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Shiso Tavern

2933 O’Donnell Street

Do you love Sushi? Have I got a place for you!

The Shiso Tavern which opened late Summer features some the most tasty & creative sushi I have had in Baltimore. Sushi Chef Daniel Binghak once worked as Sous Chef for Chef Morimoto, and it shows. The plates were so beautifully presented it was hard to indulge. Well, not that hard.

Our group enjoyed sampling a large variety on the menu, including tuna tataki, lollipop roll, sashimi stack with the freshest tuna, snapper & salmon. If you like to be surprised, ask Chef Binghak to work his magic and send you a sampler of his choice; you won’t be disappointed.

Shiso also makes their own infused sake. We sampled chocolate, pineapple coconut and grape chili pepper to name a few. It’s a very fun idea and fun to order a sampler with a group of friends.

If you aren’t a sushi fan, enjoy other options on the menu under wok specialties like pad Thai, stir fry and pork belly Ramen bowl, a customer favorite.

There is a nice wine, beer and sake selection & specialty cocktails like Lychee Martini and Ginger Blossom pair perfectly with the fare. Owner /Partner Tim Ernst is happy to assist with pairing and selections.

Enjoy happy hour Tuesday through Saturday, 4-7 p.m. and again Friday & Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight, and all day Sunday. All wok items are $9. All rolls are $3 off. Specialty drinks & wine are $5. Sake  is $2-$4 & beer is $3.

Check out Shiso Tavern; be sure to go hungry.

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About Faces for The Holidays

The perfect gift that fits every size? A gift package from About Faces Day Spa. I was lucky enough to utilize a gift package at the Canton location recently, and it really energized me and left me feeling rejuvenated.

I loved my anti-aging hydrolifting facial.  I believe I dozed off a bit while Kelley worked her magic. Get your nails looking holiday ready; Tracey was FAB. You may have trouble choosing from all latest hip colors.

Need a new holiday style? Tiki, the master hair designer, will have you looking like “the belle of the ball.”

I was headed to a new restaurant opening and wanted light make up and a hot, smoky eye, so Kelley and Smashbox made that happen.

So do it for yourself or treat someone special this holiday season. All About Faces locations offer packages and easy online ordering.

*The Timonium location is hosting a holiday open house Monday  evening on November 26.  The open house will include discounts and complimentary express services 6-8:30 p.m.

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 New Obsession: BAI Antioxidant Infusion Drinks for locations

Twitter: @DrinkBai

Ipanema pomegranate, Malawi mango, Sumatra dragon fruit, Limu lemonade, Costa Rica clementine, Brasilia blueberry, Congo pear, Panama peach. Yes, those are the delectable flavors. And at 5 calories a serving and loads of antioxidants, I am in love!

Now I didn’t originate this idea, however, you may want to try them mixed with vodka or rum (if you are over 21). You may as well get your antioxidants if you are drinking.

All natural, gluten-free, these drinks are not only delectable, they are great for you. I keep a stock in the fridge, especially for those days you may need extra-hydration (re: wine/beer hangover) . Yes, perfect.

Havana Road


Check out their daily lunch specials. Also offering “Thanksgiving to go” catering with pick up day before the holiday. Click here to view the menu.

Nominated A Top Restaurant for Cheap Eats By Baltimore Magazine.

Ryleigh’s Oystermobile Tailgate Before Ravens Games

If you have a craving for fresh oysters and a fresh OJ Crush before heading into Ravens games you must visit Ryleigh’s Oyster tailgate at Ostend & Warner streets.
Always a fun time & a fun crowd.
Also, Ryleigh’s Oyster Federal Hill is available for holiday parties. Call Scotti for all the details 410.539.2093.

Joe Squared Power Plant Live

Enjoy Live Music. No Cover

Check out the daily happy hour deals and very hip music offered at Joe Squared.  Don’t forget to order one of their amazing pizzas, house made risottos or pastas while enjoying an entertaining eve.

Perfect for friends, family & office gathering! Check out Joe Squared holiday party offering:

Charcuterie, Anyone?

New Birroteca Restaurant is Delizioso
1520 Clipper Road

Escape to Italy with Charcuterie paired w/ chianti. Birroteca is the hottest new Italian spot in Charm City. Click here if you want your mouth to water.

Make Your Reservations for the holidays. They’re booking up fast!

Some Upcoming Events:


Gaylord National Opens This Weekend
November 16-January 6

A real holiday treat for all ages.

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Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees

A three-day extravaganza of fairyland forests, gingerbread towns and toy train gardens, complemented by over 100 craft boutiques, holiday goodies and activities for kids of all ages.
Enjoy a special line-up of nightly entertainment for the whole family
Nov. 23, 24, & 25 Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., & Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Timonium

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Santa Claus Anonymous

Holiday Beer & Wine Tasting
Holiday Inn Timonium
Thursday, November 29
Enjoy food, auction and sampling fine wine and beer.

National Harbor Holiday Show

November 30-December 2
A Family Fun Fest filled with holiday cheer.

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Old Tyme Christmas

Fells Point  November 30-December 2
Check out all the dazzling details, here.

Annual Lighting of the Washington Monument
Thursday, Dec. 6, 5:30-8 p.m.

Enjoy holiday entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus and great food in Mount Vernon’s West Park. Watch the lighting of the Monument and a fireworks and laser light show finale.
Click here for more details.

Mickey’s Music Festival

December 7, 7 p.m. December 8, noon-3 p.m.
Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in their new touring show Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival.

Click  here for more details and tickets.

Downtown Diane is a Baltimore area food, travel & entertainment reporter, appearing Fridays on 105.7 The Fan Norris & Davis Show with her entertainment report. Follow her for Daily Dish on Twitter @DowntownDiane & check out upcoming events at


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