| Nov 6, 2013
| 9:24 AM
For the past few years, Atomic Books owner Benn Ray envisioned one day transforming the back area of his Hampden bookstore from a record store into a cafe. And instead of serving coffee, the bar would sell beer and wine.
“I like the idea of being...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 12:42 PM
When Jake McCarty decided to build an outdoor living space with a fireplace as a focal point, he knew that natural stone from local land was the way to go.
McCarty, a Cockeysville resident, had a lot of ideas about what he wanted in his backyard, but he...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 2:11 PM
Terry Sullivan sometimes finds himself absentmindedly swirling a glass of juice or water as if it were a glass of fine wine when dining with friends or family members.
"That's when you know you can't turn it off," he said, referring to his passion for...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 6:29 AM
From Rias Baixas, Spain
Serve with: Bacalao (salt cod) or other fish
This intensely flavorful dry white wine from Galicia in northern Spain delivers a lot of complexity and style for its price. It offers flavors of lemon, herbs, apples,...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 10:04 AM
Janet Luby, co-founder of Bay Theatre Company, and Belinda Fraley Huesman, executive director of Chesapeake Arts Center, recently met to discuss the status of their organizations' partnership.
A three-stage revival plan for Bay Theatre was put into...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 4:21 PM
It's been a busy three years for Marta Ines Quintana, owner of Towson's Havana Road.
There's her thriving catering business, a line of fully prepared packaged dinners Quintana developed for supermarket sales, and a cookbook and television show —...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 4:05 AM
Halloween is coming to the historic district in a big way this year. Festivities start this weekend, and it seems like the whole town is prepared to be scared.
They are busing people in for the start of the "HallowRead" book convention on Friday, Oct....
| Oct 23, 2013
| 12:25 PM
In The Baltimore Sun's my ongoing devotion to any and everything "Downton Abbey," I present to you the new Downton Abbey Wine Collection.
Carson, start pouring.
According to a press release (memo to all people: please continue sending me all...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 10:46 AM
Carving a dining room and patio out of bedrock wasn’t the easiest construction project for Pure Wine Cafe owner P.J. Strain.
The expansion of the wine bar and restaurant on Ellicott City’s Main Street took twice as long and cost twice as...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 3:28 AM
Harford County's liquor board administrator retired a month ago, board members have confirmed, but not before she had filed a lawsuit against the board to block a potential personnel action against her. The suit was dismissed Wednesday.
| Oct 25, 2013
| 10:52 AM
Wedded to the mantra that money is better spent on experiences than on the latest roll-out from Apple, we visited Ikaria, the deliciously isolated and funky island in the Aegean Sea. It so happened that all four of my grandparents were born on this...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 9:43 AM
Name: 2012 Save Me, San Francisco "Soul Sister" Pinot Noir
Serve with: Roast poultry, duck breast, tuna steak
This is a wine from a winery founded by the rock band Train and named after one of its hits. Pretty cheesy,...