Once again Caribbean cuisine has come to the Indian Cultural Center on Mulberry Street. The Little Carib Cafe opened in June with such island delicacies as roti and jerk chicken wings.
The new restaurant -- which is owned by Ann McNish and her brother Ken Coombs, both born in Trinidad -- has no relationship to the former restaurant at that site that served Jamaican and vegetarian food and closed nearly a year ago.
But the feeling of being on vacation is the same. Steel band music plays in the background and paintings from Trinidad line the walls.
LTC The menu, which is prepared by chef Leon McNish, includes baked red snapper with Creole or wine sauce, beef delight served on cabbage leaves, curried shrimp in a thick curry sauce, roti with a variety of curried fillings, vegetable soup, dal, pigeon // peas and rice, curried chickpeas, fresh steamed vegetables, coconut ice cream and sour sop ice cream served with lemon poundcake.
Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays to Wednesdays, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. On Saturdays the restaurant is open from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch.
Little Carib Cafe is located at 110 West Mulberry St. The telephone number is 727-1038.
Marty Rice has a note of resignation in her voice when she says, The season has been abso- lutely devastating. Crops are dramatically reduced and the amount of local produce is probably half the normal amount."
Mrs. Rice, who with her husband Eric grows fruit and vegetables on their farm in Frederick County near Middletown, could be speaking for every local produce farmer this summer. They've watched as whole plantings never germinated because of the drought, then watched other crops shrivel in the heat.
Still the shortage hasn't had a large impact on food prices because of out-of-state produce, says Mrs. Rice, who is co-chair, with her husband, of the new Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association.
The 75-member organization was started last year to help local farmers market their crops. "Making produce more readily available is one of the ways that farming is going to survive in the state," she says.
The Rices usually sell produce at the farm but this year they've had enough only for their commercial accounts. In Baltimore, they supply the Delicious Green Co-op at Ruscombe Mansion with such things as fresh herbs, melons, squash, beets, slicing and specialty varieties of tomatoes plus hot and sweet bell peppers.
The fee to join the Delicious Green Co-op is $20 a year. But because the coordinators always order extra produce, anyone is invited to stop by and shop for prices 20 percent above what members pay. For more information, call 358-3851.
To get in touch with the Rices and find out more about the Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association, call (301) 371-4814. Or write to them at 6201 Hartley Road, Middletown, Md. 21769, and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for
It's not often that you get an offer like this: a chance to picnic in herb garden -- and enjoy musical accompaniment.
But next Sunday evening Rob and Lucy Wood of Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, Pa., are inviting people to bring a picnic supper to an informal concert of classical music and jazz. The grounds will be open at 5 p.m. so people can eat early and tour the herb gardens and Spoutwood's shop.
At 6:30 p.m. the concert will take place, beginning with baroque solo pieces for string bass, followed by popular music by a jazz quartet. Then that will be followed by two female vocalists performing canzonettas from the 17th century.
The Woods hope this will be the first of many events at the farm featuring local musicians. Bring your own food plus a blanket or lawn chairs. The concert is free, although donations to help cover expenses will be welcomed. Registration is necessary.
Spoutwood Farm is located between Pennsylvania Routes 851 and 216 on Pierceville Road, four miles southwest of Glen Rock, Pa. To register or to obtain more information, call (717) 235-6610.
A new restaurant in Harborplace wants to take us back to the good old days of the turn of the century, when Baltimore was known as a good-eatin' town and beer was a nickel a glass.
It's called the Nickel City Grill, after an old nickname for Baltimore, and owner Jack Baum of Dallas has created a place with a Victorian flavor and Maryland cuisine. A huge grill dominates the restaurant, which seats 200 people inside and another 200 outside.
The menu, prepared by chef Hank Hawley, includes she-crab corn chowder, spiced steamed shrimp, popcorn calamari, Chesapeake Caesar salad, seafood pasta salad, soft shell crab sandwich, grilled salmon club, the Nickel City clambake, baby back ribs, rotisserie chicken, spinach fettucini with chicken, and pink peppercorn tagliatelli with clams. Each day there is a different listing of fresh seafood, poultry and meats that are marinated in an herb sauce and grilled as specials.
Dessert includes butterscotch pie, lemon curd tart, creme brulee, fresh berries in cream, fresh fruit cobbler and bourbon pecan pie. There is also a short kids' menu.
The hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The Nickel City Grill is located in the Pratt Street Pavilion at Harborplace. The telephone number is 752-0900.