The friendly, tattooed waitress who served us our breakfast and The Most Amazing Cinnamon Roll Ever at Blue Moon Cafe today encouraged us to return Friday, April 18 or Monday, April 21 for a taping of the Food Network series “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” While I’m happy for Blue Moon — the media attention is most deserved — I am certain that the exposure will mean even longer weekend lines. Such are the compromises when it comes to greatness. It might be time to get The Most Amazing Cinnamon Roll Ever to go.


John Waters, Honfest, The Wire and … Jenna Bush? Baltimore is abuzz with news that the first daughter and hubby-to-be Henry Hager are putting down roots in Charm City. I wonder if that will drive Federal Hill home prices up or down.

Life is too short to eat bad Mexican or Tex-Mex food. I had my first encounter with Holy Frijoles in Hampden over the weekend. This is one of those places that can get away with serving so-so-bordering-on-crappy food because it has hipster cred and a festive atmosphere. But even the atmosphere isn’t that visually interesting. Plus, the food is inexpensive but in no way cheap. My heaping helping of refried beans had a lot of heat thanks to a dousing of chili powder, but very little taste dimension. If I go back it will be for drinks at the bar and a serving of chips and salsa. The salsa is very garlicky, which I love.

I do have a place to recommend for (divey) atmosphere, great prices, and, most importantly, tasty food: El Taquito Mexicano, 1744 Eastern Ave., in Fells Point. The mole sauce was delicious. I’m looking forward to going back there and also trying a number of other Central American restaurants in the neighborhood.


“Location Baltimore: Giving Birth to Dreams” has opened in a townhouse at 17 West Chase St. in Mount Vernon. The art installation is sponsored by SCION, known for its customizable rides. The townhouse, which features the work of local street artists, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The obvious question is, “Where does advertising end and art begin?” I will let you know if I have an answer after I check out the installation tomorrow. The whole thing shuts down April 19.


The residents of Charm City emerged from hibernation today, one of the first real spring days we have had this year. My man and I chose to spend part of the afternoon at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Sculpture Gardens. It’s a lovely terraced garden that features 34 modern and contemporary works of art, including sculptures by Alexander Calder and Isamu Noguchi. Cell phones are not banned; in fact they’re encouraged. Dial 443-573-1822 for a free cell phone tour of the Sculpture Gardens led by museum Director Doreen Bolger.