Friday Extras

Thepirate weekend is so jammed, we already had to post our Weekend Wrap-Up so you can decide what to fit in. But there are two additional events you might want to consider adding to the agenda. (even MORE food and drink options!)

First, today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day (it’s a real thing).  So you can spend the day at work telling people to walk the plank and it will seem cute, instead of threatening. Or you could be the office hero by dressing up in pirate gear and marching over to Krispy Kreme and getting a free box of doughnuts. (if you don’t like your office-mates, you can just talk like a pirate and get a free glazed doughnut) They even have some templates you can use to make an eye patch, hand hook, or parrot for your shoulder.

Qualifying pirate costumes must include three or more of the items below.

Pirate Attire
Make yer own Pirate Academy approved accouterments at home or while on ye ship. Tag and share ye pirate gear using #TalkLikeAPirate.

  • Eye Patch
  • Pirate Hat
  • Pirate Flag (Black or Red)
  • Bandana
  • Peg Leg
  • Parrot on Shoulder
  • Pirate Shirt / Loose white shirt
  • Knickers
  • Leather belt
  • Silver and gold necklaces and earrings
  • Pirate Hook
  • Pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals

Pirate gear is optional for the next event, but it’s in Fells Point, so it won’t look out of place.  Full Tilt Brewing’s Hop Harbor is having their release party at Max’s Tap House on Saturday night.  The party begins when the Maryland Brewer’s Harvest ends and is free to the public. Hop Harbor is described as ‘the brew for the Hop-Head in all of us. From the lineage of Simcoe and Nugget, Mosaic hops play the leading role in both flavor and aroma in this brew’s generous and complex hop bill. Balanced with a full body and an ABV of 8.3%, this Double IPA isn’t for the faint-of-heart and should not be taken lightly.’

The official tapping will happen at 7 pm alongside their line-up of Full Tilt’s Patterson Pumpkin, Fleet Street Raspberry Wheat, Baltimore Pale Ale, Fully Tilted Baltimore Pale Ale, and Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout.

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Weekend Wrap-Up: Stuffed September

for wrap upAll the festivals and all the food are coming to Baltimore this weekend. Layer upon layer of tantalizing food and beverage events have rolled out their food trucks, small bites, seafood,  and brews for a weekend that shall forever be know (from this point forward) as “Stuff your Face September.” If you’re too cool for delicious bites (or just not that into eating) you can try 80s prom at Sticky Rice instead.

The Gathering Returns to DuBurns Arena

If you don’t know the gathering by now, it’s probably about time to introduce yourself. On Friday, September 19 at 5 p.m. every food truck you ever dreamed of (at least the ones that live in Baltimore) will descend on DuBurns Arena to feed us hungry Cantonites.

Maritime Magic Benefit on the Baltimore Waterfront

Helping Baltimore’s Living Classrooms Foundation never tasted so good. Their Annual Maritime Magic Benefit Event at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park in Fell’s Point is this Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m. Over 70 of Baltimore’s top restaurants will be set up to serve you accompanied by beer, wine, special liquor samples, soft drinks, and a cash bar. Expect bites from Blue Moon Cafe, Dooby’s, Red Maple, and Verde. Tickets are $110 and include live music, a silent auction, and a chance to help shape the future of Baltimore.

Baltimore Seafood Festival at Canton Waterfront Park

B Scene Events & Promotions is at it again with an awesome, Canton-based event that is all about Baltimore’s favorite pastime: seafood. The inaugural Baltimore seafood festival is bringing delicious, waterside eats to Canton on Saturday, September 20 from noon to 6 p.m. Hang out with neighbors and enjoy crab cakes, crab soup, shrimp salad, local oysters, and (duh) Maryland blue crabs. A live reggae band will entertain you for the afternoon. Ticket prices vary based on how much you are looking to consume. Kids 10 and under are FREE with a paying adult.

Maryland Brewer’s Harvest at Bond Street Wharf

Saturday, September 20, from 2 to 6 p.m., the Maryland Brewers are getting in on the festival action in the city with a craft beer and food sampling event at Bond Street Wharf. Sip brews from over 24 brewing companies and 150 varieties. This event is complete with local top Chefs Bryan Voltaggio, Spike Gjerde, Rodney Henry, Keith Long, Chris Marquis, Marc Dixon – plus tthe Choptank Sweets Oyster Bar. General admission tickets start at $35.

80s Prom by Sticky Rice

If you want something a little less food centered and a little more “dress up in ridiculous costumes”, Sticky Rice in Fells Point is holding an 80s Prom from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, September 20. Join them to celebrate their fourth year of business by channeling a sixteen candles vibe and drinking $4 drinks specials all night.

 


It’s a GREAT night to go out to dinner!

www.diningoutforlife.com

www.diningoutforlife.com

Tonight (September 18th) is a fantastic night to avoid the kitchen, and hit up one of our delicious area restaurants for Dine Out for Life.  Dining Out For Life® is a fundraising venture for outstanding local HIV/AIDS service organizations and programs throughout the United States and Canada.

Last year, 53 Cities participated with 3,253 Restaurants raising $4.27 Million for HIV/AIDS service organizations!

In and around Baltimore, there are a ton of restaurants participating and excited about supporting our local organization, Moveable Feast. Moveable Feast’s mission is to provide life-sustaining nutrition at no charge to people living with HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and other life-threatening conditions throughout Greater Baltimore and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Moveable Feast is located in Baltimore City but serves Baltimore City plus 14 counties in Maryland: the 5 surrounding counties and all 9 counties on the Eastern Shore.

Moveable Feast’s Dining Out for Life event raises tens of thousands of dollars, thanks to the generosity of community-minded restaurants, sponsors, and those who dine out with their families and friends that day to help our neighbors in need. By simply eating out at one of the participating restaurants, at least 25 to 100 percent of proceeds that day will go to help feed hundreds of men, women, and children right here in our community living with HIV/AIDS, and other life-challenging conditions such as breast cancer.

Local participating area restaurants include:

Jack’s Bistro Donating 25%
Langermann’s Donating 25%
TEN TEN Donating 25%
Fleet Street Kitchen Donating 25%
Bagby Pizza Company Donating 35%
Little Havana Donating 25%
Cafe Gia Donating 25%
Joe Benny’s Focacceria Donating 25%

But if you’re venturing out of the Canton-Harbor East bubble, that’s ok too. Check out the full list of participating restaurants here.

Get Your Thrift On

Butchers Hill Association Fall Flea Market & Craft Fair

Butchers Hill Association Fall Flea Market & Craft Fair,    Logo by Teresa Anders

As you pull out your fall clothes, you might be navigating through a basement of old sports equipment, holiday decorations and hobby accessories that just didn’t stick and wonder if you’re actually on an episode of hoarders. (Just me?) If you know this struggle, there is the Canton Yard Sale Facebook page to help you unload some of these items to your neighbors.

BUT if you planned ahead, you just might be selling your wares at this Saturday’s Fall 2014 Butchers Hill Flea Market and Craft Fair. The Fall 2014 Butchers Hill Flea Market and Craft Fair will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located in the northwest corner of Baltimore’s Patterson Park near familiar landmarks–the Pagoda, the marble fountain, and the White House.

Perhaps you’re now looking around your house thinking, I don’t nearly have nearly enough stuff. Well your in luck. Buyers will not only enjoy all the amazing items people are trying to unload but also crafts and artisan products as well as a great outdoor setting, live band music, and picnic food and beverages offered by Butchers Hill Association.

Anyone wishing to donate items to the Butchers Hill table may drop off items from 7:30-10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 20 by pulling into the designated space on Patterson Park Ave at Lombard Ave. If requested a donation slip from a 501C3 organization is available. Proceeds from the Butchers Hill table directly benefit two local public schools.

Buyer Tips:

1. Come as early as 9:00 a.m. (but not before then, please!) The event is over at 3:00 pm. Buyers pay no admittance fee!

2. Stroll through the park, along half a mile of vendor spaces, stopping for breakfast or lunch at the Butchers Hill food booth with its soda, muffins, coffee, and bottled water, staffed by volunteers who’ll freshly grill your hot dog, hamburger, or veggie-burger.

3. After you’ve “shopped ‘til you’ve dropped,” or while you’re having lunch, drop by the White House to enjoy our mellow, easy-listening band music. .

4. Buyers may not bring motor vehicles into Patterson Park. .

5. If you buy something heavy or bulky, you may TEMPORARILY use parking spaces at the Lombard-Street gate (next to the White House) to load them into your vehicle. If you abuse this privilege, you can be ticketed!


Big, Bigger, Biggest

I was walking home last night and was marveling at the largeness of the new homes on the 1000 block of Decker Avenue. M. previously lived on this block (in the older new homes) with 3 roommates and I thought that space was BIG. These dwarf it.  When I saw you can text to learn more, I had to check it out.  (Which is probably better than me peering in the windows like a creep.)text

So they really are ginormous. They seem to be at least twice the size of your average row house with a two car garage (my jealousy abounds).  I love the outside space.  Both the lower deck and roof deck are spacious enough to have a party without worrying about anyone tipping over the edge. (Am I the only one that worries about that?)

My favorite room is the living room with the large sliding glass doors. I would have preferred they used the accordion glass doors, but you can’t beat the view and light that comes in. The open layout to the kitchen is perfect for entertaining. All of the finishes are modern with clean lines.

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The one thing I can’t shake is the grey paneling outside.  Every time I walk by it I complain and M. explains that it’s supposed to look that way. I hate it.  I think it looks unfinished. But since it’s slightly (ha) out of my budget, I’m going to guess I’m not it’s target market.

 

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It’s listed at $769,000 and boasts 2,600 sq feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  It even has a dumbwaiter, which I have wanted since reading Harriet the Spy.  You can check out more pictures and a video here to get the full feel.

What’s you’re favorite/least favorite part of these new homes?

Stretch and Celebrate

M.Power Yoga in the Natty Boh Tower have been successfully combining yoga with some of Cantonite’s favorite things; outdoor events, roof top views, and farm to kitchen foods.  Though they have been hosting events all summer, they will be holding their Special Opening Party  this Saturday, September 20 at  6 pm.  You will be able to take a class in their brand new studio,  and then party it up on their rooftop with food from Of Love and Regret, beer by Oliver Brewing Co. and Kombucha.   There will be a live DJ, Lululemon giveaways, demos, Flash Tattoos (my favorite) and more. Event Details:

  • 6pm: M.Power 2 class led by Michelle and Gina with live music by the Herd Bros
  • 6:15pm: M.Power Barre class led by Courtney and Brenna with DJ Dijus
  • Following class: Rooftop after party featuring:
    • Live DJ
    • Lululemon giveaways
    • Henna & flash tattoos
    • Free Kombucha
    • Free Natty Boh Beer & Oliver Ales kegs
    • Catered by Of Love and Regret (Vegetarian friendly menu)
    • Acro Yoga demos

Space is limited and you must RSVP by calling 410-534-YOGA or emailing at info@mpoweryogastudio.com.

All my parties end with Flash Tattoos.


Weekend Wrap-Up: Star Spangled Out

spectacular-homeWe’re not sure if you’ve noticed it, but some big ships have moved into Baltimore and, well, spectacular events are about to take over your weekend. It seems restaurants, parks, and all of Baltimore are all-in for commemorating the 200th anniversary of the national anthem this weekend. So break out that red, white, and blue, leave that car at home (Steelers and Yankees are in town this weekend too), or just ignore the whole thing and take the kids to see Sesame Street Live.

Dance with the Kiddos at Sesame Street Live

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance ! is taking over the Lyric Opera House this weekend from Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14, with show times from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Two live performers will host the interactive show, full of dance parties, of course. Some of your kid’s favorite characters will join the audience for this up-close-and-personal event. Tickets run from $20 to $55. It’s a great way to do something for the kids before heading to more adult activities this weekend.

Bar Crawl to Help a Neighbor

We’re no stranger to bar crawls here in Canton, but usually they’re run by event companies who do it to make money off of us. What if you could day drink with drink specials while contributing to a neighbor in need? This Saturday, September 13 at 11 a.m., a group of friends is holding an off the square crawl to raise funds for, “A good friend, local guy, who was recently diagnosed with a pretty aggressive type of sarcoma and is in the process of going through treatment at Hopkins.” The crawl begins at O’Donnell’s Pub and is $20 for a glow in the dark wristband, drink specials, and a chance to help out a neighbor when he needs it most.

Get Star Spangled Out all Over Baltimore

O’s Say … how Can you not See that you make it to the Star Spangled Spectacular events? Tall ships, navy ships, and the Blue Angels have arrived in Baltimore for the 200th bday of our national anthem. Landside festivals include living history demonstrations, a family fun zone, live musical performances, and Chesapeake food and beverage. Events crescendo on September 13 with two star-studded patriotic concerts and extraordinary fireworks display over Fort McHenry and the Baltimore harbor. Our recommendation: skip the Inner Harbor crowds, and head to a rooftop (for Canton rooftop day), or post up at Canton’s Waterfront Park with a picnic for a great view of the Blue Angels (they fly at 2 p.m. both weekend days) and the fireworks.

Sailabration Spectacular Cocktails and Dinner at Waterfront Kitchen

Looking for a more private place to get a view of the giant ships and sky shows for the Star Spangled Spectacular? Waterfront Kitchen has you covered. It’s hosting two waterside events on Saturday, September 13. First, there’s an All-American wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. for $159, which includes a five-course, eight-wine dinner from chef Jerry Pellegrino, with prime seating on the restaurant’s waterfront promenade. For those looking for something a little less formal, there’s a cocktail party from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. for $59 that includes includes passed hors d’ouvres, shared snacks and treats from the grill as well as local beers and wines.

Head to the Hampstead Hill Festival in Patterson Park

Exhausted from the weekend’s events? Don’t give up yet. The Hampstead Hill Festival in Patterson Park is celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore on Sunday, September 14 with a free festival from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The festival includes live music and performances, canon firings, historical re-enactments, navy parachuters, The Gathering food trucks, craft beer, and more.

Fall Foods Are Here!

It’s a bit chillier and a bit darker as I drive to work in the morning, rather than preparing to buy a SAD light, I’m going to focus on the fun of fall approaching.  Pumpkin flavored things, apple cider doughnuts, tailgating, and Chef Egg Live’s Autumn Apple Fest event.  On September 18th, Chef Egg will be cooking up Apple and Sweet Potato Stew with Cheesy Puffs, Asian 5 Spice Apple Braised Chicken w/Apple, Beat and Kale Slaw, Apple Bread Pudding.  This event is BYOB, so perhaps some spiked cider or Patterson Pumpkin Ale?

If you’re more interested in learning the tricks of the trade, you should register for the Hands On Knife Skills Class on September 25th.  Have you ever watched cooking shows wondered how the F$@k those chefs chop so fast and smooth? Let Chef Egg teach you the fundamentals of basic knife skills and get you “Chopped” like “Top Chef” in no time! Start of with practice knives while learning basic techniques and graduate to the real thing while preparing healthy and tasty recipes. From knife construction, types of knives and sharpening to professional cutting techniques these skills will have you slicing and dicing like a proper chef. Bring your favorite knife from home and Chef Egg will also sharpen it to perfection.

Both events will be held at Blue Moon Cafe at 7:15 and tickets can be purchased here.

CHEF EGG'S SAUTÉED APPLE CRISP


Crowdsourcing in Canton

Canton loves helping their neighbors. Especially when drinks are involved. Recently several groups have formed to help Cantonites’ find the best happy hour deal, football community, or parking spot as well as try to keep Canton safer.

If your looking for the best daily happy hours and specials you should join the Canton Restaurant Specials and Happy Hours. Its a closed Facebook group, but ask to join and check out the deals from local restaurant owners who are advertising happy hours and special discounts for people that live in Canton. Specials are constantly being updated and pinned to the top of the page. 

Don't turn into Bubbles.  There are tons of places to make new friends!

Don’t turn into Bubbles. There are tons of places to make new friends!

Tired of being out-cheered because your team is from out of town? Have no fear, Canton Neighbors have created an editable document where you can add your team’s go-to bar. They have recently begun to add college football bars, so check it out and and meet up with your brethren.

If you’re interested in helping to prevent crime in the neighborhood, you can join the Canton Neighbors-security camera group. This group was formed by a group of Canton neighbors that are interested in getting security cameras installed around their homes.  They’ve researched and found a group deal for camera packages and alarm security plans.  A newer group, Canton Crime Watch has just formed, to organize a neighborhood watch for the Canton Community.

Are you over circling the block for parking but Haystack wasn’t for you? Canton Parking Spots might be it.  This group is still working out the kinks but need Cantonites like you to highlight underutilized or open spots in the Canton area.

Cheers!

 

Get Your Taste Buds Ready

imageVery little beats local, fresh food. The best Baltimore restaurants are utilizing the delicious bounty from our local farms for the American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) ‘s 5th Annual “Farm to Chef” Culinary Competition—Maryland’s most unique and exciting experience for food enthusiasts. Mark your calendar  for Monday, September 29th at 6:30pm.

30 of Baltimore’s most talented chefs will partner with local farms to create innovative recipes for 350 plus food enthusiasts. Canton’s own Neil Langermann’s from Langermann’s will be deliciously representing our side of the town.

The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) Baltimore/MD Chapter, whose mission is to advance the understanding, appreciation and quality of what we eat and drink, is proud to present this one-of-a-kind event, designed to highlight the local talents of Maryland’s chefs and the bounty of our local farms. “Farm to Chef” benefits Days of Taste®, a discovery-based program that brings together farmers, chefs and community volunteers – to introduce elementary school children to the basic elements of taste and to teach them how their food travels from farm to table.

You don’t have to worry about getting thirsty because in addition to the chefs’ creations, top mixologists from The Baltimore Bartenders Guild will serve innovative and unique libations using premium quality spirits from regional distilleries. The bartenders will be using the freshest produce from the best local farms to create seasonally, exciting cocktails.

Local celebrity judges have the coveted task of tasting all of the Chef’s creations and choosing the tastiest and most creative dishes in three categories: sweet, savory and vegetarian. A People’s Choice award will be based on the guests’ votes. The evening will also include an amazing food-lovers raffle that includes culinary classes, wine dinners and a YEAR OF DINING –where 12 of the best restaurants in town each offer a $100 gift certificate! And not only do guests get to enjoy the tastiest event in town, they will go home with a special Hometown Swag Sack filled with local goodies.

Learn about the chefs  and farms here.

Purchase tickets here!

Details:

Date: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2014

Time: 6:30pm

Location: American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD

Cost: Advance Ticket Sales – $95. Day of Event – $120