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Staycation, Day 2

September 11, 2009

We decided to head down to Baltimore and do some tourism in our own city! First stop on the agenda was The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Museum.

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I had no idea the flag that flew at Fort McHenry was sewn right here in Baltimore, or if I did, I forgot. The flag behind me is true to the size of the flag sewn–by hand, mind you–in six weeks by Mary Pickersgill, whose home we toured. The museum was a great place to take kids. The tour was rather short, plus there was a play room with puppets, a chalk board, dress-up clothes, play food, and coloring projects.

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Next stop was Lexington Market for lunch.

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I’d actually never been there, even though I worked close by for years. We recently heard an episode of The Splendid Table where the Sterns raved about Lexington Market in general and Faidley’s crab cakes in particular.

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We figured it was pretty sad if we lived here our whole life and never tried it out, so we gave it a try. This isn’t the type of place you go if you like white tables clothes. This is a market, in all it’s grimy Baltimore glory. A “people’s market” is the way the Sterns put it. We got hot dogs for the boys and crab cake sandwiches with fries for us. Boy, was it good! It might seem odd to call a crab cake creamy, but it was!

Next stop was Trinacria, my favorite Italian grocery store where we got some wine and their delicious freshly baked olive and Asiago cheese bread. Doesn’t look like much, but it’s fabulous!

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On to cakelove for dessert, which I’ve wanted to try for a while. But before we made it there a very embarrassing thing happened. Yep. I’m amazed we hadn’t run out of gas sooner. Simply put, no one paid attention to the gas gauge. We don’t have anything that alerts us to a low gas tank, and that’s never been a problem. Apparently, Josh never worries about the gas in the Subaru because I always fill it up. Good thing I know this so I can plan accordingly! Ha!  So, Josh realized we were running on fumes and we tried to make it to the nearest station.

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But we didn’t. We cruised into a cakelove’s parking lot, thankfully, not getting stranded in some other more complicated place. It wasn’t our finest moment. So, I took the boys in to get some cupcakes while Josh hitched a ride to the gas station.

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I got a salty caramel cupcake, but actually, wasn’t too impressed. As far as cupcakes go, at least compared to the one I had, Charm City Cupcakes are was better!

It didn’t take long to get back on the road again, this time, with a tank full of gas!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2009 8:54 pm

    DANIELLE! What a fun day!
    SO GREAT!
    The museum and market look like so much fun!

    Had to laugh about the gas…
    SORRY!

    TOO bad the cupcakes were a bust, the place looks SUPER promising. 🙂

  2. September 14, 2009 9:39 am

    I love that you are such a foodie. It’s always fun to see the new places you try. BTW, your “Staycation”…Days 1 to 3…so fun. You captured it all so beautifully.

  3. Janice permalink
    September 18, 2009 12:56 am

    What a fun day!! Even w/the gas episode. Sounds like ya’ll made the best of it or at least memories! 🙂

    So were the Stern’s right? I’d love to check that place out…maybe in Oct when I’m out.

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