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!
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, email@example.com
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.
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, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Lures Bar & Grill in Crownesville just announced the date for their August Beer Club dinner. Head over to 1397 Generals Highway from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, and enjoy Evolution Craft Beer -- one of my favorites, by the way. The price of the event, $38.50, covers the beer, buffet food, tax and gratuity.
Lower Shore residents and visitors have a chance to taste some wine and have some fun this weekend at Olde Crisfield Crab, Steakhouse and Tiki Bar's first Winefest on the Bay. The event will be held from 3-9 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the restaurants. The Winefest will feature tastings from wineries such as Sterling Vineyards, Rosenblum, and Chalone Vinyeard, all in California, and Casa Lapostolle from Chili. In addition to the tastings, you can enjoy some grub, play some games and take in live entertainment.
Kent Island residents, if you've been craving a taste of Thanksgiving, then you're in luck -- Capriotti's Sandwich Shop, home of the The Bobbie, has opened a new store in Red Apple Village.
I've never tried The Bobbie -- made with homemade turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo -- but I have heard about it, despite never having lived near a Capriotti's. Apparently this sandwich was named "The Greatest Sandwich in America" by an AOL reader poll. That's quite the recommendation. Because this new shop is right off Route 50 and within view of my commute home at the end of the day, I just might have to stop in to try it. Don't worry -- I'll let you know if it's as good as the hype.