Whining and Dining

Randi Rom

Looking for a traditional Thanksgiving feast? My choice for a memorable holiday dinner is --The Prime Rib at 1101 North Calvert Street. Dinner will include a number of tasty choices including Maine lobster bisque, roasted turkey with veggies including creamed spinach and homemade cranberry sauce, pecan pie --and more. The cost for adults is $39.95--Children under 12--$17.95 The regular dinner menu is also available as is a special oyster menu including half-shells, Rockefellers, Merritts, Casinos and Chesapeakes. That's a whole lotta oysters. I don't know about you but this sounds MUCH better than what MY family puts together---uh-no offense Mom. They're also open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. And-if any ole time you feel like enjoying something special for a great price--they're offering a special menu in celebration of their 45th anniversary-dinner for $45. Choose from entrees--prime rib (of course), salmon or imperial crab-sides and salads too. Thanks to General Manager David Derewicz for the heads up re what's happening at "The Rib." Go to ThePrimeRib.com.

Another great idea for your holiday (any holiday) table-is handcrafted chocolates from Haute Cocoa. Choose from an array of great table "settings. A chocolate wine cork or even a baby Jesus--they can customize pretty much anything you want. And-they have an AMAZING "Haute Bar"-a presentation of hundreds of chocolates-ala a cookie table at Italian weddings. Your guests will be talking about this for years to come. Call 443-927-7779 or go to HauteCocoa.net.

Here's your TEE-HEE for the day. An Alaskan original created more than 20 years ago at the Peanut Farm in Anchorage, this layered cocktail is named for the sound you'll make after drinking one. This recipe was featured as part of Chowhounds New Year's Eve Drinks Around the World story. It's called a Duck Fart.

  • Makes: 1 drink.
  • Ingredients: 
1 ounce Kahlúa, 1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream, 
1/2 ounce Crown Royal Whisky.
  • Instructions: Pour Kahlúa into a 3-ounce shot glass. Using the convex side of a bar spoon, slowly pour Baileys over the Kahlúa, making sure not to disturb it, to create a layered effect. Using the same technique, layer the Crown Royal over the Baileys.

I'm always asked about good wines for the holidays. These selections are great ANY day. Girasole --organic wine from California. Deloach Pinot Noir-one of the leading producers of Pinot in the Russian River (CA). Tintero Moscato - a sweet wine for the holidays. Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay and check out the Ed Hardy wines from designer Christian Audigier. All these products can be found at: Wells Discount Liquors Wine World Beer and Spirits, DiWine Spirits, Chesapeake Wine Company and The Wine Merchant.

Have you always thought that a wine dinner sounds like a great idea-but you never followed through? Now is the time people. Tony Gambino's Ciao Bella Italian Ristorante at 236 South High Street in Baltimore's Little Italy is taking reservations for their November 30th event.


Pergola "Chiaretto" 2008

San Michele "Riesling" 2007
Prosciutto wrapped shrimp, scampi portofino sauce

Poker di Vino "Pinot Nero" 2008
Mozzarella caprese salad

Calvi Tre "Barbera" 2009
Penne puttanesca

Casal Di Pari "Montecucco" 2007
Veal osso buco w/risotto

The dinner begins at 7 pm and is $65 per person.

Call now for reservations: 410-685-7733. For more info on Ciao Bella go to CBella.com.


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