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Native Annapolitan Darin Michelle (aka DD) graduated with a BA in Fine Arts with a concentration on Graphic Design from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been working professionally as an independent graphic designer under her company, 19FIFTYTHREE, since graduating in 2005. Darin is a lover of all black Converse, funnel cake and Cherry Coke. Her two favorite adult beverages are Hendricks & tonic and Jameson & ginger.

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DD’s Drink of the Month: Gin and Vodka at Stoney River

Stoney River Steakhouse & Grill – located in the Westfield Annapolis Mall – is my kind of place. It’s it both upscale and laid back, dark enough to make you feel cozy, and has enough wood and stone finishings that make you feel like you’re almost in a beautiful, modern, comfy cabin. I’m immediately greeted at […]

February 16, 2017


DD’s Drink of the Month: Cocktails and Ales at BAROAK

BAROAK Cookhouse & Taproom is a Belgian inspired restaurant with an American twist located inside the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Executive Chef Teddy Folkman puts an emphasis on mussels, mayo-based sauces and, of course, frites to bring the taste of Belgium to downtown Annapolis. According to the BAROAK website, “Teddy Folkman has spent the past decade pursuing […]

January 30, 2017


DD’s Drink of the Month: Galway Bay’s Egg Nog Martini

In July of this year, I had the pleasure of covering Pirate Cove’s ‘Coconut Crush’ frozen cocktail for Foodie Annapolis and was personally introduced to the Galway Bay Authentic Egg Nog, created by Anne Arundel County restaurateurs Anthony Clarke and Michael Galway of Galway Bay, Brian Boru, Killarney House and Pirates Cove fame. Not typically […]

December 15, 2016


Federal House: A Great Place to Find Your Favorite Firkin, aka Craft Beer

According to Happy Trails Beer News, “A firkin is a unit of measure and also the size of a particular kind of keg used for cask conditioning; one quarter of a barrel, 72 pints, 9 imperial gallons. Firkins can be wooden or metal.” “Darin, would you like to visit Union Brewery with the owner and GM of […]

November 22, 2016


DD’s Drink of the Month: Hemingway Cocktail

I’ve heard people say that if you want the best in fresh seafood, eat where the fisherman and boaters eat. In Annapolis, one of these places is Boatyard Bar & Grill. Founded in 2001 by owner Dick Franyo, Boatyard has a large food menu that doesn’t disappoint. Paired with a cocktail list that plays off […]

October 20, 2016


Annapolis Cocktail Trails

Annapolis has become a great location for both cocktails and food. Offering a little bit of everything, this historic town dishes up eclectic dining options, a thriving music scene, master mixologists and cozy pubs. As a native Annapolitan, avid cocktail enthusiast, and local foodie, I couldn’t help but put together these Annapolis Cocktail Trails  highlighting […]

September 30, 2016


Premier Gentlemen’s Only Event Features Bourbon, Blazers and Cigars

Bourbon and Cigars in Historic Annapolis “Both longtime residents and newcomers will come together to enjoy a fun filled evening with blazers, bourbon and cigars. This event was established to provide a premier Gentlemen’s only evening in Annapolis with wonderful food, drinks, cigars and clothiers, from both local and afar. It is a gathering of […]

September 26, 2016


DD’s Drink of the Month: For Fox Sake

Fox’s Den has become one of my favorite restaurants and bars. Located on Main Street in Downtown Annapolis, Fox’s Den is warm and inviting with wood and exposed brick interior. They play great music, have amazing drinks and serve a very impressive food menu. This month, I had the pleasure of meeting up with part-owner […]

September 13, 2016


DD’s Drink of the Month: Angels and Demons

Since its opening in October 2009, Level has excelled at both seasonal, farm-to-table food and cocktail creation. With its ever-changing menu, it has become one of my personal favorite restaurants and bars in Annapolis. Outside of Level, owners the Fox Brothers (yes, they really are brothers) have definitely created a name for themselves with the […]

August 04, 2016


DD’s Drink of the Month: Coconut Crush

As I type this, I am sitting in the shaded bar attached to Pirates Cove Restaurant. A wonderful meal, sunshine, friendly staff and a flight of cocktails that scream Summer! Life ain’t that bad! General Manager Richard Whelan is our bartender today. He is kind, extremely helpful and knows his cocktails. He prepares for us […]

July 07, 2016


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