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Power Lunch: The Kitchen at 137

Aug 06, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Welcome to Power Lunch. Each week we’ll review a restaurant in Annapolis or on the Eastern Shore from the perspective of nine-to-fivers getting lunch in the middle of their workday. Hence, pace and cost will be factored differently than you’d expect from a typical restaurant review, which is usually from the perspective of a dinner experience.   How we got here: James and I hopped in the car and headed to downtown Annapolis. The Kitchen at 137 is located 137 Prince George Street. The Kitchen is small and decorated in a Mediterranean style, with large, fun frame posters separating the diners from the cooks.  

Don't forget: Annapolis Crab Festival tomorrow

Aug 05, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Don't forget the Annapolis Rotary Club's Crab Festival tomorrow from 5-8 p.m. In its 65th year, the festival serves all-you-can-eat and -drink, including large crabs, Maryland vegetable carb soup, corn on the cob, beer barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, draft beer and sodas. Tickets to the event cost $60 for adulst and $20 for children ages 3-12.According to the Rotary Club's website, expect about 2,500 people eating 478 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 130 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbecue and hundreds of gallons of soft drinks and beer. Wow, that's a lot of food.

Dockside Caribbean Party at Watermen's Crab House

Aug 05, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Watermen's Crab House in Rock Hall has some fun events coming up both this weekend and next weekend. This Friday, Aug. 6, the restaurant hosts a dockside Caribbean party, complete with music from Samo JFC Reggae/Calypso from Trinidad. The event includes contest prizes and drink specials (the summer drink promo is Dekuper and Cruzan Rum), plus a limbo contest on the deck.

It's all about oysters with Annapolis Green

Aug 05, 2010 ● By Anonymous

In my recent tradition of telling you about things at the very last minute (by the way, so sorry for that. I'll do better, I promise), there's an event tonight I want you to know about, Green Drinks Annapolis. Here's the info from the press release: "Oysters, oysters, everywhere! Join us Thursday for some fun, learning about oysters, tasty appetizers and drinks and great music by the Oyster Boys in an oyster packing house!

Harbour Inn under new management

Aug 05, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Bob Pascal's Habour Inn and Marina in St. Michaels is now under new management and has added a new executive chef, David Hayes. The Inn is promoting its Sunday brunch, which features a carving station, an omelet station, and other special additions such as steamed shrimp and award-winning cupcakes by Pamela Zak. The brunch costs $25, which includes one specialty cocktail. Reservations are recommended; call 410-745-9131. Now I'm not a big breakfast food person, but shrimp and cucpakes? I think I could go for those at any time of the day.-- Kelsey Collins, kcollins@whatsupmag.com

Family Night at Metro Diner Cafe

Aug 04, 2010 ● By Anonymous

It looks like Metro Diner Cafe at the Annapolis Towne Center is really catering to families. Every Wednesday night from 5-8 p.m., bring the whole gang for a family fun night. Tonight, Aug. 4, kids can get their faces painted and spin the prize wheel. Because I didn't really know what that meant, I called over to the diner to find out. An employee told me that it's one of those big wheels that clicks as you spin it with an arrow pointing to your prize. The first spin is free, while extra spins cost $1 each. Prizes range from free items from the Diner to prizes from other places in the Towne Center.

Dinner and a Show

Aug 04, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Reynolds Tavern and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre have paired up to off a discount on either dinner or a show when you dine at the Tavern and see "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at the theater. They call it "Eats and Seats," and the premise is simple - show your theater ticket at Reynolds Tavern, and you'll get $3 off an entree for each ticket presented. Alternatively, you can take your Reynolds Tavern receipt to the theater's box office and get $3 off the price of an adult ticket - one for each entree purchased (up to four tickets).

Girls Night Out at Brique

Aug 03, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Girls, gather your friends and head to Brique, Centreville's newest restaurant. From 4:30-7 p.m. on Tuesdays (it starts tonight!), ladies received half off appetizers and -- GET THIS! -- a free bottle of house wine per table. Red or white, it's your choice. This is a pretty awesome deal. Now who can I get to come to Brique with me? Visit Brique's website at capitalculinaire.com/brique. The restaurant is located at 122 N. Commerce St. in Centreville. Call 443-262-8070. - Kelsey Collins, kcollins@whatsupmag.com

Taste wine Thursday, learn more about it Saturday

Aug 03, 2010 ● By Anonymous

  Bin 201 Wine Sellers, located in the Annapolis Towne Center, has plenty of wine-tasting and wine education events coming up over the next week or so. From 6-8 p.m. this Thursday (Aug. 5), taste some cold, crisp Sauvignon Blanc. The tasting features a variety of styles from around the world. All of Bin 201's wine-tastings are free. In case I don't get back to the blog to update you, next week's tasting features wine from southern France (Rhone, Roussillon, Languedoc and more). It will be held from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 12.

Power Lunch: Giolitti's Deli

Jul 29, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Welcome to Power Lunch. Each week we’ll review a restaurant in Annapolis or on the Eastern Shore from the perspective of nine-to-fivers getting lunch in the middle of their workday. Hence, pace and cost will be factored differently than you’d expect from a typical restaurant review, which is usually from the perspective of a dinner experience.   How we got here: Giolitto Delicatessen can be found near the Towne Center at Parole, just across the street from Whole Foods. The parking lot is snug, and you might have to battle over a spot during a popular mealtime, but if worse comes to worse, you could always park in the structure across the street. We strolled inside the deli and craned our necks to see the menu written on the chalkboard above the ordering counter.   What we got: Apparently we have a thing for crab soup, because James chose the Maryland Vegetable crap, while I went for chilled gazpacho with crab (one of the day’s specials). The gazpacho was smooth – I prefer it with chunks of celery and cucumbers for a little crunch – but the taste was bright and flavorful. They certainly didn’t skimp on crab, as big lumps of meat filled the soup.   For my main dish, I selected a Cuban panini, a pile-up of grilled pork roast, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and mayo for $6.95. The combination of ingredients melted together, creating a delicious filling on toasted bread.       James ordered a small cup of Maryland-style crab soup and a calzone stuffed with bell pepper, sausage, and mozzarella, two dishes he hasn’t had is several years.   “I’ve always shied away from Maryland-style crab soup because, at most restaurants, it’s simply Campbell’s vegetable soup with backfin crab meat harvested from Gulf waters thrown into the mix and sparingly so,” he said.    While a bit unattractive, the crab soup had decent flavor; a touch of Old Bay goes a long way toward accentuating the crab flavors. However, it was, indeed, of the blasé fare James expected. The calzone proved hearty and quite tasty. Although the dough was a bit on the rubbery side (James claims to have had softer crusts), it was packed with rib-sticking mozzarella enveloping the plentiful peppers and sausage stuffing. These two items, plus soda pop (root beer!) to wash it all down, made for a “mildly-amusing-sort-of-satisfying-but very filling” lunch.   What we paid: Our total for two soups, a panini, a calzone and two sodas was a diminutive $23.16. That’s certainly in the budget. Each soup – we got the smalls – cost just $2.95, but came in a good portion for a side dish. If you’re only having soup for your meal, go for a larger size.   How long it took: There was a short line to order when we walked in, but it would have been much faster if we hadn’t pored over the menu for a while. After we filled up our soft drinks and sat down at a table, it was just a few minutes before someone was over with our food. We were out within about 30 minutes, an excellent time span when it comes to a lunch break.   The verdict: The food, as you can see, can be hit or miss but the timing and price is just right for the mid-day meal.  Giolittis is very special and authentic, depending on what you order. Stick to the daily specials board and several proven dishes that are hard to mess up, and you’ll leave Giolittis satisfied and thinking of returning very soon.
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