Tapas In The City at Points South Latin Kitchen

If you love visiting new restaurants, meeting new people and sampling everything on the menu – Tapas In The City is the perfect event for you!  Tapas In The City is a monthly pop-up dinner that allow guests to sample five to seven courses at some of Baltimore’s Best Restaurants.  The courses can be purchased with drink options or without.  Created by two food bloggers, Like The Tea Eats and JZ Eats, the event is quickly becoming the place to be for the Baltimore foodie-verse.  I’m not sure how I managed to miss their first four events, but looking at their Instagram page I was having major FOMO, so I decided to attend the most recent event at Points South Latin Kitchen.

Points South Latin Kitchen is a recent addition to Fells Point, Baltimore. I previously visited the last two tenants in that space and I was excited to see what new improvements and upgrades were made with the new restaurant.  The restaurant definitely has a South American flair with colorful walls, colorful accents and unique artwork hanging on the walls.  During the dinner, the owner gave us a brief summary of the cuisine that includes dishes from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and El Salvador. The best part is all menu items are gluten free!!

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First Course – Octopus Ceviche Tostada

I was the last person to arrive, but I got there just in time for the first of five courses. I sat down at the table and was immediately handed a refreshing red sangria. It was light and fruity – exactly how a sangria should be.  They wait staff allowed guests time to enjoy conversations over the first cocktail before bringing out the first course Octopus Ceviche Tostada. A warm tostada served on a bed of shredded mixed greens topped with fresh chewy octopus ceviche.  I’ve had ceviche with shrimp before but this was my first time having octopus, I was a little apprehensive at first but I likened it to eating calamari…which I love. I know calamari is a squid but I figured the taste would be similar and I was right. I really enjoyed the two sauces that were drizzled on the ceviche, it gave it a tangy taste.

Coconut Jasmine Poached Head-on Prawns
Second Course – Coconut Jasmine Poached Head-on Prawns

Another first was the Head-on Prawn. Like a shrimp but a little larger and shaped slightly different.  It was served with clams, polenta and peas in a bed of broth.  One of my tablemates told me we were supposed to suck the head from the shell and I laughed.  She didn’t do it, so I didn’t either. LOL

 Duck Pazole, Wing Confit with Tamarind Glaze
Third Course – Duck Pazole, Wing Confit with Tamarind Glaze

The Duck Pazole was full of meat and I like lots of meat in my soup. It was almost like a stew with vegetables and a savory broth. I do wish it was served hot, it wasn’t warm or hot, it was served at room temperature.  But I’m sure it’s hard to prepare a large batch of soup for 45 people.  The tamarind glaze on the Wing Confit was sweet and sticky, it taste like a sweet and sour glaze or sauce.

Fourth Course - Chipotle Lime Barbeque Glazed Lamb Ribs
Fourth Course – Chipotle Lime Barbeque Glazed Lamb Ribs

My favorite course was the Barbeque Glazed Lamb Ribs. The meat was tender and the glaze was flavorful. I actually thought about ordering another serving.  It was served with pickled papaya salad and a garlic sauce and small garlic chips.  I’m a garlic lover and the sauce was perfect and bursting with garlic flavor. I repeatedly dipped my lamb ribs in the sauce but I’m still uncertain that it was paired for that reason.

Fried Plantain Empanada
Fifth Course – Fried Plantain Empanada

The final course was a fried plantain empanada served with ice cream, chopped strawberries, apple compote, caramel sauce and topped with toasted coconut. Delicious as it was, the final course cocktail stole the show in my opinion. The Lavender Royale was made with Champagne and Lavender Liqueur. It was very fragrant and my tablemates joked that it tasted like flowers in your face, but in a good way.

The Lavender Royal (Champagne+Lavender liqueur) tastes like flowers in your face…but in a good way 😀 #tapasinthecity

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3 Tips You Should Know Before Visiting The Natural Products Expo East

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A photo of all the freebies I collected at the Natural Products Expo East

Last weekend, I visited the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD for the second year in a row.  Just imagine a convention with lots of organic and natural products to sample on-the-spot and also take home with you.  With three levels and over 1,400 vendors in attendance the event is overwhelming but satisfying and the products range from food, drink, skin care, vitamins, jewelry and clothing. The photo above is just 2/3 of what I collected during my 4 hours at the expo and below are some of the foods I sampled.

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If you are planning to visit the Expo East or Expo West I have five takeaways from the Natural Products Expo East.

1. Wear Comfortable Walking Shoes and Clothes – The Expo East recently added two levels with even more vendors and this in a nutshell means more walking for you, so comfortable shoes are a must.  The aisles are set up with vendors on each side and I was literally walking up and down each aisles to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  You’re going to need comfortable clothes because of all the food you’ll be eating.  I made sure to eat a light breakfast and arrive right around lunch time because I knew I’d be hungry and eat large amounts of samples.

2. Bring A Rolling Tote – Almost every vendor there has canvas and cloth bags to give away. This sounds like the perfect idea to store all your freebies but because you get so many freebies, you end up carrying many bags also.  My first go-round my friend and I left there with six bags each and we had to drive home in her two-seater car. Imaging me driving with bags on bags on my lap…not a pleasant drive home.  It’s much easier to bring a large rolling tote to push or pull your freebies and this will free up your arms for more grabbing. Bonus Tip: Make sure you have room in your trunk to store all you’re bags and your rolling tote because you’re going to need it.

3. Attend The Expo On The Last Day –  The Expo is normally on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Late Saturday Evening or Sunday I find the vendors are eager to get rid of all merchandise because they don’t want to take anything back with them.  Normally they would give you one of their product, but on the last day towards the evening they are throwing everything at you and begging you to take it home.  You are guaranteed to get even more freebies on the last day.

If you’ve attended the expo or plan on attending the next one, leave a comment and let me know if my tips are helpful.

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The Best Lunch Ever Pop-Up with The Local Fry and Ekiben

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I’ve wanted to check out Ekiben‘s sweet buns forever!  I know that sounds a little weird but, I’ve seen Instagram photos of their sandwiches with white fluffy sweet buns and I had to try it.  On Monday, a friend invited me to “The Best Lunch Ever” pop-up collaboration with Ekiben and The Local Fry.  The event was held at the Ekiben location (1622 Eastern Ave) and featured customer favorites from both restaurants.

The event was from 11:00am-3:30pm and I arrived around 2:15pm.  There  seemed to be a good turnout because the place was full with customers who were waiting for their food. The cashier was friendly and explained the menu items in detail.  I decided to order “The Original” which is two Thai chicken meatballs with coconut peppercorn sauce and slaw.  Let me tell you how that sandwich was everything I imagined and more!

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“The Original” – Thai Chicken Meatball Sandwich with Peppercorn Coconut Sauce

The meatballs were freshly made with chopped onion and green peppers inside and they were cooked to a medium well consistency – not too hard or over cooked.  The bun was soft with a little hint of sweetness.  I also ordered plain fries from The Local Fry with a side of the peppercorn sauce.

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My friend ordered the Korean fried chicken wings with gochujang sauce and of course I had to taste one.  The sauce is a savory, traditional Korean condiment and had a sweet and spicy flavor, truly awesome sauce.

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Korean fried chicken wings with gochujang sauce

I think “The Original” will be my new favorite sandwich! I also want to visit The Local Fry and taste their gourmet and unique french fry options.  What is your favorite fry from The Local Fry?

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Happy Hour at Fleming’s Steakhouse

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Hail to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar– one of my favorite restaurants in Harbor East, Baltimore.  The title of this post mentions “Happy Hour,” but the photo above is the delicious dinner I shared with two friends after we ate the following happy hour items (don’t judge us).

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Sweet Chili Calamari

Can I just fawn over this Calamari for a minute?  Fleming’s Steakhouse hands down has the best calamari I’ve ever had! It’s served with a sweet chili sauce and it’s lightly breaded on the outside, tender on the inside with a spicy pepper kick.  I wanted to eat the entire plate myself, but unfortunately I had to share.

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Cocktail Shrimp
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The Prime Rib Dip with Homemade Potato Chips

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I especially enjoy the cocktails at Fleming’s Steakhouse, they are always delicious and they offer a variety of options with various liquors. You can’t go wrong with calamari and cocktails at Fleming’s Steakhouse happy hour, I’d go there everyday of the week just for that!

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Roast and Rye at Wit & Wisdom

Wit & Wisdom Tavern hosted an outdoor barbecue of sorts for “Baltimore’s American Treasures Culinary Experience” event. The event was to honor Baltimore’s 2016 top chefs, Zack Mills, Executive Chef at Wit & Wisdom and Jerry Pellegrino, Executive Chef at Schola.

Guests were welcomed with a signature cocktail sponsored by Sagamaore Spirit Rye Whiskey and made by Wit & Wisdom’s lead bartender, Jonathan Levy.

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The “Welcome Cocktail”

The menu featured Blood Sausage, Barbecued Lamb Shoulder from Border Springs Farm served with Summer Succotash and Cheddar Grits.

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Zack Mills (left) and Jerry Pellegrino (right)
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Blood Sausage
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Barbecued Lamb Shoulder
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Cheddar Grits
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Summer Succotash

I’m going to be honest, the Blood Sausage I didn’t like. That flavor has no grey area, you either like it or you don’t.  My friend loved it, but I absolutely did not.  The real star of the show (not pictured) was the roast made by Jerry Pellegrino. The roast was served on a slice of Rye bread with your choice of three BBQ style sauces and three picked relishes.  I had three of those bad boys and they were so good I devoured them each and forgot to take a photo…sorry not sorry.

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