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Birroteca Wins Fishbowl’s Finest Pizza Contest

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Birroteca wants to thank all of its fans who voted it in as the best pizza pie in Baltimore.
Now owner Robbin Haas is offering a toast:  Mention Baltimore Fishbowl and get an  Evolution Craft Brewery beer for only $1.00* with a pizza purchase. 
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Offer expires May 1.
Says Robbin: “Thanks Baltimore!  Come by and share the love!”
We will!
*Please note the change from original post.  Darn state laws got in the way!!

Charm City Cook: Spring is Here — Get Cooking!

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Spring. It gives you a feeling of hopefulness, no? Me, I’m hopeful for asparagus. And peas. And oh yeah, rhubarb! (And tulips, peonies, hydrangeas…)

This post is a super simple one: a few of my favorite spring recipes. If you make these once, they will be in the rotation. Promise.

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Asparagus Gruyere Tart from Martha Stewart

Eddie’s of Roland Park Celebrates 20 Years on North Charles Street

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I love grocery shopping. Absolutely love it. I’m proud to say that I think part of my grocery shopping success — what makes it feel more like a pleasant outing than a chore — is that I don’t subject myself to the giant chains. It’s not hard, since Baltimore is a town with a spectrum of options when it comes to stocking the kitchen, and among the crowd one store stands out: Eddie’s of Roland Park. How, exactly? Well, for generations it has offered the finest meats and produce, fancy foods and one-of-a-kind customer service that families in North Baltimore have come to rely on and cherish.

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This Saturday, the Baltimore culinary landmark celebrates 20 years (and three generations) at the Charles Street store with a “Shop Local” anniversary event.  The event is meant as a way to say “thank you” to customers old and new, while offering tastings from some of Maryland’s finest food purveyors. This doesn’t just mean tasty samples (though of course, there’ll be plenty). It also means a meet-and-greet with local vendors.  As Nancy Cohen, President of Eddie’s (and the daughter of its founder, Victor Cohen) tells us, “We have always prided ourselves on our relationships with local vendors. We like to say that we promoted local products before it was fashionable to do so.” And in terms of selecting local products for its shelves, Eddie’s certainly knows how to pick ‘em. The store has been a dedicated carrier of Zeke’s Coffee (the treasured local roaster currently has Orioles themed coffees available in the stores) as well as of Albert Kirchmayr—a noted local purveyor of top-quality, hand-crafted chocolates. They also carry Vanns Spices—locally bottled herbs, spices and seasoning blends favored by chefs and home cooks across the country. “What makes these vendors special,” says Cohen,  “is the care they take in making their products. They use the best ingredients in products that make Baltimore proud. We know our customers like to support local businesses and small businesses, as do we. These vendors are not big corporations, they are small, closely held businesses, just like Eddie’s of Roland Park.”

Pigtown Design: The House Downtown Redone

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My friend Stephanie owns a lovely shop called The House Downtown, and it’s always been one of my favourite places to check out the latest home décor trends. She’s got a marvelous eye and the shop always looks terrific to me.

Stephanie saw flaws where I didn’t, and she just wanted to freshen up the shop.So for the past seven weeks, the shop’s been closed and getting a makeover. I stopped in this afternoon to see it at about 85% complete and it looks fabulous!

Fishbowl’s Finest: March Madness Pizza Survey! UPDATE

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Originally posted March 22, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m. – Do you like pizza as much as we do? We like it a lot. So remember a few weeks ago when Travel + Leisure named Baltimore one of the top 20 cities for pizza? Well, we thought the entries were a little thin, so with March Madness upon us (as good a reason as any to stuff our faces with pizza), with thought we’d conduct our own survey and hold the first Baltimore Fishbowl best pizza contest. Doesn’t that sound cheesy? In the best way!

We’re calling it Fishbowl’s Finest – Best Pizza.

It’s simple, especially for pizza experts. We ask you: Out of our favorite pizza places, which do you love the most?

Then you show your love by voting as many times as you like! May the odds be in your favorite flavorful pizza place’s favor.

UPDATE 3/25/2013: You asked, we listened. :] Three Wild Card entries have been added. The support has been tremendous. Let’s keep it up!

UPDATE 3/27/2013: If you haven’t voted, go ahead and vote.  If you have, do so again. And again. And again. But only until Friday because that’s when we take the choices down to eight (just like March Madness, get it?) and allow only one vote a day.  The contest ends on April 8, the date of the March Madness final.  

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The Happy Hatter of Waverly

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Courtesy What Weekly – In the world of fashion there are many different pieces to the wardrobe and most people of style have the basics covered.  Casual, formal, and professional looks each have their place. There is always room to improve the quality of your ensemble, however, with the tasteful addition of a timeless, functional and fashionable hat.

For hat expertise, I turn to Clyde M. Davis-El, Jr. of Main Street Hats at Greenmount Ave. and Thirty-First Street in Waverly. Clyde provided dozens of hats (an entire van full, to be exact) to complete the looks at the Delta Sigma Theta centennial celebration fashion show at the DC convention center a few months back. He makes sure that anyone in need of a hat for any occasion is well equipped.

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I paid Clyde a visit to learn a little more about hats. My knowledge extended to only a few types like the Fedora, the Porkpie, and the Hamburg. At his shop, he met me with a genuine smile and the kind of laugh that could easily defuse a bad day.

Catching up with Past Little Characters

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The 2013 Little Characters Search is still on. And we’re still having a blast keeping up with the adorable photos that roll in each day. Some shots are so precious that they remain memorable well past the search itself. In 2011, Carolyn Barlow was selected for the Little Characters campaign– and when you look at the hilarious photo submitted by her mom, Jennifer, you can see why.

Baltimore Fishbowl: So Jennifer,  How was it to be part of Little Characters last year?  Did friends recognize Carolyn in the ads? What was your favorite part or moment of the experience?

Jennifer Barlow: It has been a blast working with Bridget and wearing fabulous clothes! I can’t take my daughter into the store anymore because she just thinks she can try on anything and everything!  The best part, of course, was having these pictures of my daughter at her photo shoot.  The shoot was so well run and quick!  The photographer did an amazing job working with the children.  Yes, many people did recognize Carolyn.  My favorite part was watching her ‘work’ the runway during the fashion show at Baltimore Country Club.  I just wanted to know: “where did she learn this stuff?”!!  I was blown away.

Carolyn: Favorite part: trying on the clothes!
BFB: Any words of advice for parents submitting photos of their children this year?

JB: Submit candid shots, silly shots

BFB: That certainly seems to have worked for Carolyn. What caused you to participate in the Little Characters search last year?

JB: My father really pushed me to enter Carolyn.  Glad I did!

BFB: Carolyn, what’s one of your favorite local places to go for a special treat or event that you would recommend to other kids and their parents?

CB: Dunkin Donuts and Ladew Gardens!!

The Wee Chic Little Characters Search continues through April 7th. For more information, and to submit a photo, visit www.weechic.com.

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