Eats & Drinks

Crunk-A-Bee's: In praise of Applebee's in White Marsh

Crunk-A-Bee's: In praise of Applebee's in White Marsh

Parenthood, especially when it's coupled with the energy-draining stressors of work responsibilities, and marriage, makes you do strange things—things that the single, childless version of you might have turned your nose up at. For me, it means that about once a week, my husband and I slip off...

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  • Wet City offers unique brew selection

    Wet City offers unique brew selection

    I'm not really a beer drinker, says one of my dining companions. Let me see if I can change your mind, replies Dion, our charming server at Wet City (223 W. Chase St, [443] 873-6699, wetcitybrewing.com). Which he did, after quizzing my friend briefly on what flavors she found appealing (she affirmed...

  • Unpacking the Peppadew: What's real, what's fake and does it matter?

    Unpacking the Peppadew: What's real, what's fake and does it matter?

    We cracked the Peppadew code. Come at us, coppers. Back in March we went on a quest to discover what makes the Peppadew tick, where it comes from, why it's patented, and how we could bootleg them ("Thugs," Armed Guards and the Black Market for Delicious Patented Pickled Peppers). We had to do it...

  • Dovecote Café looks to create strong local bonds

    Dovecote Café looks to create strong local bonds

    Bright, sunny, and inviting, Dovecote Café (2501 Madison Ave., [443] 961-8677, dovecotecafe.com), located in Reservoir Hill, might not look revolutionary, but it is. Since Aisha Pew, Aisha's mother Gilda Pew, and Aisha's partner Cole opened Dovecote a little over a year ago, the eatery has served...

  • Daniela Pasta and Pastries moves into a bigger space, still delivers

    Daniela Pasta and Pastries moves into a bigger space, still delivers

    In 2011, Sardinian-born Daniela Useli opened a small storefront carryout on 36th Street in Hampden. Soon, the neighborhood was swooning over her baked goods like sfogliatelle, the flaky pastries sometimes known as "lobster tails," and cream-filled bomboloni doughnuts. Patrons folded themselves...

  • A taste of Zion Church's Sour Beef dinner

    A taste of Zion Church's Sour Beef dinner

    For a host of reasons both politico-historical and culinary, German food has been so assimilated into this country that no one in Baltimore would go to German restaurants if they were still around, which is why almost none of them are. That's meant hard times for some of us; in my family, Thanksgiving...

  • The High Life: On CBD

    The High Life: On CBD

    The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is severely fucked up and not in a good way, like stoned, but like someone you see that is about to tip over but miraculously remains standing at an impossible angle. The problem is, people suffer while these fuckers nod. First, they get too many applicants,...

  • Pikesville Rye has been discontinued

    Pikesville Rye has been discontinued

    On a bottom shelf in the Wine Source, below the good whiskeys and the merely tolerable ones, is a small card with a tombstone on it. Beneath the RIP is a picture of the Pikesville Rye white label and to the side of this tombstone is a message that reads: "Pikesville 3-year 80 proof Rye has been...

  • Failed amendments to zoning bill would have put restrictions on booze, and they may come back

    Failed amendments to zoning bill would have put restrictions on booze, and they may come back

    A bill that would rewrite the city's zoning code passed last week, but not without drama. A series of amendments, proposed by Councilman Nick Mosby and passed by The Land Use and Transportation committee, would have made it virtually impossible to open a bar or liquor store—and probably impossible...

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  • Hooch: Homemade infused vodka makes better bloody marys

    Hooch: Homemade infused vodka makes better bloody marys

    Which is better? Cookie-dough vodka or bubblegum vodka? It’s a trick question. Both are odious. The good news is that the flavored-vodka fad appears to be past peak. “Vodka is so 2012,” the Wall Street Journal declared recently. The article anointed whiskey the sales-growth leader among spirits,...

  • Baltimore Beer Baron: Down on the farm with Manor Hill Brewing

    Baltimore Beer Baron: Down on the farm with Manor Hill Brewing

    Down on the Farm With Manor Hill Brewing: After sampling Manor Hill's The Gathering Wet Hop IPA, with its 10 pounds of wet Maryland hops per barrel, at my favorite city watering holes, I decided to take a quick field trip last week to check out the brewery's facility. Manor Hill Brewing (4411 Manor...

  • Hooch: On the beertail trail

    Hooch: On the beertail trail

    "Whiskey then beer, have no fear; beer before whiskey, mighty risky." Or something like that. Versions of this cautionary consumption chestnut have been around forever. But what of beer and whiskey at the same time in the same damn glass? What about beer cocktails? It's really surprising that we...

  • Baltimore Beer Baron: Boozy things to do this weekend

    Baltimore Beer Baron: Boozy things to do this weekend

    Looking for something boozy to do this weekend that has nothing to do with pumpkins or pumpkin-flavored brews? Here are two beer events in the area that should please the palate of local hopheads: Oliver Brewing Company's grand opening of its new brewery is set for this Saturday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-5...

  • Hooch: Bittersweet Campari is an Italian favorite with 21st-century American fans

    Hooch: Bittersweet Campari is an Italian favorite with 21st-century American fans

    So, the wife and I recently returned from two weeks in Tuscany. Yeah, sorry, there's no way to type that without coming off as a bit of a boastful prick. But we did it with backpacks and a shoestring budget—bargain airfare bought back in spring, local buses for getting around, and Airbnb for sleeping...

  • Baltimore Beer Baron: Bloggers, zombies, and curfews can't hold Alewife down

    Baltimore Beer Baron: Bloggers, zombies, and curfews can't hold Alewife down

    In 2010, then-Midnight Sun reporter Erik Maza reviewed the newly opened Alewife (21 N. Eutaw St., [410] 545-5112, alewifebaltimore.com), noting that the interior looked "like the Treasury Department after a Pottery Barn makeover" and questioning, "without weekday crowds, for how long can it stay...

  • Maryland's Booming Booze-a-Palooza

    Maryland's Booming Booze-a-Palooza

    Real, honest-to-god Maryland rye at last! Pleasant nose, rich mouthfeel, corny sweetness interwoven with crisp rye notes, and a finish as smooth as the Baltimore Beltway the day it opened in 1962. OK, this rye predates I-695 and was probably bottled in the 1940s. I'm drinking the state's distilling...

  • Baltimore Beer Baron: A Delmarva tale of beer and oysters

    Baltimore Beer Baron: A Delmarva tale of beer and oysters

    When Brian McComas of Ryleigh's Oyster (36 E. Cross St., 1225 Cathedral St., 22 Padonia Road, Hunt Valley, [410] 539-2093, ryleighs.com) called and asked if I wanted to ride along and deliver some oyster shells from Baltimore to Fordham and Dominion Brewing in Dover, Delaware (1284 McD Drive, Dover,...

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  • DIY Kitchen: Homemade bread

    DIY Kitchen: Homemade bread

    Anyone who knows me knows I hate baking. I love baked goods, obviously, but I can’t deal with the amount of precision that most baking requires. I know it’s all about the science of the desired chemical reactions, which should be a cool thing to engage in. Instead it’s just kind of a drag because...

  • In Season: Use locally grown hydroponic tomatoes to make roasted tomato mayonnaise

    In Season: Use locally grown hydroponic tomatoes to make roasted tomato mayonnaise

    Late snow and bitter cold have stifled progress in the fields, leaving us weeks away from field-grown tomatoes. Lucky for us, beautiful, locally grown hydroponic tomatoes will be available long before fields are producing fruit. Many producers are ramping up production after taking the winter off...

  • DIY Kitchen: Pasta Alla Carbonara that'll impress a one-night stand

    DIY Kitchen: Pasta Alla Carbonara that'll impress a one-night stand

    Ah, carbonara, one of my all-time favorites. Simple yet composed, cheap, quick, pretty easy but still fun to make, and hits all of the major hunger voids all at once: pork, cheese, salt, rich, starch, garlic, pepper. Yeah. A tip for those wanting to impress their one-night stand: Forget about mastering...

  • In Season: Roasted Celeriac and Sweet Potato Mash

    In Season: Roasted Celeriac and Sweet Potato Mash

    Cooking seasonally often calls for an added measure of resourcefulness. Wintertime, in particular, can test one’s culinary ingenuity. Asparagus, ramps, and greens are still months away, but experimenting with the unusual can reignite your creativity in the kitchen. New ingredients inspire and make...

  • In Season: Massaged Kale Salad

    In Season: Massaged Kale Salad

    A healthy salad can be a welcome respite from the holiday meals, cookies, booze, and general indulgences of the holidays. By now, we all know that kale is one of America’s favorite “superfoods.” It’s hard to go to any restaurant, food blog, or modern cookbook without seeing the leafy green brassica....

  • DIY Kitchen: Microwave cooking tips

    DIY Kitchen: Microwave cooking tips

    As I was scoring my monthly RoFo chicken fix the other day, I overheard someone in line discussing the “microwaved corn” video that’s been making the rounds, in which YouTuber Carl Blemming shows how to cook an ear of corn in the microwave without shucking it first. The woman in line discussing...

  • Arugula Salad with Bresaola and Manchego

    Arugula Salad with Bresaola and Manchego

    In what feels like an instant, summer has passed and we find ourselves squarely in the midst of fall. The onset of overnight frost will soon compromise the summer’s bounty, thus making way for heartier, cold-weather crops. Before long, farmers market tables will be brimming with cabbages, winter...

  • In Season

    In Season

    Plum season lasts from mid-July to mid-September in Maryland.

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