July 10-July 12
The weather’s been so mild that it doesn’t really feel like a Baltimore summer, at least so far. After meeting up with a few friends, including DJ Lamdin, Jim White, Jonathan Wilkin, Tiffany Zappulla, Denis Nash and Dennis Porter, at the Tiki Bar (or, “drinking beer in a parking lot with a bunch of middle-aged people” as everyone keeps reminding me I described it in an earlier post), we booked a table at the new Blue Hill Tavern in Canton/Highlandtown. As I tweeted on Twitter, “the most beautiful new restaurant to open in the city in recent memory.” Truly beautifully designed, with a great indoor/outdoor bar and deck area on the second floor. Had some tasty roasted chicken in mustard sauce (that came with mac-n-cheese and broccoli as sides) and we all claimed the lounging sofa out on the terrace after dinner to people-watch and enjoy the great evening. I ran into Marcy Sagel and Michelle Rudd in the dining room on the way out.
I met up with friends Celeste Corsaro and Gianfranco Francassetti— just returned from two weeks in Italy— at Cross Street Market on Sat. afternoon, then met up with Tom Brinkley to hit a Federal Hill barbecue and then walk over to the O’s game. It was a close game throughout the evening, and went into extra innings before the O’s finally took it in the 12th. A brief stop at The Hill, the new joint in Fed Hill, post-game, then on to a party on Fort Avenue. Finally, a late-night stop at the bar at Corks.
On Sunday afternoon, I joined a group of friends for an afternoon barbecue at the Otterbein Swim Club— great ribs, lamb chops and grilled corn by Jerry Pellegrino! Our group included Avery Strachan, Cheryl Segal, Jack Hoffberger, Lisa Schatz and birthday boy Nick Zupancic. Spent the afternoon swimming, drinking wine, reading magazines and playing Murderball in the pool. Made it home in time to see the season premiere of “Entourage.”