Tag: Cuisine

Just Name Soft-Shell Crab the State Sandwich, Already. I Want to Stop Hearing About It!


Opening of the State of Maryland legislature Annapolis, Md

Despite the chatter that has gone on now for more than a year, the soft-shell crab has not yet been named Maryland’s official state sandwich. And I, for one, wish they would just go ahead and do it because as much as I might end up hearing about it once its crowned King of All Foods We Hide Between Slices of Bread, I’m sure it’ll be less than I’m hearing about it now.

And the problem with hearing about it is having to picture the thing.

I didn’t grow up in Maryland, and I respect the right of locals everywhere to cling proudly and even desperately to their strange, culture-defining customs. That’s fine. You need a good litmus test to ferret out the outsiders. And of course an initiation rite needs to be at least somewhat frightening for it to be meaningful. But isn’t the whole 7th-grade Biology reenactment with the steamed crabs thing enough? Did you have to go and throw in a whole ‘nother crab thing that looks like a Stephen King setpiece?

Weekend Events at The Ivy Bookshop Feature Poetry and Pickled Vegetables


Join the Ivy Bookshop on Saturday,  March 16 at 6:30 as it welcomes its own former poetry section curator, Lindsay Stuart Hill, who will read from her book of poems, One Life.  On Sunday, March 17 at 5:30, spend the early evening with the husband and wife team of Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray as they discuss their new book, The New Jewish Table.


hill one lifeLindsay Stuart Hill is a graduate of Goucher College, where she received two Kratz Creative Writing Fellowships to write poetry in Ireland and at Zen Mountain Monastery in New York. Since graduating, she has been employed as the Poet-in-Residence at the Carver Center in Towson, the editorial assistant for the Goucher Quarterly and a bookseller at The Ivy. She has also worked on organic farms in Oregon and her home state, New Hampshire. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.







Calling All Foodies: It’s Restaurant Week


For all you foodies out there, it’s Restaurant Week in Baltimore. This is Baltimore’s seventh Restaurant Week, today through August 5, and with almost 100 participating restaurants, it’s one of the city’s biggest.