Baltimore Restaurant Review: Bad DecisionsIn about three and a half years, John Reusing has done what many have tried but few have accomplished. The bartender who gained his experience from Sammy’s Trattoria in Mount Vernon and Chiapparelli’s in Little Italy has created a truly unique bar in Baltimore hot spot Fells Point.
Restaurant Review: Fins Bar & GrillDeciding to go to Fins on the Square is like finding $20 in the pocket of a coat you haven’t worn since last year. You’ve forgotten that it’s there, and when you remember, you’re more excited than you’ve been over $20 in a long time.
Local Artist Spotlight: Rachel Brand And Katie Windmueller Of Charms City CompanyDesigners Rachel Brand and Katie Windmueller have found the key to success. Literally. Despite a struggling economy, the pair has founded Charms City Company, a unique jewelry line that has watched sales skyrocket in just over two years. Affordable and stylish, the bracelets, necklaces and other accessories are made from salvaged finds like antique skeleton keys, game tiles and pocket watches.
Theater Spotlight: Q&A With Melissa O’BrienA member of Baltimore’s Mobtown Players and the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, actor and burlesque performer Melissa O’Brien gives her performances a double-edged dose of her patented bubbly charm and razor-sharp wit. We caught up with O’Brien to find out more about her and her opinions on the local theater scene of which she has become an integral part.
Gallery Spotlight: TAG GalleriesLike its quirky neighborhood in Fells Point, TAG Galleries is also unique among its peers.
Restaurant Review: Sticky RiceAsian fusion restaurants with an emphasis on sushi tend to fall into two categories – the hole-in-the-wall, BYOB, quiet and authentic sushi spot or the trendy, upscale bar-with-a-club-atmosphere sushi restaurant. Sticky Rice falls somewhere in between.
Restaurant Review: Mama’s On The Half ShellIt’s an unfailingly good choice no matter what. Out-of-town visitors craving some authentic Maryland seafood? Relaxing atmosphere for catching up with family and friends over good food? Cozy spot for Sunday brunch? Low-key bar in the midst of a nightlife hot spot for happy hour? Mama’s on the Half Shell seems to satisfy any requirement.
Artist Spotlight: Jennifer EpsteinThe arts community in Baltimore is small and quiet, but nonetheless vibrant, making subtle but worthwhile contributions to the art world. At the center of this is the Maryland Institute College of Art, one of the oldest and top-rated art schools in the country. With top programs in fine arts and graphic design, the school regularly churns out successful artists.
Restaurant Review: Canton DocksideContributor Staci Wolfson reviews Canton Dockside.
Restaurant Review: Red Star Bar & GrillIf any restaurant is a microcosm of Baltimore’s Fells Point, it may just be Red Star Bar & Grill. Red Star, like its home neighborhood, is casual and inviting, yet has a trendy, upscale twist. The dim lighting and warm brick and wood interior emit a relaxed vibe, perfect for a laidback happy hour or a lazy Sunday morning brunch.
Celebrating Local Art: Art Dimensions BaltimoreIn an age of technological innovation and utilitarianism, fine arts can at times fall by the wayside. Not so in Charm City, where Art Dimensions Baltimore, a charitable organization has formed this summer and dedicated itself to supporting and educating local artists.
Restaurant Review: DarbarLocated in the space that formerly housed Talay Thai, Darbar opened in the spring and seems to have found a welcoming home with its lunch buffets and wide-ranging dinner menu.
Spotlight On: SamsonWith songs reminiscent of the gritty riffs of the Black Keys and the Dead Weather, Baltimore band Samson has been bringing an edge to venues like Joe Squared in Station North, and Ottobar in Charles Village for the last year.
Spotlight On: Gutter RoseKnown simply as “Mike and Steve,” Mike Koehler and Steve Dooley had been serenading Baltimore for around five years before bringing in a feminine touch to the pair, currently in the form of Jessie Firey.
Restaurant Review: Woodberry KitchenWhen my mother asked me what Woodberry Kitchen was like, I found myself at a loss for comparisons. All I could come up with was, “It’s just sooooo good.”