Apple Suprise at Ale Mary’s

The same night I went out with the ladies, my husband took the boys out for their bachelor party night.   His plan was to take the boys to a local pub that has a decent Belgium beer list, then come back to the house for cigars and fire pit time! They headed down to Ale Mary's in Fells Point, Baltimore. In his words: "Two of us got burgers.  The burgers were great!  I had to wipe the drool off of Ryan and Corey's mouths.  The first round of drinks were really good.  Bachelor boy, Marc got the La Chouffe, it was spot on!  … [Read more...]

A Little Mischief at Sei

Our dinner reservation was for 10:30.  I slammed an extra espresso at 8 and prepared myself mentally to tackle the late night challenge!  I was headed out to Brielle's bachelorette party with a bunch of 20 year olds.  I was honored that they wanted me, 30 something, mom of 5 to tag along.  But, I have to admit, I had to gear myself up for a late night...it had been a while. We headed out to DC to meet the rest of the party at their hotel...a gorgeous new W hotel, Aloft, set beside the Potomac River at the National Harbor.  The … [Read more...]

Iolanthe, Mussels and Belgium beer

My beautiful cousin Maria is a trained opera singer.  Of course, I knew right away, from the moment we use to sing Miss Mary Mack in our sleeping bags at night, she would one day be a star!  A few weeks ago, my husband and I had the privilege of seeing her perform in Washington DC with the Savoyards. She played Iolanthe. It was a light opera...entertaining and funny! Afterwords, we invited Maria and her husband to go get a bite to eat with us.  (We had already done our research and knew where we were headed.)  We went to … [Read more...]

Little Bit of Clementine

My husband and I had a date!!  Woo who!!  I have to admit, it's been a while.  We wrapped up our night at a new little restaurant in Hamilton (Baltimore, MD).  It's called Clementines.  Since we had not made dinner reservations and the kitchen was closing, we begged our way in for a cup of coffee and dessert.  Since Clementines has opened, it has been busy.  I have hear wonderful things about the food, and mixed reviews on the service. Now, because Devon and I have a combined 30+ years in the food industry, when we go to a … [Read more...]

Pazo Raises the Bar

Friends of ours decided to get married...a bit on the fly.  So, after we attended their spontaneous ceremony, we "flew" into action.  We wanted to make their day special.  I went to a favorite Baltimore spot, Pazo.  I wanted to make reservations, make sure the tab was charged to me and give them a heads up that this was a special evening.  Ingrid, the dining room manager, knew just what to do!  She reserved a table and made a note to add on complimentary glasses of champagne.  I left knowing that my friend's night was in good … [Read more...]

A Night Out With Our Peeps

So, we (a group of five gals who went out to catch up, take a break from kids and husbands), drink a few cold ones and nosh a bit) just got back from the Yellow Dog Tavern.  My Lagunitas IPA was hitting the spot!  CA kicked back a cold Stella.  We ordered a round of appetizers (up to three, on Tuesdays are half off) and sat back to enjoy a time of catching up and taking a breather.  The pommes frites were a hit!  The mussels were tasty and tender!  Our waiter, Alex recommended the Kobe beef sliders and they were a perfect split … [Read more...]

Warmed at Hearth

Our time in New York City was great!  We found inspiration in many places.  We found it where we stayed-the Waldorf.  We found it where we shopped-ABC Home & Carpet.  We found it in the simplicity of a good breakfast at a common table, and we found it with our friends around the good food at Hearth.  Under the glow of the red wall, our table, because we were with foodie friends that like sharing, sampled each others' food. Our favorites were the braised lamb shank, the polenta, the arugula and fennel salad, and the … [Read more...]

Oh My Momofuku!

So, after our bowls of bliss, we spent the afternoon walking around Soho.  We got lost in the MoMA store and Kate's Paperie. The guys waited patiently while we picked out papers.  We made quick friends with the clerks there.  I almost got in trouble for taking a picture in there.  The clerk asked, "is that for art?" and I shot back, "everything's about art!"  She high fived me and let me go free!  After all their waiting we rewarded the guys with a quick pub stop and then lunch at Momofuku Ssam. We chose Momofuku because Todd … [Read more...]

Bowl of Bliss at Belthazar

We started our first day in NYC at Balthazar last weekend.  Todd and I were beginning our breakfast there.  It is such a lovely bustling place.  Our waiter, one of many attentive waiters, came and asked us if we wanted our coffee or cappuccino in a "cup" or a "bowl".   You can not go wrong with anything you order at this place as far as I can tell.  Hearty, healthy breads, homemade granola, fresh fruit, and pastries.   This is the way to start the day.  We started ours with a cappuccino, a bowl of warm bliss.   Can I tell you how … [Read more...]

Magik at Death & Co.

Dark street, dark door, dark curtain...everyone in black.  We were kindly greeted by our NY friends and Death & Co. regulars.  They introduced us to the guru drink guy.  He gave us a nod as he created his magik.  We cozied into our booth and let the waitress guide us into a new and rediscovered culture of well mixed drinks.  They went out of their way to get it right and make us happy.  The whole experience will be with us for a while.  Well worth seeking out the dark doors! … [Read more...]