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Video of the Week: Ice Cream Made in Maryland

A machine fills a container with Häagen-Dazs ice cream at a manufacturing plant in Laurel in this 2018 video by Maryland Farm & Harvest. Screenshot from video by Maryland Farm & Harvest.

One of the best parts of warm summer weather is getting to cool off with a cone or cup of ice cream. This Sunday, July 17, is National Ice Cream Day. In fact, all of July is National Ice Cream Month.

In honor of National Ice Cream Day and Month, we’re sharing a 2018 video from Maryland Farm & Harvest about an ice cream plant in Laurel that produced products for Nestlé.

Arsenal bar Abbey Burger Bistro preps for a big weekend

Federal Hill bar Abbey Burger Bistro is the home of Charm City Gooners, the local Arsenal fan club.

English Premier League clubs Arsenal (Gunners) and Everton will face off tomorrow at M&T Bank Stadium for ‘The Charm City Match’ and it comes with great excitement for Federal Hill bar Abbey Burger Bistro. Abbey Burger Bistro is the home of the Charm City Gooners, the Arsenal fan club that has watched matches at Abbey since 2009.

Hot Plate: Bandito’s opens in Towson, Bastille Day dinners, summer cocktails and more

B-Side’s Red Clay cocktail is spicy, fruity and perfect for summer. Photo courtesy of B-Side Cocktail Lounge.

From celebrations of the fighting French spirit to cocktails designed for sipping on a beach, this week will be a fun one in the Baltimore restaurant world. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Howard County Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages event returns for two weeks

The Walrus Oyster & Ale House is one of 30 restaurants participating in this year’s Howard County Restaurant Weeks and Craft Beverages event. Image via Google Maps.

Grab your friends and family to participate in a two-week celebration of local food and drinks with the Howard County Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages event from July 11-24.

Baltimore Weekend Events: Caribbean Carnival, Watermelon Festival, Bubble Making and more

Performers don costumes at a previous year’s Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival. Photo courtesy of Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival.

This weekend offers multiple opportunities to celebrate your culture or learn about a different one, including festivals honoring Caribbean, German and Latin American cultures. Plus, enjoy summer fun with watermelons, bubbles and more.

Check out the events lineup and make some weekend plans:

Lidl to open first Baltimore grocery store at Northwood Commons next week

A rendering shows the Lidl grocery store at Northwood Commons, which will open next week, becoming the grocery store chain’s first location in Baltimore City. Rendering courtesy of Lidl.

The German grocery store chain Lidl will open its first Baltimore City store next week at Northwood Commons, joining at least 16 other locations throughout Maryland.

Love putting Old Bay on your food? Now you can spice up your footwear.

Last week, Old Bay and New Balance released two collaborative footwear items: cleats and slides. The products feature Old Bay’s colors and both brands’ logos. Photos courtesy of New Balance.

Old Bay devotees put the seasoning on just about everything they eat: crabs, corn, fries, Goldfish crackers, you name it. Now, they can even wear their favorite seasoning brand on their feet.

Athletic footwear and clothing company New Balance last week released two limited-edition footwear products – cleats and slides – both emblazoned with the colors and logo of Old Bay Seasoning, with whom they collaborated.

True Chesapeake Oyster Co. Hosts Week Night Drink Specials All Summer Long


With a patio overlooking the Jones Falls, fresh oysters straight from their farm, a seasonal menu by Chef Zack Mills, and ample parking, True Chesapeake Oyster Co. should already be a must on your summer dinning list. But they now have week night drink specials you won’t want to miss. The Hampden restaurant, located under the smokestack at Whitehall Mill, boasts an incredible wine selection and on Wednesday’s select bottles are half price. Thursday’s are for the cocktail-lovers. Their classic cocktail list is half price all night long every Thursday. Or join them for Sunday Brunch, from 11am-3pm every week for live music and bottomless mimosas.

Video of the Week: How to Pick Crabs

Learn how to pick a crab in Visit Baltimore’s video. Screenshot from video by Visit Baltimore.

As families gather for Fourth of July weekend, a staple on many Maryland tables will of course be steamed crabs.

Increased demand over the holiday weekend – combined with decreased supply from the crab population decline that has led Maryland to limit crabbing this summer – means consumers can expect higher prices for their favorite crustacean.

Still, some die-hard crab lovers won’t be deterred.

Hot Plate: Hot dog eating contest at Cross Street Market, mezcal tasting at Clavel, and more

Peach cake season is back at Fenwick Bakery.

This week is all about the fireworks – but don’t forget the food. Baltimore restaurants have fun plans in place for the month of July, including crabs, peaches, and lots of drinks. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Banditos opens new location in Towson

The Mexican-style restaurant Banditos Tacos and Tequila has opened a new Towson location on Allegheny Avenue off of the traffic circle. Photo by Latrice Hill.

Taco lovers are in for a treat in Towson.

Banditos Tacos and Tequila is having a soft opening at its new Towson location on Allegheny Avenue, near the traffic circle.

Atlas Restaurant Group to reactivate two bars inside Cross Street Market in Federal Hill


In February, Atlas Restaurant Group took a larger role in the operations and marketing of Cross Street Market and now the team will be reactivating the two closed bars within the building. Atlas is taking over the former Cans Filling Station and Old Line Cocktail & Wine Bar “on a temporary basis” to bring back the “central energy the market needs,” according to Atlas Director of Marketing and Public Relations Joe Sweeney.

Hot Plate: Petit Louis turns 22, La Cuchara pops up at Ekiben, Wine & Food Festival at Timonium Fairgrounds and more

Right Coast Spirits, a new company from Flying Dog Brewery, along with several partners, has released a line of orange crush-inspired canned cocktails. Photo courtesy of Flying Dog Brewery.

Baltimore has a sunny week full of sips on the horizon, as the culinary community gears up for a variety of fun food and drink-related events. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Join The Ivy Bookshop for After Midnight: A Poetry Celebration Featuring Ryan Artes And Zorina Exie Frey


The Ivy is delighted to welcome two wonderful poets, Ryan Artes and Zorina Exie Frey, to our back patio for a reading and conversation celebrating Ryan’s poetry collection, After Midnight, on Thursday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m.

We will have copies of Ryan’s book for sale in the shop, as well as at the event.

Giant pink Flamingo comes down in Hampden

Artist Randall Gornowich holds the head of the pink flamingo sculpture that he and others created to grace Café Hon’s façade in December of 2002. Photo courtesy of Randall Gornowich.

The Flamingo has flown the coop.

Around 4 a.m. on Thursday, artist Randall Gornowich and others started taking down “Big Pink,” the giant pink Flamingosaurus that he designed and fabricated as a holiday decoration for the former Café Hon restaurant in Hampden nearly two decades ago.