In a city with more than 1,600 pizza parlors, New York City’s Paulie Gee’s is regarded as the napkins-down best slice in town according to many local aficionados. “Paule Gee’s is my favorite pizza joint in New York,” says Brooklyn pizza expert and creator of the Snack Compass app Jason LaFerrera. “The Hell Boy is the perfect marriage of salty and sweet. The combination of Sopressata and honey make me consider adding pork products to my trail mix.” And pretty soon you won’t have to take the Bolt Bus to the city to sample those delights; this week, Paulie Gee’s announced that its branch in Hampden (3535 Chestnut Avenue, aka the former Hampden Republican Club) will be opening “ASAP.”
Every summer, without fail, that first blisteringly hot and sticky Maryland afternoon, all I want is a pitcher of sangria.
I know. Don’t freak out, even I’ve had to learn to embrace this habit wholeheartedly (unlike my affection for tequila, which I normally keep on the down low). Critics and hard-core wine snobs may declare it a bastardization of wine itself, but when it comes right down to it, heavy red wine is not pleasurable to drink on a 95+ degree day. It just isn’t. And the goal of the perfect party drink is to deliver a pleasurable (and often alcohol-rich) experience to the consumer, is it not? So while sangria may possess little finesse, there certainly is much enjoyment and that’s what I’m usually after. So let’s break this down two ways, one classic red sangria and one for those who, like me, are abstaining from alcohol this summer and must make do traipsing up and down the stairs to the basement to get ice out of the only freezer we have, a habit that will become increasingly precarious as I grow in girth courtesy of this pregnancy.
Sangria breaks down to a simple formula: wine, fruit, booze, and some kind of sweetener if you so desire. Don’t over think it, remember that what you’re trying to provide is, in fact, the best party beverage ever, and should therefore induce pleasure not only from that frosty, fruit-filled glass, but also in the process of its creation. So take a deep breath. Enjoy.
Last month I did a piece on spring cocktails around town and for it, I went out for drinks six nights in a row. I honestly was exhausted. But really glad I did it. I met some great people and had incredibly creative cocktails. On my tour, I visited B&O American Brasserie in the Hotel Monaco (Baltimore & Charles). It’s in a ‘hood I don’t visit often since I don’t live or work downtown, which is part of the reason I hadn’t been there in about two years. I’d forgotten how gorgeous the 1906 Beaux Arts building is – it’s the former headquarters for the B&O Railroad. After valeting your car, make sure you walk through the hotel’s lobby to take it all in.
Here are the cocktails my friend and I had that first night – they were fantastic.
From the Baltimore Fishbowl events page…
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
6:00pm – 8:00pm | $45
Homewood House Museum
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street
Reservations are requested: online through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the museum at 410.516.5589. Free event parking is available at the University Baptist Church at 3501 N. Charles Street (use Greenway entrance, accessible from St. Paul Street at University Parkway), with pedestrian access to campus from N. Charles Street at 34th Street. The museum lot is reserved for handicapped parking (accessible from the North Gate on University Parkway). For maps and directions call 410.516.5589.
Fruit beer and cider makers are crafting a comeback, reviving Americas orchard heritage, revisiting traditional styles, and bringing new sophistication to these age-old farmhouse beverages. Enjoy some of the best fruit-powered artisanal brews and ciders, including a fruited cask ale with local rhubarb made especially for the evening by Union Craft Brewing, and locally-sourced snacks by Woodberry Kitchen.
Courtesy Bmore Media – The historic Pikes Diner & Crab House is one step closer to showing movies once again for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Ira Miller, the owner and operator of the Rotunda Cinemas in Hampden, will operate the new Pikesville theater and show films by the end of July. That’s according to Pikes Diner Owner Wil Reich, who says he is spending about $200,000 to renovate the building for theater use. The Cinema Bar and Grill is the name of the future combination movie theater and restaurant.
Baltimore is a pizza lovers’ paradise, as our “best of” March Madness contest illustrated this spring. You’ll remember that Birroteca in Hampden won the most praise – after more than 20,000 contest votes were cast. Other crusty local legends – who topped the tasty competition – were Joe Squared in Station North, Johnny Rad’s on Eastern Ave., Tooloulou of East Baltimore, Iggie’s in Mount Vernon, and Matthew’s in Highlandtown. I personally pine for the pie at Two Boots next door to MICA and the slim, steaming slices at BOP (Brick Oven Pizza) in Fells Point.
Which brings me to my pizza-relevant point. With the new Domino’s walk-in shop opening in Hamilton this week, a stone’s throw from my Belair-Edison hood, I’m wondering how many of us true pie enthusiasts will bother to bite. Please weigh in below. Is Domino’s a processed-food guilty/nostalgic pleasure you still indulge in, when time is super short?