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September 15, 2008


cigar styleI chowed down on barbeque and smoked a couple sticks at the charity cigar event Saturday afternoon in Delaware.

I did not go on the definitive Fort Avenue bar crawl, but reading John Woestendiek's piece made me want to do it again soon.

GDA had a good point about updating John's article. Fort Avenue is a good barometer of the gentrification happening around the city.

I might do an updated bar crawl here in the next month or two -- strictly for the blog.

You guys do anything delicious this weekend? 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:14 AM | | Comments (9)


Went up to NYC to see a few games at Yankee stadium before they close it. Took the girlfriend over to Bryant Park for Fashion week on Sat am, and tried to get into SNL to see Michael Phelps. No dice on the SNL show.

friday: went to dinner and some drinks at the refreshed "The Dizz", which me and my friends thought they should have stayed with the original name, its definitely cleaner...if not a bit too clean looking, and i wish they still had the xmas lights in the dining room...other than that the food and service was great and still really cheap.

After that we went to a house show to see small sur, who, despite being sick, put on a jaw dropping performance.

Saturday: headed up to check out hampdenfest, was underwhelmed and it as hot, so headed to fraziers for some bohs and pool, then to a friends house for crabs...watched my beloved buckeys get smoked, then headed to brewers and finished the night at vernon stable

Sunday: city limits in locust point for sunday football. i wasnt so hot on the place initially, but the cheesesteak and coors pony special warmed me up to it...

bryan's night out in federal hill:

perhaps I'll wet my whistle

:::scene missing:::


Yeah, I dunno what was up with Hampdenfest this year. Just not the same vibe as years past. My buddy and I, who were also riding the pine at Frazier's, speculated that it was a combination of the heat and the fact that there were at least four or five other events going on in the area on the same day. Hampdenfest earned a rep the year I think Isabella hit, and everyone needed something to do that was high and dry.

Did pick up a nice Squid Fire t-shirt though. Great stuff.

Hubby and I also were at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. Got to watch traitor Mussina lose, YES.

MOMA on Friday night, free from 4-8. Ate too much wonderful, expensive, fattening food but so what. Saturday night we enjoyed drinks and live jazz at The Campbell Apartment, a very nice lounge in Grand Central Station.

It was nice to experience professional bar and restaurant service for a change.

Dental surgery on Friday, so that KO'ed me for most of the weekend.

I went to Sly Fox in Federal Hill on Sunday and had the worst service EVER in Baltimore. Bartenders not knowing what the specials are, beers taking forever to be poured, and one bartender flirting with a guy for an hour straight.

At least you got to see a good ex-O's pitcher on the mound. Fatty Ponson pitched on Sat night!!

Went to the eastern shore of VA Friday and spent the night riding bikes to the local bars. Saturday we took a clam boat out to fish and swim in the Bay and that evening we shot some guns. Sunday we watched the Skins game. Yeehaw!

Just got off a plane from NOLA for my little sisters wedding. I feel fuzzy and groggy. Oh and I'm 5lbs heavier. (not kidding-the foods soooo darn good and so fattening)
Have to work in an hour. Ouch. Going to see David Bryne tomorrow should I recover from the awesomeness of this past weekend. And Sam I haven't forgotten your question about service. I'll have my response to you tomorrow!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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