Tag: bad decisions

Hot Plate: Helmand Kabobi Opens, County Restaurant Weeks, Wine Events & Tickets for The Supper

Wit & Wisdom Chef Zack Mills will defend his title this year at “The Supper,” a fundraising event for St. Agnes Hospital. Tickets are on sale now.

There’s no such thing as mid-winter doldrums in the restaurant world – at least not this week. With openings, new hours and tons of events, Baltimore food lovers have plenty to keep them busy this week.

Here’s a look at what’s happening around town:

Bad Decisions to Close Next Month


It’s last call for a night of Bad Decisions. After moving to a new location, a Fells Point cocktail spot is set to close next month.

Baltimore Bar Accepts Bitcoin Payments



You’ve heard of Bitcoins, yes? They’re the digital currency with the wildly varying exchange rate (on January 5 of last year, 1 Bitcoin was worth $13.36; by late November, one Bitcoin went for $1124.76). I’ve never been quite clear on what exactly you’re supposed to do with your Bitcoins (assuming you can mine some), other than hoard them — but if you’re lucky enough to have a stockpile, you now have one real-world way to spend your digital money: paying for your bar tab at Bad Decisions in Fells Point.

Dumb Cop Alert, Baltimore County Edition



Readers, I need some help with this one:  Why do people think they can make cell phone videos of incredibly stupid, illegal acts and get away with it? Do they think they’ll somehow avoid being caught? Do they not realize that anything you send to one person is probably being shared with dozens (or hundreds!) more? Or are they just plain stupid?

Why We Need International Education


As Congress focuses on trimming fat and cutting budgets, a few long-standing international education programs might find themselves significantly de-funded — or perhaps non-existent. I never thought I’d say this, but I agree with John McCain on this one — he recently called the proposed cuts to international education “short-sighted.” To say the least.

For me, it’s personal. In 2006-7, I had a Fulbright to Morocco. I didn’t come out of the experience with any ground-breaking research or publish any scholarly articles, but I made some friends, saw a sheep get slaughtered, felt the hunger pangs of the Ramadan fast, went to a country wedding, facilitated a forbidden romance, and ate a lot of great food.

So why should the State Department fund programs with results that are a lot less concrete than nabbing terrorists or building schools? Well, I’d argue that the Fulbright — and its fellow State Department-run outreach programs — do a subtle, sneaky amount of good for the U.S.’s image. I remember haggling over a pair of shoes in the souk and throwing in some of my best colloquial Moroccan Arabic expressions, figuring they’d help me get a better price. The shopkeeper said something I didn’t understand, and I must’ve given him a puzzled look. “Oh,” he said, slightly disappointed. “Most of the Americans around here speak Berber.” (He was referring, of course, to the Peace Corps volunteers, many of whom got training in local languages even more obscure than colloquial Moroccan Arabic.)

The State Department’s educational outreach programs foster the kind of daily exchange between people that provides the foundation for diplomacy. We learn each other’s languages. We start to appreciate each other’s trashy pop music and weird ice cream flavors. We attend each other’s weddings, and recommend books to one another. Our scholars bounce ideas off one another. In an increasingly splintered, factionalized world, we learn about one another. Not to mention that a recent internal audit found that we don’t have nearly enough skilled foreign language speakers in our national security agencies.

 Where do you stand on the issue of funding international education programs?

(Petitions against de-funding can be found here and here.)

PA Eighth Graders Take Baltimore Field Trip to Hooters?


Eighth graders and chaperones from Berwick Middle School in Pennsylvania couldn’t find a single restaurant to accommodate the group of about 100 during a field trip to the National Aquarium last week.  About 20 eighth graders and chaperones splintered off and had lunch at Hooters.

School Superintendent Wayne Brookhart said he has received no complaints about the restaurant choice from parents.

Not where we’d want our kids to go on a school field trip. Just sayin’…