Featured, Food & Drink, Hot Plate

Hot Plate: Ice Cream Everywhere, Farm Festivals, Wonders of Damascus at Hersh’s & More

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 23, 2017 9:34am

Johnny’s Ice Cream Cart has taken up residence on Roland Avenue.

Summer has officially begun and the local food scene is ready to celebrate the season. This week brings ice cream news, farm festivals, outdoor parties and more. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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Hot Plate: CREAM at Union Craft Brewing, Wine Dinners Everywhere

0 Written by: | Friday, May 26, 2017 9:27am

Wit & Wisdom Chef Zack Mills will cook a four-course dinner at The Vineyards in Dodon on Thursday.

With rain in the forecast, Baltimoreans might not need to break out the sunscreen this weekend. But there’s still a lot to celebrate now that summer is – unofficially, at least – on the horizon.

Here’s a look at what local restaurants have planned for Memorial Day weekend and the rest of the week:

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Hot Plate: Mother’s Day Around Town, Crabs at Wit & Wisdom, Openings in Hampden

0 Written by: | Friday, May 12, 2017 9:30am

Wit & Wisdom will offer crab feasts on the patio this summer.

With Mother’s Day this weekend, Preakness coming up next week and warmer days ahead, there’s a general feeling of Spring Fever excitement in the air around Baltimore, particularly in the city’s restaurants. Here’s a look at what the food world has in store for us this week:

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Wednesday Morning Headlines: Two More BPD Officers Suspended in Connection with Racketeering Indictments; Mount St. Mary’s Wins NCAA Tourney Opener; and More

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 7:24am

How many snow days do school districts have left? – WBAL-TV

Two additional Baltimore Police officers suspended in connection to criminal indictment of gun squad – Baltimore Sun

Lawmakers question firing of blue crab manager – WYPR

Nearly 10,000 Wal-Mart employees in Maryland receive cash bonuses – The Frederick News-Post

Mount Saint Mary’s staves off New Orleans in NCAA tournament First Four opener – USA Today


This Election Is Really Making People Crabby

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 9:33am

Earlier this month, an airplane towed pro-Trump, anti-Hillary banners over Ocean City. Then, after receiving hundreds of complaints, that company said it would no longer carry any political advertising at all. But don’t worry–people are finding other ways to get their message across. Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink, Lifeline

Virginia Tries to Take Credit for Maryland Crabs

4 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 9:14am

fried crab

Last week, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe told a radio interviewer that most so-called Maryland crabs are actually born in Virginia. “So really,” he said, :they should be Virginia crabs.” The nerve! Read More →

Food & Drink

Where, When, Why & How to Eat Maryland Crabs

2 Written by: | Monday, Jun 08, 2015 10:40am

steamed crabs

Happy crab season, everyone! In honor of every Marylander’s favorite food, Eater just published a massive round-up of everything you could ever want to know about crabs. Read More →


W. 29th Street

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 3:30pm

Sterling Seafood

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That Nature Show: What Do you Know About The Blue Crab?

2 Written by: | Friday, Jan 03, 2014 8:06am


This is the fourth in our new weekly column, That Nature Show, about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

We were in Easton for New Year’s with the family and at 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve a.k.a Puritian Midnight and Midnight For Those With Young Children, there was a much anticipated crab drop. My son, 8, a motormouth who asks a thousand questions per diem that I can’t answer because they are brilliant and incisive asked, “Will they drop crabs on my head? Who will do the dropping? How long to crabs in the wild live? Where are they in the winter?” I responded like the parenting books tell you you should with an encouraging: “Hmmm?”

“Mom!” he said, “You sound like a robot. You used to go crabbing when you were my age, why don’t you know these things?”

This is for him.

Baltimore’s Blue Crab — mascot on everything from t-shirts to beer mugs to New Year’s crab drops — is callinectes sapidus, from the Latin, Beautiful Swimmer That Tastes Good. They range the Western Atlantic from Nova Scotia all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, but the fishery has  historically centered on the Chesapeake Bay.

But, my friends,  if you’re eating crab in the winter, you are not eating Maryland crab. Our season is from April 1 to December 15. You’re eating Louisiana crab or crab imported from as far away as Indonesia. You can’t sing Maryland, My Maryland with a pitcher of Natty Boh eating those, can you? Read More →

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UPDATED: Bill, Baltimore’s Weather-Predicting Crab, Will Tell Us if Winter Is Coming After All…

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 9:32am


Everyone knows you can’t trust a meteorologist for an accurate weather prediction. Do you know what you can trust? Baltimore Bill, the official weather-predicting crab.

For the past couple of years, Baltimore Bill has predicted the coming season by scuttling off his specially built crab platform and jumping into the Chesapeake Bay. Last year, Bill predicted an early winter, and sure enough, Baltimore saw its first snow in mid-November. The year before, he got it right as well. A 100% accuracy rate is better than any other weatherman, weatherwoman, or weathercrab we’ve ever heard of; it also handily beats out Punxsatawney Phil, who gets it right only about 39% of the time.

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