| Dec 14, 2011
| 2:23 PM
It’s been just about a year since the Aida Bistro folks packed up their pots and moved to their new location. The effort has evidently paid off, as business was brisk on two recent visits.
There’s a spacious feel when you enter the front...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 5:55 AM
Welcome to the Year of the Meatball. I was going to predict it here first, but apparently other media have already predicted it. Still - meatballs. In other food items, a few restaurants around town are going on Janauary vacation. So civilized. Also, your...
| Jan 9, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Baltimore County Restaurant Week starts on Thursday, with some 40 restaurants participating in what amounts to a free-for-all. Restaurants can fix the price for their promotional menus, for lunch or dinner, at $10, $15, $20, $25, $30 or $35 for one,...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 12:23 PM
It's the Ravens' first home playoff game since 2007, and depending on the outcome of the Denver-New England game, it could be their last home game until next season. So let's make this tailgate count.
Since the weather this weekend is predicted to be...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 9:29 PM
As we begin this week’s episode of “Top Chef,” I have to ask: Did anyone really miss Beverly? Over the past few weeks I had rooted for her because I love an underdog, but let’s be real: The woman was annoying.
This week the...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 1:53 PM
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Thursday, a sure sign that winter will continue for six more weeks.
Amari, the Maryland Zoo's spotted leopard, disagreed.
And the law of the jungle says leopard trumps groundhog every time.
For the second year in a row,...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 7:57 AM
Calle's Cucina is a place with potential.
Chef-owner Carl "Calle" Vahl has the experience to run a show-stopping restaurant, with both formal and on-the-job training in Italy and New York. Philosophically, Vahl is in the right place, too. He uses fresh,...
| Feb 14, 2012
Raymond Akers of China Grove, N.C., is hoping someone can share a recipe for semi-spicy Italian meatballs for spaghetti. Surprisingly, I did not receive any recipe from readers, so I decided to do a little experimenting to come up with a good one....
| Feb 14, 2012
| 6:05 AM
It's the year of the meatball. Beginning Valentine's Day, Baltimore Diner will follow meatballs wherever they may roll in 2012. Welcome to Pop goes the Meatball.
In New York, where meatball mania has taken hold, a new meatball is on its way. Meatball...
| Feb 19, 2012
| 5:55 PM
Pop Goes the Meatball, Baltimore Diner's continuing coverage of the Year of the Meatball, continues.
But first enjoy "Sophia Meatball Hut," a prescient 1984 SCTV video short with Andrea Martin as Sophia Loren.
In Baltimore meatball news, Aldo's in...
| Mar 7, 2012
Not so long ago, Italian, Chinese and Greek food were considered delicacies. Now they're take-out (and even chain restaurant) fodder, and Baltimore's international dining offerings have expanded to every continent, save Antarctica. (Perhaps that's...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 10:29 AM
To an outsider, the pubs and taverns on O'Donnell Square might all look the same. But a Canton insider knows how to pick the one that suits his or her dating status, age group or mood.
Tavern on the Square, the newest addition to square, is, from what...