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Kali's Court - Tasting Menu dinner 1/08/11.

just FYI, Mezze is right next door. Mediterranean tapas, and the same kitchen, just less expensive ;) ;) Not the same ambience as Kali's, but definitely hip in it's own right.

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Mezze
1606 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231

Feb 08, 2011
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore Steak Wars....Who Ya Got?

I have never had a bad steak at the Outback in White Marsh. My dad also used to like theirs.

Feb 02, 2009
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Baltimore Steak Wars....Who Ya Got?

As a girl who grew up with a dad who adored steak and only bought THE best cuts, marinated and grilled them to perfection, and then cut all of the fat off before serving them to her, I will give my opinion.

Morton's sucked. The only thing that was good was the service. Literally, Outback has a better steak.

The ONLY places I order steak are Ruth's Chris, Outback, or at a wedding if it's a choice.

Jan 29, 2009
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good place to buy Olive Juice for Dirty Martinis?

oh my fav drink EVER. I've tried it all. Vodka's, olive juices, you name it.

Santa Barbara Olive Company's Olive Brine (found at some liquor stores, but I order it by the case online), Absolut vodka (yes it is better than the more expensive kinds), and a couple shakes of sea salt. YUM!

Dec 29, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Can you eat cold french fries?

no way. I won't even eat them if they've been delivered and they're soggy from being in the styrofoam for so long. They must be burn-the-roof-off-my-mouth hot and crispy.

Pizza can be any temperature, left out for days, cold, hot, whatever. I'll eat it anytime too, 6am, lunch, dinner, whenever.

Dec 23, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

Chopstix- Perry Hall

I LOVE them and the fact that you can bring your own alcohol. Seriously the mark up on drinks in a restaurant is at least 300%, you can really save $ this way.

Dec 01, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Really Cheap places NE Baltimore and County

I forgot about Chopstix. Not that it's cheap, cheap, but considering you can take your own wine in, it is def is more affordable than most if you are going to have a drink.

Nov 24, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Really Cheap places NE Baltimore and County

I have to agree about Red Brick. I don't get what the big deal is. The beer is good, if you're in the mood for microbrews, but the food has never been decent.

I do like Della Rose's tho.

Have you tried Italian Sensations in Harford County? The closest is right on the corner of Belair and Mountain Roads, next to the car wash. Excellent italian food and the best pizza in the area (including Perry Hall, Parkville, etc). I drive up there every two weeks to get pizza and bring it home.

Nov 24, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts- Not Pie!

me too! I make it in a swirl, regular cheesecake with the pumpkin mixed in. Looks so pretty.

Nov 24, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

World Market Brine Mix

I don't know about the brine specifically, but everything I've ever bought at World Market is awesome.

Nov 21, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

Is brunch possible b4 a Raven's game?

No suggestions, but if you are driving to the game I have advice. Plan on at least an extra 30 minutes to get there.

I volunteer at the animal shelter directly behind the stadium and on game days (2 hours prior to the game) a 10 minute drive turns into 40. All of the traffic immediately around the stadium is standstill.

Nov 20, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Veggie Christmas Dinner Fare

We never ate Christmas dinner. As children we spent all day going from house to house and nibbled here and there.

Christmas Eve is our big thing and it's all finger food. I'm not vegetarian, but I'm not a huge meat fan.

Among other things, I make alot of greek stuff. Grape leaves (rice, no meat), feta wrapped in phyllo (then fried in olive oil, topped with honey), huge greek salad, tatziki and hummus with toasted pita, haloumi cheese and tomato toasted on pita bread.

Sometimes I also do an antipasto tray with tomatoes, feta, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, roasted zucchini, olives, and asparagus and broccoli both sauted (separately) with garlic and olive oil.

Nov 19, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

Why do We Even Use Cranberry Sauce at Thanksgiving?

I can't take the can lines in the regular cranberry sauce so I make my own. It's a dipping sauce for the turkey. so good.

Nov 19, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

Salsa Recipes

I switch mine up all of the time. I'll warn you, I don't measure anything ever, so everything is approximate. Here's the basic recipe:

6 roma tomatoes
1 half red or white onion
1 tblspn vinegar
1 tblspn olive oil
1 tsp mexican seasoning (or taco seasoning or chili powder, or combo of any)
1 tsp freeze dried parsley
2 cloves minced garlic
salt, pepper, hot sauce to taste

Now, instead of vinegar I've used: tequila, rice vinegar, wine, or rum. I think I even used Jack Daniels once.

I've also added: crushed pineapple, mango, roasted zucchini, fresh basil, fresh parsley, peppers (jalapenos, chili, roasted red)

I also use a variety of hot sauces. For myself, I use a plain Frank's hot sauce, a habanero, and a jamaican habanero. But I like things ridiculously spicy and no one else can eat this when I make it.

Just make sure the combinations work.

My favorite combo is to add crushed pineapple, roasted red peppers, rum, and fresh basil (and all 3 hot sauces!). So good!

Nov 13, 2008
carey24 in Home Cooking

If you have to choose one and ONLY ONE, which will you choose? BEEF or PORK?

Considering I hate ham of any kind, only eat turkey bacon, and haven't had a pork chop in over a decade, I'm gonna go with BEEF!

Nov 10, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

Crab with a "K"

Having lived in MD my whole life, this is the exact reason I will not order anything with "crab" in it when travelling outside of the state. I laugh when I see "MD crabcakes" in other states. When my sister almost ordered them once, I reminded her where we were. She was like "Oh that's right, I forgot." lol.

You were not wrong for returning it, but I'm not suprised the waitress didn't understand the difference. If you've never had real crabmeat, you have nothing to compare it to.

Nov 04, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

Food "etiquette" after a death

I'm 32 and was raised Catholic. My first relative died when I was 8. Even back then, the church did nothing except the funeral service and I'm pretty certain we paid for that. In fact, the priest even came to the wake afterwards and ate (on our dime). And my mother taught at the school and my sister and I attended the school.

We had more help from the restaurant my sister and I worked for and people we knew that owned carry-out places, than we ever did from our church. Even when my father died suddenly.

The first church I've ever seen provide food was a funeral service that I attended recently. It was a more modern church, I'm not even sure of the religion other than "Christian". My family and I were shocked at the amount of food served in the lobby, directly following the service at no cost to the family. It was the first time any of us experienced a church providing food.

Nov 04, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

Cleaned crabs - Balt - BWI - Annapolis areas

My only point to that is, the apron and gills aren't the hard part. It's the backfin that is. It takes less than 2 seconds to rip out the apron and gills. So I don't see the point to paying extra for (or trying to find) crabs "pre-cleaned".

Nov 04, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Guinness Beer in Baltimore...

I have to agree that $5 is not a rip off. I've paid $7, 8, 9 in some higher end places. All beer is incredibly overpriced in bars.

Nov 04, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Spices - Are you particular where you get them

I literally buy the .50 cent generic ones at my grocery store. I've been to Grenada and brought back "off the tree" nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and saffron. I cannot tell a difference between those and the generic ones.

Nov 04, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

Food "etiquette" after a death

Having gone through many, many funerals in my life, here are my thoughts.

Usually, the day of/day after a death, the family gets inundated with food from family, friends, etc. I think the thought is that the family shouldn't have to cook. Literally everyone showing up at my house always had food of some sort.

After or during the break in the viewings, usually the family will leave the funeral home and either go home to eat, or go out to eat. Sometimes very close friends of the family join in on this. Everyone pays for themselves.

After the funeral itself, it is customary to have a wake. This can either be at the family's home (or as we discovered, for much less hassle) at a restaurant/banquet hall. It is the family's responsibility to pay for this.

If you have a church that is nice enough to donate the food after the service, that is wonderful, but it is not standard nor should it be expected.

Nov 04, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

Does anyone like fondant?

I hate wedding cake of all kinds. All of the icings are always too sickeningly sweet. The best wedding I went to had cheesecake instead of wedding cake. Yum.

Nov 03, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

Cleaned crabs - Balt - BWI - Annapolis areas

In my 32 years living in Baltimore, I have never heard of such a thing. Crabs are steamed live, so to pull out their lungs before would be impossible. The crabs would kill you lol. They grab on and do NOT let go!

I have seen people get crabs with the spice removed (or like my one friend does, rinses them off herself). All you would be removing are the lungs and mustard (I eat this), I don't see how that would be saving you alot of time. Maybe I'm missing something. The worst part about picking crabs is once you actually get to the backfin, breaking it, and getting all of the meat out.

One thing you may want to try if you like the spice, is to get extra on the side with vinegar (or butter). You dip the meat into the vinegar then the spice, then eat.

Nov 03, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need Recs Bel Air, MD

Definitely try Italian Sensations. Excellent italian. Carry-out style with tables and waiters and they serve wine. I drive from Baltimore County just to get their pizza.

Oct 30, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anyone tried the olive oil mayo from Kraft?

Same here. Nevering having had Miracle Whip, I'm guessing that's what it tasted like. Pickley. Yuck. Totally threw out a whole jar minus the one teaspoon I tried.

Oct 28, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

oolong tea

Not at TJ's in Towson or my grocery store's organic aisle or tea/coffee aisle. Still searching. Whole Foods is just such a pain to get to (parking).

Oct 27, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fells Point on Halloween

Just warning you, FP is insane on Halloween. I mean crazy. I know a few years ago my sister was working at Mezze (Meli's sister restaurant) and it was packed all night. You may def want to make a reservation for Meli. Also have them park the car, there is NO parking to be found on Halloween.

Oct 24, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

oolong tea

Does anyone know if Trader Joe's or Whole Foods in the Baltimore area has oolong tea? I just read about it online and want to try it.

Oct 23, 2008
carey24 in Washington DC & Baltimore

A third milk thread: why in the world do people buy skim or low-fat milk?

Cause if I didn't I'd weigh 600 lbs.

Everyone's metabolism is different. I HAVE to eat very low fat and exercise in order to maintain my weight.

Oct 22, 2008
carey24 in General Topics

Why does organic milk taste "richer" than non-organic milk?

I'm just jumping in here, but if you just LOOK at regular non-fat milk and organic non-fat milk next to each other you can SEE that the organic is thicker. This isn't in my head, it's an observation I made when I switched years ago. Regular non-fat milk has a watery bluish tint to it and organic non-fat does not. I've only ever had the non-fat versions, so that is all I can compare.

Oct 21, 2008
carey24 in General Topics