What's your history with Baltimore/Glen Burnie and DC?
I moved to DC from Ohio for law school in 2008. I had an apartment near Embassy Row in Upper Northwest near American. I met my husband in 2009 and we got married in 2010. In 2011, right before I graduated law school, we decided it was time to get a place to call our own and bought a house in Glen Burnie just outside of Baltimore. I miss living in the city, but I love that we live in a quiet neighborhood that is only a short commute to Baltimore, Annapolis, or DC!
Discovering Glen Burnie/Baltimore - what are your favourite places to shop/eat/go with friends/people watch?
Dining Out: In Glen Burnie two of my favorite restaurants are Thai Cafe and Plaza Garibaldi. Thai Cafe serves up authentic thai cuisine and the owners are so nice. They'll even customize the dish to your tastes if you ask (they whipped up something that wasn't even on the menu for me!). Try the Chick Pik Paw, Drunken Noodle, or Chicken Satay. Plaza Garibaldi is a fun little Mexican restaurant. They have fantastic enchiladas and great happy hour specials. Both places are off Ritchie Highway.
In Baltimore, definitely check out Bagby Pizza on Fleet Street in Harbor East. Think California Pizza Kitchen meets 2 Amy's. They specialize in gourmet brick oven pizzas. My favorite is the Four Cheese Pizza with Pepperoni. If you're looking for happy hour specials, check out Townhouse on Lancaster Street. My suggestions there are the Verde Chicken Flatbread and Loaded Kettle Chips. If you're looking for a sit-down meal and are in the mood for some asian fusion, head to RA which is also on Lancaster Street. They have dozens of sushi rolls to choose from along with a selection of cook dishes, sakis, and specialty drinks. Some of the standouts here are the King Crab Roll, the Lobster Shrimp Roll, the Spicy Chicken Teriyaki Udon, and the Dragon Bite cocktail.
Shopping: My favorite place to look for vintage is The Boulevard Boutique at DeBois Textiles on Washington Blvd in Baltimore. It's in a warehouse space just before you get into downtown near the stadiums. In the front there is a curated vintage shop with all sorts of amazing finds and in the back there is a thrifting corner filled with bins to dig through. Everything in the thrifting corner is priced by type of item. A $2 purse, a $10 formal dress, etc.
I also love treasure hunting at the Fells Point Second Sunday Antique Market. The market pops up on the second Sunday of summer months at the end of Broadway right near the water. If you're looking for vintage jewelry or antiques to decorate your house, it's worth the trip. I picked up art deco earrings for 50 cents a pair and found my hubby a WWII era poker table for his man cave. There's also lots of shops in the area with a mix of vintage that you can browse.
If I'm in the mood for some retail therapy, then I usually head over and stroll Arundel Mills in Hanover. It's a huge mall that is a mix of regular retail and outlet stores. They have just about everything you can imagine and they have tons of sales around just about any holiday weekend. If you go there be sure to check out the designer shoe clearance in Last Call by Neiman Marcus or in Saks Off Fifth. Who doesn't love trying on a pair of 75% off Manolos?
Perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Glen Burnie/Baltimore?
There is always a flea market, farmers market, or art market going on somewhere. I love browsing all of the eclectic stands and items looking for the special gem to take home. Some of my favorites are the 8th Ave Flea Market in Glen Burnie (Saturdays and Sundays), Out-Sideshow Art Flea Market sponsored by the Sideshow Shop at the American Visionary Art Museum (happens once or twice a year), and the Baltimore Herb Festival at the end of May.