A while back I purchased a groupon for $35 at the Reserve in Federal Hill for only $15.  So I went there with a few friends a few weeks back for dinner.  I ordered the seafood risotto, which I thought was pretty good, but the risotto was a little underdone.  Also, the service at the restaurant was really slow for not being all that crowded.

We were there on a Wednesday, which is apparently “acoustic” karaoke night…whatever that means.  Luckily it wasn’t scheduled to start until 10pm, so we got out of there in time.  We headed to Vaccaro’s in Little Italy for dessert.  I ordered the baci ball ice cream sunday, but they were out of the baci ice cream so I substituted with nocciola.  I had no idea how huge the portion would be.  I could barely stomach it all, but I managed…and it was amazingly good.

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Thai Arroy is hands down my favorite Thai place in Baltimore. Located on Light Street in Federal Hill, it’s a small little restaurant that’s pretty much always filled during normal dining hours. I went on Sunday night with my friend Nick. We decided to sit outside since it was nice out, hence the dark pictures.

Started with some spring rolls…

…and papaya salad

I had the Mussa-Mun curry with shrimp. It wasn’t as spicy as I expected; perhaps next time I’ll request a little more heat.

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A couple Saturdays ago, after a really long and exhausting afternoon of strawberry picking (kidding, it wasn’t that exhausting), my friends and I headed to Federal Hill to grab a bite to eat. We checked out The Abbey Burger Bistro on Cross St. They have an interesting selection of specialty burgers created by the chef. It states clearly on the menu that there are no substitutions allowed. However, if you can’t decide on a burger, you have the option of creating your own. I chose the turkey burger, topped with black beans, avocado, red hawk cheese, bib lettuce, and spicy creme fraiche. I thought the burger itself was pretty good, but the bread was so-so. And of course I had to get the sweet potato fries.

Afterwards while walking home, we passed by E61 Espresso Bar and Ice Cream on Charles. They advertise thru their window that they have handmade ice cream, so we went in to check it out. There were a few flavors to choose from, and you can sample as many as you like. I asked to try the passionfruit sorbet, and the lady commented that when she made it that morning, she thought it turned out a little sour. It’s always surprising to hear someone criticize her own food especially when she’s trying to sell it to you. She was definitely right; it was pretty sour. I then sampled the caramelized grape nuts. I was never a fan of Grape Nuts cereal. I think I always associated it with old people because my after school baby sitter when I was a kid always ate them, and she was elderly. But I never really liked the taste either. But this ice cream flavor was really good. Sweet with just the right amount of crunch. I walked out of their with a scoop of the grape nut, and a scoop of the double chocolate. So yummy; I’m definitely a fan.

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Pub Dog

March 17, 2009

I love Pub Dog (formerly Thirsty Dog) pizza. My friends and I went there last week. For me, it was the first time in a long while I’d eaten there. I ordered the Fox and the Hound pizza, which has sausage, red pepper, and mushroom with smoked gouda cheese and mozz. So good! I also tried a new Belgian white ale that they have. Pretty good, kinda fruity.

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The first gorgeous weekend of 2009! Even though I should have stayed inside studying for midterms, I couldn’t let the wonderful day go to waste! My friend Anna was raving about the breakfast sandwiches at Metropolitan in Federal Hill, so we headed there for some brunch. I ordered a breakfast sandwich on a croissant with egg, cheese, and chorizo sausage ($6.50). It was excellent. The croissant wasn’t too buttery, but was just flaky enough. Very satisfying. We also shared a side of bfast potatoes ($2), which were pretty good. I liked that it was a good mix of sweet and regular potatoes.

the yummalicious sandwich

potatoes

I liked that there was free refills on coffee. It’s self-serve, but they weren’t very good about refilling the pots when they were empty! There was an almond blend that I was hoping to try, but sadly it was out. With the weather being so warm, there were tables set up outside and the windows were wide open. It was so inviting!

Next, we headed to Fell’s Point to walk around a little. I’ve heard so many good things about Pitango Gelato and today was the perfect day to check it out. There are so many flavors to choose from! And they all look so yummy I wanted to try them all! I sampled the matcha green tea, mojito, and spicy chocolate and settled for the mojito. It was not too sweet, but very refreshing. I’ll definitely have to go back, though it was a bit pricey. A regular (up to two flavors) is $4.85, and a large (up to three flavors) is $6.50.

The menu

mmm mojito!

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