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January 13, 2009

Lunch at the Cypriana Cafe

Here I am, eating a late lunch at the Cypriana Cafe. Thanks for the recommendation. My lunch was a Greek salad. After I ordered, I looked around I saw I had made a mistake. Everyone else was eating a pita sandwich, and they looked great.

Next time.

It was just your ordinary Greek salad, except for the dressing, which tasted like yogurt and tarragon and was a big improvement over the usual uninteresting oil and vinegar.

Sorry, no photo. I figure the guards would never let me bring a camera into the courthouse.

Now back to the tedious process of jury selection, in which all 400 potential jurors stand up to say they are victims of personal violence and then have to tell their stories to the bench individually.

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 1:47 PM | | Comments (21)


Yeah, always go for the falafel sandwich there. And a cookie.

Sean did I see you on Bourdains blog? If that is you - let's see your pic!

Seizure salad? That oughta be against the slaw for the love of cod!

And a cookie.

Always sage advice.

It cracks me up when they ask if anyone has been a victim of a crime. We all live in Baltimore, don't we, so the odds are pretty high.

this reminds me - there's a new falafel type place in Owings Mills near the new Best Buy store. It's called Tahinas. I've heard that they are very good but haven't gotten there yet.

When they started, they were were a street cart at Light and Redwood Street.

The man and woman team produced an exceptional product. My favorite was the chicken and falafel. It was the only place I can remember where I would wait for 10 minutes in line.

The Chicken Pita (w/o onions) is a great lunch -- but somewhat messy.

The combo with a small Greek Salad and Spinach Pie (spanakopita) is also very good. It's great to sit outside there on a nice day. The only drawback is that it can be a little on the pricey side for lunch.

Joyce! You should have posted that over on Bucky's topic! That was a good one.

Ah, the picture is ridiculous. I was barely able to get in the frame with the guy, he's so tall. And it was taken with a cell phone camera, so even worse. But, here it is:

Y'all are scaring me about coming to Baltimore. All this talk about being victims of crime isn't exactly Chamber of Commerce stuff.

Sean - that's not bad at all. I could tell exactly who it was if I didn't know up front - to me that's good picture taking!

Trixie - ha ha- got lost and posted to wrong thread. oh well...

Thanks Joyce. But in reality, I'm not a midget with a conical head.

Sean - acknowledged! I was watching the rerun of the Japan show yesterday and the 2 kids he was with looked like they were pretty average height if not a bit tall, but he still towered over them. And, I'm sure you don't have a conical head! LOL! Those phone cameras are a blessing and a curse!

Sean- SO jealous! Pic looks great, Tony doesn't even look pissy which is what I generally would expect from him with impromptu cell phone pic requests. LUCKY YOU!

He was actually pretty nice about the whole thing. I first saw him in the Men's room at Penn Station - no WAY I was going to approach him there... So when I saw him again outside, I mustered up the courage to walk up to him. I asked if he was filming in B-More and then, apologetically, asked if I could take a shot. He replied, "You're already in it," and I realized I'd walked in front of his various camera crews! But he put his arm on my shoulder and posed for me. Pretty graciously. I felt a wee bit like an idiot, but I knew that if I didn't get a picture, nobody would believe me. I made some stupid comment about how much I love the show, etc.

Bucky- are you coming to Baltimore? Let us know where and when. We'll steer you to the safe places and keep you away from Lissa's neighborhood:)

Attn: Elizabeth Large , top 10 places 2009.

Hello Elizabeth, When I saw your #3 Best Italian Food remark about it being in St. Pete Beach, I immediately thought it must be "Carino's" near Blind Pass in a small shopping center.The last time we were there was 2006. Please don't tell me that they went out of business! We have always like Baltimore's "Little Italy", but Carino's was excellent & romantic. If that wasn't the one that you were talking about; please try them the next time that you are down there.. If it was, we must try to get them to come to Baltimore, Towson, Pikesville or wherever close by.

We love your column.

Sincerely Janet & Rod Witman

Laura Lee - It is one of my 2009 New Year's Resolutions.

We'll steer you to the safe places and keep you away from Lissa's neighborhood

Hey, watch it! Lissa practically lives in my neighborhood!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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