Last Sunday I was originally supposed to go home to celebrate Father’s day with my family. Unfortunately, due to a little excessive partying at a wedding reception the night before, I overslept until 10:30, so my parents decided to come up to see me instead, since they hadn’t yet seen my new apartment all set up. After touring my house and my lab, we headed out to Bonaparte in Fell’s Point for some lunch. They have a pretty good lunch special, where you can choose a quiche or sandwich, a dessert, and a drink all for $12.90. We played around with the idea of just getting two lunch specials and two entrees alone since we didn’t think we’d need that much dessert. But everything looked so appealing my dad said he wanted a dessert all to himself, so we ended up each getting our own lunch special.

I picked the salmon quiche, the chocolate triangle with coconut and raspberry filling, and a coffee. Everything was excellent!

Quiche…yum….

The desserts. Clockwise from top left: chocolate triangle (my choice), strawberry tart (my dad’s), flan (mom’s choice), chocolate-cherry cake (sister’s).

We cut each of our desserts in fourths so everyone could try everything. Afterwards we walked some of it off strolling around Fell’s. It was nice to spend an afternoon with my family in Baltimore. I think they sometimes forget there are actually some decent parts to the city.

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Sunday Brunch

February 16, 2009

My friends Ramzi and Steph have been raving about Mick’s made-to-order omelettes that he serves up at the Mill Valley General Store up in Hampden. It’s a market open year-round, but they really don’t have much produce in the winter time. We know Mick through our frequent visits to Pickles Pub near the stadium. Little did we know, Mick actually has a whole business called Whiskey Island selling his own spices and he’s even got his own cooking show! Anyway, we made our way up to the market only to discover that Mick had a catering thing that day and wasn’t making his omelettes. So we had to settle for coming back another time. Instead, we headed over to Slainte in Fell’s Point for some brunch.

I ordered the Breakfast Boxtie, which consisted of Irish potato pancakes stuffed with bangers and rashers, topped with Guinness-infused cheddar. I thought it was pretty good. The Guinness-infused cheddar didn’t really taste like cheddar…or Guinness. I don’t really know how to describe it. The “fresh fruit” that came with every order didn’t taste fresh. I think the strawberries tasted like they were soaked in sugar; like what you would use to top a strawberry shortcake.

Afterwards, we stopped by Bonaparte Breads for some coffee and I got an apple tart to go. I usually really like Bonaparte’s pastries, but I actually wasn’t super impressed this time. I didn’t like the tart crust; it was a little burnt. And overall it was too sweet.

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