Not that we'd want to be a name-dropper. But, after folks scoped out the Hippodrome's totally fab face-lift, last week's big Opening Night Gala was all about checking out who was there. Take a deep breath and dive in.
Wally and Mary Ann Pinkard, Betsy Compton and Eric Grubman, Clair Zamoiski and Tommy Segal, Amy Elias, Richie Pearlstone, David Nelson, Leslie Shepard, Sue Cohen, Donald Hicken, Lynn and Tony Deering, Bill Struever, Bill Jews, Jon Kaplan, James Piper Bond, Ellen and Buddy Zamoiski, Terry and Martha Perl, John Pearson, Tom Wilcox, Paul and Dorothy Wolman, Patrick Kerins, Rebecca Hoffberger, Jonna and Fred Lazarus, Suzy Dunn, Jan and Larry Rivitz, Sarah and Steve Eisner, Jay and Sharon Smith, Henry Rosenberg Jr., Peggy and Don Hutchinson, Carey Deeley, Peter Angelos, Carole and Bean Sibel, Theo and Blanche Rodgers, Suzin Garabedian, Father Hap Ridley, Nanny Warren, Mary Kay and Chuck Nabit, Brian Lawrence, Karen Bokram, Michelle Whelley, Connie Caplan, Ellen Small and Jim Dale, P.J. Mitchell, Adrian Harpool, Margaret and Dick Himmelfarb, Sandy Apgar and son Clayton, Cindy Conklin and Bob Merbler.
In other words, few of B- more's who's who weren't there.
And then there were the outfits. Everything from business meek to evening chic. A couple of standouts? Terry Morganthaler's groovy Michael Kors pants in a graphic '60s mod pattern and Suzi Cordish's custom-made red satin and chiffon cocktail dress, from the Bergdorf Goodman design team Danes.
Speaking of notable get-togethers, the '90s oh-so-"in" book-club trend may be giving way to the '00s salon.
We're talking about the trend that swept 18th-century France, where famous folks in art, literature and politics would gather at one another's palaces to gab about it all.
This time around, local professionals are forming their own little salons. They're getting together maybe once a month at one another's homes to discuss books, movies, cultural and political trends -- with an occasional speaker thrown in.
Just heard about the latest from Bill Cassidy, Long & Foster's Fells Point sales manager. His group has just about topped out. So, if you too want to be a trendsetter, you're gonna have to start your own salon.
XS marks the spot
Spring must be right around the corner, because new restaurants are starting to bloom around Charm City.
You may have spotted the too-cool new XS, 1307 N. Charles St., with four floors fronted in icy glass and metal. Phillip Quick, who owns the place with Morris Bloom, describes the place as something "a little different, a little cutting-edge."
It's a Seattle-style coffee bar, sushi bar, restaurant and lounge all in one, and all rigged out in sleek Italian steel and curved glass. Cool industrial. First floor is a coffee bar and sushi bar. Second level has the mezzanine with tables and chairs overlooking it. Third level offers a full-service restaurant and cocktail bar. Fourth floor is a loft stuffed with sofas, armchairs and two plasma TVs. Food-wise, you've got your specially made coffee from a Seattle roaster; sushi and other Japanese dishes courtesy a former NYC sushi chef; an all-day American breakfast menu; and some salads, panini and wraps.
The hours at XS are 7 a.m.-midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday. You may notice XS, 410-468-0002, is lodged right next to two other eateries -- Jay's and Viccino Bistro. That's no accident. Phil and Morris own all three.
Oh, and did we mention the free wi-fi computer access available throughout?
Meanwhile, Cantonites have a new sushi and Thai hangout. Remember that sushi joint right next to Blockbuster on Boston Street's Lighthouse Point? It's gone, and in its place is the sparkling new Sushi-San Thai Jai Dee. In case the first part of the name sounds a little familiar, Sushi-San is related to two popular local restaurants. Or rather its owner, Kam Sesum, is. One of his brothers -- Sam -- owns the San Sushi in Cockeysville. Another -- Vandhy -- owns the San Sushi Too in Towson, where Kam worked for a number of years.
So, you've got an extensive sushi, sashimi and Japanese menu, as well as a boatload of Thai choices. Sushi-San seats about 80 and also offers two bars: sushi and cocktail. And, of course, there's carryout.
You'll find Sushi-San, 410-534-8888, at 2748 Lighthouse Point East. It's open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.
By the way, Kam says the last part of the name -- Thai Jai Dee -- means "happy Thai." Here's hoping that's a good sign about what you'll find there!
To submit tips, ideas and possible items for Hot Stuff, send e-mail to email@example.com or fax to 410-675-3451.