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February 5, 2010

Cafe Azafran and what I'm doing in the Blizzard of '10

ThaiBeetSalad.jpgWith all the excitement over snowmageddon, I forgot to link to Other Reviewer Richard's review of Cafe Azafran yesterday. This is a place I never would have known existed except for your comments on Dining@Large.

I particularly liked the fact that Richard didn't try to oversell the place, although he obviously enjoyed it. Too bad it's not a little bit more accessible. Like in the Sun building, for instance. ...

I told Editor Tim I was leaving when the first flake fell, and he needed to tell me when that was because he has a window and I don't. Unfortunately he didn't tell me until it was snowing heavily. However, it was snowing heavily but not sticking anywhere.

Question to ponder: How are we going to get 30 inches if it doesn't stick?

Maybe I can talk my husband into trekking through the vast, snowy wasteland to the Rotunda Cinemas for the 4:20 p.m. showing of Edge of Darkness, followed by a slice of pizza across the way at Casa Mia. 

I want all of you to stop in at Casa Mia in the next week and buy a slice of pizza, or a Greek salad, or something from the nice guy who owns this place. He's really struggling.

Or maybe trying to support the Rotunda is a lost cause.

(Barbara Haddock Taylor/Sun photographer)
Posted by Elizabeth Large at 3:11 PM | | Comments (7)


Oh its just a salad!

That pic had me quite puzzled, it looked like some sort of bleach white soup with a salad on top. I didnt realize the white was the plate until I clicked the link to the review and saw yet another picture of a salad....

The temperature will be below freezing soon, at which point we'll have a lovely base of ice under the snow. :-(

We (well, I) hit Casa Mia every time we go to our pediatrician in the Rotunda. Great slices.

I work at the Space Telescope Science Institute and eat at Azafran every day!

Delicious, but I'm going broke.

We go to Casa Mia's in the Rotundo about once a week or so for lunch. They have good pizza and a really good cheesesteak sub too! Once Hopkins moves my office to the old Zurich building in late summer/early fall, they will surely see an increase in business.

Richard has a good point about trying not to do too much. The building where I work has a cafeteria, and about 10% of what they offer is actually done well. So, you quickly figure out that the sausage gravy is excellent but the fried potatoes are just an insult to potatoes everywhere. So you get biscuits and gravy, and the potatoes fossilize on the breakfast bar. You get the excellent stuffed grape leaves and the cilantro-spiked three bean salad, but avoid the chicken salad and tuna salad at all costs.

I'd much rather they just did a few things well then kept all that filler around.

I often brown-bag it for lunch instead of buying lunch at Azafran...unless Irena has arepas on the menu. Sorry Richard missed them, they're fantastic!

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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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