Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Patriotic Foods

I wrote a roundup of patriotic foods over at FoodieView if you want to check it out before the 4th of July.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Cake is Awesome pt 2

Threadless is now selling the shirt we got free at the Charm City Cakes event. Check it out here.

Great Grapes!

great grapes

We had the great fortune of going to Great Grapes, an annual food, wine and craft festival this weekend. It was very warm but the samples were plenty and everyone was super friendly. The focus was on local wineries, many of which have fun events of their own all round the city.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Cake is Awesome

Last night we went to the Threadless and Charm City Cakes party. It was very hot (no air conditioning?) and a little last minute feeling but fun. There was a very cute cake (above) that was so perfect, Matt thought it was a statue! Everyone also got a (I am assuming) limited edition shirt with that cake on it. There were some prints up and a DJ. I am glad we got there fairly early and got the shirts and cake, it said it went on until 11:30 but everything seemed to be winding down fairly early.

Mary Ann (or maybe Mary Alice? it was pretty loud) from Ace of Cakes was there (who I am not familiar with because we don't have cable but people seem excited) who got a statue from Threadless for wearing their shirts on-air and in real life. We also ran into the photographer who took my picture for the Baltimore Magazine article which was fun, he was the nicest photographer I've ever had! Anyway, the main reason we wanted to go besides our love of Threadless and the lure of free drinks was to finally try a Charm City Cakes cake. I mean, they cost a fortune, we make all of our own cakes for celebrations and we were getting tired of waiting for someone to have a wedding and get one. They look great, we've all seen that, but how do they taste?

After all that build up we battled the crowds and tried a tiny sliver and it was just eh. Moist. Decent crumb, but it really just tasted like a kind of generic bakery cake. Not horrible but not anything outstanding either. My slice didn't have the fondant on it, but it had a very sweet, buttery icing that left sort of an oily feeling in my mouth. Could they not be using 100% butter? Anyway, it is sort of a relief to know that despite the cakes looking gorgeous, they are not perfect.

I am glad we went and I hope more events like this pop up in Baltimore.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Why I love Rheb's

Beyond the fact that they sell the best candy ever, they send out e-mails like this one:

Due to the weather conditions during the summer, we are temporarily suspending our on-line ordering. If you would like to discuss the shipping of candy we ask that you give us a call at 410-644-4321 or 1-800-514-8293.We do this in an effort to ensure you receive the quality candy that you are used to from Rheb's. We will resume on-line ordering as soon as the weather cools again. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope you have a wonderful summer.

The Rheb Family

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Clementine Update

The last time I went to Clementine, they were out of a lot of their menu items. It was towards the end of lunchtime and new, so I forgave them. However, I went there again yesterday and they were out of 2 soups and didn't have salmon, despite it being noon and definitely lunch time. This is really some thing they need to work out if they want to do well!

It is frustrating to not be able to get what you want and what is listed on the menu every time you go to a restaurant. It also makes me hesitant to go back for dinner, their menu is limited to begin with so if they were out of food then, I would imagine being I might be forced to order something that I had no interested in whatsoever.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Farmer's Market Report

farmer's market

We went to the farmer's market (the one under 83) today and really lucked out. Some french shallots, spring onions, a heirloom tomato plant (with black tomatoes!), pea vines and best of all, some blue crabs! The crab guy was getting ready to leave so he sold me 16 crabs for $11 (what I had in my pocket) which was a great deal-they are normally $20 a dozen.

I love the farmer's market, even during this time of year when there are more plants for sale than produce but I wish it was better organized. While the prepared foods stands are not something I am interested in at all, they are very popular. Unfortunately, they are not in their own separate section so you end up have to cross long lines of customers to get to the actual produce. It is really frustrating because the market is very crowded anyway, and have to cross lines of people waiting to get an omelet or hot sauce just to get some onions is daunting. Wouldn't it be a better set-up to have all of the prepared foods and hot foods in one section and the produce and flowers in another? That way the people who are going there to get fresh fruits and vegetables and get them and get out and not have to tangle with the people getting breakfast or lunch or kettle corn or whatever.