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Plates… A Nice Date Night

25 Apr
This was my burger. Great Presentation.

This was my burger. Great Presentation.

Chips and Guacamole

Chips and Guacamole. These are fresh made chips which were amazing. The guacamole was middle of the road, not great but not bad.

Hawaiian Burger

This was the Hawaiian Burger, it was on the money. Next time ,I will order this burger.

This past week, I went on a date with a person, I mean it could have been an alien. Nonetheless, we went to a small restaurant in the Mt. Vernon area called “Plates”. I came across this restaurant in the Baltimore City Paper, which highlighted Tuesday Burger Night with $7 burger and $3 beers. I decided to kill two birds with one sword (GoT reference), a chill date night with burgers! The restaurant is located at 210 East Centre Street in Baltimore, Maryland. Down the street from Center Stage Theater and, connected to the Merritt Athletic club. When you enter the restaurant, you see the welcome desk for the gym, but realize the restaurant is to the right of you. Once you enter into the restaurant, has a very classy feel, and feels like a place where, you can have a quiet happy hour with friends, a nice first date or a quick meal before a show. The low lights, and attentive staff are a nice mix for relaxing evening. The water was served in a tall old school milk bottle. Plates also offered an outdoor Patio, which is cool for enjoying the evening air and atmosphere.
Let’s get to the good part the food.
We order a starter with guacamole and homemade tortilla chips. I am sorry to say, I love the fresh made chips, but the guacamole was nothing great, but nothing bad just middle of the Road guacamole.

But how were the burgers?
In short the burgers were cool. I may need to try other types they offer the next time, I stop in.
They had about several burgers you could choose from. Plates offered the option of changing the meat from Angus beef to lean turkey. The do offer other substitutions, but at additional cost. I ordered the Black and Bleu burger with lean ground Turkey with Cajun seasoning, Bleu Cheese crumbles, and Mushrooms, on a Kaiser roll. My date ordered the Hawaiian Burger that was teriyaki glazed turkey burger, pepper jack cheese, with a grilled pineapple. Our server was nice, and told us that it would be at least 20 minutes since it was lean turkey meat.
My date burger was pretty good. I would definitely, suggest to order this burger if you are into teriyaki and pineapple. My burger was Ok; I didn’t really taste the Cajun seasoning. The bleu cheese was the shining member of my burger. Even the mushrooms seem that they were not sautéed enough. The French fries were also ok, lightly seasoned with some spice, and didn’t overtake the meal itself. As a side note, I LOVE fries and will usually eat all my fries before finishing a burger, but in this case that did not happen. I had ½ of my fries left over. I blame this on the fact we were eating outside and the evening temperatures stole the heat of my fries.
Overall, I want to go back and try the other food offered on the menu such as the Jerk Tilapia, Turkey Rose’, Vegetable risotto and the Mahi & Shrimp Taco. They are closed on Saturday so this is defiantly a Weekday date night or Brunch after the farmers Market on Sunday. They also have special on Monday for Mexican food, and Wednesday is Wine day  that always a plus. The link is listed below for you to check out this small quaint restaurant on you own:

Until Next Dine,

Just to give you an idea about the menu. This came from the website itself.

Just to give you an idea about the menu. This came from the website itself.



Chicken and Beer Festival

10 Apr

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Chicken and Beer – Festival in Annapolis

Hello Beautiful People….Oh sorry Chris Brown was playing in the background. I am back…. I hope I can stay on track to write at least 4 blogs a month. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot. I like blogging but my life not conducive for it, (my laptop went up, my tablet went up, I have three projects at work that needs all my time!) My other wonderful cohorts, are in the same boat, they are busy with their life, making moves in their careers and being adults. So the blog feel to the waist. I apologize for this as one of the collaborators.

This past weekend I had a chance, to go to the Annapolis Chicken and Beer festival. All I can say is the only thing missing if they had, Ludacris third album blaring in the background “Chicken-N-Beer”. The good was the different type of wings, but there weren’t enough Wing spots. I believe a total of 8 places were present along with 10 beer stands. I have to be honest; I don’t like Beer so I didn’t drink that much just a Virginia Hard Apple Cider.
Oh the Wings!!! So let begin with Mother’s restaurant.
They Served Traditional Wings, Old Bay Wings and Mai Tai Wings. I will admit, I stayed away from all traditional wings since I wanted variety. The Mai Tai Wings were spicy but not sweet like I expected. It had a sticky coat with red pepper and the wing was good and broke the top 5. The next wing stand had the Hulk wings, from another stand, which were overly spicy; I didn’t get a chance to take the picture. I wasn’t thrilled by this wing.

After Mother’s, I went over to Pit Boys which they had Sweet Carolina Wings, and Sweet spicy pepper wings. My sweet Carolina Wings were ice cold, and turned me off, the Sweet Spice wings, were okay, but didn’t make me say Yummy!

I tried O’Loughlins offered an Old Bay and Butter Wings. Which in thought seemed amazing but in actually taste it was too buttery and overpowered the Old bay. I gave them an “A” for effort, but it wasn’t worth the rest of my tickets.

The Best Wings in my opinion was Annapolis Smokehouse Tavern. These wings are what you want when you want wings with beer. They were juicy, plump and evenly cooked. The flavors were amazing with or without sauce! The wing sauces were amazing with Honey Apple, Fire, Bourbon cherry, honey Mustard and Sweet Caroline sauce. The Honey apple was the perfect balance, and the Bourbon cherry was sweet, savory and enticing. Honey mustard was cool but seems like traditional sauce. I loved these wings from start to finish, they were amazing.
So until next time,



I say Tea you say Party “Tea Party”

7 Jul

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I say Tea you say Party “Tea Party”

So I finally got the pictures from the tea party me and a friend hosted back in April! I don’t remember half of the recipes and wish I was blogging them as I created, found and prepared the mini meals.  I guess I rather post a blog with pictures and ideas than not post anything at all.  I am really trying to play catch-up. I like blogging about food and events, but it’s hard to carve out an hour to type a post and post pictures. Especially when I, don’t have a smartphone and I refuse to get a smartphone due to the cost of the bill and my ability to break things in 24 hours. (One day ask about the Chinese food phone incident or the time I dropped my phone while it was pouring down raining trying to get into my friends car.)  I digress. The tea party was born out of the idea that I want to have an Alice in Wonderland theme Birthday Party for my 30th bday in a few months. I realized that 80% of my friends would flake on me due to it being the holidays and well my friends usually choose family over partying.  So I decided I would host a girl’s only tea party in April.  I used my friend’s house because her house is clean even with a toddler.

So the hardest part of planning a tea party was doing it with my friend. We have to different creative ideas and styles. I had one vision she had another. I wanted an Alice in Wonderland theme she wanted a Jazzy mellow vibe. It worked well with Jazz music played in the background and the 1950s Alice in Wonderland played on the TV with the volume on low.  I was in charge of the menu and drinks which was awesome. I had an idea of how everything was to be made and done. She was in charge of decorations and color scheme.   The idea was to send out invitation, I was fine creating a Facebook event but my friend wanted to use punchbowl.  Overall it was still ok, but I like things to be done on a schedule.  I love my friend dearly, but she not the greatest at time management. Me on the other hand it depends on who you talk to, some people call me a time police others would say the same thing Time management is not a strong point.  I think it depends on the person.

Tip #1 when planning a party with a friend, determine who will be more likely to do what and keep a schedule in place.

Determine how far in advance to start cooking food. I had a schedule in place and I started preparing food Friday afternoon, and I had to work both jobs so it was good I had an idea of what to prepare and when.  Prepared Ice Tea, and Dips on Friday night, then on Saturday, prepared meats and baked goods. Sunday morning prepared all day of items such as cream based items and sandwiches. I even had  a chart that listed what was to be prepped when and how.  This made life easy and help for me to determine what to throw out and so forth.

Tip #2 Prepare a basic chart of what food you want to serve and when to prepare them.

Also by doing this, I had a budget in place and was able to find alternatives that were suitable for my budget.

Tip #3 Have a budget in place.

Lastly, Tip#4 it’s ok to cheat.  I would love to say you should slave and make everything from scratch but who am I kidding. Just do what you can from scratch and use good quality ingredients or products for the rest. Most of your friends won’t care especially, if they just enjoy each other company.

Enjoy the pictures and If I can remember recipes I will post them. J

The Final Menu:

Blueberry Lavender Scones                                         Maple Cinnamon Scones with maple glaze

Cucumber and Chive Crostini                                      Spinach Avocado crostini

Pepper and Onion Dip                                                   Orange Creamcisle Dip

Turkey and Avocado sandwiches                              Cucumber and Chive Sandwiches

Berry Basket Ice Tea with Red Berry Ciroc             Citrus Hot Tea

Mini Apple and Brie Quiche                                         Apple Bourbon Meatballs

Dreamsicle pops                                                               Thin Mints and Samoas

Cucumber Water                                                             Tequila Marinated Tomatoes and Peppers

Nutella Brownie Bites                                                    Cucumber and Onion in vinegar and Dill

Not all the food that was made is pictured.


Spice and Tea Exchange Adventure!

6 Jul


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pice and Tea Exchange Adventure!

I have been trying to write a post for weeks. I would love to say I am un-inspired or bored but I just been busy with work, life and I had to undergo a medical procedure.  So my first post back, is about this store I encountered in Georgetown last Friday. I was actually looking for the store two of my friends (PIMT members) went to when they did a day in DC.  I couldn’t find it, call me dumb but I happened upon this majestic little hamlet called the Spice and Tea Exchange in Georgetown.  I feel in love with this store. If you are a cook, baker, chef or just want something different to cook with, you should come here.  The walls are lined with so much variety and different spices.  They have blends of traditional spices, and flavoring, Sugars, Teas, Peppers, and more.  I love how each section is broken down and you can go in and open the jars to smell each item.  They have pre-packed bags of all items in the store for you to buy and try, or you can buy in larger quantities.

The sugar blends were just as exotic ranging from Onion Sugar that smelled like it would be great on sweet potato chips, to Ginger sugar that seem to beckon idea in edamame dip. I ended up with Salted caramel Sugar that I will use in macaroons later this month and strawberry sugar for my non-traditional strawberry shortcake.  I was not as fond of the blueberry sugar as I thought I would be but then again I have a love-hate relationship with blueberries. I really didn’t get a chance to explore as I wanted due to me being stiff and achy from my procedure.  If you like to back and want to try a different spice you should find a spice and tea exchange near you they have multiple locations and you can even order through them.  I will keep this short.  Add in uber cool pictures that were taken of the shop.

Also for my cat lovers, they sell Catnip.  This makes this place super awesome in my novice cooking and baking book.

So go check them out make this a mini trip and try something new!



Strawberry Marshmallows + Rice Cereal = ????

13 May

So last weekend I went to a Cinco de Mayo party!!!! I made some Tequila Chicken Wings, Caramel Stuffed Rice Krispies and Strawberry rice Krispies treats.  I know I went over board.  So I have the recipe for the wings which has been posted. I got the recipe from Caramel Stuffed Recipes from Cookies and Cups blog ( The Strawberry rice krispies treat were something different. I found it sweet and gave the false illusion of being healthy, I mean it has Strawberries in it.  I hope you like the below recipe. P.s. I found Strawberry Marshmallows at Target in the clearance section from Valentine’s Day. I love Target Clearance Section. Also I am pretty sure this is nothing new but I wanted to post it anyway. Please forgive my picture, I am too lazy to take picture with my real camera while cooking. 130508_001



1 stick of butter

1 (10 oz., about 40) pkg. regular marshmallows or Strawberry Marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1 tsp of strawberry extract

½ cup to 1 cup of freeze dried Strawberries.

Melted White Chocolate optional


  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and strawberry extract.
  2. Continue to stir until the marshmallows have completely melted. Remove from heat
  3. Stir in the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal coating them well with the melted marshmallow mixture.
  4. Using a buttered or silicone spatula, press the mixture evenly into a 8×8 inch pan which has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with wax paper. Or Spoon out into a cake pop pan to make round rice Krispy balls.
  5. Ohh Yeah Refrigerate the bars/Balls until ready to serve.


*Makes 16 balls or 1 pan of Treats.



Tequila Chicken Wings Attempt 3

12 May

Sorry for the delay. My laptop is acting up and I couldn’t connect to the Internet, for about 3 weeks.   Below is the recipe for the Tequila chicken wings. Its nothing great but I hope it comes out just as good as I made them. I would like to state that this is my second attempt at making these wings.  The First time I burned them horribly, I feel asleep while cooking.  The second time I did not add enough Tequila and forgot the limes. This time I cheated and used the Mojito Lime Marinade from McCormick ( got it from Giant on sale).  I did add more Chili powder and I also glazed the wings with Honey. I think they came out perfect! People who ate them at the Cinco de Mayo party I went to last week enjoyed them! I hope you enjoy them also.

Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

  • 1 bottle of Jose Cuevo tequila ( gold)
  •  2 packets Grill Mates Mojito Lime Marinade
  • 2 lbs of chicken wings or wingettes
  • 1/2 Tsp of Cumin (optional)
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Chili Pepper
  • Honey
  • 2 Limes


1. Clean wings add tequila, 1 packet of the Mojito Lime Marinade, Slices of lime. Add the oil that is suggested on the packet. Coat the wings and Marinate overnight.

2. Place the wing in a baking dish with all the juices from the marinade. Take the second pack of marinade that that is mixed with chili pepper and cumin and sprinkle over the wings.

3.  Drizzle some honey over the wings  and bake for 30 -45 min covered.

4. Remove the wings and turn them over drizzle more honey over the wings. Than bake for another 30-45 min. this time with out a cover.


I hope it comes out just as good.


Tequila Lime Chicken Wings

Triple C Muffins ( Chicken, Cheddar and Corn)

6 Mar

Chicken, Cheddar and Corn MuffinsTriple C Muffins (I don’t mean Chocolate)

So today in the DMV had an imaginary snow day!  Yes it was supposed to snow 4-8 inches and Baltimore only got rain. SO I went into the kitchen and cracked open my 1,001 cupcakes & other tempting treats cookbook that I got for Christmas ( Thanks Beth!).  I tried the chicken and corn muffins. I decided, that it was missing something Cheddar Cheese!!!!! So I added ¼ cup of cheddar Jack Cheese and add some cheese to the top to melt over the top.  Initial reaction was that it was ok, it needed something extra.  It was fulfilling and delicious, and would make a great lunch meal like one muffin will fill you up.  I hope you enjoy it and make them one day maybe on your imaginary snow day or just on a rainy day. I did make modifications so I will provide the books original recipe than my changes.

Original Recipe

  • 7 TBSP sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 generous cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup frozen corn kernels
  • Ground paprika, for garnishing


  1. Preheat oven to 400*C. Grease a muffin pan.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. In a large bowl sift the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Place the eggs in another bowl, beat eggs. Than beat in buttermilk and oil.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix .
  7. Then add chicken and onions mix.  Then add corn.
  8. Stir until combined but do not over mix.
  9.  Spoon the batter into the muffin pans.
  10. Bake for 20 mins.  Then Garnish with paprika.

Triple C Muffins (My additions)

o             7 TBSP Canola Oil, plus extra for greasing

o             ½  onion finely chopped

o             1 package of pre-cooked chicken

o             2 cups all purpose flour

o             1 tbsp baking powder

o             1/8th  tsp salt

o             1/8th black pepper

o             2 eggs

o             1 generous cup milk

o             ¾  cup frozen corn kernels

  • 1/4th Cup shredded Cheddar Jack cheese

o             Ground paprika, for garnishing

Follow the instructions above, except add in Cheese  after the corn.  Garnish the spooned muffin mix with cheddar and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes and serve warm.

Banana Bars with Rum Icining

21 Feb

Hello Readers!

I know it has been awhile but I won’t lie I just couldn’t find the urge to cook or bake the last few weeks. Everything I was making seemed really basic, like Mediterranean Tilapia or Honey Baked wings.  So Yesterday I had a few over-ripe Bananas and I found this recipe in my Better Homes and Garden App for Banana Bars with Butter- Rum Icing.  The recipe seemed easy enough and I could get rid of the over ripe bananas.  Below is the Recipe with my modifications and the link to the original recipe. The icing was good, but next time I think I will make it a cream cheese icing.  So I have a confession, I do not like baking with sour cream. This was my first time baking with sour cream and I find it makes some baked good moist but lacks flavor.  I ended up adding 1 tablespoon of honey and ¼ of a cup of Brown Sugar to the recipe.  Furthermore, I added 99 banana liqueurs to the mix about 50 ml.  Final verdict, the bars came out really moist and smelled delicious.  The icing to me wasn’t Rummy (not a word) enough but it was still sweet with a light texture. I hope you try this recipe and try the app. I love this app; it has great recipes that run the course of easy to super hard. Maybe one day I will review this cooking app as a post.  I love it because it’s free, and to get more recipes you have to pay $.99, which isn’t that much. Also it gives you super cool recipes that you can use with store brand items such as Cool Whip or Progressive Soups.

Banana Bars with Butter-Rum Frosting

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  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium)
  • ½ cup dairy sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 50 ml of 99 Banana’s Liqueur*
  • ¼ cup of Brown Sugar*
  • 1 tablespoon of Honey*
      • Side note I omitted the Almonds.
      • * My additions to the recipe.



  1. 1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan; set aside. ( I used my new Bar pan that make 16 mini bars at a time)
  2. 2.     In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
  3. 3.    Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla until combined.
  4. 4.    Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly.


*I spooned the batter in since I have a mini bar pan.*


  1. 5.    Bake in a 350 degrees F oven about 25 minutes or till a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.


  1. 6.    Spread with Butter-Rum Frosting. Cut into bars. If desired, just before serving, sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg or cinnanmon.


Butter-Rum Frosting


  • 1 stick of  butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup rum
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  •  Milk (25 ml)


1.In a medium mixing bowl beat butter on medium speed of an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in half of the powdered sugar. Beat in rum and vanilla. Beat in the rest of the powdered sugar and enough milk to make a frosting of spreading consistency.


Until Next time,




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I have a shot glass that measures out 10, 15, 25 and 50 ml intervals.  50 ml is about 4 tablespoons.  25ml for me was about 2 ½ tablespoons.  Add milk to your preference.

They are Square but Good. (pun intended)

They are Square but Good. (pun intended)

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Texas Meatloaf

29 Oct

Texas Meat Loaf


“All my exes live in Texas”—George Strait.


So I am in the doghouse with my boyfriend. I know, I know bad girlfriend right. Well I wanted to make it up to him and wasn’t sure how. I know somebody has screamed sex, but that so common. I thought I would surprise him with a full cooked meal.  Not one of my foodie meals like plum-port duck or lemon ricotta wontons.  I decided to make him his very own Hungry man meal, without all the MSG and unnecessary random chemicals they put inside of food items. The menus consisted of Texas Meat Loaf, Creamy Mash Potatoes with Bacon Bits, steamed Broccoli and of course Cheddar-Garlic Biscuits.  I know this by itself is like 3000 calories. It’s made from the heart and from scratch (sort of just the meatloaf). The steamed Broccoli came from Wegmans (I am lazy).

Now why did I name this Texas meatloaf?

 1. I smeared it with Barbeque sauce on top.

2. I added Texas Salsa and Cheddar cheese in side.

3. I seasoned the meat with Sweet Red Pepper Rub.

Most importantly I just thought the name sounded cool.

The recipe and pics are below and I hope you like the meatloaf. I would like to say I made this with Harry and David products. I love Harry and David products, but these can easily be replaced with other store brand products. It took only and 1 -1 hour and 15 minutes to cook. I used Chicken broth to keep the ground turkey from being over dry.



2 eggs beaten (lightly)

2/3 cup chicken broth*

½ cup of dried bread crumbs*

½ cup of Shredded Cheese

½ cup of chopped onions and Red peppers

^ ¼ cup  Texas Salsa* (any salsa)

1 tsp of Chili powder

^1 tbsp of  Harry and David Sweet Red Pepper Rub*.

1 soy sauce packet* (this was supposed to be Worcestershire Sauce but I was out)

2lbs of ground Turkey*

^½ bottle of Harry and David Oregon Trail Sauce *

(salt and pepper)

*Are items can be replaced to your liking.  You do not have to use Harry and David product and use regular Salsa and Barbeque sauce. If you eat beef you can use the beef alternative.  I was to lazy to make sourdough bread crumbs so I just used regular bread crumbs.  Also the soy sauce was cool but next time I will use Whorecestershire sauce (Worcestershire).

^These are Harry and David items that can be replaced. Also you can add less or more for your taste liking.




How to make it:

  1. As always preheat oven to 350*F ( I accidently set it to 400 but fixed it to 350 after 5 minutes)
  2. In a large bowl combine the eggs, soy sauce, bread crumbs and mix together. Let stand for about 5 minutes
  3. Add in the Cheese, peppers, onions, salt, Black pepper, and meat. Mix all the ingredients by hand.

*Sanitation check! Have you been washing your hands? Are you putting anything that touch raw food in the sink? Are you being mindful what you are touching? Contamination can happen quickly and make everyone sick. Pay attention 30 second of prevention can prevent hours on the toilet later or even an ER.

4. Wash hands. Then add in the Texas salsa and Sweet Red pepper rub.  I like to be generous so I added more of each to make sure it was flavorful.

5. Add meat to a Loaf pan. Make sure you lightly pack the meat in. if you tightly pack it you will have a dense and dry meatloaf. Being gentle you can have a really moist and light meatloaf.

6. I added ¼ of a cup of the Oregon Trail sauce on top than baked the meat loaf.

7. Cook meatloaf for 1 hour to 1hout and 15 minutes. Add the rest of the Barbeque sauce during the last 10 minutes.  Using a meat thermometer make sure the internal temperatures reaches 165*F.  (Again undercooked items are just as dangerous)


Final result:

All in all this was a pretty good meatloaf. I think next time I will add some Jalapenos or chilies to get the heat I was looking for. The Oregon Trail Sauce was the perfect finish and I see some Bourbon BBQ chicken being created soon with the rest of the sauce.  So I realized at the end I neglected to add vinegar but since I used salsa I think it was fine. It still came out delicious and is one of those item where the flavor is better on day number 2.  Also by using Barbeque sauce I didn’t have to do the brown sugar mixed with Ketchup for the Sauce on top.


Happy Cooking!


He not made at me anymore he wants more food.