Archive for February 13th, 2012

Fell’s Point is Olde Towne with Hip Spots

Fell's PtFell’s Point is one of the older areas of Baltimore’s harbor area.  I spent a lot of my afternoon walking around there because I heard so many locals talking about it when I asked them about places to go in Baltimore.  I also had some of you guys suggest the area in the Comments earlier, so I decided to take you up on it!

This is a really cool part of town.  Note the cobblestone roads.  It is the first thing you’ll notice about the area., but this is in no way a mainly historic area.  Instead, you’ll see it is a popular hang out point for Baltimore’s, for lack of a better word, hipster crowd.  Don’t let that turn you off, though.  Baltimore’s hipsters are way more down to earth than what you normally think of when you hear that term.

Sal's counterI first stopped in the Broadway Market.  It is an old-style market that now host a series of restaurants in an open space.  Mostly, there is just bar seating.  It’s like you are in the kitchen with the restaurants.  There is a Korean Fusion Place, …

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Southwest-Denver Boasts The Most Adorable Giant Skating Peach in History (Video)

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Think about the last time you saw a skating peach. Now, think about the last time you saw a giant skating peach. I’ll wait.

Then, think about the last time you saw a reeaaaally cute giant skating peach. I’ll wait again. Now, I shall give you an assignment:

Look at my video of the figure skating peach that I spotted today at Southwest Rink at Skyline Park while giving out discounts and a chance to win a free flight. After you waste 57 seconds of your life watching my video, I’d like you to compare your giant skating peach to Southwest-Denver’s giant skating peach. Go ahead, take your time.

All done? Good. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY you can profess to know a cuter peach! NO. WAY. However, if you are delusional enough to think your skating peach is more adorable, please upload a photo (of your peach, not you…unless you are the peach), along with your checking account and routing numbers, and I will deposit no less than one trillion dollars into your account within 7 business …

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My Tragic Mistimed Visit to the American Visionary Art Museum and the Edgar Allan Poe Fiasco

AVAM ext This afternoon’s experience was weird to say the least.  It began as I went to visit the American Visionary Art Museum, a museum dedicated solely to the art of undiscovered artists.  I heard it was a real treasure of Baltimore and I was stoked to see it.  It was way more than I expected it to be.  Click on this thumbnail to the left to see the entryway in its full glory.  It is made entirely of broken mirrors, and, yes, the bus is too, and also yes, that is a motorcycle statue above the doorway.  On top of that, there is a tree made of mirror shards out front .  How freakin’ cool is this place?!  I walked up to the door filled with anticipation…

And, of course, it was closed on Mondays…  Fail on my part.

Here’s where my day took an interesting turn.  Baltimore is known as Edgar Allan Poe’s hangout back in the 1800’s.  I didn’t think I had time to visit any of the Poe stuff here because it is kind of off the beaten path, but now I had the time.  For a literature nerd such as …

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I have a Sweet Tooth. Ah Lawd… Save Me!

Do you have a sweet tooth like me?

Big Top Candy Shop

If so, then you should stay far away from the Big Top Candy Shop on S Congress.  That way I can have MORE to myself!  LOL!  Just like the Flash Mob from the SWA terminal yesterday, they almost had to call “security!” on me up in the place.

Big Top Candy Shop Row

HA!  Seriously, all jokes aside, you will see from the pics that this candy shop on S Congress is any sweet tooth’s dream.I saw all of the new and old candies there.  From Jelly Belly jellybeans to Maple Nut Goodies; from Laffy Taffy to Bitter Honey; from giant jawbreakers to Jonny Appleseed candy.

Big Top Candy Shop - Chocolate and more!

They also had fudge, chocolate and even turtles.  It was all there!

BT Candy Shop - Blue Bell StandTo add insult to injury, they actually included a Blue Bell ice cream counter with assorted flavors.

Can someone call SWA and tell them to send a plane for me?  I need the extra room for all the candy I’m bringing back to the A.  Good thing that bags fly free!  I’m loaded up!

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Hopdoddy burgers in Austin, TX… just like Flip and YEAH! in the ATL

hopdoddy burger joint with the Communications Mgr for the Austin Visitors Bureau

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hopdoddy burger shop - starring the burger

Austin TX is definitely the place to be if experiencing unique and GOOD food is part of your weekend excursion requirements.  So many restaurants with so little time!  One place that I would recommend is Hopdoddy Burger Bar on the famous S Congress Ave.  I was able to eat with Steve Alberts, Communications Manager, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Steve and the Bureau are available to answer visitor questions about Austin and the various things to do.

So what is Hopdoddy?  According to the menu, “it is the perfect union of beer and burgers”  ”hop” refers to locally crafted beer and “doddy” is the nickname given to the native cows of Aberdeen.  The should have called it “oh-golly” because the burgers are mmm mmm good, and the atmosphere was on and poppin’!  Think Flip Burger or YEAH! Burger in the ATL, but with an Austin twist.

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Chicago’s Hot Doug’s is the best thing to happen to a hot dog

Chicago's Hot Doug's Menu

Chicago's Hot Doug's Menu

I had many great suggestions for where to grab lunch today, but it wouldn’t be a trip to Chicago without trying the city’s culinary namesake, the Chicago-style hot dog.

Hot Doug’s sits on an unassuming neighborhood corner, and it would be easy to miss except for the long line of people wrapped around the building shivering in the cold all for a taste of Hot Doug’s sausage.

The decor borders the hip and tacky. A glass display case pays homage to the hot dog in the form of a hot dog-shaped phone, silk necktie, and an impressive collection of Oscar Mayer whistles. Hanging from the ceiling is a small disco ball that compliments the music being piped in from the same era.

Doug himself is at the helm taking orders and barking them to his staff. The first thing you notice about Doug is that this guy LOVES his establishment, and is completely in his element.

A cooler next to the register is stocked with the soft drink, TAB. My cousin Justin couldn’t resist …

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Fort McHenry’s Video Presentation Finale

The Fort McHenry Museum has a video presentation, which is full of over-the-top elements.  Most of the movie is a dramatic recreation of the Battle of Baltimore and of Key’s moment of inspiration for “The Star Spangled Anthem.”  It even has special lighting effects in the viewing area during battle scenes!

Nothing compares, though, to the epic finale.  Check it out:

Ft McHenry Finale

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Fort McHenry is Full of American Historical Goodness

Fort McHenry sign

Fort McHenry in Baltimore is the sight of the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.  We remember it best as Francis Scott Key’s inspriation for the national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”  Fort McHenry’s museum is full of really cool interactive exhibits about the battle, the war, and the song.  There are different touchscreen kiosks that are exceptionally informative and you can really learn a lot about this piece of American History.  I like me some history now and again, so I found all this stuff more fascinating than I thought I would.

So, here are my top 5 tidbits that I didn’t know about the “Star Spangled Banner,” Francis Scott Key, and the War of 1812 that I learned at Fort McHenry:

5.  Francis Scott Key knew that the phrase “the land of the free” was hypocritical because of slavery and put it in the anthem to emphasize freedom, but he owned slaves and spoke out against Abolitionists.

4.  The War of 1812 was really convoluted and had a number of causes.  A lot …

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Whole Foods in Austin, TX – Here’s where it all began!

Whole Foods Flagship Store – Austin, TX \”Checking it out… It\’s huge!

Are you like me?  The grocery store isn’t my favorite place to go.  However, there’s something about Whole Foods that gets me just a little excited.  Yep yep… I’m man enough to admit it.  Well, I’ve hit the motherload!  Whole Foods originated in Austin, and I was able to experience it 1st hand.  Here are some pics and a video to bring my experience to you.Whole Foods Flagship Location - Austin, TXWhole Foods Flagship Store_Restaurant Area Austin, TX

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Ran into an old Atlanta friend in Chicago

Feelin' Peachy

Feelin' Peachy

I was feeling just peachy today after I ran into some old friends from Atlanta while I was walking along “Magnificent Mile” in Chicago.  She was handing out special scratch-off discounts on Southwest Airlines, and will be wandering throughout Chicago today.  Can’t miss this crew!

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