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March 10, 2009

Say hello to the new kid in town

michael cookmichael cookBaltimore doesn't have enough nightlife writers.

So it is with great pleasure that I welcome Michael Cook, a bartender who just started blogging about nightlife for Metromix.

His blog is called Booze and Old Bay, and you can find it here.

I wonder if he's going to blog about the Chesapeake Martini, which is served at Max's and One-Eyed Mike's. That's one of the only drinks in town that uses craziest uses of Old Bay ...

The Chesapeake Martini is comprised of three parts:

1) One 40-ounce bottle of Natty Boh in a metal bucket filled with ice and covered in a dirty rag (the dirty rag is key, I'm told)

2) One small martini glass rimmed with Old Bay

3) One chicken wing inside the glass

Pour the beer into the martini glass, tilt it up to your kisser, and all you smell is chicken wing. Take a sip, and the Old Bay sticks to your lips, but it's followed quick by a mouthful of ice-cold Boh. You're better off eating the chicken wing at the end of the first cupful -- otherwise it gets cold and clammy.

Anybody thirsty? Hee hee.

Welcome to the wonderful world of nightlife blogging, Mr. Cook. I think I speak for all of us when I say 'Write more.' We need to hear from you at least once a day.

Oh, and next time you see me out, come say hi. 


(Thanks for the photo, Metromix)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:07 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Actually, several local restaurants rim their bloody mary's w/ Old Bay.

Strawberry, good point. I was thinking more like martinis. I just updated the entry.

I think One Eyed Mike's uses one peeled shrimp in their version.

Bad Decisions' Baltimore martini is Natty Boh in a martini glass with an Old Bay rim. Delicious ... ?

Mary, you mean, you haven't tried it yourself?

Thanks for the welcome, Sam. It sounds like it's my journalistic duty to get across the pond and try one of these Chesapeake martinis. The things we do for our readers... Hope to see you around the 'hood soon.

The chicken wing - roasted, BBQed, Buffalo, for karlosi, raw or other?

Peeled shrimp in a Bloody is fantastic.

Welcome, Mike.

Re: Bad Decisions' Baltimore Martini

One of the guys we were out with on Saturday Night ordered it and we were told he was the first person to ever do so. He swears it was delicious.

That could be the most disgusting idea for a drink I've ever read. Yuck. Wouldn't want to kiss a guy after he drank one of those!

This particular libation needs the reports from more test subjects (read guinea pigs) before the masses sample with confidence.

I wonder how many people believe this is a terrible way to abuse Natty Boh?.

ps How are the chicken wings cooked? In Natty Boh
What's with the dirty rag? just silly ritual?

GDA, as far as I know, the chicken wings are cooked the traditional way. The dirty rag is for effect. And quite the effect it has, I may note.

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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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