| Nov 9, 2012
| 6:46 PM
At the Music Cafe on Ridge Road, the restaurant local residents call the hippest in town, owner Randy Anderson says he's thrilled he'll soon be able to add beer and wine to his menu for the first time.
A few blocks away, at the down-home Red Rooster...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 12:17 PM
What's new at Antrim 1844? Not much, really.
If it wasn't your thing then, it still won't be now. But If you enjoyed coming up to Taneytown for your 30th anniversary dinner at the Smokehouse Restaurant, you won't regret the drive up to northwest...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 11:53 AM
I loved Bluegrass when it opened in 2010, but I loved it even more on a recent visit because it seems to have hit its stride.
Some of the improvement at Bluegrass has been from the natural mellowing that happens with good materials. Some of it has been...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 1:50 PM
Thursday is release day for 2012 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the big release, always scheduled for the third Thursday of November.
Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in Federal Hill is having its 6th...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 6:00 AM
It's every host's worst nightmare — running out of something, not having enough. How do you know how much wine, beer and spirits to buy for your holiday events? Here's your cheat sheet!
The First 15 Minutes:
Statistics have shown that the...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 6:57 PM
"Come casual … dine fine."
That's the motto sprinkled across Christopher Daniel's menu and signage. The concept — good food served in a low-key setting — is a worthy one. But while the service is top-notch, the food portion of "fine"...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 10:28 AM
Fancy the notion of being pampered, polished and indulged with your sweetheart at your side this Valentine's Day? Then consider a spa escapade for two.
"In the past, romance was about tales of travel and adventure — the kinds of experiences that...
| Mar 2, 2012
| 9:24 AM
Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Enjoy a taste of something sweet at the 22nd annual Chocolate Festival in downtown Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, March 3. The festival includes a seven-category chocolate baking contest open to all levels of skill,...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 1:30 PM
New Year’s Eve comes just once a year — and even less often on a Saturday night. For Baltimore-area restaurants, that’s a very good thing.
One in five Americans is planning to dine out this New Year’s Eve, according to a recent...
| Nov 3, 2011
Wine is the focus at Grand Cru, a bar in the charming food market at Belvedere Square.
It's a good spot to sit and learn about new wines — chances are, Grand Cru's knowledgeable staff can help you find a new favorite grape. The selection of...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 7:49 AM
Of the 11 cocktails on the menu at Wit & Wisdom Tavern at the new Four Seasons, several automatically jump out. They carry unexpected ingredients, like Fernet Branca, a herbaceous liqueur, and bitters with a dominant orange flavor.
But before I ordered,...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 9:18 AM
The new Baltimore Bartenders Guild issues no seals of approval. It simply demands that prospective members give a damn about the ingredients and ingenuity of their cocktails.
Since profiling the guild last month, I've been checking out members who are...