Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sweet Tea

While Maryland is technically a southern state, it falls short of a true southern tradition.
Sweet iced tea. When you can go into any restaurant (real restaurant, not McDonalds) and order sweet tea, you are in the south. We are heading to VA today to visit friends. Once we drive into Richmond, we get the good stuff.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Save the Date

Baltimore Restaurant Week
July 30 to August 5, 2007

I think I will try Corks and Pazo. Anyone care to share their experience?

Where will you dine?

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Soothing a Cranky Tummy

If you wake up with a " sour stomach" do not (I repeat--do not) eat scrambled eggs with cheese, 3 slices of bacon and a cup of coffee. It's a recipe for disaster! I should've known better. However, while my body " was telling me no" but my mind, my mouth were "telling me yyyyeeeesssss." Things that came outta me today ---were just wrong. A complete day stuck between the bed and the bathroom.

Sometime between General Hospital and Judge Mathis, I began to feel alive. In the meantime, hubby and son were out running errands and his car died. By early evening, it was mum to the rescue. The good part about having to go out was my tummy yummy discovery.

I decided early on, between bouts of nausea, I was not cookin' dinner tonight.

Hubby and son headed to our "fix it guy" to handle his car situation. I went to Belvedere Square in search of a quick and somewhat healthy option for din-din. There were plenty yummy things to choose. But this time I listened to my body and didn't go for the creamy soup goodness at Atwaters. I figured I get hubby the rock 'n roll sushi.

While waiting I noticed a bin with fruit bars, at Steve’s fruit & veggie stand. I can’t remember the real name of it....maybe 'Earth something.' The sad part, I go there at least once a week:-( and still can't remember the name

The brand is called Fruitfull ( Today's choice was Fuzzy Navel. They are all natural, gluten-free, no preservatives or artificial ingredients. And, bonus, it's loaded chucks of real fruit. After the first bite, my tummy thanked me 10 times over. It was soo good, refreshing and soothing! If the tummy could have handled more, I would have had another. But didn't want to over do it.

No high fructose corn syrup, red # 40 or yellow #10 like the Bryers and Eddy’s (supposedly) All Natural Fruit Bars. You pay a premium price and get garbage! Pisses me off.

My rant is done. What are some remedies you use for an upset tummy?

I picked up a bottle of Reed’s Ginger Beer (the real stuff)
Hubby is making miso soup with plain white rice for me as I type.

Hopefully things will be back to normal tomorrow.



Thursday, June 21, 2007

Spring Cleaning...sorta

The hubby and I were quite productive this week. We finally, after 4 years, cleaned out our garage. It's amazing the amount of stuff that gets crammed in creepy webbed corners. Just a few weeks ago we purchased window fans. Of course after the "spring clean" we find two in the garage; along with
-a brand new set of dishes
-a life time supply of painting products
-three containers of lawnmower oil (mind you we don't own a lawn mower)
-two push brooms
-4 bags of charcoal (let the grillin' continue)
and the list goes on...

But my favorite find.....the deep freezer.

This is awesome. Of course my anal hubby sealed it up (smart move) but didn't clean it (sucker move).
This evening he gave it a very thorough scrubbing and it's ready to be put to use. My freezer in house is so annoyingly narrow. The engineer behind these double door contraptions, obviously has something against freezer space. It will be fun to take advantage of the 2 for one ice cream sale. I can actually store more than 1 half gallon. On second thought, maybe that's not so good. After a few bags of frozen veggies, a couple blocks of butter, a whole chicken and a pack of ground turkey the space is gone. I can't even fit a pizza box in those cramped quarters. It's awful.

Growing up, my mom always kept our deep freezer (and pantry) well stocked with all sorts of goodies. During the winter months, we rarely had to go to the store. We only needed staples such as eggs, sugar, kool-aid, milk and bread. Kool-aid was essential. Athough, I can't remember the last time I had some.

Mom was good about sending me to the basement with strict orders to "pull from the back and not the front" so the food was rotated. Most of the time I complied. Unless, I wanted flounder stuffed with crabmeat or T-bone steak. For me, the great joy of going to the deep freezer was that I often chose what was for dinner that night. If mom said get a chicken, I'd bring a roast up and say there wasn't one. Unless mom was really committed to making chicken, we would have the roast (i.e. she wasn't going to go to the basement to double check). Score for youth!

Now that I have my own functional chiller, I plan to continue the tradition. Rotate. Rotate. Rotate. Unlike my sister who has two deep freezers packed full of god knows what?!?! If the 2nd Great Depression happens, I will know where to go! Love ya Sis.

When's the last time you checked your freezer? It maybe time to toss those freezer burned peas or....

I am also wondering, what should be my first purchase? I am thinking one of those pizzas from Sam's Club? Any suggestions?

I'll try not to go crazy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

What's for Dinner Wednesday?

Howdy Folks! Welcome to my blog about food, wine and livin' life in the big city. Ok, the small city.
My question for today...what's for dinner? It's that necessary evil or joy, depending on your motivation, we must do to eat. I'm always looking for something quick and easy to make. I get tired of the same 'old stuff ya know? Hot-pockets, Baked chicken, steamed veggies, rice, blah, blah, blah.

For my family, I'm thinking pizza. Any suggestions other than dominos, papa john's? I tried Matthew's Pizza voted "The Best" by the Baltimore CityPaper. The editors taste buds must be stoned. That was some nasty pizza. I've had better out of the box. The dough wasn't even cooked all the way. Not to mention the trek downtown, parking and managing my toddler in the process. I also got the feeling people of color must not frequent the joint. Maybe it was the dead silence when I walked through the door, the clanking of forks dropping on plates or the "all eyes on me" as if I was the entertainment for the evening. Chuckle. Chuckle.
But I often find that with the CityPaper and Baltimore magazine "best of" issues. The places they pick know that the reporters and writers are from the media. So they put on their best faces and behaviors. And make sure the food it absolutely perfect.
(sigh) Sucks to be regular...


Post your suggestion. I don't care if it's a bowl of cereal. It's something right? You gotta eat:-)