| Jun 23, 2011
| 7:39 AM
Forty-five minutes into the one-hour drive from Baltimore to Cafe Tuscany in Westminster, I'm cursing my editor. With all of the restaurants in Baltimore, why is it necessary to go this far out for Italian food? "This place better be worth it," I said...
| Nov 18, 2010
| 3:56 PM
If you are having trouble generating fond feelings toward bankers — say you hold them responsible for the nation's financial meltdown and the subsequent mortgage mess — you should visit Alewife, a tavern in downtown Baltimore that once was a...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 4:10 AM
How do you feel about potluck invitations?
Potlucks are often recommended as a way to keep entertainment costs in check. If everyone brings a little something, then no single person is footing the bill.
It seems like the concept of "bring a dish to...
| Nov 23, 2010
Kona Grill is a high-energy place.
Pulsating music permeates the smartly designed, 160-seat restaurant carved out of the first floor of the Verizon building. The tables are on fire. OK, just one has a fire pit. Its flames leap from a table on the patio...
| Dec 16, 2010
| 11:18 AM
The Red Parrot Asian Bistro in Hanover — the community in Anne Arundel County, not Pennsylvania — has good food in a bland setting.
It is a restaurant that specializes in Southeast Asian fare. The setting, a glassy corner building in a mall...
| Jul 19, 2011
| 1:11 PM
With all the strip malls and traffic, York Road can get monotonous and frustrating. Step inside Cafe Spice and, almost immediately, you feel like you're miles away from the bustling suburban streetscape.
Paintings and draperies spruce up the walls of the...
| Oct 27, 2010
| 7:46 PM
Meeting and eating a new food can be exciting. The other night at El Hidalgo, a Tex-Mex restaurant in an Elkridge shopping center, I was introduced to tlacoyos.
They were Mexican corn cakes ($7) shaped like torpedoes, stuffed with chicken and topped with...
| Nov 4, 2010
| 9:50 AM
The dining room walls of the Twisted Harp are emerald green. Gorgeous crystal chandeliers glisten. Dishes arrive flavored with sauces made with Irish whiskey. You could almost forget you were in a Nottingham shopping center.
Yet, if you look out the...
| Nov 11, 2010
Like a lot of taverns in the Baltimore area, the Yellow Dog Tavern in Canton has a lively first floor dominated by the bar and a quieter second floor filled with tables and chairs.
When my wife and I showed up there for dinner on a recent weeknight, we...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 11:34 AM
For those holiday shoppers who are out of gift ideas and out of time, The Mall in Columbia has introduced a new automated option for purchasing mall gift cards on the fly.
The new "Shop Etc. Gift Card Kiosk," located near the holiday poinsettia tree and...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 1:34 PM
If you're traveling through Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport this holiday season, you may notice a few new additions.
As BWI embarks on a $100 million expansion project, fliers will notice differences in airline locations,...
| Dec 24, 2011
| 6:52 PM
A former assistant vice president for M&T Bank in Baltimore has been charged with mail fraud, prosecutors said, after she defrauded a federal export credit agency and an international corporation to pay American Express bills and her taxes.