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May 6, 2011

Your weekend dining PLUS the sleeping pet of the week

earthaIt's that weekend. There's one in the May and one in the Mid-October, when there's so much to do it makes your mind boggle.

What's inked on on your Filofax?

Did you see the weather forecast? What is this, Santa Barbara.

Flower Mart is going on today and tomorrow in Mt. Vernon. Expect traffic snarls and lemon-peppermint sticks. I remember some old-timers who would have their first crab cake of the season at Flower Mart, back when it was held on Wednesday.

The Maryland Film Festival is starting any minute now and runs through Sunday evening. Here's more MFF coverage, including Michael Sragow's picks of the best. Keep your eye on Michael's blog, too.

The Kinetic Sculpture Race is tomorrow. It kicks off at the American Visionary Art Museum, the home of Mr. Rain's Fun House, which is once again opening early for breakfast. Run, Fifi, run. Swim, Fifi, swim.

I always think of the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival as the unofficial start to the fair and festival season. If you go to the Howard County Fairgrounds, plan your time around the working sheepdog demonstrations. There are six of them this weekend. Border collies are amazing, except maybe at a children's birthday party, when they insist on herding the guests. Check out the schedule for lamb cooking demonstrations, too. And consider the Saturday Shepherds Feast and the Sunday Morning Buffet.

Oh, and  Mother's Day.

Here's the Find Local weekend roundup page.


And here's Sam Sessa's video presentation of all things weekendery.






The pet of the week is Eartha Kitten, submitted by Molly of the delectable Three Points Kitchen blog. Here, Eartha Kitten dreams of flight.
Posted by Richard Gorelick at 10:17 AM | | Comments (5)


First boat trip of the season! We'll be at the Canton docks to watch the water portion of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, likely followed by lunch at Nick's Fish House. BTW, they've added sushi and other up-market foods to their menu, but the all the waterside crab shack favorites are still there too.

Heading to South Beach on Sunday for a week. Baltimore is out of site out of mind! If anyone has any restaurant recommendations please forward along. I've made reservations at a few places, but want to see if others have any recommendations.

Pazo for Sunday dinner. No mother in tow, but we hear they've got a great selection of tapas at a low price.

I'll be eating pit beef on Saturday at the spring carnival at Emmanuel Lutheran Day School on Ingleside Avenue in Catonsville (near Sam's Club) - can't wait! If there is any left over at the end of the carnival, I plan to buy some to take home! Yummmmmm!

On Sunday, we will probably use a restaurant gift certificate that we buy at the carnival's silent auction. I'll leave the wine baskets to others.

Tomorrow morning we're heading to Cylburn Arboretum for their annual Market Day plant sale. Pleased to see they've added food vendors this year, including my favorite, Blacksauce Kitchen. It will make my husband much less grumpy as I stroll through all the plant booths.

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You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
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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