Rich Mak hopes to make something big for Baltimore County’s beer lovers by keeping things small.
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Maybe I’ve been watching too much House of Cards, but when I hear the phrase “political scandal” I think murder/drugs/sex — or at least a little blackmail. But the current scandal plaguing Maryland Commissioner of Labor and Industry J. Ronald DeJuliis is much less exciting, and much more petty: According to the Baltimore Sun, DeJuliis is accused of tearing down campaign signs supporting the man who’s running against DeJuliis’s wife in the Democratic primary race for state senate.
Hot House: 1730 Gardiner Road, Nicholson’s Manor, Cockeysville, MD. 21030
Custom built in 2005, a French country style, 12,000 sq. ft. luxury home. Nine bedrooms, 9 full, 2 half baths, over four levels, with attached five-car garage, gourmet kitchen, second kitchen, 50′ swimming pool, hot tub, rubber floor indoor “sport court,” master suite with spa, in-law suite with elevator, au-pair apartment, 100 year old renovated tenant/guest house and 40 acres of land: $2,987,700
What: 12,000 sq. ft. of French country estate, virtually new and ready for your Aubusson rugs. If you’re in the market for this kind of house, it seems like a good one — pretty sure to impress your friends and provide the latest in easy living. Luxurious, but not completely over the top, it sports nice exterior stonework and a hilltop setting, sited far back from a quiet road. A long drive winds through newly mown fields — grass not lavender — and the house backs onto woods. It is fairly private, and the effect is close to, if not exactly, rural. House is energy friendly, with geothermal heat and cooling systems. Five-car garage is a work of art. There’s a great rubber-floored indoor sport court that looks like a crowd pleaser for kids, and a lower level movie theatre with 120″ screen. A two story great room dominates the main floor, with a stone fireplace and wood beams. Enormous gourmet kitchen — Sub-zero, Wolfe, Miele, granite, etc. Giant master suite on first floor. Two nice stone patios, one high, one low, overlook the sunny pool. Not long on charm or trees, but there’s tons of everything else.
Remember Bunny, Charlotte’s first mother-in-law, on “Sex and the City”? Okay, now picture her more likable, with a wicked sense of humor and you would have my mother-in-law, Mary Charlotte Parr. She is a single gal, somewhere in her sixth decade, living on a horse farm in Glyndon. Based on those facts, you might assume that she doesn’t get out much. You would be wrong. Very wrong. Mary Charlotte’s social life is more active than anyone I know: parties, dinners, lectures, movies, parties and some more parties. Her schedule exhausts and inspires me in almost equal parts.
Want to know how the senior set from horse country rolls these days? Mary Charlotte answers with her usual wit and charm. No wonder she is always on the guest list!
Home cook assessment: Do you consider Durkee onions and Campbell’s mushroom soup legitimate ingredients or cheating?
Legitimate! Growing up our cook Alberta used both. If it was good enough for Alberta its good enough for me.
Saturday night with your favorite friends: Where do you book? What do you order?
Well let’s take tonight. I am going to Barrett’s at the Hunt Valley Mall for a pre-movie dinner. Table 22. All my friends go there.
Where would you take fun friends in from New York?
Oregon Grille or Tark’s.
How about for a celebratory dinner?
I do those privately.
Where is your go-to place with your family?
Harryman House bar if we are in the mood to go casual. The Greenspring Valley Hunt Club or the Elkridge Club for a fancier affair.
Any drive-ins, diners and dives?
I don’t know if it’s a dive but I loved the Roland Park Deli. The Field’s (of Pikesville) luncheon counter is also a favorite.
What new restaurant are you dying to try?
None on my list right now.
Where do you grocery shop and why?
Regularly? Santoni’s. Mars for staples. I also stop into Graul’s, Ruxton only!
Is there a food item that you regularly go out of your way to buy?
In the summer months I buy my produce at Misty Valley Farms.
What Baltimore restaurant has the best vibe?
Wherever I’m out I make my own with the people I invite.
Okay, we gotta do it. Best crab cake?
Linwoods, and on the topic of crab, their crab cobb is divine.
Anything on your wish list for the Baltimore food scene?
I can’t wait for Ted (Restaurateur Teddy Bauer) to reopen The Valley Inn.