May 21, 2009

Take Me There Thursday


Baltimore


~~ First let me say that the places I will be featuring for Baltimore --- I have not visited. Baltimore is a destination DH & I considered for our honeymoon and we still dream about taking a trip to this wonderful, historic city. So I have a bit of information gathered and will be featuring places, restaurants, etc. that we hope to someday visit. ~~


Breakfast

For breakfast, mosey on over to the Golden West Café. The website describes it as, “eclectically decorated with seasonal flair,” & says that their menu, “…caters to diverse tastes; where else can your party enjoy a breakfast burrito, Thai chicken & mint salad, wild Maine blueberry pancakes, a green Chile cheeseburger, & a vegan BBQ riblet sandwich simultaneously?” The “eclectically decorated” refers to their long bar, a wall plastered with record covers, vibrant colors & an array of artwork.
Their breakfast menu looks delish. Here is the Breakfast Burrito…



Potatoes, beans, & eggs in a flour tortilla smothered in jack cheese, Chile sauce & salsa fresca. Looks big enough to share right? And at $9.99 it is a great deal.


I am particularly intrigued by the Elvis & Lisa Marie Pancakes… “Two enormous buttermilk pancakes with bacon crumbles inside. Topped with sautéed bananas, honey, & peanut butter.” I love pancakes with peanut butter, pancakes with bananas... I even like mixing peanut butter & honey together... why have I never thought of this combo before?!?!

Lunch

After a morning of walking through the Baltimore National Aquarium or Geppi’s Entertainment Museum your tummy will grumble… Head to L.P. Steamers Crab House for a light lunch. Praised by the New York Times, Baltimore Sun & the Baltimore magazine (for Best Seafood) it is a great choice for enjoying steamed crabs.

And if lunch makes a huge impression, you can always have fresh, steamed crabs shipped to you once you are back home.

Snack

I love ice cream. I could eat ice cream every day. Cheesecake, vanilla, coffee, strawberry – you name it. So, of course, I like to explore different ice cream options when traveling & Pitango Gelato is high on the list. This organic establishment makes their gelato with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Using fresh fruits as well as cream, milk & eggs from a Pennsylvania farm – the flavors are true & crisp.

My pick of flavors is the Chocolate Noir which they describes as, “Our most intensely chocolate flavor, this is the equivalent of pure dark chocolate—clean, crisp & barely sweet enough to pass as gelato. We call it "chocolate for adults."” Oh. yeah.

Dinner

Ahhh, hopefully you have explored the city & returned to your hotel for a little nap. Dress it up a little & taxi to The Brass Elephant. Even the website for this upscale restaurant speaks ‘elegance.’ Baltimore Magazine noted this restaurant as, “the best place in Baltimore to wear a slinky black dress.”


Some culinary options are Butternut Squash Dumplings with Herb Broth & Truffle Oil or the Cedar Planked Salmon with Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower, Wild Rice & Zucchini Timbale & a Bacon & Honey Mustard Emulsion. The desserts are simple & refined – Flourless Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream or a Granny Smith Apple Tarte Tatin with Burnt Sugar Ice Cream. Mmmmmm……



I hope you have enjoyed our short journey through Baltimore this month. There will not be a Take Me There Thursday post next week as I will be on vacation; but I will return June 4th with a new destination!


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1 comment:

Megan said...

I hope you do get to Baltimore some day. I've never eaten at any of the places you mentioned, but I will have to keep them in mind. We love taking day trips there and walking around the Inner Harbour, going to the aquarium, baseball games, shopping, etc.

Go green! :)