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Exploring food, fermentables and fun in the Baltimore area.

Kidney Cancer Sucks

In late September 2011 at age 35, I encountered a major life changing event – the big C.    It was stage 1 Kidney Cancer (renal cell carcinoma).    In a period of one day, I went from feeling perfectly fine, to ending up in the hospital being told there is something on my kidney.   Absolutely surreal.     In the next several days,…

Goose Island and Barrel-Aging

Cool article in the Chicago Tribune.    "I really reject the notion that beer is meant to be collected," Laffler said, referring to some of the bourbon barrels he used to brew Goose Island’s now-retired Bourbon County Rare. "Beer is a reflection of time and a moment. It’s not meant to be kept forever."

Bring your own wine to dinner in Maryland.

I’d love to see this happen, but I really doubt that it will.    The practice is called corkage and is currently legal in restaurants that do NOT have a liquor license.    The liquor lobby is incredibly strong in Maryland and I can’t see them giving up any control unless they are compelled.  More details here.

Belgian Wit

This brew has been in the works for quite some time.  It is for my neighbor, Dick, who is a pretty zany guy.   When we moved in, I started getting him hooked onto “better” beverages.  It has been both fun and entertaining. Lately, one of Dick’s favorite beers is Hoegaarden; aka, that refreshing orange-flavored beer.   This was a special batch…

Wine Spectator’s Best Baltimore Restaurants

This article from the Baltimore Business Journal caught my attention.   “Three restaurants — Della Notte Ristorante, the Black Olive and Capital Grille — earned the Best Award of Excellence. The ranking is the second-highest award dished out by Wine Spectato” Am I the only one who thinks Wine Spectator missed quite a few restaurants with excellent wine lists?    Some of…

Giving up food for Lent

No, I wouldn’t even think of trying this myself, but this interesting nonetheless.    He is giving up all food and attempting to live solely on beer.   Check out this link for the full story. "Three hundred or four hundred years ago, a group of Paulaner monks in a Bavarian region had made a stronger beer in a town called Einbeck…

Maryland Wine Shipping Bill Passes

Hooray – some of my civil rights were actually restored today.     Maryland has finally done what 37 states have previously recognized. It’s clear that this bill isn’t everything that everyone wanted, but it represents progress and I’m glad to take it.       With that said, I still feel that the distributors are entirely too strong in this state.    Short and simple…

Duesenberg’s American Café and Grill

Tucked in the heart of Main Street Catonsville, MD hides a great little lunch place – Duesenberg’s. The wait can sometimes be long (not many tables), but this place serves up all your favorite American classics at reasonable prices.    French Dips, Burgers, Mac N Cheese …. I highly recommend this place for lunch if/when you are in the area. More…