Food & Drink
With seemingly endless chilly days and nights in the forecast, few things will warm you up like a hot toddy. The drink is usually a mix of liquor, like whiskey, water, and sugar and spices. Served hot, toddies are often cited as a remedy for a cold. Regardless of what does or doesn’t ail you, Baltimore’s best hot toddies make the long winter a little more tolerable.
While letting the kids cook may sound like a disaster in the making, allowing them to prep ingredients is a chance to bring learning into the kitchen. Use measuring spoons to enhance math skills and work on spelling with unique ingredients. If there’s a little mess, cleaning up is a great way to teach responsibility. Baltimore’s chefs understand how important it is to get kids in the kitchen, so they offered up these great cooking ideas just for families.
This was a year of saying goodbye to a few of Baltimore’s restaurants, and welcoming dozens of new venues. From a white linen-style restaurant spin-0ff to cocktails along Hampden’s 36th Street, Baltimore’s foodies are delighted with this year’s crop of eateries. These, the area’s best new restaurants, opened to rave reviews in 2012.
With the holidays moving into full swing, Baltimore’s mixologists are celebrating with cocktails. They use flavors of the season, including sweet apple ciders and nutmeg. Classics like eggnog and brandy crusta are updated with contemporary twists to surprise and delight customers. Head out to the bars or make these at home for the perfect flavors of the holidays this year.
Whether he or she has a sweet tooth or a hankering for Baltimore’s best crab cakes, edible gifts are a great way to satiate any recipient’s appetite during the holidays. Many of the city’s small retailers add personal touches to gifts you just can’t get at big chains. Some even offer gift packaging or wrapping. Best of all, you’ll serve up products that are often unique to Baltimore and reflect the city’s charm and your gift-giving skills this holiday season.
The New York Times recently touted pumpkin as the new bacon, so it’s no surprise it’s appearing on most restaurants’ fall menus. As days get shorter and darker and it starts to feel like winter is around the corner, autumn’s dishes offer a comfort to diners. Baltimore’s restaurants are sourcing local pumpkins, toasting the seeds, pureeing the meat and mixing it with other seasonal flavors. These five Baltimore restaurants are using pumpkin to add both sweet and hearty flavors to locals’ favorite foods.
Preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming. Timing the turkey to finish at the same time as the mashed potatoes can seem like an insurmountable feat with the whole family running around the house. Or maybe you love to cook, but the thought of the pile of dishes in the sink makes you more tired than the tryptophan. This Thanksgiving, let the chefs at some of Baltimore’s best restaurants cook for you and leave the dishes — and a nice holiday tip — on the table.
As the holidays approach and you prep to visit the in-laws, it’s important to know exactly where to grab the best booze at Baltimore/Washington International. There is nothing like getting to the airport super early in case the security lines are really long only to get through security quickly and have a ton of time to kill before boarding starts for your flight. These are the bars that promise the best booze to pass the time.
Thanksgiving is a big holiday to prepare for, but Baltimore’s local farms, neighborhood markets and caterers help customers navigate the meal with ease. Whether your turkey is hormone-free, organic, farm-raised, heritage or store-bought, the best places in Baltimore to buy a turkey promise the perfect meal every time.
You know to use red wine with steak and white wine with seafood. But if you’ve ordered scallops as an appetizer and the filet as your entreé and only want one bottle, well, that’s where sommeliers come in. You can close your eyes and point to a bottle or leave it to the experts. These five Baltimore sommeliers will teach you the tricks of their trade and ensure that your palate is pleased with each selection.
Mediterranean cuisine and Baltimore might not seem to go hand in hand, but some of Baltimore’s chefs are taking hummus and spanakopita to new, delicious levels. From Mount Washington to Fells Point, restaurateurs and their teams offer patrons classic and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Some stick solely to traditional dishes while others take greater creative license, but the best in Baltimore do it up right every time.