| 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...
| 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...
| Feb 28, 2012
| 4:42 AM
Appletini. Few words make bartender Doug Atwell shudder as much as that one.
Atwell is part-owner and head mixologist at Rye, a new bar in Fells Point that specializes in craft cocktails, the bar equivalent of gourmet meals. These drinks are made with...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 4:00 AM
To promote nightlife in swanky Harbor East, Cross Street Partners is organizing what it bills as the neighborhood's "first pub crawl, a progressive event perfect for foodies and fun-loving city dwellers."
"People come here and they eat in the dining...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 5:18 AM
Tucked in a house in the maritime-centric neighborhood of Eastport, VIN 909 proves that Annapolis cuisine has more to offer than crab cakes and rockfish.
The duo behind the wine cafe, manager/owner/sommelier (and Annapolis native) Alex Manfredonia and...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 3:38 AM
It's Wednesday night in Upper Fells Point and I'm sitting at the bar of the restaurant Salt.
The restaurant has entered its chilled-out mode; dinner service ends in a half-hour at 10:30 p.m. A jazzy score — Charles Mingus and Roy Hargrove —...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 3:55 AM
Let's be honest for a second: This season of"The Real Housewives of New York City"has been pretty lackluster. In fact, over the past eight episodes, not much has happened and not much has changed.
Yes, we have the Ramona vs. Heather wars and Carole's...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 4:07 AM
The naming of a bar might seem like the simplest task on the new bar owner's to-do list. But it's one of the most delicate. The name sets expectations, conveys intent and establishes an owner's taste.
With a name like Cowboys & Rednecks, the new...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 7:26 AM
Food & Wine magazine recently named Ocean City among its list of "America's Best Boardwalks."
The online listing - I couldn't find it in their magazine issue - puts O.C. pretty close to top - in the Top 10, for sure, and possibly the Top 3.
| May 9, 2012
| 4:56 AM
PABU, the second restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, is scheduled to open this week.
The dinner-only restaurant is the first collaboration between Michael Mina, whose San Francisco-based restaurant group also developed the concept for Wit &...