About the Author

Mary Lou Baker is a longtime food and travel writer who relishes the opportunity to tell her readers about good eating and drinking in the Chesapeake Bay area. Among her culinary credits are as a weekly columnist and restaurant reviewer for the Capital, (the Annapolis daily newspaper; a monthly columnist for Chesapeake Life Magazine; former food and wine editor for Baltimore Magazine; co-author of "Dining in Baltimore"; and co-author of Seafood Lover’s Chesapeake Bay: Restaurants, Markets, Recipes & Traditions, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the United States Naval Academy Gift Shop. A native New Englander, she is happy to have called Annapolis her hometown for most of her adult life. Cooking is her favorite thing to do, second only to sampling the talents of the chefs who make Annapolis and the Eastern Shore a mecca for food-loving visitors. She can be reached at Mlbaker6@msn.com

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Where to Eat During the 2018 Spring Sailboat Show

It’s the eighth year for the Annapolis Spring Boat Show, a popular in-water extravaganza that attracts sailors and their families to our picturesque harbor in the heart of downtown.  The April 20-22 event occupies every inch of the parking lot as well as Ego Alley, so named because on weekends fancy boats share the water […]

April 17, 2018


Oysters and Beer this St. Patrick’s Day

Annapolis has a number of  Irish bars perfect for oysters and beer, welcoming everyone to enjoy themselves most anytime – but especially on the seventeenth of March.  Our town’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day ranks up there with Savannah as the place to be on a day when being happy is contagious and celebration begins […]

March 05, 2018


Time for Dinner and Romance

“Stop trying to make everybody happy.  You’re not tequila.” This quip, currently making the rounds on the internet, struck my funny bone.  It came across my computer screen as I began writing this February blog – a month marked with Valentine’s Day, when everyone from first graders to perennials sends cards, orders flowers, and maybe […]

February 01, 2018


January Dining in Annapolis

Is cabin fever beginning to set in with all this cold recently? Feeling a little stir crazy? With winter in full force here in Annapolis, it’s nice to know locals and visitors alike can hunker down in one of the many restaurants to enjoy a meal, a drink, and even a warm fire. January dining […]

January 10, 2018


Foodie Holiday in Annapolis

The season to eat, drink and be merry is here to distract us from “other things” and Annapolis is the place to be for foodie holiday time.  Share in the tradition of Midnight Madness, three nights of high-spirited shopping and dining downtown.  Main Street, Maryland Avenue and the first block of West Street are closed […]

December 07, 2017


Thanksgiving in Annapolis

November marks the beginning of the holiday season in towns and cities across the nation. Every year, more and more Annapolis restaurants are offering Thanksgiving feasts all across town. The catch? Reservations fill up quickly, so be sure to call or book online. Here’s a short list of beloved spots serving up Thanksgiving in Annapolis. […]

November 08, 2017


Last Chance for Crabs: Take Home a Maryland Memory

Hundreds of sleek water craft and miles of wooden docks transform the Annapolis Harbor in the magic month of October – 5-9 for the U.S. Sailboat Show followed by a quick change for the U.S. Powerboat Show 12-15.  The state capital of Maryland is also known as “Sailing Capital of the U.S.” and the site […]

October 06, 2017


Dockside Annapolis Treasures

Vacations are times for breaking some of the rules that shape our behavior during the work week.  Sleeping late is okay.  So is night-owling. So is indulging in some of the foods that are usually in the “no-no” category.  We can aid and abet your indulgences by pointing you in the direction of a few […]

September 12, 2017


Take A Trip to Crabtown

Maryland blue crabs are sweeter and meatier than _____________.  Fill in the blank and start your research with a visit to one of the best crab houses in and around Annapolis.  If you are a visitor without a car and need transportation to one of them, consider the water taxi at the City Dock, an […]

August 02, 2017


Wine and Dinner Cruises on the Chesapeake

July can be steamy or dreamy – hot on land but much cooler on the water.  Watermark Cruises and the Schooner Woodwind offers a range of options for getting out on the scenic Severn River or the majestic Chesapeake Bay. These well- established local companies provide unique adventures of varying durations – from on-demand water […]

July 18, 2017


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