Happy Bastille Day, hon!

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Ooh la la…enjoy all that is French and celebrate Bastille Day in Hampden!

Ma Petite Shoe and Cafe are celebrating all weekend long with something for everyone. The big event of the weekend is on Sunday, July 13 – a prix-fixe Vegan Parisian Bastille Brunch in the cafe with seatings at 11:00am and 12:30pm. Also, on Monday, July 14 — Bastille Day — stop by both locations 6:00-9:00pm for crepes, champagne, gougeres, French music, and a special appearance by Marie Antoinette look-a-likes from The Charm City Tails. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the Vegan Parisian Bastille Brunch directly through the Ma Petite Shoe website. Read More

Charm City Cook: Ooh La La! New Hampden Restaurant


I was hoping to make a trip to Paris this year (my best friend lives there…she’s a lucky girl) but sadly, it’s not in the cards right now. But …
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Charm City Cook: Backyard Chickens


So, you have a friend in the country with chickens. Or, you read an article online about people in Brooklyn raising chickens on a rooftop. Or maybe you opened up the new Williams-Sonoma Agrarian catalog and thought…I want chickens! Then you start to wonder if they’re even allowed where you live. Well, if you live in Baltimore City, here’s some advice from someone who’s recently jumped into city chicken keeping. Read More

Charm City Cook: Hampden’s new restaurant The Food Market


A new restaurant in my ‘hood that is not only a nice place to go for dinner, but also comfy (nice but not too fancy) and not overpriced – The Food Market. It opened less than two weeks ago and I’ve already been a couple of times. And I’m not the only one. You addicted ones, you know who you are…

The Food Market’s food has been described as “blue collar food with white collar execution” which, to me, sounds a little gimmicky, but it’s actually a good frame of reference. Let’s just say it’s good food, with interesting ingredients, presented creatively and at the same time, not fancy schmancy. This is Hampden and I love Hampden. Read More

Charm City Cook: I Scream, You Scream

Remember the hilariously inappropriate Eddie Murphy stand-up about the ice cream man? Wow, remember when Eddie Murphy was funny? You know, before he started making God awful movies? Anyway, when I was a kid in the 70s, we had an ice cream truck, as many communities did. Not a lot happened in my hometown, so it was very exciting when you heard the ice cream man’s music on the next street over. You’d literally hear kids yelling, “ICE CREAM MAN!”

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