News from the frozen tundra
John P. tells me that Boccaccio in Little Italy, both the restaurant and the liquor license, is being auctioned off Feb. 17.
Great Sage in Clarksville, a favorite gourmet vegetarian restaurant in the area, has become completely vegan as of Jan. 1. Reaction has been very favorable, according to the owners. I think this says something about veganism becoming more mainstream, but I'm not sure what. ...
Big Al sent me a link to Gayot.com's Top 10 Heart-Healthy Restaurants in the United States list, and Dalesio's of Little Italy is No. 4. We've all gotten a little cynical about Top 10 lists here, but it's still nice to have the national recognition.
On the other hand, the list of other heart-healthy places in Baltimore is strange.
And while we're talking Little Italy, Sergio Vitale of Aldo's sent me a couple of funny links, one to where you can buy the Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn Pig Out, which gives new meaning to the term "eat your heart out" and another to Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc Fried Chicken Kit. Reviews, anyone?
Ken e-mailed me to say, "I just called Venegas Prime Filet and was told they are not honoring any gift certificates or gift cards from Jordan's as Jordan's database of information was lost. I mentioned your newspaper article and your blog and was told the information given to you on certificate acceptance was wrong."
My guess is that once Jordan's owner was no longer involved in the restaurant they figured there was no upside to honoring the gift cards. I still think it might be to a new restaurant's advantage, but maybe they are doing well without having to offer any incentives or promotions to draw in new customers.
The frozen tundra is where my e-mailers are, by the way, not me. Here the weather is sunny and warm. The reason you haven't heard much about it is that I've given myself over to a nasty head cold and am doing nothing but watching the Australian Open and drinking lemonade.
(Elizabeth Malby/Sun photographer)