it… and have made some pretty good progress on the list.

Capital Grille

The last dinner of restaurant week, we (Jamie and I, along with our friends D, R, J, D, M, and G) went to the Capitol Grille downtown Friday night.

We’d never been. The place is really inviting, with a classy but bustling bar area, and classic (but modern) decor. Service was very good, we never felt rushed, although one of us lingered over her salad throwing off the timing of our entrees.

When you order off the restaurant week menu, you have to expect a bit of the B game. The portions are smaller, and they are more mass produced, and this was no exception. Both the Kona sirloin and Filet were very good, though, and everything was cooked perfectly. The real win was the sides. Their restaurant week menu included a salad or soup, steak, chicken or fish, and dessert. No sides. So we ordered them for the table, and they were all hits. Big hits. Which tells me that ordering off the regular menu will be a good meal.

The wine list was comprehensive and pretty easy to navigate, although our server didn’t seem an expert. Prices were acceptable, with our wine running at about a 2x retail markup. It was worth it.

All in all, an outstanding experience, and we’ll put the Capitol Grille on our list of nice places to eat if you want to splurge a little; they are right behind Ruth’s Chris, and miles ahead of the Prime Rib (where service ruins the experience).

Restaurant week, dinner number 1

Jamie and I went to the Ambassador Dining Room last night with 3 other couples, and had a fantastic time.  All of the food was very good, there are a lot of options on the restaurant week menu.  The outdoor dining is wonderful, probably the best in the city.  Top that off with $12 off every bottle of wine, and outstanding attentive service, and you’ve got a good night out for a great price.

If you haven’t made all your restaurant week plans, I don’t think you’ll go wrong making a reservation at the Ambassador Dining Room.

After dinner, we headed over to 13.5% in Hampden, service was earnest (we were a big group and had to work to get enough chairs in the right spots), great recommendations on wines, a nice variety of wines, and a cool vibe.  We’ll be back, I’m sure.

Dixon Blames Feds

Taking a page out of the O’Malley playbook, Sheila Dixon blames the feds for the recent explosion in violence (19 shootings in 6 hours)

The court documents also suggest, however, that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and city police knew more than a year ago what was driving the violence, arresting two key members after acting on tips from a confidential informant. On Monday, both Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III and Mayor Sheila Dixon expressed frustration that the investigation apparently stalled.

Dixon noted on Wednesday that the federal investigation had been going on for two years.

“They’ve got to step up,” she said. “The weight can’t just be on our police.”

It’s not her fault.  It’s not the Baltimore PD that knows where these people are and what they are doing, and it’s not the City State’s Attorney who can’t seem to get any of them convicted.

It’s probably George W. Bush’s or Bob Ehrlich’s fault.

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