The End of Dry January and Restaurant Week at Salt

This January was a dry one in our household. We gave up booze to be slightly healthier, save money, and try new places/experiences. When going out for a drink is no longer an option it opens up a whole new world for the weekends and gets one’s self to  do something different. At the beginning of the month BC and I spent a night in Washington, DC and attempted to explore.

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It was the coldest day ever- a high of 10 degrees!- so walking around for hours was not exactly pleasant. We ended up wandering around the National Portrait Gallery which was really neat. The atrium in the middle was so fantastic- it was like being outside but warm.

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Baltimore Restaurant Week has wrapped up for the winter season. I was in Maui for most of it but managed to sneak in 2 restaurants- one before and one after vacation. (Restaurant Week is actually 2 weeks long). Prior to Hawaii, BC and I ate at Capital Grille which is always good for a steak and Salt Tavern after my vacation which was the star of my January meals.

At Salt, I had a bad cold at the time, (thanks airplane ride) so I started my meal with tomato bisque that required licking of the bowl. I didn’t really lick the bowl but I wanted to!

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I ordered the shrimp and grits for my entrée while BC opted for the pork cheek. Both were superb! Grits are really not my thing but every once in a while a chef makes them just right- and these were just right.

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Dessert at Salt is my favorite. Goat Cheese Donuts with coffee ice cream is the best thing on the menu here. It has been years since my  last Salt visit, but these babies are still to die for.

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Other Dry January activities had me exploring new coffee shops, new restaurants, and watching a lot of movies. I’m not a big movie person but go see Lion- it is the best movie I’ve seen in a very long time. For real- go see it now!


Pizza date at Paulie Gee’s in Hampden- this place is fantastic:

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Short Rib Ramen from Mi and Yu Noodle Bar hit the spot on a cold night:

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Surprisingly with all the eating I did in January, I didn’t gain 10 pounds- yay! I think it was all the tuna poke in Maui.  January is normally cold and not too exciting now that the holidays are over. But turning January into an adventure helps get over the winter hump. Also traveling somewhere warm helps too!

Reader Question: Do you escape the winter for warmer climates or do you hibernate at home?

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3 Responses

  1. courtney says:

    I would never have thought to ask you for a movie review…but I just saw the trailer for Lion and was wondering if I should see it!

  2. Chaitali says:

    I love that atrium at the portrait gallery! Mike’s office holiday party was held there this past weekend and it’s such a great venue for a party too.

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