About the Author

Rhea is a born-and-raised Annapolitan with Filipino roots and has been an enthusiast for all things food since childhood. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in English Language and Literature and has been working in the food industry for over 12 years. She believes bacon really does make everything better, and is a lover of pineapples, kombucha, and the occasional tequila. On her off-time, Rhea enjoys yoga and playing with her two cats, Clifford and Dinosaur.

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Rhea’s Plate of the Month: Main & Market

Main & Market – formerly known as Main Ingredient – is a cozy off-the-beaten-path cafe that’s been dishing up gourmet comfort food for over twenty-five years. They’ve become one of the area’s go-to spots for brunch and dessert, but be sure to check out their eclectic and extensive dinner offerings, which have something delectable for […]

July 10, 2017


Rhea’s Plate of the Month: Dock Street’s Summer Specials

Dock Street Bar & Grill has been one of the staple watering holes in the downtown area for almost 12 years. Not only does the menu reflect the true spirit of Annapolis, serving up the best crab cakes and beers you can find, even the building is imbued with real historical Annapolis charm. Way back in […]

May 31, 2017


Rhea’s Plate of the Month: Crab Hash

Ever since Iron Rooster opened their doors in downtown Annapolis roughly two and half years ago, they’ve been “makin’ bacon” and serving breakfast all day, much to the delight of locals and tourists alike. They currently have three locations (Annapolis, Canton, and Hunt Valley) with another site set to open in Federal Hill on July […]

April 30, 2017


Rhea’s Plate of the Month: Chorizo Scotch Egg

As you stroll up Main Street you might not see it: a small sign in the shape of a fox’s head hanging surreptitiously – the way a fox sign should – in front of two inconspicuous glass doors. Open these doors and you are led down a flight of stairs where another fox head, this […]

March 31, 2017


Rhea’s Plate of the Month: Bouillabaisse

Tucked away in a cozy little corner of the Clock Tower Plaza is one of Annapolis’ best kept secrets: Grapes Wine Bar of Annapolis. This gem of a wine bar might elude your notice while driving back and forth on Forest Drive, but if you’re a connoisseur of gastronomical delights, it’s definitely one restaurant you […]

March 07, 2017


Rhea’s Plate of the Month: Saba Mackerel Crudo

Sailor Oyster Bar is a spectacular new addition to the Annapolis food scene. They opened their doors this past August and have been bringing an ever-changing variety of some of the freshest oysters around – over 81 types as of my visit! This oyster bar is so fresh you won’t even find a freezer or […]

February 01, 2017


Rhea’s Plate of the Month: Unilaterally Salt Seared Salmon

Tsunami Sushi Bar and Lounge is well-known for infusing local art, tasty cocktails, and topnotch sushi together in a swanky atmosphere perfect for nighttime revelries. Located on West Street in an area also known as the Annapolis Arts District, Tsunami has been serving up Asian American cuisine for over twenty years. Tsunami is perhaps best […]

December 19, 2016


Rhea’s Plate of the Month – Wild Pig Pizza

Nestled in the heart of Eastport is one of its crowning jewels, Vin 909. Since it opened almost four years ago, owner and executive chef Justin Moore has been giving ‘Eastportaricans’ and Annapolitans alike tasty morsels like Fresh Hand Made Mozzarella and Cast Iron Skirt Steak (two of my personal favs). He has established himself […]

November 09, 2016


Rhea’s Plate of the Month: Pescatrice alla Puttanesca

The word osteria translates to “an Italian restaurant, typically a simple or inexpensive one” (oxforddictionary.com).  However, it would be a mistake to take this translation too literally when it comes to Osteria 177 on Main Street. Osteria 177 offers all the enchantments of a gourmet Italian dinner you could wish for, but it would be […]

October 13, 2016


Rhea’s Plate of the Month: Halibut Papillote with Grilled Vegetables

It may be the start of fall, but that doesn’t mean summer has had its last say. Jean-Louis Evennou, head chef and owner of downtown Annapolis’ Café Normandie, has been bringing French cuisine to Annapolis for over 25 years and this month I had the pleasure of savoring some superb summer flavors in his dish […]

September 19, 2016


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