Downtown

Downtown, Featured, Money & Power

Someone’s Trolling T. Rowe Price…

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 10:17am

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If you were downtown earlier this week, you may have noticed a bright red food truck. Don’t get your hopes up: It’s not the mobile taco truck you’ve been dreaming of. Instead, it was an elaborate promotional campaign by mutual fund company Vanguard. And it hardly seems like a coincidence that it was parked a short walk away from T. Rowe Price’s headquarters.
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Downtown, Lifeline

Freemasons Congregate in Baltimore, Presumably to Plan World Takeover, Assassinations, Etc.

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 10:00am

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The Freemasons are hosting their annual Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America this week, bringing 500 of the continent’s leading Masons to the downtown Marriott. This is a big deal since, as we all know, the Freemasons are responsible for faking the moon landing, assassinating JFK, instituting income taxes, and pretty much controlling the entire US political and economic system.
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Downtown, Featured, Lifeline, Mt. Vernon, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Downtown Neighborhoods Get New Names

3 Written by: | Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 10:53am

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Neighborhood names are a funny thing. They can give an area a sense of identity and unity; even the most seemingly unflattering names can become a marker of pride (witness Pigtown’s annual piglet races). So of course, now that Baltimore’s Downtown Partnership is pushing hard to get people to move downtown, they’re working to rehab the city map — by giving downtown neighborhoods new names.

The Baltimore Sun’s Jacques Kelly got an earful of some of the new names being considered. Here are a few he mentions, as well as my own subjective evaluation:

+Bromo – An uninspired, but solid, choice for the streets surrounding the eponymous tower. Has a hint of “bro” to it, which sounds about right. 7/10.
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Downtown, Food & Drink

The French Kitchen Opens in the Lord Baltimore

3 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 3:29pm

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The French Kitchen, the new restaurant at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore Street, opened this week.  The eatery will serve traditional French cuisine with favorites like boeuf bourguignon and french onion soup on the menu. The opening of The French Kitchen is part of a larger renovation taking place at the Lord Baltimore, which was bought by Rubell Hotels (the company owns some pretty swanky hotels around the country), and is expected to be completed in April of next year.  Read all the details about the restaurant in the press release below. – The Eds. 

From French classics such as Tartare de Boeuf and Salade Nicoise to contemporary preparation of Poulet Roti and Boeuf Bourguignon, The French Kitchen is now open under the watchful eye of Chef de Cuisine Jordan Miller. Currently serving lunch and dinner, and with Sunday brunch beginning in January, The French Kitchen is located in the Lord Baltimore Hotel, the landmark property that was recently acquired by Rubell Hotels.

“Every inch of the Lord Baltimore is being renovated to restore its prominence as one of the most significant hotels in Baltimore, and the opening of The French Kitchen marks the first public space to be completed,” said Gene-Michael Addis, General Manager of the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

The French Kitchen offers a full menu ranging from Hors D’oeuvres to Salades to Principaux along with an approachable selection of Sparking, Rose, White and Red wines. Hors D’ouevres include items such as Cured Saumon with dill, crème fraiche, potato, and everything bagel tuile; Soupe A L’Oignon with crouton and melted comte; Tartare de Boeuf with shallots, capers, garlic, herbs, poached egg, pear and crostini; and a selection of Fromage and Charcuterie. Salades range from Vegetables A La Grecque with mixed winter vegetables to Frisee Aux Lardon with arugula, bacon, poached egg, fourme d’ambert, pear and vinaigrette. Entrée selections – or Principaux – include Moules Normandes with apples, mushrooms, heavy cream, calvados, cider and fresh bread; Roasted Canard breast and confit of leg with lentils, orange, fennel and olive; Steak Frites with cippolini onions and french fries; and Raie, skate wing with brown butter, capers, fingerling potatoes and winter vegetables.

Chef Jordan Miller has nearly thirteen years of restaurant experience and began his work in restaurants at the age of fifteen as a dishwasher. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the University of San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador in 2008 with a B.F.A. in Creative Writing, B.A. in Spanish and a certificate of Culinary Arts. Miller has cooked professionally in New Jersey, Philadelphia, North Carolina, California and Ecuador and has recently worked with Plumpjack Hospitality group and winery in Olympic Valley California. “Chef Miller’s food will be heavily influenced by his travels in the Americas and the chefs who have shaped him and his career. His menus feature the season’s best ingredients and aim to create an approachable, relaxed, comforting and delicious menu that can be enjoyed by both families and foodies, while still paying respects to the history and charm of classical French cooking,” said Addis. Read More →

Downtown, Lifeline

Congratulations, Baltimore — You’re No Longer Dangerous (For French People)

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 9:53am

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Last week, we told you how the French Foreign Ministry’s travel warning website told French tourists to be on guard when visiting Baltimore. Roughly translated, their warning said that Baltimore is “considered a dangerous city except downtown.” Apparently someone at the ministry realized that this was ridiculous for many reasons — one big one being that downtown is often dangerous! — and the website has been changed.
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Downtown, Health and Fitness

Baltimore Gets a Little More Bike Friendly: Meet the City’s First Bike Parking Garage

0 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 10:37am

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Here’s a conundrum: biking to work (or wherever else you have to go) is awesome, but sometimes bikes get stolen. I once had someone steal my beloved bike from in front of Penn Station, even though I’d used what I thought was a really tough lock.

The city’s new Controlled Access Bicycle Parking might’ve solved that problem. The parking lot at 510 E. Lexington Street (between Saratoga & Gay Streets) now has a special room earmarked for bicycles. Lock your bike to the rack and rest easy knowing that there’s a garage manager on patrol, and that the room is accessible only to those with an access card.
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Featured, Parkville, Schools

Meet the Johns Hopkins Wading Team. Yes, the Wading Team.

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 04, 2013 10:13am

Photo via JHUWading Facebook page

Photo via JHUWading Facebook page

See those guys in the photo above — the ones lounging in a kiddie pool with big grins on their faces? Believe it or not, they’re athletes — members of Johns Hopkins’ brand-new Wading Team. “A wading team competition involves seven players: six waders and a referee,” Nicholas Mehrle sophomore and team member, told the JHU News Letter. “You sit in the pool until you’ve become ‘adequately pruney’; that’s the official term stipulated by the International Wading Team Association.”
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Culture, Downtown, Rant or Rave

Reader Review: The Grand Prix Delivers a Fine Finish

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 03, 2013 12:05pm

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One devoted reader emailed me over the weekend to tell me how much he and his family enjoyed the Grand Prix.  I invited him to share his experience with you. His enthusiastic first-person account of a day at the races will have you marking your calendar for 2014!

It also gives me the opportunity to introduce a reader-driven column that I have wanted to publish on the Baltimore Fishbowl for some time.  It is called “Rant or Rave” and it will give our readers the chance to let the Baltimore Fishbowl audience know about a local place or thing that is spectacularly wonderful or awful.  Please don’t abuse the opportunity with shameless plugs or angry diatribes.  (Not that anyone in the Baltimore Fishbowl would ever resort to such behavior!) If you have a rant or rave you care to share, email me at suzy@baltimorefishbowl.com. -SD

On Saturday our little family (my wife, our two daughters, a friend and I) went downtown to check out the American LeMans Series portion of the Baltimore Grand Prix.  Race organizers had been promising a lot: a full day of auto racing through the streets of downtown, a festival of entertainment in the race village, and a rock concert by the band “Live” to top it off at the end of the day.  And they did not disappoint.  (Full disclosure: fast cars and loud music are two of my great passions!)  We all agreed the day’s events were extremely well-organized and well worth the nearly $90 price of admission.

The “ALMS” races, as they are called, promise to be among the most frenetic in all of automobile racing: three different classes of cars race each other on the same track at the same time.  It is literally three races in one.  The “slower” class of cars are stock BMW’s and Porsches, plenty loud and fast enough to stand alone as an enjoyable car race to see in person.  But, then, pile on a second class of Ferraris and Saleen style cars, together with a third class of rocket-fast LeMans style cars, and you have a schmorgasbord of high octane racing to please even the most discerning of race fans.  With so many different types of racers sharing the track, it was no surprise that a multi-car crash delayed the race for a half hour on the race’s very first lap! Read More →

House of the Day, Parkville, Real Estate, Home & Garden

House of the Day: Stone-Fronted Colonial in Parkville

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 3:00pm

$495,000
9014 Satyr Hill Road, Baltimore
5 bedroom(s), 4 bathroom(s)
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MAJOR PRICE ADJUSTMENT, NEW W/W UPPER AREAS, & WALLPAPER OFF-SO NEW PAINT – on top of approx. 3700 sf of living area * 2 lovely CUSTOM additions expand KIT, MASTER SUITE, & GREAT RM. Expansive Deck allows full enjoyment of great yard & peaceful setting-backs to trees! This special home will suit a Buyer looking for convenient location with a country-feel and move-in condition. (NEW PHOTOS COMING)
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Charles Village, Downtown, Featured, Fells Point, Food & Drink, Highlandtown

Be Disloyal and Support Baltimore’s High Quality Coffee Scene

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 10:08am

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Loyalty cards and loyalty programs encourage customers to keep coming back to the same store in hopes of gaining perks or discounts or some other amorphous reward. But what do you do when you don’t want customers to return to the same places again and again — when, in contrast, you want them to find entirely new places to explore? Why, you give them a disloyalty card, of course!
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