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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A Magical Bookstore on Maryland Avenue Welcomes Visitors to its Secret Garden and Café

Step into the special world of The Annapolis Bookstore, at 35 Maryland Avenue, where owners Mary E. Adams and Janice Holmes are eager to welcome old, young and in-between visitors. I bet my bank account you have never experienced such a rare encounter with a booklover’s wildest imaginings – if, that is, this vision includes thousands of used, new, and rare books as well as literary artifacts and greeting cards. Add to this the bookstore’s whimsically designed outdoor garden and cozy café and the picture is complete.

June 12, 2015


Coming to Annapolis for Commissioning Week? Where to Meet and Eat

Each May, Annapolis gears up to celebrate Commissioning Week at the United States Naval Academy—including yours truly, whose SEAL son graduated a few years ago. Seems like yesterday that family members flew in from San Francisco and Savannah to celebrate his graduation. While many folks rent houses for the week and others stay in hotels or B&Bs, where to meet and eat is an ongoing question for out-of-towners, so here are some suggestions.

May 14, 2015


CELEBRITY CHEF COMES TO TOWN

Many a celeb has stayed at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, but nobody has taken up permanent residence – until Theodore Folkman came to town last month. Folkman, a passionate chef and craft beer promoter with impressive culinary creds, is the new co-owner of Baroak Cookhouse and Tap Room at this popular hotel. Spacious and airy, with 153 seats indoors and additional tables (some picnic style) seating 90 on outdoor terraces, its modern décor suggests an upscale tavern.

April 16, 2015


Galway Bay Promises True Tastes of Ireland

Kevin Barry, named after the young 18th century Irish martyr, is the son of a 1993 Naval Academy graduate who did not follow in his father’s footsteps. Instead, he followed his own to …

March 08, 2015


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