Food & Drink, Hot Plate

Hot Plate: Valentine’s Day, The Local Fry Turns Two, Whisky Weekend at Magdalena & The Ivy Hotel

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 10, 2017 7:55am

Star anise-dusted venison is on the Valentine’s Day menu at The Milton Inn.

It’s that time of year when hearts, flowers and prix fixe menus dominate the restaurant scene. It’s Valentine’s weekend! Baltimore restaurants do have a lot of big plans in the works for the holiday, but this week offers more than chocolate.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in and around town:

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Shop Local, The Rack

A Roundup of Baltimore’s Best Valentine Cards

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 2:39pm

Gone are the days when we made valentines in school out of paper plates and doilies, relishing guilt-free in the seemingly unlimited craft supplies, and handing out democratically the finished product to everyone we knew. Sure we might celebrate with friends, or secretly hope for a homemade card from the kids, but let’s face it: We are adults now, by golly, and we usually have to narrow it down to one special valentine these days. We all know to book the reservations in advance, and pick up the flowers, but who has time to make a card? Still, nothing says “I love you” quite like that timeless tradition of writing those exact words.  Read More →

Culture, Food & Drink

OpenTable Ranks Baltimore the 10th Most Romantic U.S. City

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 3:05pm

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Baltimoreans know their city holds plenty of romantic appeal to balance out its grit, but now we have relative proof, thanks to a new list from dining reservation service OpenTable.

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Featured, Food & Drink, Hot Plate

Dishy Dining: What’s Happening for Valentine’s Day at Baltimore’s Restaurants

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017 8:04am

Cinghiale’s spinach ravioli with black trumpet mushrooms, pignoli and housemade mozzarella (photo credit: Britt Olsen-Ecker)

Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, which means that when it comes to dinners out to celebrate, Baltimore’s lovebirds have lots of choices. As usual, local restaurants have a lot planned for the holiday, from cooking classes to special menus.

With only a week to go before the big day, it’s time to make your reservations. Here’s a look at what restaurants have in store for Valentine’s Day 2017:
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Shop Local, The Rack, Waverly

Baltimore Business Offers Local Flowers with a Conscience for Valentine’s Day

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017 1:15pm

Buying flowers is a Valentine’s Day standard, and few gifts make someone feel as admired as a big, vibrant bouquet. A study by Rutgers University researchers in 2005 concluded that flowers have both an immediate impact on happiness and a long-term positive effect on mood. People who are regularly around flowers demonstrate a higher sense of life enjoyment and satisfaction. They are a fail-safe gift that everyone loves. But have you ever considered the environmental impact of buying flowers?

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Lifeline

Baltimore Valentine’s Day Parties: 3 For and 3 Against 

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 12, 2016 2:45pm

Enchantment Under the Sea (via CityFam)

Enchantment Under the Sea (via CityFam)

catch of the day fish (2)Valentine’s Day falls serendipitously on a weekend this year, but it still can divide an event schedule. Even if the Hallmark side is too inside the box (of chocolates), there are plenty of ways to embrace Valentine’s Day in the city. Some of those include getting in touch with your hatred of the lovey holiday. Here are a half-dozen events happening this weekend: Read More →

Lifeline, Sponsored Post

Have a Cozy Valentine’s Day at Home

1 Written by: | Friday, Feb 12, 2016 10:36am

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No reservation needed.

Want to treat your Valentine to a romantic dinner? Take your date to the best place in town—your place. Whether you’re an experienced chef or new to cooking, here’s how to make your date night delicious:

  1. Start with a cheese plate. Pair this Valentine’s Day cheese bundle with crackers, jam, and nuts. 
  2. Make dinner together. Pick up a Surf & Turf bundle or choose a dish. Is your Valentine vegetarian? Try this Lemon Pesto Pasta with Edamame.
  3. Cozy up with your favorite romantic comedy and enjoychocolate for dessert.
And, hey, our Valentine’s Day bundles are on sale! Not every day you get a Valentine that’s both romantic and thrifty.
 

Treat Your Valentine
 

 

Food & Drink

Dishy Dining: What’s Happening for Valentine’s Day at Baltimore’s Restaurants

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 05, 2016 11:00am

Petit Louis' fireplace. Photo via Trip Advisor

Petit Louis’ fireplace. Photo via Trip Advisor

February is upon us, which means it’s time for groundhogs, football parties and all things lovey-dovey. If you’re planning to dine out this Valentine’s Day, now’s the time to make your reservations. Baltimore’s restaurants are delivering in the romance department, with tons of special menus. This year, the holiday falls on a Sunday, which means that many local restaurants are hosting special events all weekend long. Baltimore will be a busy place this Valentine’s Day. Here’s a glimpse at what’s happening at restaurants in and around the city: Read More →

Cockeysville, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

“Love Yourself” Jewelry Trunk Show at Sass Upscale Resale Boutique

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 12:27pm

Sass Upscale Resale
“Love Yourself”

JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW

At Sass Upscale Resale Boutique

Designer & Fun Fashion Jewelry

 

Thursday, February 4th 4-8pm

Don’t wait for your guy to buy you Bling this Valentine’s Day…Treat yourself to gorgeous jewelry, accessories & handbags with gourmet chocolates & Prosecco sponsored by VOGA Italia

Judith Ripka, Alexis Bittar , Alex and Ani, Jewelry from Nordstrom, Coach, Bora, Sorelli, J Crew, Sterling Silver, Drusy, Rose Gold, Michael Kors, Polished Coral, Tiffany, Gucci , Diana Kauffman, Kate Spade, Movado, Swarovski, contemporary & so much more!!

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Harbor East, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

Love is in the Air at Harbor East

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016 1:00pm

LOVE,
HARBOR EAST

February 8-14
Who says Valentine’s Day is for couples only? Let Harbor East show you some amour as we surprise our patrons with random acts of kindness starting Monday, February 8 through Sunday, February 14. We’ll be “love-bombing” patrons with everything from sweet treats and wine, to gift cards from Harbor East merchants. Follow us on Instagram for a sweet week of giveaways! Dining out in Harbor East for Valentine’s Eve? We’ll also be treating randomly selected tables to a bottle of bubbles, on us, as our thanks for making Harbor East your destination for life’s most special moments. XOXO <3
BALTIMORE
RESTAURANT
WEEK – EXTENDED!

Through February 7th
Baltimore Restaurant Week has been extended thru February 7th!  Shake off that snow-induced cabin fever and enjoy a specially crafted prix fixe menu at your favorite Harbor East restaurant including: Apropoe’s, Bond Street Social, Cinghiale, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, James Joyce Irish Pub, Lebanese Taverna, The Oceanaire, Pazo and Roy’s Baltimore.  Dinners for $25 and $35 per person. Lunch/Brunch for $15 and $20. Sponsored by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit Baltimore. Reservations recommended. Cheers!
http://www.harboreast.com/events/baltimore-restaurant-week/
BIN 604
Wine Tastings & Classes
Tasting: SHOWDOWN: France vs The World
Thursday, February 4 | 6-8pm | Tickets are $29
Binology 102: A Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairing
Saturday, February 6 | 2:00-3:30pm | Tickets are $39.
Tasting: Malbec Mania
Thursday, February 11 | 6-8pm | Tickets are $29
Wine & Chocolate: A Match Made in Heaven
Sunday, February 14 | 5:00-7:00pm | Tickets are $29
Featuring decadent chocolate truffles from Foreman Wolf’s Executive Pastry Chef, Travis Marley.
Tasting: Spanish Bargains
Thursday, February 18 | 6-8pm | Tickets are $19
 Binology 103: Jura & Savoi
Saturday, February 20 | 2:00-3:30pm | Tickets are $39.
PASSPORT SERIES: Over the next four months we’ll be travelling through France to visit some of the countries most renowned, and most obscure, wine growing regions.
Binology 101: The Basics of Wine Tasting
Saturday, February 27 | 2:00-3:30pm | Tickets are $29.
BLANCA FLOR
SILVER JEWELRY

Valentine’s Day Special
Blanca Flor wishes you a Happy Valentine’s Day! Receive 10% off all heart jewelry and mention the word “LOVE” for 15% off any one piece of jewelry. http://www.blancaflorsilverjewelry.com/
APROPOE’S
Carrot Cake Day
Wednesday, February 3, 5-10PM
Enjoy homemade carrot cake and carrot cake inspired cocktails on special from 5-10PM. Carrot Cake has been made since the Middle Ages, when sugar and other sweeteners were rare and very expensive, and so people used sweet vegetables to flavor their puddings. During World War II, the British government rationed many luxury foods and household staples including sugar. To appease the nation’s sweet tooth, the Ministry of Food promoted recipes for carrot puddings, carrot-filled pies, and carrot cakes. Today, many families in the UK still serve carrot cake on Christmas Day!
Leap Year Day
Monday, February 29

Our team will craft the original Leap year cocktail for you as we prepare ourselves for another 4 years of hectic madness. Depending on how you calculate it, the Leap Year cocktail either turned 86 this year — or is just embarking on its 20s. The exact date this drink was invented is documented in the Savoy Cocktail Book, bartender Harry Craddock’s popular mixing manual, first published in 1930. This blend of gin, orange liqueur, lemon, and sweet vermouth was born on Leap Day, 1928.
Craddock noted that the drink was “said to have been responsible for more [marriage] proposals than any other cocktail that has ever been mixed.” That’s quite a claim, although it’s hard to know from Craddock’s blurb whether all that Leap Year-fueled question-popping resulted in engagements. 

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