post buy some local art!

December 3rd, 2012

Filed under: art,Baltimore,check this out,food,friends,shop — nics @ 9:35 pm

Come to Hampden on Sunday to buy arts and crafts from some local artists! I’m participating in a holiday market in Hampden along with a lot of other local artists. I’ll be selling the prints from my etsy store (at a discounted price!) and some brand new ones too.

There will be some food for sale and there will be a bar open in the back. Stop by, buy some things, and hang out with us as we celebrate the winter holidays!

Thanks Lisa D. for organizing the whole thing! And thanks Kelley B. for making the amazing poster!

Here’s the facebook link and all the info:
Sunday, December 9
11am – 5pm
3535 Chestnut Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21211 (the old Republican Club building)

post fun with food

September 16th, 2012

Filed under: food — nics @ 2:49 pm

Meet celeriac-head sweet potato monster. Traveling through the celery root forest. I had fun making this today while cooking brunch with Ben.

post Salsa!

July 23rd, 2012

Filed under: Baltimore,food — nics @ 5:36 pm

I just made the most beautiful and delicious salsa! We had a bunch of salsa-friendly veggies around the house. Thanks One Straw Farm CSA! Heirloom tomato, tomatillos, garlic, lime, shallots, and a mole pepper. Everything from the Waverly Farmers Market (mostly One Straw Farm), aside from the lime (from the store) and the mole pepper (grown by a friend – I would tell you who but it’s Ben’s friend and I can’t think of her name right now).

post Westward Trip Part I: Top 10 in Food and Drink

August 3rd, 2011

Filed under: food,travel — nics @ 9:27 pm

Ben and I just returned from a trip out west to Seattle and Vancouver. We went to visit Ben’s brother John and his family (his wife Heather and Kira, their daughter) in Vancouver, but with flights being much cheaper to Seattle decided to fly in there and spend a couple days exploring the city before taking the train north to Vancouver. Being the gluttons we are, of course my first post about the trip is food and drink. To thank for all of our wonderful finds are Design Sponge Seattle and Vancouver guides, word of mouth by both friends who have visited and people we met, and just random places that we walked past and couldn’t resist.

1. The Corson Building, Seattle
Wow. I don’t even know how to describe how wonderful this experience is. In every way. Truly magical. If you are going to Seattle, check out the link and make reservations. Just do it!

2. Salt Tasting Room, Vancouver
This restaurant is almost strictly charcuterie based. The best thing to do if you go here is pick some meats and cheeses you want, tell your server what you like and don’t like in general, and let them pair wines and condiments with everything. We had a wonderful server which seems
particularly important at this restaurant. We relied on her artistry to pick perfect taste pairings/sensations of meat/cheese, condiment, and wine. Both beautiful and delicious.

3. The Harvest Vine, Seattle
We were lucky enough to have perfectly beautiful weather for our entire trip and this was one of our many outdoor dining experiences. This was another instance where wonderful service played an important role in our happiness. While on that topic, I would like to add that people in Seattle are so NICE! Whenever we asked questions or mentioned we were visiting from out of town, everyone was so happy and excited to recommend their favorite spots. Even the bus drivers are nice. Seriously. I cannot tell you how many times after speaking with a stranger that Ben and I just looked at each other with crinkled brow and open mouths with the expression “that person was so NICE. and HELPFUL.” on our faces. I liked it!

4. Le Pichet*,  Seattle
I forgot to take pictures here, ugh! But… I found this photo online of the dessert I had. Dark dark thick hot chocolate (that’s what they called it, though I found it to be on a completely different level and can’t bring myself to call it hot chocolate) with heavy whipped cream. Oooooh… Amazing food, cozy atmosphere, and great service.

5. Floata*, Vancouver
We had dim sum here (in Chinatown) with John, Kira, Heather, and her family. I love dim sum and couldn’t remember the last time I had it. There’s nothing quite like sharing small delicious foods (and often not knowing exactly what you’re eating) and spinning them around the table with a large group of people.

6. Sha Lin Noodle House*, Vancouver
John and Heather introduced us to one of their favorite neighborhood eateries. They like it not only because the food is wonderful but also because they make noodles in the back where you can watch. And oh so many different types of noodles! Cutting, pulling, dragging, chopped… and maybe more… those are the ones I remember. Yum!

7. Brouwer’s Cafe, Seattle
We stopped here for a beer as we were wondering around the Fremont neighborhood. And I’m so glad we did! They have a huge selection of beers on tap and their smoked nuts (which come out warm, fresh from the oven) are very tasty and go perfectly with a belgian style beer.

8. Street Donuts*, Seattle
Bowls of fresh hot mini donuts with your favorite toppings (we had ginger cardamom caramel) from a food truck. What’s not to like?! And they have an awesome logo.

9. Seattle Coffee Works, Seattle
We knew nothing about this coffee shop and because Seattle has sooo much good coffee, it was hard to decide where to go since we didn’t have time to try every coffee shop in town. But we saw signs as we were walking by describing coffee preparation in ways we had never heard and we wanted to try something new. So we did. We went to the slow bar (a small quiet section of the coffee shop set up for people who want to sit for a while and watch their own private barista perform) and had a vacuum pot. Ahhhh. (And I also like saying “oh, I just had a vacuum pot”.) As she was preparing it, our barista was explaining that the process creates a very “clean, pure” flavor and I was imagining these things would probably be too subtle for me to notice, but no! I could taste the “real flavors” in the coffee and it was velvety smooth. It’s kind of hard to explain…

10. Bastille Cafe*, Seattle
We had brunch here which was delicious. My favorite thing was the homemade scone with lemon curd (also homemade, of course). Because we went to Bastille on a Sunday, we caught the Ballard Farmers Market. I wanted to cry for all the things I saw and knew I couldn’t take home with me! Ben got all worked up about the giant morel mushrooms and then got really sad when he realized there was no practical way to get them home in a decent state. Either of these places is well worth the trek out to Ballard.

Whoa. This is a long post. If you are still here reading this you are quite a trooper. Or maybe you just like food and drink as much as I do?

*Sadly, I forgot to take photos at some places. Locations marked with a * are not photos I took, but are images I found online.

post Catching Up

June 27th, 2011

Wow. I am so far behind in blogging, I’m not really sure where to start. But here are some major events that have happened since the last time I blogged.

1. Kelley and I collaborated on a piece for Transmodern at campcamp. It was so much fun but I was so completely exhausted by the time it opened that documentation is sadly lacking. But here’s an image of our space, taken by Theresa Keil for What Weekly.  J.M. Giordano used our space as a set for a short film for the BMA (which is what you see here). You can see Kelley in the hairy, white-headed costume on the right and me in the white monster costume near the center. We also projected animations but this photo was taken before dark.

2. I went to Ben’s thesis show at UConn. This was my favorite photo from the show of Ben’s mom and aunt looking at his work, probably thinking something like: “Um, what the heck is this?”. You can see more of his work here.

3. Ben graduated. Yay Ben! Congrats to him, Siobhan, Lani, Jamie, and Rita! I will miss you guys.

4. In CT, I visited the puppetry museum, saw a show of Frank Ballard’s work, and lusted after another useless degree: an MFA in puppetry.

5. My mom had heart valve surgery here at Johns Hopkins. She’s doing wonderfully now and is back in GA. I was so happy she was able to be here so I could spend time with her while she recovered. She always likes to visit the cathedral and their gift shop when she comes to Baltimore. And since I was feeling particularly willing to keep her happy after her surgery, I took her there without even whining. I was pleased to discover this gem.

6. Ben moved in to my apartment. For three days in a row, immediately upon moving in, Ben spontaneously and enthusiastically made beautiful delicious dinners (here we have roasted turnips and onions, sesame ginger baked tofu, and salad). I briefly thought I had the good fortune of acquiring a gourmet housewife/chef. However, things have settled down and now he only cooks from time to time (but still more than I do). Ah, well, I knew it was too good to be true…

7. Tambourine (Ben’s cat) and Mito (my cat) hate each other. You wouldn’t think so from the way Mito is reaching out to hug Tambourine in this photo, but trust me, they do.

8. Ben’s thesis show in NYC went up immediately after his CT show. Here’s a photo from the opening.

9. I went to NYC this past weekend to help Ben take down the show. I rode the Staten Island Ferry for the first time (fun!) and saw some Friends with You balloons.

post fun and yum

February 14th, 2011

Filed under: art,food — nics @ 10:54 pm

I made this painting today. I think it will be the first print I sell in my etsy shop. (Which will come, one day soon – I’ll let you know the details!)

Also today… I used Valentine’s Day as my excuse to make brownies for myself. And I figured while I was at it, why not finish off the Madeira? Today also happened to be the first lovely warmish sunny day of the year. This is the day that always makes me yearn for San Francisco. (And sad for the day my brother moved away.) That must be why the Madeira was on my mind. It was from my last trip to Napa Valley. I love you V. Sattui and I love you smitten kitchen. (Sorry you missed it Ben, but if it makes you feel any better, there wasn’t enough Madeira for two. So I don’t feel guilty at all…)

post chocolate glitter peanut butter squirrel

November 23rd, 2010

Filed under: food — nics @ 7:41 pm


I just finished Ben’s birthday cake (it was a 2 day process – he had better appreciate this thing!) and am waiting for him to arrive from CT. So if you see him or talk to him before I do, shh, don’t tell him! I saw this squirrel at Red Tree the other day and thought, ummm… no, I can’t possibly bring myself to pay $14.50 for this when I can’t really even explain why I want it or why I think Ben must have it. But in the end, I went back and decided yes, I MUST have this squirrel! I kept fantasizing about how awesome it was and how perfect it would look on top of this cake I wanted to make. And, admit it: how perfect are glitter furry squirrels and gooey peanut butter and chocolate for each other?! (Oh, ok, I actually explained why I wanted this squirrel quite well come to think of it.) Now that I see it finished I can’t stop giggling.

I don’t know that this cake quite beats the cake I made Ben for his first birthday we spent together visually (the Pontiki cake), but it should taste pretty amazing because I got the recipe from my favorite food source and it sounds and looks delicious.

Happy (early) Birthday Ben!

post a welcome addition to the neighborhood

October 24th, 2010

Filed under: check this out,food — nics @ 4:18 pm

I was pleased to discover the other evening as I was driving past and saw lights on inside that the new coffee shop down the street from me was finally open for business. What I thought was a rather unfortunate name (Charmington’s) for the place made me slightly skeptical. However, when I read why the name was chosen I admit it started to grow on me. I had the time this weekend to walk there and check it out. It’s cozy, I had a lovely cappuccino, and they have a very comfy couch and internet. I foresee some working afternoons there in my future. (Photo taken from their facebook page)

post tea snobbery

October 4th, 2010

Filed under: food — nics @ 8:34 pm

OK. All my tea strainers were dirty and I was feeling really lazy so I scrounged around in the back of my cabinet to find pre-bagged tea. I honestly can’t remember the last time I drank pre-bagged (I’m sure there’s a proper word for it; pre-bagged sounds weird; but I don’t feel like looking it up… again, the laziness) tea. And it was pretty gross. Does this make me an official tea snob? Where is the “Japanese flavor” the box boasts about? I don’t taste it. I guess I’ll start washing some dishes soon…

post It may sound weird, but…

September 11th, 2010

Filed under: check this out,food — nics @ 8:05 pm

Holy cow! These chocolate tortilla chips are quite delicious. Get some good cheese to go with them and they’re even better. I had mine with goat cheese from Whole Foods – I can’t remember what kind but it’s the one with the very thin edible (or at least I eat it) brown edge. Yum!!!

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