March Travels Part Four

…Continued from Part Three

A little over a week after returning from California, we took another trip. I had a work conference in Baltimore, and Holly came along. After our canceled flight adventure, it was comforting to take a much shorter train trip. The train ride is just over an hour, so it was barely like traveling.

Stained Glass at Baltimore Pennsylvania Station

We arrived late in the afternoon and had a perfectly fine but not necessarily thrilling lunch at RyeZenDine followed by beers at Argosy Cafe. The latter was odd because we weren’t able to just sit at the bar and order drinks from a bartender. We had to order at the register and then find seats.

After lunch, I checked-in at the conference. We have a good friend who lives in Baltimore, and he picked us up and took us out of the convention center area to Blue Hill Tavern for dinner. We were too busy catching up with our friend to take pictures, but dinner was delicious.

The next morning, I had to get to the convention center early and needed breakfast. Our hotel was in the Inner Harbor and very close to the convention center, so I didn’t have to worry too much about timing. I found a great little coffee shop, 3 Bean Coffee, and just had coffee and a muffin.

I arranged to meet Holly for an early lunch, and we went to Miss Shirley’s Cafe. We both were more in the mood for the brunch items. Holly had Crab Cake & Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict, and I had Benne Seed Buttermilk Fried Cod Filet over Grits and Fried Green Tomatoes. We also shared an order of Benne Seed Sour Cream & Chive Buttermilk Biscuits. Everything was amazing.

Crab Cake and Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict

Benne Seed Sour Cream and Chive Buttermilk Biscuits at Miss Shirle

Benne Seed Buttermilk Fried Cod Filet over Grits and Fried Green Tomatoes

I returned to the conference with a full belly. After I was done for the day, I had a little time to walk around and take pictures of the Inner Harbor.

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Baltimore Inner Harbor

A bit later, I met up with Holly again and made our way to a happy hour at the Boiler Room sponsored by the National Media Market. At one time, I was very involved with NMM, but the nature of my job has changed so that organization is not as relevant for me as it once was. Since I still know some of the people, I decided to stop by. It was great seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new people.

Holly and I had a couple of beers there before moving on to Metropolitan Coffehouse & Wine Bar for dinner. We sat at the bar and switched to wine. We shared the Scallops and Red Pepper Flatbread and Hummus Platter. Both were delicious, but we were very impressed with the flatbread.

Scallops and Red Pepper Flatbread

Hummus Platter

The next morning, I returned to 3 Bean Coffee for a quick breakfast on my way to the conference. This time I had a rather tasty bowl of oatmeal.


After our positive experiences at the Boiler Room and Metropolitan Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, we decided that we liked the Federal Hill part of town. For lunch that day, we decided to stick to that part of town and found Spoons Cafe and Coffee Roasters which turned out so delightful that we ended up going there two days in a row. On our first trip, Holly had the Southern Benedict (homemade buttermilk biscuits topped with house smoked pulled pork, poached eggs, charred chili hollandaise) with southern cheesy grits, and I had the Risotto Benedict (fried risotto cakes, prosciutto, poached eggs, hollandaise) also with the southern cheesy grits. As their name suggests, they roast their own coffee which was excellent.

Southern Benedict

Risotto Benedict

After I was done at the conference, we met an old friend of our from my Vegas days at Forno for some late afternoon wine. We had plans to meet a couple other old friends for dinner and decided to head back to Metropolitan Coffeehouse & Wine Bar. We were busy catching up with friends and did not take any picture that last night.

The next day, we returned to Spoons for a light breakfast. I had the 3-Grain Porridge and Biscuit and Holly had the Chia Seed Pudding made with coconut & almond milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, banana, almonds, and bee pollen.

3-Grain Porridge and Biscuit

Chia Seed Pudding and Buttermilk Biscuit

We wanted a small breakfast because we were meeting the same friend we had dinner with the first night for a late brunch. He suggested Gertrude’s, which, conveniently, is at the Baltimore Museum of Art. After breakfast, we had plenty of time to take the free bus to the museum where we spent the next couple of hours. We had never been to the BMA before and did not know much about it. Holly and I both enjoy modern art, and BMA has a nice collection of such.

Baltimore Museum of Art

Alberto Giacometti, Man Pointing

Gino Severini, Dancer at Pigalle’s

René Magritte, Delusions of Grandeur

We met our friend for brunch. We had gone there with him one before and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. Holly got the Crabmeat Omelet, and I got the Quiche with crabmeat, Swiss cheese, onions and fresh herbs.

You can see more pictures from our trip in Holly’s Flickr album and in mine.