Baltimore gains new wedding/event venue at Quarry Lake

Charles Levine announced today that in conjunction with the November opening of Citron at Quarry Lake at Greenspring, he will also open The Cove at Citron, a special event venue that will be available for corporate and social events beginning in January 2017. Located next to Citron and overlooking Quarry Lake, The Cove at Citron will offer patrons …

Baba’s Kitchen’s Farid Salloum opens restaurant in Remington

Inspired by the street food vendors of the Middle East, Farid Salloum, the chef and owner of Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen (my neighborhood favorite!) in South Baltimore, is opening a new concept in R. House  this fall. ARBA’s authenticity is derived from its fusion of old-world and new-age Mediterranean foods. Meaning “four” in Arabic, ARBA’s focused …

Review: La Cuchara at Meadow Mill at Woodberry

Restaurant: La Cuchara Neighborhood: Meadow Mill at Woodberry Architecture/Ambiance: La Cuchara means "the spoon" and there are awesome old spoons on the walls. There's whitewash wood to balance the dark colors of the mill, and, being an old mill, there are soaring ceilings. Service: Our server was very attentive and knew everything about the menu. She was able to …

Don’t miss the American Craft Council Show (and beer/whiskey tastings!) this weekend

  From Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21, the American Craft Council returns to the Baltimore Convention Center with 650 artisans and a craft beer pop-up from the likes of Union Craft Brewing, The Brewer’s Art, Charm City Meadworks, Monument City and Flying Dog. Like previous years, there will also be Balvenie scotch tastings (which …

Review: Iron Rooster’s adult pop-tart and more

Restaurant: Iron Rooster Neighborhood: Canton (at Canton Crossing) Architecture/Ambiance: Iron Rooster occupies the former Farmstead Grill space, which is open with soaring beams and a nice whitewash. Service: It was a media event, so I'm sure it was turned up a notch, but they were quick, friendly, and up for a little bantering. Food, food, food: Pro tip: …

Nacho Mama’s opening in Towson

Restaurateurs Jackie McCusker and Phil Gelso announced today plans to open their award-winning Tex-Mex restaurant, Nacho Mama’s, in downtown Towson. This is Nacho’s second site and will be located on the corner of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. The 6,700-sq.-ft. restaurant will feature casual seating, outdoor tables, a welcoming bar, and private dining space. “Opening …

9/17: “Hops for Housing” fundraiser at Union Craft Brewing

The Women’s Housing Coalition (WHC) is hosting an Oktoberfest-style event called Hops for Housing on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Union Craft Brewing in Hampden. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hopsforhousing.com before the event for $25, or at the door for $30. The event ticket includes a brewery tour, …

News & reviews of the Baltimore restaurants scene

Things are happening in the Baltimore restaurant scene. Here's a little recap: New dinner/cocktail menu at B&O American Brasserie B&O Is one of my favorites for delicious food from the acclaimed Mike Ransom and amazing drinks from the mind of bartender extraordinaire, Brendan Dorr, so I was excited to check out the new menus at …

Eventbrite Hometown Hunt: Thames Street in Fells Point, Baltimore

You know Eventbrite, right? It's basically where you buy tickets for pretty much anything. (You can create your own site to sell tickets to your own event, as well!) They're hosting a  Hometown Hunt where bloggers get to share their favorite places in their hometowns. My favorite place isn't one place, but a whole street. When …

Celebrate National Donut Day with a free donut from Dunkin’ Donuts

Tomorrow is National Donut Day and Dunkin’ Donuts will commemorate the holiday by offering guests a free donut* of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage.  The offer is good all day on June 5 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide. Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts is helping guests all around the world celebrate the joy of donuts, making …

Waterfront Wellness (sponsored by Medifast!) returns May 23

I'm excited to announce that Waterfront Partnership is partnering with my former employer, Medifast, Inc., to bring the Waterfront Wellness series to Baltimore starting May 23. This was one of the last initiatives that I worked on with my team there, so it's awesome to see it come to fruition. With the support of Medifast, Waterfront Partnership will add …

Dunkin’ Donuts brings back Black-Eyed Susan donuts for Preakness

Dunkin’ Donuts announced the return of the Black-Eyed Susan donut, which will be available through May 17, at participating Baltimore-area Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. The limited-time Black-Eyed Susan donut recognizes Maryland’s official flower. The donut is a yeast shell, frosted with yellow icing and topped with chocolate sprinkles and a dollop of chocolate buttercreme. Dunkin’ Donuts will …

5 things Friday: Other things that happened during #for30more

This 5 Things Friday is dedicated to all of the things that I've been doing in the past month while also promoting #for30more, which ended up raising $17,670 (to date)! I was excited to try* four new products, Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, baked goods from Immaculate Baking Co., Pillsbury S'mores Melts cookies, and Yoplait Kids yogurt. I'm not a …

#for30more giveaway #14: Acupuncture and personal training/reflexology

Another day, another giveaway! And #for30more just inched past $17K and could hit $18K in the next three days--if you all make it happen. Today brings two giveaways (so two winners!): An appointment with my amazing acupuncturist, Marina Gan,  valued at $125, and a 1-hr personal training session OR a 1-hr reflexology session with Perfect …

#for30more giveaway #12: Art, art, and more art!

Happy Friday, friends! Today's #for30more giveaway comes from some crazy talented people and is focused on the art. We'll have SIX winners! First up, "Tiny Notes" from my friend Madeline's mom, Twink. Twink is donating two packs of 8 cards/envelopes worth $15 each. Check out her Etsy store and follow her on Twitter to see more! My lovely friend, …

#for30more giveaway #8: KarmaPop ice pops

Baltimore, have you caught on to the KarmaPop craze? This company is so cool. They're first and ONLY food tricycle in Baltimore and make small-batch desserts like gourmet ice pops and mini pies. (Sweet Potato Pie and Razzle Dazzle Lemonade are flavors.) The mission? Spread good karma, one dessert at a time! Krystal of KarmaPop was excited to …

#for30more giveaway #4: Four (4) tickets for Tours & Crawls Baltimore or Annapolis

I'm so excited about today's #for30more giveaway because I'm actually doing the Tours & Crawls tonight! Steve and I are catching up with my fantastic friends Jes and Rachel of Intrinsic Events and going on a haunted pub tour in Fells Point. (Keep an eye on my Instagram/Twitter/Facebook accounts for the play-by-play.) While there are several options, …

#for30more giveaway #2: $25 gift cards to Blue Hill, Shiso, and Tavern on the Square

$4K in three days?? That's phenomenal! You're all rocking #for30more. Ready for another awesome giveaway? The amazing team at Blue Hill Tavern (which I reviewed way back in '09), Shiso Tavern, and Tavern on the Square donated SEVEN (7) $25 gift cards to each restaurant, so today's giveaway will have SEVEN winners! Each winner will …

#for30more giveaway #1: $50 to Local Color Flowers

In case you missed it, Katharine launched an awesome fundraiser yesterday, #for30more. You can read all about why she wants 30 more years as her 30th birthday wish and why I support the cause. Over $2K were raised in first day—but we can't stop yet! To make the fundraiser even more exciting, we've partnered with …

Five things Friday: Foodie happenings in Baltimore

There is a lot happening right now in the Baltimore food scene! B&O's Champagne and Oyster happy hour is back. From now through Sept 30 from7-10pm,  B&O AmericanBrasserie is reviving their popular TuesdayVeuveday promotion: A glass of Veuve Clicquot and a half-dozen oysters during the 7 p.m. hour for $7 each A glass of Veuve Clicquot …

Save 10% on Baltimore’s inaugural seafood festival!

Get ready for the first annual Baltimore Seafood Festival! The festival will debut on Saturday, September 20 from 12- 6pm at the Canton Waterfront Park. AND I'm offering a promo code! Participating restaurants include: Aggio, Bond Street Social, Barcocina, Langermanns, Café Gia, Farmstead Grill, Heavy Seas Alehouse, Ryleigh’s Oyster, Captain James Landing, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Blue …

Head to B&O American in August to try its throwback menu

B&O American Brasserie celebrates its 5th anniversary in August and invites the public to try its initial menu that started it all! I've frequented and written about B&O many times over the past five years and highly recommend that you check out this Baltimore gem. $5 Cocktails (Flight of all 3: $14) Horsecar (My favorite!!): Dorothy Parker …