Eats & Drinks

Like Homemade: Cypriana offers a strong taste of the Mediterranean but struggles in service

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  • How to make caramel edibles and some cosmic cannabis oil

    How to make caramel edibles and some cosmic cannabis oil

    At this year's Cosmic Cocktail, an attendee handed me a caramel edible that was so potent its smell filled the AVAM elevator as I headed upstairs. It also kept me high for the whole evening. It wasn't only how stoned it got me but the whole presentation—it was wrapped in parchment paper and it...

  • We're late to the party but Gnocco in Brewers Hill is pretty much flawless

    We're late to the party but Gnocco in Brewers Hill is pretty much flawless

    "Have you tried Gnocco yet?" a friend asked several weeks ago. I hadn't. Gnocco (3734 Fleet St, [443] 449-6540 gnoccobaltimore.com) has been on my to-visit list for some time, but for one reason or another, I hadn't gotten around to making the trip to Brewers Hill. And after a while, the restaurant...

  • The Smell: Blacksauce Kitchen makes the jump to a brick and mortar location

    The Smell: Blacksauce Kitchen makes the jump to a brick and mortar location

    Remember that classic scene from Saturday morning cartoons where a hungry character would get a strong whiff of a delicious smell—whether it was a freshly baked pie or a steamy bowl of soup—and be hypnotically lured in its direction? The Smell, a persuasive white vapor, wafted through the air from...

  • Ate Dat: Abdu Ali muses on food as self care

    Ate Dat: Abdu Ali muses on food as self care

    Musician Abdu Ali didn't come to this interview to play. On his phone, he's made a list of eateries he loves and wants to shout out. He pulls it up at the start of our meeting at Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant in Mount Vernon because he didn't want to forget anything. "I'm a food thot," he tells me....

  • Dog Eat Dog: Two food spots for dog lovers

    Dog Eat Dog: Two food spots for dog lovers

    In honor of this year's Pets Issue, we wanted to highlight a few of Baltimore's dog-themed and dog-friendly eating spots. Bone appetit! (Sorry) Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon, (410) 563-5423, brgrwagon.com Thursday is Koopers Day at City Paper, The Sun, the Transit Administration, and elsewhere...

  • Butchers Hill Society offers good food, but isn't quite up to par

    Butchers Hill Society offers good food, but isn't quite up to par

    "Are you from the neighborhood?" asked the woman, gray-haired, fuschia-sweatered, from the table behind us. She had already been greeted by other diners passing through the narrow room while she finished her meal, and now, preparing to leave, she was warm while making our acquaintance. When we...

  • Eat 2017

    Eat 2017

    Baltimore is a special kind of food town, with favorites and staples that go beyond our steamed crabs and unwavering loyalty to Old Bay seasoning on anything and everything. You can also get a chicken box smothered in salt and pepper and ketchup, a meaty sandwich piled too high with pit beef, endless...

  • The Elephant brings the Brass Elephant into now

    The Elephant brings the Brass Elephant into now

    There’s nothing “on trend” about The Elephant. There aren’t any made-to-look-old Edison bulbs (well, I did spy one in an old chandelier, but I’m pretty sure it’s original), repurposed barn wood, or dolled-up plates of Korean-fried chicken. But what they do have—despite prices that give some sticker...

Drinking

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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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