Lexington Market, and Faidley’s

The day we went on our cruise in Inner Harbor, we stopped in at Lexington Market for lunch – at

Their crabcakes are the best (and biggest)

Besides selling crabcakes and raw oysters, clams, etc., they sell seafood to take home.

Following are several pics of Lexington Market – it was different than anything I’ve ever seen before – stall after stall of all kinds of food to either eat there, or fresh meat and seafood to take home:

Supper in Little Italy

Baltimore has this super-charming neighborhood called Little Italy – it’s wonderful! We had supper at Sabatino’s:

Next, we walked a couple of blocks to Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop. They had a zillion different things, 50% of which I had never even heard of! We were still a little full from supper, so we got two cannoli to take back to the hotel. I’ve had cannoli, but it was *nothing close* to this. Yum!!

Attman’s, Baltimore

For our first lunch in Baltimore, we headed over to Attman’s “Authentic New York Delicatessen” on East Lombard Street. Ah! We loved it. It was full of personality…loud and crowded in the best ways.

…and inside the Kibitz Room. We were there for a late lunch, so it wasn’t too busy inside there…and most people were getting their order to go so it was super-easy to get a table.

Soooo…here’s what we got: a latke to share (okay), Av had a corned beef sandwich (he loved it), I had a Reuben (best one I’ve ever had), drinks, and Utz Crab Chips (they didn’t have a small bag).

Delicious!!

I Heart Baltimore

We had a *fabulous* time in Baltimore – we did ALL kinds of fun things and loved every minute of it! In the next couple of days, I’ll post more about where we ate, what we did, and that sort of thing. For now, I’ve got a few pics from the Baltimore Zoo here on Flickr.

Tremont Plaza Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland

We stayed a few days at the Tremont Plaza Hotel (update: it’s since been upgraded to an Embassy Suites) in Baltimore – it’s right downtown, and it’s a suite hotel – so all the rooms have a sitting area and a small kitchen.

Good things: Room size was nice; bed was comfortable; we didn’t use the kitchen, but it was great to have a refrigerator to put drinks in; the hotel was about five or six blocks from Inner Harbor, so we walked over there one afternoon.

Not-so-good-things: Internet service (free) was SO slow – like being on a 2400 baud modem (gave up on it). Also, there are four elevators and the service doesn’t have their own – so there was a pretty long wait every time.

Overall, it was pretty nice, and I wouldn’t mind staying here again, although next time I think I would pick a hotel with a good view of Inner Harbor.

Mama Dip’s, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

We stopped off for lunch at Mama Dip’s in Chapel Hill, which is pretty famous – she’s been on Food Network, Oprah, and QVC, selling her “Mama Dip’s Kitchen” cookbook.

I got the chicken livers (very, very good), greens (eh…), and potato salad (tasted Sysco-y). Unfortunately, there was sugar in the cornbread. Av had the fried chicken, which he said was pretty good, and a slice of chocolate pecan pie, which was 90% chocolate and 10% pecan, with a super-thin crust. He liked it.

Oh! And guess who was there? Mama Dip. She gave Av a hug and we got this pic:

James K. Polk Homeplace, Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), North Carolina

On our way to Baltimore, we went through Charlotte, so we stopped for a few minutes at the James K. Polk Memorial Site.

A sign reads:
“James K. Polk
1795-1849
U.S. President, 1845-1849. Born nearby in house no longer standing. Land and reconstructed buildings now State Historic Site.”

We were there on Sunday, so we didn’t get to go inside the visitor’s center, but we did take these pics:

There’s much more about President Polk here at the White House site, and here at the Polk home in Columbia, Tennessee.