Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Wine Market, Locust Point

Baltimore Restaurant Week. 

Each time that it has come around I have been very excited and studied all the menus, plotting my week(s) and trying to figure out which places would be the best bang for my buck.  This time around, I sort of just went with convenience and a place that I knew I wanted to try anyway: The Wine Market.

I've been wanting to go there for a long time (I say that about every place, don't I?) and we really were not disappointed.  The restaurant is in Locust Point and has its own parking (always a plus).  The inside is beautiful with exposed brick and industrial touches.  You walk in through their wine store which seemed to have a great selection with good prices. 

We both got the fennel and chickpea soup, which was really delicious and I'm already planning on trying to replicate it.  For the main course, I got the seared tuna which came with cold udon noodles and an avocado puree.  It was truly delicious and I was very happy to have some good tuna.  G got the pan fried chicken with au jus and mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts and everything he had was very delicious. The Wine Market also had some fantastic desserts that night.  I had a carrot cake, which was more like a bread because of the texture and wasn't super-sweet.  It came with some candied carrots that were an awesome touch.  G got a chocolate pretzel pave.  The crust was made of pretzel and it was the perfect salty-sweet dessert (yes, I want to recreate that one, too).  Oh yes, and I had some sangria which was probably the best I have ever had.

I can't wait to go back there.  If you haven't made RW plans, I recommend them for a great spot.  Or anytime really!

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Monday, January 10, 2011

More cooking?

It might not seem obvious anymore, but I actually cook way more than I go out to eat.  Recently I got really excited about wanting to be more self-sufficient and utilizing seasonal ingredients as much as possible.  I decided to branch out into another blog that focuses on cooking, but I also really wanted to collaborate with friends and see what we could all come up with together. 

That is how Seasonal Spotlight was born.  It will focus on experimentation and using seasonal ingredients.  It's only been up and running for a couple of weeks, but I am really excited about it.  Please check it out and feel free to give me any input that you may have!  We will definitely be needing to hear suggestions for ingredients!

And of course, this blog isn't going anywhere.