About the Author

Natalie was teaching in Delaware in 1996 when a friend suggested meeting in Annapolis for lunch. Crossing the Severn River Bridge, Natalie knew she had found where she belonged. After five years as a weekend-only resident of Annapolis, Natalie transitioned to a full-time resident in 2005. In warm months, Natalie is found sailing from Back Creek to the Bay Bridge and, on the return, motor sailing into Annapolis Harbor. There she enjoys checking out boats on the moorings and the occasional mega-yachts. Her favorite Annapolis boating memories are watching the Blue Angels’ precision maneuvers above the Severn River during Commissioning week at the Naval Academy. She has sponsored midshipmen and is a fan at Navy Football home games. Natalie enjoys hiking and biking through the scenic parks and trails in Annapolis and Anne Arundel Co. with one of the areas many Meetup groups. With a fondness for craft beer, Natalie firmly supports the motto, “Friends don’t let friends drink light beer,” and, for those who do, she attempts to help them see the error of their ways by suggesting something with a bit more flavor. Natalie volunteers at festivals in the Annapolis area. She appreciates the opportunity to listen to great bands, make friends and contribute to the sponsoring organizations who donate the majority of festival proceeds to local charities. Natalie is a teacher in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She can be reached at her personal blog: Naptownchowdown.com or at Natalieksc@gmail.com

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Happy Hour at Harry Browne’s

According to Harry Browne’s website, “Harry Browne’s has catered to local politicians and seven Governors and is a favorite with local lobbyists.” Being located directly across from the State House at 61 State Circle, this is no surprise. Perhaps this is why up until now, I never considered this a place I would go for Happy […]

February 27, 2017


Toast a Happy Hour Sunset at Yellowfin Steak & Fish House

If you want to impress an out of town guest, or just be reminded for the umpteenth time what a gorgeous and cool place Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is, head to Yellowfin Steak & Fish House (2840 Solomans Island Rd, Edgewater, Maryland 21037) for a sunset happy hour on the South River. Even on a […]

January 31, 2017


Lures Bar and Grille: the Perfect Place to Unwind

“Drink Good Beer” is the motto on T shirts worn by staff at Lures, and if that is your penchant, head to Crownsville for some very good beer indeed. One of my top three bar/restaurants in the greater Annapolis area, Lures—and even just the thought of it—makes me smile. Lures is on my commute to […]

December 13, 2016


Red Red Wine Bar…So Fine

Extraordinary? Yes, but not quite right. Classy? Yes, but not broad enough. When I was trying to find the precise word to summarize my overall experience at Annapolis’ Main Street-based Red Red Wine Bar for happy hour, I finally was able to settle on an accurate adjective: “superior.” Yes, that feels right. While I rarely […]

October 24, 2016


Fadó Irish Pub Serves up a Satisfying Happy Hour, Inside and Out

If you are in need of a relaxing happy hour this fall to transition from your work life to your “real” life, you may want to head to Annapolis’ Westgate Circle for a most pleasant happy hour on the patio at Fadó Irish Pub. This Irish restaurant and bar, which shares a lovely patio and […]

September 08, 2016


Crabs, Beer and a Water View—Woo Hoo!

In Maryland, crabs plus beer plus a deck bar equals “Summer.” And in northern Anne Arundel County, Mike’s Crab House North excels at Summer. Mike’s North (1402 Colony Rd, Pasadena, MD) is located at a marina on Rock Creek, where arriving guests are treated to the expansive views of the creek as well as the […]

August 03, 2016


Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar

Paladar is a classy, spacious, Latin-inspired bar and restaurant in Annapolis’ ParoleTowne Centre. This inspiration is evident in the establishment’s unique cocktails and appetizers that have proven to be a hit with the Annapolis happy hour crowd. The scene: On a recent Thursday night, I visited early and found the patio tables full with a […]

July 01, 2016


Holiday Shopping for Your Gourmet Chef in Downtown Annapolis

If you have a gourmet on your holiday gift list, or someone who just likes to eat food with a gourmet twist, head to downtown Annapolis for a pleasurable and productive experience.

November 24, 2015


Bacon Brunch at a Bourbon Bar

Well, why not?
A few years ago when the bacon craze hit, I thought, “Well there’s a great idea!” Bacon absolutely can be incorporated into any food from soup to nuts….think jalapeños and bacon cream of crab soup or smoked bacon flavored almonds. Locally, there are several places that support bacon enthusiasts. Dry 85, on Main Street in Annapolis, known for its Bourbon and Craft Beer, caters to Bacon lovers through their Sunday Bacon Brunch.

November 05, 2015


Coconut Joe’s Hawaiian Bar and Grill on the South River: A Slice of Vacation, Minutes from Annapolis

If it’s flip flops, blue skies, palm trees and the best Orange Crushes on the planet, then it must be summer and it can only be Coconut Joe’s. Yes, the winter was especially cold and spring arrived late, but scarcely 15 minutes into my first Orange Crush of the season, the sun sparkling on the South River at the Annapolis Area’s largest Tiki bar, and winter was so GONE

May 27, 2015


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