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May 27, 2009

I'm back! Oh, and the winner is ...

parkside baltimoreYou guys never cease to amaze me.

When I posted this incredibly obscure photo Alexander D. Mitchell IV took of the bar at the Parkside (4709 Harford Road, pictured), I thought it would be hours before anyone identified it.


It took Midnight Sun commenter Rob Walshe about 40 minutes to de-cloak our mystery bar.

Great job, Rob. I'm quite impressed.

I'm also, if you haven't noticed, back from my honeymoon ...

And first off, I'd like to hear a warm round of applause for our lovely lineup of guest posters, who kept Midnight Sun lively in my absence. Thanks a million, guys and gals.

Hours after leaving warm, sunny Costa Rica, Amie and I got back to a damp, stinky Baltimore. Anybody else nearly wretch from the smell of dead fish yesterday? Blech.

If you're ever in Costa Rica, I suggest you try the mojitos. I don't want to think about how much sugar and rum I drank this past week. 

This morning, I'm trying to digest close to 1,000 e-mails. I'm also chasing a few hot tips, which I'll post about later today.

Again, guest posters, thank you so much for covering my butt while I was gone. And gang, it's good to be back.

(Sun archive photo)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:36 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


welcome back...

did you bring us back any gifts??!?! i mean, it's cool if you didn't. the week was kinda all about you and Amie, but still, trinkets are nice thing to do.


Bring back Owl Meat Gadabout!

Take off your gin helmet Sioux, you need more oxygen.

Welcome back Sam. It was a pleasure doing some guest posts in your absence.

Welcome back Sam. FYI, I still haven't received my wedding invitation

I still haven't received my wedding invitation

It was lovely. Mine was laser engraved on beef jerky.

tasty too!


Has anyone informed you about Sue Hopper's dissatisfaction with your choice of guest posters during your absence. She never accepts a substitute for the authentic Sessa posting!

I hope she'll like and savor the Mojito flavored pacifier you brought her back.

Hahaha, well, what can I say, GDA? It's good to feel appreciated.

yeah,until she cooks your rabbit

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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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