| Jan 17, 2014
| 12:07 PM
This quirky island, snug in the wine-dark northern Aegean Sea, came alive with tantalizing tales my grandmother spun when I was young. The narratives, some real, others not so much, were a balm.
On school nights, they kept me up past my bedtime....
| Oct 13, 2013
As warm afternoons give way to cool, crisp evenings, cities awaken from their summer nap, abuzz with new openings, performances and cultural events. Vibrantly hued country roads become stamping grounds for food festivals, wine tours and leaf peepers....
| Dec 6, 2013
| 1:46 PM
There isn't much that goes on in Baltimore that doesn't include Tom Noonan. The president and CEO of Visit Baltimore is responsible for promoting the region and all of its venues as a destination for conventions, meetings, leisure travelers, day-trippers,...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 7:25 AM
Phew! They did it! They survived week one of "Top Chef," Season 11. Chef Patty was crying over the experience, which didn’t win her any points in chef Stephanie’s book -- she insisted she’ll only cry when she is kicked off. Hmm,...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Dinner in a suburban Italian restaurant is rarely worth a one-hour wait. But it is when it comes to Facci, the first restaurant in Ellicott City's new Turf Valley shopping center.
The restaurant, which opened in September, is named after owner...
| Feb 25, 2014
Bryan Voltaggio's recent announcement that he'd be opening a restaurant in Baltimore arrived like a complimentary dessert — something you appreciate all the more because it isn't expected.
"OHMAGAWD" and "yeeeeeesss!!!" were a few of the...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 3:15 AM
After smooth sailing the first time seeking tentative approval for a new wine bar and store in the Rock Spring Shopping Center, the second time around the owners of the new establishment are up against opposition from owners of other liquor store owners...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 4:57 AM
Though New Year's Eve is less than a week away, even last-minute party planners have time to add a Maryland sparkling wine to their celebrations.
With seven of the state's 56 wineries producing America's version of champagne, the local wine industry has...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:58 PM
'Tis holiday season in Baltimore's most holiday-happy neighborhood! Walking the Avenue (West 36th Street) at this time of year is especially magical.
Sidewalks are filled with shoppers who appreciate and value small, locally-owned businesses. Light...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 2:54 PM
2011 Newman's Own Cabernet Sauvignon
Serve with: Red meat, pasta, pizza
This red wine from the company founded by the late, great actor Paul Newman is a terrific value. No, it's not the most complex cabernet to ever...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 7:13 AM
Let's take a minute to discuss groundbreaking, because there seems to be an awful lot of it going on around Hampden.
I'm not referring to recent groundbreakings for Rotunda redevelopment or Skatepark of Baltimore's planned skateboarding park within...
| Sep 26, 2013
This year's Hampdenfest, held on Saturday September 14, caught a break and had uncharacteristically gorgeous weather.
A record number of people turned out to eat food, drink the Brewer's Art/Union Craft Brewing collaboration beer Hampden Rye, watch...