Georgetown Cupcakes

by Lisa
I fell in love over the weekend. I mean truly, madly and deeply in LOVE. This past Saturday the temperatures in the DMV ( DC, MD, VA) hit 76 degrees, a temperature that makes it near impossible to sit in the house especially given our harsh winter where we saw somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 plus inches of snow… Anyway, I digress, my romance began with a trip to Georgetown to enjoy the people, sites, and of course get a little high-end retail therapy.  It was a day for walking and as the official first day of spring, the perfect back-drop to begin this love affair.

I was deterred by my new lover at first, because there were many people who had been there before me, and I was demure about being added to a long list of former lovers. When I arrived at the doorstep, the line was almost around the block! I would not be deterred, I had come this far (I drove from Baltimore!) and I refused to turn back. I waited patiently, growing more excited the closer I got to meeting my new love. Georgetown cupcakes- is my new lover, and my affair began with salted caramel, chocolate ganache, and berry lemon cupcakes. I am planning a trip again for Thursday- because that’s when they feature Key Lime.


Las Vegas is Haute!

The GF has just returned from weeks of travel, work, fun, and family obligations had me everywhere from Seattle, to Atlanta and most recently Vegas! I seriously LOVE Sin City… the temperatures soared in the low 100′s for the entire week, however the fabulous dining, and shopping options more than compensated for the weather- dry heat my ass! In spite of spritzing my way through two bottles of Evian spray, I LOVE the city.

My Honey- do and I stayed in the Wynn, directly across the street from Fashion Show Mall. The hotel is gorgeous in its own right, but it’s the fashionable clientele that increase the cool factor. People were dressed to the nines, and I loved being able to pull out my best drag and stroll through the casino like the fashionista I fancy myself to be.

I also loved, loved loved the pool! (Who knew that Louis Vuitton, and Gucci bags were the de rigueur at the pool?)

Not only were the rooms spacious, and well stocked, the hotel boasts a Louis Vuitton, a fabulous shoe boutique- Shoe In that featured everything from Brian Atwood to Valentino.

The foodie in me was completely satisfied by the culinary delights offered both at the Wynn and the sister hotel Encore. Our first night we had a taste of the Far East, dining at Wing Lei… I am probably going to have dreams about the Peking duck salad- YUMMO! We also had the best drinks at Society Café. Not only was the décor delightful, the strawberry mojito’s left me feeling completely mellow.

Beyonce and her alter-ego Sasha Fierce is closing out her tour in Vegas, performing at the Wynn and trust, the hotel was “Beyonce Central” Many of the boutiques featured the House of Dereon collection, and I bought the cutest T-shirt- “Diva is a Female Version of a Hustla”!!

I could go on, but my recommendation is just GO! Vegas is waiting…







Music, and Food and Wine Oh My!- Wine in the Woods

Wine Festival season is upon us and the 17 year tradition known as Wine in the Woods in Symphony Woods is taking place on May 16th and 17th. Several local, Maryland vineyards will be featured including Berrywine and Bordy will have libations to offer the masses, along with arts, crafts, and FOOD.

Admission is $25 so gather your friends, pack a picnic basket and enjoy.

For more details visit Wine in the woods




I’m Feeling Crabby


The GF is a B-more girl through and through, and there is nothing that a true Marylander loves more during the summer months than eating some of the Chesapeake Bay’s finest crabs. Well with all of my travel this summer (mostly for work) I had not had the opportunity to partake in one of my favorite summer past times- eating MD crabs. Well this past weekend, the GF satisfied her crab jones by going to Bills Terrace Inn in Essex, MD. This place is a serious hole in the wall, but let me tell you, the crabs come close to a religious experience. Seriously, I’m catching feelings right now as I re-live the nirvana that is Mr. Bills!

I made a point of reviewing the top list of all of MD’s “Best” Crabs last year and made my way through the majority of the list; however Mr. Bills is consistent, the crabs are meaty and sweet, and you forget how much a dump the restaurant is as soon as that tray of crabs is bought to your table. Another one of my favs for Mr. Bills is their steamed shrimp that are paired with onion, and I’m convinced they cook the shrimp in beer.

If your summer travels bring you anywhere near b-more, make a pit-stop in Essex and check out Mr. Bills.

Here is a complete list of the Top Ten Crabs in Baltimore. (which originally appeared on AOL city Guide)

Enjoy!
GF

1.Jimmys Seafood
6526 Holabird Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224

2.Costas Inn
Dundalk
Year-round bounty

3.Bill’s Terrace Inn
200 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, MD 21221

Meaty marvels

4.Seaside Restaurant & Crab House
Glen Burnie
For whacking and picking

5.Bo Brooks
Canton
Waterside spot

6.Obrycki’s
Fells Point
City staple

7.Schultz’s Crabhouse and Lounge
Essex
Hard-shell haven

8.Captain James Landing
Fells Point
Crab deck for crackin’

9.Gaffney’s Back Fin
Highlandtown
Lots of claws

10.L.P. Steamers
Locust Point
Three levels for steamed crabs

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