Renee Libby Beck
Feb. 10 to 16 is National Pancake Week and five of Baltimore’s restaurants offer selections that can’t be missed!
Valentine’s Day: it’s coming. It’s time to start thinking about where you’ll take your significant other to make him or her swoon. Whether you have a date lined up or are planning dinner with friends, Baltimore offers excellent options for the day of love.
The next time you’re dining out, be a little adventurous and try one of Baltimore’s creative cocktails! With some of the city’s best mixologists at the helm, you’re guaranteed a good sip.
Baltimore is a little obsessed with cheese, and local merchants are happy to supply it. Most are sourcing from regional dairy farms to make fresh, local options available to consumers, though some just offer extraordinary selections from around the world. All boast experts who can speak to the qualities of the cheeses and recommend food and drink pairings. Check out these five shops to find the best cheese offerings in Baltimore.
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.
Washington, D.C. is a short commuter train ride from Baltimore, perfect for a day trip to see the events of Inauguration Day in person. But in D.C., there are high costs and boisterous crowds to contend with, which are enough to keep many people in town. If your office isn’t airing President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, check out one of these five locations to get your Inauguration Day fix.
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.
There’s something about the holidays that inspires even the least crafty holiday observers. Don’t worry if you can’t crochet snowmen or build your own tree stand, these four local designers shared their best seasonal craft ideas to make your house look like a professional took hold. From simple printables to painted crab shell ornaments, these crafts help create happy holidays with options even appropriate for kids.
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.
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.