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July 1, 2009

Some news, some notes, some whatnots

sometimes sam has bloodshot eyes in the morning. or maybe he's really Cyclops. your call.You know, most days when you see the 7 a.m. time stamp on a post, I'm actually up that early blogging.

But I won't touch Midnight Sun without a large cup of hot, tasty coffee. That's my only prerequisite (a big word for 7 a.m., I know).

A brief tangent: Anybody know a local spot or distributor that carries really good coffee? Like, this stuff? I'd love to get some without paying an arm and a leg for shipping from Costa Rica.

If you notice, Midnight Sun (and the rest of the Sun blogs) got a minor face lift earlier this week.

I lobbied hard to have the blog search bar bumped up from the very bottom of the sidebar almost all the way to the top. That way, it's easier to find previous posts. At least, that's what I'm hoping.

I also created a Name That Bar category, which will (soon) have all the previous Name That Bar contests and winners, just for kicks. And I'm going to add a category titled All the Essentials (or something like that), and put some background posts about me and Midnight Sun in it ...

BD left a comment last night under the Best Fells Point Neighborhood Bar post wanting to know when a winner will be declared.

Truth is, I've been putting it off because I don't feel like sitting down and tallying 130-some votes. I mean, Bad Decisions won, but I'd like to know who came in second and such. Hopefully I can get to that today.

Last night, I had the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad (also known as the Hilltop Hightopps) in for a Baltimore Unsigned taping. At one point, guitarist Ryan Graham and I were talking about Midnight Sun, and how I'll write a post that I expect will be a hit but goes nowhere. And then, I'll write a post as a one-off and it will catch fire.

"Then why don't you write more posts like that?", he said. 


My response: "That's just like saying, 'Hey, Billy Joel, why haven't you written any hits lately?'"

Better yet -- my colleague Chris Kaltenbach was on the red carpet back in '98, standing next to a member of the foreign press. Up walks one of actor Michael Douglas' brothers. In what is probably the most tactless question possible, the foreign journo walks up to the Douglas bro and asks:

"Hey [random Douglas brother], why aren't you as famous as your father or brother?"

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:20 AM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music, Random stuff


not a fan of the gray background. blech.

I highly recommend Zeke's coffee.

Not knowing exactly what coffee you're looking for, I can possibly suggest Baltimore Coffee & Tea up in Timonium next to the Timonium Business Park Light Rail stop at Aylesbury Road (?). It's a successor to what I recall was, and probably still is, an excellent coffee-roasting shop in downtown Pikesville, behind the main strip of Reisterstown Road next to what was the post office for a while. Anyone from Pikesville remember what I'm talking about?

You have the power, Sessa! You're like Drew Barrymore in Firestarter; you just have to harness your flame-starting abilities.

The thing about Billy Joel is that he realized he was sucking and retired, unlike Elton John and Sting. But I think you have a few good years of rabble-rousing left in you.

Excellent locally roasted coffee: Zeke's on Harford Rd in Lauraville.

Thanks again for having us over last night! We love Chipotle!!!

i know everyone rants about zeke's (rightfully so), but another gem is High Grounds across the street from patterson theater. i've been in there multiple times, and the manager has told me about how they get their beans from a private farm in ethiopia or some such...and it tastes pretty damned good to me.

he also made mention that recently they started getting their roasted beans carried in all the local whole foods.


I'm a coffee drinker, but not necessarily an aficionado, so I don't really know what I'm talking about, but I will second Ryan's High Grounds shout out anyway. It's my favorite coffee spot.

Try Phoenix Coffee ( Full disclosure, I used to date the owner's sister, but they definitely know their stuff. Freshly roasted beans, of varing locales/qualities. Not exactly cheap, but not ridiculously expensive either...and everyhting is good.

I really like Mayoga, roasted in Silver Spring, I think? You can get it at Costco locally.

Dunkin' Donuts or 7-11 coffee not good enough for ya?

Always with the claws, eh, Johnnycat?

No, that stuff ain't good enough for me.


Have you had five fingers of Old Red Eye?

gda, i'm afraid to ask what that is.

Baltimore Coffee & Tea
Barbie Hargrave. 'Nuff said

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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.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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