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Day One: It’s time for lunch at Ten Ten American Bistro - L: M-F, D: Nightly, 1010 Fleet St, 410-244-6867
Go with the fried green tomatoes with jumbo lump crab meat or the fried oysters and apple fennel slaw.
Then the crab cake sandwich, the fish tacos with guacamole or the Cubano pulled pork, prosciutto and swiss cheese sandwich.
Dessert is the warm apple tart and your wine is the ’12 Nebbiolo.
After lunch tour the American Visionary Art Museum - Tu-Su: 10-6, 800 Key Highway, 410-244-1900
Visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices of the soul, and often may not even be thought of as ‘art’ by its creator.
Visionary artists don’t listen to anyone else’s traditions. They invent their own.
We think you will enjoy this experience.
Time for a glass of wine at V-No – M-Th: 4:30-9, F,Sa: 12-12, Su: 12-7, 905 S Ann Street, 410-342-VINO.
Share the rustic plate – A beautiful plate of cheese, hand-cured meats, homemade pate, pickles and Bonaparte’s French bread.
This goes perfectly with glasses of the Joel Gott Riesling and the Peachy Canyon Red Zinfandel.
Dinner is at Salt - D: Nightly, 2127 E Pratt St, # 1, 410-276-5480.
The greens and Quinoa salad composed of hazelnuts, apples, fennel, dried cherries, parmesan with a citrus vinaigrette are a good starter.
Follow this by the red wine brined rabbit pasta with pappardelle, chanterelle mushrooms, cipollini onions, swiss chard and shaved pecorino romano or the five spice dusted black cod filet with shrimp and green onion dumplings, lemon grass broth and bok choy.
Enjoy a ’10 Quivira Zinfandel.
Day Two: Breakfast at the Blue Moon Café – B,L,D: Daily, 1621 Aliceanna St, 410-522-3940.
Funky place with a great menu and the food’s good too. Start with the French toast with bananas or the chorizo, eggs, hash browns and a flour tortilla.
The Baltimore Museum of Art - W-F: 10-5, Sa, Su: 11-6, 10 Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st Sts, 443-573-1700.
The internationally renowned Cone Collection of modern art is the crown jewel of the BMA. Its 500 works by Matisse are considered the largest and most significant in the world.
The sisters also acquired masterpieces by Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Picasso, Pisarro, Courbet, Degas and Vincent van Gogh, as well as a variety of textiles, jewelry, furniture, and African, Asian, and Near Eastern art.
BMA is free for everyone, every day, so that great art is accessible to all. We’ve been known to spend hours here.
Lunch is at B & O American Brasserie - B,L,D: Daily, 2 N Charles St, 443-692-6172.
A good choice is the local Maryland crab cake with pickle aioli, arugula, tomato, old bay and a cucumber avocado salad, or the blackened southern grouper with crispy country ham, sweet pickle sauce and a cucumber avocado salad.
The Iron Horse chardonnay is a nice pairing.
After a seafood lunch it seems fitting to see one of Baltimore’s major attractions – the National Aquarium - M-Th: 10-4, F: 10-8, Sa,Su: 10-5, 501 E Pratt St, 410-576-3800.
Here you experience a 3-hour showcase of more than 16,000 animals including sharks, birds, frogs, turtles, dolphins, and jellies.
Our favorite is the rain forest exhibit that included rare plants and animals.
Dinner is at the renowned Charleston Restaurant – D: Nightly, 1000 Lancaster Ave, 410-332-7373.
Go for the menu and the suggested wine pairings. Begin with the lobster soup with curry paired with the Amontillado Muy Viejo, Byass “Del Duque” or the Scottish smoked salmon with Château Reynon “Cuvée de Louis” (Bordeaux) 2010.
Follow this with the sautéed Nantucket Bay scallops and the Semillon, Saxon Brown “Cricket Creek Vineyard” (Alexander Valley) 2008.
Your partner will enjoy the pan-seared foie gras with puff pastry dome.
The ’96 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tardieu-Laurent(Southern Rhône Valley) is your wine .
Finish this off with a shared vanilla bean creme brulee.
Day Three: Breakfast is at Miss Shirley’s Café - M-F: 7-3, Sa,Su: 7:30-3:30, 750 East Pratt St, 410-528-5393.
Share the Cuban huevos sandwich featuring smoked ham, slow roasted pork, swiss cheese, fried egg, pickles and creole mustard on ciabatta and of shredded potato and onion hash browns. Wow.
From Shirley’s you can walk to the Baltimore Maritime Museum - Daily: 10-5:30, Pier One, 301 East Pratt St, 410-539-1797.
You’ll visit the USS Constellation, the Lightship Chesapeake and the USS Torsk. Then walk to Pier 5 to see the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.
Use the complimentary audio tour wand and take advantage of the Plan of The Day in order to catch the live firing of the Parrott Rifle as well as the Powder Monkey Tour. This tour is a lot of fun and very informative.
Your last supper on this mini-holiday is at Aldo’s – D: Nightly, 306 South High St, 410-727-0700
Starters are the wild mushroom risotto, the shrimp scampi or the roasted red and yellow beets with mixed greens and Gorgonzola.
Your main is their Osso Bucco or the veal saltimbocca with spinach, sage and prosciutto.
The wine is the ’08 Felsina Reserva and dessert is tiramisu.
The Welge Report Notables:
Following are the best places and experiences that we have found in Baltimore.
People Watching – We think it’s a toss up between Inner Harbor and Fels Point.
Dining – You’ve seen our choices. What are yours?
Nightlife/Entertainment – For Latino spice, dance on over to Baltimore’s Havana Club for Friday night salsa. Get a laugh at Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar located downtown. Fell’s Point and Federal Hill are great for bars and taverns with local, eclectic appeal.
Shopping - For small boutiques and shops, we recommend Federal Hill and for high-end brands walk over to Harbor East.
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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