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The Charm City Food Tour

Susan says…

In the coming weeks, I will be posting a series of reviews from my recent visit to Baltimore, Maryland.    

My tour began on a Thursday evening with a visit to The Dogwood in Hampden and then out for a drink at Brewer’s Art.  Friday saw lunch at The Ambassador Dining Room, wine tasting at Boordy and DeJon vineyards, dinner at Pazo, a special snack at the Capitol Grille (which most certainly deserves its own blog post) and drinks with friends at Tapas Teatro and Club Charles.  Volunteering and sightseeing on Saturday was fueled by lunch at Red Star in Fell’s Point and concluded with dinner at Woodberry Kitchen.  Mr. Rain’s Fun House served my brunch on Sunday and after being caught in a surprise summer rainstorm at the Inner Harbor that afternoon, I ended the day with dinner at Mi Viejo Pueblito. 

I ate about all a gal could possibly eat in those three and a half days.  Whew!  What a great trip.  I came home with a few bottles of Maryland wine, 300+ photographs, and some extra pounds. 

Do you know why they call it “Charm City”, by the way?  Visitors found the neighborhoods and friendly residents…well, charming. 

I agree.

A Review of Food and Wine Magazine – because I didn’t want to know anything about “Enami”

this picture is in no way associated with Food and Wine magazine, it is simply something I (Ron) googled.

Hello Ladies and Gents, and I do use those terms loosely.  

(Is now a good time to mention this is Ron?)

Yes, there’s a lull in the Fork You halls these days… too cold to go out and eat.  Yes, that task requires one of us to actually get off our bums to be the sacrificial lamb to go get the Fork You Mini Van and drive everyone to someplace to eat in order to express our culinary credibility to you our readers who are wasting your boss’ time by reading this. 

(wow – run on sentence there, wasn’t it?) 

Because our country has the greatest postal service in the world, I am able to bring you this fabulous piece of “Literary Gold”    

(this observation coming from someone who has never been across the Mississippi, has been to Canada, and the most foreign place he’s ever been was – Boone County WV)   

I originally posted this on my own personal blog  the other day, but because we’re starved for content here also in these troubling times, I decided to cross pollenate.  Spread my seed (or “disease”, choose your term). 

The other day the Fork You Mansion was delivered the March edition of Food and Wine Magazine….  here is my (Ron’s) review.  Please note that I pick up in the middle as the Fork You audience really doesn’t need to hear about my traumatizing knee injury  and brilliant description of it:   

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Trick or Treat – What Are You Giving Out Tonight?


What and how you hand out treats to the ghouls and goblins on Trick or Treat night says a lot about a person.  Here’s what the Fork You crew will be doing tonight:


Misty is giving out a veritable smorgasborg of Halloween treats: Blow Pops, Pixie Stix, M&Ms, Twix, Snickers (all snack size), Dum Dums, Skittles, Smarties and Starburst.  Oh, and some leftover Easter M&Ms in pastel colors.  No one will know, right?

She considered leaving distribution duties to her husband who employs the “more is better” philosophy, giving out a handful of candies to each child.  After said consideration, Misty will give each child 1-3 pieces, depending on the quality of the candy and adjusts the composition according to each child’s age.  Have we mentioned that Misty is a little bit particular?  No wonder her husband just gives out handfuls.

If a child rings Misty’s doorbell without a costume…well, that’s what the Easter M&Ms are for.


Susan has been trying to buy candy faster than Ron can consume it.  Having amassed an adequate inventory of bubble gum, Skittles, Pixie Stix, gummy spiders and snack bags of pretzels, she is now hoping Ron actually HANDS OUT the goods tonight before he eats the rest of it.

It’s hard to tell what kind of torture Ron will put non-costumed kids through. 

If it were up to her, each kiddie would receive only one item each – after all, there are over 150 homes in her subdivision and what kid needs THAT much candy? 

And I think we all know who the cheapskate is now due to the lack of chocolate in Susan’s candy bowl.


Daniel will be distributing a variety of chocolate snack-size candies including Snickers, Twix and M&Ms.  He hands out one item per child but if you are in Daniel’s neighborhood tonight, keep in mind Bonus Hours are from 7:30 -8:00 when he will be doubling the serving size of the treats. 

He has a stash of leftover candy from previous holidays, as far back as Valentine’s Day, that will be given to those not wearing costumes. 

Daniel has observed that there is an inverse relationship between the slope of your street and the amount of candy you need to buy.


Due to the relatively light child traffic in the neighborhood and the propensity for us to over-purchase, you will likely get a handful of candy at our home.  I believe that the purchased items included Laffy Taffy, Nerds, Snickers, Baby Ruths, Nestle Crunches, Butterfingers, and Starburst, amongst other things.  Basically, we purchase the candies that we like to eat ourselves (again maybe why we overpurchase in the first place.)

Although we may have old candy around the house, only fresh is handed out.  And, if you get an invitation to the costume party this Saturday, the food only gets better!

What About You?

Tell us what you’ll be giving out to the kiddies tonight in a comment below.  We’ll select one commenter at random to receive a free bottle of Country Bob’s All-Purpose Sauce.

Happy Halloween!