Sascha's opens on North Charles Street


chocolate shop moves to Timonium

May 04, 2000|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

It's a far cry from the simple little outdoor creperie she started with, but Sascha Wolhandler finally has a space worthy of her imaginative food. Sascha's 527 has opened at 527 N. Charles St. It's a colorful, funky, contemporary dining room with wild art and a gorgeous crystal chandelier at its center.

Breakfast and lunch are served cafeteria style Monday through Friday. At 5: 30 p.m. table service begins seven nights a week. It includes "tastes plates," such as Indonesian chicken strips and leek and onion tart (all for under $10), for those who like lots of small dishes. More substantial meals are available, too: grilled tuna marinated in orange and ginger, a rib eye steak and a daily stew, among others.

Tea on Mother's Day

I've gotten e-mail about two more places that will be offering afternoon tea on Mother's Day.

Cappuccino Books & Cafe in the Normandy Shopping Center, Ellicott City, regularly serves tea from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month. Customers say that owner Ellen Diggs, who makes all the sweets and savories, is a gifted pastry chef. The cost is a modest $10 a person for finger sandwiches, scones and various pastries. Reservations are a must: Call 410-461-0775.

Coffee, Coffee in the Festival at Bel Air will hold a Mother's Day tea next door at the Skevington Art Gallery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 14. The menu includes three different teas, sandwiches and savories, scones, lemon curd, creme fraiche, jam, French pastries and chocolates for $15 a person. Call 410-515-2060 for reservations.

Chocolatier on the move

Say it ain't so, Albert.

Albert Kirchmayr, maker of fabulous chocolates, has moved to more spacious quarters in Timonium at 9630 Deereco Road. The bad news is that his old address on North Charles Street was wonderfully convenient for those of us who live in the city. Couldn't he have at least waited until after the Saturday before Mother's Day? Then, and every Saturday through the summer, A. Kirchmayr Chocolatier will be selling the most fabulous chocolate-dipped strawberries you've ever taken a juicy bite of. Other days of the week you'll have to make do with Kirchmayr's extraordinary European chocolates. (The new store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.)

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Elizabeth Large's reviews of restaurants appear inside the Sunday Home & Family section. This Sunday: Captain James Landing, the ship-shaped restaurant in Canton

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