New Baltimore Area Kosher Survey

The 2007 Baltimore Area Kosher Survey is now underway, so head over to their website and fill out what your opinions about Kosher Baltimore.

I’m very interested to see if there will be a difference regarding David Chu’s between this year and last year, as the restaurant underwent new management immediately following last years survey.

Schedule for 3/21

Tomorrows schedule will include a stop at Dunkin Donuts for a free 16 oz. cup of iced coffee, followed by a stop at Rita’s Ices for a free Italian ice.  I can’t wait.

24 Hours in New York

In 24 hours in New York, I had the following experiences:

  1. Mess up my signature on a kesuba, making the mesader kidushin write it all over again (how often do YOU sign your name in Hebrew?)
  2. Get a $60 parking ticket for parking on the correct side of a No Standing sign. Is there a way of fighting this over the phone? I don’t want to do it in person. Also, the person who gave me the ticket put down some wrong information on the ticket, so I’m guessing there is a way of fighting it?
  3. Figured out that it takes longer to find parking than it does to actually get to your destination, even if you’re destination is 30 minutes away.
  4. Almost smashed into a car on the BQE who decided not to take off any snow from the top of their car. The woman braked, causing the snow to fall and cover the entire windshield, blinding her, which caused her to all out stop on the BQE.

    Some good things:

    1. Hungry-Man Special at Garden of Eat-In – $4.95 got me a big pancake, two scrambled eggs, home fries, two slices of toast, coffee, and a tiny cup of orange juice.
    2. Krispy Kutlet’s at Subsational

      Note that the only good things involved food. Maybe that’s why I keep going back.

      Rita’s Ices

      Yet another season of wonderfully delicious Rita’s Ices is about to commence.  Here’s the link to the official countdown.

      http://www.ritasice.com/springCountdown.cfm

      Brasserie

      Anyone who has known me for a little bit knows that today is a special day.  So to celebrate, we went to the Brasserie.  I’m always amazed at just how quickly the total can go up, but I guess that’s just the nature of the restaurant.  The point of this post is to rant about certain people and talk about the service I experienced at the Brasserie.

      First, I don’t care how important you are in the city.  If you must have your phone on, please, just turn it to vibrate.  When you’re trying to have a quiet dinner, it just isn’t fun to have to hear  some crazy song at the loudest possible volume.  Seven times.  And I don’t blame him for having his phone on.  In his capacity, he needs to have his phone on.  But I don’t think there are any phones out there that don’t have a vibrating feature.  So please, just turn it to vibrate.

      When we got to the Brasserie, the place was completely empty except for one other couple that against the back windows.  So where did the waiter place us?  At the table right next to them.  I mean, the entire room was empty!  Did he have to put us right there?  Of course we asked him for a more private table, so we were put on the complete opposite side of the room, which was fine by me.   The only other issue I had with the service was regarding my water.  I like to have my glass filled with water.  I drink a lot, and I felt that the waiter should have been more on top of my glass.  Especially considering how empty it was tonight.  At one point, I had to ask him three times to get my water until he finally remembered to actually bring it.  I found that instead of paying even a little attention to my table, he was joking around with the kitchen staff.  I’m not trying to sound like a needy brat, but I do feel that the service could have been a bit better.

      Regarding the food, we got an interesting appetizer called medallion of beef, which was three cubes of beef served with fried onions and two pieces of very large corn tortilla’s.  While the beef cubes were very good, I felt that the tortilla’s were awful.  Overall, definitely not worth the $14.95.  For the main course, the only complaint I had was that the ribs had way too much fat on them.  Probably a good 20% of all the meat had fat that had to be removed.  But otherwise, they were awesome.

      Pickup line overheard at Starbucks

      I was at the newest Starbucks in Baltimore doing some homework when two older adults, aged approximately 75 years old, walked in.  They had apparently never been to Starbucks before because they were wondering about ordering a small or medium coffee, and the cashier kept on explaining that small was tall, medium was grande, and large was vente.  Like three times.

      Anyway, the guy finally orders his coffee, when the following conversation takes place:

      Cashier (~17 year old girl): “Would you like cream or sugar with your coffee?”
      Old man #1: “No thanks. If you want, though, you can stir the coffee with your finger.  That will definitely sweeten it up.”
      Cashier: [Half-hearted laughter]
      Old man #2:  “Don’t  listen to him, he’s a dirty old man!”

      I was sitting in my seat hearing this, and I started laughing out loud, as did the people sitting at the next table over. Regardless of the inappropriateness of his flirting, I thought it was a funny and clever line.

      Sinful Indulgence

      As Greg reported a few months ago, a new Cold Stone Creamery has come to Baltimore. While the store itself isn’t kosher, all the ingredients in the store are kosher (similar to Baskin Robbins). Speaking of Baskin Robbins, since they’re now closed, there’s no time like the present to go to Cold Stone and get yourself a Creation. I put my change in their tip jar, and the girl sang something along the lines of “Here’s our tipping song, it aint very long” (the end). The ice cream itself was amazing. Especially with all the toppings. And if you go to their website, you should be able to find a buy one, get one free coupon. And while you’re at it, sign up to get a free Creation on your birthday. It’s worth it. Here’s what I got (total calorie count: 1300):