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Rockfish Rocks

When people think of summertime Maryland seafood, crabs are usually the first thing that pop (or claw) their way to mind. That makes sense – blue crabs have been synonymous with the Chesapeake Bay for centuries. But crabs aren’t the only great-tasting food that comes out of the Bay during the lazy days of summer. […]

May 26, 2016


Pinky Up! Tea Time in Annapolis

With Easter arriving practically on the heels of St. Patrick’s Day this year, March is turning out to be a child-friendly, fun-filled month. As much as my two munchkins enjoy green shamrock crafts, cookies, and all things Irish, their favorite March holiday is certainly Easter. And this Easter season, I decided to expose my little ones to an old-fashioned rite of passage perfect for spring, right here in Annapolis: Easter tea and tea parties.

March 18, 2016


Irish Eats in and Around Annapolis

Annapolis, with its history and charm, is a great place to honor all things Ireland. All month long, locals celebrate with events from parades to parties and there’s plenty to do on St. Patrick’s Day itself. It’s a busy time – and those activities require sustenance. Fortunately, the area is home to some of the best Irish-inspired food around. When it comes to traditional Irish fare, I have a few favorite spots. They all offer a nice pint and good conversation – and their kitchens deliver the goods, too.

March 10, 2016


Meet the Locals: Rusty Romo

Rusty Romo fell hard and early for the hospitality industry. By the time he was 20, with years of restaurant and catering experience already under his belt, the Annapolis native began searching for a commercial kitchen where he could operate a catering company and restaurant on the same property. Thirty-some years later, Rusty continues to […]

April 26, 2015


Meet the Locals: Claudia Hassan

Walk into Cafe Olé, a small coffee shop sandwiched between Rams Head Tavern and Stan & Joe’s, and you’ll swear you’ve been there before. It’s the natural, friendly way the barista (and owner) of the store greets you that makes the place seem so familiar. Though the store is small—at 33 ½ West Street, it […]

April 25, 2015


Meet the Locals: Jim Campbell

How does a self-described ‘cheesesteak kind of guy’ from Philadelphia end up in charge of the world’s largest crab feast, ultimately responsible for distributing to upwards of 2,000 people some 340 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbeque, and hundreds of gallons […]

April 24, 2015


Meet the Locals: Dick Franyo

It’s 2:30pm on a frigid Tuesday in January. But when you walk into Dick Franyo’s Boathouse Bar & Grill on Restaurant Row in the historic maritime district of Eastport, it’s easy to feel like you’ve just walked off your boat mid-summer. Pictures of local sailors line the walls, as do quirky knick knacks from Franyo’s […]

April 23, 2015


Meet the Locals: Erin McNaboe

Erin McNaboe has an easy smile, an openness that make people who first meet her feel immediately comfortable, and an ever-so-slight Southern accent—which suggests that she’s not from around here. And, indeed, she grew up primarily in the South. But the thirty-something president of the Rams Head Group is so entrenched in the Annapolis ‘scene’—not […]

April 23, 2015


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