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Brunch at Farmers Fishers Bakers

  Farmers Fishers Bakers has a beautiful, rustic-yet-modern ambiance with a lively, fun vibe and a scrumptious brunch. It’s worth the trek to Georgetown! Confession time… The Pursuit of it All ladies are brunching fanatics. F-A-N-A-T-I-C-S. There’s nothing quite as squeal-inducing as a well-displayed spread of ALL THE FOOD IN THE WORLD that’s just waiting to be leisurely consumed. Also, where else is it perfectly acceptable to drink before 10 a.m., in an atmosphere where it’s also perfectly acceptable to turn up in last night’s clothes? Nothing says, “Weekend!” quite like a delicious, leisurely brunch. If we could figure out a way…

Let me introduce you to my newest happy hour love. It’s called Hootch & Banter and it’s exactly as cool as the name implies. Owners Sherif Salem and his wife Cherie Nearman opened the “upscale casual” cafe this November to rave reviews. Which meant this gal immediately had to go and give it a try. Be forewarned that Hootch & Banter isn’t a large establishment…in fact, it’s quite intimate. Tables are situated close to one another and the bar is a modest size. It’s like having a drink in Manhattan, except you’re in Downtown Frederick! With its upscale vibe and sophisticated decor, you’ll look…

Brunch Spots in DC and Maryland: Miss Shirley's

  Late night diner runs in college, after an evening of debauchery, meant plates of pancakes, eggs, cheeseburgers, and fries. And coffee. Oh—and maybe more beer. As grown-ups, brunch spots are where this mash up happens. It’s one of the few times you can order either shrimp ‘n grits or a plate of crispy waffles without anyone batting an eye. You can drink wine and Bloody Mary’s and champagne cocktails without a care before noon. It’s meant to be fun and relaxed! And while brunch can be fancy, prim and proper; it can also be sloppy, greasy and fabulous. If you brunch in…

Killer Doughnut Shops Nearby in Maryland

  Personally, I think the doughnut shop has become the “it” bakery over the past year or two. They’re taking the place of “cupcakeries” that were, a while back, popping up on virtually every corner. But they’re not new, those doughnuts. Doughnuts (unlike the modern icing-laden cupcake) have been around for a very. long. time. Centuries, even. The geek in me likes to dig around for the history of things – especially foodie things. In this case, I wondered, what exactly is the history of doughnuts? Where’d they come from? How come they have a whole in the center? (And is it…

Date Night at The Tasting Room in Frederick, MD

  As impossible as it is to make happy hours happen as a full-grown “married with children” adult, having date nights – with friends! – seems to be even more difficult. We resort to copious amounts of texting back and forth, comparing calendars and kids’ schedules, wondering if the baby-sitter’s free on the ONE NIGHT in 30 that we’re all free. It’s exhausting, all the planning. But, when you do finally make it happen, all the planning’s worth it. The catching up – in person! The laughter! The conversation! For a recent it-took-three-weeks-of-texting-but-we-finally-found-a-day date night, we met a few friends at The Tasting…